On This Day…

  Frank Loesser was born on this day in 1910. Best known for his Tony, Oscar, and Pulitzer Prize winning compositions in Guys and Dollsand How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, this tune, from the 1942 film Sweater Girl, is the one that Irving Berlin wishes he had written. All our friends keepContinue reading “On This Day…”

Happy Birthday Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, born on this day 178 years ago, was the first Russian composer whose music became popular around the world. His three ballets – The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty – are all classics, still performed today. Tchaikovsky’s homosexuality is still denied by the government of his famously homophobic homeland. AtContinue reading “Happy Birthday Tchaikovsky”

Rhapsody in Blue

“I frequently hear music in the heart of noise.” George Gershwin The first time I heard this version of Rhapsody in Blue, it was morning and I was sitting on a friend’s deck in South Westerlo, NY. My first thought was who is this clown ruining Gershwin’s masterpiece. I found out later that it wasContinue reading “Rhapsody in Blue”

On This Day – Transistor Radio

  On this day in 1955, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering – a company that would become SONY – sold the first transistor radio. For kids growing up between then and the late 1970s when the Walkman portable cassette player was introduced (again by SONY), the transistor radio became what the iPhone is today: a connection. WeContinue reading “On This Day – Transistor Radio”

On This Day – The Sutton Hoo Helmet

On this day in 1939, over 500 fragments of a helmet were discovered on the property of an English woman named Edith Pretty who had hired archeologists to excavate 18 burial mounds located on her property.   The pieces were originally reconstructed in 1946 and put on display in the British Museum. In recognition ofContinue reading “On This Day – The Sutton Hoo Helmet”