Music Monday: Music with a Message

Maybe I'm just lazy. I think I have enough favorite music from the late 60s and 70s to get me through the rest of my life. Plus, many of the artists from back then continued to put out great albums for years, and sometimes decades, later. (one example, of course, is Bruce Springsteen). I'll admit … Continue reading Music Monday: Music with a Message

Music Monday: I Love This Wonderful Thai Tradition

We didn't know what was going on. We were having dinner this past Friday night in Bangkok at the Iconsiam Mall (side note - the most amazing mall I have ever seen) when many people around us all stood up and stopped talking. As a result, we could more clearly hear the music that was … Continue reading Music Monday: I Love This Wonderful Thai Tradition

Music Monday: Coding, Operating, and Performing – You Can Have it All

No worries, members of high school and college bands and performing groups. There is no need to end your participation once you graduate school. A number of companies have their own in-house musical groups. In a recent Wall Street Journal story, Chip Cutter writes about how many tech companies have their own in-house orchestras, bands, … Continue reading Music Monday: Coding, Operating, and Performing – You Can Have it All

Music Monday: A Brief Glance at a Chinese New Year Performance

This past weekend was the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Singapore, with many shops and restaurants closing down from early Friday evening until Monday morning. It was very quiet at the malls, on the streets, at the corner cafes, and at the food hawker courts. But today things seemed to get back to … Continue reading Music Monday: A Brief Glance at a Chinese New Year Performance

Music Monday: Shazam to the Rescue, Once Again

We were wandering through one of Singapore's many (and I mean many) malls, and a catchy tune was playing through the loudspeakers at one of the stores. I didn't recognize it all, but thanks to the amazing Shazam app, I was able to find out what the song was and who the artist was, all … Continue reading Music Monday: Shazam to the Rescue, Once Again

Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

I love street performers of all kinds, but especially jugglers and musicians. Fortunately, when it comes to musicians, Singapore has not disappointed (I'm still keeping an eye out for jugglers...) Right across the street from our apartment there is a large outdoor gathering space at the intersection of three malls. So far, we have come … Continue reading Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

It's been a tradition where I grew up, in the Philly suburbs, for a local radio station, WMGK, to play a list of the top 500 songs, as voted by listeners, over the Memorial Day weekend. This year the station replayed the list for the New Year, and I was surprised to hear that Stairway … Continue reading Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

Music Monday: Song Suffragettes

Serendipity strikes again. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Nashville Noise by Coti Howell, and she had a post about Pandora announcing its country artists to watch for 2020. There are 15 artists on the list, and I started checking out each one by going to YouTube and looking for some of their … Continue reading Music Monday: Song Suffragettes

Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Christmas Songs (and THE Worst)

I was waiting for the Monday closest to Christmas to put this post together, which consists mostly of combining a couple of my previous posts about my favorite Christmas songs, with some updates. I also came across a short post about the worst Christmas song ever, and decided to include that here as well. So … Continue reading Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Christmas Songs (and THE Worst)

Another Saturday Night…

For those of you who may have wondered who goes to the gym on a Saturday night, the picture above gives you your answer. My son and I. But maybe you're thinking, "Well, of course, no one is doing cardio on a Saturday night, everybody is in the back pumping iron." Here's my answer to … Continue reading Another Saturday Night…