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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”

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

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

4. “Look of Love”–1967–Sergio Mendez–Bernie–Weight Watchers–The Boys in the Band–moved to Memphis

5.”I Wish You Love” Keely Smith–Basin Street East–I was 23–a young romantic nightclub kid

Posted January 18, 2021 by greatmartin in memories, MUSIC

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Posted April 2, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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First of all I want to thank all of you for your concern about my ankle and the tendinitis–I have been taking pain killers AND THEY ARE WORKING!!!!



I haven’t done it in awhile but I scanned my living room with my digital camera–I just forgot to comment as I was filming–next time! Take a look and let me know what you think!

For anyone who likes the music from “Les Miserables” AccuRadio has a channel devoted to all the music and the variations from all versions.

Also for  “Les Miserables” lovers or anyone wants to here an outstanding high school production go to  These kids will blow you away–the whole production!

Very interesting–I just received a complete report of ALL activity on my wordpress blog–who looked at it, where they are from, which were the favorites, how many left comments and whether they were positive or negative–and a lot more.

Just for the record–I had my last taste of alcohol on January 21, 1981–32 years ago–don’t even have food cooked in it!!!

For my review of “Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders” go to  Be sure to let me know what you think!



Posted January 17, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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:The theater is a wonderful magical place that can bring all the animals from an African Savannah to the aisles of the  Arsht Center in Miami. The opening of “Walt Disney’s The Lion King” is a stunner that has the audience cheering from the start. The show is spectacular from that opening number to the curtain call when we once again see all the animals. The book, written by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, isn’t as strong as the rest of the production but then as much as she did Julie Taymor couldn’t do everything.


Among the aspects Taymor was responsible for were the directing, costume design, mask and puppet design (along with Michael Curry), additional music and lyrics along with Lebo M. Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer adding to the original score by Elton John and Tim  Rice and they are the strongest parts of the musical. The scenic designs by Richard Hudson encompass all her work eliciting gasps and awe from the audience.  The choreographer, Garth Fagan, is watched over by his associate choreographer Marey Griffith while John Stefaniuk continues his work as Taymor’s associate director.


The show opens with King Mufasa (Dionne Randolph) and Queen Sarabi (Tryphena Wade) presenting their new born cub Simba to all the gathered animals. Scar (J. Anthony Crane) ,Mufasa’s brother,  laments that he is no longer the next to be king. The multitude of players then embark on a Shakespearean tale of love, loss, exile and, yes, happy ever after which is more Hollywood than Shakespeare.


We meet a young Simba (Adante Power) ,who may be a little too scrawny to be a lion cub, and Nala (Sade Phillip-Demorcy) the female cub who at first is his friend. In the second act they are grown and the roles are played by Jelani Remy, a strong, looking king to be who has the best voice in the company and Syndee Winters, who looks and acts like a queen from her first appearance on stage.


Along the journey we meet Rafiki, (Buyi Zama) almost a narrator of the show, Zazu (Mark David Kaplan) a hornbill who is an advisor to the King, Timon (Nick  Cordilone) a meerkat and Pumba (Ben Lipitz) a warthog who bring much needed humor to the show, The hyenas Shenzi (Rashada Dawan), Banzai (Keith Bennett) and Ed (Robbie Swift) are menacing as they should be and, in their own way, ugly. All the dancing, singing and acting really takes second place to all the production values which stop the show in a good way, such as the scene made up of stars and lights that come together to present King Mufasa’s face to Simba.


The orchestra, conducted by Rick Snyder, is made up of about 18 members including Stefan Monssen and Reuven Weizberg standouts on percussions, each one in a box on opposite sides of the theatre.


“Walt Disney’s The Lion King” is a must see show, if for nothing else the opening number, for the magic an American musical can cast over an audience. It will be in Miami for 4 weeks.


1st act  1 hour and 20 minutes   Intermission 25 minutes  2nd act 1 hour

Posted May 24, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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Shortly before Christmas in 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley (Cody Slaughter), Johnny Cash (Derek Keeling), Carl Perkins (Lee Ferris) and Jerry Lee Lewis (Martin Kaye) are joined by Jay Perkins (Chuck Zayas), Carl’s brother,  drummer Fluke (Billy Shaffer) and Dyanne (Kelly Lamont), Elvis’s girlfriend are in the Sun studios owned by Sam Phillips (Christopher Ryan Grant) who recognized and nurtured the talent of the first three and was about to make a star of the fourth.

What Sam didn’t know was that he would be responsible for an historic, one time only, jam session by the 4 with Cash, Presley and Perkins all about to leave his recording studio for better, more lucrative contracts from Columbia and RCA Victor.

The audience listens in on 23 songs sung, danced and played by the cast, doing ‘the Devil’s music’ along with spirituals, songs that made them famous and some songs they probably never sung as most of these were not done at that session.

The drama is provided by Carl Perkins having written “Blue Suede Shoes” and his feeling that Elvis stole his moment when the latter sung it on the Ed Sullivan show. There is also the relationship between Sam and the boys with his being unaware that they won’t be going along with his plans.

All the actors are muscians who play their own instruments and sing their songs in the manner of the guys they are portraying without trying to mimic them. All stand out in their individual numbers and harmonize in the quartet numbers but it is Martin Kaye, as Lewis,  in the persona of the original, who brings the humor, sometimes laugh out loud moments to the show.

Grant brings across his affection for the boys while Lamont, the only female in the cast, does a good job on “Fever” but it is the quartet singing “Hound Dog”, “I Walk The Line”, “My Babe”, “Down By The Riverside” and the other classics that get the audience moving, especially the ‘concert’ at the end when they put on those sequined dinner jackets and get a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” going on, that gets everyone out of their seats.

The book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrex provides the lead-ins to the songs while the direction by Eric Schaeffer, based on the original by Floyd Mutrx, is fluid and gives each of the cast their moments to shine.

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes without an intermission Strobe lights and theatre smoke/fog   Tour Dates for January: Tampa, East Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit in Michigan.

Coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami: Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away March 20-25, 2012 and Disney’s The Lion King May 15- June10, 2012

Posted January 2, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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