They Really Do Say So Much : Summer Pierre’s “All The Sad Songs”

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The connective tissue linking music and memory is very strong indeed — most of us can remember fairly clearly where we were and/or what we were doing the first time we heard a favorite song; hearing one we haven’t heard in years often takes us right back to what was going on in our lives during the period when it was in heavy rotation; feelings attach themselves to songs permanently, inflexibly, the record in question causing at the very least faint echoes of the same particular mood or frame of mind again and again and again.

But there’s a lot more to it than “that song always cheers me up” or “oh my God, this one  makes me think of  (insert former lover’s name)!” Melody and memory are so inextricably entwined that Alzheimer’s and dementia patients often respond to songs from their younger years while words and even tactile sensations…

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Artist Profile: Albert Fisher

Like many artists from the pulp era, there isn’t much biographical information to be found about Albert Fisher.  I did several searches online for him and I did come across a painter named Albert Fisher.  That Fisher, though, was born in 1940 and since Albert Fisher’s pulp covers were all published in the 40s and the 50s, it’s safe to say that they are two different artists.

We know of Albert Fisher’s work because he was one of the few pulp artists to sign his work.  Almost all of his work that I’ve seen was done for true crime magazines like Inside Detective and Front Page Detective.  As was typical of the era, all of the covers below feature women who are either in trouble or who are about to make trouble.  My favorite is “the woman who cheated at love,” who appears to be preparing to hide a time bomb underneath a bed.

Happy Patriots Day: Abbott & Costello in THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES (Universal 1946)

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Good morning! While most of you in America are fretting over Tax Day, here in Massachusetts we’re celebrating Patriots Day, commemorating the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord that kicked off the American Revolution. It’s a state holiday, and the Boston Marathon is held every year on this date, with the Red Sox playing their traditional 11:00am game. It’s been a tradition on this blog (well, since last year, anyway ) to feature Revolutionary War-themed films, and today we’ll take a look at THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES, an Abbott & Costello comedy that’s one of the duo’s best.

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES differs from the usual A&C formula, with Bud and Lou playing separate characters rather than working as a team. The film begins in 1780, as Costello’s Horatio Prim, tinker by trade and true patriot, rides to visit his lady-love Nora. In his possession is a letter…

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Music Video of the Day: Water by Palmistry (2019, dir by Marcus Söderlund)

Finally!  A video that delivers exactly what it promises.

Speaking of water, I mentioned earlier that it rained all day Saturday.  Well, despite that, It didn’t rain at all on Sunday and I have to say that I’m a little bit disappointed.  I really enjoyed that rain and the bad weather gave me the perfect excuse to spend an entire day doing nothing.  Fortunately, it does appear that it might rain over the upcoming week so keep me in your storm-filled thoughts!