Music Man

23 Jul 19
Newsy Today

Tuesday, 2. 3 July 2019 – 02:00 He stars in 'Prometeo' at the Mrida Festival, talks about pain and about Catalua, the new director of the National Classical Theater Company says: "I am hurting the preventive prison of these people." The actor Llus Homar.JOS AYM "As is the world, in full crisis, in the middle […]

23 Jul 19
Taiwo AKINLAMI

I am 49 years old and the possibility of using another 49 years here on earth seems very impossible for me except by a dint of miracle and this is a miracle I am neither keen nor hopeful about. Thus, since February 16, 1997, when Christ redeemed me and recruited me as a combatant into […]

23 Jul 19

Miracles. Happen. Every. Day. I was dealing with some major PTSD triggers at the pool last weekend. I wanted to go hide in the corner and cry. I thought about letting the kids play on their own while I watched from the side. I even considered just having us all pack up and head home […]

23 Jul 19
Boston Herald
BOOK REVIEW “ELVIS IN VEGAS: HOW THE KING REINVENTED THE LAS VEGAS SHOW” By Richard Zoglin (Simon & Schuster, $28) Grade: A For the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, the 1960s were a slow-moving abdication. Elvis Presley spent the better part of that decade appearing in one silly movie after another instead of performing live, a career strategy that tested the patience of his fans and cost him his edge in the music world. Meanwhile, the Beatles and the rest of the British invasion bands were redefining popular music, just as he had done years earlier. In 1969, Elvis decided he wanted to regain his throne. “Elvis in Vegas” is author Richard Zoglin’s fascinating tale of how the king got his groove back and Las Vegas refreshed its own image, together supersizing live entertainment in America’s adult playground. Blending new interviews with top-drawer research focusing on how Las Vegas evolved as the pleasure capital, Zoglin produces a gem of pop culture history. For the promoters of Las Vegas in the 1930s, live music was just another way to attract visitors to the desert, following in the footsteps of saloons, prostitution, easy divorce and gambling. After World War II, high-class hotels like the Flamingo, the Thunderbird and the Desert Inn made their debuts with the help of mobsters eager to invest in an all-cash industry ripe for exploitation. Hotels offered headliners — among them singers Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme — and soon Vegas was tops in nightclub-style entertainment. The 1950s and ’60s were golden years for the city in the desert. Besides hearing songs from Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Dinah Shore and others, visitors could see first-rate comedians (Shecky Greene, Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett, Bob Newhart), film and TV favorites (Danny Kaye, Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Ginger Rogers, Betty Hutton, Van Johnson), and musical reviews featuring barely dressed if not topless showgirls. A future president had a Vegas gig at one time: actor Ronald Reagan, whose opening act was a group of performing chimps. Eventually, even the stars who came to define Vegas cool — chief among them Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and the rest of the Rat Pack — faced in the early 1960s the same problem that would confront Elvis at the decade’s end: a creaky act and increasingly creaky fans as tastes in music and comedy changed. Elvis was no stranger to Vegas. He had been a fish out of water when he first performed there, in 1956, and with just one hit, “Heartbreak Hotel,” to his credit. Rock ’n’ roll wasn’t what the typical Vegas patron sought at the time and the gig fizzled. But Elvis the man loved the all-day, all-night quality of the city and would frequently visit between movies. Thirteen years and millions of records later, Elvis chose Las Vegas for his return to live performing. He pulled out all the stops at the International Hotel and, in Zoglin’s words, “established a new template for the Las Vegas show: no longer an intimate, sophisticated, Sinatra-style nightclub act, but a big rock concert-like spectacle.” Two backup singing groups, a rhythm band, a full orchestra plus the indefatigable Elvis — “the star,” writes Zoglin, “was now his own spectacle.” For two shows a night for four weeks, this star filled every seat. Vegas revitalized Elvis’ career — he returned twice a year to repeat his initial success — and he showed the town the way forward for continuing to attract people with money in their pockets. It all came crashing down for Elvis in 1977 when the drugs that kept him going finally overpowered him. The king is dead, but Vegas lives on, making itself over again and again.  
23 Jul 19
Mukti Masih

Has a heartache ever left you numb? It’s like someone hit you on the head. The very first bodily reaction was a shrill sound, it seemed to engulf all of your other senses. You don’t feel a thing – sorrow or happiness – for a very long time. No time to read? Listen to this […]

23 Jul 19
PELANQUITOUS

Author’s note: This is not intended to be an informative article. Just something to get the ball rolling, so to speak. Stream of consciousness, perhaps? What if Sentience was a commodity? I realize that this might be too broad of a subject for a simple warm-up essay, but the rules of my newly-established practice routine […]

23 Jul 19
Sue's next thing

Starting High School, a man on the moon, a brush with death, Woodstock, a wedding, gender bending and an important arrival. “…Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world Except for Lola Lo lo lo lo Lola…” Ray Davies – The Kinks The 50 year […]

23 Jul 19
Rock Nightmare

Texas Hippie Coalition has released a new music video for “Dirty Finger.” Once again directed by veteran director Justin Reich (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, EVERY TIME I DIE) this is the second music video the band has released from their recently released LP, High In The Saddle. “Let me see your dirty finger in the air! This set […]

23 Jul 19
Ingrid Olauson

Like most condo’s, my building is a fairly regulated space where it’s unlikely you’ll see or hear your neighbours except for in the hallway or elevator, and only for a few minutes–if that. Except for one neighbour. It’s mid-morning and the usual din of traffic noise from Kingsway is pierced by a woman’s voice. Suddenly, […]

23 Jul 19
Stephen Clarke 1980

I don’t know what I’m doing writing again. I promised myself that I wouldn’t, and that it just wasn’t worth the effort, after my most recent book, “No Rest For The Listener”, went to number one. OK, it went to number one on Amazon’s Electronica Bestsellers Chart, but it was still a number one. For […]

23 Jul 19
uncomelyandbroken

“La Ricotta” was Pier Paolo Pasolini’s contribution to Ro.Go.Pa.G, a four-part film made in 1963 by Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Ugo Gregoretti. Acc. to Wikipedia: Pasolini’s La ricotta (“Curd Cheese”) tells the story of filming a movie about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at a slightly hilly waste ground near a residential area. The main character is a […]

23 Jul 19
mjbreviewers

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 21st, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for […]

23 Jul 19

Read: Opposition to the Work 4 [a] Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. 2 And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves?[b]Will they sacrifice? Will they […]

23 Jul 19
Stay hungry Stay Foolish

7 Effective Time Management Activities intended for College Students   Time management is probably the single most important expertise for surviving and growing in college or university — since life. May wonder a great deal more schools do include this a class just for freshmen. Keeping up with classes, labratories, study moment, work, exercising, extracurricular […]

23 Jul 19
UPROXX

Out of the decade known for big-budget CGI epics and talking animals, here are the best ’90s movies available on Netflix today.