Category Archives: Music

Song of the Day #1876

Song of the Day: 1982 Disconet Top Tune Medley [YouTube link], mixed by Casey Jones, is another one of my all-time favorite Disconet dance medleys. This is just a superb knitting together of dancefloor staples such as “Love Come Down“, “I Specialize in Love“, “Keep On“, “Planet Rock“, “Play at Your Own Risk“, “Megatron Man“, “Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)“, “Let it Whip“, “Do Ya Wanna Funk“, “Come and Get Your Love“, “Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight“, “Gloria“, “It’s Raining Men“, and “Mickey“. The medley incorporates R&B, hip hop, Hi-NRG, electro-pop, and the alternative sounds of the era. I digitized this lively medley from the original vinyl, uploaded for the sole purpose of entertainment with no copyright infringement intended. (And another H/T to Ryan Neugebauer for his YouTube Tech Tips!)

Song of the Day #1875

Song of the Day: 1981 Disconet Top Tune Medley [YouTube link], mixed by Mike Arato (who DJ’d at Uncle Sam’s in Long Island!) and John Matarazzo, is a swirling compendium of some of the best hits of that year, including: “Pull Up to the Bumper“, “Nights“, “Try it Out“, “Give it to Me Baby“, “Hit ‘n Run Lover“, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“, “Walk Right Now“, “Your Love“, and “Lay All Your Love on Me” (yep, from that great ABBA Disconet Remix [YouTube link]). While the rest of the world was walking on disco’s grave, the rest of us were dancing the night away in the clubs of the day!

Song of the Day #1874

Song of the Day: 1980 Disconet Top Tune Medley [YouTube link], produced by John Matarazzo and Mike Arato, features such dance gems as “Fame“, “Funkytown“, “Twilight Zone“, “Vertigo/Relight My Fire“, “Celebration“, “Love Sensation“, “Rapture“, “Upside Down“, and “Another One Bites the Dust“, drawing from the pop, alternative, and rock sounds of the day.

Pete Alonso: HR Derby Champ Again!

I don’t care if you’re a Yankees fan (like me) or a Mets fan! Two cheers (for two consecutive wins) to the Mets’ Pete Alonso for winning the Home Run Derby again! Great show! And the kid’s got rhythm too (see below) —

JARS: Dedicating and Rededicating …

Over the last twenty-one years of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, we have lost key members of the JARS family. In 2005, one of our cofounders—the man with the vision to create this journal—Bill Bradford, passed away. This was followed by the deaths of original Advisory Board members Larry J. Sechrest in 2008 and John Hospers in 2011. David Mayer, who joined the Board of Advisors in 2012, died in 2019. And in June 2021, we were greatly saddened to learn that Steven Horwitz, another Advisory Board member from the class of 2012, lost his battle with multiple myeloma.

It is in Steve’s memory that we will dedicate the forthcoming December 2021 issue of JARS, published by Pennsylvania State University Press.

But dedications of this sort require rededications to our mission—as we continue to be the only nonpartisan, biannual, interdisciplinary university-press published, double-blind peer-reviewed scholarly periodical devoted to the critical examination of Ayn Rand and her times. To that end, we are proud to announce the addition of four new Advisory Board members and one new Editorial Board member (and fuller bios for these folks will follow in our December 2021 issue):

We are also pleased to announce that Roger E. Bissell, another prolific contributor to JARS since its debut in 1999, has become an Associate Editor. Roger is an independent scholar living in Antioch, Tennessee. A research associate with the Molinari Institute, he has edited no fewer than ten books and is the author of more than three dozen scholarly essays in philosophy and psychology and four books, including How the Martians Discovered Algebra: Explorations in Induction and the Philosophy of Mathematics (2014) and What’s in Your File Folder? Essays on the Nature and Logic of Propositions (2019). He is also the coeditor, with Chris Matthew Sciabarra (me!) and Edward W. Younkins, of The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom. A lifelong professional musician, he has an M.A. in music performance and literature (University of Iowa) and a B.S. in music theory and composition (Iowa State University).

In welcoming these individuals, we remain profoundly grateful to all of our editorial and advisory board members for their continued support, which is integral to our ongoing intellectual journey.

Stay tuned for what promises to be a blockbuster December 2021 issue of JARS!

Song of the Day #1873

Song of the Day: 1979 Disconet Top Tune Medley [YouTube link], mixed by Jersey native John Matarazzo and Brooklyn-born Mike Arato, is one of my all-time favorite Disconet gems. It was heard not only in clubs but played by Paco on “Disco 92, WKTU” in New York City, typically blaring from car radios on 86th Street in Brooklyn [YouTube link]. It features snippets from classic disco tracks such as “This Time Baby“, “Don’t Stop till You Get Enough“, “Dancer“, “Heaven Must Have Sent You“, “Don’t You Want My Love“, “I’ve Got the Next Dance“, “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You“, “The Break“, “Come to Me” and “There But for the Grace of God Go I“—a song by Machine of raw social commentary that provided one of the quintessential disco riffs of all time. This superb dance medley was done the old fashioned way, without digital sampling, and with all the talent that a remixer could muster!

Song of the Day #1872

Song of the Day: This Land is Your Land was given lyrics by Woody Guthrie over the melody of a Carter Family tune called “When the World’s On Fire.” Some folks have insisted this is some kind of “Marxist” response to Irving Berlin‘s “God Bless America.” Whatever its underlying politics, it was a song whose lyrics (all of them) we learned when I was in school, and has become a part of Americana. Check out the original Guthrie recording here [YouTube link]. A Happy and Safe Independence Day to All!

Song of the Day #1871

Song of the Day: 1978 Disconet Top Tune Medley [YouTube link], mixed by Silvio Barthez, produced by Bobby DJ Guttadaro and “Captain” Mike Wilkinson, features some of the biggest dance hits of that year. From “I Will Survive“, “Let’s Start The Dance“, “Boogie Oogie Oogie“, “Instant Replay“, and “In the Bush“—and we’re not talking Presidents!—to “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)“, “Shame“, and “Shake Your Groove Thing“, this one rocked the dance floor back in the day!

Song of the Day #1870

Song of the Day: Stevie Wonder “Stars on 45” Medley [YouTube link] includes “My Cherie Amour” [YouTube link to the original], a song featured on the jukebox on the night that police raided the Stonewall Inn in the wee hours of this date in 1969. The patrons fought back against brutality, in a cry of liberation for the right to live their own lives and pursue their own happiness. That Stonewall storm left a Rainbow of Pride in its wake that illuminates the dancefloor for all those who lovingly embrace the singular authenticity of the music inside them.

Hitchcock on TCM

They’re running a Hitchcock film festival on Turner Classic Movies that started this morning at 6 am and will end on Monday, June 28, at 6 am: 23 films (plus one encore) in a row. All the classics, from “North By Northwest,” “Shadow of a Doubt,” and “Psycho” to “Rear Window,” “Suspicion,” and both versions of “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” it’s quite a line-up. “Vertigo” is on right now, and the score alone is worth the price of admission. I remember seeing John Williams conducting the New York Philharmonic to this haunting Bernard Herrmann music for “Scene d’Amour” [YouTube link to a Boston Pops performance]. Here’s the scene in the film: