How head-spinning would it have been for an unsophisticated Belgian nun in the 1960’s to see herself portrayed on the movie screen by superstar Debbie Reynolds, after already experiencing the wonder of having a huge #1 hit record? We can only guess, but Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile) as she was known, would soon leave the … More The Sad Story Of The Singing Nun
I have a confession to make. I have big feet. REALLY big feet, as in size 15EEE shoes. Of course I’m used to them by now because I’m pretty sure I always had big feet, but I don’t remember when they first began to attract notice. My dad wore a size 12 so there were … More In Search Of Bigfoot
I found a new word the other day that I’ve really taken a liking to because it seems to fit me so well. An ultracrepidarian is someone who babbles on endlessly about things that they know very little about. That’s me. . .just ask Mrs. BG. At the very least, it’s good to know that … More Stay Away, Sleep Monster!
As someone who grew up tinkering with old electrical contraptions, I was always fascinated by some of the odd properties they displayed. For example, I learned pretty early on that you couldn’t put a microphone too close to a speaker without creating all kinds of squeals and squawks, known as feedback. And I naturally tried … More Theremin Is Not A New Wonder Drug
I’ve written plenty of articles in the past that I started by stating that the featured artist was not a household name, but today might be the least householdy name of them all. Bandleader Ernie Heckscher found plenty of success over his half-century career, but it was mostly as the leader of orchestras playing in … More Maestro Of The Hotel Ballroom
Obituaries aren’t really my thing and this is not one, so I’d encourage you to look elsewhere to read about the fascinating life and career of actor John Mahoney, who recently died at age 77. (One surprising fact I just learned — he was English!)* But before you leave please allow me to offer up … More John Mahoney Will Always Be Marty Crane To Me
The subject of the latest installment of the Squeaky Wheel is going to seem like a relatively minor thing for me to be grumbling about, but it directly relates to a pet peeve of mine, one that’s shared by most veterans of my former industry. My sore spot was poked when I spotted a recent … More Squeaky Wheel: Once A Boxman Always A Boxman
Like most kids of my generation I grew up assuming that the predictions many experts were making for the future would come true. After all, they were experts, right? You could see their educated guesses everywhere, from the scifi movies I loved to watch in those days to TV documentaries spelling out the coming wonders. … More Whatever Will Be Will Be
It always tickles me when I discover a surprising connection between two completely different types of musical artists. Johnny Tillotson, the subject of today’s post, has been entertaining fans for more than a half-century as a successful country/pop singer, but I think he’d be the first to agree that a lot of his early … More Connecting The Dots With Johnny Tillotson
When I thought I might be ready to begin again writing new posts for the GMC (after a break of more than two years) I thought long and hard about how I was going to do some things differently. Here’s what I came up with: Make it simpler, less cluttered, easier to read, and take … More How Am I Doin’ So Far?