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July 19, 2017

A significant and prolific regional center of the classic R&B era is Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

July 19, 2017

Going around in circles—the phrase implies the frustration of not getting anywhere fast. But in music, circles offer magical, never-ending p...

June 28, 2017

Last month we went to Memphis to check out the work of the legendary Duck Dunn, and while there are many more tracks to discover from him, t...

June 28, 2017

The cycle, the circle of 5ths, the circle of 4ths—these are terms for harmonic movement through the 12 notes of our musical system. Confusio...

June 6, 2017

Having spent a fair amount of ink perusing the early-’60s Motown/James Jamerson archives, I thought it would be interesting to take a look a...

June 6, 2017

Do you get mixed up when you play something not written in 4/4?

May 3, 2017

This month i’ll retread the “great Moments” format as a brief break from exploring the vaults of Motown.

May 3, 2017

The D#dim triad in bar 2 connects the chords Dm and Em.

April 7, 2017

We return to our look at early Motown recordings with three relatively unknown tracks from 1961, “Mighty Good Lovin’” by the Miracles, “Don’...

April 7, 2017

Music continually surprises me.

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