Villanova’s Wonderful Virtual Graduation

It was, no doubt, a strange way to end four years of college for this year's graduates. With formal commencement exercises canceled, Villanova put on a virtual graduation ceremony. And it was wonderful. Here are some screenshots of the ceremony which was broadcast live yesterday afternoon. The top photo is of our President, Father Peter … Continue reading Villanova’s Wonderful Virtual Graduation

So What Music Are You Listening to During the Lockdown?

I've heard of researchers studying Twitter feeds to get their fingers on the pulse of current events. Well now maybe we can use music to do the same thing. OnBuy.com, a UK-based online marketplace, recently completed some interesting analysis to determine the most popular lockdown songs on Spotify. The words 'Coronavirus', 'COVID-19', 'lockdown', and 'quarantine' … Continue reading So What Music Are You Listening to During the Lockdown?

Music Monday: At Home with John Fogerty

Tiny Desk Concerts is a video series of live concerts hosted by NPR Music at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen in Washington, D.C. The first Tiny Desk Concert came about in 2008 after Boilen and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson left a bar show frustrated that they couldn't hear the music over the crowd noise. Thompson joked that the musician, folk singer Laura Gibson, … Continue reading Music Monday: At Home with John Fogerty

Music Monday: Who Do These People Think They Are? Dozens of Outrageous Rider Requests (Including Mine)

According to Wikipedia, a rider is a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance, which are typically fulfilled by the hosting venue. More specifically, a hospitality rider is a list of requests for the comfort of the artist on the day of the show. Common requests include: Specific foods and … Continue reading Music Monday: Who Do These People Think They Are? Dozens of Outrageous Rider Requests (Including Mine)

Who Said Product Placement Doesn’t Work?

We just finished watching the final episode of another great season of Bosch. This was the sixth, and as it turns out,  penultimate season. If you are not familiar with the show, here is a brief description from Wikipedia: Bosch is an American police procedural web television series produced by Amazon Studios and Fabrik Entertainment starring Titus Welliver as Los … Continue reading Who Said Product Placement Doesn’t Work?

Music Monday: A Boy Named Shel

It's one of those serendipitous Internet connections again. I was exchanging comments with a fellow blogger, Michel Kuch, on his wonderfully unique blog - Kuched, when he mentioned the song, Solitary Man. I was aware of the song, it's one of my favorite Neil Diamond songs. But Michael mentioned that Johnny Cash sang it as … Continue reading Music Monday: A Boy Named Shel

Stay-at-Home Movie Night: A Couple of Charmers from Ireland

With a critic's score of 100% and an audience score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, how could we pass up a chance to watch The Young Offenders, set in Cork, Ireland. Here's a brief summary of the movie: Inspired by the true story of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a … Continue reading Stay-at-Home Movie Night: A Couple of Charmers from Ireland

Music Monday: The Most Popular Jukebox Songs of All Time

We have been watching the wonderful PBS Ken Burns mini-series on Country Music, and it has been quite informative. Part of today's episode featured Patsy Cline, someone I knew very little about. However, I did learn that her hit song "Crazy", which was written by Willie Nelson, at one point was the most popular jukebox … Continue reading Music Monday: The Most Popular Jukebox Songs of All Time

What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?

Earlier this week, Seth Godin had a post about lifelong fans, and the importance we place on being a fan. He writes: This instinct (of being a fan) is so strong that we suspend disbelief (and create belief) based on something as shallow as what logo is on the box. We confuse our rational understanding … Continue reading What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?

Music Monday: Local Artist Doing His Part To Get Us Through Covid-19

Back on March 15, local musician Scott McClatchy started his "Mission To Civilize Internet Guitar Pull" on his Facebook page. A guitar pull is a southern tradition where a small group of musicians sit around and take turns playing songs on a guitar. Scott started the tradition as a way to bring music to people … Continue reading Music Monday: Local Artist Doing His Part To Get Us Through Covid-19