Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

The annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, in Hunt Valley, Maryland--also known as MANC--opened this morning, and continues through Saturday. 

I've been to the convention several times in the past, and regret being unable to attend this year; it is always enjoyable.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September 11th

At some point--I am hopeful it will be sooner, rather than later--I would very much like to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  The Memorial, of course, honors the passengers and crew members of United Flight 93, who lost their lives on September 11th.

There were many acts of great courage, of profound heroism, on September 11th--in New York, at the Pentagon, and on Flight 93.  The effort to retake Flight 93--to disrupt the plans of the terrorists who had hijacked the plane--remains one of the most moving stories in our country's history.

Here is the National Park Service's website, for the Flight 93 National Memorial:

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Raymond Scott Festival, on Saturday

Tomorrow (September 8th), the renowned musician-composer-orchestra leader--inventor--electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott (1908-1994) will be the focus of symposia and musical performances, in California.  "Scott Works: The Raymond Scott Festival" will take place throughout the day, and evening, at the Colony Theater in Burbank.

The festival is being produced by Reckless Night Music. The company, formed in 2012, oversees and licenses Scott's work, and is run by members of Scott's family.

Two of those in charge of Saturday's event are writer and educator Deborah Scott Studebaker, one of the daughters of Scott and the well-known and very talented singer and actress Dorothy Collins (1926-1994); and filmmaker Stan Warnow, Scott's son from his first marriage, to Pearl Zimney. 

In 2010, Stan Warnow released a very fine documentary about his father, which he directed and produced: Deconstructing Dad (please see:

Incidentally, the phrase "Reckless Night"--referred to above--was part of the title of one of Scott's 1930s compositions, "Reckless Night on Board an Ocean Liner."

The phrase (or, the plural version of the phrase) was also used in the 1990s, in the title of a collection released by Sony Music: "The Music of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights."

Here is the 1937 Columbia recording of "Reckless Night on Board an Ocean Liner," by the Raymond Scott Quintette (although on the Columbia label, as seen in the link below, it is spelled "Quintet" ):