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Sieger on Songs: The Strange Life of Connie Converse
Sieger on Songs

The Strange Life of Connie Converse

“How Sad, How Lovely” among the haunting songs by this lonely songwriter.

Sieger on Songs: Three Incredibly Happy Songs
Sieger on Songs

Three Incredibly Happy Songs

One you probably know well. The other two are wonderful oddities.

Sieger on Songs: Ella Fitzgerald Makes Spring Come Alive
Sieger on Songs

Ella Fitzgerald Makes Spring Come Alive

She turns "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" into a seasonal classic.

Sieger on Songs: The Strange Career of Scott Walker
Sieger on Songs

The Strange Career of Scott Walker

Remembering the baritone-voiced American who became a hit in England.

Sieger on Songs: Nina Simone for St. Patricks Day?
Sieger on Songs

Nina Simone for St. Patricks Day?

Her take on “Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair” is a haunting cultural crossover.

Sieger on Songs: The Heavenly Sound of Rosetta Tharpe
Sieger on Songs

The Heavenly Sound of Rosetta Tharpe

“Up Above My Head” is a classic. And this week’s Gospel Jubilee a must-see event.

Sieger on Songs: The Simple Integrity of Buck Owens
Sieger on Songs

The Simple Integrity of Buck Owens

Even if you don’t like country, a great song like "Made In Japan" is hard not to admire.

Sieger on Songs: The Slowly Sublime “Hickory Wind”
Sieger on Songs

The Slowly Sublime “Hickory Wind”

Written by Gram Parsons, sung by Gilliam Welch. Unforgettable.

Sieger on Songs: The Curious Case of “I Fought The Law”
Sieger on Songs

The Curious Case of “I Fought The Law”

A Crickets song without Buddy Holly became hit for young singer who suffered grisly death.

Sieger on Songs: Remembering Clydie King
Sieger on Songs

Remembering Clydie King

A wonderful back-up singer with Dylan and the Stones, she made everyone sound better.

Sieger on Songs: The Underrated Greatness of Ray Davies
Sieger on Songs

The Underrated Greatness of Ray Davies

Case in point: “Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl”.

Sieger on Songs: “Ruby, Are You Mad?,” Love Song? Or?
Sieger on Songs

“Ruby, Are You Mad?,” Love Song? Or?

Bobby Osborne's singing on this Bluegrass song looks and sounds like magic.

Sieger on Songs: A Christmas Song You Can Dance To
Sieger on Songs

A Christmas Song You Can Dance To

The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping” is an ‘80s song that’s a ton of fun.

Sieger on Songs: Macy Gray, a New Christmas Favorite
Sieger on Songs

Macy Gray, a New Christmas Favorite

Her version of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is a classic that will endure.

Sieger on Songs: The Sly Rhythmic Genius of Bo Diddley
Sieger on Songs

The Sly Rhythmic Genius of Bo Diddley

Consider “Who Do You Love,” for instance.

Sieger on Songs: Let Us Give Thanks for Roger Miller
Sieger on Songs

Let Us Give Thanks for Roger Miller

And for Paul Cebar, John Ziegler and Bob Reitman.

Sieger on Songs: Why Pete Seeger Still Endures
Sieger on Songs

Why Pete Seeger Still Endures

“Waist Deep In The Big Muddy” shows the folly of obeying a “big fool” of a leader.

Sieger On Songs: Emmylou Harris’ Classic “Making Believe”
Sieger On Songs

Emmylou Harris’ Classic “Making Believe”

It’s great country music, from a time when that was less of an exception.

Sieger on Songs: Yes, Paul McCartney Is Great
Sieger on Songs

Yes, Paul McCartney Is Great

And nothing shows his range better than “Eleanor Rigby”

Sieger on Songs: “Send In The Clowns”
Sieger on Songs

“Send In The Clowns”

Suddenly a topical song for our political era, and never better sung than by Judy Collins.

Sieger on Songs: Sly’s “Stand” Is a Great Call to Arms
Sieger on Songs

Sly’s “Stand” Is a Great Call to Arms

Innovative song might be just what certain politicians need to get some courage.

Sieger on Songs: The Sad Happiness Of John Lennon
Sieger on Songs

The Sad Happiness Of John Lennon

“It’s Only Love” works on every level. But Lennon didn’t like it.

Sieger on Songs: Eddie Hinton’s Hard Luck Life
Sieger on Songs

Eddie Hinton’s Hard Luck Life

His song “Hard Luck Guy” is like the reincarnation of Otis Redding.

Sieger on Songs: The Unique Sound of the Staple Singers
Sieger on Songs

The Unique Sound of the Staple Singers

And why you should attend the Gospel Jubilee at Turner Hall.

Sieger on Songs: City Goes Crazy for Stevie Wonder
Sieger on Songs

City Goes Crazy for Stevie Wonder

Fantastic Turner Hall show celebrated an all-time great album.

Sieger on Songs: The Sheer Joy of Stevie Wonder
Sieger on Songs

The Sheer Joy of Stevie Wonder

He’s the funkiest synth player ever, as the sublime “I Wish” makes clear.

Music: How Shonn Hinton Made Good
Music

How Shonn Hinton Made Good

The Milwaukee guitarist, who performs with the band at Friday’s Gospel Jubilee, now plays with top national acts.

Sieger on Songs: “He Hit Me And It Felt Like Kiss”
Sieger on Songs

“He Hit Me And It Felt Like Kiss”

The 1962 Carole King song performed by the Crystals still provokes controversy today.

Sieger on Songs: Ten Monster Riffs
Sieger on Songs

Ten Monster Riffs

It started with the blues and then the Brits took over. Ten of the most influential riffs ever written.

The Greatness of Gospel Music

The Greatness of Gospel Music

A veteran rock musician explains why he helped organize Friday night’s gospel showcase -- and why you shouldn’t miss it.