Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends - Another Documentary


I was reading Facebook yesterday afternoon when I found out about this new documentary.  I rented it from Amazon Prime for $5.99.  I presume that eventually, this two-hour film will be available on DVD.  The producers offered a mix of materials that were previously released piecemeal.  Obviously, there were no significant revelations in this film.  There were a few minor facts that I became aware of for the first time.  Dylan scholars and diehard fans will enjoy this, but will not learn anything new.  Casual fans and newbies should view this.

The producers use a chronological approach, but the film ends at Blood on the Tracks which was released in 1974.  Hopefully there will be a part 2 covering Dylan's career from 1975 to the present.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Voice Your Choice by the Radiants - Oldie of Primary Day


This was a hit in early 1965.  The Joel Whitburn book states that it peaked at #51 in Billboard.  I vaguely remember Murray the K playing it when he asked listeners to vote for their favorite record.  He likely did this on WOR-FM since WINS dropped music for all news in April 1965.

Back then people never heard of rank choice voting as we have to do today on Primary Day.  I heard that it may be two weeks before a winner of the mayoral primary is declared.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Return Visit to the Museum of the City of New York


According to my records, I last visited the Museum of the City of New York last August 30th.  There are two new exhibits there that piqued my interest:

New York New Music   -  The years 1980-86 offered a wide range of music, from punk to pop to hip-hop to salsa to jazz, mixed in a dynamic arts scene that stretched across clubs and bars, theaters, parks, and art spaces.  The exhibit showed several music videos and still photos of major recording artists of that era.

Rising Tide: Visualizing the Human Costs of the Climate Crisis  - Dutch documentary photographer Kadir van Lohuizen illustrates the dramatic consequences of climate change across the world through photographs, video, drone images, and sound.

We also perused some of the permanent exhibits that we viewed during previous visits.  These included:

  • City/Game - basketball at all levels in NYC
  • Collecting New York's Stories
  • New York at its Core

Friday, June 18, 2021

Happy 79th Birthday to Paul McCartney


This video was described as "official" for the song Coming Up.  Thus likely it will be taken down by the "YouTube Police".  Six years ago I posted "With a Little Luck" for Paul's birthday, but the video was taken away.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Bob Dylan Virtual Concert on July 18


It looks like I will have a late dinner on Sunday, July 18.  Bob Dylan is so unpredictable, so who knows what he will play.  Here are the possibilities:

  • New versions of old songs
  • Songs from Rough and Rowdy Ways
  • New songs that will be released on a future album
  • Old versions of old songs
I am predicting all of the above.

  • Who will be in the backup band?
  • It doesn't matter, but what is the venue of the concert?
To get access go to  The cost is $28.75 

Somebody could hook up a computer to a projector with a good sound system and play the concert to a large crowd.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Looking Back at Some Older Entries to Bruce's Journal

I started this journal in October 2005 when AOL offered a blogging platform.  In October 2008 AOL stopped this service and offered bloggers to transition to Blogger offered by Google.  I obviously took advantage of this and purchased my own domain name.  When I look back at those old journal entries, I observe that many of the photos did not make the transition.

Over the years I have posted many music videos from YouTube.  Likely many of those videos were posted illegally.  Many of those videos were deleted as the "copyright police" did their duty.  There is nothing that I can do about that.

I hope people enjoy reading my entries.  I rarely get feedback from readers.  I assume that most people want to be anonymous when they surf the web.  I sometimes wonder if old friends and acquaintances are lurking.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

There was an Empty Seat at Citi Field as the Mets lost to the Padres 7-3


Lee and Karen at Citi Field in 2009

The three of us had the most fun when we went to baseball games over the years whether or not our team won. In this journal entry that I wrote shortly after her untimely passing, I discussed many of the baseball trips we took over the years.  We certainly spent many afternoons and evenings at Shea Stadium, Citi Field, and Yankee Stadium over the years.  Today Lee and I went to Citi Field to see the Mets play the Padres.  It was sad for me to see the empty seat next to us.

Today's game was a matchup between Joey Lucchesi and Chris Paddack.  Lucchesi pitched well over 5 innings and left with the Mets ahead 2-1.  The Met bullpen was effective this season but imploded today.  Jeurys Familia was ineffective as he loaded the bases in the 7th inning and allowed the tieing run to score on a walk.  Jacob Barnes came in a gave up a grand slam to Fernando Tatis Jr and a solo homer to Manny Machado.  The Mets lost the game 7-3.

We got this Mr. and Mrs. Met towel at the game

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