Encomium 9/11 – George Merkouris

[I wrote this in 2003 in tribute to the one friend I knew (at the time) who was murdered on that most heinous of days. I'll post it annually, for as long as this blog remains active...] Encomium 9/11: George Merkouris The loss was staggering, and so much has been saturating our lives since that … Continue reading Encomium 9/11 – George Merkouris

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Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

...this song was written for my mother on July 24, 1984 (but I dedicate it to all mothers). When she died in 1993, I looked at it again and remembered a brief conversation she and I had, shortly before her passing...about how she had forgotten what happiness was truly about, the mistakes she wished she … Continue reading Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

Legacy: For Adam, On His 36th Birthday

***** (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'll repost this annually for as long as this blog exists...) ***** Adam and I met 18 years ago during a brisk and stinging winter morning. It sounds … Continue reading Legacy: For Adam, On His 36th Birthday

Legacy: Elaine Stritch Everybody Rise!

How do you mourn a legend who’s lived more than you and me combined? At the ripe old age of 89, the great Elaine Stritch has taken her final bows. To see her in a show was to expect the expected AND unexpected, and to bear witness Broadway royalty non pareil. I'm thrilled, delighted, and … Continue reading Legacy: Elaine Stritch Everybody Rise!

Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

...this song was written for my mother on July 24, 1984 (but I dedicate it to all mothers). When she died in 1993, I looked at it again and remembered a brief conversation she and I had, shortly before her passing...about how she had forgotten what happiness was truly about, the mistakes she wished she … Continue reading Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

Legacy: Richie Havens

********** Another master has walked through the gates of Rock n Roll heaven. Richie Havens, who came to prominence as the opening act of the Woodstock Festival (though a seminal force of the 60s folk music scene) has left us. He wasn't a household name as the years progressed, but should have been. The gruff, … Continue reading Legacy: Richie Havens

Legacy: Conrad Bain 1923 – 2013

Of course, everyone knew him best as the patriarch of daughter Kimberley and adopted sons Willis and Arnold on the wildly popular "Diff'rent Strokes." But we of a certain age first came to know Conrad Bain as uber-liberal Maude's uber-conservative neighbor, friendly nemesis and husband of best friend Vivian, Dr. Arthur Harmon. "Maude" was a … Continue reading Legacy: Conrad Bain 1923 – 2013