Music Music Music

A while back Library Thing made some programming changes which allowed its users to catalog their music and movie libraries. I have heretofore been keeping a spreadsheet of my CD and Vinyl music collections, but the widget I used to use to convert Excel to HTML doesn’t work with Open Office spreadsheets and it’s a …

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Internal Resistance to Trump

This is quite something. The vulgar talking yam (© Charlie Pierce) hasn’t yet been in office a full week and already there are more than 50 unofficial Twitter accounts from within the Federal Government dedicated to publishing information in defiance of his team’s edicts that their agencies not communicate with the public. Many appear to …

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Fugue for a Tinhorn President

We all know “Guys and Dolls,” right? Well, here’s a little switch. When Frank Sinatra formed Reprise Records in 1960 Sinatra recruited several artists for the fledgling label, such as fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The original roster from 1961 to 1963 included Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy …

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Margaret Whiting sings

Frank Loesser wrote “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” and Ms. Whiting recorded it in 1947. It wasn’t intended for a musical or movie, but it’s become a classic. It’s one of some 700 songs for which Loesser wrote lyrics. He died of lung cancer in 1969; he was only 59 years old.

Traditions, Part Two

It is indeed the Night Before Christmas, so let’s listen to Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians perform the song. This rendition was first aired on December 23, 1951 on Waring’s eponymous CBS radio show. Waring became a bandleader at an early age: he started a group called Fred Waring’s Banjo Orchestra while still a teenager. …

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Sting Saw Three Ships

Here is Sting playing “I Saw Three Ships” with a whole lot of help, performed live at Durham Cathedral in England in 2009. The entire performance is on a DVD cleverly titled “Sting: A Winter’s Night…Live from Durham Cathedral.” The song itself is very old, first printed in the 17th century. The reference to ships …

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