John Bartus

The piano: inspiring great music since 1700

The piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori sometime around 1700, and it has inspired centuries of musicians and composers ever since. It was originally called the pianoforte, because it...

REALLY GOOD SONGS THAT NAME WOMEN IN THE TITLE

This column topic was suggested by Weekly copy editor Mike Howie. Mike is the one who edits my weekly ramblings and removes most of my totally correct Oxford commas....

OPINION: SO… ARE YOU GOING TO GET THE VACCINE?

As of this past Monday, all Floridians 18 years of age and older are eligible to receive any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, and people 16-17 can get the Pfizer vaccine....

READ CAREFULLY; STOP TAKING THINGS FOR GRANITE

US 1 Radio personality Leigha Fox stirred up a veritable crap-storm this past weekend on her Facebook page. It was a simple two-sentence post, in all caps, that read:...

OPINION: THE PANDEMIC — ONE YEAR LATER

It was just after last year’s Original Marathon Seafood Festival that the world, as we knew it, ceased to exist. COVID-19 was a real honest-to-badness worldwide pandemic, and our...

There really is good music out there!

After the seventh installment of Songs I Never Want To Hear Again, perhaps it’s time to give props to some of the really good music being made out there....