Controlling Perfect

By WES BROOKS,
The tune I’m humming along to for this week’s outing is from a band I’ve referenced once before—Athens, Georgia’s R.E.M. If you’re referencing vinyl recordings, “I Believe” is the second song on side two of R.E.M.’s 1986 album Life’s Rich Pageant. 
Let’s get going.


It's Written All Over My Face

By WES BROOKS,

This week’s track, “Boys Don’t Cry,” comes from British New Wave and Gothic Rock pioneers, The Cure. Principle songwriter, guitarist, and singer, Robert Smith, formed the band in Sussex in 1976. They came into popularity in the wake of the punk rock movement and cemented their notoriety through the 80’s and 90’s.


Good

By WES BROOKS,

Before we get going, pull up your Spotify, Apple Music, or preferred streaming service, and find “Good” by the Baton Rouge power-trio Better Than Ezra. Granted, it won’t mean as much to you, but these guys were special to me. You see, I don’t know them, but I’ve met them on more than one occasion.



Just What You Needed

By WES BROOKS,

I didn’t really have a thought or theme in mind when I started writing this month’s article. I was sorely lacking in inspiration so, after dropping my fifteen year-old off at church youth group, I slid over to a place that I think is perfectly and uniquely “Hattiesburg.”

What do I mean?


Relationship Pine Belt

By WES BROOKS,

When you read this, it will be Thursday, January 18. However, I am writing this on Monday, January 15, the day we honor and remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our song, “Fall On Me,” was written by four fellas who met by chance in 1979 in Athens, GA.



Yeah, It's Happenin'

By WES BROOKS,

Have I mentioned I’m a rock ‘n  roller? I’m sure I have, but have I gotten as specific as mentioning that I have special place in my heart for blues-injected, Keith Richards open-G tuned guitar-type rock ‘n roll?

Well, I do.


Given to Fly

By WES BROOKS,

The song soaring through my headphones for this month’s  offering is “Given to Fly”  from the 1998 release, Yield, by Seattle rockers Pearl Jam.

For me, this was my rediscovery of a band that I’d come very close to letting go completely. By this point in the 90’s, the alternative/grunge movement was close dying out completely.


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