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John Anthony James
Essays and ideas about my world and the things I love.
Nov 9, 2023
The Day I Saw The Queen (or Live Your Life Like A Rock Star)
What a brief encounter with the Queen (and Robert Forster and Grant MacLennan of the Go-Betweens) taught me about life... #thequeen #rockstar #go-betweens #gobetweens #queen #selfimprovement #music
Oct 27, 2023
Where Do Our Musical Tastes Come From?
Is musical taste a case of nurture or nature? Was I born with it, or did something else mould my musical preferences?
Oct 25, 2023
Roger Waters’ The Dark Side of the Moon Redux: Are We Looking at it the Wrong Way?
When I first heard that Roger Waters was making a new version of The Dark Side Of The Moon, I, like many people, assumed the worst. But my opinion changed when I heard some preview tracks on the web—they weren't perfect, but they weren't awful either. So, I was prepared to approach the new recording with open ears. Well, I've sat with the whole album for a few weeks now, and I wonder if we've all missed the point of the project.
Sep 19, 2023
Ranking The Moody Blues: My Favourite Songs
The Moody Blues are one of my favourite bands. Here are my ten favourite Moody Blues songs, presented chronologically, so I don't need to decide which is my absolute favourite.
Sep 3, 2023
Ranking The Beatles: Penny Lane vs Strawberry Fields Forever
One of the greatest singles ever released was The Beatles' double-A-sided Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever. I've often wondered which song I like better—Penny Lane or Strawberry Fields. So, let's take a deeper dive.
Aug 3, 2023
Ranking The Beatles: A deep dive into Please Please Me
A deep dive into Please Please Me by The Beatles include song rankings.