I was thinking of using this song for the Saluting Silly Songs feature, but even though at first blush it seems a likely candidate, I’d rather think of it as something slightly more serious than that. So we’ll go with Silly Songs’ older brother in the Special Features category, Anatomy of a Song. I’ve written … More Anatomy Of A Song: Pound Those Keys!
I can remember hearing music by Enoch Light’s orchestra many times through the years, but I now realize that I always had a few misconceptions about him. By the time I started noticing him in the 1950s and 1960s he was known as someone who specialized in cutting-edge music, and as a pioneer in producing … More The Two Eras Of Enoch Light
Some people say there’s no such thing as a coincidence, mostly because they believe that things happen for a reason, either fate or a higher power. Logical statisticians will tell you that random pairings will always occur in large numbers of events. As for me, I’m not too sure how they happen but I believe … More Are Airships In Our Future?
I always thought Bent Fabric — the pianist and composer who had a big hit with “Alley Cat” in 1962 — had picked a strange stage name, one that sounded like a folded piece of cloth. But it turns out that it’s almost his real name. The Danish-born musician, who is now in his nineties … More Yes, Bent Fabric Is For Real
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?