The Grass Is Not Always Greener

It has always tickled me to observe how my mind reacts when I hear a piece of music, because it seldom takes a predictable route. At first I might be just enjoying the music while thinking about the performer or possibly the song itself, but then inevitably my thoughts drift into distant territory Here's an … Continue reading The Grass Is Not Always Greener

DVD REVIEW: Glen Campbell – Good Times Again

Glen Travis Campbell, Apr 22, 1936 -- Aug 8, 2017 Although Glen Campbell has a well-known history as a big country music star, with mega-hits on songs such as "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," and "Wichita Lineman," a lot of today's music fans might not realize that he started in pop music. They … Continue reading DVD REVIEW: Glen Campbell – Good Times Again

REVIEW: Los Angeles Jazz Ensemble – Expectation

The title says it all. Expectation, a brand new release from the Los Angeles Jazz Ensemble on the Kind Of Blue label, creates a couple of expectations of its own. First, the name of the group would suggest a claim as LA's official - or at least semi-official - jazz group, but I doubt that … Continue reading REVIEW: Los Angeles Jazz Ensemble – Expectation

Changing Musical Tastes Lead To Commitments

Although my musical preferences are largely a product of my early years, not all of my likes and dislikes stretch back that far. Like most people, my tastes have changed throughout my life, and many of the things I now like are relative latecomers, some appearing in unlikely ways. One that jumps to mind occurred … Continue reading Changing Musical Tastes Lead To Commitments

DVD REVIEW: This Is Tom Jones

I would imagine that Tom Jones' fans worldwide (and there are a LOT of them) are anxiously awaiting the release of This Is Tom Jones, his new DVD set produced by the folks at Time-Life. If so, their wait is almost over. The three disc set, encompassing eight of the best episodes from his TV … Continue reading DVD REVIEW: This Is Tom Jones

Dinner With Clint Eastwood – Music By Frankie Laine

Clint Eastwood's new movie, Flags Of Our Fathers, is getting a lot of attention lately, and it got me to thinking about the first time I became aware of Clint, and sort of had dinner with him.  It goes back before his directing fame, before his solid movie career as a leading man, before his … Continue reading Dinner With Clint Eastwood – Music By Frankie Laine

REVIEW: Sarah Brightman – Diva

Soprano Sarah Brightman's new CD/DVD set Diva is a compilation of past performances, and although the two pieces can be purchased separately, there is enough variety in the songs included on each component to make buying both a move to consider. The CD contains 14 songs, 10 of which are also on the DVD, and … Continue reading REVIEW: Sarah Brightman – Diva

REVIEW: Engelbert Humperdinck — What’s In a Name?

I think the first time I heard the name Engelbert Humperdinck was during my college years when I spent some time working at a tiny radio station that specialized in classical music. I didn't know much about that kind of music but I worked for the proverbial peanuts, so maybe that's why the station owner … Continue reading REVIEW: Engelbert Humperdinck — What’s In a Name?