I remember Hank Snow‘s “I’ve Been Everywhere” from back in the early Sixties when it was a number-one hit for him. It’s all about a travelin’ man who has been all over the map, and he proceeds to rapidly list all the places he’s been, many of them with colorful or odd names. But it … More Saluting Silly Songs – A Travelin’ Man
The title of this latest installment of Anatomy of a Song is a little misleading, because the song we’re featuring is much better known by it’s English title — “Return to Me”– but when Dean Martin introduced it in 1958 the Italian name was included in parentheses, so I figure that makes it pretty official. … More Anatomy Of A Song: Ritorna-Me
So I’m trying to get back to the kind of posts I’ve generated in the past, and here’s what I’ve come up with. Folks, it’s time for a new edition of the Squeaky Wheel. You might recall that previous Squeaky Wheel posts are all about my grumbling, cantankerous take on something that’s bugging me, and … More Squeaky Wheel Says
(Note: this is the last post I had ready to go before my hospital adventure. From now on I’ll have to come up with some new ones, so wish me luck! BG) A good friend of mine, who has been gone for many years now, had a working vintage jukebox in his living room. But … More Jukeboxes I Have Known
There are a lot of things that we found funny as kids just because of their odd and unusual names, and I can remember one of them being the glockenspiel. I’m pretty sure that I had no idea what it really was when I was growing up, but I seem to remember hearing the word … More Glockenspiels Are Not What They Used To Be
I was thinking of using this song for the Saluting Silly Songs feature, but even though at first blush it seems a likely candidate, I’d rather think of it as something slightly more serious than that. So we’ll go with Silly Songs’ older brother in the Special Features category, Anatomy of a Song. I’ve written … More Anatomy Of A Song: Pound Those Keys!
Something a little different today, but it’s in a good cause and I promise to close with some appropriate music. (Although this is a tough subject to find music videos about!) I read an interesting article recently that was critical of how some of the biggest health insurance companies will not pay for a cheaper … More About Those Sore Aching Knees
I can remember hearing music by Enoch Light’s orchestra many times through the years, but I now realize that I always had a few misconceptions about him. By the time I started noticing him in the 1950s and 1960s he was known as someone who specialized in cutting-edge music, and as a pioneer in producing … More The Two Eras Of Enoch Light
Some people say there’s no such thing as a coincidence, mostly because they believe that things happen for a reason, either fate or a higher power. Logical statisticians will tell you that random pairings will always occur in large numbers of events. As for me, I’m not too sure how they happen but I believe … More Are Airships In Our Future?
I always thought Bent Fabric — the pianist and composer who had a big hit with “Alley Cat” in 1962 — had picked a strange stage name, one that sounded like a folded piece of cloth. But it turns out that it’s almost his real name. The Danish-born musician, who is now in his nineties … More Yes, Bent Fabric Is For Real