Day: February 22, 2020

Tip for Trump: First, see the movie

There really are some things that Donald Trump and I agree on. For instance:
1) We both feel Nancy O’Dell is attractive. (Only one of us, I should add hastily, has tried to lure her into breaking her marriage vows);
2) We both feel the Vietnam War was a mistake; and;
3) We were both surprised when “Parasite” (shown here) won the Academy Award for best picture. Read more…

Best-bets for Feb. 24: Fantasy time for singers and bachelor

1) “The Voice” opener, 8-10 p.m., NBC. Blake Shelton is on his own this time. He’s always been able to bounce his jibes off his friend Adam Levine and/or his mate Gwen Stefani. Now neither is here; this is the fifth edition for Kelly Clarkson, third for John Legend and first for Nick Jonas. At first, the two pals dominated; in 13 editions, Shelton — shown here surrounded by Jonas adoration — had six winners and Levine had three. Then Clarkson arrived, winning three of four. Legend also won as a first-timer … which is a good sign for Jonas. Read more…

Miles Davis: The many layers of a cool life

Rich contrasts flowed through the life and music of Miles Davis.
This was the consummate cool-guy trumpeter, with fans ranging from Sinatra to rappers. “I don’t know any other musician who has played with Charlie Parker and Prince,” drummer Vince Wilburn told the Television Critics Association last month.
Davis played in the turbo-charged style of the 1940s, then switched to a slower, emotional style. As Farah Griffin, a music historian, put it in a new PBS film: “I want to feel the way Miles sounds.”
The film (9-11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25) is aptly called “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.” Davis’ sound and image were so cool that we might guess he was born in a grotto and raised in a jazz club. Read more…