Essays Archive

4 Dec 2016

Two different melodies: ‘Near You’, Teenage Fanclub

When I first heard “Near You” by Teenage Fanclub, I was taken with the keyboard melody that graced most of the song. The thing ist, for the first few months that I heard this song, I was
19 Nov 2016

Out of Time: 25 Years Later

Yesterday, R.E.M. released the 25th anniversary reissue of their breakthrough album, Out of Time. The album went multiplatinum, selling 18 million copies worldwide, and garnered R.E.M. three Grammy awards – two for the single “Losing My Religion.” It’s hard
12 Sep 2016

‘Saturday Night,’ The Bay City Rollers

A Song From My Childhood I can trace my love of pop music back to a few songs from 1976, when I was all of 8 years old: “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” by the Four