From the category archives:

The new radio

I never realized how much “Sunshine” seemed to be a topic of interest to songwriters in the 1960s until I started digging. Here are some of the songs I remember. [Musically, I define the 60s as 1963, assassination of JFK to 1973, resignation of Nixon]. You are my sunshine. A sincere expression of love and […]

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From “O Brother Where Art Thou” http://youtu.be/xhJ2SIB6Uhs

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Interfering?

March 13, 2012

Composer, Igor Stravinsky once modestly stated that, when composing his famous ballet, “The Rite of Spring,” he was “…but the vessel through which the work passed.” Oh pullease. Igor, get over yourself. Or perhaps I shouldn’t be so quick to condemn that possibility. Twice this week I felt that I was blatantly interfered with, and […]

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Sitting on your own egg

March 10, 2012

I watched a terrific film this week called “Quantum Activist“: Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D, a pioneer of this revolutionary new perspective within science shares with us his vision of the unlimited potential of consciousness as the ground of all being, and how this revelation can actually help us to live better. The Quantum Activist tells […]

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No, this video (the closing of 2001 A Space Odyssey) was not meant to go with Riley’s late 1960’s classic “A Rainbow in Curved Air.” Actually, I think the video artist, John Whitney, would have approved of this mashup. [Embedding is disabled, so click on the title to watch the video.]

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I highly recommend watching Norman and Nancy Blake’s video “My Dear Old Southern Home”, a concert that they filmed at home playing old-time music like this. (I rented it on Netflix.)

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Here is a song made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford, here revisited by the Yale Spizzwinks(?). It really is their name. The Yale Spizzwinks(?) of 2005-09 sing the Tennessee Ernie Ford classic at their 95th Anniversary Alumni Jamboree held on April 4, 2009, at Battell Chapel on the Yale University campus. Solo: David McIntosh.

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My father and his two sisters sent me most of their family photographs which I have been scanning and disseminating to the family and other interested friends and relatives. This weekend I dug into a large group of photos collected mostly by my paternal grandmother when she was in her teens and twenties (ca.1915-1929) and […]

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A SLASH OF BLUE was commissioned by the Pro Musicis Foundation with supports young performers by giving them prestigious national performance venues alongside performing in retirement homes, prisons, hospitals or other places where attendance at such recitals are impossible. Kimball Wheeler, James Dunham and Susan Allen are heard here in one of their performances in […]

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Todd Buffa (1952-2012)

January 29, 2012

Todd Buffa and I grew up together in high school as young musicians in Green Bay from 1968-1971. Daily we would get together at his house and play music we knew and loved: the Beatles, the Doors, and Cream’s latest music, as well as Frank Zappa. We played in a few bands together in 1970-71. […]

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