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

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

Jimmy Webb: Still on the Line by Gavin Lakin – Post 3

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Jimmy Webb is perhaps the last great pure American songwriter of the pre-Arena rock era. Still thriving today with his wife Laura Savini and his creative, lovely family, by the late 1960s, the British Invasion and the Folk movement had made the once industry standard non-performing songwriters all but relics … Continue reading Jimmy Webb: Still on the Line by Gavin Lakin – Post 3

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