Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Anyone who doesn't vote in every election and uses as an excuse that they don't believe either party can make a difference, or even that there isn't any difference between the parties, should be made to visit the graves of the millions who died as a direct result of the elections of Richard Nixon in 1968 and '72 and of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Or made to walk every mile of road and the bridges that connect them that are in disrepair because a Republican Congress has thwarted much of a Democratic president's agenda in the last several years or supplement the incomes of working people who cannot earn enough to feed themselves without food stamps and even then often end up homeless with their entire families, et-endlessly-cetera...

Sunday, October 19, 2014


As always (or at least most often), the creative artists were there first, in this case the much missed New York band Homer Erotic:

Friday, October 17, 2014


So sad to hear of the wonderfully talented Misty Upham's passing. You can read about the circumstances and her family's reaction to the local police not taking the search for her seriously here.

But whatever the circumstances, Misty was a gifted actress as she proved in every role she played. I was especially rooting for her to win an Oscar for her leading role in FROZEN RIVER, which if you have never seen you have missed another classic.

She was only in her early thirties, with so much more to offer, if Hollywood could finally become able to cast Native Americans as something other than symbols of indigenous stoicism.

Condolences to her family and friends.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Can't believe Tim Hauser has passed, especially since I just saw him a few weeks ago (and posted about it here) only days after he had buried his mother. It seems too too soon. He was my age and grew up in Belmar, the town where I spent summers as a kid at my grandmother's down the Jersey shore.

He graduated from Saint Rose High School there, where I went to summer school in 1957, and he was at the rock'n'roll concert the year before that ended in rioting, which I too was at (see this obit for details). So I felt a connection with him that was more in my mind than real life.

Nonetheless the connection was real, as it was, I'm certain, for all those who fell in love with his voice and the group he created THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER. He will be sorely missed and my heart goes out to his family, friends and fans, but especially to his MANHATTAN TRANSFER song mates.