I love to be surprised by music I didn’t know about or was convinced I would not like. As I get older, I have to fight harder to move out of my comfort zone of musical tastes. Retracing my steps over many decades, there are some game-changers. Although I will not likely be shouting the … More Musical Surprises
It usually takes skill and/or training to be successful at your craft. Talent also helps, but in popular music, there is another factor, the material and the presentation that matter to fans. There are tons of singers, just watch one of of those TV talent shows, most of which you wouldn’t pay money to hear. … More Singers or Vocalists?
What makes an impressive debut album? A million copies sold? Hit singles? Your face on the cover of Rolling Stone? Having fans and critics stand up and take notice. Lasting impact. The start of something greater. These are ones that are familiar to me. This list is certainly not inclusive and is obviously just my … More Impressive Debut Albums
The best of the John Sayles films, which is saying a lot. Sayles is an auteur of independent films. He wrote, directed and edited LoneStar. It all start with two off-duty soldiers finding human bones on an abandoned Army rifle range looking for old bullets. Then a sheriff’s star is discovered among the bones. It … More LoneStar (1996)
George Segal passed away this year. A working actor right up to the end, Segal had a relatively brief tenure as a leading man, but managed to find featured roles long after many leading men faded from memory. I wrote this blog about Segal and Elliott Gould, two actors who did not seem to take … More Remembering George Segal
I have always like Harry Dean, now I am reading an interesting biography about him. Harry Dean came from a poor, Kentucky family, who used the G.I. Bill to study acting after WWII. In many later roles, he portrayed humble, quiet, slightly mysterious mean that you did not screw with. He was that way in … More Harry Dean Stanton