Essays Archive

17 Apr 2008

Hearing a New Beatles Single for the First Time

I was born in 1968 – two years before the Beatles broke up. I missed it all – the invasion of America in 1964, Sgt. Pepper, the Maharishi, the rooftop concert. By the time I started listening
15 Apr 2008

Desert Island Discs: Glow – The Innocence Mission

Year Released: 1994 Top chart position: n/a I first heard the Innocence Mission in 1989 from Matt Goldman, who lived on the first floor of my dormitory in college. I could walk into his room, hear new
8 Apr 2008

Desert Island Discs: Whatever – Aimee Mann

Year Released: 1993 Top chart position: #127 Poor Aimee Mann. She’s best known for being the lead singer of the one-hit wonder ’til tuesday. The group’s 1985 single, “Voices Carry,”was a haunting new-wave classic that is still