William Weir

William Weir writes about music history and technology. He can be reached at williamweir1@gmail.com

Music
Sept. 14 2014 11:44 PMA Little Bit Softer Now, a Little Bit Softer Now …The sad, gradual decline of the fade-out in popular music.
Brow Beat
Jan. 26 2012 9:23 AMPeople Used to Sing About the Flu, T.B., Meningitis. What Happened?
Brow Beat
Nov. 21 2011 11:26 AMHow the Drum Machine Changed Pop Music
Music
March 11 2008 3:54 PMWords Words WordsAre excessive lyrics ruining pop music?
Music
Nov. 7 2012 11:51 PMIn Praise of the Foreign-Language Pop SongThe world needs more “Gangnam Style”-style hits.
Brow Beat
Nov. 29 2011 4:20 PMFrom Mystical Nuns to Sigur Rós, the Best Songs in Invented Languages
Brow Beat
Nov. 9 2011 9:02 AMSure, Eastwood Can Act and Direct. But Can He Write Music?
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