Monday, March 25, 2013

Song of the Week: C Jam Blues

An all-star lineup this week with Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Ed Thigpen on drums.  Oscar Peterson sometimes threatens Dave Brubeck as my favorite jazz pianist.  I love the moment around 4:30 where Oscar reaches up to wipe sweat from his brow while not missing a beat.

Here is "C Jam Blues":

Friday, March 22, 2013

MST3K Friday: The Phantom Creeps 2

"Ford Beebe." (again)
"The plot's out of order?" (sounds about right)
"Is he dead?" "No, just stunned." "Stunned? He took six bullets!"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom

"The ears of our generation have been made so delicate by the senseless multitude of flatterers that, as soon as we perceive that anything of ours is not approved of, we cry out that we are being bitterly assailed; and when we can repel the truth by no other pretense  we escape by attributing bitterness, impatience, and intemperance to our adversaries."
--Martin Luther

Luther spoke these words nearly 500 years ago, but he could have spoken them 5 days ago.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Song of the Week: The Living Daylights

John Barry was an accomplished composer and musician.  He's most well known for his work on 12 different James Bond films, but he also scored nearly 100 other movies plus commercials and television programs.  His scores for Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves garnered him Academy Awards.

Last week I listened to a podcast dedicated to Barry and focused primarily on his work with the Bond franchise.  He wrote or co-wrote songs for nearly every film from Dr. No to The Living Daylights. After listening to the podcast, The Living Daylights was stuck in my head for days.

Here is Norwegian band A-ha's recording of Barry's last Bond theme.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Song of the Week: Beyond the Sea

This song's been stuck in my head for a couple days, so I thought I'd share.  "Beyond the Sea" is a pop song that shares its tune with the French song "La Mer" and was popularized by singer Bobby Darin.  It's also the name of a 2004 movie starring Kevin Spacey which I need to see one of these days.

Here's Bobby Darin singing "Beyond the Sea".

Friday, March 8, 2013

MST3K Friday: Circus on Ice

"Ah, I'd like a sloe gin circus."\
"Shut up and watch the deer get slaughtered."

Friday, March 1, 2013

MST3K Friday: Specialty Bread

In response to last week's short, Mike and the 'bots talk about specialty breads.