My Triple Show Week

My Triple Show Week

I have friends and family members whose fear of COVID is so strong, they can’t harbor the idea of being indoors with a bunch of people they don’t know. But I trust the vaccinations I received in April, so I’ve gone to movies, restaurants, theater,...
Tony Bennett’s Final Act

Tony Bennett’s Final Act

Anderson Cooper had a wonderful piece on “60 Minutes” Sunday night about Tony Bennett, who is now 95 years old and suffering from dementia. Yet, despite severe memory problems, the old crooner can still remember the tunes he has sung for 70 years. My wife...
Saturday At The Symphony

Saturday At The Symphony

My wife and I were very happy to be back in Powell Symphony Hall on Saturday night. It was our first chance since before COVID to see and hear the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in person. It’s always a thrilling experience, but it’s not often I leap to my...
Movie Review: “Count Me In”

Movie Review: “Count Me In”

I have two pet peeves when I go see a concert. One is the person in front of me holding up their phone or iPad from start to finish, forcing me to watch this live event — that I paid good money to attend — through their screen. The other is an extended...
Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer, has died at 80 and, to my knowledge, leaves behind a life that included no gossip whatsoever. There are plenty of anecdotes about Mick Jagger’s womanizing, Bill Wyman becoming his own grandfather-in-law, Keith...
Walter Yetnikoff

Walter Yetnikoff

When I heard that Walter Yetnikoff died Sunday (just days before his 88th birthday), I remembered the conversation I had with him in 2004 — one of my all-time favorites. Yetnikoff was the president of CBS (Columbia) Records from 1975 to 1990, when the label had...