I’ve Marked My Calendar

Herb Alpert, Lani Hall will perform in Springfield: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall will perform at Gillioz Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. Reserved seating tickets start at $36.50 and go on sale Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m. Gillioz Club members will have a presale opportunity on July 13 from 10 – […]

Guess Brian’s Favorite French Singer

As you may know, gentle reader, I have a growing collection of Spanish songbirds, including classic artists like Rocío Jurado, Rocío Dúrcal, Claudia Acuña, and others as well as pop equivalents Shakira and Paulina Rubio. I’ve also picked up a small collection of singers in Portuguese, such as Astrud Gilberto, Beth Carvalho, and Gal Costa, […]

Down the Slippery Slope

The critics predicted it: Gay marriage becomes the law of the land, and people would start buying albums of show tunes. Although, in my defense in this case, it was a collection of Pat Suzuki singing show tunes: If Mark Steyn can listen to show tunes, I can, too. At any rate, the acquisition stems […]

The Platter Stack

Every week, I listen to a pile of records. Well, not a pile. A stack. You see, as I get them out from the shelves to give them a spin, I start stacking them next to the record player not unlike a college student stacking his beer cups at a Milwaukee church fair. As trophies […]

A Collector’s Mindset

Tam K. on collecting the old-fashioned way: (I’m not going the internet auction site route, because it always feels to me like the gun collecting equivalent of hunting over a baited field. It’d be like having a computerized database of exactly what old sports cars are in which barns across the country, or having clear […]

An Answer To An Unasked Trivia Question

What is Herb Alpert’s favorite glass? One might respond a glass of Tequila, but no: This advertisement is from 1993, and, forgive me, I associate Herb Alpert with the 1960s and maybe the 1970s because of his prevalence on LPs. Most of my Herb Alpert LPs are from the early years (The Lonely Bull, Going […]

Maybe The Swedish Thing Has Gone Too Far

All right, so I read a book on Swedish history, which led to my new taste for lingonberries and then to commenting on Swedish news. When will it end? When will Brian J. cease with this little blog goofery fixation on Sweden? Not yet. So I mentioned I went to the Friends of the Clever […]