Monday, November 20, 2017

Topsy Part 2 by Cozy Cole - Oldie of the Day

Since we have the Amazon Echo, I use a feature where I say "Alexa, play Billboard Top Hits of a Year."  Today, I picked 1958.  One of the songs that came up was Topsy Par 2 by Cozy Cole.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Documentary about the Early Bob Dylan

I found this documentary on Facebook.  It runs about 1 hour and gives some new insights about Dylan, the folk singer from 1962-64.  I'll keep it here for later reference.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New York Radio - Changes and Speculation

The deal with Entercom taking over the CBS owned radio stations will be completed tomorrow.  It was not necessary to sell any NYC stations but there is some speculation about changes:
  • 92.3 AMP which is a contemporary hit station will flip to Alternative Rock.  It is possible that this would happen.
  • 1010 WINS will move to FM as speculated by some message board posters.  There are some FM news stations in other markets, but I doubt it will happen in NYC.  WINS is doing very well, so if it is not broken, don't fix it.  If WINS is moved to FM a revenue stream would be lost.
WFAN has made some changes:
  • Gregg Giannotti will assume the morning co-host spot next to Boomer Esiason
  • After Mike Francesa leaves the station, Chris Carlin, Bart Scott, and Maggie Gray will take over the afternoon slot from 2-630pm.
Some changes in HD Radio
  • 103.5 HD2 is now a Taylor Swift station.  I sense that this is temporary
  • 104.3 HD3 is playing alternative rock.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Church Bells May Ring by the Willows Featuring Tony Middleton

Tony Middleton, seen at the left, was one of the guests at the recent Oldies Meet & Greet.  He didn't sing at the event but answered questions from his fans.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The 2017 Oldies Meet and Greet was a Little Different

Dominick Safuto of
Randy and the Rainbows

In many of the previous  Oldies Meet and Greet the guests were radio personalities from stations such as WCBS-FM and Q-104.3.  They have included Bobby Jay, Pat St. John, Ken Dashow, Carol Miller, and Jim Kerr.  This year the guests were recording artists from the 50s and 60s.  Above is Dominick Safuto who is Randy of Randy and the Rainbows whos biggest hit was Denise.  A surprise guest was Lillian of the Exciters.  She sang the group's big hit Tell Him for the group.

Tony Middleton of the Willows who charted with Church Bells May Ring also appeared.

Mary Shaw who is Ms. Radio
according to Cousin Bruce Morrow

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dedication of the Wellness and Event Center at NJIT

About 10 years ago NJIT moved into NCAA Division I sports.  However, the athletic facility was small and outdated.  It took some years to get funding from the state of New Jersey to build a state of the art facility that was suitable for Division I sports.  The groundbreaking was two years ago and finally, the facility called the Wellness and Event Center (WEC) opened today.  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony with speeches by elected officials, alumni, Athletic Director Lenny Kaplan and President Joel Bloom among others.  We were then given a tour of the WEC which is more than a basketball arena.  It is some facility.  Congratulations are in order for all those involved in the planning and construction of it.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bob Dylan at the Nassau Coliseum

Dylan has pretty much used the same setlist as he has done on this leg of the Never Ending Tour.  Last night’s concert at the renovated Nassau Coliseum was no exception. Dylan did not play the guitar or the harmonica which was a disappointment to me.  He played piano on the songs that he wrote, but stood up and sang for the adult standards.  He did not talk to the audience even to introduce his backup musicians.  I was intrigued by a new version of Tangled Up in Blue.  He will return to NYC for a 5-night gig at the Beacon Theater later this month.  I read in the fanzine Isis that the tour will resume in April 2018 in Italy.  Hopefully, the tour will come back to NYC in 2018.

The setlist was recorded in Bill Pagel's Boblinks Page

Uniondale, New York
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 8, 2017

1.Things Have Changed (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
2.It Ain't Me, Babe (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
3.Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on piano, Donnie on lap steel)
4.Why Try To Change Me Now (Bob center stage, Donnie on pedal steel,
Tony on standup bass)
5.Summer Days (Bob on piano, Donnie on violin, Stu on acoustic guitar)
6.Melancholy Mood (Bob on center stage, Donnie on pedal steel,
Tony on standup bass)
7.Honest With Me (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
8.Tryin' To Get To Heaven (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
9.Once Upon A Time (Bob on center stage, Donnie on pedal steel,
Tony on standup bass)
10.Pay In Blood (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
11.Tangled Up In Blue (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
12.September Of My Years (Bob center stage, Donnie on pedal steel,
Tony on standup bass)
13.Early Roman Kings (Bob on piano, Donnie on lap steel, Stu on acoustic guitar,
Tony on standup bass)
14.Soon After Midnight (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
15.Desolation Row (Bob on piano, Donnie on electric mandolin, Tony on standup bass)
16.Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on piano, Donnie on electric mandolin)
17.Autumn Leaves (Bob on center stage, Donnie on pedal steel, Tony on standup bass)
18.Love Sick (Bob on piano, Donnie on pedal steel)
19.Blowin' In The Wind (Bob on piano, Donnie on violin, Stu on acoustic guitar,
Tony on standup bass)
20.Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob on piano, Donnie on lap steel)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Getting Ready for the Dylan Concert at Nassau Coliseum Tonight

I decided to take a vacation day to rest up before going to the concert at Nassau Coliseum tonight.  Back in 2006, we saw Dylan there,  I remember picking up Lee at the Samuel Field Y and continuing on to Uniondale.  Since then I was there for a few Islander games, but tonight I am going there for the first time since the arena was renovated.  Since the Islanders are gone, I think it is used mostly for concerts.

Last night I received an email from Ticketmaster reminding me of the concert and telling me about parking.  It is $30 to pay for parking at the gate, but if I order it online I would only have to pay $20.  Either way, it is very expensive to park, but it would be very difficult to get there by public transportation.

Last night as I was watching the Knick game, the camera showed Mavis Staples in the stands.  She is the opening act tonight.  I wonder what Dylan was doing last night.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Random Thoughts of the Day

The Tournament of Champions started on Jeopardy today with 15 excellent players vying for the $250,000 top prize.  Today Buzzy Cohen, one of my favorite contestants of the year, was the winner.  Hopefully, he'll play against Austin Rogers in the final round.  Maybe it's time for a super tournament featuring Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and other big winners.

I received a postcard from the Mets today for a pre-sale for 2018 single game tickets.  I went online and saw that there was still a $5/ticket fee.  So what is the sense of buying so far in advance?  If they waived the fee, I would buy tickets.  With the exception of opening day and the 3 games against the Yankees tickets should be available on the day of the game.  The smallest ticket plan is for 20 games which is too much for me.

How many times does there have to be a report of a mass shooting?  A Terrorist attack such as the one in lower Manhattan is politically motivated.  There are just too many nuts getting their hands on guns and killing innocent people.  What is the solution?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

LIU Post 49 Merrimack College 7

We drove out to Brookville, Long Island for the last time this season to see college football.  It is certainly much more inexpensive than going to Met Life Stadium to see the Giants or Jets.  It was a one-sided game as LIU Post trounced the visitors 49-7.  The game was marred by too many penalties, but I guess inexperienced players will make mistakes.  In the first period, Post faked a point after kick and ran for the 2 point conversion.

Box Score

Friday, November 3, 2017

Girl from the North Country, Trouble No More and the Social Security Office

This will be an eventful week for this Bob Dylan fan.  I was finally able to get a hold of the cast album of the show Girl From the North Country that is playing now in London.  It is based on several love songs written by Dylan.  Hopefully, it will make its way across the ocean and appear on Broadway.

Today was the release date of Trouble No More a boxed set of recordings from Dylan's born-again period (1978-81).  It consists of 8 CDs and 1 DVD which represents a controversial period in Dylan's career.  Gotta Serve Somebody is my favorite song of this period.  Thanks to for delivering these CDs in a timely manner.  Years ago I would have to run around looking for a record store that had it.

Hopefully, I will get "trouble no more" from the Social Security Office.  For some strange reason, they want Karen and Lee to come to their office.  I don't understand that as they don't have anything to do with my claim for Social Security benefits.  Hey, I paid into the system for over 40 years, and now I want to get it back.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dad and Uncle Ben's 100th Birthday

Ben (left) and Irving Slutsky 1930

My sister Joyce posted this photo on her Facebook page today which would have been the 100th birthday of my Dad, Irving, and his twin brother Ben.  We still miss both of them over 20 years after they passed away.  A Bar Mitzvah is a very special occasion in the life of any Jewish family and I am glad that this photo was preserved.
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