Song 96: Learning drum tricks by ear


“All the Way from Memphis” by  Mott the Hoople (1973) In the early 1970s as a music-obsessed young teenager, my preferences began to radically diverge from the music that my peer group was listening to. In fact I remember in 8th grade, this seemingly cool girl told me her favorite band was Three Dog Night […]


Song 95: Fictional TV band


“She” The Monkees (1967) To be perfectly honest, when I pictured myself in a rock band, it was entirely based on the tv show about a fictional band called “The Monkees”. Like the Monkees, my band would all live in a big house, we’d play music and have wacky adventures together. The Monkees were great […]


Song 94: The top 1000 songs, a challenge


“You’re Going to Lose That Girl” by the Beatles When I was 9-years old, I became a super-fan of Rock’n’Roll. I was living in Fort Worth, Texas and I had this poster from radio station KFJZ of the top 1000 songs of the rock era. I made it my business to hear and know each […]


Assignment 21: The songs that made me want to play in a rock n’ roll band


Name: Jane Fujimoto Location: Los Angeles Relationship to music: Musical hobbyist/former punk rocker Industry: Working in the field of digital asset management I met Jane at a former place of employment and we used to carpool together. Sometimes your co-workers have really interesting back stories. Stories I never would have learned if it weren’t for […]


Song 89: Exile in Guyville


“6’1″ by Liz Phair Elaina: Oh man. I love this album and it was hard to choose just one song. Liz Phair is from Chicago (actually the Northern suburbs) and recorded the album while living in Wicker Park, which is known more now for bros in bars than indie rock. I listened to this album […]


Assignment 20: My kind of town


Name: Elaina Dixon Location: Chicago, Illinois Relationship to Music: listener and concert goer Industry: occupational therapist in neuro-rehab You may remember Elaina from the the multi-contributor Valentines week where she and her significant other talked about whether or not they had the same taste in music. This week I talk to her about music local […]


Song 88: Two songs with Robert Fripp


“Suite no. 1” by Giles, Giles, and Fripp “21st Century Schizoid Man”  by King Crimson [Note on “21st Century Schizoid Man”: The album version is not available in its entirety, the link is a shortened version of this song. The live version available on Spotify or YouTube isn’t as good.] Dad: Robert Fripp is completely […]


Song 87: The hauntingly good guitarist


“You Shook Me” by Led Zeppelin Dad: Jimmy Page is just a hauntingly good guitarist. 5songpjct: I feel like in this song, instead of sticking with the with the downplayed guitar that provided a foundation for the singer to do his work, the guitar echoes Robert Plant’s voice. Dad: I think it is the other […]


Song 86: Growling guitar


“I Ain’t Superstitious” by The Jeff Beck Group Dad: The first time I saw Jeff Beck was at the State Theater in Chicago. He was very rude. He came in late, played only forty-five minutes, and left. Didn’t even do an encore. If he wasn’t so damn good and his group so tight I would […]