Essays Archive

24 May 2008

My First Brush with Music and the Internet

I’m at my in-laws’ house today, where for some reason the DSL is acting like the old Hayes 2400 baud modem that I used to connect to AOL in the Dark Ages of the Internet. I first
20 May 2008

I Can’t Get It Out of My Head: Earworms

We’ve all had it happen: One song finds its way into your brain, and try as you might, you can’t make it go away. Oliver Sacks calls the tunes “earworms,” and they have been known to stick
19 May 2008

Desert Island Discs: Honeymoon Suite – The Big Prize

Year Released: 1986 Top chart position: #61 Some albums stand the test of time. Abbey Road, for example, sounds as fresh as it did 35 years ago. Prince’s Purple Rain and its genre-bending blend of rock, funk