Local Radio Station Gets Early Jump on Memorial Day 500 Countdown

Philadelphia radio station PHYL (99.99) started its Memorial Day countdown of the top 500 rock songs on Thanksgiving Day. The move appears to be in response to a decision by its closest competitor, station WAQW (100.00), which began playing Christmas music on July 4. Bruce Turley, station manager at PHYL, had plans to begin broadcasting … Continue reading Local Radio Station Gets Early Jump on Memorial Day 500 Countdown

Music Monday: It Was on the Tip of My Tongue for a Week

Somehow, I got the opening piano notes to a song stuck in my head last week, and I just could not think of what song they went with: I tried humming the opening into Siri, but to no avail. I scrolled through my playlist, it wasn't any of those songs. I mentally went through some … Continue reading Music Monday: It Was on the Tip of My Tongue for a Week

Music Monday: “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians

At first, I wasn't sure if it was a real song. I discovered it while reading Stephen King's "Hearts in Atlantis", which was recommended to me by Jeff Cann, a fellow blogger. You can find Jeff's wonderful posts at "The Other Stuff". The book was an enjoyable read, set back in the days of the … Continue reading Music Monday: “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians

Music Monday: Rising Country Duo, the Dries, Performs “Dolly Would”

Music can bring out many emotions, but I think my favorite kind of music is the type that just makes me feel good. And that's what the song in the week's post did for me. Dolly Would, a song written and performed by The Nashville-based husband-and-wife country duo of Katelyn and Derek Drye, pays tribute … Continue reading Music Monday: Rising Country Duo, the Dries, Performs “Dolly Would”

I Guess Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Were Kind of Right

Back in 1962, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons came out with the song "Big Girls Don't Cry", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgQIb77UhU As it turns out, Frankie and company may have been on to something. Well, sort of. According to a poll of 2,004 Americans, men cry on … Continue reading I Guess Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Were Kind of Right

Music Monday: Folk Rewind with Harry Belafonte

I was scrolling through the TV channels last night and I saw there was a show on PBS (our Public Broadcasting System channel that relies entirely on donations to operate) titled John Sebastian Presents Folk Rewind. John Sebastian is the guy behind the theme song for the TV show, Welcome Back, Kotter. I figured I … Continue reading Music Monday: Folk Rewind with Harry Belafonte

“I’ve Got to Write My Stupid Blog”

I heard myself saying that to my wife the other night, and I realized it wasn't the first time I've uttered those words. It was after 9:00 at night, I was tired, and I had no idea what I was going to write about. Unfortunately, that's a fairly common scenario (and now you know why … Continue reading “I’ve Got to Write My Stupid Blog”

Music Monday: One More Shout Out to Philly

In yesterday's post, I detailed the wonderful weekend my wife and I had in Philadelphia, celebrating our 40th anniversary. So I thought I'd bring some closure to it by sharing a song that features Philadelphia in its lyrics. There were lots of great choices: Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John … Continue reading Music Monday: One More Shout Out to Philly

Music Monday: Townes van Zandt and The Rolling Stones

Shazam to the rescue once again. I was walking through a store the other day, and the song playing over the speakers caught my attention. Since I didn't recognize it, it was time to fire up my Shazam app, and within a couple of seconds, I discovered the song was Dead Flowers, performed by Townes … Continue reading Music Monday: Townes van Zandt and The Rolling Stones

Quick! Draw Ketchup!

It's been a while since I've written about one of my favorite topics- TV commercials. Commercials are like the tweets of the video world, trying to get their message across in less than one minute. Not only is there usually good music and humor, but the commercial also has to try and sell you a … Continue reading Quick! Draw Ketchup!