Love Me Still is a hauntingly beautiful song sung by legendary soul singer Chaka Khan, who co-wrote the song with Bruce Hornsby (who plays piano on the track and appears in the video) and was initially featured on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s 1995 film, “Clockers.” I fell in love with the song and it … Continue reading Music Box – Happy Birthday, Chaka Khan. We Love You Still.
Now everybody's talking about this new decade…Like, you say the magic numbers then just say goodbye tothe stupid mistakes you made…Oh, my memory…serves me far too well… Words written by the late, great George Michael at the end of the 1980s, to herald in the last decade of the 20th century. Released on his majestic … Continue reading Music Box: George Michael, Waiting For That Day…
Ric Ocasek has passed away and another legend has left this realm to jam in Rock N Roll heaven. He was 75. I once had a brief conversation with Ocasek back in the early-1990s, about a decade or so after the video for “Drive” was an MTV ubiquity, and after the song itself had become … Continue reading Legacy: Drive Safely Home, Ric Ocasek
Adam, at my Bay Ridge Parkway Apartment, 1994 (I wrote this in 2012 for Adam's 34th birthday, upon discovering that he had died a few years prior, never having the chance to say goodbye. I've removed older post when reconfiguring MyNewBoyfriend, but decided to continue with these, for Adam...) Adam Forgetta and I met 18 … Continue reading Legacy: Adam, on his 41st Birthday
St. Mope and The Smiths, Pier 84, August 6th, 1986 The immediate years after I graduated high school were mercurial times for me. My parents had separated toward the end of 1985 (a marriage that lasted years too long, though they imprudently got back together briefly months later, before finally imploding for good) and our … Continue reading Music Box: The Smiths at Pier 84, NYC 8.6.86
If Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us were merely a fictional drama, it would be a beautifully acted, albeit infuriating, cautionary tale about the perversion of justice prompted by systematic racism of this country’s law enforcement, particularly in New York, and especially in the timeframe of the 1989 Central Park Jogger case. That the events … Continue reading Idiot Box: When They See Us
How you feel about a movie version of Cats is probably dependent on whether or not you enjoyed Cats on Broadway (or on any stage). I was indifferent; I wasn't completely immune to its certain charms (the otherworldly Betty Buckley’s incandescent performance, to be precise), despite the flimsiness of the score, sets and costumes. So, … Continue reading Reel Life: “Cats” Without Claws