Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Back in 1995, the Music on KK weekly concert series began an annual tradition: The Music on KK Thanksgiving Show. We featured various traditional, secular, sacred, and some just plain fun music and readings appropriate for the Thanksgiving season. At the time, merchants were all trying to out-shout one another, and move their Black Friday shopping event first to Thursday, then to Wednesday, and finally to meaninglessness. Thanksgiving was left behind as shoppers stampeded to the shopping centers, so our Thanksgiving show was for the rest of you.And, now we have the "cancel-everything and hide at home" era. Well, we made this 12-minute mini-variety show as a way of saying "Hello, in there! Happy Thanksgiving".
Thanks to Joyce, Fred, and Tiara for all their devoted hard work. And thanks to Norm Lorenz for his priceless production advice. And thank you to all of our listeners - that's you!
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Here's a song from 1971 written in all sincerity by Bruce Johnson, who was simply weary of the "New Normal" of the late sixties. You know, the endless violent protests for peace, the militant and violent and unreasonably demanding mobs, the destruction of patriotic symbols and institutions. You know . . . the New Normal of 1970.
I dutifully follow all the demands of the current New Fascists, who are oh so attentive to my "needs". "You NEED to put on your face mask" "You NEED to use the drive-in bank, because the lobby is only open by appointment" "Wear a mask" "Don't wear a mask" "You need to wait outside" "Religious meetings are cancelled" "All fun is cancelled" "We're all in this together, but we hate you for your wrong opinions".
So, with Bruce Johnson, and with anyone else who has had enough: Let's escape for a few momentse to a world much more simple, a world of joy and love. I'm sure that the millennials will still be here, to see to our "Needs" when we get back.
Saturday, July 4, 2020
"There's a saying that tango is a 'sad thought danced.' But that's only part of it. It's touching the sadness in you, the pain, yes--but also the joy, the humor, the everything life has. It's touching everything.”― Jennifer Vandever
This video started out as a chord exercise in one of our piano lessons, but Miss T did so well on it, I couldn't resist the possibility of performing it on accordion with her on piano. Appreciate her help and cooperation in making this video possible. Can you believe she's been studying piano for less than a year?
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Perhaps not everything is "out there". Plenty of things we can discover and develop, both in ourselves, and in those close to us. Entire undiscovered continents in some cases.
So, here's a song about that sort of thing from 1928 made popular by Al Jolson, and recorded by others as well, including Vera Lynn, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and countless others.
There's no place like home . . . there's no place like home . ..