Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: Of Pregnancy and the Art of Singing (or reverse that), a Halo on the Floor and Words to Live By

Anne Heaton: Honeycomb (Spill) Elizabeth Shepherd: Rewind (Linus Entertainment) By Brian Arsenault Fertility is in the air around me. One of my sons and his wife just welcomed little Liam and now my oldest and his wife are expecting. Then two albums show up nearly together wherein the artist has been greatly affected by her… Read More Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: Of Pregnancy and the Art of Singing (or reverse that), a Halo on the Floor and Words to Live By

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Short Takes: New CDs featuring Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp

By Brian Arsenault Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp  Dreams of the San Joaquin (Blix St. Records) It seems to me that Dreams of the San Joaquin should be the birth of a band.  They are that good together, whatever their sterling individual credits and talents. And San Joaquin wouldn’t be a bad… Read More Short Takes: New CDs featuring Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp

Short Takes: On Hungary Saving European Rock, a Finn in Berlin Out to Lynch, and A Well Suited Guitar Gem

By Brian Arsenault Hungarian Rhapsody Melody (The Poster Boy) If Poster Boy is the new “poster boy” for continental rock out of Europe, there may be hope. Only once on its CD Melody does the band succumb to the Eurocrap of weird little electronic sounds and then only mildly on “Traction.” The rest of the… Read More Short Takes: On Hungary Saving European Rock, a Finn in Berlin Out to Lynch, and A Well Suited Guitar Gem

Short Takes: Of Beatlemania, Christian Zealots, No Sex in the Sixties and Beauty’s Wounds

An Occasional Column by Brian Arsenault The Beatles Their Golden Age I thought only Queen Elizabeth I had a Golden Age.  This curious little DVD by Les Krantz , known mostly for sports reporting, is primarily a bunch of old newsreels (an ancient form of media), movie previews (now called trailers, I believe) and photos… Read More Short Takes: Of Beatlemania, Christian Zealots, No Sex in the Sixties and Beauty’s Wounds