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

Five Star Fav – It Began As A Blues Standard

It's been over four years since our last Five Star Fav so I probably should explain that it's a special feature that spotlights one of my favorite recordings. It's similar to Anatomy of a Song, but instead it focuses on a specific version of a particular song, one that I like so much that I've … Continue reading Five Star Fav – It Began As A Blues Standard

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

The Wonderful Goober Pea

Most folks from middle America - especially southerners - know what a goober pea is, but for the benefit of the city-slickers I probably should elucidate. The humble goober pea is also variously known as a groundnut, pindar, monkey nut, and. . .peanut. This isn't the first time peanuts have appeared on the GMC in … Continue reading The Wonderful Goober Pea

Memories Of Mickey

A recent news story about the death of Dennis Day, one of the original Mouseketeers from the Mickey Mouse Club TV show, triggered some memories for me. Like many of the kids of my generation, I was a firm and faithful fan of the show. As near as I can remember, Mickey and his animated … Continue reading Memories Of Mickey

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!

The Ballad Of Thunder Road

I've never made a secret of the fact that some of my family originally came from the Kentucky hills. I can't say that I know a lot of specifics about them, but in that area in those days it's a good bet that there was a bootlegger or two among them. After all, it's been … Continue reading The Ballad Of Thunder Road