I’m kind of a wimpy whistler. By that I mean I’m not one of those guys (or gals!) who can insert two fingers into their mouth and let out a loud piercing squeal that freezes traffic. On the other hand, I’d like to think I can sometimes whistle a particular tune in a way that … More The Wonderful World Of Whistling
One of the natural manifestations of living a long life is seeing some of our favorite indulgences gradually disappear. Sometimes it’s because they become obsolete and are replaced by something better. Other times it’s just because they are no longer appreciated by enough people to matter, but there are also occasions when bad business practices … More NoMo? Say It Isn’t So!
Sometimes I chuckle at all the news coverage about self-driving cars, because I remember a few occasions when my own chariot drove itself. That would be during a period well over a decade ago when I was suffering the effects of sleep apnea. The problem is that my self-driving car didn’t do a very good … More My Car Has Been Self-Driving At Times
Have you ever heard of a musical instrument called the glass armonica? If you think you have, then you might also think I meant to type ‘harmonica’ but you’d be wrong. A glass harmonica is the name used to describe the process of playing music with a wet finger on a row of glasses, and … More The Musical Side Of Ben Franklin
You won’t find many critters cuter than a chipmunk. Little striped balls of fur that bounce around and run through the grass, occasionally standing on their hind feet and nibbling an acorn, they are definitely adorable. Sometimes you’ll even see a pair of them chasing each other and it almost looks like they’re playing. (Of … More Chipmunks Are Very Cute But. . .
I’ve mentioned a few times before that I played the clarinet as a kid (and compared myself to Benny Goodman) but I’ve also always had a fondness for the sound of a saxophone. I’ve never played one — it was all I could do to manage the clarinet — but I had a couple of … More What If Saxophones Had Never Been Invented?
Ancient mariners had a lot of different sea monster legends to worry about whenever they began their voyages. Everything from giant squids to sea serpents might be waiting for them, and if they avoided those then King Neptune himself might be lurking below the surface and ready to pull them under. Scary stuff but none … More Sea Monsters Are Real – And They’re Growing
It’s been almost three years since the last edition of the Special Feature known as Saluting Silly Songs. The GMC itself is a little different now than it was then, but it is lighter and breezier — or at least that’s my aim — so it should be a perfect fit for a feature that’s … More Saluting Silly Songs – Always Say Yes!
An early jazz entertainer and songwriter, Una Mae Carlisle had a world of talent and a dazzling stage presence, all of which helped her become a popular star. Unfortunately her career was shortened by health problems, but for two decades she was a very successful part of the music scene. And it in no way … More Una Mae Met Fats And Sparks Flew
On at least two earlier posts on the GMC we featured a type of music known as Exotica. It seems only right to take some time to explore the genre a little, first by trying to define it and then by showcasing the guy who was sometimes called the ‘Father of Exotica’. You could say … More Martin Denny And The Evolution Of Exotica