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Taylor Swift – “Welcome to New York”

Boy, do I love songs about New York City. It’s a helluva town. From the good old “New York, New York,” to the less old “Theme from New York, New York,” from the lovely Dinah Washington singing Rodgers’ and Hart’s “Manhattan” to the rather dorky Paddy McAloon singing his “Hey, Manhattan,” from Paul Simon strolling Broadway with diamonds on the soles of his shoes to Lou Reed waiting for his man at Lexington and 125th street, there’s so many nice things to sing about and so many great songs that have been sung.

Posted on October 21st, 2014

“It’s Sunday” – Frank Sinatra with Tony Mottola

In 1983, in between albums, Sinatra was still doing some studio work as it suited him. And a song happened to come along that was apparently written with him in mind, by the famous melodist Jule Styne and the relatively young lyricist Susan Birkenhead. It was a gentle tune called “It’s Sunday,” the words being a reflection on the quiet love of an older couple: just the simple pleasures and the comfortable company of one another. Frank knew a treasure when he heard it, and he wanted to record it.

Posted on September 7th, 2014
Dylanosophy

Forthcoming: The Lyrics: Since 1962 by Bob Dylan

On October 28th, Simon and Schuster will be publishing The Lyrics: Since 1962 by Bob Dylan, edited and with an introduction by noted literary scholar and critic Christopher Ricks, and co-edited by Lisa and Julie Nemrow. It is to be rather different from previous “Lyrics” collections.

Posted on October 9th, 2014

“When Death Comes Creepin’ (Whatcha Gonna Do?)” – Bob Dylan and a Few Good Questions

There are at last three recordings in existence: that Witmark demo, which was chronologically the last of the three, and two earlier ones that appeared on the limited edition Copyright Extension Collection released last year. It’s the second of those two that I think is (by far) the best, a fine recording of a terrific song.

Posted on August 6th, 2014
Commentary

Leonard Cohen Predicts the Future

So, the other day I saw Leonard Cohen (who as previously mentioned has a new album out) being interviewed on a British television program and during it he was asked if he believed he was an optimistic person, and I thought his response to this question was quite penetrating and timely.

Posted on October 20th, 2014

Is Ebola Coming for My Dog?

In Spain, a nurse’s aide named Teresa Romero Ramos contracted Ebola from a patient (in a manner that has yet to be confirmed). In response, authorities quarantined her husband, Javier Limon, and three other people. And then today they killed her dog, a twelve-year-old mixed breed named Excalibur.

Posted on October 8th, 2014

Leonard Cohen on Being Jewish

Speaking of unnecessary yet needed things, Leonard Cohen (now an octogenarian) has just released a new album, titled Popular Problems. At a press availability in London …

Posted on September 30th, 2014
Shorts

Texas Hospital Worker Contracts Ebola

What should be done now? (Watch out, Fido!)

Posted on October 12th, 2014

Bill Murray and “Shelter from the Storm”

There may yet be hope for civilization.

Posted on October 6th, 2014

B.B. King Cancels Tour Due to Illness

B.B. King takes a break from the road at 89.

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Now Mobile Friendly!

At enormous expense and after unrestrained effort, working our web development team for many weeks of 14 hour shifts, THE CINCH REVIEW is now being issued in a format more easily readable on your smartphones, tablets, skateboards and other mobile devices.

Posted on August 6th, 2014
Dogs

A Man and His Dog

If you live in New York City, the odds are that you’re going to see famous people now and then. Even if you don’t go to their high society parties and clubs (and I for one toss every invitation in the trash on principle), you’re just fairly likely to run into them as they walk upon the sidewalk, something which even the famous must do if ever-so-briefly. Celebrities are no doubt bothered a lot less in Manhattan than …

Posted on June 2nd, 2014

Like Cats and Dogs

Two viral videos from the past couple of days provoke some commentary.

Posted on May 6th, 2014
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