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MAY 30, 2009

Song of the Day #938

Song of the DayDon't Be That Way was written by Edgar SampsonMitchell Parish, and Benny Goodman, for whose band this was a huge hit. It was the tune that opened Goodman's famed 1938 Carnegie Hall concert (audio clip at that link). Today, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the King of Swing, I feature this wonderful tune from his remarkable discography. Take a look at a 1980 Goodman YouTube clip and for a vocal version, check out Ella Fitzgerald on YouTube.

Posted by chris at 08:00 AM | Permalink | Posted to Music Remembrance

MAY 21, 2009

Awesome Notablog!

Notablog is among 100 "awesome blogs by some of the world's smartest people" That's totally awesome, indeed (even if I've not been blogging as much as I used to...)!

Posted by chris at 04:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | Posted to Blog / Personal Business


You're super smart! ( :

Posted by: Nick Manley | May 21, 2009 07:53 PM


MAY 19, 2009

American Idol 2009 Finale

I haven't written on the 2009 "American Idol" season, but I've been watching, and look forward to the final installments tonight and tomorrow. Here's an interesting piece by Stephen Holden in today's Times.

Posted by chris at 04:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | Posted to Culture Film / TV / Theater Review Music


Poor Adam:(. Though born in Los Angeles, he claimed San Diego as his home town.Hapless San Diego. No Super Bowl champion, no World Series champion, no NBA champion (or team), and now our far superior AI contestant went down in flames.

Posted by: Mick Russell | May 22, 2009 02:40 AM

Kris's win over Adam was a triumph of good looks over good judgement. Which leads me to Randy "lemmetellyasomethinman" Jackson, who is surely the "incoherent babbler" Joel McHale refers to on The Soup. I hit the mute as soon as I hear "igottatellyasomethin" dude. When is the man going to say something intelligent?

Posted by: Keith Lofthouse | May 27, 2009 02:17 AM