Archive for December 2013

Christmas in the City (of Chicago): A Gallery

This is the first picture I took.  It's outside the Willis Tower (or Sears Tower as I still like to think of it).  It was a foggy morning walking to work, and the bright trees looked so pretty.
Shortly after Thanksgiving, I snapped a few pictures in downtown Chicago that felt very “Christmas” to me.  I posted them to my Facebook page, and got a good response, so I started seeking out shots that felt very classic Christmas in Chicago to me.  I’ve compiled them here in one gallery for you to enjoy... Read more »

The best songs of 2013

The best songs of 2013
Perhaps my most critical act of public service is to share my favorite songs of the year.  It’s painful for me to think of people listening only to what happens to be playing in their car and not exploring new musical frontiers.  I’m here to help! This year brought us albums by some true veterans... Read more »

My Christmas Playlist

My Christmas Playlist
Well, I am a bit more in the Christmas spirit than usual this year.  Why?  Maybe because our house is decorated for the season?  Nope, only the exterior so far (maybe this weekend we’ll get our act together).  I think it’s because I can play my delightful Christmas playlist at any time and instantly feel... Read more »
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Nelson Mandela and the 46664 concerts

Nelson Mandela and the 46664 concerts
The only real news today was the announcement that Nelson Mandela died.  While he hadn’t made a public appearance for years and was known to have been quite ill, the news still came as a shock.  Last semester my daughter studied abroad in Cape Town, so she has a better appreciation than I as to the... Read more »

Christmas album covers are the new selfies

Poor, poor sad Mary J. Blige does not look like she is going to be having a very merry (Mary) Christmas.  It's so sad that you hardly even notice the white fur coat resting gently against her flawless skin.
You can hardly throw a stick these days without hitting someone making a Christmas album- possibly it’s written into their contracts?  Some artists are ambitious and try to come up with some new material, but largely they’re all just singing the same old songs.  How can someone possibly distinguish themselves from everyone else competing for... Read more »