Amahl and the Night Visitors

"This is an opera for children because it tries to recapture my own childhood. You see, when I was a child I lived in Italy, and in Italy we have no Santa Claus. I suppose that Santa Claus is much too busy with American children to be able to handle Italian children as well. Our … Continue reading Amahl and the Night Visitors

Hospital Rag and Ice Cream Cones

When I think of my hometown as it used to be--and I do that often--two people immediately come to mind. I've written before about Dr. Francis Carlton Luckett, who practiced medicine in my hometown of Fentress, Texas from 1917 until shortly before his death in 1965. I won't repeat myself here except to say he … Continue reading Hospital Rag and Ice Cream Cones

We Don’t Want the Bacon! What We Want Is…

Last night I did one thing I too often do and one thing I never do. The too often: I stayed up late. Very late. The never: I went to bed hooked up through earbuds and a Kindle to the album "Presenting That Celebrated Maestro MAX MORATH in a Scintillating Program of Waltzes, Shouts, Novelties, Rags, Blues, Ballads, … Continue reading We Don’t Want the Bacon! What We Want Is…

The World in Solemn Stillness

We're watching, one more time, It's a Wonderful Life. Clarence Oddbody, AS2 (Angel Second Class), aka Henry Travers, is showing George Bailey, aka James Stewart, how his hometown would look if George had never been born. In a couple of minutes, George will learn that, because he never existed, his wife, Mary, aka Donna Reed, … Continue reading The World in Solemn Stillness