Life’s Simple Pleasures – What Are Yours?

Researchers at One Poll, polled 6,000 adults in UK, US, Singapore, and Australia to determine all the little things that bring joy. The researchers came up with a list of the top 50 responses for each country; here are the top 10, by country. UK Top 50 Simple Pleasures 1. Feeling of sun on your … Continue reading Life’s Simple Pleasures – What Are Yours?

Music Monday: Despite Pandemic, 2020 Was a Good Year for the Music Industry

Not every industry struggled in 2020. Global music sales grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2020, with total revenues rising 7.4% to $21.6 billion, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) "Global Music Report 2021." Music industry sales are now close to its all time high (at least based on the … Continue reading Music Monday: Despite Pandemic, 2020 Was a Good Year for the Music Industry

Music Monday: The Magic of ELO

Despite holding the less than desirable record of the band with the most Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hits (20) without a number one single of any band in US chart history, Electric Light Orchestra still found its way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. ELO was formed in Birmingham in … Continue reading Music Monday: The Magic of ELO

Music Monday: Oldies but Goodies

Maybe it's the pandemic, or maybe it's just the fact that good music has staying power. Pop Vortex publishes a list of the top100 songs on iTunes, and the latest list, from just about an hour ago, includes six songs from the last century in its top 20. Here are those songs, with their ranking … Continue reading Music Monday: Oldies but Goodies

Music Monday: Nashville’s Charly Reynolds

Once again I am grateful to Coti Howell of the Nashville Noise for introducing me to Charly Reynolds in one of her recent posts. Coti also introduced me to the amazing band MAMADEAR, one of my favorite new artists of the past 10 years or so. Here is a brief intro to the interview Coti … Continue reading Music Monday: Nashville’s Charly Reynolds

Music Monday: A Unique Way to Teach the Basics of Accounting

If you came here thinking you were going to see me sing something related to accounting, you are mistaken. But, that's a good thing. Accounting might be painful enough for many people, but then hearing me sing about accounting could push people right over the edge. So I came across this video that some students … Continue reading Music Monday: A Unique Way to Teach the Basics of Accounting

Music Monday: An Early Tribute to St. Paddy’s Day

It's one of my favorite days of year; a chance to celebrate and reflect on my heritage. My mom was born in Ireland (County Leitrim) and my dad's mom was born in County Mayo. According to 23andMe, I am 100% northwestern European, with 97.7 percent of that being British/Irish. For all intents and purposes, I … Continue reading Music Monday: An Early Tribute to St. Paddy’s Day

Music Monday: Sometimes the Lyrics Just Come Rushing Back

I don't know what I was doing that would have triggered this, but out of nowhere the other day I started singing: I was sleeping and right in the middle of a good dream Like all at once I wake up from something that keeps knocking at my brain Before I go insane I hold … Continue reading Music Monday: Sometimes the Lyrics Just Come Rushing Back

Resistance Is Futile

It's not how I meant to spend my Saturday night. I was just mindlessly scrolling through the cable channel guide, hoping that an idea would come to me for today's blog. And there it was. Rocky. The original. One of the best movies of all-time. And a movie that no self-respecting kid from the Philly … Continue reading Resistance Is Futile

Music Monday: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury

Today's music choice was discovered thanks to Shazam, an app that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device. But before I get to the song, when I hear the word Shazam, what comes to mind is Gomer Pyle, the main character … Continue reading Music Monday: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury