My next job

I do a lot of this already… [Read more...]

RIP, Hal David

I was surprised this weekend to hear of the death of lyricist Hal David, who penned some of the most enduring pop tunes of the ’60s.  I didn’t realize just how prolific he had been until I read his obit in the Times and saw his output: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “I Say [Read More...]

Madonna, still gunning for the church

New Jersey Star Ledger writer Tris McCall describes what happens in the star’s latest concert: The lights went down, and we were in Troyes Cathedral, or perhaps Fordham University. A gigantic glowing crucifix, several stories high, hung over the stage. It was the centerpiece of a handsome Old World church built of light and shadow [Read More...]

“Summer breeze, makes me feel fine…”

“…blowing through the jasmine in my mind…”  Ah.  A twangy blast from the past, for these last days of the season.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

This is why God made shopping malls

For insane publicity stunts like this one. Something I never thought I’d see, let alone enjoy: the Polish cast of “Les Miserables” singing “One Day More,” in Polish, in a mall, as a flashmob. I don’t speak Polish, but I think they’re singing, “Come to our show, come to our show, come to our show” [Read More...]

“Every major’s terrible”

Just in time for the back-to-school crowd, this inspired Gilbert & Sullivan parody. I hope his major is music. [Read more...]

“You got Daddy Skills…!”

For all the dads out there: something sweetly infectious from a rapper you might call Snoop Daddy Dad (a.k.a Sam Dorman), who boasts on YouTube that he shot this entirely on his iPhone. Whatever he did, this is a new anthem for a generation of dads.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

“Would you sing something different?”

The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” was on Ovation tonight, and the scene below just knocks it out of the park. Struggling songwriter and door-to-door salesman J.R. Cash (the incredibly good Joaquin Phoenix — why didn’t he get the Oscar for this?) gets a chance to audition for legendary record producer Sam Phillips, who [Read More...]

“There is a wisdom to wrong notes”

The writer here returns to the piano at the age of 50 — and finds some valuable life lessons in the keyboard: Many a man or woman upon reaching a certain age will splurge on a Ferrari, trade in city life for a new start as a country squire or wed a trophy spouse. My [Read More...]

Swing low, sweet flashmob…

Admit it: you have been waiting and WAITING for someone to do a gospel flash mob with “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”  Haven’t you? Well, the wait is over. The setting: the University of Toronto, last month.  Chancellor David R. Peterson was about to depart after a six-year term. The faculty and students arranged a little [Read More...]


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