Listening Sessions

Robert Gilbert
For those looking for thoughtful writing on great music.
Created 11 May 2021
  • Jackie & Roy: Musical Joie de vivre
    24 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Subscribe now How do you define joy? How do you know when you feel it? And, even more importantly, how do you know when joy is real and not manufactured? Thoughts of joy come to mind when listening to...
  • Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Lee Morgan & the Beach Boys: A Recent Release Round-up
    14 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Today’s post marks six months since I started ‘Listening Sessions.’ Writing about music has long been a dream of mine, putting into words what I feel when I listen to music that truly moves me. So far...
  • Gordon Lightfoot and the Wherefore and Why of 'Did She Mention My Name?'
    03 Nov 2021 • 10 min read
    Subscribe now It begins almost out of nowhere, a single guitar idly strumming and then a declaration, the protagonist telling the listener he most definitely woke up on the right side of the bed and i...
  • Sounds Like Autumn
    22 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 4
    Subscribe now With the possible exception of December, my favourite month of the year is October. The promises of crisp air, sweater weather, the pastel hues of autumn leaves, apple picking and apple ...
  • Washington Suite
    13 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Subscribe now A few years ago, I visited my local record store with a specific purpose in mind. As opposed to trying to pick up as much as I could for as little as possible, I decided to limit myself ...
  • The Rapture of Sarah Vaughan
    02 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 1
    Subscribe now Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. The three most consequential female jazz vocalists to emerge out of the Big Band era who became utterly dominant forces in mid-20th cen...
  • Sin & Soul, Starring Oscar Brown Jr.
    22 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Subscribe now Oscar Brown Jr. was a singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, author, performer, Civil Rights activist, television host, political candidate and serviceman, to name but a few of the hats h...
  • An Elvis for Everyone
    12 Sep 2021 • 26 min read • 0 2
    Reporter: Now, to get down the serious side of it, Elvis. Now that the Army is part of the past, can you give us any details of some of your future plans. Elvis Presley: Well, the first thing I have t...
  • Elegy for Charlie Watts
    03 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Share Last Monday, I decided to give a listen to the track that the Rolling Stones released to accompany the announcement that their 1981 album Tattoo You is getting the 40th-anniversary treatment. To...
  • Harmony, Kentucky Style
    24 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Subscribe now I remember when Phil Everly passed at the beginning of 2014 that any reporter who decided to come calling on Art Garfunkel to get a comment was subjected to a test. Garfunkel held up a p...
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