Rave Ups and Ramblings

Offbeat thoughts and small revelations on everyday life

Dion: A KId From The Bronx

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“A Teenager in Love,” sung and released by Dion and the Belmonts in March, 1959, is considered one of the greatest songs in Rock and Roll history. Dion said, “The best music is a search for the truth,” and the lyrics in “A Teenager in Love” definitely capture the truth of teenage love, and who […] [Read More]
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Alternative Olympics

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No matter what the International Olympic Committee may say, the Olympics are in no way representative of the athletics of everyday life for the millions of people who live, eat, work, and play in the tri-state area. I feel strongly that something must be done to pay tribute to these unsung local heroes, the people […] [Read More]
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The Rolling Stones turn 50

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My favorite band, The Rolling Stones turned 50 on Thursday. On July 12,1962, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones gave their first performance, as the core of a band called the Rollin’ Stones, at the Marquee Club in London, often defined as “the most important venue in the history of pop music” in Europe. […] [Read More]
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Enter The Haggis

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For me, it doesn’t get much better than an evening out listening to live music, and these days there’s no better place around to listen to live music than Stage One, a very cool and intimate music venue. There’s not a bad seat in the house. Last January 28, my wife and I went to […] [Read More]
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The Daddy Oath

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It’s Father’s Day, and once again it’s time to renew my Daddy vows. I first took the Daddy Oath on Father’s Day 1985. I stood by my daughter’s cribs, placed my hand on a well-worn copy of Dr. Benjamin Spock’s book, “Baby and Child Care,” that my mother had given us, declaring that I would […] [Read More]
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To-do lists

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Anthropologists recently discovered what they are convinced is the first known to-do list, written on a cave wall in Burgundy, France. The list, in the form of cave paintings, includes animals to hunt, tools to make and things to gather. They’ve dated the to-do list to the Aurignacian period, some 40,000 years ago. The bane […] [Read More]
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Rock N Roll

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Watching Rick Derringer play, “Hang On Sloopy,” last Sunday at my current fave music venue, Stage One in Fairfield, I was transported back to the Fillmore East in 1968, when Derringer and his band, The McCoys, performed “Hang On Sloopy.” Richie Havens and Quicksilver were also on the bill. Occasionally I’ll take a short mental […] [Read More]
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Getaways

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Late one recent Tuesday night my wife got an email from LivingSocial, offering a two-day escape to The Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton, Connecticut. My wife and I have always loved spur of the moment getaways; we looked at each other and simultaneously mouthed “road trip!” This was a definite no-brainer, only an hour’s drive […] [Read More]
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