Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sounds of Silence

  • In college, I commuted from the Metromess to Denton daily.  Back in those days, I had a number of mix tapes, as well as a few full length LPs recorded to cassettes (Maxell UDXL-IIs, in case you were wondering). Among my favorites were Wings Over America, Willie and Family Live, and Simon & Garfunkel's Concert in Central Park (1981 - I was fortunate enough to subsequently see them, in the rain, August 18, 1983 at the Cotton Bowl).
  • A few weeks back, I snagged the CD of the S&G concert at the thrift store, and have been listening to it at bedtime the last couple of nights. I happened to ask a co-worker, a former NYPD officer, where he was Sept 19, 1981. Turns out he was already in Texas by then, but he mentioned this cover of Sounds of Silence, by the band Disturbed. Noting that he had lost too many friends, I could tell from his description that it had had a profound effect on him, and when I looked it up, I understood.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Seems Like Old Times

  • It's been a bit busy lately, but it was reported recently that the writer/playwright Neil Simon had passed away at the age of 91. Originally part of the writing staff for Sid Caesar, with other notables such as Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, he became one of Broadway's most prolific playwrights.
  • Although Barefoot in the Park was his breakout production, I've never seen it.
A deaf cook and blind butler


  •  In high school, I did sound effects for The Sunshine Boys. I loved the movies Murder By Death and Seems Like Old Times (Hawn/Chase) and still watch them from time to time. Between marriages, I had a leading role in a community theatre presentation of Fools, and later provided technical services for The Good Doctor.

Thursday, August 23, 2018


I certainly don't date back to 1948, but still...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

After the Thriller is Gone*

News comes this morning that Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 has again regained the title of best selling album of all time, overtaking Michael Jackson's Thriller, which had previously de-throned it.

Many online opinionators were dismissive of the announcement, noting that the Eagles' release was a compilation of hits from their first four albums (which preceded their landmark Hotel California record), while Thriller was a single work. Dissention noted, the Eagles' Hotel California, their next release after Greatest Hits, and not a compilation, earned #3 status on the same list.

It's inevitable that many, this writer included, have internal biases relating to what artists and style of music they prefer.  However, the RIAA rankings are based on sales/downloads/streams, not on subjective factors. I was somewhat surprised that Rumours did not score above its #10 ranking, that The Wall was #6 instead of Dark Side of the Moon (not in the top 20), and that Lennon/McCartney's records were not in the top 10 (the White Album and The Beatles 1967-1970 ranked #12 and #18, respectively).  Incidentally, Zeppelin's IV was #5, and Physical Graffiti #20 (tied with Metallica), and piano men Joel and John each have a compilation in the top 20.

Framed inscribed CD covers on my wall...

My inscribed Frampton Comes Alive and Blue Sky Night Thunder did not make the top 20.  Pity.

* After the Thrill is Gone is a song from One of These Nights

Sunday, August 19, 2018


BTW, don't call me Shirley...

Saturday, August 18, 2018

This is what leadership looks like

The first African-American to graduate from Ole Miss, James Meredith, rankles some in the 'civil rights movement' by saying that full liberty in American society comes with a responsibility for moral character.

 Oxford, Mississippi 1962

I pray that Americans - not just hyphenated ones - but Americans of all shades, will heed his advice.

James Meredith now

Friday, August 17, 2018

PC run amok

  • It seems a school in Georgia has attracted the ire of the perpetually offended class, by having the audacity - no, not of hope, that would've been lauded  - to allow its cheerleaders to wear and sell t-shirts proclaiming they stand for the flag and kneel for the cross.  A school board member deemed this to be racist and horribly offensive, and promptly called for the practice to be shut down.  For my part, I checked the interweb and found the following design, which I plan to order shortly:

There are several similar designs, 
but I like this the best. 
  • Now, for the didactic portion of our programme, we present the Merriam-Webster definition of 'moral': 
1 a : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ethical moral judgments
b : expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior a moral poem
c : conforming to a standard of right behavior
took a moral position on the issue though it cost him the nomination
d : sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment
a moral obligation
  • Nothing seemingly untoward in the preceding - most every society, culture, or religion espouses or promulgates some form of code of morality.  So, you can imagine my great surprise - has the devil been fitted for a parka? - that the mayor of a crime-ridden major midwestern U. S. city has called on citizens to behave morally.  And, believe it or not, he's being criticized for it.  No fan of the mayor I, I nonetheless commend him for saying what few in his party have the backbone to say, although on the subject of the Second Amendment, I'm sure we're still poles apart.
  • A Colorado red-tape state agency, seemingly oblivious and unfazed by a U. S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year, has taken another swipe at a baker, for not accepting an order for a transgender-themed cake. The swamp is deep.  Interestingly, the hegemony of the gay lobby would-be leadership is not absolute, as illustrated by this column from conservative columnist, radio host, and lambda lady.