Monday, June 20, 2016


Some of you have no doubt heard about the current court case involving a claim of copyright infringement against Led Zeppelin for the opening to their big hit "Stairway to Heaven."  You can read about the case here.  That link also lets you listen to the opening of Stairway to Heaven and to the opening of Taurus, written and performed by Spirit whose members brought the lawsuit.  To my ear, they are obviously similar, but at face value would not rise to the level of plagiarism IMHO.  However, I am no professional in this area.  This YouTube video provides an in depth analysis without an opinion:

Here is TJR's follow up analysis that gives his opinion:

So - my amateur opinion?  I don't think that you can make a copyright claim on a chord progression.  There are literally thousands of songs with virtually the same progressions but are clearly different songs.  Taurus is an instrumental that goes a completely different direction after the opening riff, and Stairway to Heaven does the same.  Did Page copy the gist of the progression?  Maybe, but to me that is no plagiarism.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016


From one of my favorite comic strips, Non Sequitur:


Just some observations from the more-editorial-than-comic:
     The Abrahamic Religions are not contributing
     They have their backs toward the board, and thus do not know what is going on
     They are holding tight to their particular source of truth
     The scientist is having to 'work around' the faith leaders

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Ascending Voice IV was recently held on the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu, at it is a symposium dedicated to sacred a capella music.  For three days, there are a series of workshops, symposia, all-sings and performances.  The Pepperdine Chamber Choir sang Elijah Rock by Moses Hogan - both the song and the composer were new to me, and I felt like sharing my 'discovery' with you all!  You can read about Moses here and here, and listen to the song below.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


I have known this song since the Stones came out with it in 1965.  You can see a video of the Stones version here - but below is an interesting cover version by Son Little at eTown accompanied by eTown host Nick Forster. 

Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes
And the chauffeur drives your car
You let everybody know
But don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire

Your mother she's an heiress, owns a block in Saint John's Wood
And your father'd be there with her
If he only could
But don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire

Your old man took her diamond's and tiaras by the score
Now she gets her kicks in Stepney
Not in Knightsbridge anymore
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire

Now you've got some diamonds and you will have some others
But you'd better watch your step, girl
Or start living with your mother
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


A lot has been written lately about the duplicity, silliness and downright stupidity of the regressive left-wingers [we all know that all right-wingers are regressive :-]  Ha!  Anyway, this is a great example of some left-wing lunacy: