John Sieger

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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.