Archive for July 2011

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Overture from Candide" by Leonard Bernstein

Song Of The Day – “Overture from Candide” by Leonard Bernstein I was fortunate enough to have seen the very last Young People’s Concert conducted by the maestro back in 1972. As you can see from this video Lenny was an emotional and flamboyant conductor. Here is one of his best pieces of music, the... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Cissy Strut" by The Meters

Song Of The Day – “Cissy Strut” by The Meters This 1969 instrumental is practically ground zero for all of Rap and Hip Hop tracks. It’s the essence of songs like this Allen Toussaint-produced classic that informs the genre with its groove and beats. The Meters were formed by Aaron Neville as a backing band... Read more »

Movie Review - Friends With Benefits

Movie Review - Friends With Benefits
How many times have you even kidingly used the term, friends with benefits? Be honest now. Whether you’re a teenager, young adult or a middle age person the term has come up in conversation. And now it has blossomed into a movie on the big screen. “Friends With Benefits” was a disappointing third in box... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Dance At The Gym" from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein

Song Of The Day – “Dance At The Gym” from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein Wow! It doesn’t get any better than this…and it never gets old! Probably the greatest musical to ever hit the Broadway stage. Bernstein’s modern Jazz score is inventive and cutting edge…and about as good as it gets!

Catching Up with Casey Weston of "The Voice"

Catching Up with Casey Weston of "The Voice"
Last time we checked, Casey made it all the way to the semi finals of the surprise NBC TV hit “The Voice.” In case you missed it, the show was a singing competition where the competitors were grouped into “teams” and mentored by one of the shows four celebrity panelists.  Casey was tutored by Adam... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Turn On Your Love Light" by Bobby "Blue" Bland

Song Of The Day – “Turn On Your Love Light” by Bobby “Blue” Bland Drawing on Soul, Gospel, Big Band and the Blues, Bobby Bland has one of the most expressive voices in R’n'B. The meat of his recorded output was released on the Duke record label between 1952 and 1972. This 1961 classic later... Read more »
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Book Report - The Help

Book Report - The Help
I just finished this best selling novel by Kathryn Stockett, which is a good thing, because the movie version comes out on August 12th. This fictionalized account of the relationships between several rich, proper, lily-white ladies and their “hired” help in Jackson, Mississippi that takes place in the early 1960′s.  That setting pits the height... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Mosquito Knees" by Stan Getz Quintet

Song Of The Day – “Mosquito Knees” by Stan Getz Quintet Before “The Girl From Ipanema” and Bossa Nova there was Hard Bop and “Mosquito Knees” for Stan Getz as evidence by this 1951 recording from Storyville in Boston. This version of the Quintet featured the guitar work of Jimmy Raney with Al Haig on... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "My Dark Hour" by Steve Miller Band

Song Of The Day – “My Dark Hour” by Steve Miller Band Here’s an instance where an artist cribs from his own back catalog and creates another hit. Miller would revisit the riff on this 1969 song from his album “Brave New World” again in 1976 for “Fly Like An Eagle” and take it to... Read more »
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Paradise Found - Entourage Returns

Paradise Found - Entourage Returns
This particular column (on Booth Reviews) got it’s start in life as a blog about the show “LOST” as Paradise Lost. It subsequently morphed into “Paradise Found” as outlet for comments and recaps of CBS’s reboot of “Hawaii Five-O.” I even added snippets about the one and done ABC show “Off the Map.” Since Five-Oh... Read more »
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