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

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

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”

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)

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”

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

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

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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SSF: “Every Star”

As someone who moved to a place with quite a bit of light pollution (Cheek by Jowl SoCal) to one with very little (Big, Beautiful, and Pretty Near Empty Wyoming), this simple but lovely little short really hit me between the eyes. (There are plenty of metaphorical reasons to like it, I suppose. But I was mostly [Read More…]

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SVS: “Shaolin Soccer”

“A down-on-his-luck ex-soccer player, injured during a rigged match, joins forces with a former monk to assemble an unlikely team of players — the monk’s awkward Shaolin brothers — harnessing the discipline and power of kung fu.” What’s not to love? [Read more…]

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The Perfect, Perfectly Understated Dolly Zoom in Pixar’s Ratatouille

But he doesn’t care if his viewers to notice the technique that’s making them feel that way. In fact, I suspect that he actually does not want them to notice. It’s not flashy, but it sure is effective . Even more accurately? Not flashy and therefore, effective. [Read more…]

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