Thursday, February 11, 2016

"To Kill a Mockingbird" Planned for Broadway

I just had to share this. In case you haven't heard, Harper Lee's deservedly-acclaimed novel -- and one of my all-time favorites -- To Kill a Mockingbird, is on its way to Broadway, scheduled for the 2017-18 season. The book will be adapted by none other than writer Aaron Sorkin.

More details may be found here.

Thanks for your time.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dan Hicks, 1941-2016, R.I.P.

I was as surprised as anything to read in The New York Times that Dan Hicks had died at age 74. I was mainly surprised because they knew enough about him to write his obituary.

I've mentioned before that I spent a lot of nights watching late-night television as I was growing up. Most of that late-night television watching consisted of talk shows, such as Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, Joey Bishop, and the like. 

One night on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show -- I was about fourteen or fifteen -- Johnny introduced an act whose latest LP was designed to look like a matchbook cover. The album was appropriately entitled "Striking It Rich." 

With that, a group called Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks took the stage, and played two songs, if I recall correctly: "Walkin' One and Only" and "I Scare Myself."

To quote from The New York Times, "Mr. Hicks began performing with his band, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, in the late 1960s in San Francisco, where psychedelic rock bands like Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead dominated the music sound. The Hot Licks’ sound could not have been more different.

"At a time when rock was getting louder and more aggressive, Mr. Hicks’s instrumentation — two guitars (Mr. Hicks played rhythm), violin and stand-up bass, with two women providing harmony and backup vocals — offered a laid-back, all-acoustic alternative that was a throwback to a simpler time, while his lyrics gave the music a modern, slightly askew edge."

Personally, I was hooked. (I also enjoyed another Hicks song, the brilliantly-titled "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?") And I was, as I stated above, surprised -- and saddened -- to have learned today of Mr. Hicks' February 6th passing.

I strongly suggest you go to YouTube and give his music -- music which he called "folk swing" -- a listen. For some reason, I can't embed any videos here!

He'll be missed.

Thanks for your time.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What's It All About?

Well, fellow babies, I promised you a few days ago (please click here if you missed it) that I'd tell you about my theme in April's upcoming A to Z Blogging Challenge.

This April, I will be posting 26 entries which showcase my love for comic books, both old and (relatively) recent.

Here's the theme:

"Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters."

A little wordy, perhaps -- Me? Who'da thunk it? -- but there it is. And in order to make it even more difficult for myself, I've imposed three rules above and beyond those of the A-Z Challenge, rules geared specifically to my theme!

1. The characters can't simply be revamped versions of the originals. In other words, I can't use the Golden Age and Silver/Modern Age versions of Green Lantern, Starman, the Flash, Human Torch, etc.

2. The names must be identical. No cheats like the Golden Age "Doc Strange" and the Modern Day "Doctor Strange." (Yes, I'm that fussy!)

3. The characters must have appeared in comic books, regardless of whether or not they also appeared on radio, television, advertising, and/or in comic strips!

(Oh, good! Blogger's messing with the spacing of my paragraphs today! According to my preview, anyway. Wonder how this'll look when you get to see it.)

So, are you ready to take this journey with me? I hope so...

Thanks for your time.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's As Easy As A, B, C...

Those of you who follow my blog know that there's been nothing to follow for quite a while now. To say I've been uninspired is making an understatement. My creative juices, you might say, have been rather stagnant.

The month of April, however, will bring blogland the seventh annual A to Z Blogging Challenge! (For more details, rules, etc., click here.) Already, hundreds of bloggers have signed up! I last participated in 2014, and encountered several new blogs and made several new bloggy friends. I've just committed to join the fun this year as well.

Simply put, I plan to do a new post every day of April (except Sundays), which will give me exactly 26 posts. Twenty-six, as I darned well hope you're aware, is the same number as we have letters of the alphabet. That's how it works, fellow babies.

Participating bloggers have a choice whether or not they want to give their 26 entries a theme. Last time out, I chose to have a theme, which was "anger mismanagement.," which I described as "Things or people that tick me off, aspects of being upset and/or angry in general..."

This April, I will also have a theme. What is it? Aw, come on now. I have to do at least one more post between now and then , don't I?

(I'll give you one hint. It's going to be comic book related, which may limit my audience a bit!)

Thanks for your time.


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