Cyrus Chestnut is an American jazz pianist. Today's song was the first song I heard him perform. It masterfully blends the classical style of a Baroque invention with some really swinging jazz. I kick myself for missing out on the opportunity to see him in Princeton a few years back. Every time I check out the tour schedule on his website, he never has any dates in the northeast.
Here is "Baroque Impressions" from his album The Dark Before the Dawn.
Monday, February 29, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
It's been a while since I posted something by Tenpenny Joke. There's still nothing new from them, so they do look like a one and done band, which is too bad because I like them. I listened to the album Ambush On All Sides again and this week's song stuck in my head for a couple days. It's called "Across the Ocean".
Friday, February 19, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Hope also defined celebrity for the generations to come. His hosting of the Oscars raised it from an industry event to a nationally broadcast capstone of the year in film that is analyzed, dissected, and bet on by people even outside the industry. He was a tireless self-promoter of himself and his movies, but, with his USO tours and other actions, gave back to his fans and drew attention to charitable causes.
He was also a shrewd businessman, investing largely in California real estate, negotiating large guaranteed contracts for himself, and was one of the first to see the potential of using television to run advertisements for movies.
Unlike many celebrities, he didn't drink or use drugs. He gave almost all his time and attention to his fans, but was cold and remote with his family. He was generous to servicemen and people he met, but could be miserly and cruel to those who worked for him. He was married to his wife Delores since 1934, but had several long running affairs.
Richard Zoglin's biography Hope does an excellent job capturing the life and times of Bob Hope. It details almost everything Hope did in his long life, but doesn't provide much insight into Hope's personality or his raison d'être. Given Hope's relationship to his family, this is not surprising.
It is a very well researched and written book that I recommend for any fan of Hope or anyone interested in the history of the entertainment industry.
Thanks for the Memory.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Ella Fitzgerald is the greatest singer of the 20th Century - male or female. And pairing her with the great composer George Gershwin is pure bliss. It's hard to pick a favorite Gershwin tune, but this one has to be a top contender.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Gone Tomorrow opens with Jack Reacher on a late night New York subway with five other passengers - one of whom sets off Reacher's well trained radar. Reacher intervenes in the situation, which puts him in the cross-hairs of the NYPD, FBI, DIA, and a congressman running for the US Senate. What follows is a non-stop roller coaster ride of a novel.
Other than the movie starring Tom Cruise, this is my first introduction to the character. The book is extremely suspenseful and written in a way that compels you to keep turning the page. Some people may be bored with thrillers where the protagonist is ultra competent, but Child pulls it off in such a way to make Reacher relatable to the audience.
I'll be reading more Reachers in the future.