Arsenio Orteza

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A musician obsessed

Music | Paul Simon shows perfectionist streak in new album
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 9/27/18, 09:58 am

Paul Simon has named his new album, In the Blue Light (Legacy), after a line from “How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns,” a song from the soundtrack to the dreadful One-Trick Pony, which he wrote and starred in 38 years ago. That the song itself (its title’s dodgy grammar notwithstanding) is not dreadful makes Simon’s decision to re-record it for inclusion on In the Blue Light a welcome one.

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New/recent releases

by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 9/13/18, 02:47 pm

Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 4

Schin-ichi Fukuda & Shigenori Kudo

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A queen remembered

Music | Obituaries rarely discussed Aretha Franklin’s two fervent Christian albums
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/31/18, 11:54 am

In the days following her death on Aug. 16 from pancreatic cancer, Aretha Franklin was alternately eulogized as the “Queen of Soul” and upbraided as a self-absorbed diva. (Her funeral occurs today in Detroit.) 

The praise vastly outweighed the excoriation and focused on her indomitable voice, her string of iconic late-’60s hits, and her longevity. (Her final album of original material, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, came out in 2014, 58 years after the recording of her first, Songs of Faith.)  

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