Sad to note the passing of Percy Sledge.

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Percy Sledge, “The King of Slow Soul,” passed away yesterday at the age of 73.

Sledge had a long and prolific career: but he never again recorded a song that holds a candle to his first, 1966‘s “When A Man Loves A Woman.” It was Atlantic Records’ first-ever gold record, reached #1 on both Billboard’s Hot 100 and R&B charts, and was ranked as number 53 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

If you’re a man you will, at some time in your life, feel this song. You will know it. You will probably even sing it. The depths of passion and devotion, fear and uncertainty, hope and agony, wrapped up in two minutes and fifty-one seconds. Those who know, will know. Those who don’t know, never will.

When a man loves a woman
Can’t keep his mind on nothin’ else
He’d change the world for the good thing he’s found.
If she is bad he can’t see it
She can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend if he put her down.

When a man loves a woman
He’ll spend his very last dime
Tryin’ to hold on to what he needs.
He’d give up all his comforts
And sleep out in the rain
If she said that’s the way it ought to be.

Well, this man loves a woman –
I gave you everything I had
Tryin’ to hold on to your heartless love –
Baby, please don’t treat me bad.

When a man loves a woman
Down deep in his soul
She can bring him such misery.
If she is playin’ him for a fool
He’s the last one to know.
Lovin’ eyes can never see.

When a man loves a woman
He can do her no wrong
He can never want some other girl.

Yes, when a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels
‘Cause baby, baby, you’re my world.

When a man loves a woman….

Past masters: George Carlin


Past masters: Roger Miller

Fifty years ago my uncle brought Roger Miller’s debut album to our house. We played it incessantly. I haven’t heard it since then. But between Syria and the Ukraine, it’s become timely all of a sudden.

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Past masters: Alex Chilton and Chris Bell

“The Ballad of El Goodo.” Written by Chilton and Bell, recorded by their band Big Star in 1972. The middle eight, the bridge, whatever you want to call it.. “Hold on.. Hold on”.. is one of the most haunting refrains in pop music.

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Past masters: Bill Hicks


Past Masters: Mark Twain


Past masters: Edgar Allen Poe

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Great Scot.

It’s Burns Week. Remember The Bard.


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Past masters: Bob Marley


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Past masters: Mr. Clemens nails it yet again.

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“The approach of Christmas brings harassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so dissatisfied with the result, and so disappointed that they want to sit down and cry. Then they give thanks that Christmas comes but once a year.” – Mark Twain, Following The Equator