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singrdave's Articles In Music
May 15, 2009 by singrdave
Today is "Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day"!  So what was the first music you ever bought?

My first record, embarrassing as it is, was "I Never Knew Love Like This Before" by Stephanie Mills. It was a 45, it was 1980 and yes, it was disco. I remember listening to that song all the time seeing as I had no others.

Eventually, I moved up to the Muppet Movie soundtrack and actual '80s pop music.  In fact, from...
August 20, 2007 by singrdave
The Rolling Stones have announced that this Sunday's concert will be their last. Ever. No more.

They'll play Sunday night at London's mega-venue O2 Arena and then be done with the whole thing. From the Post Chronicle:

The Rolling Stones will reportedly quit touring for good after playing London's O2 Arena this Sunday (26.08.07).

The veteran rockers are believed to have declared that their current 'A Bigger Bang Tour' will be their last because frontman Sir Mick Jagger, 64, and guitar...
July 10, 2006 by singrdave
On the eve of a Guster concert in Baltimore, it makes me reflect on previous concerts I have attended...

I have been to the following concerts (as best as I can remember):

Bobby McFerrin (with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra)


Gin Blossoms

Barenaked Ladies (four times)

Tara McLean

The Odds

Victor Borge

Toad the Wet Sprocket (twice)


Joan Osborne

The Cranberries

...hmmm, I can't think of any more, though after tomorrow night I can add GUSTER to ...
June 12, 2006 by singrdave
Got through to a local Baltimore radio station tonight, and won me some Guster tickets.


I have had luck with radio call-in contests before, having even won some Barenaked Ladies tickets off the radio before. But it's been a while, and I am glad that I still have the magic.

My history with Guster goes back about six years or so. Blame my Guster fandom on Y2K.
Saw them for the first time on 30 December 1999, playing on Conan O'Brien's show. Know how I remember that? I was stayi...
January 10, 2006 by singrdave
From Yahoo News:

HALBERSTADT, Germany (AFP) - A new chord was scheduled to sound in the world's slowest and longest lasting concert that is taking a total 639 years to perform.

The abandoned Buchardi church in Halberstadt, eastern Germany, is the venue for a mind-boggling 639-year-long performance of a piece of music by US experimental composer John Cage (1912-1992).

Entitled "organ2/ASLSP" (or "As SLow aS Possible"), the performance began on September 5, 2001 and is scheduled to last...
December 21, 2005 by singrdave
I like a lot of music. I like everyone from Barenaked Ladies to Toad the Wet Sprocket to Def Leppard. And I am proud to like them, all of them. All but a few, that is...

There are certain singers or groups that I absolutely love but I would never tell a soul, for fear of public humiliation.

I have a closet band.

I'll tell you because I like to hear who people enjoy listening to.

My closet bands are:
Prince: he is the master of funk. As a white boy growing up in Minneapolis (Purp...
November 6, 2005 by singrdave
Wrote my first piece of fan mail, to Kirsty Hawkshaw:

Hello Miss Hawkshaw,
I never ever ever write fan mail, and I try really hard not to write to people I haven't actually met, but I saw your name on a couple of websites and an album or two. See, I know your surname, and I thought I'd just pop you a line.

Turns out that while I was a missionary for the Mormon church in St. Albans Ward I visited your family's house. Back in 1992-ish. (I have been home from London for a long time now....
October 18, 2005 by singrdave
My wife and I decided to check out some of the things around us last night as a family activity. Officially, it's called Family Home Evening, but we thought we'd have a Family OUT Evening. So we went down to Washington DC.

Okay, so we were sightseeing in our Nation's Capital last night. We were driving past the Washington Monument when my wife, who has been thumbing through the Family Fun guide to Washington DC, mentions that there is a free concert series at the Kennedy Center every night...
October 11, 2005 by singrdave
I heard on the radio that my favorite band in the whole wide world, Barenaked Ladies (Link), is coming to Baltimore. And I will be available. So I got excited. But then I found out the price of the tickets... the cheapest seats I found online were $89 each! The most expensive seats were over $200 each! Okay, is it just me being a skinflint, or is it just a sign of the times? For me and my lovely wife to attend this concert, we'd have to shell out around $200-$400 for the pleasure. I could...