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Dot, dot, dot...or random summer thoughts.
Chad Batka, Entertainment Weekly
All right, here I go again ripping interviewer extraordinaire Larry King off. Many moons ago, Larry wrote these random thoughts columns for USA Today. I loved them, so this type of post is my version... Is it just me or are there too many U.S. flags at half-staff these days? - obviously due to the tragedies in Chattanooga to Louisiana in the past weeks... Hate to remind myself and others here in the Southeast, but we're in a long period of 90-plus-degree hot and humid days. Autumn could not come to these parts soon enough... I'm now onto better thoughts. Cami brought over the latest Entertainment Weekly issue which features one of my favorite performers, Billy Joel. The extended Q & A can be found here. Most of the answers are the usual shtick, but with him, there's always a little new nugget in these interviews. To me, whether you love him, hate him or are lukewarm with him, it's always enlightening to read anything about Billy Joel... I'll now go ahead and plug Comedian Marc Maron's latest podcast with Sir Ian McKellan. The nice thing is that the interview is not so much of a promotional tool for McKellan's latest project Mr. Holmes. Maron confesses his struggles with Shakespeare so Sir Ian does a beautiful performance... I like do these random thoughts instead of multiple Facebook postings. For me, my non-sequitur ramblings are collated in one place.
There’s a whole other side to Orlando beside the massive Disney World in nearby Lake Buena Vista. If the ordinary Disney trip doesn’t interest you this year, try an extraordinary visit to Orlando and its neighborhoods. You’ll quickly learn that the area is full of historic districts and ethnic diversity. (more)
While many of us have been holed up during this pandemic, singer/songwriter/musician John McCutcheon took to his North Georgia cabin to create a batch of new material. The result: Cabin Fever , a collection of 18 spectacular songs featuring "Front Line," a tribute to the essential workers who have been keeping the world running while most of us have been sheltering in place. Speaking of staying in, "Sheltered in Place" and "Six Feet Away" truly capture what's taking place at the moment. In this three-part interview, McCutcheon talks about how the peace and solitude of the cabin inspired him to create another well-done project in a short amount of time. From "My Dog Talking Blues" to "One Hundred Years," Cabin Fever is yet another McCutcheon masterpiece, his 41st release in 45 years. In the discussion, McCutcheon speaks about this remarkable achievement as well. McCutcheon also dedicated a song to folk legend John Prine. He s
It is 2:30 in the afternoon at Midtown Atlanta's Four Seasons Hotel and Mark Rivera is pacing his hotel suite bursting with ideas. The task of keeping up with Rivera's thoughts is daunting to say the least. The words explode from him like a Fourth of July fireworks show on steroids. From stories of working with John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel and most notably -- becoming Billy Joel's ever-conspicuous sax player/backup vocalist, Rivera is on a big, white, puffy cloud every time he conjures up those legendary memories. Who wouldn't be? The challenge for Rivera on this balmy late-February afternoon is to fit those anecdotes and personal thoughts on the future and state of the world into a half-hour conversation which must conclude before he boards a bus to Birmingham for his role in that evening's Billy Joel show. Indeed Rivera will be back in his Atlanta hotel room in about 48 hours, but there will be no time for follow-up questions. He will be handling