Category Archives: Music

Frank Sinatra and From Here to Eternity

In the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Johnny Fontane, a popular singer, has fallen on hard times.  He feels that the only way to revive his faltering career is to get a certain part in a war movie that’s … Continue reading

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Things to Do If You’re Stuck at Home

Many people are stuck at home during this pandemic.  It may be a new and unsettling situation since we all live at a frenzied pace most of the time.  So what can you do for yourself, and what can you … Continue reading

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Music Notes

Ken Burns has a new film on Public TV and it’s one you shouldn’t miss.  Country Music is an eight-part program that traces the history of country music from  its birth up to the present.  The first of the two … Continue reading

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Desert Island Reads

You’re visiting this website because you love books, and you’re probably hoping to come across some interesting books to add to your “to read” list (as if it isn’t long enough already).  But consider the many books you’ve already read … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

Richard Feynman was a brilliant theoretical physicist, bongo player, and safecracker.  He was also an excellent writer – especially about his personal life.  I recommend his books “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character and The Pleasure … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

Psycho, probably Alfred Hitchcock’s best known film, was adapted from the book of the same name by Robert Bloch.  For years Bloch wrote stories of the supernatural for pulp magazines such as Weird Tales, but at a point he says … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

“For billions of years, life on Earth evolved through the process of Darwinian evolution via natural selection: Small errors during reproduction propagate from parents to offspring, occasionally offering some a survival advantage to find food or fight enemies. Had reproduction … Continue reading

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Telephone Exchanges and Pop Culture

In the early days of the telephone age few people had service, so telephone numbers were short.  As the use of this marvelous invention increased, especially in large cities, longer and longer telephone numbers were required – up to seven … Continue reading

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Music Notes

According to “Professor” Peter Schickele of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople, P.D.Q. Bach was the 21st of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 20 children. He claims that he discovered the existence of P.D.Q. Bach many years ago, and has … Continue reading

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Popular Music from World War I

World War I ended on November 11, 1918 when Germany declared an armistice – that is a cessation of fighting prior to the signing of an official peace treaty.  The day that commemorated the end of the conflict was called … Continue reading

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