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November 16, 2016

"Your Mind Is on Vacation"

"Your mind is on vacation and your mouth is working overtime."

This line, from the titletrack of Mose Allison's 1976 album Your Mind is on Vacation, was repeated frequently yesterday following word of his death at 89.

The atypical blues-based pi...

November 16, 2016

"Daddy's Hands"

Little had been heard from country singer-songwriter Holly Dunn since the early 1990s, when she left Nashville for New Mexico and a career as a visual artist. Still, news of Dunn's death yesterday at 59 evoked great sadness among those who knew the artis...

November 15, 2016

Elvis Costello & the Imposters at the Beacon Theatre (Photo: Chalkie Davies)

Elvis Costello's opening comment at his first of two Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers SRO shows at the Beacon Theatre last week were ominously prescient.

"Who knows what kind of misery lurks wi...

November 15, 2016

Leon Russell at the 2011 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction gala in New York (Photo courtesy of Songwriters Hall of Fame) 

How significant was Leon Russell?

"My darling Leon Russell passed away last night," Elton John tweeted upon learning or Russell's death Sunday at 74...

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