Happy Birthday Mr. Richards, Your Ngrams Look Good

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Google Labs' "ngram viewer" instantly quantifies literary references in its massive digital library

Google Labs recently unveiled Ngrams, a chart that displays the number of times a term has appeared in literature digitized in the Google Books library. Based on their massive collection, the project has produced informative results for Freud, Darwin and […]

Keith Richards' "Life" – It's the Song, Not the Singer

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Mr. Richards shows his sensitive side in "Life."

Keith Richards, my hero. The songs, the guitars, the money, the girls, the cars, houses in the islands, pharmaceutical-quality drugs in death-defying quantities. Throughout, he keeps writing great songs. He lives a seemingly simple life, with simple chord sequences played better than anyone. To paraphrase […]

Suzanne Vega and Peter Gabriel Release Cover Albums

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Peter Gabriel by Nadav Kandar

The TV shows American Idol and Glee have made cover songs a greater focal point for the music business than ever, even including songwriting-publishing’s peak years in the early recording era. Of course, the histrionics of the Idol contestants and the high school kids of Glee can’t match a […]

Muddy Waters Comes to Life in Cadillac Records

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The historic meeting of Little Walter and Muddy Waters in Cadillac Records

I’m a big Muddy Waters fan, but having only ever seen him on tv or movies and read about him in books, I was really thrilled to see Jeffrey Wright make come to life in Cadillac Records. The hard part is […]