Monday, March 02, 2015

The Hills Are Still Alive With the Sound of Music


A couple of years ago I tried watching that piece of pap that NBC produced and heavily promoted--a live television production of The Sound of Music. I really can't add anything new to the rightful public bashing it received other than say the parody that Saturday Night Live did of it--with Kristen Wiig--was way more entertaining. Hopefully it'll go down in TV history as a reminder never to mess with a classic original. 

The Sound of Music premiered 50 years ago today in movie theaters and has been enchanting its fans ever since. The staying power of this film is greater than any other movie that was released in 1965, including Doctor Zhivago, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Thunderball, and Help! Why? Is it the wholesome, infectious soundtrack? The captivating storyline that was based (somewhat loosely) on a real-life romantic story? The gorgeous Austrian scenery and sets? The delectable Christopher Plummer?

All of the above. I would also guess that once in a while it's soul cleansing to watch a heartwarming family film without any swearing or violence and that's what keeps viewers returning to The Sound of Music. People who were kids when the movie was first released have shared it with their kids and grandchildren. 

A few years ago, for fun, I compiled a little post of fun facts and trivia about The Sound of Music and have recently updated it with some additional tidbits for SOM fans. Check it out and until the next post, so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Six Songs That Make Me Think of Spring


Man, I'll just be unladylike and say it: this winter needs to go f*** off already. 

For those of you who live in the warmer parts of the U.S., the rumors you've been hearing about us in the New England area are true: we're on the verge of being taken away to the funny farm in paddy wagons.

It isn't just the fact that in the the past 40 days or so we've received 7 feet of snow--enough to swallow a basketball player. It's that within that timeframe there's been virtually no melting. We've only had really one day where the temperature made it to 35 degrees--a heatwave! The thermometer taunts us lately, hovering just below freezing. Today it's 30 degrees and overcast. 

It's now March 1, and we're supposed to receive--you guessed it--more snow tonight. The sun is stronger than ever, the days are longer, and daylight savings begins in less than a week. But where is spring?

I've experienced some New England winters that had terrible snow amounts, but I've never lived through one where there wasn't some periods of melting--even if briefly--before the next cold wave and snowstorm hit. Fortunately, I live in a suburb of Boston and not the city itself--where many of the already narrow Back Bay streets are making drivers play chicken as they try to finagle their way around. 

So, what to do until Mother Nature catches up? Listen to music. Here are six songs that make me think of SPRING. It has to arrive sooner or later!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

He Lived Long and Prospered: RIP Leonard Nimoy


I'll be honest--I'm not and never was a Trekkie. The Star Trek phenomenon just wasn't my bag, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate its rightful place in pop culture history. So when one of its stars, Leonard Nimoy, passed away yesterday at the age of 83 I was not immune to feeling a sense of loss and sadness, particularly for my fellow retro fans who did grow up watching Mr. Spock. The tributes were everywhere I was online yesterday and as it turned out, Nimoy is being remembered for a lot more than his logical, pointy-eared sci-fi character. 

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