Morning Phase

March 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment

After listening to Beck’s Morning Phase on Rhapsody non-stop for the last few days, I have to say: best album of 2014. Now make it stop.

She Sells Beer

April 21, 2012 | Leave a Comment

The only Super Bowl ad this year I remember was the Budweiser “Eternal Optimism” spot, a highly patriotic decade in review since WWII. And I like the music, hate the beer. Imagine my surprise when the song turns out to be a mashup of “She Sells Sanctuary” from the 1985 album “Love” from an English […]

So I wanted to buy the sheet music for “Lust” by Tori Amos. I love the piano music and wanted to learn it – to play, not to sing. I started with Google, found several music sites, and prepared to pay. Seems to be about $4.50. Ok, I can deal with that. Started with I […]

Our Sarah’s High School friend Sara Jean performed with Tom Schraeder and His Ego on Dec 28th at Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago. She had done this before last year and I had asked her to tell us when she would be preforming again. She Facebooked me and since both Bette and I were on vacation […]

Northern Exposure is the wacky show from the early 90’s about a snooty young doctor serving an eccentric town in Alaska. I thought it was fun, my Dad introduced me to it, really, and we love the first soundtrack disc. During a business trip, I actually visited Roslyn, Washington, where the exteriors were shot, a […]

Drove down to the Chicago Theatre on Sunday. Traffic not too bad inbound, horrible outbound. Lucky. We paid top dollar ($50.50 ea) for these seats on the main floor, about 15 rows back to the left. We could see Ira at his desk perfectly. Mike Birbiglia told a good story. Several movies, one with David […]

New Neko Case

March 7, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Just checked Rhapsody and the new Neko Case album, Middle Cyclone, is out. So far, favorite track is “Don’t Forget Me”. Good stuff. Note: The last track, “Marais La Nuit”, is 30 minutes of frogs singing. Sounds like our backyard in the summer. Not the best for dinner party listening, perhaps, but would be real […]

Bette and I attended the Woodstock Children’s Summer Theatre performance of HSM at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock IL. We have attended many events there, by far this was the loudest — not the show, but the audience. We went to the 2PM show with two young friends, Raea and Keefer, and to fit […]

Steven continues the tradition of talented Rausch boys with his senior recital at Woodstock High School. Claire de Lune was magnificent – I closed my eyes and kind of floated along. The Barbershop Sweetheart was perfect – what a group. She’s Got a Way was a great song for his voice and highlighted his piano […]

On 10 July Bette and I attended the Faculty/Student Benefit Concert for the Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Department of Columbia College, Chicago. Why? We responded in late spring to a letter from Alexandria, a local DMTC Master’s candidate (who actually attended Marian Central) who, for her thesis, held a series of workshops for bereaved parents, […]

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