3/21/20: The lion sings tonight

Damn, these are crazy times. Even just a week ago seems like years. I hope whoever reads this is healthy and safe, and that if you’re ill, you get well soon. I’m right near New York City, which as of now has become the center of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Everything isContinue reading “3/21/20: The lion sings tonight”

5/15/18: Seven Albums

I just did one of those Facebook things where you have to list seven albums that have been on your “active” playlist for years and years. You’re supposed to just post the cover of the album, and no need to explain why I like it. It’s probably some kind of marketing scheme that is actuallyContinue reading “5/15/18: Seven Albums”

4/10/17: Monday Funday Dance Party

My favorite things about this song? Inez Foxx’s fabulous voice, first of all. It’s like honey, but is so powerful. And she’s got great vocal control.   The rhythm track is great, too. There’s so much going on, you just get pulled into the music. And the next thing you know, you’re dancing on top ofContinue reading “4/10/17: Monday Funday Dance Party”

11/18/16: Leonard Cohen

Oh Leonard. Eighty-two is a good long life, but for me he’s been taken away far too young, He’s one of my favorite songwriters. Every song is a novel, condensed into three or four minutes. I’ve got to be honest – I prefer it when other people cover his music, for the most part. I’m notContinue reading “11/18/16: Leonard Cohen”

5/23/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!

There. Now you’ll be singing this to yourself all day long. I know I will. Back in the late 90’s, even jaded grunge enthusiasts had to begrudgingly (be-grungily?) admit how much fun this song is. And for the younger crowd, this was a perfect pop-crush band; three cute brothers, and one for every age range.Continue reading “5/23/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!”

4/11/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!

Seems like it’s one of those Mondays when your eyes don’t want to open and all the coffee in the world won’t help. But you know what does help? Ricky Martin … …. And Lou Bega. Try to listen to just the bass line in this one, it really makes the song. Simple, and perfect.Continue reading “4/11/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!”

March 9, 2016

You can accomplish a lot in 90 years. George Martin just passed away, and my thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Some of you younger kids have probably never heard of George Martin. He’s a good name to look out for if you’re browsing through older music; he produced and arranged music forContinue reading “March 9, 2016”

2/29/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!

Once upon a time, there was a 21 and under club called “Phil’s Bongo Room.” It doesn’t matter where it was; it’s been gone for a long time anyway. It was lost to an unfortunate infestation of luxury condos. Anyhoo, it was fun and they had live bands and a floor that lit up likeContinue reading “2/29/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!”

Nov. 9, 2015: Monday Funday Dance Party!

For many of us, the Alley Cat was an inescapable part of gym class in public school. In case you’re not familiar with it, here’s a demonstration by a fantastic 94 year-old. She’s got me beat when it comes to dance skills. Or you could do this: