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May 30, 2009

Song of the Day #938

Song of the Day: Don't Be That Way was written by Edgar Sampson, Mitchell Parish, and Benny Goodman, for whose band this was a huge hit. It was the tune that opened Goodman's famed 1938 Carnegie Hall concert (audio clip at that link). Today, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the King of Swing, I feature this wonderful tune from his remarkable discography. Take a look at a 1980 Goodman YouTube clip and for a vocal version, check out Ella Fitzgerald on YouTube.

May 21, 2009

Awesome Notablog!

Notablog is among 100 "awesome blogs by some of the world's smartest people" That's totally awesome, indeed (even if I've not been blogging as much as I used to...)!

May 19, 2009

American Idol 2009 Finale

I haven't written on the 2009 "American Idol" season, but I've been watching, and look forward to the final installments tonight and tomorrow. Here's an interesting piece by Stephen Holden in today's Times.