Frank Sinatra: 100 Years of Ol’ Blue Eyes

Charisma never dies—or at least, it lives on through the legacies created by those who possess it and use it for good. So it almost seems unnecessary to commemorate what would have been a mere 100 years of a charismatic life, when we have the rest of time to enjoy it. However, any occasion is … Continue reading Frank Sinatra: 100 Years of Ol’ Blue Eyes

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Barry Alberts, Cheers to You

Just two weeks ago, Barry Alberts and I were driving home from another fantastic dinner at Paradise Farms in Homestead, FL. Barry had asked me to help him pour four Spanish wines for the evening—wines he knew that I was familiar with, and that he had paired perfectly with the dishes prepared by some of … Continue reading Barry Alberts, Cheers to You

Independent Musician Spotlight: Galen Clavio

I have to admit that I have been lucky throughout my life to be surrounded by so many talented friends & acquaintances. Though not musically inclined myself, I have always held music to a high position of both entertainment & solace in my life. Since I was young, song lyrics & rhythms have played a … Continue reading Independent Musician Spotlight: Galen Clavio

Local South Florida Musician Spotlight: Ominé Eager

It is rare in this modern world of auto-tune and manufactured pop divas to find raw musical talent in the mainstream. Most of what we hear on the radio is audibly "photo shopped", so-to-speak, and seemingly nothing comes from the heart. Despite the lack of quality in what we consider "popular" tunes, there is still … Continue reading Local South Florida Musician Spotlight: Ominé Eager

End of the Rainbow, South Florida Theatre “Must-See”

The rise and fall of Judy Garland’s stardom and personal life are something of a Hollywood legend these days. From the young woman who skipped down the yellow brick road, to the feisty middle-aged lady who sang her heart out for weeks on end in a London theatre, we’ve all heard the stories and whispers … Continue reading End of the Rainbow, South Florida Theatre “Must-See”

Every Song a Memory

Music has always been an important part of my life, despite the fact that I was born with no innate musical skills. Longing for something that passed me by on the natural talent spectrum has always been a source of frustration for me. I would love to have a singing voice worthy of a beautiful … Continue reading Every Song a Memory

Accidental Sexist?

Some people are very offended by the new song, “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley with guest singing/rapping by LL Cool J. Why are they offended? Well, they say the song is actually racist (Gawker), or they say that it misses the point of race identity and racism (Slate). People are horrified! Why would LL Cool … Continue reading Accidental Sexist?

Michael Jackson and a Stuffed Platypus

So I caved on the WordPress Daily prompt again. Sometimes, these things are fun. It's more exciting as a writer when you wake up and have no idea what you are going to write about today, only to have some random idea thrown at you and you just write. Here I am, writing to you … Continue reading Michael Jackson and a Stuffed Platypus

March Madness

March is a crazy month. Seriously. College basketball is intense and unpredictable, allergies begin their attack with ferociousness, and the weather is...insane. If March were a person, she would be diagnosed with schizophrenia. I woke up this morning in Arlington County, Virginia to snow on the ground. Legitimate snow! We haven't had snow all winter … Continue reading March Madness

History is What You Are/History is What You Make

I went to see my favorite folk band play at Wolf Trap last Friday night. I grew up listening to this band because there was a time back in the late 80s/early 90s that my Aunt Susi managed them. They are a group based out of Maine called Schooner Fare. If you haven't heard of them, … Continue reading History is What You Are/History is What You Make