I was sitting at the hairdresser's the other day when the Don Henley song, 'Heart of the Matter' came on. And I realized that I always stop whatever I'm doing (I was reading at the time) to listen and really tune in, even sing along, if I'm alone. I think it's one of the deepest … Continue reading ‘Heart of the matter’
We recently celebrated my dad's 88th birthday. It was a really small, casual gathering - basically just immediate family, with good food (deli and lots of pastrami and sour pickles), good conversation (about all our lives, and my kids' upcoming moves and new adventures) and just a nice, relaxed little lunch. My dad, who's gotten … Continue reading Milestones
'I'm broke but I'm happy, I'm poor but I'm kind I'm short but I'm healthy, yeah I'm high but I'm grounded, I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed I'm lost but I'm hopeful, baby I've got one hand in my pocket and the other is giving a high five ...' [see full lyrics] [watch it on YouTube] … Continue reading One hand in my pocket
Call me a nostalgic baby boomer, but I sometimes reminisce about the way we used to purchase and listen to our favorite musical artists, albums and songs back in the 1970s and '80s. Sure albums/records/LPs/33's are available again as 'vinyl' for young hipsters. But they're pricey and remastered, so they don't have their predecessors' scratchy … Continue reading For the record
Is anyone as excited as me about American Idol coming back on?!!! I started watching back in 2011 – when a lot of people were moving on to other things. (Typical of my weird, ‘late to the party,’ timing. I started appreciating Bob Dylan in the ‘90s, after I got used to his voice, then … Continue reading American Idol is back!!!!!
I warned you in my first blog post that I think in music and lyrics, and movies. Combining both, there’s a quote I love from a romantic comedy actually called Music and Lyrics.* It’s when ‘Sophie Fisher’ (Drew Barrymore) explains to ‘Alex Fletcher’ (Hugh Grant) that … “A melody is like seeing someone for the … Continue reading The magic of music and lyrics
My dad – Marvin Epstein – is 83 years old. Recently, he fell and broke his hip and for the past week, he’s been in bed at a Dix Hills rehabilitation facility, somewhat incoherent and agitated from pain meds. The other evening, my mom had plans to go into NYC with a friend and I … Continue reading The healing power of corned beef on rye (for dad & me)*