Category Archive: Music

Remembering David Bowie

Good articles have been written about why it’s okay to grieve for someone you’ve never met, a favorite actor or singer, for example. It’s natural when music, or art of any kind, profoundly affects us, speaks to our souls, and it’s okay to grieve the artist who sparked those feelings. This week we’ve listened to David Bowie’s music online and on vinyl. Our son played “Moonage Daydream” at an open mic. Our youngest daughter posted a photo of herself from her graduation shoot.

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A Strange Magic Musical Interlude

Since I’m going to visit Skywalker Ranch next week, the fine folks at Lucasfilm are giving me and the others on the trip some special previews and features before the general public sees them; in fact, the general public won’t see them until we bloggers do our part and share them. So here we go, a little snippet from Strange Magic.

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What’s on “Awesome Mix: Vol. 2”?

Guardians of the Galaxy is the box office hit of the year, and the soundtrack album “Awesome Mix: Vol. 1” is selling like crazy, putting one-hit wonders like “Hooked on a Feeling” back on the charts, all of which raises the obvious question: What’s on Volume 2? We’ve done a little speculating and kicked around a few likely candidates, so here are our best guesses as to what Peter’s mom was likely to have put on the cassette for her little boy.

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The DIY Wedding, c.2013

Hi, I’m Jenn! I’ve been graciously invited by Jim and Terri to guest-post on the topic of the DIY wedding here at Blue Collar, Black Tie in connection with the upcoming film The Big Wedding, because I myself happen to be planning my own DIY wedding as we speak, figuratively. True, our wedding will not be quite …

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“The Big Wedding” on Our Pinterest

In addition to the posts we’ll be running about DIY weddings, we’ve added a “Big Wedding” Pinterest board. Our Pinterest editor, Kate, has gathered a number of stylish and unique wedding ideas from around the web and will be adding more over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back often. You can …

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Christmas Thoughts, 10 years later

In 2002, I sat down and posted some random thoughts on Christmas morning at my long-neglected humor site, Monkey Spit. About six months later, the company for which I worked suddenly went out of business, and the intervening decade was marked by bouts of unemployment and other difficulties. The years 2009-2011 in particular were very trying; the economy was down, our income was severely reduced, and it was not a good time. The past year has been a dramatic improvement, so this Christmas has been a welcome change. I recently had occasion to look back on what I had written, and found that I made some pretty good points.

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David Byrne & St. Vincent at the Greek

The other day, my bride and co-conspirator at this site informed me that she had won concert tickets; we were to see David Byrne and St. Vincent at the Greek Theatre (the venue where Neil Diamond’s “Hot August Night” and Harry Chapin’s “Greatest Stories Live” albums were recorded) on Saturday night, thanks to local radio station The Sound LA (100.3 on your FM dial).

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“I Can’t Afford That!”

One of the things we hear from friends, when we talk about concerts or museums or plays, is questions about how we can afford to do these things. It’s not that difficult. There are a lot of ways to see and do things that don’t cost a lot but are fun and interesting.

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Theaters, Concerts and Movies

We really enjoy going out to an evening of theater or music. Some of these can get quite pricey, especially things like a major symphony orchestra or theatrical production, but it’s worth saving up to do it.

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