Based on my last night’s festivities, my new favorite party game is to find a dude who is really, really passionate about movies – preferable mainstream movies, ones that “everyone should see” – and horrify him with how many I haven’t seen/have no intention of seeing.
My favorite old-time duo, The Whitetop Mountaineers, with their set from last year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival.
From the first words out of Martha Spencer’s mouth, you get the sense of how thoroughly these two are steeped in mountain music and culture. As a bonus, Martha displays her flatfooting talents on the last number.
I feel like this is where mountain music was just before The Stanley Brothers stepped on the bluegrass stage. This would have been the kind of music the Stanleys learned at their mother’s knee, so it’s all the more extraordinary that Martha Spencer writes some of these songs.
Actor Herb Braha (aka Herb Simon) died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 6. He was 69.
He was part of the original Off Broadway cast of the long-running hit musical “Godspell” before eventually branching out into TV and films. On the small screen, he was a guest star on shows including “Kojak,” “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” “Soap,” “Remington Steele,” “Happy Days” and “Charlie’s Angels.”
On the big screen he was perhaps best known for his roles in “Child’s Play,” “The Howling,” “The Ski Bum” (1971) with Charlotte Rampling and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High,” in which he played the Ramones’ agent.
In recent years, Braha founded “Richard the Thread,” a successful fabric house that supplied material for opera, stage play and film productions, including the “Pirates of
the Caribbean” and “Iron Man” franchises.
Born in Hyannis, Massachussets, Braha spent his formative years in Miami, deciding early on to become an actor. After graduating in 1968 with a BFA in drama from Carnegie-Mellon University, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater.
Braha is survived by his brothers, Charles and James; two nieces; and a nephew.
A memorial will be held this Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Skylight Theater, 1816 N. Vermont Ave. in Hollywood.
I’ve decided to keep a journal of all of my latest musical discoveries. It’s been encouraging me to listen to new music and branch out from all the stuff I wind up getting hung up on.
I used to do something similar in high school where I’d read an article, find bands from said article, then look up their entire discographies. I’ve discovered plenty of great music that way. I wanted to take that up again recently because I feel like I’ve become stagnant when it comes to listening to music. Like I’d brush off suggestions by friends, so I was probably missing out on a lot of great music. So now I’m doing my best to keep a steady flow of new music coming in.
TL;DR: I’m a music nerd and I’m only getting worse
What sort of activities would there be for sparklings/younglings when Cybertron was in its golden years?
The usual basic things, not all that different from what the human young have. Playgrounds were the most common, I think. Datapads with pictures, holovids and other media and entertainment made especially for a young audience - though not in a similar quantity as on Earth… oh, and hobby clubs, for all sorts of things from art and music to a specific branch of science or almost any other subject of interest.
I wanted to be like you I wanted everything So I tried to be like you And I got swept away I didn’t know that it was so cold And you needed someone to show you the way So I took your hand and we figured out That when the time comes I’d take you away If you want to I can save you I can take you away from here So lonely inside So…
Andy M. Stewart, who sings this one, passed late last year, just a couple of days after Christmas. In the 1970s he and his band, the Scottish folk rock outfit, Silly Wizard, left us this stunning tale of unrequited love.
It’s an Irish ballad that dates from around the 1920s, but it’s a stunning example of the melismatic Scots-Irish singing style that was so influential on the a capella singing in the Old Regular Baptist Church. That style was, in turn, a huge influence on mountain music and, later, bluegrass (think Ralph Stanley).
This is the late, great Andy M. Stewart and Silly Wizard with “The Blackbird”.