Tag Archive: music

The Night I Became a Teenager – the Beatles and Saturday Night Live

In the fall of 1975 I went to a birthday party.  It was a time when we were quite impressed with ourselves, my friends and I. We had the right clothes – overalls and carpenter pants, Frye boots and Huck-a-Poo shirts, and we were, for the most part, unsupervised most of the time, free to…

Zya – the App for Music Lovers of All Ages

  I have a niece and nephew who are 9 year old twins. Most of the time when they come to my house to visit they end up on some sort of electronic device or another. Often I’ll return to my desktop to find it on guest user and some random game that they’ve been…

Thank You For the Music

I could say thank you to my family, friends, readers and colleagues for your support, encouragement and friendship in  a million different ways, but this year I’ll go with music – because how can I go wrong? Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving 2013.

Music Lessons

It was a beautiful evening. My daughter and I went to the Hollywood Bowl to see the delightful Kristin Chenoweth, who sings like an angel and is really funny. We’ve been fans since we saw her on Broadway in 1999 when she played Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – and even at…

Frank Sinatra – the Soundtrack of My Life

  We all have soundtracks of our lives. During my teen years there were hours spent listening to the same record album over and over, sometimes even the same song, convinced that the artist had written the lyrics especially for me.  “OHMYGOSH” my friends and I would shriek.  That’s EXACTLY how I feel!!!!” Neil Young,…

For my Grandmother Amy, with Love

I have so many memories of my grandparents – some of which I wasn’t even around to experience. The family stories, the iconic ancestors, the inside jokes and traditions passed from generation to generation – sometimes it’s hard for me to remember where my memories begin and where the stories from before my time are…

Boy, Could He Sing – My Grandfather

  What a voice he had. A deep and rumbling baritone – a New York accent tempered by elegance – and boy, could he could sing. As a young man, my grandfather found his way into the entertainment business. There are yellowed newspaper clippings – little bits in the music columns about the new and…

Friday Night – Down on Main Street

The place that I live is about as neighborhood-ish as it gets – Main Street USA. With around 3600 homes and a population of around 10,000, Rossmoor, California is adjacent to and dependent on Los Alamitos and Seal Beach for the basic necessities like grocery stores and pharmacies. Rossmoor is the epitome of suburbia –…

Seventies Rockers, Bloggers – the True Voices of Their Times?

Recently we were invited to a showing of “Who Shot Rock and Roll,” an exhibition or rock and roll photography at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. We were given a tour by Gail Buckland, the curator of the exhibit and author of Who Shot Rock and Roll. Her insights and experiences with…

8 Great Songs of Summer

It’s the first day of summer – and summer is all about having fun. Every summer there’s a song that will forever mean hot weather, cold drinks, cool pools and the smell of coco-nutty suntan lotion. Here are some of my favorite summer songs – the ones that will always sound like summer to me….