Author Archives: Oakland Soft Rock Choir

‘The song simply won’t die’

[…] In the case of “Don’t Stop Believin’” it helps that the general listener isn’t old enough to remember when the song was first released. The song is older than almost all of the Tigers and the Giants, and it … Continue reading

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‘When I said that I love you, I meant that I love you forever’

RIM’s most recent efforts to hold on to loyal customers, as well as software developers building apps for its next generation of phones scheduled to be available next year, have elicited universal cringes. In a recent promotional video, Alec Saunders, … Continue reading

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‘Well it’s your heart that talks you into staying where you are’

Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single September 25, 1982 (2 weeks) One of the interesting things about soft-rock of a certain vintage is the extent to which it could be played (and get airplay) on different radio formats. Country music … Continue reading

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Come along baby, you’d better make a start

We enjoyed a decent turnout tonight at Just A City Boy‘s apartment a few blocks east of Lake Merritt, with only a couple of new folks from last week’s practice unaccounted for (and a couple of veterans — Rich Girl … Continue reading

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Open practice

The choir enjoyed a visit from several new soft-rock supplicants with strong interest in joining up at Rumour’s secret lair in Berkeley this week. We also enjoyed the return of our long-lost Rich Girl (Bitch Girl) from a four-month break after … Continue reading

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‘And I am home again’

Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single, September 11-18, 1982 When you’re done looking at Elton John belting out “Blue Eyes,” give a click (via Something Else! Reviews) to this exclusive, long and delightfully discursive two-part Chambers of Rock interview with … Continue reading

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‘You and I’ve been in love too long to worry about tomorrow’

We couldn’t let the week end without a link to show how much we enjoyed counting down the hits in this week’s Top 10 list over at the venerable music blog The Couch Sessions (Michael McDonald-less though it may be — … Continue reading

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‘Two hearts that beat as one’

Michael Lewis’ “Obama’s Way,” for this month’s issue of Vanity Fair, has drawn accolades and sparked controversy, but few would have expected it to feature, out of many unlikely perspectives, a soft-rock moment in the Libyan desert: […] “Bonjour,” said … Continue reading

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‘He didn’t take himself too seriously, but he took his job very seriously’

We expect many are staying abreast of breaking-news events related to the attack on the U.S. Embassy consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the untimely death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who attended Piedmont High School and UC Berkeley, and … Continue reading

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‘Yacht rock was an ameliorative adaptation to the 1970s malaise, not a cause of it.’

Here’s how J. Temperance ends The New Inquiry’s “The Birth of the Uncool: Yacht Rock and Libidinal Subversion”: Here’s how The Jacobin is right to proclaim that “it is only through the cultural transmission of social solidarity – and the rejection … Continue reading

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