A Marvelous Mix of Music

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It has been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been busy, but I have a new post for you today. Recently, I saw a concert that was a mix of Sones de México (a traditional Mexican music group) and Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues. This was a very interesting mix between Mexican music and blues music, but there are so many similarities in these two genres. The two groups started out by saying that both of these genres had started with people working in the fields. This was a very, very interesting combination of music, and I really enjoyed lots of the pieces they put together. There was also a great singing group, who called themselves Nadima, that sang along with the blues music. It was one of the most amazing concerts I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot. Check out the videos below. They’re great videos, but they’re nothing compared to the caliber of the concert. I hope you like them. Disclaimer: There is one video half in Spanish, but if you don’t speak Spanish, it’s no big deal, because they’re going to speak in English, too.

Terry-Thomas: A Legendary Comedian

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Today I will be talking about Terry-Thomas, a comedian of the 1950s and 60s in England. His movies are some of the funniest and most clever I have ever seen. My favorites include Make Mine Mink, School for Scoundrels, How to Murder Your Wife, Too Many Crooks, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. I really enjoy his comedy because it’s cynical, sarcastic, and overall ridiculous, but in a realistic sense, meaning it’s not so ridiculous that it’s impossible. His trademarks include his moustache, the gap in his teeth, and his name, which originally was Thomas Terry Stevens, but he later changed it so that he wouldn’t be confused as a relative of a famous actress of the nineteenth century.

Here’s a monologue of his on the Judy Garland Show, which he was a guest on.

I hope you like his films as much as I do.

A break

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As you probably have noticed, I haven’t been posting for awhile, due to recent thoughts. I’ve become tired of only having one blog, so, (as an amateur cartoonist) I will create a cartooning blog. But don’t worry, I’ll still be posting. Sorry for the recent absence. Many of my family members are cartoonists, so I am very interested in cartooning as well. Hopefully you’ll check my new blog out.

Death Cloud: A Great Book

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I’ve just finished an amazing novel, entitled Death Cloud (the only teen series endorsed by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate). It revolves around the story of Sherlock Holmes, but as a teenage boy in the 1860s. It was written by Andy Lane, and has extremely gripping and suspenseful writing. In the story, Sherlock meets a boy named Matty Arnat, a poor but extremely knowledgeable “sailor” (he lives on a boat carried around by a horse). Before meeting Matty, Sherlock has moved to spend the summer with his uncle Sherrinford, a wealthy “clergyman” (as he just writes pamphlets for churches). Sherlock meets a man, his tutor, named Aymus Crowe, an American. (I apologize for these confusing details, but It’s a very complicated story. If you read it, everything will make sense.) Matty has told Sherlock of a sight he saw: a black cloud flying and going into a room in a building, escaping, and from that room the townspeople carried out a boil-covered corpse. Sherlock and Aymus find another one of these boil-covered corpses, and they finally trace these deaths to a man named Baron Maupertuis. The black clouds — SPOILER ALERT — are a very aggressive species of African bees. I would give this book 4 1/2 to 5 stars (on a scale of 1 to 5). I hope you enjoy it, too.

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The Energy of Disco

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted. But don’t worry; I have just been procrastinating. I’d like today to share with you my own personal top-10 chart of disco songs. For those who may not know, disco was a very, very large phenomenon in the 70s. It was a sort of mix between funk, pop, and soul. It’s dancing music. It went out of popularity in the late 70s, but came back later, and in 2013, several pop stars, including Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, released disco-style pop songs.

10. YMCA, The Village People

9. We Are Family, Sister Sledge

8. I Feel Love, Donna Summer

7. Funky Town, Lipps

6. Le Freak, Chic

5. Night Fever, Bee Gees

4. Stayin’ Alive, Bee Gees

These last three are extremely hard to decide, so writing this, I’ve changed my mind many times, and I still don’t feel like it’s right, but here it is.

3. Don’t Leave Me This Way, Thelma Houston

2. I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor

1. Lady Marmalade, Labelle

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Patti Labelle at the White House

Old Goats: The Movie

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Today I’d like to talk about Old Goats, a great movie. It centers around three older retirees: Bob, Britt, and Dave. Bob, the oldest of the bunch, is the most energetic and always seems to have a girlfriend, even at his age. Britt is a sailor who is facing some difficulty in encountering a woman, and Dave, who is married to a narcissistic materialist (whom I think he should divorce) is the youngest and richest of the bunch, and is always having small but fancy gatherings and bonds the group together. There is a bit of swearing in the movie, and some sexual reference comedy, but I can assure you it’s nothing obscene. Overall, the movie is a hilarious, moving, realistic window into the lives of three older men, and is one of the most enjoyable movies you’ll probably watch.