Tag Archives: Passages

Farewell, Paddy Moloney

Paddy Moloney, the great front-man for the Celtic band The Chieftains, has died. He was 83. In my musical life, Paddy Moloney ranks very high. Very high. When I list musical figures who shaped my world and the way it … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

 Last week, Dusty Hill died. He was the bass player for ZZ Top. ZZ Top is one of those bands that has been a part of the soundtrack of my life pretty much ever since early-adolescence, when I first became … Continue reading

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For Nettl

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On Ned Beatty and HEAR MY SONG (in part, a repost)

Actor Ned Beatty has died at the age of 83. Beatty had a long and wonderful and varied career, and he played a wide variety of characters. I suppose he’s seen more as a “character actor” than as a lead, … Continue reading

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Mr. Mannion

 Blogger Lance Mannion, whose real-life name was David Reilly, has died suddenly. I’ve been reading Lance for…I honestly don’t know. At least seventeen years, I would guess. He was a deeply literate man, with wide interests and voracious reading that … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

 Songwriter Jim Steinman, one of the biggest contributors to the “bigger than life” aura of a lot of rock music of the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and beyond, has died. He was 73. Steinman’s songs were the stuff of excess: in … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 In honor of the passing of Chuck Yeager (with a typically wonderful memorial by post by Sheila O’Malley), here is a suite of music by Bill Conti from the film The Right Stuff, which adapted the Tom Wolfe book that … Continue reading

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Julio

Fifteen months after his brother Lester departed, we have had to say goodbye to Julio today. They came to us as a package deal, and I hope there’s some realm beyond the rain and the clouds where they can be … Continue reading

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Eddie

 Eddie’s gone. This one hurts, folks. It took me a while to start loving rock music. I heard a lot of it as a kid (benefits of having an older sister, which I did not appreciate at the time because … Continue reading

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Apropos

RICHARD: He’s here. He’ll get no satisfaction out of me. He isn’t going to see me beg. GEOFFREY: My you chivalric fool… as if the way one fell down mattered. RICHARD: When the fall is all there is, it matters. (From The … Continue reading

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