Smile – Composer Charlie Chaplin, arr. B.Podesta

A poster for Charlie Chaplin's 1936 comedy 'Modern Times'. (Photo by Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)

“Smile” is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film Modern Times. Chaplin, who composed the song, was inspired by Puccini’s Tosca.(Source: Wikipedia) https://videopress.com/v/r46VN0rQ?autoPlay=true&preloadContent=auto Smile – Composer Charlie Chaplin, arranged Brian J. Podesta March 2021 A poster for Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 comedy ‘Modern Times’. (Photo by Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)…… Continue reading Smile – Composer Charlie Chaplin, arr. B.Podesta

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Walnut St. Music Academy – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Autumn 2020

This audio clip is from the Sunday November 8, 2020 WSMA jam session. Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door is presented here, as the afternoon sun descended on a warm autumn day. This was one of the last outdoor sessions of WSMA in 2020. See link below for more about the Walnut St. Music Academy…… Continue reading Walnut St. Music Academy – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Autumn 2020

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Cristofori’s Dream, Composed by David Lanz, arr. B.Podesta

https://videopress.com/v/ZtUBJtAU?autoPlay=true&posterUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fbpod1.files.wordpress.com%2F2020%2F11%2Fbartolomeo-cristofori.jpg&preloadContent=metadata Cristofori’s Dream, Composed by David Lanz (1988) arranged by B.Podesta New Age artist David Lanz released his album Cristofori’s Dream in 1988, and the concept for his album-titled piece is provided from his blog: Cristofori’s Dreamhttps://thedavidlanz.blogspot.com/2012/01/cristoforis-dream.html As the music begins we find our selves in little Italian village. It is the1700’s. The sun is…… Continue reading Cristofori’s Dream, Composed by David Lanz, arr. B.Podesta

Appalachian Fall: Dispatches from Coal Country on What’s Ailing America by Jeff Young and the Ohio Valley ReSource Team

The Appalachia region of the eastern United States stretches from New York state to the southern states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. As of 2010, more than 25 million people live in this region. The rich deposits of coal and oil was the foundation of America’s Industrial Revolution. For the past 50 years, poverty has…… Continue reading Appalachian Fall: Dispatches from Coal Country on What’s Ailing America by Jeff Young and the Ohio Valley ReSource Team

Venetian Gondola – Felix Mendelssohn arr. B. Podesta

“Italy at last! And every possible delight I imagined, has now started and I enjoy it very much,” composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote to his family from Venice, Italy on October 11, 1830. 1 This piece begins with a left-hand motive, evoking the sounds of soft and steady water movements. It is in a triple meter…… Continue reading Venetian Gondola – Felix Mendelssohn arr. B. Podesta

For Their Blood Burns Wild by Silas Barrow

Eugenics – is a set of beliefs and practices that aim to improve the genetic quality of a human population, historically by excluding people and groups judged to be inferior and promoting those judged to be superior. In Silas Barrow’s ‘For Their Blood Burns Wild’, this fictional account of the use of eugenics is the premise of…… Continue reading For Their Blood Burns Wild by Silas Barrow

Hiding in Plain Sight – The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America by Sarah Kendzior

Sarah Kendzior, a journalist and writer from St. Louis Missouri, covers a history of the past forty years of American decline and how Trump and his people in business, politics, and the media enabled and benefited from criminal activities, spanning the globe. Her book is also the story of what it’s like to live in…… Continue reading Hiding in Plain Sight – The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America by Sarah Kendzior

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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

Mann’s book 1491 provides insight into how America was prior to the arrival of Europeans. Traditionally, we learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of the Christopher Columbus landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed in nomadic bands; and lived so…… Continue reading 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

Pandemic 1918 by Catharine Arnold

The biggest lesson from the 1918 pandemic is clearly, to tell the truth. People can deal with the truth, it’s the unknown that is much scarier.”- John Barry

Successful Aging by Daniel J. Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in California, and the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Music at McGill University, Montreal. He is the author of four consecutive New York Times bestselling books: This Is Your Brain On Music, The World in…… Continue reading Successful Aging by Daniel J. Levitin

Blowout by Rachel Maddow

Corrupted democracy, rogue state Russia, and the richest, most destructive industry on earth. This begins Rachel Maddow’s detailed book Blowout, about the oil and gas industry, and how it has corrupted countries worldwide, all to make profit, and to rule the world. The epicenter of this industry, Russia, has for many years influenced and controlled…… Continue reading Blowout by Rachel Maddow

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Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker PhD

Humans need more than seven hours of sleep each night to maintain cognitive performance. After ten days of just seven hours of sleep, the brain is as dysfunctional as it would be after going without sleep for twenty-four hours.

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John Candy – Laughing on the Outside by Martin Knelman

The 1997 book from Martin Knelman explores John Candy’s life growing up in Canada, and gaining fame as a comedic actor in both Canada and the U.S. Candy, who struggled with weight his entire life, fought off his demons by diving into the acting realm. Candy was most generous to people he met along the…… Continue reading John Candy – Laughing on the Outside by Martin Knelman

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How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir by Kate Mulgrew

Stage and screen actress Kate Mulgrew grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and has been acting since her breakthrough role starring as Mary Ryan in the 1975 ABC soap opera Ryan’s Hope. Her second autobiography released in 2019. How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir, is both a heart-wrenching and heart-warming account of both her parent’s, father…… Continue reading How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir by Kate Mulgrew

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The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty by Lawrence Otis Graham

After the Civil War in the 1860’s, the United States government began the era of Reconstruction ending the Confederate secession and slavery, making the newly freed slaves citizens with civil rights guaranteed by three new Constitutional amendments. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, the Fourteenth Amendment addressed citizenship rights and equal protection of all…… Continue reading The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty by Lawrence Otis Graham

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Tetralogy of Fallot

50 years ago, on April 30, 1969, I underwent successful open-heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital to repair a heart birth defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. For my 50th anniversary, this article provides insight into the history of medical advancements with congenital heart defects, my experiences during the early days of hospitalization, and looking…… Continue reading Tetralogy of Fallot

Victor Johnston

Victor Johnston, performing with his band The Road Owls August 2019 Grafton MA Working in a career as an emergency room nurse for more than forty years, I wanted to learn about interesting experiences Victor had in the E/R, and would make an engaging story. Little did I realize, when Victor was a teenager in…… Continue reading Victor Johnston

Audio Bring It On Home

June 2016: The Gypsy Cowboys live at the Socks for Siberia Benefit, Fiskdale Ma. On a rainy Saturday in June 2016, the Hyland Orchard in Fiskdale MA hosted the annual Socks for Siberia Benefit. A series of bands performed under the pavilion for the day-long event, which was a good thing since heavy rain came…… Continue reading Audio Bring It On Home

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