Monday, March 1, 2010

Hello Spring ...

Fast approaching yet another birthday ... (To the powers that be: No thanks. I've had 73 of these occasionally awkward moments). But my good friend Steve Schwartz at WGBH-FM in Boston will be playing a good chunk of my work on the night. Here is the official announcement:

"Friday, March 5, 8pm

Vocalist Carol Sloane (b. 3/5/1937 in Providence, RI) has been internationally famous since the 1950s. Her new CD is called "We'll Meet Again" Tonight's the night!"

If you'd care to hear the show, go to the station's site and click "Listen Live", top right-hand corner.

OTHER NEWS ITEMS: While on a recent visit to New York City, we were treated to an all-too brief but thrilling opportunity to hear a few tracks from the new, long-anticipated duet recording by Bill Charlap and his exquisite wife Renee Rosnes. This collaboration/conversation will most assuredly be one of your most-played recordings. Look for it on the Blue Note label in the spring.

INCIDENTAL MUSINGS:

My mother's favorite phrase, spoken with true Yankee outrage and directed toward any loud-mouth gasbag, or other thoroughly ego-centric personality, used to be: "Why doesn't he (she) go sit on a tack?"

How many times a day do you find yourself thinking the same thing, while reading the paper or watching an "expert" deliver an over-blown opinion on television. It's less difficult to avoid this sort of nonsense during baseball season, and thank goodness, it's coming to your area and mine very soon.

Because Buck and I grew up before TV was available (listening to Curt Gowdy broadcast play-by-play in the fire-fly lit back yard), you will find us, any summer night, turning our old, amazingly reliable RCA floor model (bought new in 1954 and never seen by a repair man) facing the terrace, audio off, AM radio on. A tall v&t, a cool summer breeze and comfortable lawn chairs complete the scene. Bliss. Can't wait.