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WFAN-AM: My 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds of Fame

So let me report on my 2 minutes and 30 seconds of chit-chat on New York Sports Radio WFAN-AM (660), where I called the knowledgeable and hilarious sports commentator, Steve Somers sometime around midnight. I was a first-time caller, and...

Posted in Notablog on September 16, 2017 02:40 AM

It's a Wonderful ... Christmas in July!

There is a Facebook thread that tears apart one of my all-time favorite movies, but also one of those films that Rand-fans especially have made into a cinematic pinata: "It's a Wonderful Life." According to this story, Rand, who was...

Posted in Notablog on July 14, 2017 07:01 AM

Song of the Day #1461

Song of the Day: Hello, Dolly! ("Before the Parade Passes By"), music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, was featured in the 1964 Broadway musical that clobbered yesterday's "Funny Girl" at the Tony Awards that year. It won a then-record 10...

Posted in Notablog on June 11, 2017 12:02 AM

Song of the Day #1460

Song of the Day: Funny Girl ("You are Woman, I am Man"), music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, was featured in the 1964 Broadway musical that made Barbra Streisand a star. Streisand would go on to sing this...

Posted in Notablog on June 10, 2017 12:27 AM

Song of the Day #1451

Song of the Day: I Can See It, music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones, is a highlight from "The Fantasticks," the original production of which ran for 42 years Off-Broadway. It is also a highlight of "My Name...

Posted in Notablog on April 24, 2017 07:15 PM

Song of the Day #1401

Song of the Day: This Masquerade features the words and music of Leon Russell, who passed away today at the age of 74. Like "A Song for You," this song is one of my favorite Russell compositions. It first appeared...

Posted in Notablog on November 13, 2016 06:57 PM

Ben-Hur 2016: I'll Wait for the DVD

Back on March 23, 2016, I posted a Notablog entry, "A New 'Ben-Hur' Looms . . . Oy Vey!," where I provided links to the first promotional trailers to the newest version of the classic Lew Wallace "Tale of the...

Posted in Notablog on August 21, 2016 06:53 PM

Song of the Day #1352

Song of the Day: Hello Dolly ("Hello Dolly") is the memorable theme from the 1964 Broadway blockbuster that featured the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman. The musical faced stiff competition from Barbra Streisand's sparkling star turn in the Broadway...

Posted in Notablog on June 9, 2016 12:43 AM

Song of the Day #1308

Song of the Day: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner ("The Glory of Love"), with words and music by Billy Hill, was recorded in May 1936, becoming a #1 pop hit by the great clarinetist Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, featuring...

Posted in Notablog on February 4, 2016 05:14 PM

Song of the Day #1294

Song of the Day: September of My Years, music by Jimmy Van Heusen, lyrics by Sammy Cahn, is the title track of an album released in late 1965, to coincide with Sinatra's 50th birthday. The festivities led to a surge...

Posted in Notablog on December 10, 2015 02:11 AM

Song of the Day #1257

Song of the Day: Guys and Dolls ("Luck Be a Lady"), music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, was among those songs to grace this 1950 Broadway musical that won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It is also an appropriate...

Posted in Notablog on June 6, 2015 12:14 PM

Song of the Day #1253

Song of the Day: Funny Girl ("Who are You Now?"), music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, is a song (like "The Music That Makes Me Dance") that was dropped from the 1968 film version, even though it is...

Posted in Notablog on June 2, 2015 11:35 PM

Song of the Day #1167

Song of the Day: Second Hand Rose, music by James F. Hanley, lyrics by Grant Clarke, was introduced with comic musicality by Fanny Brice in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921. In 1968, it was featured in the Brice biopic, sung...

Posted in Notablog on February 15, 2014 11:53 PM

Song of the Day #1159

Song of the Day: Pinocchio ("I've Got No Strings"), music by Leigh Harline, lyrics by Ned Washington, is heard in the Walt Disney animated film that made its debut on this date in 1940. In the film, the song is...

Posted in Notablog on February 7, 2014 09:15 AM

Song of the Day #1158

Song of the Day: Funny Lady ("Isn't This Better?"), words and music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is a sweet song from "Funny Lady," the 1975 sequel to "Funny Girl" The film continues the (highly fictionalized) story of Fanny...

Posted in Notablog on February 6, 2014 11:19 AM

Song of the Day #1147

Song of the Day: The Lion in Winter (Main Title) [YouTube link], composed by John Barry, is from the Oscar-winning soundtrack to the brilliantly acted 1968 film featuring tour de force performances by Oscar-winner Katharine Hepburn (who tied with Barbra...

Posted in Notablog on December 21, 2013 07:50 PM

Song of the Day #1142

Song of the Day: You'll Never Walk Alone, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, is one of the standout songs from the great 1945 Broadway musical, "Carousel." It has been performed by everyone from Christine Johnson (in...

Posted in Notablog on October 17, 2013 11:47 AM

Song of the Day #1117

Song of the Day: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ("George Smiley") [YouTube link], composed by Alberto Iglesias, is the jazz-influenced main title to the 2011 film starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley. This is a pensive, chill track from the Oscar-nominated...

Posted in Notablog on February 25, 2013 01:09 PM

Song of the Day #1058

Song of the Day: I'm the Greatest Star, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, is a highlight from the classic 1964 Broadway musical, "Funny Girl," which starred a young Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice. Though nominated for eight...

Posted in Notablog on June 1, 2012 05:36 PM

Song of the Day #1056

Song of the Day: Pieces of Dreams, words by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, music by Michel Legrand, is from the 1970 film, in which the title track is sung by Peggy Lee, who was born on this date in 1920....

Posted in Notablog on May 26, 2012 05:40 PM

Song of the Day #1055

Song of the Day: No More Tears (Enough is Enough), words and music by Paul Jabara and Bruce Roberts, went to #1 in 1979 on the vocal strength of Two Divas kickin' butt (and a lousy man "out that door"):...

Posted in Notablog on May 25, 2012 11:39 AM

Song of the Day #1044

Song of the Day: Free Again (Non C'est Rien), music by Armand Canfora and Joss Baselli, French lyrics by Michel Jourdan, English lyrics by Robert Colby, is featured on "Je m'appelle Barbra" (1966), the eighth studio album of Barbra Streisand,...

Posted in Notablog on April 24, 2012 05:22 PM

Song of the Day #952

Song of the Day: More Than You Know, music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu, debuted in the Broadway musical "Great Day" and it has been recorded by countless artists. I enjoyed a version performed by...

Posted in Notablog on June 13, 2010 01:08 AM

Song of the Day #924

Song of the Day: Silent Night, written originally with German lyrics by Josef Mohr and music by Franz Xaver Gruber, was translated into English by John Freeman Young. It is one of those simple but lovely carols of the season....

Posted in Notablog on December 25, 2008 01:40 AM

Song of the Day #866

Song of the Day: Me and My Shadow features the words and music of Brooklynite Dave Dreyer, Al Jolson, and Billy Rose. Listen to audio clips of renditions by Judy Garland, Vic Damone, Peggy Lee, Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond,...

Posted in Notablog on February 2, 2008 09:12 PM

Song of the Day #817

Song of the Day: I'd Rather Be Blue Over You (Than Happy with Somebody Else), words and music by Fred Fisher and Billy Rose, was introduced by Fanny Brice in the 1928 film "My Man." Of course, Brice first became...

Posted in Notablog on July 8, 2007 12:02 AM

Song of the Day #813

Song of the Day: Summer Me, Winter Me, music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, greets the Summer Solstice, which arrives at 2:06 p.m., Eastern time. And a belated happy birthday to the maestro, Michel Legrand, who...

Posted in Notablog on June 21, 2007 06:00 AM

Song of the Day #798

Song of the Day: You're Gonna Hear From Me, words and music by Dory Previn and Andre Previn, is from the 1965 film "Inside Daisy Clover." Listen to audio clips from renditions by Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and, my favorite,...

Posted in Notablog on March 13, 2007 07:11 AM

Song of the Day #793

Song of the Day: Let's Hear it for Me is a John Kander and Fred Ebb gem sung in grand style by Barbra Streisand from the film "Funny Lady," the 1975 sequel to "Funny Girl. Listen to an audio clip...

Posted in Notablog on February 22, 2007 07:00 AM

Song of the Day #773

Song of the Day: O Little Town of Bethlehem, words by Rector Phillips Brooks, music by church organist Lewis Redner, has been recorded many times.  Listen to audio clips of Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe....

Posted in Notablog on December 26, 2006 10:20 AM

Song of the Day #749

Song of the Day: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, a great Rodgers and Hart tune from "Pal Joey," kicks off our mini-tribute in honor of Halloween week (okay, so the song has nothing to do with witches and goblins, even if...

Posted in Notablog on October 30, 2006 07:18 AM

Song of the Day #693

Song of the Day: Lover Come Back to Me features the music of Sigmund Romberg and the lyrics of birthday boy Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally from the 1928 Broadway musical, "The New Moon," the song has been recorded by many...

Posted in Notablog on July 12, 2006 12:01 AM

Song of the Day #673

Song of the Day: Once Upon a Summertime (La Valse Des Lilas) features the music of Michel Legrand and E. Barclay, the French lyrics of Eddie Marnay, and the English lyrics of Johnny Mercer. Listen to audio clips of sensitive...

Posted in Notablog on June 22, 2006 05:17 AM

Song of the Day #616

Song of the Day: Where is the Wonder?, words and music by Michael Barr and Dion McGregor, is featured in a sweet arrangement by Peter Matz from today's birthday girl Barbra Streisand's magnificent album, "My Name is Barbra" (audio clip...

Posted in Notablog on April 24, 2006 06:43 AM

Song of the Day #599

Song of the Day: My Man (Mon Homme) features French lyrics by Albert Willemetz and Jacques Charles, English lyrics by Channing Pollock, and music by Maurice Yvain. (Additional writing credits go to I. Bibo and L. Woods.) It was sung...

Posted in Notablog on April 7, 2006 09:19 AM

Song of the Day #567

Song of the Day: I'm in the Mood for Love, music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, is a classic of the standard songbook. Originally from the 1935 film, "Every Night at Eight" (okay, okay, another film song for...

Posted in Notablog on March 6, 2006 06:53 AM

Song of the Day #564

Song of the Day: The Way We Were, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, was the winner of the 1973 Oscar for Best Song from the film of the same title. Listen to audio clips from...

Posted in Notablog on March 3, 2006 05:54 AM

Song of the Day #563

Song of the Day: Funny Girl, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, was nominated for a 1968 Academy Award for Best Song from the film of the same title. It replaced a magnificent song from the Broadway score,...

Posted in Notablog on March 2, 2006 09:06 AM

Song of the Day #547

Song of the Day: I've Got a Crush on You, music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, is one of the great standards of the American songbook. It has been recorded by countless artists through the years. It was...

Posted in Notablog on February 14, 2006 06:49 AM

Song of the Day #486

Song of the Day: Where Am I Going?, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields (2005 marks the centenary year of her birth), is from the classic Broadway musical, "Sweet Charity." I was introduced to this terrific song when...

Posted in Notablog on December 13, 2005 09:03 AM

Song of the Day #361

Song of the Day: Once You've Been in Love, music by Michel Legrand and lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, is from the 1972 film "One is a Lonely Number" (aka "Two is a Happy Number"). Streisand recorded a version...

Posted in Notablog on August 13, 2005 09:46 AM

Song of the Day #350

Song of the Day: The Way He Makes Me Feel, music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, is a gorgeous Academy Award-nominated song from the 1983 film "Yentl." Listen to two Barbra Streisand audio clips from the...

Posted in Notablog on August 2, 2005 09:22 AM

Song of the Day #284

Song of the Day: Speak Low (When You Speak Love), music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ogden Nash, was featured in the original 1943 Broadway musical, "One Touch of Venus" (listen here to an audio clip from the original cast...

Posted in Notablog on June 5, 2005 12:20 AM

Song of the Day #269

Song of the Day: One Less Bell to Answer, music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, is one of those heart-tugging, slit-your-writs-end-of-a-romance songs that has been performed most memorably by The 5th Dimension, but also by artists such as...

Posted in Notablog on May 21, 2005 12:25 PM

Taking the Ad Hominem Out of Art Appreciation

This morning, I made comments (here and here) on SOLO HQ, in response to James Kilbourne's essay, "Yes? No!" A long-time opera fan, Kilbourne gave a negative review to "Going For the One," an album by the prog-rock group, Yes....

Posted in Notablog on May 8, 2005 04:42 PM

Song of the Day #238

Song of the Day: Someone to Watch Over Me, music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, respectively, was written for the Broadway musical, "Oh, Kay!" One of my favorite renditions of this great American standard is by Barbra Streisand...

Posted in Notablog on April 20, 2005 11:10 AM

Song of the Day #230

Song of the Day: All I Ask of You, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, is from the musical, "Phantom of the Opera" (listen to the audio clip at that link). It is featured...

Posted in Notablog on April 12, 2005 06:57 AM

Song of the Day #205

Song of the Day: How Do You Keep the Music Playing? [full song audio clip at that link], music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, was an Oscar-nominated song from the 1982 film, "Best Friends," starring Burt...

Posted in Notablog on March 18, 2005 09:16 AM

Song of the Day #188

Song of the Day: Emily, music by Johnny Mandel, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, additional lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, comes from the 1964 film, "The Americanization of Emily," starring Julie Andrews in the title role. In many ways, its...

Posted in Notablog on March 1, 2005 06:45 AM

Song of the Day #159

Song of the Day: People, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, was a huge hit for Barbra Streisand from the musical "Funny Girl." A classic. Listen to an audio clip here....

Posted in Notablog on January 31, 2005 10:50 AM

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Song of the Day #139

Song of the Day: Come Back to Me, music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, is from the Broadway musical "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." It was sung in the 1970 Barbra Streisand film version...

Posted in Notablog on January 11, 2005 07:33 AM

Song of the Day #136

Song of the Day: The Music That Makes Me Dance, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, from the Broadway musical version of "Funny Girl" (listen to the infuriatingly brief Barbra Streisand audio clip here, and in a more...

Posted in Notablog on January 8, 2005 10:25 AM

Song of the Day #102

Song of the Day: Don't Rain on My Parade, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, performed by Barbra Streisand on Broadway and in the William Wyler-directed film on the life story of Fanny Brice: "Funny Girl." Streisand tied...

Posted in Notablog on December 7, 2004 06:39 AM

Song of the Day #66

Song of the Day: The Sweetest Sounds, music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers, was used in an updated version of Cinderella, which starred Brandy, who sang it in the title role, and Whitney Houston, as the Fairy Godmother. The song,...

Posted in Notablog on November 3, 2004 10:08 AM