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September 27, 2007

Holy Cow! Yanks Clinch Wild Card!

Holy Cow, indeed! After a miserable start to the season, the Yanks came roaring back and have clinched the Wild Card in the American League. Post-season starts next week! Stay tuned!

September 23, 2007

Song of the Day #826

Song of the Day: Ride Like the Wind features the music, lyrics, and performance of Christopher Cross. An 80s hit, the song also boasts superb backing vocals by Michael McDonald. Listen to an audio clip here and take a look at this YouTube video clip and this one too. As we prepare to rake the wind-swept leaves of fall, a Happy Autumn to one and all!

September 20, 2007

Conference Board Review: Atlas Shrugged at 50

There are several essays out there discussing the forthcoming 50th anniversary of Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged. One such essay, written by A. J. Vogl, editor of The Conference Board Review, was just published in the magazine's September-October 2007 issue. Vogl interviewed me, among others, for his article, and a summary of my own comments appears here.

I also note my fellow JARS editor, Roderick Long's recent post, "Atlas Plugged," which provides another example of Rand's influence on comics (something I discussed in my essay, "The Illustrated Rand").

There will be more on the golden anniversary of Atlas in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Also noted on Liberty & Power Group Blog.

September 17, 2007

Song of the Day #825

Song of the Day: Jeopardy (not that one) features the music and lyrics of Greg Kihn and Steve Wright. Listen to an audio clip of the original Greg Kihn Band hit.  And check out an audio clip of the Weird Al Yankovic lyrical twist on this song.

September 16, 2007

Song of the Day #824

Song of the Day: Jeopardy (Think Music), composed by the late, great Merv Griffin, is one of the most recognizable TV themes of all time, and one of my favorites too! Listen to an audio clip here. With tonight's showing of the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, we conclude our third annual mini-tribute to TV Themes!

September 15, 2007

Song of the Day #823

Song of the Day: The Flintstones features the words and music of Hoyt Curtin, Joseph Barbera and William Hanna. The show was inspired by another one of my all-time favorites: "The Honeymooners." Listen to an audio clip of the TV theme here.

September 14, 2007

Song of the Day #822

Song of the Day: American Bandstand (Bandstand Boogie) features the music of Charles Albertine, Les Elgart, Larry Elgart, and Bob Horn and the lyrics of Bruce Howard Sussman and Barry Manilow. Listen to audio clips by Les Elgart and His Orchestra and Barry Manilow.

September 13, 2007

Song of the Day #821

Song of the Day: Brian's Song ("The Hands of Time"), music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman, was the main theme from the poignant television movie of the same name, starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. Listen to audio clips of versions by Sarah Vaughan and Michel Legrand.

September 12, 2007

Song of the Day #820

Song of the Day: Secret Agent Man, words and music by P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri, was performed by Johnny Rivers, whose version hit #3 in 1966. Today kicks off the 2007 mini-tribute to TV Themes. Listen to audio clips from Johnny Rivers and The Ventures.

September 11, 2007

WTC Remembrance - Charlie: To Build and Rebuild

This year, as part of my ongoing annual series, "Remembering the World Trade Center," I have posted the newest installment, a Notablog exclusive: "Charlie: To Build and Rebuild."

It tells the story of Charlie Pomaro, who, as a young man, helped to build the Twin Towers, and who, in 2001, helped to pick up the shattered pieces.

Remembering the World Trade Center

For those who would like to read previous installments of my series, I provide this index:

2001: As It Happened
2002: New York, New York
2003: Remembering the World Trade Center: A Tribute
2004: My Friend Ray
2005: Patrick Burke, Educator
2006: Cousin Scott

Cross-posted at L&P.

September 06, 2007

Song of the Day #819 (Pavarotti, RIP)

Song of the Day: O Sole Mio, music by Eduardo di Capua, lyrics by Giovanni Capurro, is one of the most famous Neapolitan songs ever written. I post it in honor of Luciano Pavarotti, the great Italian tenor, who passed away today. Listen to audio clips of renditions by Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Placido Domingo, and, of course, Luciano himself. Rest in peace.