Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 4, 2022, or: It’s Independence Day, But I’m Not Feeling It


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, July 4, 2022. It is a hot, sultry summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 83°F (29°C) under sunny skies. With a becalmed wind and humidity at 86%, the heat index is 90°F (32°C). Today’s forecast calls forContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 4, 2022, or: It’s Independence Day, But I’m Not Feeling It”

On Music: Have You Ever Bought an Album Just for ‘That ONE Song’ You Want to Hear…Then Fell in Love with the Other Songs?


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, February 25, 2022. It is a warm subtropical winter day here in the Tampa Bay area. The temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 81% and the wind blowing from the south at 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “On Music: Have You Ever Bought an Album Just for ‘That ONE Song’ You Want to Hear…Then Fell in Love with the Other Songs?”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 30, 2021, or: That’s a Wrap for ’21 – Part One


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, December 30, 2021. It’s a cool, gray winter day. Currently, the temperature is 71˚F (22˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 92% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 70˚F (21˚C). It’s goingContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 30, 2021, or: That’s a Wrap for ’21 – Part One”

Christmas 2021 (Tempus Fugit Edition)


Well, Dear Reader…. it’s Friday, December 24, 2021. Christmas Eve…my 58th one (!) since I was born. It’s also: The 56th Christmas without my dad The 51st Christmas since we last celebrated the holidays with most of my mom’s family, including both grands and my cousin Mauricio, who died several years later The 50th sinceContinue reading “Christmas 2021 (Tempus Fugit Edition)”

Music Album Review: Runnin’ Wild: Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra Play Glenn Miller


Runnin’ Wild: Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra Play Glenn Miller (1996) Performed by: The Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, conductor Guest Artists: John Pizzarelli and The King’s Singers As Keith Lockhart points out, the Boston Pops is “the ultimate crossover vehicle from the symphonic world.” So what better subject than Glenn Miller forContinue reading “Music Album Review: Runnin’ Wild: Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra Play Glenn Miller”

Music Album Review: ‘By Request…: The Best of John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra’


In 1987, the Dutch record label Philips Records[1] (Philips Phonographische in Dutch) released By Request…: The Best of John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra, a compilation album featuring 12 themes or overtures, two “special events” fanfares, and one television theme[2] composed by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer conductor John Williams. At the time ofContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘By Request…: The Best of John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra’”

On Music: Happy 89th Birthday, John Williams!


John Towner Williams “So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories.” Hi, there, Dear Reader! It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, February 8, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 75˚F (24˚C) under cloudyContinue reading “On Music: Happy 89th Birthday, John Williams!”