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Village Music was the ultimate record store

Village Music Documentary on Kickstarter

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Village Music was the ultimate record storeI’ve lived in Marin County, just north of San Francisco for most of the last 35+ years.

I have been fortunate to live here. Two of my all time favorite music-related venues in the world were both located nearby, in Mill Valley. The legendary Sweetwater Saloon for live music and the ultimate record store, Village Music. I literally spent many hundreds of hours listening to music at the Sweetwater and thousands of dollars purchasing music at Village Music. Unfortunately, both are now closed due mainly to absurdly high rents.  Read More

Otis Redding on mic

History of “Try A Little Tenderness”

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Otis Redding on mic

I am stating the obvious, but I’m still going to say it anyway…  This great article by Bethlehem Shoals about the evolution of the song Try a Little Tenderness reminded me about how amazing and fun the internet is, how it has changed the way we learn & discover history, etc. It would have been impossible to deploy this research in this fashion just a decade ago. And its incredible that YouTube has all these different versions of the song:

How ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ Got Its Soul (And Lost It)