Archive for the 'Music Videos' Category

THAT IS WHY YOU FAILED…

November 14th, 2016

Oliver Burkeman, writing in This column will change your life: habit chaining for The Guardian, explains: First, this week, an astoundingly effective tip for developing beneficial habits, such as eating plenty of vegetables, flossing your teeth, keeping your desk tidy, phoning your mother or unfriending people who post self-written poetry on Facebook. Ready? Here’s the […]

TEMPORARY SECRETARY, PAUL MCCARTNEY, 1980…

November 4th, 2016

Yesterday one of my students, a young man with a musical bent, asked me if I knew this song. I wasn’t paying a great deal of attention to music in 1980—I didn’t even know the origin of the phrase I have become comfortably numb on a fellow university student’s t-shirt that year—having just left active […]

I SHAMEFULLY CONFESS, I WATCH (AND LIKE) GLEE

September 24th, 2016

In Season 4, Episode 17 of Glee, with Mr. Schuester out sick, Sam and Blaine assign their gleemates to sing guilty pleasures: songs they’re too embarrassed to admit they love. When I watched the show I couldn’t think of any song or band that I would feel that way about, but watching the above video, […]

PUT THE ORGANIZED BACK IN LABOR DAY…

September 5th, 2016

To be alive and working in the United States of America in the 1950’s was something of miracle. You were living in the world’s greatest nation and the booming middle class was fueling an economic expansion unlike any the nation had experienced and one in three workers was a member of a union. That number […]

THE WELSH TEN COMMANDMENTS…

September 5th, 2016

Found on a postcard sent by Cousin John West from Wales: Thou shall: Worship sheep Drink beer Wear three feathers with pride Not slay dragons Love rugby Not be too friendly with the English Keep a welcome in the hillside Learn our Anthem (not just the chorus) Eat and “enjoy” leek soup Congregate and drink […]

A BIT OF JOY FOR A THURSDAY MORNING…

August 25th, 2016

PSEUDO-MERITOCRACY CAN BE PURE BULLSHIT…

July 5th, 2016

So, last night we watched episode 19 of the first season of Glee: Dream On. Good episode, but I was disappointed to learn that Kevin McHale, the actor who plays Artie Abrams, is not, in fact, a paraplegic. That’s no secret to regular viewers, I’m sure, but in this day and age I assumed that, […]

FOR FI ON INDEPENDENCE DAY….

March 27th, 2016

“Black and tans” (not to be confused with a pint that is half Guinness and half Bass)… were a group of ex-soldiers put into service ostensibly to help protect the English police, but in reality were state sponsored terrorists who brutalized the Irish people. The song was originally written by Dominic Behan in reference to […]

JON CONNOR SPEAKS OUT AND RAPS ON FLINT, MI…

March 3rd, 2016

A BIT OF JOY FOR A SATURDAY MORNING…

February 27th, 2016

I love that so many in the audience were singing along. Here’s a odd tidbit. I came to Beethoven, actually to classical music in general, via the movie A Clockwork Orange.

A CAR COMMERCIAL THAT MAKES ME CRY…

February 26th, 2016

AMERICA, SIMON & GARFUNKEL, 12 SEPTEMBER 03…

January 23rd, 2016

After listening to Bernie’s commercial I needed to go back and remember the original…

WE HONOR A NATIONAL TREASURE…

December 31st, 2015

Simon Hattenstone had this to say in The Guardian: It wasn’t even Aretha’s night. Oh no. This ceremony was to award, among others, Rita Moreno, George Lucas and Carole King. Then up steps Aretha to sing the King/Goffin/Wexler 1967 classic (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Look at King, open-mouthed in shock and […]

I’M HAV’N A LYNYRD SKYNYRD MORNING…

December 30th, 2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd Anyone who has seen my album and CD collection knows, thanks to my father, that my music tastes range far and wide, but if I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life, I’d pick Lynyrd Skynyrd. I’ve never been able to listen to the music recorded post 1977. […]

WE MUST BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT…

December 15th, 2015

Or, as Cable sang to us…

MYTH BUSTING THE FIREWATER FAIRY TALE…

October 5th, 2015

I first heard the myth of Native Americans having no natural resistance to alcohol when I was a senior in high school; and I heard the story from a Vietnam veteran and former Marine who was also an Indian (I use that term advisedly, having spoken with Dennis Banks once). To my uneducated mind, the […]

THIS IS NOT WHAT GEORGE HARRISON WANTED…

March 30th, 2015

In my moldy and decayed collection of eight-track tapes there was (I tossed them all two moves ago, but kept a list of what I had) was the two-tape collection of George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, the mother of all benefit concerts. George and all the musicians who came together would not be happy with […]

JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN

March 21st, 2015

I read Dalton Trumbo’s 1939 Johnny Got His Gun when I was in high school in the early ’70s, but I never saw the 1971 movie starring Timothy Bottoms as Joe Bonham, the Joe who who volunteered to save the world for democracy, until this weekend. The movie is brilliant and, I assume because Trumbo […]

THERE IS BEAUTY, THERE IS JOY IN THE WORLD…

December 16th, 2014

I tear up every time I listen to the glorious 9th…

GAWD, I DO MISS PLAYING RUGBY…

August 30th, 2014

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