Category Archives: Entertainment

Outside the Lines

Zack and I have been trading playlists for a bit.  We both love music.  And I am impressed with his devotion to current music and his interest in music from “my” era.  Still, there seemed to be something missing in our exchanges. 

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Box of Chocklits

I will tell you what this is not… it is not a collection of my fifteen favorite songs (although I did compile a list of thirty-three favorite tunes four years ago, and three of those songs are included herein).  It … Continue reading

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I Should Have Been Studying, But…

The young men who struggled to gain a foothold on Omaha Beach might not have grown up with television… but I did. I’d like to think that somewhere down the road, folks will look back at my generation and marvel … Continue reading

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Music Legend Passes

Blind Pork Tail Schwartz (1919 -2008)  {Los Angeles} After a period of extended decline the music great, Blind Pork Tail Schwartz passed away to what has been referred to as mostly natural causes.  The announcement came from his long time publicist … Continue reading

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Gefilte Fish in Film

Cold fish “meatloaf”… that about sums up this delicacy called gefilte fish.  A delicacy that is unappetizing in its appearance as it sounds.  Yet, for a small percentage of population (a very small percentage of the population), it is a … Continue reading

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Van Morrison, The Band & Pink Floyd et. al.

Maybe it’s the string of super hot days. Or maybe it was because I was wearing my Grumpy shirt feeling very much the curmudgeon (“short fused since 1937… the dude with the mood“). But I was knee deep in email … Continue reading

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The Great Movie Quiz

This is really a deceptive title. What follows is not about Movies that are purely great, nor is it really a quiz. It’s just that one day I got to thinking about memorable lines in film… lines that have crept … Continue reading

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My Parrot Trumps Your Crab

Catching a snowflake on your tongue on a February morning, rolling down a grassy hill on a warm spring afternoon, cannonballing your best buddy on a hot August day, jumping into a leaf pile on an autumn Sunday… saving the … Continue reading

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All You Want to Do Is Ride Around Sally

I saw the Cream on Wednesday, October 26 at their MSG concert. That was three months ago and I am still thinking about it. More than the music they played, it was the music that they played that night. Music … Continue reading

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Try to Remember

The song has been around for an age and I have heard it numerous times. But you know how it is… sometimes you see or hear something and it just hits you in a new way. Travel the same stretch … Continue reading

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LAUNCHcast

I am not in the habit of endorsing products unless I can eat or drink them.  And I am even less likely to praise something that is part of a large enterprise.  So let’s pretend that I am real new … Continue reading

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Sitting on Top of the World

It was in the old New Haven Arena, home to the New haven Blades Hockey Team of the AHL… the date was October 11, 1968, and seated on “floor seats”, some 15 rows back from the stage, sat Ellen, John … Continue reading

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Cream

  Last night Sean at Ash Creek said that the Cream tickets went on sale for the MSG dates!  I had been waiting for the announcement… when I first got wind of it early in the summer, I had committed myself … Continue reading

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And They Smile

You have to love live music. Yes, the carefully recorded music played over a perfect sound system is a joy; but it will never equal the magic of hearing something played in the moment. You are there, sharing a unique … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know the Music

Zack and I talk alot about music. We both love it. Some of the time we are on different pages. Hey, it’s OK. Music just courses thru our veins. You gotta love music. You have heard this before from me… … Continue reading

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Star Wars

You may love Star Wars, or just like it, not care about it, or even hate it… but this can not be denied, it has been an important part of our culture for some 3 decades. I hesitate putting pen … Continue reading

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Artists & Groups

  OK… Let’s get the formalities over with.  My List of the Best Groups and Artists will not be a pure ranking as both Rolling Stone & Zack has done… admirable efforts on both parts.  I won’t even come close to … Continue reading

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Musical Wunder Lust

Zack said it was to be a special birthday gift. Well… he got that right. A year before, as a result of a Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Albums (and should we add, of all time) he and … Continue reading

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It Surprised Me

It’s the little things that catch you unaware that excite me. That it should be something from music should not be totally unexpected. I do love music. Plus, I have finally finished getting my favorite songs list completed (only six … Continue reading

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The Best Songs

It took me a long time to finish this, so I want you to pay attention. This piece had its genesis in the Rolling Stone Magazine’s ordering of the top 500 albums of all time. Zack and I both created … Continue reading

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Roll ’em

Well, let’s see… I guess the real boost for this piece began with Zack’s writing project re: Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums. We exchanged ideas on the music covered in that Issue, and each of us fashioned our personal listings as … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Big Fish

Zack had called me minutes after leaving the theatre… “Dad, I just saw a film that you have to see: The Big Fish… see it with someone, maybe Alan & Lynn… but it’s a movie you should really see.” Zack … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone 500

This is for you… Zack, Jock & Will. So get comfortable, sit back and relax… let’s talk some music. It gives me such satisfaction that Zack loves music. To me, appreciating music… art… great food, wine… friendship… it’s what separates … Continue reading

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B.B. King at Stamford’s Palace

It wasn’t the first, nor the last time I heard him play. But it was truly memorable. It was at Union’s Memorial Chapel… and in between sets I went back stage (it wasn’t a big deal back then). And there … Continue reading

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