They paved paradise

Years ago (think late 1960s and early 1970s), I collected stamps.  I learned much about a variety of subjects looking at them and learning about the events, people, and places they displayed.  One that struck me was this: Being young and ignorant, I was puzzled: there was a Golden Gate without a bridge?  Well, yes, of course there was: (By Ansel Adams, from Flikr) "The Golden Gate is One of … [Read more...]

Happy birthday, Nelson Riddle

Nelson Riddle, 1958 Admit it: you know this song, right? It's iconic and will always be associated with Batman. Neal Hefti wrote the theme, as well as this one: But Hefti didn't do the heavy lifting of turning out music for these shows, week after week, episode after episode. An army of people like Allyn Ferguson, Sammie Nestico, and Lionel Newman soldiered on in the trenches. Nelson … [Read more...]

Art takes time

Robert Caro, 2012 I've caught Hamilton fever. Yes, like many others, I listen to the original cast album, over and over, and look forward to someday seeing the musical in person. The Hamilton soundtrack connects me to one of my other lifelong passions: biographies. Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Hamilton, which inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the show.  It's been on my … [Read more...]