Category Archives: Music

Children Bring Happiness and Talent

A great start for a Sunday!  Listen, watch and be blown away!!!

Maati Baani brings 45 child artistes together in one song to pay tribute to Michael Jackson!


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“Let It Be”

For your listening pleasure – a different rendition of The Beatles “Let It Be.”

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Memories Of Dad’s Love Of Electronics


Our Dad was a techie nerd or nerdy techie – whatever you want to call someone in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s who loved all the newest electronic gadgets on the market.  My awareness of his interest in electronics began when we lived in the 2-storey house on E. 42nd Street in the “dead end” behind the largest cemetery in Brooklyn.

What were these gadgets?  The Victrola and RCA Victor “his master’s voice” records (he had a one-sided one on which was recorded the Anvil Chorus).  He was the talk of the family and neighborhood with that one.  Another favorite record was “Humoresque” by Dvorak.  He played it over and over.  I was a very young girl at the time – 9 or 10 years old.


A new black, heavy metal (it-wasn’t-going-to-fall-to-the-floor heavy) telephone with holes in a circle that you put your finger (usually the index) into, in order to “dial” someone’s number.  (We still use the word “dial” when we speak about calling someone’s number – never say, “key in” or “push the buttons.”)  Numbers like CLoverdale 8 or HYacinth 7 or MUrrayhill 2, etc. were the rage.  Remember those?  I’m speaking about New York prefixes.  At a time when there weren’t any area codes, and to get connected to someone in another city, you needed a Bell Company operator to connect you.  I remember our phone had a very heavy receiver, and we couldn’t speak long, because the weight of it made our hands very tired.  After I was married, and lived in Brooklyn, we had a CLoverdale 8 number.


Dad built a shelf for the phone in a corner of the dining room near the stairs going up to the second floor of our house.  The only thing missing was a chair.  But we really didn’t need a chair.  The stairs were comfortable enough.

We were also the first family on the block to get a TV.  It was placed in the far corner of the dining room (opposite corner from where the record player was situated).  The screen (10 inches wide) sat in a large blond wood cabinet.  All the neighborhood kids were invited in to see this newfangled machine.  Everyone complained that it was too small to see the picture.  My father solved that problem with a big magnifier that was available.  Some smart inventor came up with that idea – “necessity is the mother of invention.”  That monstrosity stood on a heavy stand and stood about a foot away from the small screen.  The image sure was bigger, but it was distorted.  The magnifier was not doing the job to anyone’s satisfaction.  So, we did away with it, and just had to move closer to the TV.

We had moved away from E. 42nd Street when I was about 12 years old.  Life went along, and I got married and then my sister got married.  After she got married, Dad took over the bedroom we had shared and made it his den with comfortable seating, etc.  This was before the term, “man cave” became popular.  Dad set it all up with his (newer,  of course) record player, shelves for his large collection of records, his radio, and telephone extension.  Wires were spaghetti-ed all over the room.  I don’t think Mom liked that idea too much, but she couldn’t do anything about it.

Years later, Mom and Dad moved to Florida.  Of course, Dad set himself up with his cabinets and shelves in the “Florida room,” and with his recording and dubbing machine, his myriad of records, and hundreds of blank tapes that he used to record programs and movies starring his favorite stars, starting with the silent films.  Their community had a special TV channel on which residents could view all these “oldies but goodies.”  Dad had literally hundreds on tapes.  He had books where he organized and categorized and cross-referenced and stored every one of them.  I think he would have loved computers.


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America Sure Has Talent – In Our U. S. Navy Band


My sister forwarded a video to me today.  Absolutely had to share.

Our U.S. Navy Band performed at the Navy Memorial in 2014.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the “Jersey Boys.”  I dare you to sit still in your chair!!!!


A Little 1950’s Nostalgia: The Diamonds

In my humble opinion, the 50s music was the best!!  I came across two videos of this most popular group singing, “Little Darlin’.”

The first shows the guys performing in 1957:

The following video shows them performing in 2004 in Atlantic City for the “Magic Moments – the Best of 50s Pop.”

I enjoy walking down “memory lane” on occasion.  I hope you enjoyed this little stroll, too.

“You Raise Me Up”

A perfect welcome to this beautiful Sunday.

Twelve-piece vocal harmony group from across the UK, aged between 21 to 31-years-old, perform their own rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’.

My Hello To Friday, March 13th


This video is a beautiful “Welcome” to anyone for any reason.  Enjoy, as we are coming upon another weekend.

Memory of The Dancing Patrick Swayze





I loved Patrick Swayze and still do.  His rough and tumble portrayal of a bouncer in “Roadhouse,” his sweet, sensual portrayal of a young man in love and then murdered in “Ghost,” and his summer romp in the Catskills in “Dirty Dancing” are still favorites of mine.  His dancing in the 40’s or 50’s timeline in “Dirty Dancing” was the highlight of the movie and its music is nostalgic.  I still play the CD in my car.  In memory, I can still feel the movement of the dances I used to dance with my first husband, Danny.

Patrick and his wife, Lisa Nieme, performed at the World Music Awards in 1994.  I had never known that his wife was such a superb dancer IMHO, and I very much enjoyed the two of them in this memorable performance.  They danced to the music of “All The Man That I Need,” sung by Whitney Houston.


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Time For A Little Musical Nostalgia – Patsy Cline


Performed in 1962, “She’s Got You” is a song I haven’t heard before.  As usual, Patsy sings with what I call her “complaining” style.  In 1962, I had never heard of Patsy Cline.

It was surprising to me to see what she is wearing in this video, because, since she was a performer, I would expect that she be dressed in more of a flashy, “show business” style.  Her “costume” is a dress in the style of the time:  A collared, short sleeved flowered print.  Notice the head band, which was popular around that time.  When I think of her in the performances I watched in later years, she was usually dressed in “Western” garb.

Robin Williams – “Seize the Day”

I was always a great fan of Robin Williams’; still am. This musical tribute is outstanding. And I am sharing it at a particular remembrance day for me personally. My Bob’s anniversary of his departure from the physical world is today; he was also a devoted fan of Robin Williams. This is for you, Bob, as it is also for me.

Thanks to “A Curious Mind” for making me aware of this beautiful video.