Martin Denny And The Evolution Of Exotica

On at least two earlier posts on the GMC we featured a type of music known as Exotica. It seems only right to take some time to explore the genre a little, first by trying to define it and then by showcasing the guy who was sometimes called the 'Father of Exotica'. You could say … Continue reading Martin Denny And The Evolution Of Exotica

Anatomy Of A Song – Consuelito’s Mexican Classic

The story of today's Anatomy Of A Song starts with its composer, Mexican legend Consuelo Velázquez (Torres), who was often called Consuelito. She was 88 when she died in 2005, and had spun out a long and successful career as a pianist, singer, and composer. Many of the songs she wrote are still loved and … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – Consuelito’s Mexican Classic

Observations From An Offbeat TV Viewer

I'm not a TV snob. You know, one of those people who claim they don't own a television, or that they have a small one but keep it in the closet and just bring it out to watch butterfly documentaries on PBS. In fact, the definition of 'TV snob' might have changed now because so … Continue reading Observations From An Offbeat TV Viewer

Buddy Greco’s Benny Goodman Moment

How talented would a 16-year-old musician in the early 1940's have had to be to grab the attention of Benny Goodman? And not only that, but to then have the King of Swing offer him a job as pianist, singer, and arranger with the biggest of the big bands? That teenager was Buddy Greco, and … Continue reading Buddy Greco’s Benny Goodman Moment

Old Radio Dog Finds New Bone

Something a little different today. (Although if you haven't been here lately you might have already noticed that the GMC itself is kind of different these days.) Regular visitors might remember that I've mentioned several times in the past that I spent a few years in the 60's working as a radio DJ. (Here's the … Continue reading Old Radio Dog Finds New Bone

Stay Away, Sleep Monster!

I found a new word the other day that I've really taken a liking to because it seems to fit me so well. An ultracrepidarian is someone who babbles on endlessly about things that they know very little about. That's me. . .just ask Mrs. BG. At the very least, it's good to know that … Continue reading Stay Away, Sleep Monster!

Theremin Is Not A New Wonder Drug

As someone who grew up tinkering with old electrical contraptions, I was always fascinated by some of the odd properties they displayed. For example, I learned pretty early on that you couldn't put a microphone too close to a speaker without creating all kinds of squeals and squawks, known as feedback. And I naturally tried … Continue reading Theremin Is Not A New Wonder Drug

Maestro Of The Hotel Ballroom

I've written plenty of articles in the past that I started by stating that the featured artist was not a household name, but today might be the least householdy name of them all. Bandleader Ernie Heckscher found plenty of success over his half-century career, but it was mostly as the leader of orchestras playing in … Continue reading Maestro Of The Hotel Ballroom

Say Hello To The Squeaky Wheel

Welcome to the birth of a new Special Feature! Since I've already said that the reconstituted GMC isn't going to depend too heavily on the old Special Features I thought I'd fudge a little by adding a new one, and what better time to do it than the start of a new year? Also, since … Continue reading Say Hello To The Squeaky Wheel

Anatomy Of A Song – A Russian Classic Goes Pop

As we all look forward to the approach of the new year (it has to be better than 2017, right?) I thought it might be a good time for another edition of one of my favorite Special Features, Anatomy Of A Song. The featured piece of music is one that has a history that includes … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – A Russian Classic Goes Pop