Category Archives: music

New Janis Joplin documentary from PBS

I’ve watched only part of this 1.7-hour PBS documentary from the American Masters series, “Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue,” but I like it. And if you like La Joplin, watch it soon, as it will expire at the end of May, and then you can’t see it any more. It was aired, as noted below, on […]

Oy, am I OLD!

Reader Gary called my attention to this magazine, which is over a year old already. In case you don’t know, AARP stands for the American Association of Retired Persons, described by Wikipedia as “a membership organization for geriatrics”. I get mailings from thm all the time, asking me to join, buy life insurance, etc. I […]

Google Doodle for Prince

It didn’t take Google long to put up this gif in honor of Prince, who died today. If you click on the original you’ll go to this page.

Prince died

Yes, the singer Prince, who was only 57. The cause of death is unknown, though he was reportedly suffering from flu-like symptoms a few days ago. But he’d done a concert, and looked fine, after that. This is the year when rock stars die. I’m dreading when the last Beatle dies (it will be Ringo). […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! Jerry is back on the road again today, metaphorically anyway; so I am on Hili Dialogue Duty for this morning. As always, Jerry will join us later on. Over in Poland, Hili is thinking of herself again; although this time my sympathies lie with the cat. Sand in the bed is […]

Amy: “All My Loving”

I’ve been spending a bit of time listening to Amy Winehouse on YouTube and iTunes (thanks to a friend for sending me files). She’s an interesting and tragic figure, but a lot of her music is splendid. One thing I’ve noticed is the nature of the comments on her YouTube videos. In contrast to comments for […]

Amy Winehouse: “I love you more than you’ll ever know”

I first heard this song on the classic rock album “Child is Father to the Man,” (1968), by Blood, Sweat & Tears. It was written by Al Kooper—one of several great songs on that underappreciated debut album (Kooper soon left the group and was replaced by David Clayton-Thomas). Do listen to the original version here. But since we’re listening to La […]

Amy Winehouse: “Me and Mr. Jones”

Things are gonna be sparse on this site till I get back to the states on Sunday morning, but I didn’t do all that badly, right? And we’ll even had a Caturday Felid today. In the meantime, enjoy “Me & Mr Jones,” by the late Amy Winehouse. This is a live version from the Isle of […]

Amy Winehouse: “Back to black”

I don’t want to leave without posting moar Amy Winehouse. This song, “Back to Black,” is from her last studio album of the same name. She was the Taylor Swift of her era (but more talented)—rehashing her romantic debacles in her music. The affair mentioned here was with the sleazeball Blake Fielder-Civil, who not only introduced Winehouse […]

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse: Body and Soul

For years I had ignored Amy Winehouse, assuming that she was just a mediocre rock singer. Of course, I’d never hear a single song of hers. And then, on a plane coming back from England, I watched the new documentary about her, “Amy“, and I was just blown away. (The movie is, by the way, […]