Monday, August 25, 2014

Song of the Week: Stone Cold Dead in the Market

This is a fun little tune from Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan.  Every tune I know of Jordan's has a sense of humor; case in point his song "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens".

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)

I'd always loved Robin Williams, his manic energy, his impressions, his virtuoso talents at improv, so it was a shock and extremely painful to see the headlines of his death yesterday.

It's often said that comedy is harder than drama, so it's no wonder that Williams garnered 4 Academy Award nominations (1 win) for his dramatic work in Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, and Good Will Hunting.  Someone on Facebook said their favorite Williams performance is in the movie One Hour Photo (which I haven't seen).  I thought he was brilliant opposite Al Pacino in the underrated Insomnia.

I always thought his performance as Genie captured the essence of Robin Williams perfectly:


Monday, August 4, 2014

Song of the Week: Dengue Woman Blues

Still on vacation, so here's some more Texas blues from Jimmie Vaughan. This song comes from the soundtrack of From Dusk Till Dawn.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Song of the Week: Good Texan

I'm off to Texas this week for vacation. To get in the mood, this week's song is Stevie Ray Vaughan and his brother Jimmie singing "Good Texan" from the album Family Style released in September 1990, almost a month after Stevie's death.