• Musical criticism and commentary

    The people of Belle and Sebastian’s songs and their sad, tragic lives.

    The people of Belle and Sebastian’s songs might seem like a smorgasbord for psychological studies. If one looks throughout the Belle and Sebastian catalog, you’ll find the people of Belle and Sebastian’s songs feel a lot of sadness and experience a great deal of tragedy. Still – the people of Belle and Sebastian’s songs give us something to relate to. The people of Belle and Sebastian’s songs make us aware of those that need help in our lives. Finally, the people of Belle and Sebastian’s songs make us feel empathy and compassion. Even for the most wretched and tragic figures. If You’re Feeling Sinister If you’re Feeling Sinister is a…

  • Musical criticism and commentary

    Contrary to Popular Belief, The Devil Does NOT Have All the Good Music.

    In the late 60s, the Christian music sounded pretty abysmal. Most recordings consisted of nothing but hymns. Christian rock? Why – that was an oxymoron! All the good music was secular! Even Elvis Presley’s two religious albums were not rock and roll – they were hymns and gospel standards. If the King of Rock and Roll couldn’t make a real Christian rock album in the late 60s, was there any hope for the future of the genre? Sure there was – a movement called “The Jesus People” brought about a fresh voice to the Christian music world. The Jesus People certainly didn’t start out with rock and roll songs, most…

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    Mack the Knife – The Many Lives of a Murder Ballad.

    If you know the song, “Mack the Knife,” you probably know the Bobby Darin version more than any other version. You might even think that’s the only version, or that maybe Darin’s is the original version. If you believe this, you’re dead wrong. “Mack the Knife” is a standard that has been done by everyone from The Psychedelic Furs to Louise Armstrong. Fun fact: The character of Jack “Mack the Knife” MacHeath is a fictional descendant of none other than Jack the Ripper! Another fun fact: The original song, sung in German, was a murder ballad composed for “Die Dreigroschenoper”  (in English, “The Three Penny Opera”). The song was originally…