St. Remy, France


St. Remy, France. By Paul Goldfinger © St. Remy, France. Silver gelatin print.  By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click on the image to enlarge this chateau.

WIEGENLIED (LULLABY) #2.    Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.  By Franz Schubert

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Remembering “Stardust Memories.”


The Stardust Hotel in the Woody Allen 1980 movie The Stardust Hotel in the Woody Allen 1980 movie.  PG photo from the TV (PBS)

In 2011, we wrote a piece about the Woody Allen movie “Stardust Memories.”

Here is a link to that article:  


But now Lee Morgan of Ocean Grove has shared a recent piece from the New Yorker about this movie which, as many of you know, was partially shot in Ocean Grove.   Woody famously converted the Great Auditorium into the Stardust Hotel, and we wound up with a new electric cross on the building.

Lee says, ” I was reading the December 16, 2013 The New Yorker and noticed that the digital edition has a piece entitled DVD of the Week: “Stardust Memories” by Richard Brody. For those of your readers who don’t remember the film’s theme and the fact that Ocean Grove was featured in the film, this clip might be a welcome…

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The story of Sandy Denny

Sandy Denny & Rhiannon GiddensI’ve been listening to Rhiannon Giddens’ new solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, while reading Mick Houghton’s just-published biography of Sandy Denny, I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn. Not at the same time, you understand, but it’s an interesting and salutary juxtaposition.

Tomorrow Is My Turn is almost scary in the perfection of its settings for Giddens’ treatment of blues, folk, country and gospel songs. As a producer of this kind of material, T Bone Burnett offers a guarantee of empathy: a mandolin here, a fiddle there, a banjo where needed, a touch of horns, a subtle wash of strings, all applied with the greatest sensitivity to an exquisite choice of material. It’s one of the year’s essential purchases, a huge step forward for a singer whose work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops had already established her credentials as an interpreter of roots music. She’s a very fine singer, and she deserves this treatment. You find…

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Remembering Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro 1Laura Nyro had missed her intended flight from New York to London, forcing her to take a plane that arrived at six o’clock in the morning. Now here she was, barely 12 hours later, warming up before recording a performance before an invited audience in a small auditorium at the BBC’s Television Centre, for a series called In Concert.

This was in May 1971, three months after she had made her British debut at the Royal Festival Hall, giving a solo concert in which the first set was performed by her then boyfriend, Jackson Browne, who was also appearing in the UK for the first time. It had been a wonderful recital: she started with “Stoney End”, included “Timer”, “Been on a Train”, “Emmie”, “Map to the Treasure” and “Christmas in My Soul”, read a poem called “Coal Truck”, and finished with a lovely medley of “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and “Spanish Harlem”…

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