Category Archives: favorite things

These are a few of my favorite things: DeBarge

[Originally posted right here on 2/16/05.] DeBarge: The Power and the Glory DeBarge weren’t always perfection by any means, but when they nailed it – and I’m talking about their ballads here – to paraphrase Stacy Lattisaw, they f—ing nailed … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, favorite things, R&B

These are a few of my favorite things: Jodeci

[One of the longest reviews I wrote for Stylus, on 2005 greatest hits albums by Jodeci and K-Ci and JoJo. Originally published 7/06/05.] The key to Jodeci, as K-Ci & JoJo’s output has shown us, wasn’t K-Ci Hailey, nor was it … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, favorite things, R&B, reviews, Stylus, Uncategorized

These are a few of my favorite things: on McCartney

[Originally published 2/5/07 at Stylus Magazine. The video, notably, stars John Hurt. RIP.] Stylus Magazine’s Seconds column examines those magic moments that arise when listening to a piece of music that strikes that special chord inside. That pounding drum intro; a … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, favorite things, pop, Stylus

These are a few of my favorite things: MLVC top 25

[Originally published on the short-lived move of my blog to tumblr, 5 years ago today, 2/8/12.] So, after reading Alfred’s top 15 Madonna songs, I was inspired to do my own version of the same. My list, of course, has … Continue reading

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These are a few of my favorite things: on “Cool Night” and a complicated relationship with my father

[Originally published, here, on April 10, 2003 — almost 14 years ago. I’ve made a few minor edits/updates, but the bulk of this is as originally written. And I swear this wasn’t done intentionally — I was looking for older … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, favorite things, personal, pop

These are a few of my favorite things: on Journey

[Written for the Stylus feature “The Diamond,” published 4/24/07. Seems fitting to republish this on Steve Perry’s 68th (!) birthday.] The Diamond is an apt name for albums certified for 10 million + sales by the Recording Industry Association of … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, favorite things, rock, Stylus

These are a few of my favorite things: on Jam & Lewis

[Written as the frontpiece for Stylus’s Hall of Fame week celebration of Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis, published 4/17/06.] A few years ago, a friend sent me a copy of a promo boxed set he’d snagged from a used-record … Continue reading

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