Paul McCartney Startles Desert Trip Crowd with First-Ever Live Performance of “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?”. I Think I Know Why!

Paul McCartney stunned and delighted the crowd at this past weekend’s Desert Trip classic rock festival in California by playing live, for the first time, the Beatles’ legendary track “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” Aiding and abetting Paul was classic rocker Neil Young, who seemed to be overjoyed at essaying this beloved … Read morePaul McCartney Startles Desert Trip Crowd with First-Ever Live Performance of “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?”. I Think I Know Why!

I Love that Song #13: “America,” by Simon and Garfunkel

by Alan Haber One of Paul Simon’s best songs, lyrically astute and honorably charged, “America” is the third track on Simon and Garfunkel’s album Bookends, fading up out of the long goodbye of “Save the Life of My Child.” “Oh my Grace, I’ve got no hiding place,” comes the lyrical cry over a bed of … Read moreI Love that Song #13: “America,” by Simon and Garfunkel

I Love that Song! #11: “Where the Bands Are,” by Bruce Springsteen

If power pop fans ever needed a reason to believe in Bruce Springsteen, if only for three minutes and 46 seconds, “Where the Bands Are” is that reason–a balls-to-the-wall power pop number stacked high with electric guitars; punctuating, popping bass; four-and-a-half-to-the-floor drumming, and a catchy chorus with an indelible hook. The split second it kicks … Read moreI Love that Song! #11: “Where the Bands Are,” by Bruce Springsteen

I Love that Song! #8: “Don’t Be Mad at Me,” by the Davenports

The subtly pounding, lithe piano run which appoints itself at the start of the Davenports’ achingly beautiful new song, “Don’t Be Mad at Me,” now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, is joined by a gregarious, almost romanticized string section pleased to acquaint itself with a very “Martha, My Dear” ambiance in tow, an … Read moreI Love that Song! #8: “Don’t Be Mad at Me,” by the Davenports

I Love That Song! #7: “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?” by The Beatles

Buried near the end of side two of the Beatles’ 1968 self-titled masterwork (more commonly known as the White Album), and coming right before the sweetly sung romantic ballad “I Will,” “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?” finds Paul McCartney posing a musical question still not properly and conclusively answered so many years … Read moreI Love That Song! #7: “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?” by The Beatles

I Love that Song #6: “European Rain” by the Big Dish

Three albums and six years was all it took for Scotland’s The Big Dish to¬†create a few ripples and take its final bow. Centered around Steven Lindsay’s lovely melodies and gorgeous,velvety voice, the group should have fared better, but for some reason never built up enough of an audience to convince their label, Virgin Records, … Read moreI Love that Song #6: “European Rain” by the Big Dish

I Love that Song! # 5: “Put It There” by Paul McCartney

The best songs are well-drawn maps to your heart that trigger long suppressed memories, memories that swell to great heights as you remember that warm, beautiful glow you felt when you were eight and your father patted your head, smiled and told you not to worry about what the kid next door said because everything … Read moreI Love that Song! # 5: “Put It There” by Paul McCartney

I Love that Song! #4: “All Together Now” by the Beatles

When the soundtrack to the Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine was released in January 1969, fans were gifted with four brand-new songs and two they already had–“Yellow Submarine,” which originally appeared on Revolver in 1966; and “All You Need is Love,” which was included on 1967’s Magical Mystery Tour, released in the U.S. as an … Read moreI Love that Song! #4: “All Together Now” by the Beatles

I Love that Song! #3: “Red Dragon Tattoo” by Fountains of Wayne

Amongst the parade of sad sacks, losers and miscreants that populate the breadth of Fountains of Wayne’s considerable catalog, the guy who gets a gnarly tattoo in an effort to woo and then snag a girl he’s got his eye on is top of the screwy, creepy guy molehill. Never has anyone worked so hard … Read moreI Love that Song! #3: “Red Dragon Tattoo” by Fountains of Wayne