Mrs. BG and I were watching a PBS show about Switzerland the other night and I especially enjoyed some scenes that featured yodeling and alpine horn playing. (I’m easily entertained.) Since I’ve already written about the former a few years ago in a post titled Respecting The Art Of Yodeling, it seemed to make sense … More Tooting Their Own Horns — Swiss Style
A huge hit record from 1970 that has sometimes approached earworm status for me is a skiffle song called “In The Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. But even though I’ve heard it countless times in the last forty-plus years (and it’s probably going through your head right now) it has never occurred to me to find … More So Exactly What Is A Mungo Jerry?
If you’re fascinated by prophecies, then you probably already know that a very significant event is approaching and it’s something that hasn’t happened for more than 150 years. The occurrence — which is called a Lunar Tetrad by scientists — is due to show up January 31st, when the second full moon of the month … More Beware The Super-Blue-Blood Moon
Here’s a question for you, but I have to warn you that it’s a really long one, so feel free to skim through to the end. What do Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Roger Daltrey, Marianne Faithfull, Bela Fleck, James Galway, Art Garfunkel, Emmylou Harris, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Madonna, Ziggy Marley, … More A Tip Of The Hat To The Chieftains
Welcome to the birth of a new Special Feature! Since I’ve already said that the reconstituted GMC isn’t going to depend too heavily on the old Special Features I thought I’d fudge a little by adding a new one, and what better time to do it than the start of a new year? Also, since … More Say Hello To The Squeaky Wheel
As we all look forward to the approach of the new year (it has to be better than 2017, right?) I thought it might be a good time for another edition of one of my favorite Special Features, Anatomy Of A Song. The featured piece of music is one that has a history that includes … More Anatomy Of A Song – A Russian Classic Goes Pop
The FCC has been in the news lately because of the repeal of net neutrality, but in California it might turn out that a lot more attention is being paid to the BCC, the Bureau of Cannabis Control. Nope, you’re not dreaming, folks; bureaucracy has caught up to marijuana, which becomes legal for personal use … More The Harlem Hamfats Would Be Riding High
A few years back I posted A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving, which was a slideshow of holiday paintings from one of my favorite artists. I’ve always thought he was a national treasure, and I have never been too concerned with art experts who look down their noses at him; after all, they’re the same people who … More A Norman Rockwell Christmas + Music!
In 1957, when 14-year-old Parisian Jean-Philippe Léo Smet first caught sight of Elvis Presley on the screen in the movie Loving You, it was the beginning of a transformation. Like a lot of European teens at the time he was intrigued by the new style of music represented by Presley, but in his case he … More Johnny Hallyday Was Known As The French Elvis
After two and a half years of relative inactivity (but I did publish a book!) I’m happy to report that I’ve decided to dip my toe back into the blogging pool. I’m not ready to jump all the way in or even wade in too deeply, but if it works like I hope then I … More I’m Back — With A New Kind Of GMC