West Side Story Redux

I see that the musical, West Side Story, is coming back to Broadway, where it started over sixty years ago. Of course this isn't exactly an earth-shaking event, since it has been revived several times before, but it got me to reminiscing. No, I didn't see the original stage show. In fact as a clueless … Continue reading West Side Story Redux

A Sculpture Double-Header

Anyone who is a long-time visitor to the GMC might recall that I've generated a number of posts featuring slideshows of unusual sculptures. I've always been fascinated by the imagination and talent it takes to create these (the sculptures, not my posts) and I'm always happy to find some new examples. In the past I've … Continue reading A Sculpture Double-Header

Four Freshmen Are Here To Stay

There have been a staggering number of close harmony singing groups formed through the years, but a few of them have some distinctive differences. One of those is the Four Freshmen, a combo that has been around for well over a half-century, during which more than two dozen members have come and gone. Even more … Continue reading Four Freshmen Are Here To Stay

Retro Independence Day

Maybe I'm just like an ostrich burying my head in the sand, but for one day at least I'm going to try to forget about the ugly stuff and reminisce about happier times. This is a sort of strange post, with a little bit of everything. Let's begin with a list of links to previous … Continue reading Retro Independence Day

Jimmie Lunceford Was The Real Thing

Early jazz era bandleader Jimmie Lunceford was mentioned in an earlier piece about the Cotton Club but I thought we should dig a little deeper into his story. After all, he was one of the best, even if his star has dimmed a little in the many years since his heyday. Born on a Mississippi … Continue reading Jimmie Lunceford Was The Real Thing

Squeaky Wheel Says: I Still Haven’t Figured Out Bitcoins!

So it's all over the news that there's a new cryptocurrency being introduced. Something called "Libra". Apparently we're not confused enough already by Bitcoins, so they decided to up the ante by giving us a new puzzle to decipher. It seems to be a perfect opportunity to return to the special feature known as the … Continue reading Squeaky Wheel Says: I Still Haven’t Figured Out Bitcoins!

Julius La Rosa – The Rest Of The Story

If you were around at the time, you might remember when radio/TV host Arthur Godfrey fired popular crooner Julius La Rosa from his show. It caused a uproar at the time, and ended up being a pretty significant turning point for both entertainers' careers. But there's more to the story. Julius La Rosa was yet … Continue reading Julius La Rosa – The Rest Of The Story

Anatomy Of A Song – A Surprising Super Hit

Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong were busy and successful music pros who wrote a lot of memorable songs for the Temptations. But one that they avoided for a couple of years would end up as a #1 hit for the group and become a signature song. Written in 1969, "just My Imagination" was a ballad, … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – A Surprising Super Hit

The Musical Side Of The Circus

Who doesn't like circus music? It brings memories of simpler days, when we were young and less jaded, a time before we were drowning in all the entertainment choices now available to everybody. If you didn't live in a big city, which most Americans didn't, the arrival of a traveling circus in your area was … Continue reading The Musical Side Of The Circus

Our Favorite Membranophone

If you're a geezer like me -- or even if you're not -- you might remember how kids would sometimes wrap cellophane around a pocket comb and hum through it. Although we didn't give a lot of thought to it, we were actually demonstrating the principles of a membranophone. Here at the Geezer Music Club … Continue reading Our Favorite Membranophone