Category Archives: music

I hope I can be this witty when I’m old (really old I mean)

You’ll be glad if you stay to the end; it’s short. And clever. And funny. And kind of endearing.


George Carlin sings. Really.

I watched the repeat last night of the Mark Twain Award ceremony from 2008.  George Carlin was the honoree – posthumously, as he’d died only a few months before. It’s nice to know that he knew about it and was even planning his speech. They showed this video – see what a nice Irish Catholic boy from Queens NY can do!

Veteran’s Day Friday oldie

The one. The only. Phil Ochs.



It’s happening.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

A touch of class for Saturday

Thanks to friend Shep for the link that led me to this, which I have watched four times this morning. These guys are new to me and now I officially adore them.

Politics, like all of life, needs a little more cowbell

Chop-chop! Weekend’s over.

Good morning

Before the day is over . . . happy birthday

Friend Shep reminded me . . . John Lennon would have been 71 today.

Oh yeah? Take that, Newsweek!

Some years ago, in that dismissive tone so beloved of some media, Newsweek  named Grand Rapids MI, a ‘dying city’. The folks there didn’t much like that and responded with a word or two of their own (actually, of Don McClean’s).

Roger Ebert called it “the greatest music video ever made’.  Anyway, happy Sunday morning comrades.

Paul Simon at ground zero

I missed this. At the 9/11 Memorial ceremonies, Paul Simon played The Sounds of Silence. I find it very moving.

Simon was born, raised and lives in Manhattan. The grief is still carved into his face.

Was there ever a better 90th birthday party?

Pete Seeger had the good fortune to turn 90 during the 2009 Inauguration festivities by singing Woody Guthrie’s iconic ballad, This Land is Your Land to an enormous audience whose affection for the old man was apparent. And he got to do it with Bruce!!

I leadz the way ya know

Jonathan Turley’s blog put up Phil Phillips doing Sea of Love this week just because I did it last week! (But I had video! So there.)

Turley’s is a unique blog with a take on contemporary legal issues as seen by a constitutional lawyer. And other stuff (obviously). Think he’s reading me? Nah.

I just don’t know what to make of this

Start at the beginning for a taste of it. If you haven’t got 4 minutes, scroll across to 3:20 to be amazed. It’s a little creepy, but . . . wow.

Friday night oldie

Okay, this one isn’t really an oldie by my standards, but after this ugly week I needed reminding that if Joe Cocker can survive and thrive, then so can I.

Can. Not. Beleive. It.

MTV is 30 years old.

Bet you could use a laugh

Busy day, but even with distraction I can’t shake a deepening gloom that’s closing in as I watch the fourth graders in Washington ‘dealing’ with the country’s finances.

Let us share a laugh – starts at 1:00 in:

My eyes! OMG, my eyes!

Kate Smith did it right.

Happy Fourth. And don’t forget to say thank you to Irving Berlin.

(Check out 4:20 in!)

Bruce on Clarence

Altercation directed me to this, Bruce Springstein’s eulogy delivered at the service for Clarence Clemmons. For fans, the whole thing is here.

. . . standing together we were badass, on any given night, on our turf, some of the baddest asses on the planet. We were united, we were strong, we were righteous, we were unmovable, we were funny, we were corny as hell and as serious as death itself. And we were coming to your town to shake you and to wake you up. Together, we told an older, richer story about the possibilities of friendship that transcended those I’d written in my songs and in my music. Clarence carried it in his heart.