Gilligan’s Island

There are a group of sitcoms that many of us grew up with: I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, MASH, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Gilligan’s Island. The most replayed television series in history. Shows we’ve seen so often the dialogue is second nature. Gilligan’s Island “Gilligan, … More Gilligan’s Island

Heavy Cream

A friend and I were talking about the legacy of British bands, and he mentioned the band Cream. Cream was never one of my top picks but their influence and specter is hard to ignore. The musical period 1966-1968 has to include a discussion of Cream. It would be like probing the planets of the … More Heavy Cream

The White Album at 50

These fifty-year anniversary albums really make a person feel old.  Modern technology can take those old master tapes and work wonders with improving sound quality.  These releases often feature demos and working versions of songs found in the vault or attic.  In the case of the White Album, the songs have been remixed to separate … More The White Album at 50

The Long Way Home

Three hours on a dark, lonely highway, six people in a Chevrolet. A few hours at my grandparents’ house was fun, but the time passed quickly and before we knew it, the journey home was at hand.  Three hours on a Sunday night feels forever. Staying late into the evening only made things worse. Sometimes … More The Long Way Home

El Dorado

El Dorado was John Wayne’s 138th film, and was released about the same time as The War Wagon.  While critics were split on the film, El Dorado was a hit with fans and earned a profit at the box office.  It is my favorite John Wayne film. If you are looking for a hip, ground-breaking … More El Dorado

Marty Balin

Marty Balin was a founder of Jefferson Airplane and later a stalwart member of Jefferson Starship, the successor band.  In later years he occasionally regrouped with members of the band on various projects but he was content to pilot his solo career. Balin passed away recently at the age of 76.  From the Airplane days, … More Marty Balin

Rod Serling

“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is … More Rod Serling

Album Covers

Before streaming and downloads, music was available as compact discs, and before that, long play vinyl record albums.  Albums measured about 12 inches by 12 inches.  They were round, so the dimensions were equal. The records or albums, came in a package made of paper and later of a plastic material.  The album covers contained … More Album Covers