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Patel the Truth

The October program in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks series features music that is very appropriate for the Halloween season. Guest conductor Sameer Patel pointed out that fact during his comments between Night on Bald Mountain and The Sorcerer’s … Continue reading

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What’s This?

The only other people in the theater got up and left. I assume they wanted to watch the regular version of The Nightmare Before Christmas, not the “Second Screen Live” version that my wife and I were there to see. … Continue reading

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There’s Plastic on the Furniture

There would be no “Beauty and the Beast” or “The Little Mermaid” without “Little Shop of Horrors.” Two of Disney’s most beloved films owe their success to the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. In 1982, Ashman and … Continue reading

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Sacré Bleu, What Is This?

Several of the young kids at the Goblin Gallop in Northern Virginia were captivated by the Prancing Princesses. My daughter and her friends fashioned running clothes that resembled the attire of Disney’s Snow White, Belle and Ariel. A fourth friend … Continue reading

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Ugly Bug Burl

What group of middle-aged adults doesn’t have an after-dinner discussion that eventually turns to Burl Ives? My wife and I went to a dinner party on Sunday night that was hosted by some friends from church. Sure enough, somebody made … Continue reading

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Generally Sherman

Hearing news reports about the death of Robert Sherman was like listening to a soundtrack of my childhood. He and his brother wrote songs for many iconic movies from my youth. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” remains one of my all-time … Continue reading

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Band Boosting

At the end of yesterday’s blog post, I was looking online for additional video from the Rose Parade. One thing I found was an explanation for something that happened during the KTLA telecast. I could tell Bob Eubanks was stretching … Continue reading

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Thermoplastic Polymer

One of my daughter’s friends thought it would be cool if I was represented as a Disney Vinylmation figurine. My daughter imagined it having a beard, wearing headphones and a plaid shirt. Before my vacation, I had never heard of … Continue reading

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For the Winokur

CBS discovered some exciting new technology called “high definition” for their broadcast of the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Yes, 2010. NBC has been showing the parade in high-def since at least 2007. The HD picture lets me see details … Continue reading

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University of Phoenix

Which came first, the Pumpple or the Cherpumple? Two weeks ago, I posted links to the Today Show segment of Kathie Lee and Hoda tasting the Pumpple Cake from the Flying Monkey Patisserie in Philadelphia. The Pumpple is a pumpkin … Continue reading

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Don Hotel

If a true fan of lounge music stumbled into a Richard Cheese concert, he or she would know immediately that the whole thing was a joke. If that same person walked into a Johnny Aloha show, they might think it’s … Continue reading

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Named Desire

Most of the news articles that turn up in the daily Google alert for my name have to do with criminal trials in Detroit at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. There are also plenty about the Irish rugby player … Continue reading

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Remember the Time

When Michael Jackson died a year ago, I wrote about the time I shook hands with the King of Pop. I can’t believe I had forgotten about another close encounter with him. An email from a friend brought the memory … Continue reading

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