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2018-11-30 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Music
Christmas Albums We Love

I carefully hand-picked from our collection of over 150 Christmas albums the ones I feel most strongly should be shared with all music lovers. Valerie told me about the new Monkees album, Christmas Party. They don’t sound like old guys struggling with some health issues, they sound like fun and enthusiasm. Silver Bells comes from […]

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2013-12-01 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Music + Writing
There’s a Song in the Air

Music has always been my strongest means for expressing and celebrating the spiritual beauty of Christmas. As a good harmony singer on a school campus at the Texas School for the Blind where music played a leading role, I rose early on our day for going home. In the older girls’ cottage we donned warm […]

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2013-09-22 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Music

What is it about the number eight and music? There are eighty-eight keys on a piano. Think of the songs that reference only the number eight in their lyrics: “I’m Henry the Eighth” by Herman’s Hermits; “Pieces of Eight” by Stix; “Old 8×10” by Randy Travis; “Eight More Miles to Louisville” by Grandpa Jones and […]

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2013-08-19 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Music
Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville, 2010, A Review

Johnny Mathis’ mellow tenor and soft strings from the 50’s join Nashville resources–no studio fancy gimmicks. He sings with Lane Brody, Alison Krauss, and Vince Gill. Jerry Douglas’s notable guitar licks enhance the collection. Familiar ballads from the Everly Brothers and Patsy Cline are complemented by “Wonderful World,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” and more. […]

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2013-04-15 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Music
From Stages and Studios

Savor history! That’s what Louisville fans did on April 11. The KFC Yum! Center turned from basketball arena to concert venue to host Fleetwood Mac. Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood soared to expected heights. Unfortunately, Christine McVie chooses not to leave retirement for the road. Stevie Nicks brought down the house when she dedicated “Landslide” […]

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2013-03-09 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Music
Great Sounds

New music: Rascal Flats: “Changed” (2013) My husband and I watched the video about this group’s restructuring of management and recommitment to their music careers. “All Access & Uncovered” (2012) brings the guys and their families to life; traces their past success; hints at their struggle and recent loss of focus. Then it launches full-throttle […]

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