Take a Ride on the Mystery Train with Updated A BOY FROM TUPELO

One of the best Elvis Presley stories in recent memory was an audio collector’s July 2012 discovery of a live recording of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget.” Not realizing the rarity of what he had found, the collector posted the 1955 Louisiana Hayride radio show segment on YouTube as a curiosity piece. Once Elvis…

STAR WARS: Will the Frustration Always Be with Us?

Forty years ago today, Star Wars made its cinematic debut. For over twenty weeks in 1977, Star Wars was the number one movie in the United States. That first domestic release grossed $307 million, the highest ever at the time. Star Wars also earned Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Alec…

From Ugnaughts to Ewoks: Ranking the Star Wars Movies

Two new Star Wars movies have been released so far since Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012 for over 4 billion dollars. Before the sale, most fans thought the saga was complete. Now, there is no end in sight. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting as a pulse check to rank…

Laughing with Elvis

Elvis Presley fans tend to take a moment to remember him on January 8, for today would have been his 82nd birthday. I was 9 years old when I first became aware of Elvis’ birthday. Either the weekend before or after January 8, 1985, local radio station AM 1140 WRVA hosted guest DJ Steve Christopher…

Music of the Year for 2016

It is the end of the year, which means I like to crunch the numbers around my digital music collection and listening habits. According to iTunes, out of 10,217 unique tracks in my collection, the one I played most often in 2016 was “Rey’s Theme,” composed by John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens…