To Kill a Mockingbird: Musical Score

Movie music is fascinating. Most of it is average at best; functional, but not memorable. Bond films, Hitchcock suspense, the themes from Jaws, The Exorcist, Rocky and Breakfast at Tiffany’s – all magical film moments. We can all think of our favorite film scores, whatever generation we represent. Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, Henry … More To Kill a Mockingbird: Musical Score

Dick Ebersol: From Saturday Night to Sunday Night, and the evolution of network television (book reviews)

I am combining two book reviews and my own observations on the rise and fall of network television. Three television stations, with a foot antenna or rabbit-ears. Maybe a PBS station, and later, difficult to clearly receive UHF (mostly independent stations). Those were the options. Not a lot of channel surfing in those days, and … More Dick Ebersol: From Saturday Night to Sunday Night, and the evolution of network television (book reviews)

One Hit Wonders (Some of My Favorites): The 1960s

This is a multi-part blog, starting with the decade of the 1960s. What is a “one hit wonder?” It could be the only that ever charted by an artist, or the highest charting song of theirs. Sometimes artist fade away, vanishing from the public eye. That’s not always the case. Many one time wonders have … More One Hit Wonders (Some of My Favorites): The 1960s

Classic Band Lineups

What lineups were the best for bands? Membership changes happen for various reasons: death, substance abuse, ego, solo careers, etc. Here are some of my favorites: Beatles. The post Best and Sutcliffe days, obviously. Rolling Stones. The Mick Taylor years, after Brian Jones. The classic era. Fleetwood Mac. Obviously, the McVies, Fleetwood, Buckingham and Nicks. … More Classic Band Lineups

Watertown (1970): Frank Sinatra’s Curious Concept Album of Lost Love

The beginning of the 1970s was a transitional time for Frank Sinatra. His film career was ending, his albums weren’t selling like they used to, the Rat Pack days were over, Vegas was still paying him large sums, but generally, the thrill was gone. It was no secret that Sinatra hated rock and roll, but … More Watertown (1970): Frank Sinatra’s Curious Concept Album of Lost Love