No one sounds like Eddie Van Halen. Pro musician Vinnie DeMasi explains a little of the magic to his technique.
U2’s music is largely defined by the instantly-recognizable guitar sound of The Edge. What are some of his tricks to achieve it?
The legal battle over whether “Stairway to Heaven” ripped off another song is on once again. A musician friend of ours takes a look at the musical argument.
“The Cuervo Gold/The fine Columbian/Make tonight a wonderful thing.” Have lyrics ever evoked a time and place more perfectly? While the Cuervo and Columbian are natural pairings from Steely Dan’s “Gaucho,” we’d like to suggest yet another in this episode of “Wine & Vinyl.”
Back in the day, Tin Pan Alley songwriters wrote introductory “verses” that were nothing like the song that followed. Steely Dan modernized this old-world technique on “Babylon Sisters.” See how.