Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, October 19, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: CHANGES

Written by Phil Ochs, this is one of my favorite songs, here performed by Jim and Jean.  Jim Glover met a young Phil Ochs at Ohio State, where he got Ochs interested in folk music and taught him to play the guitar.  They briefly formed a folk duo called "Singing Socialists."  Glover moved to New York, met and fell in love with Jean Ray.  they were featured a few times on Art Linkletter's television program, probably because Jean's mother was Linkletter's secretary;  their first issued recording was on a compilation album title Jack Linkletter Presents a Folk Festival in 1963.  When Phil Ochs moved to New York the next year, he stayed with the couple, who then introduced him to his future wife, Alice Skinner.  Jim and Jean issued three albums; their career evidently ended when their marriage did, although they did reunite thirty years later for a single performance in 2006.  Jean Ray died in 2007; Jim Glover now lives in Florida and has long been a peace activist.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELvnUcGPkTE

ESCAPE: ANCIENT SORCERIES

The February 15, 1948 episode of Escape presented an adaptation of Algernon Blackwood's classic horror story "Ancient Sorceries."  Paul Frees stars as Arthur Llewellyn, a man whom people recognize in a Welsh town where he had never been before.  Also featured are Kay Brinker, Ann Morrison, and -- playing double duty on this show as both a cast member and the show's announcer -- William Conrad.  Produced by William N. Robson, directed by Norman McDonnell, and adapted by Les Crutchfield, the story was considerably shortened and altered to fit into Escape's half hour format.

Time to shiver:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJLywnQsj9g&index=100&list=PLYO82KWcAA-tz9AxyxFCKriALtLQA2u_V


For those interested in Blackwood's original story, it was the second story in his collection John Silence, Physician Extraordinay, at the link below:


http://www.gutenberg.org/files/49222/49222-h/49222-h.htm

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: END OF THE LINE

The Traveling Wilburys.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMVjToYOjbM

BAD JOKE WEDNESDAY

"My roommate is super arrogant.  She always refers to her breasts as 'the twins,' which I think is funny, because I've seen the twins, and they're fraternal." -- Jamie lee

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW

Joe Cocker, with a great Beatles cover.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsA7lpzffEE

OVERLOOKED FILM: NOSFERATU (1922)

Halloween is two weeks away, so it's a good time to look at this classic take on Dracula.  For me, Max Schreck is the greatest vampire in cinematic history -- his portrayal sparked rumors that he was a real vampire, something that formed the basis of  2000's Shadow of the Vampire with Willem Defoe.  In reality, Schreck (the word means "terror" in German) was a successful stage actor in Germany who drifted into silent films and survived the advent of talkies until his death in 1936.  Schreck was well-known for his innovative use of costume and make-up.

A surprising number of people have never seen Nosferatu.  It is one of the best films ever made and is a striking example of German expressionism in silent film.  This print has the added benefit of a great score.

Enjoy.  Or shiver.  Or both.

https://archive.org/details/Nosferatu1922

Monday, October 16, 2017