Sunday, August 1, 2021

It Was A Boring Afternoon at Citi Field as the Mets Lost to the Reds 7-1


The star of the game was Reds rookie Max Schrock who hit 5 for 5 including a home run to lead his team to a 7-1 win over the listless Mets.  It was his first major league start at first base as he was giving All-Star Joey Votto a rest.  Javier Baez in his second game for the Mets was 0-4.  Reds starting pitcher Vladimir Gutierez allowed only 3 hits over 7 innings.  The only highlight for the Mets was a solo home run by Jeff McNeil.

The Mets are 8-9 since the All-Star break but are still leading the NL East by 3 1/2 games.  They are still the only team in the division over .500 with a record of 55-49.  There are 58 games to go in the regular season.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

I Returned to Flushing Town Hall Last Night


Since 2008 I have documented in this journal numerous visits to Flushing Town Hall,  It is nice to have an entertainment venue within walking distance with very reasonable prices for admission.  For the first time since the pandemic began, the venue offered live entertainment.  We attended a concert titled “Proud Mary” - Rock & Roll Ladies, featuring powerhouse vocalist Emilie Surtees and her band.

Emily sang cover versions of hits from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s by female artists including Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner among others.  She interpreted several oldies with a very powerful voice and an effective backup band.  Instead of silence during the intermission, the band played instrumental versions of hits of that era.

I am certain that I will return.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Gary Walker of WBGO Recommends Nina Simone Covering Bob Dylan's The Ballad of Hollis Brown


When Gary Walker, the morning personality at WBGO, recommends a Bob Dylan cover I listen.  This morning he mentioned the Ballad of Hollis Brown by Nina Simone.  I hope all my Bob Dylan friends will listen to this.  I don't know the date of this recording, but Nina passed away in 2003.  Gary Walker also introduced me to Dylan Different by Ben Sidran.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones - A "Random" Oldie for a Tuesday in July


This was described as an "official video".  A doubt if it will be deleted from YouTube.  So many of the videos that I posted over the years from YouTube were deleted.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Mets 5 Blue Jays 4


If any SABR members are reading this, I am not using the SABR Style Guide as I write this game review.  My writing is much too terse.

Anyway, the Mets acquired Rich Hill a new starting pitcher from Tampa as the starting rotation was decimated by injuries.  The Mets are his 11th team.  He did a credible job as high allowed 3 runs and 5 hits in 5 innings.  The hitting stars of the game were Pete Alonso who hit his 22nd home run in the sixth inning to tie the game and Jeff McNeil who double in the same inning to give the Mets the lead.  Five relievers held the Blue Jays to one run as the Mets held on for a 5-4 victory.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Some Comments about the Mets


Congratulations to Edgardo Alfonzo, Ron Darling, and Jon Matlack for being inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.

There has certainly been much speculation on trades that the Mets and other teams should make before the trade deadline on July 30.  Most of the trades we read on websites or hear on sports talk radio never happen.  The Mets do need a starting pitcher and have just traded for Rich Hill.  I sense that he will not be a panacea.  Hopefully, Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard will return in time to make a difference.

I am a little disappointed that the Mets are not doing anything to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1986 championship

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Much has been written in the last few days about the streaming video Shadow Kingdom and the forthcoming Bootleg Series #16.  I think many of my Dylan enthusiast friends are nitpicking his words, music, and actions to death.
  • I found an excellent review of Shadow Kingdom written by Sean Latham
  • We are now approaching the trading deadline in Major League Baseball.  I just don't like reading articles that are strictly speculative.  Most of the trades that writers and callers to sports talk radio dream up will never happen.  I know the Mets are looking for a starting pitcher, but don't give up too much.
  • Are Americans really very interested in the British royal family?  There are so many stories about them on network TV news.  Very little is said about Prince Charles who is a direct heir to the throne.
  • I question the statistics that Blogger offers for Bruce's Journal that states that 75% of my hits are from Indonesia and France.  There must be bots over there that hit my blog.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bob Dylan Bootleg Series 16 - Springtime in New York (1980-85) Will Be Released on September 17


All the information you need is in this 1-minute video.  I will be checking with and pre-order it.

I don't understand why this video was pulled after a few hours.  I assumed it was an official video from Sony Records.  However, a day later it was reinstated.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Shadow Kingdom: The Set List and Some of My Comments

The Set List:
  • When I Paint My Masterpiece
  • Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
  • Queen Jane Approximately
  • I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  • Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
  • Tombstone Blues
  • To Be Alone with You
  • What Was it You Wanted (from Oh Mercy)
  • Forever Young
  • Pledging My Time
  • Wicked Messenger
  • Watching the River Flow
  • It's All Over Now Baby Blue
My Comments:
  • This was not really a concert as it was recorded in a studio.
  • Dylan's voice sounded good.  I guess he rested his vocal cords during the pandemic.
  • The instrumental arrangements were different from the original recordings.  There were no drums or piano.
  • I don't see the point in filming this in Black and White.
  • I enjoyed seeing people dancing to some of the Dylan songs
  • I disliked seeing so much cigarette smoking in the audience.  Smokers are pariahs these days.
  • Of course, Dylan did not talk to the audience or introduce his backup musicians.  Their identities were revealed in the credits.  They were not the musicians who toured with him.
  • I was disappointed that the performance was only 50 minutes.


Videos Discussing Rego Park Then and Now by Historians Ron Marzlock and Jeff Gottlieb

 I grew up in Rego Park and have written about it extensively in Bruce's Journal.  Today as I was perusing through Facebook I found this 3-part video lasting about 30 minutes outlining the history of Rego Park.  It obviously could not be exhaustive in such a short time.  It did not include Remo Hall (61-40 Saunders Street) where I lived during my formative years.  This was the first apartment building in Rego Park.  I don't know when these videos were produced, but I am guessing it was before 1990 since only postal addresses were given to ask for further information.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

I Just Signed Up for the Ultimate Game Day Weekend of the Jay Buckley Baseball Tours


We went on Jay Buckley Baseball Tours in 2006, 2007, and 2010.  There are many entries in Bruce's Journal documenting those trips.  We thoroughly enjoyed watching the games in other cities and meeting other baseball fans.  In recent years we have gone to one city, visited museums during the day, and gone to baseball games at night.  We have seen games on our own in:
  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington
  • Atlanta
  • Houston
  • Denver
  • Seattle
  • San Francisco
  • Oakland
  • Los Angeles
  • Anaheim
This 2021 tour is unique since it includes baseball and football games.
  • Oakland A's vs Astros at Minute Maid Park
  • Cleveland Indians vs Texas Rangers at Globe Life  Field
  • Carolina Panthers vs Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium

Friday, July 16, 2021

When Will the Permanent Host of Jeopardy be Announced?


There have been many guest hosts of Jeopardy in 2021.  All of them have been very good.  Obviously, nobody can replace Alex Trebek, but someone must be appointed to succeed him.  I assume that recordings of shows for the next season must start soon since new shows begin by mid-September.  I could be wrong but the new host will be one of the guest hosts who "auditioned" over the past several months.  Most of them have other commitments and may have to give up their previous jobs to become hosts.

Again, I may be wrong, but I predict Ken Jennings will get the nod.  He was given a 6-week gig, while the others appeared for only 2 weeks.  He is popular with the viewers and would be an excellent choice.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

I Wanna Testify by The Parliaments - Random Oldie of the Day


This recording was posted to YouTube on November 2, 2013.  To date, there have been over 48,000 hits.  Will it be taken down?

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

A Few Comments about Bruce's Journal


I have posted 4300 entries in this blog since I started in October 2005.  I look back at entries where I posted YouTube videos of songs and observe that so many of the videos were deleted.  I assume that the posters of these videos violated copyright laws and thus the videos were deleted.  I am wondering if I should review these entries and delete them.  This would be a very time-consuming effort.

I also looked at statistics provided by Blogger and  Google Analytics which are totally different with Blogger giving much higher numbers.  According to Blogger 871,000 people have accessed Bruce's Journal, but I question that number.  How many of those hits are from bots and how many from real people?  Blogger states that 49% of the hits of the past 30 days are from Indonesia and 23% are from France.  I don't know anyone in those countries.  Only 13% of the hits are from the United States.

I always wonder if I have regular readers and what people think of this blog.  I guess readers want to be anonymous.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Mets blow a 5-0 Lead and Lose to the Pirates 6-5


It looked game the game would be a laugher as the Mets took a 5-0 lead in the first inning after a 2-run homer by Francisco Lindor and a 3-run homer by Michael Conforto.  At that point, the bats for the Mets cooled off giving the Pirates a chance to catch up.  In the 5th inning, Rodolfo Castro and Michael Perez hit back-to-back home runs making the score 5-2.  Castro hit a 2-run homer in the 6th off Jeurys Familia to cut the lead to one run. Castro became the first player since the Yankees’ Kyle Higashioka in July 2018 to hit a home run for each of his first three career hits.

The Pirates tied the score in the 9th and took the lead with two infield hits.

This was an opener game for the Mets as only relief pitchers worked.  Aaron Loup started and pitched two scoreless innings, but runs were scored off Jerad Eickhoff, Jeurys Familia, and Edwin Diaz who blew the save and took the loss for the Mets.  Diaz had been generally reliable in save situations this season.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

The Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969 Becomes the Summer of Soul


When people think about music festivals in 1969 everyone talks about the Woodstock Music and Art FAir held in upstate New York.  The Harlem Cultural Festival that was held as 6 concerts from June 29 - August 24, 1969, has been forgotten. Some people referred to it as the Black Woodstock.  It included performances by Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly and the Family Stone[1], Chuck Jackson, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach, the 5th Dimension, David Ruffin, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, and Moms Mabley, among others.

Finally, after 52 years a documentary film called Summer of  Soul was produced and released to Hulu and selected theaters.  Today we took a drive to the Kew Gardens Cinema and saw it there.  I highly recommend it to my oldies music friends.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

It Can Happen to Anyone - My email was hacked

Several people reported to me they received this email

How are you?  Hope you and your family are well.
I need a little favor from you Best,  

Thank you

Bruce Slutsky

It was obvious that I was hacked.  It took me time to respond to everyone and to change my passwords.


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

I Returned to sit at the Mitchell-Linden Branch of the Queens Public Library


For the first time since March 2020 patrons were allowed to sit at the libraries in NYC.  If the weather is nice, I like to sit outside to read as it gets me out of my apartment.  Since the temperature was over 90 degrees with high humidity, I  was glad to sit in the local library to read.

Since this is a small branch, the collection is limited  As I have done in the past I brought my own books and magazines to read.  There were no patrons using cell phones today.

This is two journal entries about libraries in one day.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library Replaces Mid-Manhattan

There is an informative article in the New York Times describing the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library at 5th Avenue and 40th Street.   It appears to be a beautiful facility that allows patrons to browse, use computers and take out books.  The renovation cost $200 Million with $55 million coming from the foundation.

When I worked at the Research Library from 1983-90 I often visited the Mid-Manhattan library to take books out.  Just before the renovation, the Casey Stengel Chapter of SABR held its annual meeting at a conference room there.

I think I will soon visit the new facility at least to view its architecture.  I can always take out books, but I would have to make a special trip to Manhattan to return them.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Sunday Afternoon at the New York Historical Society

There were several exhibits of interest at the New York Historical Society today.

So Ready for Laughter - Bob Hope and World War II - This special exhibition highlights the legendary performer and his unique role during World War II entertaining troops overseas.

Bruce McCall's New York - a Canadian-born artist and writer who contributed to many magazines, including The New Yorker.  I was amused by this magazine cover published about 5 years ago of the New York Public Library on a snowy day with polar bears replacing the iconic lions.

Safe Haven: Gay Life in 1950 Cherry Grove - this is an outdoor exhibit with photos from Cherry Grove a secluded beach on Fire Island where gays congregated before they were accepted by mainstream society.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Who Know Where the Time Goes? by Judy Collins


It's hard to believe that 2021 is half over.  

  • Karen passed away 4 1/2 months ago
  • I retired 3 1/2 years ago
  • It is 31 years since I left my job at the New York Public Library
  • It is 47 years since I got my masters degree from the University of Rhode Island
  • It is 49 years since I got my bachelors degree from CCNY
  • It is 60 years since I graduated from P.S. 139 in Rego Park
  • I am now 72 years old
  • Who knows where the time goes?

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Listing the Major League Baseball Parks I Visited Over the Years


I thought I would list the major league ballparks that I visited over the years.  My first game was on July 15, 1957, in Ebbets Field, the last year that the Dodgers played in Brooklyn.  I obviously attended many games in NYC, but have traveled to visit other ballparks.  The list is in no particular order and includes some names that have changed.  I just hate the corporate names of ballparks, but everyone is out for the almighty buck from naming rights.  Yankee Stadium is listed three times since there were actually three stadiums at River Avenue and 161st Street.

Several of these parks are now defunct.  Off the top of my head, I need to visit Nationals Park, Tropicana Field, Petco Park, Globe Life Field. and Comerica Park.  In 2007 we visited Comerica Park in Detroit on the Jay Buckley Baseball Tour, but the game was rained out.  I am sure that regulars of the Jay Buckley Baseball Tour have larger lists than mine.

1. Ebbets Field

2. Yankee Stadium (1923-73)

3. Yankee Stadium (1976- 2008)

4. Yankee Stadium (current)

5. Shea Stadium

6. Citi Field

7. Polo Grounds

8. Fenway Park

9. Citizens Bank Park

10. RFK Stadium

11. Turner Field

12. Marlins Park

13. PNC Park

14. Great American Ballpark

15. Wrigley Field

16. Guaranteed Rate Field

17. Miller Field

18. Target Field

19. Kaufmann Stadium

20. Busch Stadium (current)

21. Coors Field

22. Chase Field

23. Dodger Stadium

24. Angels Stadium

25. Camden Yards

26. Candlestick Park

27. AT&T Park

28. T-Mobile Park

29. Oakland Coliseum 

30. Progressive Field

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Phillies 4 Mets 2


It was a hot and humid day at Citi Field but the Mets' bats were cold again as they faced former teammate Zach Wheeler. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight in seven innings.  Early in the game, the Phillies took advantage of some rare misplays by New York — which entered Sunday with 37 errors, the second-fewest in the NL.  Marcus Stroman started the game for the Mets, but only lasted three innings. The score was 4-0 as Wheeler left the game.

The Mets scored two runs off Phillie relievers including a home run by Kevin Pillar.

Game Recap

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Remembering Chief Noc-A-Homa Former Mascot of the Atlanta Braves


For some strange reason, I just thought of Chief Noc-A-Homa who was the mascot of the Atlanta Braves from 1966-1985.  For some strange reason, The Chief was retired.  Some years ago when we attended a game at Turner Field we visited the team's museum there was no sign of the former mascot.

Mr. Met will live on forever!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

IOS 15 and Windows 11 are Coming


Microsoft just announced that Windows 11 is coming.  My readers can click on the link to find out the information that Microsoft has just announced.  New computers will be pre-loaded with Windows 11 in late 2021.  Older computers will be able to upgrade in early 2022.  Microsoft provides a PC Health app so that one may determine if his/her computer is eligible for an upgrade.

Apple provides a preview to IOS 15 which will be released in Fall 2021.  It is packed with new features that help you connect with others, be more present and in the moment, explore the world, and use powerful intelligence to do more with iPhone than ever before.  It will be compatible with my iPhone8 so I won't have to buy a new phone.

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

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Jacob deGrom Superstar


Jacob deGrom has been phenomenal this season for the New York Mets.  He is 6-2 with an ERA of 0.56 after 10 starts.  In 64 innings pitched he has allowed only 26 hits with 103 strikeouts allowing only 4 earned runs and 8 walks.  He is batting .400 with 10 hits in 25 at-bats.  His 5 RBIs exceed the 4 runs that he has allowed.

Last night, there was a little scare as he left the game after six shutout innings, just 80 pitches, and consultation with Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. The team announced that he departed with right flexor tendinitis.  deGrom was not concerned about this as he said he would be ready for his next start Wednesday night against the Cubs.

There were chants of MVP throughout last night's game.  This is possible, but many sportswriters who vote for MVP may feel it is inappropriate for a pitcher to win it since pitchers have the Cy Young Award.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Tom Jones Covers Bob Dylan - One More Cup of Coffee


It seems that whenever I don't know what to discuss in my journal, I post a song that I recently heard on the radio.  I am doing this for two consecutive posts.  I was listening to Outlaw Country when I heard One More Cup of Coffee by Tom Jones.  Is this a country song?  Would a commercial country music station play this?

Tom Jones is now 81 years old and is still recording.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Like Dylan in the Movies by Belle and Sebastian - Heard at 7 AM Today on WFUV

 There have been plenty of songs over the years written about Bob Dylan, but I never heard Like Dylan in the Movies by Belle and Sebastian until this morning.  There is a reference to the documentary Don't Look Back.  That phrase is not heard in the film but is mention in the Dylan song She Belongs to Me.

It is from their album If You're Feeling Sinister


Lisa's kissing men like a long walk home
When the music stops
Take a tip from me, don't go through the park
When you're on your own, it's a long walk home
If they follow you
Don't look back
Like Dylan in the movies
On your own
If they follow you
It's not your money that they're after boy it's you
Pure easy listening, settle down
On the pillow soft when they've all gone home
You can concentrate on the ones you love
You can concentrate, hey, now they've gone
If they follow you
Don't look back
Like Dylan in the movies
On your own
If they follow you
It's not your money that they're after boy it's you
Yeah you're worth the trouble and you're worth the pain
And you're worth the worry, I would do the same
If we all went back to another time
I will love you over
I will love you over
I will love you
If they follow you
Don't look back
Like Dylan in the movies
On your own
If they follow you
Tenderly you turn the light on in your room
If they follow you
Don't look back
Like Dylan in the movies
On your own
If they follow you

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Campbe / Christopher Geddes / Isobel Campbell / Michael Cooke / Richard Colburn / Sarah Martin / Stephen Jackson / Stuart Murdoch
Like Dylan in the Movies lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Visit to Frick Madison Today

 The Frick's permanent home is at 5 East 70th Street which I visited in June 2018.  Henry Clay Frick bequeathed his residence at that location with his art collection to the public.  The museum was opened in 1935.  Since that building is undergoing renovation, the collection was moved temporarily to the iconic Breuer building at Madison Avenue and 75th Street.  The Whitney Museum was located there before it moved to the Meat Packing District.

The Frick collection that I saw today was limited to older European art.  Artists on view included:

  • Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675)
  • Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669)
  • Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806)
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851)

It was something different for a Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Rooftop Concert by the Beatles is on Youtube


I fondly remember the documentary film Let it Be released in 1969  It has not yet been released on DVD. The Rooftop Concert seen above was the last live performance done by the Beatles.  From May 21 - June 5 it was accessed on Youtube over 3,600,000.  It is about 20 minutes, so enjoy.

I first posted this on June 5 and by June 20th the video was deleted.  If you see a good video on YouTube, please watch it before the internet police delete it.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hair by The Cowsills - Oldie of the Day


I don't have anything important to report today.  Since I am taking a haircut for today, I thought I'd post Hair by the Cowsills as my oldie of the day.  Please disregard the first 30 seconds of this video.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June will Tell the Story for the 2021 Mets

The Mets have won 5 in a row and have a record of 26-20 with a 3 1/2 game lead in the National League East which is weak this season.  The Mets are the only team in the division with a record above .500.  The team has done very well especially with all the injuries. The backup players held up very well. Last night Pete Alonso, Kevin Pillar, and Seth Lugo returned from the injury list.  In recent years the Mets have not done well in June:
  • June 2018 (5-21)
  • June 2019 (10-18)
June will be a difficult month as they will play 3 doubleheaders in 7 days.

Time will tell.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

WABC Rewound: A Memorial Day Tradition Continues - Thank You Allan Sniffen


Dan Ingram Aircheck on WABC from August 1962 posted by Ellis Feaster

WABC was the premier Top 40 radio station from 1960 until 1982 when it became a talk radio station.  It featured personalities including:
  • Dan Ingram
  • Harry Harrison
  • Cousin Bruce Morrow
  • Chuck Leonard
  • Ron Lundy
  • Charlie Greer
For several years WABC broke format on Memorial Day and played airchecks from the golden age of Musicradio WABC.  After a while, WABC stopped doing this, but Allan Sniffen continued the tradition by playing recordings on WABC the entire Memorial Day weekend on Rewound Radio which usually plays oldies.  It is nice to listen to the radio the way it was while we were growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.  Thank you Allan Sniffen.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

I Received a Letter via Snail Mail from a Reader of Bruce's Journal

Bruce with Don K, Reed at Long Island Radio Day in 2010

I get very few online comments about entries in this Journal.  I always wonder what people think about this journal in general or specific entries.  Maybe people think I am too much of a Bob Dylan nut.  Anyway, yesterday I received a letter from Russell from Lancaster PA. commenting about the entry I wrote about Don K. Reed back in 2009.  Don was a radio personality on WCBS-FM who specialized in Doo Wop music.  He left the station in 2005 when WCBS-FM made the terrible switch to the dreadful Jack format.  

I certainly appreciate his taking the time to write a letter to me and using the postal service the old-fashioned way to get it to me.  If he was able to find my mailing address on the internet, he certainly could have found my email address just as easily.

Thanks, Russell.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Best Covers of Bob Dylan Songs according to Rolling Stone Magazine


I will have to come back to this journal entry to listen to many of the 80 covers listed.  Every entry is followed by a Youtube video with the song.  The covers obviously range from the ridiculous to the sublime.  All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix was number 1 while Mr. Tambourine Man by William Shatner was #80.

My favorite Bob Dylan covers in no particular order may be found at

Top 80 Bob Dylan Songs as Voted by Listeners of WFUV


I am likely much older than the average WFUV listener.  They certainly made good choices for Dylan's Top 80 songs.  Lee's favorite, Tangled Up in Blue, was voted #1 just ahead of Like a Rolling Stone.  My favorite, Maggies Farm, came in at #46.

  1. Tangled Up in Blue
  2. Like a Rolling Stone
  3. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  4. Visions of Johanna
  5. A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
  6. Blowin' in the Wind
  7. Desolation Row
  8. Positively 4th Street
  9. Mr. Tambourine Man
  10. Hurricane
  11. Forever Young
  12. Shelter from the Storm
  13. Idiot Wind
  14. Simple Twist of Fate
  15. Highway 61 Revisited
  16. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
  17. Girl from the North Country
  18. Ballad of a Thin Man
  19. Lay Lady Lay
  20. All Along the Watchtower
  21. The Times They Are A-Changin'
  22. Just Like a Woman
  23. I Shall Be Released
  24. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  25. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  26. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  27. Boots of Spanish Leather
  28. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  29. Blind Willie McTell
  30. My Back Pages
  31. It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding
  32. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  33. Jokerman
  34. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  35. If Not for You
  36. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  37. I Want You
  38. Not Dark Yet
  39. Mississippi
  40. Chimes of Freedom
  41. Every Grain of Sand
  42. Make You Feel My Love
  43. Absolutely Sweet Marie
  44. Buckets of Rain
  45. It Ain't Me Babe
  46. Maggie's Farm
  47. If You See Her, Say Hello
  48. Most of the Time
  49. Things Have Changed
  50. Changing of the Guards
  51. Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
  52. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  53. Masters of War
  54. Isis
  55. Abandoned Love
  56. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
  57. Mozambique
  58. Gotta Serve Somebody
  59. Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat
  60. One More Cup of Coffee
  61. Queen Jane Approximately
  62. Brownsville Girl
  63. Black Diamond Bay
  64. Everything Is Broken
  65. Murder Most Foul
  66. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  67. Where Are You?
  68. You're a Big Girl Now
  69. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  70. She Belongs to Me
  71. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  72. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  73. Dignity
  74. Sweetheart Like You
  75. To Ramona
  76. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
  77. With God on Our Side
  78. 4th Time Around
  79. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
  80. Cold Irons Bound


Monday, May 24, 2021

What Should I Write About Bob Dylan's 80th Birthday?

 I don't know.  I have posted every other year on his non-milestone birthdays.  There is nothing new to say.  Everyone and his brother who is a fan or scholar has already written something.  So, there is no sense in repeating what they have said.

I'll just say Happy Birthday and many more.  Thanks for your songs and recordings over the decades.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Afternoon at the Jewish Museum


Picture of Bob Dylan that I saw today at the Jewish Museum

Absholam Jac Lahav - American Born in Israel 1977 is the artist

I thought it was time for another museum trip as I hadn't visited one in about a month. The Jewish Museum at 5th Avenue and 92nd Street was my choice.

There were two exhibits of interest:

Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine  - It explored how photography in popular American Magazines transformed American visual culture from the 1930s through the1950s. Works by photographers including Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Lester Beall, Margaret Bourke-White, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, William Klein, Lisette Model, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Cipe Pineles, and Paul Rand were featured.

Louise Bourgeois Freuds Daughter -  It features approximately 40 artworks from throughout Bourgeois’s career, including the Personages of the late 1940s; the organic forms in plaster and latex of the 1960s; the pivotal installation The Destruction of the Father (1974). The exhibit also presents writings that explore her complex relationship with Freudian psychoanalysis.

The Destruction of the Father

Friday, May 21, 2021

Vinyl Ventures: My Fifty Years at Rounder Records by Bill Nowlin - Book Review


When I joined the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) I became acquainted with Bill Nowlin who is an expert on the Boston Red Sox and a prolific author of books and articles about players, games, and other baseball research topics.  When I read his essays, I am impressed by his ability to research obscure baseball players.  I coordinate fact-checking games project articles for SABR.  There are few if any errors in his contributions.

I knew a little bit about Rounder Records and that Bill was one of the founders but was not aware of the details of how the company was started and how it grew.  I just had to get hold of his recent book:

Nowlin, Bill, 1945- author. Vinyl ventures: my fifty years at Rounder Records / Bill Nowlin. Bristol: Equinox Publishing Ltd, 2021.

Bill. Ken Irwin and Marian Leighton Levy founded the company in 1970.  It was described as being at the forefront of the second generation of independent labels. Its catalog of more than 3000 titles includes records by Alison Krauss and Union Station, George Thorogood, Tony Rice, and Béla Fleck, in addition to re-releases of seminal albums by artists such as the Carter Family, Jelly Roll Morton, Lead Belly, and Woody Guthrie.  The book describes how the company grew by leaps and bounds over 50 years including many subsidiary labels. In April 2010, Los Angeles, California-based Concord Music Group acquired Rounder Records.  The three founders maintain an advisory role.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book as I read it in three sitting as I sat on park benches in Queens.  I found that the detail in Bill’s baseball publications is found in this book as well. In part, the book is autobiographical with minimal reference to his baseball interests and publications.  Bill certainly has lived a very active life in his roles in the music business and as a baseball historian.  Where did he find the time to do everything?

I read with the book with my smartphone in my pocket with the app.  I bought:

Rounder Records' 40th Anniversary Concert Compilation CD

True Believers: The Musical Family of Rounder Records DVD

I highly recommend this book to all interested in the music industry.  I suggest that SABR members read the book to become aware of the other side of Bill Nowlin. 

Matt Scutchfield interviews Bill Nowlin about the book

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