After singing the praises in previous posts of American Idol Contestants Naima Adedapo and then Casey Abrams, apparently I’ve successfuly jinxed both. Of the remaining half dozen contestants, James Durbin has all of the attributes of a star. Great vocal range, stage presence, and he’s willing to take risks musically.
He’s the “rocker” of the group, and probably the most consistent performer this season.
Today marks 17 years of marriage with my wonderful wife Kim. I suppose she’s stood by me through more than most would have. I’ve always believed that the greatest thing that you can do for a loved one is support their dreams, and she’s always been willing to sacrifice for me to pursue mine. For that I am supremely grateful.
While most couples have a song they consider their own, we really have 2 songs that are memorable to us. We danced to the song “We’re All Alone” by Boz Scaggs at our wedding, but I later performed the Beatles’ “Til There Was You” (well, not actually composed by the Beatles, but the version I was familiar with growing up) to her at our wedding reception.
I’ll let Paul McCartney and the Fab Four do the honors today:
30 years ago this evening the news of John Lennon’s death rocked our world. In the United States, it was ABC’s Monday Night Football and specifically Howard Cosell who broke the news to the television viewing public. It was an odd twist of fate, as ABC’s Alan Weiss was coincidentally in the same hospital where Lennon was taken on the tragic evening after suffering an accident, and he notified the station from a hospital pay phone.
In this video preview of the ESPN show Outside the Lines, Wiess and Dr. Stephan Lynn recall the events of that evening.
Yesterday marked John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The Beatles’ music validated rock and roll as a legitimate art form and their message inspired generations. Happy Birthday, John.
Paul McCartney was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Award for popular song this summer. This concert features musical tributes from several musicians as well as Paul and his band performing for an intimate audience including the first family front and center.
The entire 90 minute video is available at the pbs website: