“The Color of Dreams” by Derri Daugherty provides pleasant aural dreamscapes

Miss me? Life spent most of 2018 punkpounding me on multiple fronts, hence my lengthy absence from this space. My deep thanks to Peter for his patience. Anyway, time to start catching up on things, starting with some new (well, it was new in August of last year) music by Derri Daugherty, guitarist/vocalist/tunesmith for veteran … Continue reading “The Color of Dreams” by Derri Daugherty provides pleasant aural dreamscapes

Victory at Sea History before the Culture Wars

As I mentioned in an earlier post last weekend I starting watching the classic 1952 TV series Victory at Sea for the first time. That might be a bit of a surprise to some of you, both my grey beard and the fact that my father served in the Pacific in World War 2 would … Continue reading Victory at Sea History before the Culture Wars

Non Tweets Under the Fedora 1-4-18 Bogart & Curtin, Romney & Cuomo, Pelosi and Daughter, Kollab & Insurance and Brady and the Press

Humphrey Bogart, 1940's/50's Democrat and arguably the greatest actor there has ever been once said "The only thing you owe the public is a good performance". If that is true then given the number of good performances we've had from Jane Curtin over the decades I reckon death wish for the GOP not withstanding I reckon … Continue reading Non Tweets Under the Fedora 1-4-18 Bogart & Curtin, Romney & Cuomo, Pelosi and Daughter, Kollab & Insurance and Brady and the Press

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 7 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Our Penultimate entry in our Mannheim Steamroller Octave for Christmas is one of my favorite Carols God Rest You Merry Gentlemen. I'm not a big concert guy as a rule but when I attend as I've said before I like to watch the individual performances, which can be difficult while filming with a hand-held camera … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 7 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 5 We Three Kings (incomplete)

Day five of my Christmas Octave of Mannheim Steamroller in Boston features We Three Kings Ironically this recording that I ended early was the only one I intended to record. All the others were at the request of DaWife for herself. When she saw me recording this one she said she was already doing so … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 5 We Three Kings (incomplete)

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 4 Oh Holy Night

Day four of my Christmas Octave of Mannheim Steamroller in Boston continues today with Oh Holy Night My wife was checking Stubhub etc for tickets as they came in just to see what was still there and how much they dropped at showtime.  It must be really cool for Emerson college students next door.  They … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 4 Oh Holy Night

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 3 Christmas Lullaby

Day three of my Christmas Octave of Mannheim Steamroller in Boston continues today with Christmas Lullaby. I don't know if this is an original song by them or an adaption of something else but I never heard of the song until Mannheim Steamroller did it. The videos doesn’t do them justice so catch the tour … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 3 Christmas Lullaby

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 2 Joy to the World

Day two of my Christmas Octave of Mannheim Steamroller in Boston continues today with Joy to the World. I like this video because you can see the performers in it and in addition to the music itself if you go to the show and watch the performers, you'll see some real professional work, particularly among … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 2 Joy to the World

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 1 Carol of the Bells

My 14 straight days of work since black Friday finally ended on Thursday of last week and on Saturday my wife and I went to the colonial theater in Boston with my oldest to see Mannheim Steamroller, the original Christmas touring band. It was a very nice time. Given the attempts to turn this year's … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 1 Carol of the Bells

Review: Dark Tourist

By John Ruberry Twenty minutes into the first episode of a new Netflix series, Dark Tourist, not only did I ascertain what dark tourism is, I realized that I am a dark tourist. After all, I'm someone who has vacationed in Detroit. Twice. I've visited the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago. I've been to Gary, … Continue reading Review: Dark Tourist

Review: Season two of Ozark

By John Ruberry When season one of Ozark concluded last summer, the Byrdes, a drug money laundering family from the Chicago area, decided to put roots down at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is the number-crunching erstwhile financial planner struggling to keep all of the balls he is juggling up … Continue reading Review: Season two of Ozark

Voices of CMN 2018 Geri Guadagno Author: John of the Smiles

I speak to Author Geri Guadagno about a few of her books including her latest John of the Smiles at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Lancaster PA Her web site is here. You can buy her books here. The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Bloglist (so far) Sept 7th Voices of CMN … Continue reading Voices of CMN 2018 Geri Guadagno Author: John of the Smiles

While Divisive Political Stunts Rock DC in Real World America Asha Nicole & Rebecca Akins Roll On

One of the most interesting things about this vacation has been the fact that it's been an ACTUAL vacation. Other than an interview at EWTN yesterday and a radio show I recorded with Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life (who I ran into accidentally) I've not been obliged to cover anything and I've only … Continue reading While Divisive Political Stunts Rock DC in Real World America Asha Nicole & Rebecca Akins Roll On

My Predictions on #wokerosanne aka #theconners

The New fall TV season is coming and as you know ABC has decided they are going to try to play the Roseanne card without Roseanne here's the old story if you missed it Roseanne stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman will star in the spinoff. Additional castmembers and a … Continue reading My Predictions on #wokerosanne aka #theconners

A look back the Byrds’ legendary Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50 years later

By John Ruberry Next week the fiftieth anniversary arrives of the release of the groundbreaking Sweetheart of the Rodeo album by the Byrds.. At the time, however, the collection was a commercial flop and it received mixed reviews. Byrds leader and lead guitarist Roger McGuinn envisioned the band's sixth album as an overview of the … Continue reading A look back the Byrds’ legendary Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50 years later