Blog Entries by Amanda Flinner

Author Amanda FlinnerAmanda is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a degree in English/Writing from Geneva College (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania). When she's not listening to jazz and pop standards from the '40s and '50s, she's obsessing over classic movies. She has no musical ability whatsoever except for a short stint as a saxophone player in the sixth grade.
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  • Awesome Mixes: Soundtracks That Revived Music GenresAwesome Mixes: Soundtracks That Revived Music GenresGuardians of the Galaxy brought '70s pop back to the top, but it wasn't the first soundtrack to revive a music genre.
  • Literature In Lyrics: Alice In WonderlandLiterature In Lyrics: Alice In WonderlandAlice wasn't the only one to have Adventures In Wonderland. Jefferson Airplane, Taylor Swift and Radiohead wrote tunes inspired by their trips down the rabbit hole.
  • RaphaellaRaphaellaThe Persian-influenced pop singer teases her Real EP and gives us the story behind MK & Sonny Fodera's "One Night."
  • Music Used On FriendsMusic Used On FriendsYou know the famous theme, but can you identify the other songs used on Friends?
  • Jimmy BuffettJimmy BuffettIs he related to Warren Buffett? Did he get beat up by a Tennessee sheriff? Test your knowledge of the tropical troubadour with this Fact or Fiction: Parrothead edition.
  • Rob Thomas of Matchbox TwentyRob Thomas of Matchbox TwentyRob Thomas on his Social Distance Sessions, co-starring with a camel, and his friendship with Carlos Santana.
  • Nikki YanofskyNikki YanofskyThe jazz-turned-pop singer on her album Black Sheep, and working with music veterans Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton.
  • Plested (UK hits "Before You Go," "Touch")Plested (UK hits "Before You Go," "Touch")The rising singer-songwriter chats about co-writing Lewis Capaldi's #1 UK hit "Before You Go" and his solo tracks "Beautiful & Brutal" and "The Least That I Could Do."
  • Literature In Lyrics: The Catcher In The RyeLiterature In Lyrics: The Catcher In The RyeGreen Day asked "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?" That would be J.D. Salinger, whose teenage anti-hero inspired plenty of rebellious rock songs.
  • The Musical Impact Of Volkswagen CommercialsThe Musical Impact Of Volkswagen CommercialsThanks to its influential ads, Volkswagen has launched Nick Drake's posthumous music career, revived "Mr. Roboto," and made Gene Kelly breakdance.