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Reviews

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

Bob Dylan – “Never Gonna Be The Same Again”

Although it was during the mid-1980s that yours truly happened to become a Bob Dylan fan, listening to his albums from that period has sometimes seemed like a guilty pleasure. While I’d stick up unreservedly for a certain number of those songs, there are those others that just seem silly. Yet, sometimes I kind of […]

Posted on October 30th, 2014

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
Commentary

Cerys Matthews – “The Reverend Eli Jenkins’ Prayer”

Under Milk Wood is Dylan Thomas’s “play for voices” (i.e. intended for radio rather than the stage), a quite wild and sometimes soaring portrait of the inhabitants of a fishing village in Wales, the fictional Llareggub, depicting both their dreams and a day in their lives.

Posted on October 30th, 2014

Bob Dylan – “Never Gonna Be The Same Again”

Although it was during the mid-1980s that yours truly happened to become a Bob Dylan fan, listening to his albums from that period has sometimes seemed like a guilty pleasure. While I’d stick up unreservedly for a certain number of those songs, there are those others that just seem silly. Yet, sometimes I kind of […]

Posted on October 30th, 2014

Ebola, God, Just Sayin’

These kinds of things tend to be quickly swept away in the major media outlets, so I’m just pausing for a moment to highlight them.

Posted on October 28th, 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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