Month: February 2017

Six Songs Each From Six Great 1966 Albums

    If the Beatles of 1963 were the arrival of modern rock, 1966 was the year it moved into its second phase.  I think of 1966 as a year of pregnancy.  The momentum built by the British Invasion and the American Response signaled support from the record companies and sureness from the artists, as …

Fake News: dada Did It!

   During the summer of 1919, two expatriated dadas living in Zurich were bored. Hans Arp (1886-1966) and Tristan Tzara (1896-1963) spiced things up by fabricating a duel between them. They planted the story in Swiss newspapers and falsely reported that fellow dadas Francis Picabia, Oskar Kokoschka, and Walter Serner were at the duel as …

Musical Improvisation and Play: Dead Beatles

Dead Beatles The play of children and the play of ensemble improvisers like the Grateful Dead share numerous co-identifying qualities. Definitions of play and improvisation precede a comparison of the Dead and the Beatles. These two bands have been exhaustively described, but herein is a focus on the quality of play and the play ethos …