JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Below is a link to Beatrice Rana’s 2017 recording of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations. I’ve been listening to them today. I’ve always found JS Bach’s music puts the energy in the world back in balance once again. “BBC New Generation Artist Beatrice Rana sets her sights on Bach in this dignified reading of the Goldberg Variations. Treating every ornamentation and… Continue reading

Succession & Yellowstone – Incredible TV

Of course I enjoy some mindless entertainment, puff television like the 11 seasons of Modern Family. Last night we watched the new (2021) Netflix holiday romcom, Single All the Way. It’s silly, improbable, and designed to mostly get a laugh or two while making the viewers feel good. But then there are those programs that are way more. They poke… Continue reading

JackTrip Live Remote Music Rehearsal and Performance

I will always, hands down, prefer live music making and live concerts. Recordings are awesome, but they are just not the same1 But, at the same time, I’ve always lamented that musicians can’t collaborate (rehearse and perform together) unless they are physically present with one another in the same space. And with the pandemic, making remote live music has never… Continue reading

Turns of Phrase That Caught My Attention (Part 3)

Here are a few of the latest phrases or words I’ve encountered and found curious. This first one is probably not even true and is more likely the product of clever marketing. But, regardless, when I read it in a news feed, I laughed out loud. “Andrew Lloyd Webber was so ’emotionally damaged’ by the ‘Cats’ film, he had to… Continue reading

Turns of Phrase That Caught My Attention (part 2)

This is my second post in a series of unknown length. (I had never planned to make it a series of posts.) You can read the first list of four turns of phrase that caught my eye at this link. A reminder of what this post is (from the first post): On occasion I come across an expression that really… Continue reading

Turns of Phrase that Caught My Attention

On occasion I come across an expression that really catches my attention. Often, it’s a turn of phrase that, for whatever reason, makes me laugh. Sometimes it’s simply a word rarely used today. I’ve taken to jotting these down to share later. So, here is my latest collection. The Butterfly Speaks! From the Australian TV series, Please Like Me, some… Continue reading

The Grumpy Bernie Sanders Chic at the Inauguration (Update 3)

One of the delightful memes that was unexpectedly created from photos taken at President Biden and Vice President Harris’ inauguration is, of course, the Mittened Grumpy Bernie Sanders Chic photo. The photo-journalist who shot the original photograph shown below is Brendan Smialowshi. In the photo he is wearing a pair of mittens handmade1 and given to him two years ago… Continue reading

Chris Joss Rocks My Sonos & Spotify

Chris Joss (November. 2004) I have to say that I am rather shocked to realize that I have never blogged about Chris Joss! I accidentally discovered his music a few years ago when I was searching for Christopher Cross’s music in my iTunes library. I had not noticed that I was actually searching the iTunes Store and not my personal… Continue reading

Jackie Gleason’s Flying Saucer Is For Sale!

Remember Jackie Gleason (1916 – 1987: 71 years old)? According to Wikipedia, he was an “American comedian, actor, writer, composer and conductor.” I only vaguely remember him as a comedian with a very brash persona. Neatorama is reporting that, when I was 2 years old, Mr. Gleason built a house on 196 Furnace Dock Road, Cortland Manor, New York, that… Continue reading