Monday, October 24, 2016

More from Daryl's House

Need some cheering up in the midst of this depressing election milieu?  I have picked out a couple of performances from a large playlist of performances from Daryl's House that should do the trick.  I'll let these performances speak for themselves.

First, the wonderful, ebullient Allen Stone.

Next the surprising Chromeo.

Remember, these are tracks from a long playlist so you will get the next in order after listening, so just click out of it at that point.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Colbert nails it...

In case you have not seen it, I'm guessing that you will enjoy Stephen Colbert's hilarious monologue that opened last night's Late Show.  It is now pretty well established that Colbert has proven to be a worthy successor to Letterman; I certainly think so.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

WAPO endorsement

Sometimes I read something and say to myself, "I could not have said it better."  Such can be said for today's Washington Post endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president, which you can read for yourself right here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Back from Carmel

We just got back from a few wonderful days in Carmel by the Sea.  We spent a couple of days just browsing the dozens and dozens of fine art galleries that the town is famous for.  We could not afford anything that we liked, but it was fun to fantasize over what certain pieces would look like hanging on our wall.  We also enjoyed some great meals, which of course featured fresh seafood -- definitely the freshest prawns I've had in quite a while.  

Then of course there was the world-famous white sand beach.  Carmel is known as a dog-lovers town and thus the beach is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes.  (Our dog was not with us on this trip, but he does love it when he gets to come along.)  We took the short walk from our hotel to the beach and spent a while just taking in the sunshine and the ocean, watching the dogs frolic and the sea gulls soar not more than a few feet over our heads.  Ah, the life.  Wish you all could have been there.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Famous people sound off on the election

Joss Whedon got together a bunch of his friends and acquaintances to make this terrific video.  I'm hoping it will help get everyone, especially young folks, to come out and vote for Hillary.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Some timeless Nina

I'm posting this from our place at Tahoe/Donner.  We got here a couple of days ago and will be staying through Sunday, going home on Monday morning.

The other day I was driving while listening in the shuffle mode to a large playlist I have on a flash drive.  It was a lovely end-of-summer day and what should come up but Nina Simone singing "He Needs Me," It really moved me in ways I can't adequately describe, but I guess "goose bumps" might come close.  Of course this track was from the best Nina album ever (and her first) "Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club," on the Bethlehem label.  This album is more commonly referred to as "Little Girl Blue."  Every single song on this album is a treasure, but hearing "He Needs Me" out of the blue was like finding a treasure all over again.  The track is a mere 2:30 long but manages to tell a rich story.  Check it out, from the original Bethlehem LP, right here.

P.S.  I remember the first time I heard this album.  I was 20 years old at the Spokane, Washington basement apartment of my friend Michael Lally who played it for me there.  I was enthralled.  So, Michael, if you are reading this thanks for the first of many, many times you have pulled my coat to better things in life.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Teachers deserve more

Why do we pay pro athletes millions when teachers are making barely enough to survive?  This issue gets some brilliant Key and Peele treatment right here.  Click on the "sketch" link in the first line of text.  I wish my dad was still alive to see this -- he would have loved it.