A quick word…no programming this weekend

Hi all – I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on why we suddenly went silent in the midst of EuroVision activity.

I am presently in Lancaster, Ohio. I arrived here on Tuesday morning after the Fairfield Medical Center called me Monday night and told me that my mom, who had been hospitalized the previous Friday, was having a bad bleeding incident, and that they weren’t sure she would make it through to the following morning. I quickly booked a flight to Columbus, praying that she would hang on until I got here. By the time I got here, they had her marginally stabilized and they let me know just how seriously ill she was – she had not been totally forthcoming about her illnesses with me, which didn’t surprise me – she has always been that way.

As she regained strength on Tuesday, and they were actually able to switch her over to the less cumbersome oxygen mask so we could talk normally on Wednesday, we had some long, difficult talks with some of the doctors, who had been a bit more candid about her condition with me once I arrived on Tuesday. Last evening she was moved from the hospital to a beautiful complex on the eastern edge of town called Pickering House; it’s a hospice care facility.  Her doctor at the hospital told me that she probably will not last more than a few days, but she would be comfortable, as they focus on making sure the last days are still quality of life heavy.  For her part as usual, Mom is more worried about ME than herself, but I think I finally convinced her that I’m ok (and I’m really not).

Today, I’m leaving her apartment, where I’ve been staying since Tuesday, and moving to the guest facilities at Pickering House. She also led me to believe that most of the important stuff is already arranged (I don’t think it is). So I’m hoping that with the staff out there, I will be able to figure everything out.

I am hoping to return to regular duties soon – It was my plan to head home on Saturday via Amtrak, but I’m not sure if that’s going to be doable yet. We’ll see. Obviously because of circumstances, the shows for this weekend have been cancelled, and hopefully we’ll be able to get back going again next week.

Thanks, I will be back as soon as possible…

TC

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Qami” by Sevak Khanagyan, Armenia

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Today’s song is the official entry from Armenia, “Qami” by Sevak Khanagyan, written by Sevak Khanagyan, Anna Danielyan, and Viktorya Maloyan. The song is performed in Armenian. Like a number of performers before him from various countries, Khanagyan came to prominence via competitions on TV; he was a contestant on Russia’s version of The Voice in 2015 and also won X-Factor Armenia in 2016.

The song is a slowly building ballad, and has a ton of power behind it, as Khanagyan’s voice powers through several different levels of the song. Although it’s not unheard of for songs in a language other than English or Spanish to hit the American charts, it IS a rarity, thus I am not too sure of this song’s US chart chances.

Armenia has participated in EuroVision eleven times since debuting in 2006, and has yet to land a win in the contest; they have finished as high as fourth, which has happened twice, in 2008 and 2014. The entry will be performed as the 16th song in the first semi-final on May 8th.

Here’s the official music video: enjoy, but fair warning – the flashing and spinning at the end of the video was making me a bit queasy…no joke…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM next week!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

Rex Manning and Co heads for the Great White Way – “Empire Records” becoming Broadway musical

I don’t know whether to be jumping for joy or running for the hills scared to death – Deadline.com is reporting that the 1995 cult classic “Empire Records” is being groomed as a Broadway musical to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary in 2020…(T-T TWENTY F-F-FIVE YEARS?!? ::Gasp:: MY HEART!!)

The film told the story of a harried day in the life of a group of close knit employees of a large mom and pop record store in Jersey, when washed up pop star Rex Manning was coming for a signing after revitalizing his career with a George Michael like career revival. The film barely got a release, and got horrible notices from the snooty film critic community, but the fans embraced it, and time has been very kind to the critics’ reaction as well. At the time I was working in a record store, and ALL of the employees immediately embraced it for its realistic situations, its off the wall sense of humor, and its stellar soundtrack.

The film helped launch the careers of Liv Tyler, Ethan Embry (then known as Ethan Randall), Renee Zellweiger, Robin Tunney, Johnny Whitworth, Debi Mazar, and Rory Cochrane, and also starred Anthony LaPaglia, Coyote Shivers, James “Kimo” Wills, Brendan Sexton III, and of course, Maxwell Caulfield as Rex Manning.

Deadline reports that the film is being developed for Broadway by producer Bill Weiner, who’ll work with the film’s original writer Carol Heikkinen, with new music and lyrics by Zoe Sarnak, the 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant winner for her upcoming musical Afterwords.

All I know is that the new music for the show better damn well leave “Sugarhigh” alone…it’s one of the best numbers in the film, it’s a shame the recorded version doesn’t have Zellweiger’s vocals on it as well, as it does in the film…

We’ll keep you posted…I know I can’t wait for this…I think….just don’t screw it up, please…

EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Crazy” by Franka, Croatia

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Today’s song is the official entry from Croatia, “Crazy” by Franka, written by Franka Batelic and Branimir Mihaljevic. According to Wikipedia, Franka says she had written three different songs to enter in this year’s contest, and selected “Crazy” because she felt “it was the only right choice’.

The song, a scorching mid-tempo, torchy love song, sounds like what you might get if you crossed Celine Dion with Beyonce; it’s an excellent choice as an entry, and I like it quite a lot. It definitely has the feel that most US hits of this type of song. Will we see it make the charts in the US?

Croatia has participated in EuroVision off and on since making their debut in 1993, and has yet to land a win in the contest; they have finished as high as fourth, which has happened twice, in 1996 and 1999. The entry will be performed as the 12th song in the first semi-final on May 8th.

Here’s the official music video: enjoy!

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM next week!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

CountDown To EuroVision ’18: The Past Two Years

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica will have daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Today, TC has prepared playlists of his favorite songs from the two most recent contests, the only two aired thus far in the US!

Here’s the five songs from the 2016 contest that TC loved!

And the playlist of his favorites from the 2017 contest as well!

You may notice that the winner of each year is NOT among my choices…I’m sorry, neither of them did anything for me…my top pick for the winner for each year is the first video in the groups…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM next week!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

Countdown to EuroVision ’18: Sneak Peek

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BibiloMusica begin their daily coverage of Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with a preview of most of the 43 songs that will be a part of this year’s contest!

Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Check out the two official videos from EuroVision below: each one highlights which songs and countries will be included in which semi-final vying for a spot in the Grand Final on May 12.

The first Semi-Final happens on May 8th, and will include the following selections:

The second semi-final happens on May 10 and will include the following selections:

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites!

Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And don’t forget to watch the show May 12 on LogoTV!

A Visit to BookSmith MusicSmith, Orleans MA

Waaaay back in September 2016, during our annual vacation on Cape Cod, we took a trip out to Orleans to visit what’s touted on their Facebook page as the “largest independent book and music store on Cape Cod”. It was quite a ride on the bus – nearly 2.5 hours from Hyannis because of the constant stops – but we finally made it to BookSmith MusicSmith.

Nestled away in the Orleans Marketplace (which looks a lot larger and less a strip mall when looking at their website), this homey little store was one of those delights you have to search out on your travels.

I had a nice discussion with the clerk on duty (I’m terribly sorry, but I didn’t get his name) and he told me that the store had originally been part of the BookSmith chain in MA (the only one left is Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner), and when the original owners sold off the store, they had elected to keep the name. He also generously said we could snap a few photos of the place as well…here’s the sign out in front of the shopping plaza…

Here’s the entrance…that’s Kim coming out the door…

They have a great little room devoted to used vinyl and cassettes…oh MAN I could have spent all day in here…they had a TON of 45s…

Their main floor is also quite impressive…great selection of CDs to choose from…

And from another angle…

and the bookstore section was pretty good too…excuse my fat finger on the lens, please…

All in all, it was a fun trip out there – although it took a while to get out to Orleans, which is about 3/5ths of the way out to the outer edge of the Cape, the trip down was beautiful. The roads are surrounded with trees and fields, with a few houses and businesses dotted along the way. The trip back was also nice, but we had to wait in the hot sun for about 30 minutes to catch the bus home – unfortunately there were no trees in the immediate area. We also found another independent record store across the street from the shopping center, a place called “Instant Karma” but alas we didn’t get a chance to go in and peruse a bit…we’ll have to do that another time.

Thanks to BookSmith MusicSmith for agreeing to let us feature you – we loved the store, which is a vital link for music and books in the outer Cape! You can also check out their Facebook here!

 

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