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Tuesday January 13, 2015
One legend conjures another, the Beatles face a tough crowd, I love the ‘90s
Two golden voices
Some groaned when Bob Dylan announced this fall that his new album would be all Sinatra covers. I understand. Too many classic rock artists (Rod Stewart comes to mind specifically) have tried their hand at standards as a genre exercise and have failed fantastically.
Having read Sean Wilentz’s Bob Dylan in America helped me understand it a bit more. Dylan has been a Sinatra fan since he was a kid. He legitimately loves his music. Anybody who has listened to his last several albums will pick up on it immediately.
So upon the announcement I was pretty excited, and even more so after I heard him play Sinatra’s “Stay with Me” gorgeously at the Orpheum Theater. Tomorrow I’ll fill you in on some reports from the sessions.
It's the Biebs!
The kids react series is popular on YouTube. As the name suggests the videos show kids reacting to various things, from pop stars to old electronics. They’re a fun way to pass the time.
I stumbled upon the Kids React to the Beatles video and it’s gold. My favorite is the young kid in the blue who doesn’t like them. He tells it like it is. He’s also sort of a philosopher.
Talkin' '90s like I'm Michael Ian Black
I try to stay away from BuzzFeed – I’m way too cool for it, you know – but I took the bait on this article about ‘90s albums. It reminded me once again how diverse the ‘90s were. Not since the ‘60s had there been such variety in the charts. And so many classic bands and albums. No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, 2Pac’s Me Against the World, Smashing Pumpkins Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness, Marilyn Manson’s Smells like Children…and that was just 1995! Like them or not that is an amazing variety.
Good grief (bonus ramble)
So while researching for things to write about on ESPN I stumbled upon a story about Jamie Anderson. I had no idea who she was. I'm glad I do now. Good grief.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also the Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North.