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Pearls Before Swine Strikes Again!

From my favorite comic strip, courtesy of Stephan Pastis in today’s New York Daily News:

Ain’t it the Truth!


Song of the Day #1826

Song of the Day: Come Rain or Come Shine, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, made its debut in the 1946 musical, “St. Louis Woman.” The song first hit the pop charts in a rendition by Margaret Whiting with the Paul Weston Orchestra. Other notable recordings include those by Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, and Barbra Streisand, and among instrumentalists: Bill Evans, Joe Pass, and Return to Forever (with vocalist Gayle Moran) [YouTube links]. But today, I highlight a recording from the 1962 album, “Sinatra and Strings“—to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of the Chairman of the Board. Check it out on YouTube.

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends! Lord knows, we all need a Festival of Lights!

❤

Song of the Day #1825

Song of the Day: See Love [lyric and song link], words and music by Jodi Arlyn, appears on the artist’s 2012 album, “Stars Up On the Ceiling.” I’ve known Jodi for umpteen years as both a colleague and friend at NYU. I had no clue that she had another life beyond the university! What a sweet discovery! Check it out!

Song of the Day #1824

Song of the Day: Girlfriend, words and music by Jason Kasher Hindlin and Charlie “Perfect Pitch” Puth, who turns 29 today. This is really a fun song with an adorable music video (even with the Old School Tube Socks!). Check out the video single, the Haywyre Remix and a live performance of the song on the The Late, Late Show with James Corden [YouTube links]. Happy birthday to this genuinely talented musical prodigy.

Yes, It’s Come To This!

H/T Ryan Neugebauer and Devin Alexander on Facebook

Song of the Day #1823

Song of the Day: Stuffy Turkey, composed by jazz pianist Thelonious Monk is actually an extension of saxophonist Coleman Hawkins‘s composition, “Stuffy” [YouTube link]. As a paean to Hawk, it is a standout track from Monk’s sixth album, “It’s Monk’s Time.” The album features Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, Butch Warren on bass, and Ben Riley on drums. The title may not please the vegans among us, but it is a jazz nod to today’s Thanksgiving holiday. To say that 2020 has been a year of challenges and heartache is an understatement of unfathomable proportions. I acknowledge the feelings of loss and grief that have dominated this year and my heart goes out to so many folks who have shared in these struggles. But speaking for myself, I can only say that I count my blessings that I am here to feel weary, to feel apprehensive, to feel loss, to feel grief—and to feel that with life, all things remain possible. On that “note,” I wish my friends and family a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. Swing on Monk [YouTube link].

Some Godfather Therapy

This has been quite a year for so many folks, and the therapy business is, no doubt, booming.

Folks know I’m a big-time fan of “The Godfather Epic“… so, if Don Vito Corleone could use a little group therapy now and then, it must be a good idea …

John Belushi as Don Vito Corleone (Vintage Saturday Night Live clip)

SNL Halloween (… a little late, but still laughing…)

I know it’s long past Halloween, even if there’s still lots of scary stuff around. But this SNL skit had me in … stitches! LOL

(Reminds me of that classic George Carlin line: “If I could reach, I’d never leave the house!” LOL)

Bang, Zoom!

A Sign of the Times — courtesy of Stephan Pastis and “Pearls Before Swine” …