Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 13, 2021

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, December 13, 2021. It’s a cool start to another early winter workday. Currently, the temperature is 70˚F (22˚C) under partly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 5 MPH (9˚C) and humidity at 90%, it feels like 68˚F (21˚C).Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 13, 2021”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 9, 2021, or: You Gotta Have Friends!

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning – almost-but-not-quite midday – here in Lithia, Florida on Thursday, December 9, 2021. It’s a cool – but not cold – early winter day. Right now the temperature is 73˚F (23˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 91% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast atContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 9, 2021, or: You Gotta Have Friends!”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, December 3, 2021, or: On Waltzes, Jets, Sharks, Blu-rays, and Needed Repose

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid- to late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Friday, December 3, 2021. It’s a chilly morning. The current temperature is 57˚F (14˚C) under partly sunny skies. There is a dense fog advisory. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 1 MPH (1 KM/H) and humidity at 94%, theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, December 3, 2021, or: On Waltzes, Jets, Sharks, Blu-rays, and Needed Repose”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 2, 2021, or: Waltzing to the Weekend!

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-to-late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Thursday, December 2, 2021. It is a cool second day of meteorological winter; the current temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 75% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 8 MPH (13 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 2, 2021, or: Waltzing to the Weekend!”

On Music: 10 Favorite Tunes to Get a November Weekend to a Good Start

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in west-central Florida on Friday, November 19, 2021. It’s a dark and cool autumn day. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 87% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 73˚F (23˚C). Today isContinue reading “On Music: 10 Favorite Tunes to Get a November Weekend to a Good Start”

On Music: My 10 Favorite Songs by Glenn Miller

 “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship Boy, the way Glenn Miller playedsongs that made the hit paradeGuys like me we had it madeThoseContinue reading “On Music: My 10 Favorite Songs by Glenn Miller”

On Music: But…But…I LIKE Oldies!

When I was in my early teens – way back in the late 1970s – I knew that in a world where Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop, Hard Rock, Soft Rock and Disco were the dominant music genres, I was an odd duck. Even as a child growing up on two continents – I was born inContinue reading “On Music: But…But…I LIKE Oldies!”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 7, 2021, or: Another Sleep-Deprived Night in Florida & Closely-Watched Packages

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, June 7, 2021. Presently, the temperature is 80˚F (26˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 45% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 5 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 78˚F (26˚C). Today we can expect partly sunnyContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 7, 2021, or: Another Sleep-Deprived Night in Florida & Closely-Watched Packages”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, June 5, 2021, or: Broken Traditions, Lost Songbooks and the Persistence of Memory (and Grudges)

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Saturday, June 5, 2021. It is a hot summery day; the current temperature is 87˚F (30˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 55% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the heat index is 94˚F (34˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, June 5, 2021, or: Broken Traditions, Lost Songbooks and the Persistence of Memory (and Grudges)”

On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes

I have been a fan of John Williams’ symphonic scores ever since I saw the original Star Wars – aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – in the autumn of 1977[1] For me, Williams’ swashbuckling, neo-Romantic themes and action cues sold the rest of George Lucas’s out-of-this-world space-fantasy about “a boy, a girl,Continue reading “On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes”