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Quote of the Day

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty … Continue reading

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RIP Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, one of the most important leaders of the 20th century died today at the age of 87. We both grew up in the late seventies/early eighties.  Far from being the monster that she was so often portrayed we … Continue reading

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Why America Still Needs Jon Huntsman

It’s been awhile since we’ve written at length about Jon Huntsman, and not without reason. After finishing in third place in the New Hampshire primaries, Jon withdrew from the nomination race and, frankly, our level of interest in politics withered. We … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

By now you have probably heard about the surprise of the 12/12/12 Sandy relief concert -the onstage jam between the surviving members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat smear) and Sir Paul McCartney.  Since they closed the show … Continue reading

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RIP Ravi Shankar

There are musicians who grace the world with their presence, inspire, and pass.  There are those who transcend their genre to leave a lasting impression on other forms of music.  There are musicians who use their celebrity to advance spirituality, … Continue reading

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A Tribute to John Lennon

Today on the 32nd anniversary of John Lennon’s passing we’d like to celebrate some of the lesser-known gems from John’s solo career.  They’re definitely not unknown to Beatles fans, but try finding one of these tracks on the radio. The … Continue reading

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Minnesota Music On A Stick Forever!

Yesterday was MPR Day at the Minnesota State Fair, and due to a cruise trip with Garrison Keillor, the Current was able to host a concert at the grandstand, a concert which your two humble bloggers attended. With OB&B favorites … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

This week we have a question for the children of the 80’s out there.  Did Ferris Bueller’s Day Off first expose you to The Beatles? We ask that because in recent weeks we have been discussing the origin of the various … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Ringo Starr

Today is Richard Starkey’s 72nd birthday, and we’d like to honor him with a clip of one of our favorite Ringo songs from his time with The Beatles.  Well, two, to be exact.  “I Wanna Be Your Man” may have … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Paul! Part 3, Paul The Guitarist

Earlier we recognized Paul the bassist.  But what many people might not know is that some of The Beatles best known guitar solos were played by none other than Paul McCartney.   Paul’s guitar of choice from 1965 on was … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Paul McCartney!

Today we’d like to celebrate the life of the great Sir Paul McCartney on his 70th birthday with four posts dedicated to one of the true musical geniuses of modern music.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records he … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

This week we would like to spotlight Julian Lennon.  His story is well-known.  He was born during the heyday of Beatlemania in 1963, mostly staying with his mother, Cynthia while John was traveling the world.  When John was at home … Continue reading

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Beatles Song Of The Week

We were greatly saddened this afternoon to hear the news that Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys passed away at age 47.  In addition to being Beatles fans we are both Beastie Boys fans as well.  No rap artist has … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

This week we bring you a cover version of a Beatles classic.  It is Josh Krajcik from last year’s X-Factor performing “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.”  He definitely injects an element of the blues into what is basically a … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

This week we’d like to feature some music that The Beatles recorded for the BBC in 1963.  Both songs can be found on the 1994 Live at The BBC compilation (a must-have for Beatles fans). We chose these songs because they … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

This week we have another White Album track that was written during The Beatles stay in Rishikesh, India in the early part of 1968.  And like “Sexy Sadie” this too was written about an actual person.  “The Continuing Story of … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

In February of 1968 The Beatles followed through on a promise they had made to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to study advanced Transcendental Meditation technique at his ashram in Rishikesh, India.  They had first met the Maharishi in August of 1967 … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

Here is a nice little song from Revolver that most Beatles fans like, but John hated, for some reason.  It’s hard to figure out why.  It’s catchy, well performed and not lyrically boring.  At this point John may have still … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

With all of the Monkees nostalgia floating about after Davy Jones’s passing we thought we would reveal some of the musical connections between the groups.  In early 1967 The Monkees played live dates in London and got to meet The … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday George Harrison!

Today would have been George’s 69th birthday, so we wanted to take the opportunity to mark the occasion by playing a few of George’s most underappreciated solo recordings.  We all know the hits.  But you may not know these.  And … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

Overheard on The Current this morning was a song we hadn’t thought of in a little while.  “All Together Now” was written and recorded in May of 1967, just after the completion of the Sgt. Pepper sessions and supposedly with the … Continue reading

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RIP Whitney Houston

Pop icon Whitney Houston passed away today at the age of 48. Whitney Houston, the iconic American singer whose battles with drugs, alcohol and ex-husband Bobby Brown marred her star power, has died. She was 48. Houston’s publicist confirmed the … Continue reading

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43 Years Ago Today

Yes, it was 43 years ago that The Beatles, seeking an ending visual for their film project Get Back (later renamed Let it Be) decided to take their equipment to the roof of their Apple offices and play an unannounced concert … Continue reading

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Beatles Song of the Week

We really must apologize for the drop in posting over the past few weeks.  As you can imagine we are somewhat disappointed in the state of the race for the Republican nomination for president.  Not so much in Jon Huntsman, … Continue reading

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Video: The Huntsman-Gingrich Debate

Three words.  Not. Even.Close. Newt Gingrich must have felt fairly confident going into Monday’s Lincoln-Douglas debate. His only previous challenge in that format came from Herman Cain, who clearly wasn’t up to the challenge.  And when you consider that this … Continue reading

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