All-in-One – Post 35 by Gavin Lakin

One. Its connotations are infinite. Painfully lonesome or intimately connected. The kid never picked to play basketball in gym or winning a championship - on top of the world. The lowest roll on a die or the winning knock card in Gin Rummy. The idioms: the one that got away or one for the record … Continue reading All-in-One – Post 35 by Gavin Lakin

Folks with Their Backs to the Wall by Gavin Lakin – Post 23

Another Long Island Ice Tea. Christ, get an imagination. Deep into the glum residue of Saturday night, the going-nowhere Lakers on the tube, I cackle inside as I observe the men at the bar twisting around like lemon zest, deluded, hoping, wishing for a honky-tonk angel who might meet their boilermaker glances and hold them … Continue reading Folks with Their Backs to the Wall by Gavin Lakin – Post 23

The Role of Social Commentary Songs in Popular Music; Preaching to the Choir or Effecting Change? By Gavin Lakin – Post 11

Some might say that there is no place in popular music for commentary, politics, and opinions - essentially sounding “preachy.” We’ve all been there in our own lives, when someone may be speaking to you directly or to a larger group about some idea or product, and you can feel the oily, snaky and unwelcome … Continue reading The Role of Social Commentary Songs in Popular Music; Preaching to the Choir or Effecting Change? By Gavin Lakin – Post 11

No Place to Ever Arrive: Songs that Defined the L.A. Sound of the 1970s by Gavin Lakin – Post 7

In his landmark book Laurel Canyon The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood (2006 Faber and Faber), Michael Walker delivers a smash hit showing us how the L.A. Sound was established in the magical and iconic canyon. From the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Frank Zappa, The Turtles, The Mamas and the Papas, to Crosby, … Continue reading No Place to Ever Arrive: Songs that Defined the L.A. Sound of the 1970s by Gavin Lakin – Post 7

The Song Remembers When: Does Context Prevail over Content? By Gavin Lakin – Post 6

In 1993, Country superstar Trisha Yearwood released her third LP The Song Remembers When. Though the album was not as critically well-received as her previous two, the successful, memorable, and absolutely spine-tingling title track is the very definition of evocative. Not really a country music fan until the late `90s, I did not know Trisha, … Continue reading The Song Remembers When: Does Context Prevail over Content? By Gavin Lakin – Post 6

Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow: On Joni Mitchell’s Musical Transformation by Gavin Lakin – Post 4

Joni Mitchell broke my heart. In December of 1977, she released the double LP Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter. So began the measured, perilous journey toward alienating many of us comprising her loyal fan base. Where Muslims hold up Washington?  Huh? Anima rising/Queen of queens/Wash my guilt of Eden/Wash and balance me/Anima rising/Uprising in me tonight/She’s … Continue reading Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow: On Joni Mitchell’s Musical Transformation by Gavin Lakin – Post 4

It’s Raining All Over the World by Gavin Lakin – Post 2

In the wee hours of this morning, where I most often find my fingers tapping the keys, a steady downstream of rain raps, raps, raps against my chamber door (window). Rain is often such an evocative and emotional setting in films, songs, novels and as it happens, in real life. Romantic moments with kisses and … Continue reading It’s Raining All Over the World by Gavin Lakin – Post 2