Loss, Love, Music

Happy Birthday, Pierino Ronald Como!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffZI9ETWMmo He was born 110 years ago, on May 18, 1912, just a small piece down the road from me, in Canonsburg PA, home of (among other things) Sarris Candies and All-Clad cookware.  Not to mention also Bobby Vinton, Marty Schottenheimer (giving the lie to the idea that the only good things, NFL-wise, to come… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Pierino Ronald Como!

Music, Plain Speaking

Musical Mondays: Someone Waits for Me, on Serenade Radio

I've often mentioned my fondness for Mark Steyn on this site.  It's one which dates back many years, long before he referenced Dad's Telegraph obituary in his National Review column.  I think it even dates to before my discovery that he spent many of his formative years in Birmingham in the UK, my family stomping… Continue reading Musical Mondays: Someone Waits for Me, on Serenade Radio

Culture, Music, Plain Speaking

Triangulations (Apologies to Sir Cliff Richard)

Lord.  I remember, as a child and adolescent, Cliff Richard being the quintessentially British pop star.  Better (and bigger) than the Beatles. He never really made it in the States, where his closest brush with fame came in the mid-1970s with something called "Devil Woman." Not really one of my faves, as I wasn't sure… Continue reading Triangulations (Apologies to Sir Cliff Richard)

Music, Quote of the Day, Religion

“We are an Easter People, and Alleluia is our song!”

It’s true that I haven’t been able to find a single source pointing me to the place where the putative author of today’s quote said exactly these words, even in translation (perhaps someone could help me out). But they are widely attributed to St. Augustine, and certainly embody the spirit of his Easter Reflections, an… Continue reading “We are an Easter People, and Alleluia is our song!”

Beauty, Music, Religion

A Sweet Tooth (This New Year of 2022) for Song and Music

So, reposting here--because just as it was appropriate for the Polish Pope's birthday, it's appropriate for Christmas--one which was originally posted on Ricochet, 5/2/2018.  Funnily, I see this post has been stolen elsewhere since.  It's all good.  The medium is the message.  And the message is what counts, no matter which of you decides to… Continue reading A Sweet Tooth (This New Year of 2022) for Song and Music

Farming, Friendship, Literature, Music

Ave Atque Vale, Thou Bleak Midwinter of My Discontent!

As some of you know, I’m British. And as such, I generally try to keep a pretty stiff upper lip about things. Not to whine unduly. And when I do whine, I try to whine directly at the person or people who are at the root of my dissatisfaction or unhappiness, or in the case… Continue reading Ave Atque Vale, Thou Bleak Midwinter of My Discontent!

Culture, Music

What Exactly is “Bro Country” Music?

And when a person says that a dude "ain't it," no matter how quickly or how soon he changes the crowd-facing URL to indicate that perhaps that person might have "bro-country" chops, what exactly does that mean? https://youtu.be/9rXoi6EIZIU It's a heartrending song (at least as far as the lyrics go).  I don't know--myself--if Chris Stapleton… Continue reading What Exactly is “Bro Country” Music?

Culture, Love, Music

Musical Sundays: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

So.  The world is going gaga (lower case) today about Taylor Swift's rendition of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" at the ceremony inducting Carole King into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame. As with most things Taylor Swift, it's heavy on the pop, the backup singers, and the synthesizers and I don't know how much… Continue reading Musical Sundays: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?