Sunday, November 18, 2012
Monday, September 19, 2011
watching thoughts and emotions drift across her face like the shadows of broken clouds over a field of wheat.
Most expressive face, Seems to be reacting to her own lyrics or anticipating them. Losing herself as she crowds the piano and pushes roughness and abandon into her voice. At the end of "Save The Country," Nyro looks relieved, then happy, then worried. Like the song itself, which starts off as a frolic
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Isn't Life Terrible Has Moved!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Sundays With Snyder Number 28 - Our Gang's Spanky McFarland
After 27 consecutive weekly Sundays presenting Tom Snyder's The Radio Show, Isn't Life Terrible ran out of raw material (i.e., no more cassettes in the collection) and it appeared we had reached the end of the road.
But turn, if you would, toward St. Paul, Minnesota and tip your hat, send good karma, and make a toast with your very next Colortini to Bryan Olson, a Video Producer at Real Life Video who also saved tapes of Tom Snyder's Radio Show. Bryan kindly offered to share his programs with us, and he's put time and effort into getting them here in the proper format.
Bryan, speaking for all of us who appreciate good radio, great interviews, and the unique perspective and presence of Tom Snyder... we're in your debt.
Bryan removed the commercials from the hour-long segment. It's priceless.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Woody On The Eve Of "Annie Hall"
I'm always surprised by Woody's likes and dislikes among comedians: he likes Berle, but not Kovacs. He likes Bob Hope films, but - while he has a clinical appreciation for their brilliance, he's not captivated by Buster Keaton. And not a Lenny Bruce Fan, either.
This interview was recorded just before the completion and release of Annie Hall. Part 1 will play below; click "Play Entire Concert" [sic!] to go to the WV page to play part 2.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Sundays With Snyder - Number 27
Would life truly be better if:
- Frank Fontaine was still imitating disabled people for laughs?
- TV characters occasionally announced they were leaving to use the bathroom?
- We stopped making fun of truly ignorant, truly arrogant people who choose politics as their career?
- Better if we sterilized our 16-year-olds?
- Better if Paul Simon stopped writing anti-christian songs that agitated the lunatic fringe?
- Better if ZipLoc bags were easier to use?
- Better if TV earthquake movies were more easily comprehensible to the blind?
- Better if retailers didn't project the "worst holiday season ever," like clockwork every Thanksgiving?
- Better if Eve Arden were still with us? If Presidents made mistakes?
Touche. Right On.
Sad to say, this could be the last TS post for awhile. If I find another horde of tapes, you can bet I'll put them up here. But I may be indisposed for a few weeks and in no condition to go horde-hunting. Until then - sleep tight, America.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Sundays With Snyder - Number 26
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Sundays With Snyder - Number 25
In 1970, attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington filed suit in a U.S. District Court in Texas on behalf of Norma L. McCorvey (under the alias Jane Roe). This broadcast of The Tom Snyder Show features Sarah Weddington as the 20th anniversary of the still-controversial decision that legalized abortion approached. The story of McCorvey, who interrupted the confirmation hearing of Sonia Sotomayor as as part of an anti-abortion protest, is sad and startling.
In the second hour, actor Alan Rachins (L.A. Law) is interviewed (The recording ends slightly before the conclusion of the interview).
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Chris Elliottt Does Jay Leno On David Letterman
The post before this one has a Bob Elliott appearance on David Letterman. Bob Elliott occasionally did a pretty passable Peter Lorre impression - so here's a great clip of Bob's son Chris attempting to imitate another famous horror icon: Jay Leno.
The Right Honorable Bob and Ray
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sundays With Snyder - Number 24
An interview with Bernard Asbell, author of The Book of You, a compendium of curious and marginally interesting statistics. Following Mr. Asbell (who also wrote What They Know About You, which sounds like the exact same book) is an hour of open phones where nearly all callers sound like they're part of the crowd waiting outside the studio for Jerry Langford. I swear, one call after another, it is the night from radio talk show hell, and you can hear Tom struggle to make either sense or entertainment out of it. Tom's day didn't start well, apparently. Something's wrong, and it's not just that Tom's show was to be dropped by WABC-AM in New York. Tom is flustered. Tom gets the year wrong at one moment... and gets his own toll-free call-in number wrong shortly after that. He blames his busy day ("my mind is a bowl of guava jelly") but does not elaborate as to what might have happened. We once again hear - albeit briefly - about the charms of Snapple Lemonade and Wheat Thins. The breakfast of champions, folks.
Just discovered a nice appreciation of Tom that I hadn't seen before. Recommended if you're a fan.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
A Panel From The Last Mr. Magoo Comic Ever Published
Incredibly, Lennon Was Also Murdered The Same Night
Ad from the current issue of Rolling Stone.
Labels: John Lennon
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Sundays With Snyder - Number 23
Unemployed? Tom feels your pain. Conspiracy theorist? Somebody tell Ross Perot. Otherwise, Tom seems uncharacteristically crabby with callers. Maybe looking forward to his vacation. You might also cue up your copy of Harry Nilsson's "Nobody Cares About The Railroads Anymore."
Labels: Tom Snyder
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Sundays With Snyder - Number 22
Friday, 16 November 1990.
First, an quick interview with Michael Josephson, from The Institute for the Advancement of Ethics, who talks about Charles Keating and the "Keating 5" savings and loan scandal. Then some phone calls, including one from Tom's NYC co-worker and weatherman extraordinaire Dr. Frank Field... and one from "Harmonica Man."
That would be Joan Benny, daughter of Jack Benny. Some radio clips from The Jack Benny Show are played, and as usual (sorry) the entire interview is not quite there.
What? You say you didn't know that Jack Benny appears in Casablanca? Well - and this is breaking news - his daughter thinks he does. The debate rages on at this very moment.