Regular visitors might have noticed my absence for the last three weeks and that’s because I had a heart attack. I’m now in a rehab facility and preparing for open heart surgery. Have every intention of returning but it will be a while. Hang in there in the meantime, my friends, and keep your fingers … More I’m Not Back But Am Still Around
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!
Something a little different today, but it’s in a good cause and I promise to close with some appropriate music. (Although this is a tough subject to find music videos about!) I read an interesting article recently that was critical of how some of the biggest health insurance companies will not pay for a cheaper … More About Those Sore Aching Knees
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