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California Dreaming: Vine Street

Van Dyke Parks’ big break had broken. The album on which he had been collaborating with Brian Wilson, Smile, had fallen apart, and Heroes & Villains, the single that was originally to be the basis for the album, had been … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: I Think It’s Going To Rain Today

After his initial lack of success as a performer, Randy Newman spent several years working as a jobbing songwriter for Metric Music, writing songs that were then recorded by artists as varied as Ella Fitzgerald, Manfred Mann, and the Everly … Continue reading

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California Dreaming: Golden Gridiron Boy

Randy Newman was probably destined to become a musician. Three of his uncles were film composers, and between them won ten Academy Awards. He was classmates in High School with Bruce Johnston, Jan and Dean, Nancy Sinatra, and Kim Fowley. … Continue reading

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Spotify Playlist For 16/01/10 – Klaatu, Roy Wood, France Gall, Ella Fitzgerald, Mississippi John Hurt…

I’m back. I’ve had a little while off from the internet, as a whole pile of things have been building up that needed dealing with offline, so I’ve not even checked my email for a week (I see I have … Continue reading

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Spotify Playlist – Veteran’s Day Poppy

Remembrance Sunday and the eleventh of November are days that evoke conflicting emotions in me. I’m pretty much an absolute pacifist, so you’d expect me to disapprove of them, but at the same time the *reason* I’m a pacifist is … Continue reading

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Personal Is Political Playlist

Continuing with the theme from yesterday, this week’s Spotify playlist (which you can access from here ) is based around the themes of politics, police violence, the Depression, depression and poverty. We start with a little spoken section, by Laurel … Continue reading

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