Last September St. Mark's had a 50s party and I downloaded a few tunes to play at the event. One of them was "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes. What a GREAT song! Hearing the precision of the harmony and rhythm of these women is really a revelation. This tune went by thousands of times on scratchy AM radios, and people loved it. Listen to it now on CD in full fidelity and it's nothing short of amazing.
Friday, January 22, 2010
This morning I was thinking about the contemporary mantra "It Is What It Is," and I revisited my previous post about it.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
For some reason, lately I have little patience for radio yakking in the car. Even NPR, though I devoted 26 years of my life to it. I can't even take cool alternative-yaking on alternative radio stations. (Alternative to what, you may ask. Good question.)
Monday, January 18, 2010
It's raining in San Diego. We've spent the day inside, reading and listening to music. We have listened to nothing but records. I'm up every 20 minutes or so to turn the record over or change it. I like this experience. It makes music-listening intentional. I select the record, look at the cover, take it out of its jacket, put it on the turntable, and listen to 20 minutes of music by the same artist or artists.
We are 2 hours into 24. The formula has begun again.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Yes, we will be watching American Idol tonight. I am making excuses, as usual.
"Court officials in Jefferson County, Alabama, were skeptical at first when they encountered a potential juror who said her name was 'Jesus Christ.' But the 59-year-old Birmingham woman, who had her name changed in probate court, assured the residing judge that was her name. Christ was called to jury duty for a criminal case but was excused because she was disruptive. Instead of answering questions, Christ was asking them. Efforts to reach Christ were unsuccessful." from Religion News Service.
Labels: Legal System
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Here is a website of visual splendor. It is chock-full of excellent shots of significant San Diego architecture. Among many other things are photos of the first Jack-in-the-Box, and the structure on the site of of the Kumeyaay band--among the most-ancient North American Indians. Some of the photos range around Southern California. A delight!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday night is dysfunction night on A&E. Merrie and I watch regularly. The show Intervention has become so popular that most everyone who is selected for the show already knows the interventionists from watching them on TV.
Monday, January 4, 2010
What a way to start the decade--with a very, very, very tall building. Not in China. Not in Malaysia. In Dubai.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
We like watching the Tournament of Roses parade on New Year's morning. I like it because it's not dominated by cartoon-character balloons. It's still primarily a parade, not a television event. I've grown tired of over-produced television events. But why, oh why does the commentary have to be so deliberately and consistently unctuous?