Today is my 64th birthday and the first song that came to mind was the Beatles "When I'm 64". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCTunqv1Xt4 When I'm Sixty-Four is a song by the English rock band The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was one of the first songs written by McCartney, who … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s No Longer Hypothetical, I Am 64. Will You Still Read Me?
The NPR website had a fascinating article a couple of weeks ago about the history of rock and roll in the Soviet Union. The focus of the article was on the Leningrad Rock Club: a 600-seat theater that opened in the early 1980s where bands could be seen and — more importantly — watched. The … Continue reading Music Monday: A Look at a Slice of Soviet Rock and Roll History
We were blessed to be able to go to a wonderful wedding yesterday for another one of my remarkable nephews and his equally remarkable bride. The wedding ceremony was held outside under perfect conditions, where the bride and groom shared a beautiful set of vows with each other. After a fun outdoor reception, it was … Continue reading A Hidden Challenge of Being the Bride and Groom
Like many ideas for a blog post, this one just randomly popped into my head. And while it may not be of much interest to many readers, I found it fascinating to find out who are some of the famous musical artists who attended Villanova. I'll start with those individuals who actually graduated from Villanova: … Continue reading Music Monday: Villanova’s Famous Musical Students
I was watching TV the other day and the following commercial came on for the upcoming VMA awards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0kwzTo2ZLg After watching the commercial, I realized I did not recognize a single name. I guess that's a clear sign that I'm not staying up with the times, but if anyone out there wants to tell me … Continue reading Music Monday: Should I Be Worried That I Never Heard of Any of These Performers?
Being disinvited to the party of the year. I'm talking about the recent 60th birthday party bash that was recently held at Martha's Vineyard for former President Barack Obama. Originally, the guest list included 475 people, but then with the growing spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, people were concerned with both the … Continue reading What’s Worse Than Not Being Invited to the Party of the Year?
My youngest son asked Alexa to play a song the other day, Ocean Man, and it is one of those songs that I immediately liked. I asked him how he found out about the song and he told me it was part of a meme that featured different songs set to the footage of another … Continue reading Music Monday: When Memes Collide
I had never heard of the term Yacht Rock until about a year ago when I noticed several Yacht Rock playlists on Spotify. When I listened to a couple of the playlists, I discovered that it included a lot of songs from some of my favorite artists. Perhaps even more amazing than the fact that … Continue reading Music Monday: A Look at Yacht Rock
Could it be something by Ireland's James Galway? Or what about a performance by the American jazz flutist Herbie Mann? Or maybe even something from Scotland's Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull? Well... no, no, and no. It comes from someone you would never expect, but here it is, and you can judge for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c_ufaxeSTs … Continue reading Music Monday: The Greatest Flute Solo of All Time?
It's my favorite song of all time, and I sing along with it every time I hear it. In fact, one of my blog posts features the one and only solo singing performance of my life. In case you missed it (it's from 2017, so most readers have not seen it), here it is again: … Continue reading Music Monday: Making Things Right, Nearly Fifty Years Later