Memories Of Pictures And Stuff

I was reminiscing the other day about pictures I've taken and just photography in general, which has been around for almost 200 years, depending on how you define it. I've always been interested in it and have at one time or another dabbled in just about everything, but I certainly don't claim to be an … Continue reading Memories Of Pictures And Stuff

You Snooze You Lose

When you get to be an old coot (coot=geezer) you sometimes remember isolated experiences from the past with more accuracy than you do your own phone number. If you're a coot who also writes a blog, chances are good that those old memories will show up there sooner or later because you're also less inhibited. … Continue reading You Snooze You Lose

Ghost Bands Could Be Scary Good

Does anyone remember when some of the famous big bands would be taken over by a relatively unknown leader when the star retired or died? An example that comes to mind is when Glenn Miller was lost over the English Channel in 1944 and saxophonist/vocalist Tex Beneke took over. It was billed as Tex Beneke … Continue reading Ghost Bands Could Be Scary Good

The Tale Of Two Cyrils

I used to work with a guy named Cyril. I didn't realize that at first because he was introduced to me by his nickname, Cy, which I heard as Si, the common shortening of Simon. And even though Cyril is pretty ordinary in the UK, that's not the case in the US. I think he's … Continue reading The Tale Of Two Cyrils

A Reluctant Progress Report

I haven't really written about my various aches and pains for quite a while, for a couple of reasons. First, because I know that there are plenty of folks worse off than me, and second, because nobody wants to hear about it. . . .or so I thought. But a good friend of mine, author … Continue reading A Reluctant Progress Report

Anatomy Of A Song – About Staying Power

This edition of Anatomy of a Song features a selection that revisits the iconic songwriting team of the Gershwins. It was the last song written by George Gershwin before his death in 1937, and brother Ira then added the lyrics as a tribute to his sibling. Although the song didn't get a lot of attention … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – About Staying Power

The Music Of “Dad Movies”

It seems like I'm always reading or hearing about dad jokes, dad clothes, or dad bodies, and a few other things as well. As I understand it, the description is used to poke a little fun at what the younger crowd considers corny tastes or behavior by older guys like their dads (or grandpas). Of … Continue reading The Music Of “Dad Movies”

Misadventures Of A Little League Bench-Warmer

I always enjoy watching the Little League World Series this time of the year. Sixteen teams of 10-12 year-olds from around the world gather in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for a double elimination tournament to decide who can call themselves champions for this year. And of course I can't help but compare it to my own checkered … Continue reading Misadventures Of A Little League Bench-Warmer

Jimmy Jones Was For Real

It's no secret that entertainers often come up with stage names to simplify their real names, but that's not the case with singer Jimmy Jones, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, as James Jones, so the "Jimmy" was just a natural nickname. We can forgive him for that. Jones was a singer and songwriter, but … Continue reading Jimmy Jones Was For Real