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

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Teacher I Need You; Songs Reflecting the Conflicted, Oft-misguided, or Traumatic Relationship between Recording Artists and Their Education by Gavin Lakin – Post #10

“It’s a natural achievement/Conquering my homework/With her image pounding in my brain/She’s an inspiration/For my graduation/And she helps to keep the classroom sane” Do you feel the oncoming, meandering month of June? Is that summer beckoning with a forward glance while holding a raspberry snow cone, taking your hand and whispering, “Follow me?” Are you … Continue reading Teacher I Need You; Songs Reflecting the Conflicted, Oft-misguided, or Traumatic Relationship between Recording Artists and Their Education by Gavin Lakin – Post #10

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

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

Game Changers by Gavin Lakin – Post 1

Certain songs changed the landscape of rock & roll music forever. Here at seventiesology, I call them game changers. By no means do I claim to be an expert or claim to have the definitive list. What follows are ten songs that I believe belong to the ages. For me, these sonic sensations stand apart from other great songs … Continue reading Game Changers by Gavin Lakin – Post 1