Blessed Are They Who Mourn…

Artist: Brian Neimann

for they will be comforted.

As we recall the tragic events of this day, the road less taken of the Beatitudes always challenges us. [Read more...]

Today’s the Day the Music Died (Music for Mondays)

For me, anyway. No, I’m not talking about Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, who Don McClean sang about in American Pie. No, I mean the day the music died for me. It was on August 27, 1990, when Stevie Ray Vaughn died in a helicopter crash at the age of 35.  SRV boarded a chopper after a show shorty after midnight for a quick hop to an airport, only the pilot flew into a low hill and  the best guitar player in the world was taken from us.

So I’m remembering Stevie Ray Vaughn, one of my favorites, as long time readers know. [Read more...]

Neil Armstrong and the Landing of the “Eagle” UPDATED

Over at Mental Floss, there’s a great recap of the life and career of Neil Armstrong. I’ll provide you the link in a moment. But first I wanted to share the following narrative of the landing as told by astronauts Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton (with able help by writers Jay Barbree and Howard Benedict) in their book Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon. This is a lot like an episode from Paul Harvey’s  The Rest of the Story. We begin at 1300 feet and falling… [Read more...]

Goethe Suggests a Blog Post. Who Am I to Say No?

‎One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Good advice, that. I wonder what sort of blogger Goethe would have made? He and I are like minded this morning, because there has been a song playing in my head, I just read something that I want to share with you, and I love fine pictures, even when I stumble often when it comes to speaking reasonable words. [Read more...]

Donna Summer, Requiescat In Pace

Well, I am sad to hear that Donna Summer has left us. But something makes me think I’ll see her again. And like one of my friends said on Facebook, I hope St. Peter installs a nice disco ball for her to sing under. Then again, he may not have to, as you’ll see and hear below. [Read more...]

Carroll Shelby, Requiescat In Pace

 

It has been a week full of passings. We started off by losing Maurice Sendak, and we wind it up by losing Carroll Shelby, a gearhead of epic proportions. That’s him leaning on the legendary G.T. 350 Shelby Mustang, with a Shelby Cobra in the background for good measure. One of my colleagues at work broke the news to me gently today that Carroll had died of pneumonia on Thursday after an extended illness. I said a prayer for his soul immediately upon hearing this news, just like he was family. [Read more...]

Christopher Walken Reads Us “Where the Wild Things Are”

 

Because everything is a little better with Christopher Walken’s take on it, don’t you agree? So as we bid goodbye to Maurice Sendak today, have a listen to the classic one more time, with a Walken-like rumpus. No additional  cowbell required.

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Goodbye Mr. Sendak. Thanks for the memories.

Mike Wallace, Requiescat In Pace

I learned a few minutes ago that Mike Wallace has passed into eternity. I met him once when I was an intern at the CBS News bureau in Los Angeles. That was 20 years ago, which means he was 73 years old at that time. [Read more...]

Without Neil Young, Musical Jeremiads Like This…

wouldn’t have been made. Neil doesn’t use Jim Marshall’s amplifiers. They didn’t give him the same sound, the same gravitas, to move folks to acknowledge the truth that he sings about here. [Read more...]

Jim Marshall, Requiescat In Pace

Last week, we lost Earl Scruggs. Today, news of the passing of another giant of the music industry. [Read more...]


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