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85 years of singers and songs Part 4   Leave a comment

85 years of songs & singers  part 4

The list of great singers is endless and I tend to favor those who were known before 1960 and mostly those referred to as balladeers. Of the singers and songs listed below the latest of the recordings was in 1966.

Like many listed above Sinatra first found fame in the 1940s and it would be hard to pick just one song of his to represent the singer because he had so many hits but the one I picked by him was a big hit when I was 30 and about to go a big change in my life.

All the songs, and singers, bring back memories, mainly in the 1950s as I came out in New York City and each one brings back many memories!

1)  Frank Sinatra “Strangers In The Night” 1966   https://youtu.be/BTOeRwIUnG0

2) Tony Bennett “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” 1957 https://youtu.be/jBesLqgs4yA

3) Johnny Ray “Cry” 1951 https://youtu.be/5FO07LN72ek

4) Mel Torme “The Christmas Song” 1950 Though made more famous by Nat King Cole Torme wrote this song so—- https://youtu.be/8fxmh9srt1w

5) Eddie Fisher  “Wish You Were Here” 1953 https://youtu.be/OPkEdMAFT00

6) Frankie Laine (One of my brother’s favorite singers–drove me crazy with “Mule Train” but I did like this one) “Black And Blue” 1946 https://youtu.be/23ccsC7UTOE

7) Vic Damone “We Kiss In A Shadow” 1958  from “The King and I” a Gay anthem https://youtu.be/xBBaCxxyBt0

8) Johnny Mathis “It’s Not For Me To Say” 1957 https://youtu.be/xBBaCxxyBt0

9) Billy Eckstine “My Foolish Heart” 1950 from one of my favorite movies https://youtu.be/tNTVqFUQxi4

10) Harry Belafonte “Day O” aka “Banana Boat Song” 1956 https://youtu.be/6Tou8-Cz8is

11) Nat King Cole “Unforgettable” 1951 https://youtu.be/JFyuOEovTOE

12) Al Martino “An Affair To Remember” 1957 Another favorite movie https://youtu.be/6EHGoJVeBK0

13) Perry Como “If (They Made Me A King)” 1951 https://youtu.be/jQvW1M7K6II

14) Tony Martin “Stranger In Paradise” 1954 https://youtu.be/rXJM_ZeMs1g

Posted January 31, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

Streaming reviews week of January 24, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Dangerous Lies”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 35 minutes–crazy mixed up mystery thriller that doesn’t make sense plus has a bad lead actor but IS FUN.

2) “So My Grandma’s a Lesbian”–Netflix–Spanish comedy–1 hour & 35 minutes–a story of love, family, fun, craziness involving 3 families–and 2 grandmas coming out to get married–RECOMMENDED!

3) “Imposters”–Netflix–American series–2 seasons–10 episodes each season for a total of 14 hours & 2 minutes–recommended to me by my friend Gene (and we are still friends!)–fun, escapades, twists and turns, not too many holes in the stories revolving a woman who marries 2 men and 1 woman with others masterminding her moves–the exes get together for revenge– good cast–I didn’t expect the last line!! RECOMMENDED!

4) “The White Tiger”–Netflix–An American film made in India–2 hours & 5 minutes–an interesting look at the caste system in India separating the rich and poor–except for that aspect JUST ANOTHER MOVIE!

5) “Fearless”–Netflix–British crime thriller–6 episodes–3 hours–up to the 4th episode a routine mystery then it takes off to become TOP RATE!

6) “The Vanished”–Amazon Prime—-movie–1 hour & 35 minutes–child disappears in a RV campsite–you may not see the end coming which is a good–WASTE OF TIME!

7) “Strong Island”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 47 minutes–filmmaker looks at the murder of his brother and the man who got away with it–in 1992 and what has happened since then–could have been/should have been stronger–NOT ONE OF THE BETTER FILMS MADE ON THE SUBJECT!

8) “Kim’s Convenience”–series–4 seasons–each season 13 episodes–total 21 hours–a series about a Korean family who own a convenience store in Canada and their misadventures with each other and others–typical old fashioned comedy series WHICH IS FUNNY!

Posted January 29, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming, TELEVISION

In my next life….   1 comment

Don’t get excited as I haven’t finished with this life yet and I plan to be around for a long time!!

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Every time I look around me I am amazed by what Mother Nature does with light whether it be a sunrise, sunset or just having the sun bounce off windows and leave green bars on the black concrete in a parking lot. Walk a few steps to the right and the green bars are gone! A few more steps and, like magic, 3 new green lines appear
I can walk into the kitchen and there is a piece of artwork on the ceiling–the middle picture on the right–bringing the outdoor in.I have, literally, thousands of pictures and I am constantly taking more so I have made my decision. In my next life, I am going to school, study photography and travel around the world taking the pictures that Mother Nature makes to keep our eyes constantly looking and our minds in awe!
As I said I am not ready to leave this life yet—have a lot to do–but at least I won’t worry about what I’ll be doing when I come back!

Posted January 27, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

Streaming reviews week of January 17, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “One Night In Miami”–movie–Amazon Prime–1 hour & 45 minutes–one of the best movies in the past year–a gathering of Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Cassius Clay in a Miami hotel room, and each talks about his personal experience as a black man–excellent acting and direction A MUST SEE

!2) “Mudbound”–movie–Netflix–2 hours & 15 minutes–a good film that could have been better by 20-25 minutes of editing–a story of 2 Mississippi families–one black and the other white–A Very Emotional Moving Movie

3) EDHA–Netflix–Argentina series–Netflix–Season 1–10 episodes–6 hours & 28 minutes–not a bad soap opera that takes place in the fashion world–Nothing Special.

4) “The ABC Murders”–Amazon Prime–Limited Series–3 episodes–2 hours and 51 minutes–Hercule Poirot played by John Malkovich–as written by Sarah Phelps–never thought I would put Agatha Christie and boring in the same sentence but the writer who rewrote Christie’s story and actor Malkovich are both Boring!

5) “Show Business: The Road to Broadway”–Amazon Prime–documentary–1 hour & 42 minutes–for Broadway musical lovers who wonder what involves bringing a musical to Broadway–the pitfalls and hard work–looks at 4 shows: Wicked, Avenue Q, Taboo and Caroline or Change–Interesting to followers of Broadway

6) “Alaska is a Drag”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 23 minutes–a gay teen in–where else?– Alaska dreams of being a star drag queen–and performs for his sister–That’s it, folks!

7) “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992”–Amazon Prime–documentary–2 hours & 23 minutes–though it is about Rodney King, the verdict, and the riots caused by it, this documentary could be made today about today–A real-life shattering drama.8) “Night Stalker: Hunt For a Serial Killer”–4 part documentary series–3 hours & 9 minutes–could have been told in 2 hours or less–as seen through the eyes of the two detectives who worked the case–If you are into graphic true crime stories.

Posted January 22, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming

85 years of music and memories Part 1   1 comment

I was doodling on a piece of paper and started to write titles of songs that brought back memories and before I knew it I had 500 titles!! Well, after 85 years of songs that mean something to you, that trigger a memory keep on coming back–so here are some of the songs, in no particular order–and in some case a snippet of memory! 

1. 1945–the first time I remember being stunned by a song and singer in a Broadway Musical: John Raitt singing the “Soliloquy” in “Carousel”

https://youtu.be/CKCUapUEFkY

2. “But Not For Me”–Ella Fitzgerald–1950s–Everod Baths, NYC

https://youtu.be/FnfUN6bBAg4

3. “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”–1955–Chinese Grauman Theatre–met Jennifer Jones–I was in the Marines–one of my top favorite movies–song sung at the end by the 4 Aces ‘destroyed’ me

https://youtu.be/4U5zkF3OJOM

4. “Look of Love”–1967–Sergio Mendez–Bernie–Weight Watchers–The Boys in the Band–moved to Memphis https://youtu.be/HAFYlBg_1u0

5.”I Wish You Love” Keely Smith–Basin Street East–I was 23–a young romantic nightclub kidhttps://youtu.be/WPJ-J3NUUyk

Posted January 18, 2021 by greatmartin in memories, MUSIC

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Streaming reviews week of January 10, 2021   Leave a comment


1) “LUPIN”–French Mystery Series–Season 1–5 episodes–2 hours & 51 minutes–first I was extremely impressed by the actor Omar Sy, including his acting, as the gentleman thief Arsene Lupin based on a series of French books written in 1905–I was ‘lost’ a few times by the story but I am definitely ready for season 2–A MUST SEE
2) “Pieces of a Woman”–American Movie–2 hours & 6 minutes–opens with a 28-minute harrowing segment watching a woman giving birth at home which ends in tragedy–the rest of the movie is about what happens to the woman–Vanessa Kirby is excellent and the movie has been getting rave reviews but after that opening, I kept waiting for something to happen–I am still waiting!
3) “Rich In Love”–Brazillian Movie–1 hour & 45 minutes–no difference between a Brazillian and Hollywood romantic comedy–losing a bet a rich kid plays poor–if you enjoy the latter you’ll enjoy this–nothing special but okay.4) “San Pa Sins of the Savoir”–Italian Documentary–season 1–5 episodes–5 hours–I tried, I really tried, but couldn’t get past the 3rd episode so just went to last 15 minutes–about heroin addicts and a man who tried to save them and became a controversial figure–boring.5) “Pretend It’s a City”–American documentary–limited series–7 episodes–3 hours & 23 minutes–Martin Scorsese interviews and follows Fran Lebowitz around New York–Lebowitz, in many ways, is the stereotypical New Yorker–it could have been an episode or two shorter but then it wouldn’t have been about New York or New Yorkers–I enjoyed seeing a lot of the places I used to hang out–this is for New Yorkers and/or those who don’t know any New Yorkers.
6) “Alice Junior”–Brazillian Movie–1 hour & 27 minutes–Alice, a transgender teenager, finds herself in a small, conservative town and in a co-ed Catholic school–a sweet, short movie that covers a lot of territories. 
7) “Equinox”–Danish series–season 1–6 episodes–4 hours & 30 minutes–a fantasy mystery thriller that was recommended to me–wish I could remember who recommended it because I won’t ever watch another show they recommend!

Posted January 15, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Series, Streaming

Fake News from the weather channel?!?!   1 comment

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Look at the date and time on the upper left hand corner in the left picture and then the right!It wasn’t this cold during the Ice Age when I was born in Fort Lauderdale!! Now this would qualify as a cold wave in South Florida yesterday or could it be the definition on Fake News?I may have to go to Tennessee, New Hampshire, Maine or Rhode Island to warm up or even better to New Zealand or Australia where it is summer!

Posted January 14, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Streaming reviews–week of January 3, 2021–on Netflix unless otherwise noted.   Leave a comment


1) “History of Swear Words”–Series–season –6 episodes–each episode 20 minutes–hosted by Nic Cage–for a guy who doesn’t curse I found all of this educational and funny.

2) “On My Block”–Series–3 Seasons–season 1–10 episodes–4 hours & 39 minutes–season 2–10 episodes–4 hours & 42 minutes–season 3–8 episodes–4 hours & 5 minutes–surprised me–thought it was just another teenage nothing but  is a lot more–it is about family–we follow 4 high school teenagers–they are funny, touching, emotional kids who back up each other in a life that is not easy–halfway into the first season it became a must see for me.

3) “We Can Be Heroes”–Movie–1 hour & 40 minutes–funny, silly, imaginative, special effects ‘to die for’, fast paced fantasy–it seems Robert Rodriguez’s mind never stops and the action doesn’t–pure entertainment.

4) “Monarca”–Spanish Series–Season 1–10 episodes–7 hours & 8 minutes–Season 2–8 episodes–6 hours and 5 minutes–typical Mexican novella about a family involved with the mob and 3 children fighting about who takes over the business, of making tequila and building hotels, after father is killed–large cast with familiar story–for “Dynasty” lovers

5) “Murder in the Bayou”–Amazon Prime–Documentary–Season 1–5 episodes–4 hours & 29 minutes–an excellent fast paced mystery documentary though would have been much better if was edited to half the time–use of fast forward button will make it better.

6) “Nocturnal Animals”–Movie–1 hour & 56 minutes–this didn’t last long in the movie theatres when it came out in 2016 or I would have seen it being a huge fan of Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Linney–good, interesting until the end–a big disappointment

7) “The Midnight Sky”–Movie–2 hours–would have been a lot better on a large movie screen–the last time I saw a space picture that I didn’t get was “2001 A Space Odyssey” in 1968 and the second time I saw it I ‘lit up’ (that was in my ‘bad boy’ days)–maybe that’s what I needed for this–a strong cast with good directing by George Clooney but forgettable

Posted January 8, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

Streaming Reviews–week of December 27, 2020   Leave a comment

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1) “Yearly Departed”–Amazon Prime–44 minutes and 2) “Death To 2020”–Netflix–1 hour & 10 minutes–2 ‘comedy’ specials–almost 2 hours and no laughs but plenty of foul-mouthed women in the former and except for Hugh Grant and Lisa Kudrow in the former worth seeing a waste of your time in the new year! (And if I NEVER see Tiffany Haddish I will be happy!)

3) “Sylvie’s Love”–Amazon Pride–Movie–1 hour & 55 minutes–How can any movie be bad when it haves Doris Day singing on the soundtrack? This is one of those ‘they don’t make anymore’ and I wish they would–though you know the ending before it even starts you love every minute of–besides Doris Day the soundtrack is made up of a lot of good music and singers from, the 1950s and 1960s–my second favorite movie of December!

4) “Giving Voice”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–Excellent–a look into the works of one of the best American playwrights August Wilson–budding high school actors from all over the USA audition doing monologues from his plays and we watch the final 6 competitors–you want all of them to win and the one I was rooting for came in second but they are all interesting human beings wanting to be in a tough business–A MUST SEE!

5) “How The States Got Their Shape”–Amazon Pride–Documentary series–season 1–10 episodes–7 hours–until I came across the title I had never given it a thought! Originally on the History channel, it is an interesting, educational (in a good way), look into the growth of a country–Brian Unger is a good, fun host–more than worth your time.

6) “Bridgerton”–Netflix–series–season 1–8 episodes–8 hours and 7 minutes–mix Rhonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”, “How To Get Away With Murder”) with PBS Masterpiece get ready for a fun, meaningless romp in the 19th century–a lot of chemistry between the leads–smoldering sex, very funny, the voice of Julie Andrews as a gossip writer of the time and hundreds of outrageous wigs worn by the queen making it alone worth seeing and waiting for season 2–get lost in a sexy, funny world of another time.

7) “The Surgeon’s Cut”–Netflix–Documentary series–4 episodes–3 hours & 36 minutes– renowned surgeons talk about their life and their work–some graphic scenes which I found hard to watch–strange, but a doctor can do whatever he wants to me still I can’t watch him/her cut up someone else–a fascinating look at what makes a doctor and how/why they improvise on people’s lives–the first episode alone is mind-boggling–or, at least, was to me!

Posted January 1, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

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