Category Archives: music

Ten planning lessons from mighty Los Angeles

Despite its detractors, every time I’m in Los Angeles, the city impresses me more. From the first time in 1970 to just recently, the changes are palpable, especially the move(s) away from being so car-centric and increased densification. Below, is … Continue reading

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Place Name Hall of Fame: Distinctly recognizable town/small and mid-sized city names

The following list identifies those towns/small cities that have distinctly recognizable names — ones that are well-known enough that most people would have immediately have a mental image of it if the place was mentioned in conversation or literature, even … Continue reading

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Best of 2022…thus far – UPDATED thru 11/10/22

Here’s my list of the best for 2022 to date, nearly all of the way through of the year. Enjoy! _______ TV Comedies _______ TV Dramas _______ TV Mini-Series _______ Albums released in 2022 New songs released in 2022 _______ … Continue reading

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“Slow Horses” – a brilliant new spy series

AppleTV has released yet another winner. Slow Horses, based on the book of the same name by author Mick Herron, was released in late April. The six-episode first season is a monumental triumph filled with great acting, superb writing, and … Continue reading

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Creating LA’s starlit aura – “The Mirage Factory”

What an outstanding book! Perhaps, my favorite the best city biography ever read. Author Gary Krist simply nails it with The Mirage Factory. It’s entertaining, enthralling, infuriating, and thoroughly engaging to read. You will definitely learn some amazing and eye-opening … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2021 – TV/music/books/film

Here’s my list of the best for 2021, as updated through 12/30/21. This post will continue to be updated as needed through the end of 2021. Enjoy! TV Comedies Ted Lasso The Wonder Years The Conners American Auto Solar Opposites … Continue reading

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Tuesday tunes: Rest in peace, Charlie Watts (1941-2021)

The music world was saddened today by the sudden and unexpected loss of Charlie Watts, who was The Rolling Stones dummer since 1963. He will be sadly missed by generations of music lovers, including me. Rest in peace and love, … Continue reading

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Roadside Americana: A montage of iconic Juke Joints

The map and series of photos provided below depict juke joints, both past and present. ¬†Historically associated with the Blues, most juke joints have been situated across the Deep South, particularly in and around the Mississippi Delta Region. Sadly, the … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tunes: The best progressive rock song in decades!

  If you are one who grew up listening to Pink Floyd, the Moody Blues, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, early Genesis, Rush, and certain tracks by Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Led Zeppelin, you’ll know what progressive rock (or Prog Rock … Continue reading

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Muscle Shoals – a powerhouse of hit music

Muscle Shoals, Alabama is not the typical place one would expect music elite to record their songs and albums. More often, one thinks of Los Angeles, Nashville, or New York City for such an endeavor. But, this smallish metropolitan area … Continue reading

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