Music Friyay: Big Star, Emitt Rhodes, Phyllis Dillon

Music Friyay: Big Star, Emitt Rhodes, Phyllis Dillon

By Joanna C. Valente

Here’s some music, new and old, you should listen to and check out:

Big Star - #1 Record

This 1971 album is full of nostalgia and good ol’ rock and roll. My favorite: “Thirteen.”

Emitt Rhodes - “Somebody Made for Me”

Rhodes’ Beatles-esque sound is electrifying and this song has a bittersweet romantic vibe.

Phyllis Dillon - One Life to Live

Dillon’s 1972 album showcases her amazing soprano voice; she was one of the greatest soul, rocksteady, and reggae singers in Jamaica. My favorite: “Livin’ in Love.”


Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Sexting Ghosts, Xenos, No(body) (forthcoming, Madhouse Press, 2019), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault. They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes Poetry and the senior managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Them, Brooklyn Magazine, BUST, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente / FB: joannacvalente