Stranger On the Shore

In 1962 British jazz clarinetist ACKER BILK penned a haunting instrumental for his daughter Jenny, changed its title and saw it sell a million copies. Here's how YouTube commenters remember it.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Awesome Images from Hubble & New Insights into Coma Galaxies

Amazing pictures from the constellation Antlia (aka The Air Pump)and activity in the dwarf galaxy ESO 540-31 courtesy Hubble + new findings in the Coma galaxies.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Equal Opportunity Vibe

Vintage Calypso is alive and well...in Berlin, where LORD MOUSE AND THE KALYPSO KATZ are packing 'em in with their swaying beats, hot horns and bold lyrics. Go Calypso is the group's new album, explained herein by Lord Mouse hi...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Realizing the ‘Dream’

On his new album, XALAM, Israel-born virtuoso drummer BEN AYLON teams with an all-star assemblage of West African musicians to cast the traditional music and instruments of Senegal and Mali in a fresh, contemporary setting.
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘Tenor Hits From the Age of the Talkies’

Reigning tenor king JONAS KAUFFMAN assays a charming collection of songs from a special time in Germany's history, the era of Sally Bowles and the Kit Kat Club
by David McGee
 

 
 

Guitar Majesty

A set of delightfully evocative pieces for guitar duos composed by KEMAL BELEVI comprises a fine new album by DUO TANDEM, incisively reviewed by ROBERT HUGILL
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘We’ll Promise Not To Hurt Her Anymore’

Staring 2015 on a topical note, North Carolina singer-songwriter LAURELYN DOSSETT has posted a video of her new song, 'THE RIVER'S LAMENT,' inspired by the Dan River Coal Ash Spill of Feb. 2014
by David McGee
 

 
 

Mendelssohn’s ‘Hymn of Praise’

GEORGE P. UPTON examines the life of FELIX MENDELSSOHN and the story behind the great composer's Symphony No. 2 ('Hymn of Praise').
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Wind of the Book

Marking her tenth year of blogging, JULES offers informed insights into ANNE HERBAUT's award winning (in the author's native France) WHAT COLOR IS THE WIND?
by David McGee
 

 
 

Best In Show: Fred Willard In Anything, Including Animal Welfare

'I've always loved animals,' FRED WILLARD tells DUNCAN STRUASS in the new installment of TALKING ANIMALS. Among other topics, he discusses his involvement in Actors and Others for Animals.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Whale Breaches, Nearly Hits Kayakers, Film At 11

So you're kayaking along, and suddenly a humpback whale shoots up out of the water and breaches on top of you. The Whale Detective, aka TOM MUSTILL, lived it, made a film of it and has some insights into whale sensibility.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Nevadan (1950)

A 1950 double-dip: United States Marshal Andrew Barclay (Randolph Scott) arranges the escape of outlaw Tom Tanner (Forrest Tucker) in order to locate the $250,000 in gold stolen by Tanner in stagecoach robbery. Plus BUGS BUNNY ...
by David McGee