All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

I watched The Shining for a 3rd (4th?) time today. Soooo creepy. I don’t think there is anyone more perfect for the role of a murderous lunatic than Jack Nicholson, haha. There are very few horror movies I like. Most of them rely on excessive blood and carnage to get your attention. With movies likeContinue reading “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”

Blogging on Christmas is what coolkids do

YouTube featured this video yesterday; it’s a product of the earliest days of filmmaking…”Santa Claus” from 1898. Pretty nifty camera tricks for 110 years ago! One of the things on my Christmas list was the Charlie Chaplin movie City Lights…instead my family got me this. AHHH A DREAM COME TRUE!!! My favorites – City LightsContinue reading “Blogging on Christmas is what coolkids do”

Celebrate Christmas, Beatles and Monkees-style!

The following video is from the Monkees Christmas episode. The “gay apparel” thing is slightly offensive but hilarious (how did they get away with that in 1968? TV was still pretty censored…) I’m pretty sure I’ve posted this before, but you can never watch it too many times: Finding a way to incorporate the holidayContinue reading “Celebrate Christmas, Beatles and Monkees-style!”

Celebrating 6 and a half decades of Keef

Happy birthday to my favorite Rolling Stone, the indestructible Keith Richards! The man has done every drug known to mankind, survived jail, Altamont, and falling out of coconut trees, and he’s still going strong. “We are not old men, we are not worried about petty morals.” – Keith, in court, 1967 (You could say he’sContinue reading “Celebrating 6 and a half decades of Keef”

Hollywood in the 1910s and 20s

Excerpts from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton’s autobiographies: Thomas Ince gave barbeques and dances at his studio, which was in the wilds of northern Santa Monica, facing the Pacific Ocean. What wondrous nights – youth and beauty dancing to plaintive music on an open-air stage, with the soft sound of waves pounding on the nearbyContinue reading “Hollywood in the 1910s and 20s”

Alice, Tom, Rupert, and Paul

Just saw this music video on VH1 Classic. Don’t know how the video relates at all to the lyrics, but it’s pretty sweet: While we’re on the topic of rock gods creepily making their way into children’s tales: Singing Frog Chorus Ft. Paul McCartney, anyone? I seem to remember being a pretty big Rupert fan,Continue reading “Alice, Tom, Rupert, and Paul”

Let me die in my footsteps

It may seem a bit contradictory, but from studying ethnomusicology I am learning how much I love American music. Not because I don’t like other music (I love it, and I love learning about it), but I’ve just realized that most of my favorite types of music are what you would call “American” genres: rockContinue reading “Let me die in my footsteps”