The Bluesday Brothers

Thanks to Saturday Night Live and the comedy genius of both Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, my awareness of the blues increased with the release of the movie “The Blues Brothers” in 1980. While Jake and Elwood were on a mission from God to save the orphanage where they were raised, Belushi and Aykroyd were on a mission to bring their love of the blues to a wider audience while making one of the funniest…

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My August Reads, 2014

I have definitely been in catch-up mode this past month. In addition to falling behind with all of my reading, I actually let my Clarkesworld subscription lapse! Once I took care of that oversight I’ve been spending time bringing myself up to speed with the latest issues. Now the question is whether or not I’ll be able to meet my goals of reading 52 books and 200 short stories this year. I suspect that I’ll…

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Tuesday Is Now Bluesday

The first blues album I ever owned was a gift from my aunt and uncle, way back in the day. It was called “The Anthology of British Blues: Me and the Devil” by Tony McPhee and Friends. It was way above my musical tastes at the time, and it wasn’t until recently that I started to appreciate the blues. My original vinyl was lost long ago, but I was able to track down a re-release…

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My Summer Reads, 2014

Specifically, my May, June, and July reads. Unfortunately, there isn’t much here to see since I haven’t done any reading since April. The last book I started has been sitting on my bookshelf unread since then, and my “To Read” pile seems to be spreading out like untreated dandelions on the front lawn. According to Goodreads.com, I have 39 books to read in the next five months if I’m going to reach my goal of…

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My April Reads, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve read much of anything, but I’ve finally started to crack open a few tomes. It won’t be long before the second anniversary of Rad Bradbury’s passing is here, so I’m trying to finish the Barnes and Noble collection before it gets here. And with the announcement of the Hugo Award nominations on Easter weekend, I want to get caught up on as much reading as I can. The Martian…

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