Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Cartoon Theme Songs

Was there anything better as a kid than plopping down in front of the TV with a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and singing along with the theme song of your favorite cartoon shows? I can hear some snickering, but I dare you to not sing along as you listen to a baker's dozen of some … Continue reading Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Cartoon Theme Songs

Music Monday: What Do Musicians Have Against Monday?

Probably more than any other day of the week, Monday is picked on by musical artists. We don't need to be reminded that it is our least favorite day of the week, and putting such thoughts into lyrics doesn't really change such sentiments. In fact, listening to such songs may just amplify our feeling of … Continue reading Music Monday: What Do Musicians Have Against Monday?

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

That is the motto of the Special Olympics, and it was in full evidence this weekend for the annual Fall Festival held at Villanova University. It is my favorite weekend at Villanova, and each year I leave impressed both with the athletes as well as with the Villanova students. Held during the first or second … Continue reading “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Music Monday: The Peaceful, Uplifting Sounds of Church Music

After 12 years of Catholic school and thousands of Sundays spent in church, I've heard a lot of "church" music. Over those years, there are a few songs that have become my favorites, and this past weekend, while at a wedding, I decided that "Gentle Woman" is probably my favorite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RERoQ1biLdE&t=92s Here are some of … Continue reading Music Monday: The Peaceful, Uplifting Sounds of Church Music

A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

After five years of trying, Gayle King was finally able to land an interview with Springsteen, and as a viewer, it was worth the wait. The interview was originally split into a couple of parts. Below are parts one and two. (I've also included the full interview at the end if you'd prefer to watch … Continue reading A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

I’ve Never Learned to Dance, and It’s Probably Too Late Now

Growing up, I always thought dancing was more of a girl thing, and so I just ignored it, sticking to my math problems and brain teasers. Sure there were times when I did it, but it was always the same basic move, just shuffling my feet back and forth, my upper body hardly moving and … Continue reading I’ve Never Learned to Dance, and It’s Probably Too Late Now

Music Monday: The Quintessential Jazz Tune of All Time

I just refinished reading Range by David Epstein and one section of the book talks about the value of self-learning on a wide range of musical instruments, particularly in the fields of jazz and folk music. Epstein offered several examples of successful jazz musicians who followed unconventional paths on the road to success: Jack Cecchini, … Continue reading Music Monday: The Quintessential Jazz Tune of All Time

Music Monday: An Eclectic List of Musical Firsts

For whatever reason, I have always been fascinated by the "first" of things. So I thought I'd spend some time searching the web and looking for some historic firsts in the world of music. I'm sure there are many other categories I could come up with, but the ones shown below will do for now. … Continue reading Music Monday: An Eclectic List of Musical Firsts

Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to four minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time, but it is well worth it. All I can say after having watched the presentations … Continue reading Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

Music Monday: the Beautiful Sadness of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’

Like many people, I think my introduction to Joni Mitchell's classic song River from 1971 happened just this past week thanks to the new show on Netflix, The Politician. The song is covered by Ben Platt, the 26-year old Emmy Award winner for his role as Evan in Dear Evan Hansen. Here's the performance by … Continue reading Music Monday: the Beautiful Sadness of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’