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Curiouser & curiouser

Pollock or not?

July 28, 2009

I had avoided watching the recent “Who the [bleep] is Jackson Pollock?” thinking the story and punchline were all too predictable: woman finds painting in thrift shop, doesn’t realize it is a Pollock, she sells it and becomes rich. Well, this doesn’t exactly happen that way. The protagonists in the film are two world-renown experts […]


Arthur’s diary

July 24, 2009

A man, who I’ll call Arthur, died in 2006 at age 60, leaving everything to his mother. He was a professor of zoology. In the case that he died before his mother, which he did, his mother was to give certain things to UCLA. Some were earmarked for the Music Department. His mother died recently […]


Darn cassettes

June 27, 2009

I thought it was peculiar that my fabulously new, hi tech Acura TL would have a cassette deck. I knew the end was coming for the audio cassette, but didn’t realize how soon that it would be. Today, I got out my trusty old Sony Professional Walkman cassette recorder, and for the first time since […]


The Elvis wedding

May 17, 2009

I’ve been to quite a few weddings over the past few years and have written about most of them. The one last week in Las Vegas took the cake. As I went through the event, it was a bit shocking, but in retrospect saw it as Performance Art, which may or may not have been […]


I am finally reading Oliver Sacks’ terrific MUSICOPHILIA. It has truly been a life-changing read. In it, he discusses musical hallucinations. I had always assumed that everyone had a constant playlist going in their heads as I do, but I guess not. My brain is full of earworms as well as an enormous playlist of […]


OMG You go girls!


Music can color a scene in ways one might never suspect. [Thanks to John Schrag.]

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Wash your hands, Roger

January 19, 2009

This commercial makes me very nervous. And since when do we pronounce “lava” la-vuh?


Free Range Strauss

December 18, 2008

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Dead gangsters next door

October 29, 2008

Susan pointed out that my neighborhood was in the news yesterday. The article is from a series about gangsters in LA and this picture is from a gangster killing that happened in 1951 in front of the house just south of ours. [The photo is by Bill Murphy/Los Angeles and the article appeared in the […]