Sunday, May 14, 2017

Off to Stinson Beach tomorrow

Today is Eileen's birthday.  Tomorrow we depart for four nights at the rental house, which is literally right on the beach.  It's the same place we rented last year for Eileen's birthday ... (Pictures below.) Can't wait to watch the whales pass by on their annual migration, as well as just relaxing and hanging out.  Back on Friday.

There are three units in this building:  A large unit on the ground floor with two upper units.  Look for the two windows on the upper right.  Those are the main windows of our unit where you can stand and see the whales pass by, or the people on the beach.  Last year I forgot my binoculars, which I am definitely not going to forget this time.

From the parking spaces in the rear.  Up those stairs to the front door to our unit.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

In defense of grammar

While my previous post was interesting, I must admit that some of it was disheartening to me.  I'll admit it, I am an "old school" guy when it comes to the role grammar and punctuation should play in written content.  Thus it was a bit ironic that I should run across this blog entry by the author of a book about grammar.  His points are well-taken.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A promising new series on CNN

Check out the new CNN docuseries that explores how music and history harmonize --  "Soundtracks:Songs that Defined History."  It premiers tonight at 10:00 pm.  The first episode is on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Nina Simone is among those featured.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Butch Walker shines with Daryl Hall

A couple of weeks ago I checked out the episode of Live From Daryl's house featuring Butch Walker as the guest artist.  The show took place in late 2012.  The chemistry between Butch and Daryl is great throughout and the band feeds off both of them.  Of all the tunes they play, the one I keep coming back to for another listen is "Say It Isn't So."  It's up on YouTube these days so you can check it out right here.  Great rendition of a great Hall and Oates classic.  Enjoy and don't hesitate to comment.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Daryl Hall & Grace Sewell

This season of Live From Daryl's house wrapped up a few weeks back, but until recently the last few episodes were not available on the web site.  Now they are all there, along with a lot of episodes from past seasons.  This season had a lot of great moments (more on that in posts to come) but my favorite was Grace Sewell's appearance.  This 19 year old Aussie is the real deal.  What I particularly enjoy about this episode is how Grace and Daryl and the band become more and more into the mood and music as they go along, until at the end it is clear that a genuine, and perhaps unexpected respect for each other has blossomed.  You can check out the show in very high quality video right here. If you have time, play the entire show, but you can play individual songs if you like.  I particularly like "Hell of a Girl" and "You Don't Own Me," but "Your Imagination" really rocks as well.