Tuesday, March 30, 2010


From one of my Top Five Musicals that I used to beg to stay up late to watch, "West Side Story", and one of my Top Five Songs from the same, "Mambo!", and performed by one of my Top Five Orchestras from Venezuela, "The Simon Bolivar Orchestra."


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Air Penguins

It was nineteen-eighty-something and I was at Sea World with my family. We were standing in front of the new penguin encounter exhibit which allowed you to see the penguins above and below the water. As we watched them swim through the water, my mom said, "Look at them - they look just like birds!"

She would have loved these...


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ghostbusting Synchronicity

Saturday afternoon channel surfing lands us on a showing of "Ghostbusters" at about the halfway point which we of course have to watch the rest of.

Saturday evening finds us watching SNL hosted by Sigourney Weaver who of course played "Dana Barrett/Gatekeeper" in the movie. (This was a rerun of SNL Season 35 Episode 12, the 2nd time she has hosted since 1986)

Sunday morning finds me at a local coffee house meeting with a young lad who has requested baptism. He is of course wearing a t-shirt not unlike this one.


Monday, March 15, 2010

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When I was training for the Chicago Marathon, I stumbled on Steve Boyett's Podrunner podcast which provides electronica for working out with specific beats per minute (BPM). It reminded me a lot of the soundtrack for "Run, Lola, Run" and I have been a fan ever since.

From Steve's Bio page:

In 1998 Steve Boyett learned to play the didgeridoo, a unique Australian wind instrument. This led him to learn about digital recording, which led to composing electronica, which led to DJing. Which, as everybody knows, leads straight to heroin.

He swore he'd never be a DJ. When he started DJing, he swore it was just for fun and he'd never play out. When he started playing out, he swore it would only be at parties. When he started playing small clubs, he decided the smartest thing to do would be to swear never to become filthy, stinking rich.

He's played Hollywood & Vegas clubs, Burning Man, conventions, after parties, and private events. He keeps the room moving with house, progressive house, breakbeat, funk, tech house, pop remixes, downtempo, spoken-word poetry — whatever keeps the vibe alive.

He produces three of the world's most popular music podcasts: Podrunner and Podrunner: Intervals (workout music mixes), and Groovelectric (dance music mixes of what he calls New Old Funk).


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Eagles and Wolves

So I'm driving through town, listening to Don Henley's greatest hits, specifically "New York Minute"...

"Lying here in the darkness
I hear the sirens wail
Somebody going to emergency
Somebody's going to jail
If you find somebody to love in this world
You better hang on tooth and nail
The wolf is always at the door"

And as Don sings the last line, I stop at a traffic light behind a young tuner who took some crappy chrome stick-on letters and wrote "wolf" on his trunk lid.