Much has been written about George Martin, producer and some would say virtual member of The Beatles. I would like to focus on one song, and the way it exemplifies Martin’s unique ability to commingle classical techniques and pop arranging values. “I Am the Walrus”
It was a slow song, in the style of a plaintive Roy Orbison ballad. The band started to record it; but the producer wasn’t feeling it. He advised the band to pick up the tempo, and to add a hooky instrumental bit at the beginning.
In 1982, Thomas Dolby was an MTV staple with his hit, “She Blinded Me With Science” (science!). The theme is an apt description of his interests then, and now. Born Thomas Robertson, he got the “Dolby” nickname because of his geeking out over keyboards and
A friend recently had a chance to see Billy Joel in concert at Madison Square Garden, and after talking about the experience, it got me itching to go see The Piano Man perform live once again. Billy Joel holds a special place in my heart.