Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Anniversaries and Birthdays

The most important is that on October  16, 1983, I married Karen and the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation.   The photo above was taken at last year's Oldies Meet and Greet. It's hard to believe that it is 36 years.

On October 16, 1969, the New York Mets won the World Series.  There were many events this year celebrating the 50th anniversary.

October 16, 1992, was the date of the "Bobfest"  at Madison Square Garden celebrating Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary in the music business. I couldn't get tickets, but I watched it on the pay per view telecast. In my opinion, it was the greatest concert ever.

October 15, 2005 - I started this journal.  I have written almost 4,000 entries in 14 years.

October 15 is the birthday of Roy H and Jeff S.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bob Dylan Song in Rocket Mortgage Commercial

I think I have seen this commercial for Rocket Mortgage too many times especially since it is shown on Major League Baseball telecasts of the post-season.  Most viewers likely don't know that Bob Dylan's singing of la, la, la, la,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,  is from the song The Man in Me that was on the New Morning album released in 1970.  For readers who are interested, I am posting the lyrics.

The Man in Me

The man in me will do nearly any task

And as for compensation, there’s little he would ask

Take a woman like you

To get through to the man in me

Storm clouds are raging all around my door

I think to myself I might not take it anymore

Take a woman like your kind

To find the man in me

But, oh, what a wonderful feeling

Just to know that you are near

Sets my heart a-reeling

From my toes up to my ears

The man in me will hide sometimes to keep from bein’ seen

But that’s just because he doesn’t want to turn into some machine

Took a woman like you

To get through to the man in me
Copyright ©1970 by Big Sky Music; renewed 1998 by Big Sky Music

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Happy 84th Birthday Cousin Brucie - May You Stay Forever Young

Yours truly with the Cuz at the WABC Cruise in June 2007compos

He has been on the radio for about 60 years and keeps on going on SiriusXM 60s on 6 Wednesday and Saturday evenings.  He sounds as he did back in the 1960s when he worked at WABC.  Instead of singing Happy Birthday to him, I would sing Forever Young by Bob Dylan.  On second thought, I don't sing very well so below are the lyrics to one of Dylan's best compositions:

Forever Young

May God bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous

May you grow up to be true

May you always know the truth

And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous

Stand upright and be strong

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy

May your feet always be swift

May you have a strong foundation

When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful

May your song always be sung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young
Copyright © 1973 by Ram's Horn Music; renewed 2001 by Ram’s Horn Music

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

This time, a book in the library led to our seeing a movie.  I was in the local branch of the Queens Library and perused the shelf of new books and found:

Laurie, G., & Terrill, M. (2019). Johnny Cash: The redemption of an American icon.

Since my son, Lee is a big Johnny Cash fan I thought I would pick up the book and try to find time to read it.  I looked at the cover which said "Soon to be a documentary film."  I used my expert research and found The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash opened this Friday, October 11th at the Cinema Village.  Lee was thrilled as we saw the movie today.

I know much of the story of Johnny's life, but I discovered some new details in the film.  It showed a few still photos of Dylan and Cash in the early 1960s.  For the first time, I heard Johnny sing Don't Think Twice It's Alright.

He certainly lived an amazing life.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Random Thoughts of the Day

I "survived" another Yom Kippur.  It seems that as I get older, the fasting becomes easier.  I almost passed out the first time I fasted a few months after my bar mitzvah.

My former colleague Lisa W did well on the Jeopardy test and was invited to Philadelphia for further testing and an interview.  I certainly wish her all the best.

I spoke to another former colleague, HS, who started at the library in Newark at the same time that I did in 1992.  She recently retired and felt relieved to be away from the place.  I guess 25+ years at the same place is more than enough for most people.

The elevator in my building is being replaced.  For the next 10 weeks, I'll have to walk up and down from the stairs.  I was able to do it, but will have to minimize my trips until a new elevator is installed and ready to go.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Antonio Hart Quintet at Flushing Town Hall

It is nice to have a concert venue in the neighborhood as we can walk to Flushing Town Hall in less than 15 minutes.  Also, the events are very reasonably priced.  Antonio Hart plays the saxophone as he led his group for two long sets of traditional jazz.  I am glad that he introduced his band members several times during the concert.  He is also a tenured Professor at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College.
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