Tagged: singing

The Fable of the Fable

There once lived a Regular Person with regular talents and regular desires, including the one that most regular people have: to be less regular and more extraordinary, to be more like an exalted Them and less like an unheralded Us.  So, despite her regular looks — some would unkindly say that she was not even...

Barbara Morrison: An Appreciation

Unless you live in Southern California or are a dedicated aficionado of jazz and blues, you probably don’t know Barbara Morrison. If you’re hip enough to own her records or lucky enough to live in the town she’s called home for decades, you know Barbara Morrison is the Queen of Los Angeles Jazz & Blues,...

The Triumph of Vulgarity in Popular Singing

Of the many nefarious effects televised singing contests have had on American culture, the most harmful and lasting one is the debasement of musicality and the apotheosis of vulgarity. This syndrome has been simmering forever; lately, it’s boiling. We’ve been conditioned to embrace and celebrate the elements of popular music that are least musical and...

In Praise of Rhiannon

Living in a culture where the surest way for a woman to achieve notoriety and celebrity is to inexpertly perform fellatio on a homemade sex tape, disingenuously decry its orchestrated release on the Internet, and then snag a “reality show” that broadcasts her inane yammering in excruciating detail, one desperately needs occasional doses of pure...

Smooth Jazz

You can find karaoke machines in hundreds of bars and restaurants and bowling alleys around Los Angeles, where everyone is a budding star (or at least wants to be.) You can find fewer live piano bars, where a player well-versed in the standards and Broadway show tunes accompanies enthusiasts with cabaret dreams. And even rarer...