Fluffernutter Friday: Different Shades of Blue

August 22nd, 2014

Joe Bonamassa has announced the release of his latest album, Different Shades Of Blue. If the title track is any indication, this will be a “Holy Mother of God!” album. The song, video below, is the best thing I ever heard out of Bonamassa, possibly the best new song I’ve heard in years.

Bonamassa is offering a download of the single for the small price of your email address (mailing lists have value, &tc.). Go here to get a free MP3 download of the song Different Shades of Blue.


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John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken

August 20th, 2014

plain_spoken_album_artworkJohn Mellencamp has announced he will release his 20th album of original material, called Plain Spoken, on September 23rd.

The album will feature ten new tracks from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, his first since 2010’s No Better Than This. It will be available on CD, digital download and vinyl LP.

Mellencamp has already released a single from the album, Troubled Man,that is currently available on Amazon and iTunes.

Here’s a live version of Troubled Man from Oklahoma in June.


TRACKLISTING:
1. Troubled Man
2. Sometimes There’s God
3. The Isolation of Mister
4. The Company of Cowards
5. Tears In Vain
6. The Brass Ring
7. Freedom Of Speech
8. Blue Charlotte
9. The Courtesy of Kings
10. Lawless Times

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Ace Frehley - Space Invader

August 18th, 2014

Kiss’ original spaceman, Ace Frehley is back with a new solo album that he promises will make ex-bandmates Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons “look foolish” for saying he was not in playing shape (”not fit to wear the Kiss uniform,” is the quote). So the question stands, does Frehley deliver? The answer is, actually, yes. If the standard is “fit to wear the Kiss uniform,” Space Invader is heads and shoulders above Kiss’ last album Sonic Boom.

acefrehley_spaceinvader1500pxWhat Frehley has always done well, playing inside the groove, allowing the song to shine and not overpowering the song with his guitar playing, he does very well here. From the title track and first single, Space Invader, to an addictive an groovy version of Steve Miller’s The Joker, to Starship, the seven-minute instrumental that closes the album, there’s no weak spot in terms of songwriting on Space Invader. True to his word, Frehley’s performance is good throughout: listen to the hot little solo on The Joker and ask yourself if it sounds like a guy who no longer has the goods?

As a vocalist, Frehley has always been a good, not great singer. But he manages to stay within his range and gives a good vocal performance throughout Space Invader. In fact, in can be argued Frehley is in better voice than his former bandmates these days, and may be in better voice than Gene Simmons ever was.

That said, this is a good, not great collection of songs. There is no Nothin’ to Lose, Duece or Firehouse (to pull three songs at random off of my running setlist) on Space Invader. All 12 songs are enjoyable, but there’s no standout song to make you run to the record store. Ace Frehley has put together a solid rock ‘n’ roll record, no small feat it seems in 2014. But it’s not Kiss circa 1975

Space Invader will be released on August 19th in CD, vinyl and digital download.


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Bob Seger: Ride Out

August 18th, 2014

Bob Seger will release his first album of new material in eight years on October 14th. Ride Out will be Seger’s 17th studio album, first since 2006’s Face the Promise.

cap028_bobseger_std_cover_rgbfin-300x300The announcement comes on the heels of the release of a new single last Friday, Detroit Made. And when I say “release of a new single,” I don’t mean put it on sale on iTunes or Amazon, made a YouTube video available or any other method of what is known as releasing a single in the internet era. Rather, Seger released the song to selected radio stations in the Detroit and Windsor area, hoping against hope, I expect, that it’s still 1977. Still, Detroit’s Greatest Hits 104.3, in a move that must screw up the tightly controlled marketing of the song, are streaming the song so that people can actually hear it. Hear Detroit Made here

Seger’s recording of Detroit Made, a John Hiatt song, is a rousing bit of rock with a country tinge. It is a fairly classic bit of Bob Seger straight ahead rock and roll, and while in one way it bodes well for the album, if it is the best of the album, as first singles often are, then Ride Out could prove to be a bit of a disappointment.

Not to worry though, with the Seger camps marketing plan in play, it’s unlikely anybody will ever hear it anyway.

No pre-sale information is available at this date, but I will provide links to pre-sale if they become available.


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New Bob Seger

August 15th, 2014

Bob Seger has released to radio a new single, John Hiatt’s Detroit Made.  The song will also appear on a new Seger album, which seems to be coming this fall.

Here’s Bob Seger in Detroit last April, performing Detroit Made.


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Changes

August 14th, 2014

Changes. David Bowie sang of them. So did a young Olivia Newton John. Here at At Home in Hespeler, the times, as Bob Dylan might note, they are a changin’.

It has been some time since politics has taken center stage here, and I have, to be blunt, become completely disinterested in the politics. In a world in which Rob Ford might just be the best choice for mayor, the question of whether Toronto is in a death spiral seems absurd. The fight at all levels, however, has become so boring, so partisan that there’s no joy in doing it.

On the other hand, i get regular offers to review new music, by both established artists and new ones. As well, book review offers have started arriving, many on subjects in entertainment. The Saturday Fluffernutter has long been a favourite feature here, even if it’s dropped of the radar a bit as other activity has diminished the last while. And that’s the problem: as long as I see this as a primarily political blog, lack of political writing stops me writing other stuff. I try to limit the fun writing, until I have written something I have no interest in writing.

No More.

I don’t know what form these changes will take, but I do know that At Home in Hespeler is no longer a political blog, and hasn’t been for some time really. There will be more music reviews, and possibly some movie reviews. As I go along I except, hope, to add books, particularly ones on music and movies. But whatever face the changes take, one thing I know, there’ll be damn little, if any, politics.

To those who have read this as a political blog over the years, thank you for taking the time to read. There was a time when I enjoyed it immensely. However it’s time for this rock ‘n’ roller to CH-Ch-Change.


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Toronto the Not in a Death Spiral:

June 27th, 2014

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Government-funded agency Waterfront Toronto is defending its decision to spend $529,800 on… two large granite rocks trucked in from the Laurentians and painted with candy-coloured stripes that adorn its signature urban beach… it spent $470,000 to clad a pavilion at neighbouring Sherbourne Common in zinc shingles — some of which now have to be replaced at the city’s expense because they were damaged by pucks fired from an adjacent ice rink (which doubles as a splash pad in summer). It was intended for skating, not hockey.
This being Canada, hockey was played.

But wait, it actually gets more absurd. Waterfront Toronto was given money, $1.5-Billion worth, and told go spend. No councilor voted for half-million-dollar rocks and $12-thousand umbrellas.

Then it gets even better:

But for Waterfront Toronto to continue its mission, it says it needs more money. The $1.5-billion startup fund will run dry by 2017, and the organization is asking for permission from the three levels of government to borrow money.

The one thing that troubles me, though. Why paint the rocks “with candy-coloured stripes”? Well…

The red and white stripes hide the seams where the rock was reassembled.

Even if I get the $529,000 for the rocks, the $800 won’t buy some mortar and a guy who can apply it?

And these guys think their a laughing stock because of Rob Ford.


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Saturday Fluffernutter: The If This Isn’t Nuts, What Is? Edition

June 21st, 2014

All the fluffy news about those nutty celebrities

fluffincolorNow where was I? Ah yes, just before the unexpected Fluffernutter hiatus, Justin Beiber had a spot of bother. Something about eggs and a neighbours expensive panel work as I recall. fluffernutterNow I know some of you thought I must have been too tired, busy or lazy to write the Fluffernutters, but really, I couldn’t possibly write any more while this story was unresolved. As proof, I offer that Fuffernutter is suddenly, unannoucedly back, and TMZ Monday reported “D.A. to File Vandalism Charges Today in Egging Case.”

This all leads to the one inescapable question: whats worse, a 20-year old who eggs his neighbours house? A D.A.’s office that investigates an egging, never mind taking six months to do so? A prosecutor who says “If this isn’t a felony, nothing is,” about throwing eggs? Or a media that uses the phrase “egging case” without irony?

To paraphrase “a prosecutor in the case,” if this isn’t nuts, what is?

fluffincolorMeanwhile, A-1 cutey Selena Gomez, aka the former Beib-friend/current Beib-friend/former Beib-friend is, once again, on Beiber’s arm. This has friends and family worried that Beiber is a bad influence on the nice girl Gomez.

On cue, in the fashion of young ladies from time immemorial, Gomez set out to prove them right. On Tuesday night police were called to Gomez’ house after neighbours complained of a loud party. Because neighbourhood relations are something you go to Justin Beiber for advice on.

fluffincolorI hate talking Miley Cyrus. From cute little girl singer to hopelessly crass skank in one short step, it’s just so disappointing. This week in Spain she put in a concert in which she wore a one piece money suit, and yanked it up in wedgie fashion, showing far more than any sane human wants to see. Oh yea, and she was sticking her tongue out in that german shepherd with it’s head to the window way she seems to think is sexy.

Funny thing about the last three stories. Notice Selena Gomez is the nice girl here. Notice too, the story is her friends and family are worried about her. Now consider that Justin Beiber’s dad was one of the posse when Beiber was busted for racing on the Florida streets a few months back and Miley Cyrus’ dad, Billy Ray, has previously declared himself proud of her skank-shenanigans. A family around who’s worrying about your welfare, instead of enabling your stupidity is such a difference in a young stars life. Here’s a prediction: Gomez will be fine, but I’ll be writing about Cyrus and Beiber until I get sick of them and put them on the Paris Hilton/Kardashian list of people who, short of murder, I just won’t write about.

fluffincolorHarrison Ford is said to be “on the road to recovery,” after having an accident on the set of Star Wars VII: The Infinite Sequel. The 71-year old Ford, who is reprising his role as smuggler Hans Solo, broke his leg when his ship, The Millennium Falcon, fell on him. While initially reported to have broken his ankle, Ford had surgery on his broken leg, and will begin rehab shortly.

To get this straight, Han Solo is now 71 and the Millennium Falcon is falling out of the sky. I’m thinking maybe I’ll take a pass on lining up dressed as a Wookie for opening night of this one.

fluffincolorActor Michael Jace appeared in court this week in the April shooting death of his wife. On May 19th Jace was charged with murder and is being held on $2-million bail in LA. Jace called 911 at the time of his wife’s shooting saying he had killed his wife.

Appearing today, the month in prison has not been good to Jace. The 52-year old star of The Shield (and black panther in Forrest Gump) looks like a 70-year old man. He has aged dramatically in the month since he first appeared.

Jace faces a 50-year sentence if convicted, but don’t look for him survive anywhere near that long.


fluffincolorCasey Kasem (1932-2014)

Up until a couple of years ago, “who is the voice of Shaggy in Scooby Doo?” made a great trivia question at a party. Nowadays, however, everybody seem to know that DJ Casey Kasem voiced the Great Dane’s hippy pal.

Kasem was known primarily as the host of America’s Top 40, a radio show that ran from 1970 to 2009, although it is primarily remembered nostalgically for it’s heyday on the 70’s and into the 80’s.

In his final years he suffered with Parkinson’s Disease, which ultimately took his life, and were marred by fighting over his treatment between his wife of 34-years and his children from a previous marriage. The disagreements sadly prevented Kasem form having some dignity in death, something he always projected in life. None the less, he will be remembered for his silky smooth voice and wonderful way of introducing songs through stories. May he rest in peace.

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Lord Stanley’s Candy Dish

June 16th, 2014

Times sure have changed from the beer at the strip club days. Friday night last, or more technically Saturday morning, the LA Kings arrived at the North End Bar & Grill in Hermosa Beach, the same club that they celebrated their Stanley Cup victory 2-years ago, with the Cup in hand. As part of the evenings proceedings, they filled the bowl of the cup with M&M’s (Plain, Peanut and Peanut Butter).

Here’s the video:


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The Freedom of Music: Kiss 40

June 15th, 2014

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One likes to believe in the freedom of music.
Rush - Spirit of Radio.

“I just heard Slade’s Cum on Feel the Noize on the radio,” a friend texted me the other day. “I felt 13 again.” Yea well, I’ve had Kiss 40 playing on my iPod for the last four weeks, so I know what you mean.

sidebar-6Kiss 40 is a new compilation in celebration of Kiss’ 40-years as a recording band, featuring 40-tracks, one from each album released (live, studio and hits collections) plus some bonus demos and live material from the past ten years. The collection is a fairly complete set of Kiss songs that ultimately leans heavily on the early years and satisfies an original member of the Kiss army, even if I haven’t been in good standing for 37-years.

The first thing you notice on listening to Kiss 40 is that the sound on the songs from the first three albums, Kiss, Hotter Than Hell and Dressed to Kill, are greatly improved from the original. Widely considered in music geek circles to be albums that suffered under spotty production, Kiss’ early albums get a major sonic upgrade here (presumably the same upgrade the re-released vinyl albums got), and Nothin’ to Lose, Let Me Go Rock and Roll and C’Mon and Love Me all sound fabulous, allowing the quality of the songs and performances to come through.

Moving into the Destroyer, Rock & Roll Over, Love Gun era, the bands professionalism and songs improve, although understandably, some of the youthful fun and energy from the early albums seem to fade. But material like Beth, Hard Luck Woman, Christine Sixteen, as well as a demo of God of Thunder and live Shout it Out Loud remind you the band was at it’s peak commercially and artistically in the mid-70’s.

Offering something from every Kiss album, (the four 1978 solo albums included) means music from every era from disco, to 80’s hair metal to the modern era. You will learn Kiss were, if nothing else, a band that adapted to it’s surroundings (perhaps Gene Simmons is really a lizard). Some of the material can be spotty (Paul Stanley’s Hold Me, Touch Me or Shandi) some can be very good (Ace Frehley’s New York Groove, Gene Simmons Radioactive) but most is just good, serviceable rock and roll.

Compliation albums like this really should be easy to listen to in the modern age, yet nostalgic. Listening should be visceral experience that takes you back to being 13. Kiss 40 succeeds spectacularly at that.

Unless indicated all selections are album versions
CD 1
1.     Nothin To Lose
2.     Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
3.     C’mon and Love Me
4.     Rock And Roll All Nite (Live)
5.     God Of Thunder (Demo)
6.     Beth
7.     Hard Luck Woman
8.     Reputation (Demo) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
9.     Christine Sixteen
10.  Shout It Out Loud (Live)
11.  Strutter ‘78
12.  You Matter To Me (Peter Criss)
13.  Radioactive (Gene Simmons)
14.  New York Groove (Ace Frehley)
15. Hold Me, Touch Me (Paul Stanley)
16.  I Was Made For Lovin’ You (Single Edit)
17.  Shandi
18.  A World Without Heroes
19.  I Love It Loud
20.  Down On Your Knees
21.  Lick It Up
22.  Heaven’s On Fire

CD 2
1.     Tears Are Falling
2.     Reason To Live
3.     Let’s Put The X In Sex
4.     Forever (Remix)
5.     God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II
6.     Unholy (Live)
7.     Do You Love Me? (MTV Unplugged)
8.     Room Service (Live)
9.     Jungle (Radio Edit)
10.  Psycho Circus
11.  Nothing Can Keep Me From You
12.  Detroit Rock City (Live)
13.  Deuce (Live 2004) – UNRELEASED COMMERCIALLY
14.  Firehouse (Live – 1999/2000)
15.  Modern Day Delilah
16.  Cold Gin (Live 2009) – UNRELEASED COMMERCIALLY
17.  Crazy Crazy Nights (Live 2010) – UNRELEASED COMMERCIALLY
18.  Hell or Hallelujah


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Tim Hudak Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Resign

June 13th, 2014

I said he had to go almost 2-years ago. It was obvious then; it was obvious the previous October. But he refused to go, his people insisted he’s the guy, simply has to be. Richard Ciano even sent out an email explaining how big a win it was to lose two different by-elections. Two! On the same day!! As I pointed out then, what a concession speech. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Signage outside a polling station, Hespeler, Ontario.

Signage outside a polling station, Hespeler, Ontario.

Hey Tim, you wanted to stay. Stay. Act like a man and face the party. Let your ass be unceremoniously fired, and all of your advisers with you. This is your mess, own it, explain yourself, and then take your march to the guillotine with dignity.

Meanwhile, Doug Ford is 100% right on this:

I’d give that PC party an enema from top to bottom.

It need a thorough cleaning out, and it needs to start offering a sellable message now.

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Related: Former Liberal Cabinet Minister and Mayor of London Joe Fontana found guilty of fraud, forgery and breach of trust. Note how quiet this is. The day after a government whom nobody is denying committed an illegal act was re-elected, it tells us something about where we are as a province, and it’s not a good place.




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Who’s The Guy in the Big White Hat Talking to Sam?

June 13th, 2014

By now, everyone has seen the picture. The dog is by the coffins, a ramrod straight Mountie standing to attention in front of them. My Facebook page lit up with this picture Tuesday afternoon, half-a-dozen Facebook friends posting it within’ minutes of each other. The combination police coffins and Police dog was too compelling for people not to respond, so they posted.

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What did you see when you saw it? The Coffins? The Dog? Me, I saw the at attention Mountie in ceremonial uniform. But then, I’m getting used to seeing pictures of Rob.

That Mountie is my friend and former neighbour, Rob (no your not getting his last name). Every once in a while you get the morning paper and there he is. “You’re on the front page of the paper today,” I’ve texted him at 7:00 in the morning before. The Blue Jays opening night ceremonies once, saluting President Obama coming off the helicopter another time. One November 11th at the cenotaph I looked to my left and was standing beside him in full red serge.

My two favourite Rob stories involve my son. One day when the boy was about 10, Rob came over and knocked on the door on some neighborly business or another (likely borrowing a tool). He was just getting home and was in uniform.

“There’s a policeman at the door! There’s a policeman at the door!” my son came running into the room.

Answering the door I turned to him, “It’s Rob!”

“Oh,” he says, and walks away pleased that nobody in the house will be going to jail on this day.

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The other time happened last summer, when the Mounted Police were in England as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. A picture (above) hit the Facebook page of a mutual friend. Rob, about three feet from Her Majesty, engaged in a formal salute. It’s a close up, Rob’s from the shoulders up, the Queen’s head. We passed it around the table when it first appeared. “Who’s the old lady with Rob?” my son, now 16, asks.


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Mark Steyn, Broadway Baby

May 21st, 2014

“What do you want for our anniversary,” my wife asked in mid-April. Number twenty-three was coming up, and as hasn’t happened in about twenty years, I had something I actually wanted: a $100 gift certificate to the SteynOnline.  I want to support his fight against that loon Michael Mann, and for free speech, (which took yet another hit in Toronto this weekend *). So by mid-morning on April 27th, I had already spent most of my $100, and bought 3 Steyn offerings, America Alone (hardback edition), Passing parade and Broadway Babies Say Goodnight.

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While I worked through Passing Parade first, and having bought America Alone on my Kobo when it first came out, I am now about two-thirds through Broadway babies. I simply cannot say enough how much I am enjoying it. Steyn is, of course, such a good writer, but Broadway is an obvious passion, and his knowledge on the subject is frightening. For myself, I’m a big music fan who has lately grown to enjoy the musicals, show tunes, and jazz standards that are covered through the book. It is a book I looked at for years at SteynOnline and decided no, finally bought, albeit reluctantly, and is one of the best books I’ve read in ages.broadway-babies

One thing I keep thinking, I would love if Steyn updated the book, being more than 15-years out of date and things on Broadway have, naturally enough, changed since the mid 90’s. Or have they changed? It’s a question I’d like to see Steyn answer.

If you prefer e-books, Steyn has made his books available in various formats, more dead people than ever version of Passing Parade. But really, just go to SteynOnline, order some books and support his fight against big climate bully Michael Mann.



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Freedom of Music: California Breed

May 18th, 2014

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One likes to believe in the freedom of music.
Rush - Spirit of Radio.

It’s an easy temptation to compare California Breed to it’s predecessor, Black Country Communion. To look upon Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham’s new power trio as BCC minus Joe Bonamassa and Derek Shirinian, as their debut album as the fourth BCC studio effort. Easy, but wrong. A far better comparative would be Hughes 70’s power trio, Trapeze, with the California Breed album slotting itself musically in a natural progression after 1970’s Medussa and ’72’s You Are The Music… We’re Just the Band.

California Breed is in fact exactly as advertised, a power trio of the old school. As much as the narrative on Black Country Communion was a band out of the 70’s, there was always something about that story that rang false. California Breed is far closer in feel and mood to a 70’s band, with the twist that guitarist Andrew Watt often sounds straight out of the 90’s grunge movement.

The problem is, the power-push rhythm section is missing the tempering quality of Bonamassa, his instinctively melodic lines that make sense of the rhythm sections natural inkling to roll with power for the entire album. While Watt is a good guitar player, he is too inclined to join the raucous fun, with the end result being an album that is thunderously rockin’ and entirely forgettable.

That’s not to say that there are no softer moments, no ballads. But even the ballads, such as All Falls Down and Chemical Rain, are driven by a distorted guitar instead of defaulting to an acoustic (Breathe being the exception, using an acoustic throughout). The Ballads however, along with Sweet Tea, despite it’s obvious similarity with Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love, and Spit You Out are the albums highlights.

The problem falls in a number of heavy (as in plodding) numbers that sound more or less alike and are meaningless, loud and otherwise boring: The Grey; Days they Come; Strong; Invisible and Scars are interchangeable and boring in spite of their volume.

The reality is I want to like this album, I like Glenn Hughes and, as a loyal Led Zeppelin fan am cheering for Jason Bonham to do well. I want to like this album, but I just can’t. It has it’s moments where it’s good, but it has far too many that detract from the good within. I want to like it, but I know the truth is, having reviewed it, I will probably never listen to it again.



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The Freedom of Music: Divas

May 11th, 2014

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One likes to believe in the freedom of music.
Rush - Spirit of Radio.

I’m not one for the current crop of pop stars. In the best imitation of my parents that I can do, it often occurs to me ‘that’s not really music.’ Over-reliance on computer tricks, double-taping the vocals and too many dancers on stage make a guy wonder if they’re hiding what they don’t have by spending a fortune on show. sidebar-1 But less face it, I write on music because I love music. As much as I have my fair share of the miserable old bastard about me, if somebody who I previously dismissed manages to blow my socks off, I’ll not stand there saying, “but, but…”

Nobody hides on a Broadway stage. You either have the stuff, or you die up there while the critics in the pit rip you apart. So when my daughter and I went to see Carly Rae Jepsen as Cinderella in Rogers and Hammerstein’s stage variation on the beloved fairy tale, I was skeptical. Jepsen, the Call Me Maybe hit-maker, is cute as a button and perky like Tigger. But can she sing with the auto-tune in the off position?

Short answer: oh yes, she can. Jepson as Cinderella was a) cute as a button b) perky like Tigger and c) sang the Rogers and Hammerstein score flawlessly. I may never be a Call Me Maybe fan, but I’ll tell you what I know: Carly Rae Jepsen can sing.

But when it comes to female pop singers, nobody’s bigger than Beyonce. She has it all, the designer clothes, multi change stage show, half-naked dancers, celebrity rapper husband and Time Magazine cover. But it’s easy to see the pictures of the celebrity couples baby, Ivy Blue, in the celebrity magazine’s and the Pepsi sponsorship and forget she came out of a vocal group, Destiny’s Child.

Watching the 2008 movie Cadillac Records, about the success of Chess Records, Beyonce, starring as Etta James sings an astounding version of I’d Rather Go Blind. It is a performance of a classic song that sends chills up the spine. If you haven’t seen it, it is a must watch, just so you can put aside whatever bias you have against Beyonce, she’s that good in this movie.

At the risk of repeating myself: Beyonce can sing.

No, I’m not running out to buy Beyonce, or Carly Rae Jepson’s records, and because the evidence suggests these two women can sing, doesn’t mean Lady Gaga, Madonna or Brittany Spears automatically can. There’s still too much trickery, not enough relying on talent. But it’s useful to remember that just because talent isn’t immediately evident, doesn’t mean it’s absent.


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