Yellowstone – Incredible TV Series

If the HBO series, Succession, is a peek at the rancid lives of the billionaire class, then perhaps Yellowstone is a case study in what that billionaire class wants to take away from the undeserving – the ordinary people. And in this story, the wealthy want Montana, which they describe as “poverty with a view.” And they want to take… 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

Memories from an Educator (Part 1)

Yesterday I unexpectedly reconnected (on Facebook) with a student, a working musician now for 20 years, from my last year as a music teacher over 25 years ago. He messaged me out of the blue: “Hello, were you a middle school chorus teacher in Georgia?” I replied: “Well, yes. But I’m thinking that was about 245 years ago now.” The… Continue reading

Another Random Conversation

Night at the San Francisco Symphony… Mahler‘s 3rd Symphony is about an hour and fifty minutes long with no intermission. Our seats are in the middle of the row. So, I minimized liquids at dinner, went to the bathroom twice before the concert began, and remained standing until the concert master appeared. There were two empty seats next to me,… Continue reading

Living in a Cool ‘Hood

Our next door neighbors Joe and Juline hosted their 20th Annual House Concert, Jazz by the Bay (window). Their window is called the bay window not because it’s a bay window. It’s not. It has an amazing view of the bay! Back in 1994 esteemed bassist, Bill Douglass, lamented to his friend Joe Paulino, that he wished he had a… Continue reading

Radio Sausalito

I finally got around to getting my haircut. Yes, I go to the Caledonia Street Barber Shop here in town. Today I noticed the music on their AM radio: Radio Sausalito: 1610 on our radio dial. It was some awesome vintage jazz. I had no idea Sausalito has an advertising-free, 24 hour jazz radio station. I’m lovin’ it! Great jazz!!… Continue reading

Vox As iTunes Replacement on Mac?

So the app Vox (Mac only, by Coppertino) came out of beta yesterday and is free; so, I decided to give it a whirl. I no longer use iTunes to sync my devices, and I find the app, especially with the new design, overwhelming. At least 90% of the time, I only use it to play music from my library… Continue reading

Etta James, 1938 – 2012

I first consciously discovered Etta James‘ music back in the early 1990’s. I was in a music store (Do you remember those?) when her dense sultry tones filled the store and went straight into my soul. In that instant I was smitten and asked the store owner what was playing and immediately bought her CD. She was the blues. Today,… Continue reading