Category Archives: The Arts

Music Genres

I’ve always had a bit of a problem separating things like music by genres. In a recent piece I wrote, I made the statement, “I tend to think of all worthwhile American music as being a type of blues.”* I knew when I typed it that the statement would bother some people. People have a […]

Music Collecting – Reggae

After cataloging my Blues collection, I decided to do something small, Reggae. I believe Reggae is the smallest segment of my collection that I will bother separating. I almost didn’t. I almost just lumped it in with Folk, but most people, in America at least, think of American Folk music when they hear Folk, so […]

A Wrinkle In Time – Some Thoughts

I first read A Wrinkle In Time when I was a kid, probably ten or eleven years old. I liked it. When I saw they had made a movie, I was curious. I reread the book. I still liked it. Then, I started seeing the reviews of the movie. They are mostly unkind. It has […]

Your One & Only – A Book Review

Your One & Only is the debut novel by Adrianne Finlay. It was released on February 6, 2018. It’s young adult, post-apocalyptic sci-fi. I have to say the standard shpiel about spoilers, so in this opening paragraph I’ll just say that I really liked it. I recommend the book, five stars, etc. If you’re worried […]

Music Collecting – The Blues

A long time ago, I wrote this piece about collecting classical music. It was so long ago that it was on a different blog. I’m still working on the project of cataloging my record collection. After I finished classical, I moved on to blues. It’s taken me a while to get everything in, but now […]

Go Johnny, Go!

It’s rare to be able to point to someone as definitively the best at anything.  Chuck Berry is the greatest of all time when it comes to Rock and Roll.  When you look at his body of work, it’s staggering.  It’s not just that he had a lot of good songs.  He had a lot […]

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Initial Thoughts

Back in 1997, I didn’t have cable television.  I had a hand-me-down TV with an antenna.  I got ABC (sort of), CBS, CPTV, NBC and Fox.  There were two new networks that I didn’t get, the WB and UPN.  I was really bummed that I didn’t get UPN.  Star Trek Voyager was on that channel […]

The X-Files

I’ve been watching The X-Files since 1993.  I even watched when Mulder left and was replaced by the Terminator.  I wouldn’t call myself a hardcore fan, though.  I’ve always enjoyed the show, but I’ve always preferred the monster of the week stories to the overarching conspiracy stories.  My favorite episodes are the comedic ones. Season […]

Ella Gives Us a Swinging Christmas

There is a correct answer to the question, “What’s the best Christmas album.”  The answer is Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald.  It is a truly great album.  Not just a great holiday album, but a great album.  It sounds as good in July as it does in December.  It’s basically perfect. […]

A Different Dickens Christmas Story

I’m going to start my annual re-reading of A Christmas Carol tonight.  One stave a night for five nights will let me finish it on Christmas Eve.  My edition of A Christmas Carol also contains several other Christmas stories that Dickens wrote.  I’ve read them before, but it’s been a while and I had some […]