Of the Video Event of the Year

The Video Event of 2013: VistaEntertainment-Time Life's CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SERIES and THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS: COMPLETE DVD COLLECTION
by David McGee
 

 
 

Hark the What? Ironies of a Beloved Carol

REV. MARK D. ROBERTS knows 'If you don’t want to tick people off, then don’t change the words of the hymns and carols.' As he explains, 'HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING' is a perfect example of this maxim.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Video Moment for the Ages

From January 21, 1965, LESLEY GORE with a knockout performance of the Jeff Barry-Ellie Greenwich tune 'The Look of Love' and Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Hello Young Lovers.'
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Gold Publishes ‘Yiddish Glossary for Goyim’; Special Deal on Facebook

No longer the exclusive province of entertainment business insiders, the YIDDISH GLOSSARY FOR GOYIM has finally been compiled into one volume and published by author-editor Noe Gold, who's making it available in a special offer...
by David McGee
 

 

 

What Comes After the Blues?: Considering Jason Molina

Ravaged by alcoholism, JASON MOLINA died at age 39. A question arises: Is there a 'teachable moment' in how his passing underscores the plight of those attempting to live by their art?
by David McGee
 

 
 

Video Moment of the Week

NU-BLU releases the third video from its tenth anniversary album, titled Ten. 'Without a Kiss,' a sensitive ballad addressed to a departed spouse, elicits one of Carolyn Routh's most affecting vocals.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Updike & Easter, 2015

Seven new perspectives on John Updike's enduring Easter poem, 'Seven Stanzas at Easter.'
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Updike at Easter: Seven Voices on ‘Seven Stanzas’ (2019 Edition)

SEVEN VOICES ON 'SEVEN STANZAS AT EASTER': The 2019 edition of our regular Easter feature, spotlighting a septet of opinions--not all affirmative--on Updike's famous poem
by David McGee
 

 

 

For All He Gave, and For Giving His All

An in-depth tribute to one of the finest singers-songwriters-guitarists-producers of his time, JOE SOUTH, who died of a heart attack on September 5. He always said what he meant and meant what he said. Yeah!
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Talking Animals Seeks Your Support

NPR's Talking Animals, hosted by Deep Roots columnist DUNCAN STRAUSS, is in the midst of a fundraising drive. A small donation keeps it going and brings you a snazzy t-shirt to boot.
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‘Her Death is Akin To a Library Burning Down’

Remembering REGINA RESNIK, whose death on August 8 was, says FRED PLOTKIN, 'akin to a library burning to the ground.' A personal reminiscence of an amazing life ensues.
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At the Intersection of Abbey Road and Tin Pan Alley (Field Notes From a Music Biz Life, Part 3)

In Part 3 of his autobiography,, MICHAEL SIGMAN recalls how his father Carl's song 'Ebb Tide,' which was the #1 hit in America in 1953, brought father and son closer when the RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS recorded it in 1965.
by David McGee