The Autoharp by Gavin Lakin – Post 15

Do Our Early Seminal Moments Define Us Outright, Or As We Age, Do We Reconstitute Our Narrative to Fit Our Most Recent Version of Who We Are? Then She stood ever-so-elegantly on a rickety wooden chair, her slender arms reaching out to the top left corner of another Duck and Cover poster where she applied a … Continue reading The Autoharp by Gavin Lakin – Post 15

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

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

Communication Breakdown Over the Decades or Have You Become an “Ex” via Text? By Gavin Lakin – Post #9

“The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.” -Dave Barry A rotary phone call dialed late in the evening, a handwritten note left on the nightstand, a tear-stained letter sent via U.S. Mail, a face-to-face conversation where, sadly, it all slipped away in … Continue reading Communication Breakdown Over the Decades or Have You Become an “Ex” via Text? By Gavin Lakin – Post #9

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

Disco: Villain or Catalyst for Change? by Gavin Lakin – Post 5

By the time 1977 rolled around, popular music was again going through one of its redefining moments. For the next three years, during the tail end of the 1970s, rock music began its unparalleled trajectory into what I call sonic schizophrenia. Where else but in the states could you find Disco (the Bee Gees, Donna … Continue reading Disco: Villain or Catalyst for Change? by Gavin Lakin – Post 5