SSF: “Ormie”

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This one reminded me of Pixar’s “Knick Knack.” And of “Frog and Toad Together.” And of cookies; warm, gooey, fresh baked chocolate-chip cookies. …and I have to go home now. For…reasons. Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of Rob Silvestri and all respective creators and/or distributors. [Read more...]

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SVS: “Dear Frankie”

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Still in “Much Too Hasty” mode, but one of my “Draft-and-Follow” films just popped up on AMAZON PRIME, so I’m just going to roll this one out there and call it good. Here’s Dear Frankie. After years of lying to her son and pretending his deadbeat father is away at sea aboard the HMS Accra, a protective mother [Read More...]

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Djembe Therapy. It’s Good For What Ails You. I Promise.

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I’ve been saving this one for a while, but I decided to bust it out today for no particular reason except that I love it and it makes me smile every time I see it and I’m all about the smiles right now. Oh, and also because James got to play a djembe with the [Read More...]

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Oldie-But-Goodie: The Magic of Prince Rupert’s Drops

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Still not in a fit state to post anything meaningful. …which, I tell myself hopefully/delusionally, is somehow different than the state in which I normally post. (Pipe down back there. I’m trying to be encouraging. To myself.) While I wait for the medical merry-go-round to come to a stop — or even just to slow down a [Read More...]

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Heinrich von Herzogenberg Is My Latest Musical Discovery

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Let’s be precise. We’re not talking about just any von Herzogenberg; we’re talking about “Heinrich Picot de Peccaduc, Freiherr von Herzogenberg,” “an Austrian composer and conductor descended from a French aristocratic family.” Two historical facts of particular note: Early on he was attracted to the music of Richard Wagner, but after studying J. S. Bach‘s works he became [Read More...]

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SSF: “Remnants”

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The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur. Lots of hospital rooms, lots (and lots) of stress and prayers, and lots (and lots and LOTS) of Utah. Things are returning to (mostly) normal, but we’ll probably be feeling the ripples for a few months. Given the setting (and intensity) of the aforementioned few [Read More...]

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What The 4th Of July Always Sounds Like (To Me)

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Earlier this week, I mentioned John Philip Sousa’s unmatched compositional contributions to the sounds of the Fourth of July. So I suppose now’s the ideal time for me to admit that despite the almost-relentless performance of his “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the sound that I will always associate with today’s holiday is not “SaSF.” Or any [Read More...]

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Today’s Streaming Suggestion? “The Secret of Roan Inish”

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Last year, I went hunting for a holiday-appropriate film to recommend, and thought that Frank Capra’s mythical Mr. Smith Goes to Washington fit the bill quite nicely. This year, I’d fully intended to do something similar. But then I stumbled across a film I’ve been waiting to recommend for (literally) years, so you’re going to have to excuse me and [Read More...]

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Gearing Up For The 4th With America’s March King

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There are few names as inextricably linked with the Fourth of July as that of John Philip Sousa. Even those for whom the name means nothing will almost certainly recognize his “Stars and Stripes Forever” after only a few bars. That piece will be playing on a loop from now ’til Sunday morning. (It’s the National March, you’ll [Read More...]

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Sometimes Baseball Is Just Too Hard, Even For the Pros

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There’s something encouraging about watching professional baseball players do things that make them look as incompetent as I look every time I play. [Read more...]

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