Burnes Turns: March 25-April 8

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for me as I’ve moved into not only my first house, but a different state. But through it all, I’ve had some great music to accompany me as I’ve trekked through a considerable swath of Bob Dylan’s discography, continued to enjoy the magic of one of music’s most…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 190-171

190. “Back in Black” – AC/DC This was Bryan Johnson’s introduction to the world as the frontman of AC/DC after the death of Bon Scott, and he arrived all guns blazing and armed to the teeth with one of the greatest riffs of all time and the killer flow (and high register) to back it…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 210-191

210. “Bye Bye Love” – The Everly Brothers This is another Everly Brothers song that I spent a lot of time listening to when I was four with my step-grandma, but unlike “Wake up, Little Suzie” this one is not historically interesting, nor was it badass and controversial in its day. How could it have…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 260-231

260. “Mississippi” – Bob Dylan I was first exposed to this song when I was new to buying music off of iTunes. Rolling Stone had listed it as one of the greatest songs of the ’00s, but the version I purchased was actually a live acoustic recording. It’s still really good, and after listening to…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 380-371

380. “I Can’t Explain” – The Who This catchy tune is the original single from one of the biggest bands in the history of the world: The Who. It’s interesting to me that they’ve been around for so long, but they never really got to be considered in the same league as other British invaders…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs 420-411

420. “The Girl Can’t Help it” – Little Richard I can’t hear this song without thinking about Fergie, but it was actually originally written about the big-breasted Jayne Mansfield. It wasn’t that big of a hit in ’57 when it was released (it peaked at the No. 49 position), so it really makes me wonder…

Burnes’ Turns Nov. 3-25, 2016

With the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon still on my mind, the series once again creeps into a playlist ripe with the rediscovery and newfound appreciation of familiar tunes. But it’s a new track from a band that I’d never listened to before that takes top honors as we head into the Christmas season. “Drunk…

The Freewheelin Bob Dylan – 1963

***** Pure poetry. That’s what Bob Dylan offered with his monumental release at the beginning of his career in 1963 with The Freewheelin Bob Dylan. About half of it was not only significantly important social commentary for all time (“Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Masters of War,” “Oxford Town”). Another solid portion was made up of…

Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

***** There have been many so-called “revolutionaries” across music history, but none, I would argue, more prolific than Bob Dylan. His early Folk albums were classics, no doubt, but when he plugged in and alienated his musically conservative fans, he opened the door to a new world of influence. Highway 61 Revisited, the first of Bob Dylan’s…