Sunday, May 26, 2019

Mets 4 Detroit Tigers 3

About a week ago the Mets were 20-25 and there were rumors that the manager was going to be fired.  They returned to Citi Field and won 6 of 7 to reach the 0.500 mark.  Today's game was part of our 13-game package, so off we went to see the game.

The Tigers took an early 3-0 lead with a home run and RBI single by Nicholas Casetellanos.  In the 4th inning, Todd Frazier got an RBI single by beating the shift and pushing a bunt into right field.  One out later, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a three-run homer for a 4-3 lead.  I was hoping for some tack-on runs since the Mets' bullpen has been inconsistent.  Starter Zach Wheeler was relieved in the 8th inning by Jeurys Familia who struck out his 2 batters.  Closer Edwin Diaz was shaky in the 9th inning but struck out JaCoby Jones with runners on second and third to secure the save.

Game Recap

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Another Visit to the Guggenheim Museum

I was last at the Guggenheim in February, but since the exhibits have changed since then, I thought it would be time for a return.  The major exhibit was:

Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection

The following artists - Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince, and Carrie Mae Weem had influential solo shows at the museum sometime in the past.  Each was asked to make selections to shape a discrete presentation, one on each of the six levels of the rotunda.

Since this exhibit is scheduled to run until January 2020, it will not be necessary for me to revisit the museum until next year.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Thoughts on Bob Dylan's 78th Birthday

Every year I post something about Bob Dylan's birthday so here I go again.  I woke up to WFUV this morning and heard New Morning and I Want You played back to back.  Don McGee said the station will be featuring Bob Dylan music all day.  After 9 AM they will be playing Dylan covers as suggested by their listeners.  I remember back in the 1990s WFUV would devote the entire day's programming to Dylan.

When I listen to Bob Radil's 60s 70s show later today I will mention that and recommend that the 4th-hour theme be devoted to artists whose name is Bob, Bobby, Robert, Roberta or Bobbi.

All of a sudden I am becoming more anxious about traveling to Tulsa for the World of Dylan Symposium.  I am just afraid that I will miss my plane connection in Chicago,  I guess the organizers didn't want to do it on Bob' Birthday since it would conflict with the Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mets Beat Washington 6-5 on a Walk-Off Infield Hit by Amed Rosario

We had tickets for the Met game on Friday Night April 26 when the game started at 9:50 PM after a long rain delay.  The team announced that ticketholders could redeem those tickets for a game played Monday-Thursday.  Thus, we went to last night's game.

Zach Wheeler started for the Mets and pitched well for 6 innings but yielded a 2-run homer to Brian Dozier in the 7th that gave Washington a 3-1 lead.  J.D. Davis hit a 3-run homer for the Mets to give them a 4-3.  Jeurys Familia was ineffective in relief in the 8th innings as the Nationals regained the lead at 5-4.  In the bottom of the 8th Pete Alonso hit a home run that tied the game at 5.  In the bottom of the 9th, Amed Rosario hustled to first base and beat a throw from shortstop Trey Turner as the Mets won 6-5.  Walk-off victories are always exciting.

Game Recap

Monday, May 20, 2019

Can the Mets use Yoenes Cespede's Non-Baseball Injury as Grounds to Void His Contract?

It was reported today that Yoenis Cespedes fractured his ankle in a violent fall at his ranch.  Until now the Mets hoped that he could return to the team sometime this season.  He is now being evaluated by physicians in New York.  He is in the middle of a $110 million contract that runs till the end of 2020.

In 2004 Aaron Boone's playing contract was voided by the Yankees since he was injured in a pick-up basketball game during the offseason.  Can the Mets do the same thing with Cespedes?  I don't think he has done much since the 2015 season.  All of the Mets fans are paying his salary unless it is covered by insurance.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tampa Bay Rays 2 Yankees 1 in 11 Innings

Even though I am a big Met fan, I like to go to Yankee Stadium about 2 times every season.  I was able to get tickets through StubHub in the upper deck behind home plate.  We arrived at the ballpark at 12:50 PM, but had to wait on line for about 30 minutes to be screened.  This is what everyone must face in this post 9/11 world.

The Yankees have performed quite well this season in spite of losing so many players to injuries.  At this point in the season, they are fighting with Tampa Bay for first place in the AL East.  However, the bats died in today's matinee.  They only scored one run as Brett Gardiner scored on a Blake Snell wild pitch in the third inning.  The Rays tied the game with a 7th inning home run by Brandon Lowe.  The game went into extra innings with Austin Meadows hitting a home run in the 11th inning to win the game for the visitors.

Game Recap

Friday, May 17, 2019

I was on the Staten Island Ferry Today for the First Time in Decades

Over the years I have passed through Staten Island many times, but I rarely stopped there.  Back in the 1970s, I met a club to hike through Clove Lakes Park.  I once interviewed for a librarian position at the hospital.  I'll never forget that this was the only time that a Human Resources Manager actually phoned me a few weeks after the interview to tell me that I didn't get the job.

I don't remember the last time I took the ferry there.  Since I didn't have anything planned for today, I thought I would take the free ride and look around.  When the boat docked on the island, a light rain began.  I quickly walked over to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark where the Staten Island Yankees play.  From there I walked over to a new outlet shopping mall and looked around.  Since it was still raining I thought it was best to go back to the ferry terminal and begin my journey home.  Had it not rained at that time, I would have taken a longer walk through the borough.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I am Looking Forward to the World of Dylan Conference but with Some Anxiety

A few months ago I registered for the World of Dylan Conference to be held at the University of Tulsa from May 30 - June 2.  I have been a Dylan fan since 1965 and have written extensively about him in this journal.  Many of his songs have moved and stimulated me over the years.  Over the years I have had online contact with several Dylan fans and hope to meet some of them at this conference.  I am especially looking forward to seeing Roger McGuinn for the third time in the last year. There is already a Twitter tag (#DylanWorld19) and a Facebook Page for the conference.  I have already made a few new Facebook friends with people in that group.  I am looking forward to the conference, but am anxious over a few things:

  • Traveling - will there be plane delays?  I will have to change planes in Chicago as there is no direct flight from NYC to Tulsa.  On my last vacation, our flight from Phoenix was canceled and we had to wait 11 hours for the next available flight to JFK airport.
  • Will the people at the meeting be friendly?  Very often online "relationships" change when people meet face to face.
  • Most important, will the meeting be too "academic"?  There will be many presentations by Professors of English whose talks may be "over my head".   Will the speakers pick apart Dylan's lyrics? I had subscribed to a Dylan journal where I felt one needed a doctorate in English literature to understand it.  I appreciated Dylan's lyrics on how it affects me personally.  

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Random Thoughts of the Day

Since the beginning of the year, I have become less prolific in writing entries for this journal.  There seem to be fewer things to write about.  I don't want to bore my reader by repeating myself.

Today is the third day in a row that it is rainy and dreary.  I just don't want to sit around the apartment and watch TV all day.  My number one activity has been walking over to the public library with my own books and magazines.  I am just getting a little tired of doing that.

I am looking forward to the World of Dylan conference at the University of Tulsa in 2 weeks.  There certainly be several journal entries about that.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Play it Loud Instruments of Rock & Roll

 I think it has been about a year since I last visited the Met, but this exhibit, Play it Loud Instruments of Rock & Roll, prompted me to make a return visit.  Most museum exhibits are devoted to one artist or musical genre, but this must be the first to feature instruments.  The exhibit was co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and will present approximately 130 instruments, mostly guitars, alongside posters and costumes.  There was a catalog of the exhibit at the gift shop, but it was much cheaper at  Below are some photos that I took.

Beatles Drum Set

Bo Diddley's Guitar

Buddy Holly's Guitar

Ravi Shakar's Sitar

Poster from Bob Dylan Concert
at Town Hall in April 1963

Friday, May 10, 2019

Do I Really Need This Business Card?

Just for the heck of it, I had this business card made up.  I thought I could give it out to people that I meet at various hobby related gatherings.  500 cards should last quite a while.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Ask Dr. Ruth - An Excellent Documentary about the World's Most Popular Sex Therapist

Back in the 1980s, I would regularly listen to Sexually Speaking with Dr. Ruth Westheimer on WYNY when it was an AC station at 97.1 FM.  This documentary is available to Hulu subscribers and is also being shown in selective theaters including the Kew Gardens Cinema.  She tells that she was born in 1928 in Germany just before the Nazis took over.  Her parents sent her to Switzerland where she lived as an orphan.  She eventually moved to the United States where earned a doctorate and then became a sex therapist.  She got her fame with the radio show that started out in NYC and then was heard all over the county.  From there she moved to TV as her popularity skyrocketed.

I highly recommend this film.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Baseball Vacation in Seattle This Year

Yesterday we made arrangements to go to Seattle for our July vacation.  We will obviously to the T-Mobile Stadium to see the Mariners play.  I hope they will let me in with an AT&T cell phone.  Over the past several years we have visited a city with a major league team to go to a game but also visiting the tourist attractions.  Since 2011 we have visited:

  • 2018 - Phoenix
  • 2017 - Houston
  • 2016 - Denver
  • 2015 - Miami
  • 2014 - Nashville - we saw the AAA team there
  • 2013 - Atlanta
  • 2012 - Baltimore
  • 2011 - Los Angeles and Anaheim

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Mets 1 Reds 0 in an Early Afternoon Game at Citi Field

It is nice being retired so that I can go to a mid-week game at the ballpark.  So far this season the Mets have been mediocre with both the starting and relief pitchers underachieving.  In today's game Noah Syndergaard put on a one-man show as his third-inning home run and his superb pitching defeated the Reds 1-0.  He struck out 10 and allowed only 4 hits in this victory.  It is the first time since 1983 that a pitcher hit a home run and throw a shutout in a 1-0 victory.  The Mets now go on the road to play the Milwaukee Brewers.

Game recap

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Bob Dylan's Chronicles Part 2 May Be Published in December 2019

Chronicles is to be a three-part autobiography of Bob Dylan, but nothing has happened since Volume One was published in 2004.  Of course, Dylan is very secretive and doesn't tell his fans what he is doing.  An announcement was made today by Isis, a Britsh fanzine stating that it is possible that Part 2 will be released on December 31, 2019.  As we all know, Dylan is very unpredictable.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

James Holzhauer vs The Beast

The Beast appears on The Chase which is seen on Game Show Network (GSN) weekdays at 3 PM.  This show was done in 2014, 5 years before James Holzhauer's appearance on Jeopardy.

Roger McGuinn at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC)

My photo of Roger McGuinn

In September we saw Roger McGuinn at Manhattan's Town Hall as part of the Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th anniversary tour.  He appeared there with Chris Hillman, Marty Stuart, and others to celebrate the anniversary of that seminal album.  Last night he played without a backup back at the NYSEC at 64th Street and Central Park West.

He started the show with his 12-string electric Rickenbacker guitar and sang Dylan's My Back Pages.  Throughout the show, he spoke about how his musical career developed while meeting other famous musicians.  He sang with both acoustic and electric guitars and a banjo many of the songs that he did with the Byrds and as a solo artist.  It was nice to see him at a small venue as we sat in the 7th row on the right side of the theater.  Most of the people in the audience were about my age.

I will see Roger again on June 1 at the World of Dylan Conference at the University of Tulsa.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

I Had Tickets for Last Night's Met Game but Didn't Go

The 13-game package that I have for the Mets included last nights game against the Milwaukee Brewers.  It rained on and off all day as predicted.  We usually leave the house for night games about 6 PM.  It was dreary outside with a prediction for more rain in the evening.  We certainly didn't want to sit in a damp stadium for hours waiting for a game that may or may not start.  SNY was showing fill-in programming that we watched to wait for the announcement that the game would be postponed.  At 8;30 PM we gave up deciding that we would not go in any event.

At about 9:15 I received an announcement on my iPhone stating the game would begin at 9:50 after a delay of 2 hours and 40 minutes.  It did finally stop raining, but it was still very damp, but the Mets management decided to start the game at such a late hour.  My guess is that they just didn't want to play a doubleheader against Milwaukee on Sunday.  I watched the game until 11 PM after the Brewers led 5-0 after 4 innings.  In the morning I found out that the Mets lost 10-2 as Jacob deGrom was ineffective.

I opened up an email sent by the Mets overnight stating that all ticketholders for last night's game would be given tickets for any game on Monday-Thursday except for the games against the Yankees.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

News about Martin Scorsese Film about Bob Dylan on Netflix

In January a preliminary announcement was made about a Martin Scorsese film about Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue.  Much of the details were released in an article in Variety.  The film will be released on Netflix on June 12.  I don't have a subscription to this service, but there will be screenings in several cities including New York.  I think it is safe to say that my local multiplex won't show it, so I'll have to go to Manhattan to see it.  I can always get a free 7-day trial to Netflix and see it at home.  There will also be a 14 CD-set of recordings from that tour.  I assume that eventually the film will be released on DVD.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Leonard Cohen; A Crack in Everything at the Jewish Museum

I really did not know much about Leonard Cohen since his music did not get much play on the radio.  He never charted on the Billboard Top 40 Chart.  When he passed away in November 2016 I bought a compilation CD called the Essential Leonard Cohen.  His music seemed to be dark and mysterious.

The Jewish Museum is now featuring an exhibition called a Crack in Everything which will be there until September.  Much of the exhibit was devoted to videos of his concert performances. Until today I didn't realize that he was also a poet, novelist, and artist.  There was a video display showing his artworks which were mostly self-portraits.  There was a listening room that featured other recording artists cover Cohen's compositions.

This exhibition was by far my favorite after several visits to this museum.  I highly recommend it to my music enthusiast friends.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Not Dark Yet by Bob Dylan - A Somewhat Pessimistic Song for Older Men

Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day

It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away

Feel like my soul has turned into steel

I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal

There’s not even room enough to be anywhere

It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain

Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain

She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind

She put down in writing what was in her mind

I just don’t see why I should even care

It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, I’ve been to London and I’ve been to gay Paree

I’ve followed the river and I got to the sea

I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies

I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes

Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear

It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

I was born here and I’ll die here against my will

I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still

Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb

I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from

Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer

It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there
Copyright © 1997 by Special Rider Music

Touch of Grey by the Grateful Dead - Optimistic Song for Older Men

I will get by
I will get by
I will get by
I will survive

Saturday, April 20, 2019

April 21, 2019 - A Milestone Birthday With a Special Song

Where did all of these years go?  Now I am really an old fart.  There is a song performed by Simon and Garfunkel that is quite appropriate for this occasion. Bob Radil played it last night on the 60s 70s show.

The title is actually Old Friends/Bookends

Old friends
Old friends
Sat on their park bench
Like bookends
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes
On the high shoes
Of the old friends

Old friends
Winter companions
The old men
Lost in their overcoats
Waiting for the sunset
The sounds of the city
Sifting through trees
Settle like dust
On the shoulders
Of the old friends

Can you imagine us
Years from today
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange
To be seventy

Old friends
Memory brushes the same years
Silently sharing the same fear

Time it was,
And what a time it was
It was . . .
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago . . . it must be . . .
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hunting for Kosher for Passover Food

It used to be that we were able to get all of our Kosher for Passover food at the local supermarket.  Over the years the demographics of our neighborhood has changed with the Jewish population  declining.  The Stop and Shop near us still carries matzoh and most of what we need for the holiday, but this year I had to go "hunting" for a few items.

There is a glatt kosher grocery store at 186th Street and Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows where I picked up a few items.  Last year they carried ice cream, but not this year.  At the last minute, Karen needs "Shake and Bake" for chicken.  Since I was going to my dentist in Rego Park this morning, I checked out two supermarkets on Queens Blvd. which didn't have it.  I finally found it at a C-Town on 63rd Drive.  Decades ago a now-defunct supermarket called Bohack's were at that location.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

James Holzhauer - Jeopardy Superstar

James Holzhauer was introduced on Jeopardy as a professional sports gambler.  He has certainly been very successful on the show as he has won $566,000 on his first 8 games putting him in second place in non-tournament winnings behind the legendary Ken Jennings.  He always starts by picking the $1000 or $2000 answer and builds up a big bank as he hits the daily doubles.  He was able to bounce back after missing a few daily doubles in the first round.  All but one of his victories were runaways.

He still has a long way to go to match Ken Jenning's record of 74 victories.  Can he do it?  The key is his picking the daily doubles and getting them right.  Jennings lost game 75 as he missed daily doubles and the final jeopardy answer.

Stay tuned.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Oldie of the Day - Walking in the Rain [Without an Umbrella] by the Ronnettes

It rained overnight, but it started to clear up at about 9 AM.  Since I just hate sitting around the apartment I decided to take a walk around Douglaston at about 10 AM.  The sun was out and there didn't seem to be a threat of rain.  After I walked for about 30 minutes, it started to rain.  I had no umbrella, so I increased my walking speed to get back to my car.  I walked about 1 1/2 miles and got wet.

It took a little while, but I dried out.  Oh, well.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

We Visited the Louis Armstrong House Today

We took a ride over to nearby Corona to see the Louis Armstrong House that is administered by Queens College.  Satchmo lived there from 1942 until his death in 1971 with his 4th wife Lucille.  He was a multi-millionaire but chose to live in that Queens neighborhood.

We entered the building in the gift shop that once his garage into a waiting room with some artifacts from his career as a musician.  After a short wait, a docent took us on a tour of the house.  It reminded me of our tour of Graceland several years ago but Louis' home is much smaller.  I was impressed by a drawing of Satchmo by Tony Bennett.

The Louis Armstrong archives are currently held at Queens College, but there is a building across from the house in Corona that will eventually be a research center.  The target date for its opening is October 2020.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Cultural Double Header Today - American Folk Art Museum and Movie in Lincoln Center Area

According to my records, I last visited the American Folk Art Museum in December.  I checked their website and noted that there is a new exhibit there called Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art.  Most art emanates from rural areas, but this exhibition was devoted to works about New York City.  Below are two works that interested me:

This ship called The Flushing ferried passengers
from Long Island City to Manhattan in the 19th Century

This statue of a baseball player stood
on Canal Street.  It was thought to resemble

Since the Lincoln Square Theater was just a block away, I wanted to see a movie that was not playing at the local multiplex.  I chose Best of Enemies that considered civil rights struggles in Durham, North Carolina in the early 1970s.

It is nice being retired so I can take advantage of the wonderful cultural offerings of New York City.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn - Perfect Together

The video above is with Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby performing Mr. Tambourine Man at the Roy Orbison tribute in 1990.

I am pleasantly surprised that Roger will appear at the World of Dylan Symposium at the University of Tulsa on June 1.  He will talk about his long and complicated history with Dylan.  The organizers of this symposium wrote a brief synopsis on the Byrds, Dylan and their shared influence on one another.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Beware of Scam Phone Calls

Over the past week, I have received 3 scam phone calls stating that I won a large amount of money.  When I hear that I always hang up and not give the caller a chance to talk.  Since I have caller ID, I usually don't pick up the phone unless I am familiar with the number.  I have learned from experience to never do any kind of business over the phone.

Please check this website issued by the federal government listing common frauds and scams.  If it is too good to be true, then it is.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Nationals 12 Mets 9 in My First Citi Field Appearance of the Season

Here I am at Citi Field during the first home weekend of the season.  Today's game was included in the 13-game package that I bought.  Going into this game the Mets started the season at 6-2 and were looking good with their new acquisitions.

Today's game featured a matchup of Zach Wheeler against Max Scherzer.  Wheeler was not very effective as he allowed 5 runs in the second inning.  He collapsed in the 5th inning as the Nats scored 2 more runs.  In 4 2/3 innings, Wheeler issued 7 walks.  Subsequent Met relievers Tim Peterson and Luis Avilan were equally ineffective as the scored ballooned to 12-1in the top of the 7th.  At that point, many of the 40,000+ fans started to leave.  The Amazin's did not give up as they scored 8 runs featuring home runs by Pete Alonzo and Michael Conforto.  It just wasn't enough as they lost 12-9.

The first 25,000 fans received a Jacob deGrom bobblehead doll.  The family has many other bobbleheads in our collection and we didn't feel it was worthwhile to wait on line to get another one.  I am sure that by now people are selling them on eBay.

Game Recap

Thursday, April 4, 2019

That Thing With Rich Appel Wow 100 List

That Thing with Rich Appel is a syndicated radio show that is now heard on over 100 internet and terrestrial radio stations on weekends.  I usually listen on Sunday evenings, but Rich provides a list of stations with the day and time it can be accessed.  This year Rich has asked his listeners to provide a list of up to 100 "Wow" songs which are those not usually heard on oldies or classic hits radio stations.  Sophisticated listeners don't want to be "burned out" by hearing records that have been played to death for years.  Rich asked his listeners to provide a list of songs that they enjoy that are not usually played on the radio.  He has compiled a list of those songs selected by his listeners that he will play over the next 3 weeks.  Below is the list of my 80 favorite "rarities" that I submitted.

1.      River Deep Mountain High - Ike and Tina Turner
2.      Just Like a Woman - Bob Dylan
3.      I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better - Byrds
4.      Nothing but a Heartache - Flirtations
5.      Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan
6.      All I Really Want to Do - Byrds
7.      Eight Miles High - Byrds
8.      There is a Mountain - Donovan
9.      Catch The Wind - Donovan
10.  I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday - Fats Domino
11.  What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
12.  Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
13.  From Me to You - Beatles
14.  Matchbox - Beatles
15.  Hey Joe - The Leaves
16.  In the Still of the Night – 5 Satins
17.  Mind Games - John Lennon
18.  Crackerbox Palace - George Harrison
19.  Blow Away - George Harrison
20.  When We Was Fab- George Harrison
21.  Here Comes the Sun - Richie Havens
22.  Someday Never Comes - Creedence Clear Water Revival
23.  Suite Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby Stills and Nash
24.  Woodstock - Crosby Still Nash and Young
25.  Ohio - Crosby Stills, Nash and Young
26.  Uptown - Crystals
27.  Bang Bang - Joe Cuba Sextet
28.  Come and Get Thes Memories - Martha and the Vandellas
29.  Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
30.  Happy Jack - Who
31.  Abigail Beecher - Freddie Cannon
32.  Say Man - Bo Didley
33.  The Joker Went Wild - Brian Hyland
34.  So Far Away - Carole King
35.  Everyone's Gone to the Moon - Jonathan King
36.  Can’t Find the Time – Orpheus
37.  Handsome Johnny – Richie Havens
38.  Woodstock -Crosby Stills and Nash
39.  Heroes and Villains – Beach Boys
40.  Don’t Bring Me Down – Animals
41.  After Midnight – Eric Clapton
42.  The Weight – The Band
43.  Up on Cripple Creek – The Band
44.  Open the Door to Your Heart – Darrell Banks
45.  Dead End Street – Lou Rawls
46.  Wednesday – Royal Guardsman
47.  Me and Julio Down by the School Yard – Paul Simon
48.  For Emily Wherever I May Find Her – Simon and Garfunkel
49.  I Only Have Eyes For You – Art Garfunkel
50.  Needles and Pins – Searchers
51.  Too Much of Nothing – Peter, Paul and Mary
52.  Don’t Think Twice – Peter Paul and Mary
53.  Fame – David Bowie
54.  Space Oddity – David Bowie
55.  Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon and Garfunkel
56.  At the Zoo – Simon and Garfunkel
57.  Dead End Street – Kinks
58.  Still Crazy after all these years – Paul Simon
59.  Colours – Donovan
60.  Mr. Bassman – Johnny Cymbal
61.  Funky Street – Arthur Conley
62.  Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
63.  Love Potion #9 – Clovers
64.  Sweet Talkin’ Woman – ELO
65.  Buy for Me the Rain- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
66.  Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
67.  Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – Rolling Stones
68.  Waiting on a Friend – Rolling Stones
69.  When the Lovelight Starts Shining – Supremes
70.  Forever Came Today – Supremes
71.  Carolina in My Mind – James Taylor
72.  Look Through My Window – Mamas and Papas
73.  Never Can Say Goodbye – Isaac Hayes
74.  Ain’t That a Shame – Four Seasons
75.  Little Boy in Grown Up Clothes – Four Seasons
76.  Loving you is Sweeter Than Ever – Four Tops
77.  If I Were a Carpenter – Four Tops
78.  Function at the Junction – Shorty Long
79.  Jimmy Loves Mary Anne – Looking Glass

80.  Anyway You Want it – Dave Clark Five

Monday, April 1, 2019

Regular Patrons at the Public Library

I have come full circle from a librarian to a library patron.  I recall many of the regular patrons at the New York Public Library Science and Technology Division where I worked from 1983-90.  Some of the regular patrons were:

  • Tennis Ball Man - this gentleman obviously had emotional problems as whenever he came to the library he had a tennis ball in his hand
  • Dr. Salzer, the mathematician
  • Mr. Lieberman, the eccentric old chemist
  • The cookbook man.  He just looked at the cookbooks but never prepared any of the dishes.
  • The many information brokers who were paid to retrieve articles for businesses.  They were real pains in the neck since they always asked for documents that were hard to find.
Now that I am retired, I am a regular patron of the Mitchell-Linden branch of Queens Library.  I have observed some of the regular patrons:
  • The Newspaper Lady - she grabs all of the current newspapers and keeps them away from interested patrons.
  • Elderly Chinese Man #1 - he comes in with a magnifying glass and reads the Chinese newspapers.  He sleeps in his chair half of the time.
  • Elderly Chinese Man #2 - He has long hair and does the staff a favor by returning the magazines to the shelves.
  • A student with a backpack.  - He sits in his chair and plays with his cell phone all the time he is in the library.
When the weather gets warmer I will leave the library and do my reading on different park benches.

Martin Scorsese is Producing a Movie on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Tour in the Mid 1970s

In January Rolling Stone magazine reported that Martin Scorsese produced a film documenting Dylan's Rolling Thunder Tour in the 1970s and that it will be shown on Netflix.  As of now, no date has been announced for it,  I have a couple of issues regarding this:

  • I don't subscribe to Netflix.  I can always get a 7-day free trial, but I don't want to do that until I know the day this film will be released.
  • It is possible that a Netflix film will be shown in the theaters for a short time, but this has not been announced.
  • It is possible that a DVD of the film will be released, but again nothing has been announced.
  • There could be a CD box set of this, but no announcement.
All I can do is wait.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Cousin Bruce and Bob Radil Think Alike as They Both Play Brown Sugar by Little Richard

Cousin Brucie plays a good selection of oldies and always plays listener requests.  It is unusual when he plays an "Oh Wow" record that is rarely heard on the radio.  On Wednesday night he played Little Richard's version of Brown Sugar which I never heard before.  The Rolling Stones, of course, had a big hit with it in 1971.

On Friday night Bob Radil who plays mostly rarities played Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones followed by the Little Richard cover.  I wonder if I had something to do with that.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Random Thoughts of the Day

I am glad that baseball season started with the Mets (2-0) and Yankees (7-2) winning on Opening Day. Since 1970 the Mets are 38-12 on Opening Day, but there are 161 games to go.  Professor Bruce Bukiet of NJIT made his predictions for the 2019 season.  He had first reported this at the local SABR meeting a few weeks ago at Finnerty's.

It was a big disappointment for 3 of the 5 winter sports teams in NYC.  The Islanders and Nets will likely make the playoffs, but I doubt if they will advance.  The Knicks were pathetic this season as they have won only 20% of their games.  I just don't understand how they get a full house for most of their games with such expensive ticket prices.  It is rebuilding time again.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Today is Opening Day of the Baseball Season

It is only March 28th which is Lee's 31st birthday but it is opening day of the 2019 baseball season.  I think they are starting early to allow for more off days during the season.  Opening day is a time for optimism as the cold winter days are ending and we can put the disappointments of the 2018 baseball season behind.

The Mets made several moves in the off-season by acquiring Robinson Cano to play second base and Wilson Ramos to catch.  Rookie Peter Alonso looks promising as he will be the first baseman. They fortified the bullpen by signing Edward Diaz to be the closer and re-acquiring Jeurys Familia to be the set-up man.  Free agent Justin Wilson was also signed to fortify the bullpen.  Hopefully, there will be no further injuries as Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie start the season on the injury list.

Can the Yankees overtake the Boston Red Sox to win the American League East and advance to the World Series?  Only time will tell.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Ain't Too Proud to Be by the Actual Temptations

I found this on Youtube.  The actors in the show were excellent in recreating the music and dance of the original group.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Ain't Too Proud to Beg: A Jukebox Musical that Succeeds

Many jukebox musicals that focus on one artist have failed over the years.  Beautiful (Carole King) and Jersey Boys (Four Seasons)  succeeded because there was a viable storyline in addition to the singing of the artists' many hits.

From the photo above, you can see there were 5 men in the group, but there were many personnel changes over the years.  The show demonstrates how the group got started and how it evolved with the many professional and personal problems encountered by the members.  The singing and choreography were both excellent.

Lee actually picked this show as every year we take him to a Broadway show for his birthday which is on March 28.  I think the television commercials for the show won him over.

Review in the New York Times.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Roger McGuinn to Appear at the World of Dylan Symposium

Here is the big announcement.  It seems that the conference will be very scholarly with the speakers picking apart every word of every song.  That is to be expected, but I hope that Roger will give a talk describing his experience working with Dylan in different eras of their respective careers.  I wouldn't mind if Roger will give a little concert of his Dylan covers.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Art Shamsky's book After the Miracle to be Released Today

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the 1969 New York Mets who surprised the baseball world by winning the World Series after being perennial losers. Much will be written and done for this milestone anniversary.  There will be a weekend celebration at Citi Field this June.

After Art Shamsky spoke about the book at the recent SABR meeting, I ordered it from  He will report on relationships among the members of that team over the years.  There will be a chapter about his visit to Tom Seaver in California.  It was recently reported that Tom is suffering from dementia and will no longer make public appearances.

Art and his co-author Erik Sherman were interviewed on WNYC radio.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Program for the World of Dylan Conference Was Announced

If you are interested the program can be found at this site.  I am hoping that the presentations will not be too "academic".  I guess I have to expect that it would be since it was advertised as a scholarly meeting.  I am especially interested in the following sessions:

Nicolette Rohr, “Them Screamin Girls”: Folk, Rock, and Dylan Fandom
Laura Tenschert, “What’s a Sweetheart Like You Doing In A Dump Like This?”
Antonio de Velasco, Nature, Solidarity and Change: “Chimes of Freedom” at the first Clinton Inaugural

Larry Starr, Bob Dylan’s Essential Harmonica
Betsy Bowden, “A Poem Ain’t a Song / Nyanh, a Poem Ain’t a Song / The Time Is Ripe to Right that Wrong”
Richard F. Thomas, “Too Serious to Fool”

John Covach, ‘I Can’t Hide’: Bob Dylan and the British Invasion
David Thurmaier, The Collaborative and Collegial Relationship between Bob Dylan and George Harrison, 1968-70
Ken Womack, Dylan and the Beatles

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Mr. Tambourine Man by William Shatner

Very often Bob Dylan's songs are taken too seriously.  The most famous cover of Mr. Tambourine is by The Byrds, but above you can hear a humorous version done by William Shatner of Star Trek fame.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Madison Avenue Visit Today - Morgan Library and SIBL

Today I walked along Madison Avenue and stopped by the Morgan Library and Museum.  I was there a few months ago but noted from their website that there were new exhibits.

  • Tolkien - Maker of Middle Earth
  • The Extended Moment - Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada
  • Invention and Design - Early Italian Drawings
Since I was in the neighborhood I thought I would drop by SIBL (Science Industry and Business Library) of NYPL.  When I worked at NYPL in the 1980s the Science Division was in Room 121 of the main building and 5th Avenue and 42nd Street.  I spoke to Madeline who is the only person still employed there whom I knew.  Everyone else moved on or retired.  We discussed some of the people we both knew there.  I knew that they eliminated most of the science collection about 10 years ago.  It was very expensive and relatively few people used it.  Within the next year, SIBL will close and move to the renovated Mid-Manhattan at 5th Avenue and 40th Street.  Nothing stays the same.
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