Legacy: Drive Safely Home, Ric Ocasek

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

Legacy: Adam, on his 41st Birthday

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

Music Box: The Smiths at Pier 84, NYC 8.6.86

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

Idiot Box: When They See Us

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

Reel Life: “Cats” Without Claws

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

Idiot Box: 2019 Emmy Award Nominations

Finally got around to seeing the 2019 Emmy nominations, and, at first glance, a lot seems to be missing, until you remember that in order to be eligible, a show needed to have aired at least its first episode between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019, hence past winners/nominees near-absenteeism (e.g. Big Little Lies, … Continue reading Idiot Box: 2019 Emmy Award Nominations

Music Box: Happy Birthday George Michael – 1991 ‘Cover to Cover’ Tour Performances

George Michael’s Cover to Cover tour came to Madison Square Garden for two sold out nights on October 25th and 26th, in 1991. It was only his second solo concert tour and his first trip back to the Garden in three years. This was not a tour to support his now-classic Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. … Continue reading Music Box: Happy Birthday George Michael – 1991 ‘Cover to Cover’ Tour Performances