Welcome to my jukebox, Music and Meaning. Thanks to E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End for inspiring the title.

I love music, especially songs with thoughtful lyrics. I have a weakness for great vocal harmonies. My tastes are pretty eclectic: traditional British songs, modern folk, New Wave, punk, power pop, singer-songwriters, and more. This jukebox arose from a wish to share the songs and talent that mean the most to me.

As of August 5, 2016, I am no longer posting to the jukebox regularly. It’s been a fun ride, lasting over five years, but I don’t have the time to write quality posts every day anymore. If you are visiting for the first time, I hope you find something wonderful to enjoy in this collection. Occasional inspirations will be added as time permits.

My regular contribution pattern was:

I post a Song of the Day every weekday and an Album of the Week every Sunday. Every Saturday, I take a little trip into the past and celebrate my love for classic American Top 40. Pop hits of 80s radio formed the soundtrack of my youth — and I still enjoy a lot of that music — so I look back 30 years to see what was happening on the Billboard charts. I try to channel my Inner Kasem and throw in some good tidbits and trivia while I’m at it.

I hope you enjoy your visit. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Cheers! Robert Hulshof-Schmidt

P.S. If you are interested in comics, I publish a weekly comic panel or strip on my other blog.


5 Responses to About

  1. 5thtop says:

    Hi. Just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is great, and I’ve nominated you for a VIB Award. 🙂 http://wp.me/p4Kuwe-tB

  2. exportersinexile says:

    Hi, I just found your wonderful site, thanks to a Facebook link from Oysterband. What a great idea! i look forward to following your updates!

  3. Peter Thompson says:

    Hello Robert,

    I just stumbled upon your Song of the Day site and it’s terrific. I wonder, have you ever posted anything by Frank Turner, Australia’s Paul Kelly, or the late, great Melbourne band, Weddings Parties Anything? I heartily suggest the following for your audience, and yourself:
    FT: I knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous, PK: Careless, WPA: For A Short Time.

    Many thanks,

    • Thanks, Peter, glad you enjoy the site! I’m familiar with Paul Kelly (but not that track); sadly, barely a passing familiarity with the other. I’ll check them out.
      Any reference to Prufrock is worth a listen no matter what.

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