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April Fool's Day came early this year, in January, with an ominous foreshadowing in November, 2016. Yet, sadly for us all, there was no relieving punchline to come either time; there was no assurance that it was all a horribly bad joke rather than bleak reality.


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Closing Today

THE ELEPHANT MAN by Bernard Pomerance, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

The Cast of The Elephant Man

(in order of appearance)

CHARACTER
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Frederick Treves            Patrick Hayes

Carr Gomm/Conductor            Geoff Burkman

Ross/Bishop How            Jim Lockwood

Merrick            Jared Mola

Belgian Police officer/ London Police officer/ Porter            Kevin Grego

Pinhead Manager/ Snork/ Lord John            Mark Reuter

Pinhead/ Miss Sandwich/ Princess            Melissa Kerr Ertsgaard

Pinhead/ Duchess            Meredith Hollingsworth

Pinhead/ Countess            Lorin Dineen

Mrs. Kendal            Heather Martin

The show contains brief partial nudity

The Promocast for The Elephant Man


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I'M NOT AN EXPERT ON MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, NOR AM I THE VICE-PRESIDENT AND ASSISTANT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF A SMALL MANUFACTURING COMPANY -- I JUST PLAY THEM FOR THE BENEFIT OF LAW STUDENTS:
PROFESSIONAL GIG ICON
U.D. Law - University of Dayton School of Law icon

The U.D. Law gig is tonight. I have spent much of the last several days reacquainting myself with the material for this case, which I have done, I believe, twice before; but it has been a few years so I had a bit of refreshing to do. Plus, the law instructor has added some peripheral material that I have to be at least somewhat familiar with. But, I thinks it's all good. At any rate, I have a call to be at the Montgomery County Courts building by 5:30 tonight, so if it's not all good yet, it'd best be close. Yeah.......it is......no worries.

xxxx
Recreating those handy flash cards
soma fm - Groove Salad
Much of the time I've had Groove Salad, via, iTunes internet radio playing on my Apple TV whilst I have studied on the information. The first portion of my "study" was re-doing the flash cards that I usually use to memorize information -- in this case -- or, in most acting scenarios, my lines. I'd had some from past times I've done this particular gig, but I could not find them. I likely tossed them. This time. perhaps I should keep them, hey, just in case? Of course, on the other hand, the act of writing the flash cards helps with the memorization, so perhaps redoing them is not a terrible thing. Except, I really would rather have just read the old flash cards and said, Oh yeah, I remember these facts!


MORE "GOOD THEATRE, DONE WELL":
THE ELEPHANT MAN & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
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Yesterday, Closing Day for The Elephant Man, I sat as an audience member.

All I can say is we have racked up another mighty fine production in another stellar season. Of the fine work done by the performers in this cast, I must say that a few were simply excellent.

And major congratulations to Jared Mola for his work as Merrick! I am green with envy that he got to step into that role. Any actor worth his salt would relish the challenge; I certainly would, were I thirty years younger. That aside, Jared was just damned great in the role, absolutely up to the challenge, and met it in spades!

*) "Good Theatre, Done Well" has been the DTG motto for decades



OH, YEAH....TAXES:
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Wow.

Two weeks left to do my taxes.

Hmmm.

Better get on that.

Sadly, another year where I don't file as an actor, whatsoever.



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LAST NIGHT'S GIG:
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Of course, last night was the U.D. Law mock trial classes at the Montgomery County Courts. Please allow me to be self-critical, because if you know me you already know your granting or withholding of permission isn't relevant, and in that light to say that my assessment of last night is: Meh.

My response stems from one of my two times on the stand, when I was in the role of the VP of the company being sued. The student who was on the defense team took me down a line of questioning that I was not prepared for, that the material didn't really provide for. It was a legit line for a defense attorney to take his client down, just not one that, based on the fact I don't actually have the professional background or expertise of the character and the things he was trying to glean from me were not covered in the material I was given, I was not versed well. And I was not very fast on my feet at pulling some decent improv out of the air, or my ass, whichever way you want to go with that. I suppose, in the end, it was not all that bad, but I did not clear the bar I set for myself for these gigs.



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"CAN NIGHT" AT THE RACE:
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Last night was Pay What You Can Night (final dress rehearsal) at the Human Race Theatre Company for their production of Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond, and as planned, I attended. One of the cool features of this particular production is Jennifer Joplin and her dad, Joneal Joplin, doing a Henry and Jane Fonda by stepping into the respective roles (Chelsea Thayer Wayne & Norman Thayer) made famous by the more-famous father and daughter in the movie version of the script. The cast also includes Dale Hodges as Ethel Thayer, Kaleb Barlow as Billy Ray, Ken Early as Bill Ray, and Charlie Clark as Charlie Martin.

It was a well done production of a very sweet play. The performers were all on their game and Mark Halpin's scenic design is impressive. But the thing that I liked most about the production was the "non-traditional" casting choice of Bill Ray and his son Billy as African-American rather than white. I don't think there was any original intention of that father and son being anything but white; there is however, nothing inherent in the script to restrict them to being white. I am one of those who firmly believes that unless there is a reason, as dictated by the needs of the script, to not open a role up to multiple races or ethnicities that directors and producers ought to do so. I like that it is starting to happen a bit more; my personal thought is that it probably isn't happening as broadly and as quickly as it should, but it is starting to happen more, and that is good.

I think this is true about gender, too. But gender does have far more of a habit of being dictated by the script. And I personally believe it is a cardinal sin to change a character from the dictates of the script without the specific permission of the playwright, or whomever it is that legally controls licensing the script. Although, producers and directors can seek such permission, can't they?

And just to remind, I will again be a student in an HRTC acting class with Ms. Joplin at the helm, (the third time), coming up in May/June. An advanced class with the working motto: "Be Ready, Be Brave."


      
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In other Human Race Theatre Company news, as some already know, HRTC is mounting the world premiere of Daniel Goldstein's stage adaptation of Family Ties, the popular 80's TV show that put Michael J. Fox on the map. The big news here is that the role of Elyse Keaton will be played by Eve Plumb, whom any younger Boomer, and I think maybe a fair amount of Gen-X and younger folk, will know was Jan on the iconic 70's sitcom, The Brady Bunch. I'm sure I'll likely attend the Can Night for this show; and if I get to meet Ms. Plumb, I will NOT say: "Marsha! MARSHA! MARHSA!" -- because, I'm guessing she's heard that two-or-three-million times too often.



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Don "You Hockey Puck" Rickles, May 8, 1926-Apr 6, 2017
Those of my generation and earlier know that Mr. Rickles was The king of the insult comics. Somehow, though, there was no malice. He never seemed to be really mean, he just gave the pretense of meanness. In his own crass way, he was endearing, and damned funny! Ultimately, Don Rickles was beloved.

Rest in Peace, Sir.




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I'd completely forgotten that I had this coming up. Got a good seat, too: seven rows back, first seat on the middle isle.

An Evening with David Sedaris. Apr 25, 2017. Victoria Theatre.



WITH APRIL 17 AROUND THE CORNER:
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DONE

Just past midnight this past Saturday, to be exact.



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TONIGHT
An Evening with David Sedaris. Apr 25, 2017. Victoria Theatre.

So, tonight I will be in the audience to hear Amy Sedaris's brother. Might even get to meet him.


Dorothy Mengering and David Letterman

As many know, David Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, passed away on April 11. Mrs. Mengering was an occasional guest on her son's show. Her segments were always so lovely, sweet, and adorable. Her reports from the Olympics were such a treat. She seemed like such a lovely, gracious woman. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.


Elen Moran, Oct 15, 1960-Apr 22, 2017


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DAVID SEDARIS THIS PAST TUESDAY:
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The show this Tuesday was thoroughly enjoyable. My big problem was that when I got to work the next day I wanted to share some of the many funnier moments but all of them were "Not Safe For Work."

David did a book signing and meet-and-greet both before and after the show. I contemplated buying a book and getting it signed -- and meeting him -- after the show but I was feeling a little tired and a little impatient, so I left right after the show to go home. The next morning I regretted it. I could have met him, which would have been cool.


GENERALS AT HRTC:
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I have settled on my program for my appointment this coming Sunday at the general auditions for the 2017/18 season at the Human Race Theatre Company. I'm doing two contrasting monologues. I'm not bringing a song this year.



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THE GENERALS AT HRTC, YESTERDAY:
AUDITION ICON
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DONE

Yesterday I did the first professional theatre audition that I've done in quite a while, actually, the first professional acting audition, period, that I've done in a while. It was, of course, the General Auditions for the 2017/18 season at the Human Race Theatre Company. How do I rank how I did? As usual: who knows? I can say that I did not leave feeling bad about it, at all.

I did two contrasting monologues. The first is from an episode of CSI. It's Grisom's monologue at the end of one of my favorite episodes, "Butterflied." William Petersen actually wrote it. Click here for the clip of the scene; the monologue excerpt I used starts at 2:30 in with "It's sad, isn't it Doc?" and runs through "And now you have nothing."

The second is an old stand-by that I've used at HRTC a few times, the cockroach monologue from Neil Simon's Jake's Women. I hate using a monologue in front of them that they've heard from me before, but I didn't find another good comedic monologue that would be good for a program aimed at this upcoming season. Bottom line is that I should have started looking sooner. But I do rock that cockroach monologue!

Of course, as is always the case, I'm not sure I'll be a strong contender for any roles -- or any big roles. My guess is there are only two shows I'd get any callbacks for, anyway: Brighton Beach Memoirs and A Christmas Story.


ACTING CLASS -- ONE WEEK AWAY:
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One week from tonight I'm back in an Adult Advanced Acting class at The Human Race Theatre Company, again taught by Jennifer Joplin.

I'm looking forward to this one as it's an advanced class that "will include exercises in movement, improvisation, character exploration, vocal expression, relaxation techniques, energetic connection, and emotional recall, with an intense focus on working in the moment."



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NO ACTING CLASS:
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Boo Face in blue and "BOO!"

I'm sorry to report that the Adult Advanced Acting class at The Human Race Theatre Company, which was to be taught by Jennifer Joplin, and was to start this coming Monday evening, has been cancelled because too few students signed up.

Too bad, too.

I was looking forward to it.


PROMOCAST SHOOT, TOMORROW:
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DTG Promocast Production logo

I stopped by rehearsal for Wonder of the World this past Wednesday evening to watch it to inform myself of what moments I want to shoot for the promocast.

I'll shoot the principal photography tomorrow, during the production's Tech Sunday. I've created the sheet with the moments I've chosen and have sent it to the production team, who have distributed it to the actors. So, we should be all set, with everyone on board and prepared.

Like always, it should not take a big chunk of time to do this shoot.



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THE WONDER PROMOCAST:
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Of course, principal photography was Sunday afternoon. It took a little longer than I'd planned, by at least a few minutes. I also almost jumped some moments I had designated to shoot. Thanks to the Wonder SM, Carrie Thurston, I did not, because she, apparently better-able to follow my own shot sheet than I, pointed out the skips.

To paraphrase one of my production instructors from college, George Frey: That's why God created first ADs. Though, technically, in a movie production of any real size, it would be the script supervisor who'd be pointing that stuff out.

Yet, in smaller productions, the first AD (rarely not the only AD) is also the script supervisor. When I shot The Chorus for Candice in 2006, the wonderful Lisa Sadai was my AD/script supervisor -- and she was great at both. She's also one of the most talented actors I know, as an aside.

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Editing is underway and should be done tonight. The DV movie should be posted to the Dayton Theatre Guild You Tube channel this evening, as well, though probably late.

If you follow the DTG facebook page or, follow my facebook page, the promocast should be posted and shared by tomorrow morning. I'll obviously link it in an update to this blog, tomorrow, too. Plus, it'll be at the Guild web page soon.



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THE PROMOCAST IS UP:
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The promocast DV movie is at final cut and posted on-line.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PROMOCAST.


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Opening Today

WONDER OF THE WORLD by David Lindsay-Abaire, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Click here for the promocast of the show



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THURGOOD AT HRTC THURSDAY NIGHT:
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Thursday evening I saw Alan Bomar Jones in the one-person performance of Thurgood, by George Stevens Jr., produced by The Human Race Theatre Company and presented as the inaugural performance of HRTC productions in the space at The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center -- where the HRTC acting classes are conducted.

With only something like fifty seats, it was a very intimate setting. I thought Alan was very personable and genuine as Judge Marshall, walking the audience through a very accessable script from the pen of George Stevens Jr.



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It's About Damn Time! -- with frowning eyes graphic
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Yep. My last blog entry was two weekends ago. It's not that there hasn't been anything to report, I just have been wrapped up in other things, see the next entry. So here I am, on my patio, listening to Groove Salad and doing a little catch up.


'STARTING FOR THE SUN' a novel by K.L.Storer
Toward the end of my college days, I started working on a novel. That progressed into the first few years after I'd earned my degree. I had a finished draft around 2003. Sometime during the process of getting that novel out of me I realized I needed the write a series in order to tell the whole story -- whatever that whole story will turn out to be. So, though I was not (am not) close to a final draft on the first novel, I felt compelled to wrote some chapters of the next installment.

I had already done a heavy, heavy amount of supplementary support work on the life of my protagonist and his friends and family. I have a time line going back to 1900, that starts with the birth of a man who will in a later novel, probably number three but maybe number two, be a well-seasoned veteran actor on a network television show my main character will become a cast member on as young teenager.

I have a lot of the first part of my main character's career in show business already mapped out through his earlier adulthood: television shows and movies he's appeared in, the first several albums he's recorded, and his concert tours for very successful music career. With that I have dove into the minutia of the financial side of his business. Trying to make the earnings reflect some verisimilitude that matches the time periods of the projects he's been involved in: union scale for SAG and AFTRA (they were separate unions until just the last few years), and musicians, realistic wages for the variety of people he might employ, some sense of reality about what sort of income he will derive from actors' residuals and musicians' and songwriters' royalties, concert tour earnings. I try very hard to have the attached overhead expenses be real, as well. There's a bit of sometimes rather frustrating research involved.

Believe it or not, this helps me have a decent handle on some of the places his head will be at. It all actually points me toward some plot and story ideas, relationship opportunities, conflicts and obstacles.

For some reason here lately, I've been immersed in further developing this particular supplemental material. There are a lot of Excel spreadsheets involved.

I don't know whether this is good or bad, but it is what's been happening and am okay with it. At some point, it might not be a bad idea to return to and finish that draft of novel one to a finished one, that which ends when my protagonist is still a boy, and not yet in The Biz.

Here's a screenshot of some of the sort of things I've been doing as of late. I actually wrote this perhaps four to six weeks ago. It's not that business stuff, at least not dealing with numbers, but more along the lines of critical accolades. In case you don't already know, Lennon, McCartney, and The Hollies are real -- the rest of those mentioned are my inventions. This is a fictional entry into a real Rolling Stone magazine piece from 2012, "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The number ranking is blurrd out because I just don't want to yet be so presumptuous as to displace an actual artist on the list. At some point I probably will. Those orginal songs listed at the end, by-the-way, "Just Don't Know What I Did," "Just By Being You," and "Easy Living," are actual songs, written by someone who may or may not be intimately associated with this blog.

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This past Friday at the rent-payer I was having some back spasms -- that getting older stuff, I presume -- and at just about lunch time, I decided I needed to go home and lie in bed on top of a heating pad. But I still had to eat. So, I went home by route of one of those places you five regulars might remember is a favorite of mine, John Bryan State Park. If I was going to eat lunch anyway, why not there? A little tuna salad, veggies, a few California dates, and might as well get some more work in on that minutia of supplemental material!



AUDITION ICON
Auditions for FutureFest 2017 at the Dayton Playhouse are tomorrow and Tuesday night. It's highly likely that I'll be there. I'll probably lose the beard, too.

No word about any callbacks from my recent general auditions for the 2017/2018 season at the Human Race Theatre Company, which leads me to think there likely will not be any. But I've thought that before and been wrong, so: Hope Springs Eternal!


Closing Today

WONDER OF THE WORLD by David Lindsay-Abaire, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

The Cast of WONDER OF THE WORLD

CHARACTER
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Cass
           Kari Carter
Kip
           Ian Manuel
Lois
           Kerry Simpson
Cap'n Mike
           Scott Madden
Glenn
           Richard Young
Karla
           Marcella Balin
Multi-woman
           Debra Strauss

Note that there will be live gunshots during the performance

The show contains adult language

The Promocast for WONDER OF THE WORLD

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I'm going to catch the closing performance today. Not being directly involved in this production, save for producing the promocast and doing a small amount of advising on the sound design, I haven't actually seen the whole show. For the promocast I only chose to shoot into the beginning of Act II, as is my standard practice, and I haven't read much past that, so I don't know how the show ends. Nice to be an audience member and not know what the wrap-up is.

Then, of course, I'll hang around, as a dutiful board member, and help with the set strike.


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Since I haven't posted for a while, I haven't yet mentioned that I went to see a thoroughly enjoyable mounting of Ragtime at the Dayton Playhouse. A big tip of the hat to Director Matthew Smith and the whole cast and crew for an excellent endeavor.


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There's some sound design work coming up, two different projects, both for DTG.

THE LAST LIFEBOAT & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
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First, The Guild is taking Luke Yankee's The Last Lifeboat to the regional dramatic competitions of OCTA (the Ohio Community Theatre Association), which will take place July 8 at the Troy Civic Theatre. Of course, I designed the sound for this production and the segment that will be taken needs the sound if the full effect of the drama is to be reached. But I'm going to have to remix the sound from quadrophonic to stereophonic. This is most importantly because the sound will run from the Guild's laptop, which doesn't have a sound card to support a quadraphonic mix, and also because even if the Troy theatre can support quad, I don't want to get into the possible hassle of integration.

Since Wonder of the World and the 2016/17 season close today. I'll be able to go in and do the remix in the theatre space, probably within the next week or so. I have also elected to run the sound at the competition.

ALL MY SONS & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
I'll be starting to work on the sound deign for the 2017/18 opener, All My Sons, which I am also producing.

At this point, it's the only show I am 100% on board as the sound designer for next season. I have about an 80-90% committed to another, but at this point I am more comfortable saying that it's pencilled in, in heavy lead.



By the Way
There are a few RIP graphics I mean to get to. They'll probably be created tonight and posted tomorrow.



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Memorial Day 2017 - Quote from Shakespeare's Henry IV, parts II, Act V, scene 2, line 33, "O war! Thou son of hell...."



RIP Sir Roger Moore. 10/14/1927-05/23/2017
Live and Let Die was the first Bond film I saw in the theater, (technically, the drive-inn theater which regularly showed first-runs in those days). I'd seen virtually all the Sean Connery Bond films on TV and though not a hardcore James Bond enthusiast, I put that same bar up for Moore as pretty much everybody else did. His Bond was different, but I still liked him. Of course, my introduction to Sir Roger was as Simon Templar in the British TV import, The Saint, so, even at fifteen I knew that at least he was a good choice to replace Connery as the world's favorite MI5 agent. Have to admit, I've not closely followed Roger's career, but there was always a strong sense of class to his presence on screen.

RIP Gregg Allman. Dec 8, 1947-May 27, 2017
Southern rock has never been my bailiwick as a music fan; that said, it would be ridiculous to not be able to recognize the profound impact and influence Gregg Allman had on that genre and on rock and roll in general. His solo version of "Midnight Rider" was among one of my favorite hit singles from my teen years. No, I never ran out to get his new releases, but still, Mr. Allman was an immensely talented musician.



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AUDITIONING QUESTION ICON
I did not auditions last night for FutureFest 2017 at the Dayton Playhouse. The auditions last night were for the fully-staged performances, and after looking at the character specs for those three plays I saw that I am not a fit for any of the male characters.

I might be a contender for one of the staged readings, which audition tonight. There is another event happening tonight I have a great interest in attending, so at the moment I am not sure if I will or will not audition tonight.


Film Dayton icon ?
Lana Reed, who once work at the PCG Talent Agency and is now a regional film maker, will be the guest speaker at film connections tonight. I was always quite happy when Lana was the one who directed my screen tests. It was always so much easier for me to get to 100%. I have no doubt she's a strong director, and I'd like to connect better with her.

I haven't been going after film auditions too much these last few years and I want to change that. So, going to film connections tonight is as big a pull for me as going to audition for the one FutureFest role I might be typed for -- and considering that I am going to be among quite a few other men in the situation of seeing a scarcity of roles for them in this festival line-up, competition is likely to be tight; thus, ending up at film connections has an edge in the odds making.



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Happy Birthday

My favorite recording artist performing one of the many of his iconic songs -- and my favorite song -- for this day, his 75th birthday. Meanwhile Sir Paul happens to be touring the states with a three-hour concert show. And if you think it's just an old guy on stage, you've never been to one of his shows.

Happy Belated Birthday

In Honor of the 76th birthday (June 15) of the late, great Harry Nilsson. Here is his signature hit. Written by Pete Ham and Tommy Evans of Badfinger, It's, IMHO, one the best pop singles and absolutely one of the greatest pop vocals of all times!

      
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As well as June 14 being the 240th birthday of The American Flag, it's also rumored that someone closely related to this blog turned fifty-mumbleledrkltmble on that day.


      
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June 8 would have been my mother's 100th birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM
My Mom, June Storer, at my college graduation, 1994
June Storer
1917-1997




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