Sunday, March 27, 2011

Reader Contributions

Merry and Bright reader Stealthman has graciously shared a stereo rip of "Let's Dance with the Three Suns" and given permission for me to post the link.  I downloaded the zip file from the 4Shared site,  Stealthman has given us a great set of songs.  So, for your continued Three Suns listening pleasure, here is a stereo rip of "Let's Dance with the Three Suns"

Thanks Stealthman!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


I know that many of you are out there planning a surprise party for your loved one and wondering what to do after the big "Surprise!".  Indeed, what to do?  Point toward the snacks and say "dig in!"?  Turn on the High-Def TV and watch C-Span?  No!  Der Bingle is here to help.

Here is an album of music created just for a Surprise Party, and, best of all, it's guaranteed to get your guests dancing!

Jerry Meadows and his Orchestra supply us with 12 hit songs that will get the toes-a-tappin' and the heels-a-hoppin' at your party.  Start with "Chatanooga Choo Choo", work your way through the "East Coast Cha Cha", and conclude with "Every Day is Ladies' Day Merengue". 

Looks like pointy party hats are a must (not included with download).  Just look how happy and surprised the guest of honor looks!  I'll bet this was an epic party, well before we started describing things as "epic".

Please enjoy Jerry Meadows and his Orchestra "Surprise Party for Dancing".

download link

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Music for Springtime

It's the first day of Spring, so it's time to share some new music.  Der Bingle has been busy with a lot of other non-blog stuff, but I'm trying to get back into the music sharing groove.  And what better way than with a Tribute to Tommy Dorsey by the Pied Pipers.

Der Bingle loves colored vinyl.  So when I saw the gold vinyl album, I had to spend the 99 cents to get it.  And, it turns out, it's some fine music.

This incarnation of the Pied Pipers is Sue Allen, Lee Gotch, Allan Davies, and Clark Yocum.  They give us 11 songs in tribute to the great Tommy Dorsey on a Stereo recording on the Mayfair label.

Please enjoy The Pied Pipers!

One of Our Thursdays is Missing!

It's been a while since I've posted here, and so it's darned well time I did.  So, today's post is about the newest book from one of my favorite authors, Jasper Fforde.  Mr. Fforde is the author of the Thursday Next series, and the sixth entry has just recently been published in the US.  It's title is "One of Our Thursdays is Missing".

Hmmm....  how to describe this series to those who are unfamiliar.....   hmmmmm....

The basic premise is that there is a 'Bookworld", where all written characters are real, and whenever someone in our world reads a book, the bookworld characters basically perform the book.  There is an interface between the bookworld and the reader, which renders the story to you.  In Bookworld, shenanigans happen.  In the first book in the series, "The Eyre Affair", someone breaks into "Jane Eyre" and kidnaps Jane.  Since "Jane Eyre" is written in first person, suddenly the story becomes empty and quite boring to those reading it.  Since without Jane, there is no story.  Thursday Next, via her uncle Mycroft, learns how to leap into Bookworld, and does so to find Jane and set the book right again.  Or does she?

Confused?  Most are, but when you read it, it becomes clear.  Or, clearer, at least.

Thursday's adventures continued through 4 more books following "The Eyre Affair", and now we have book #6.  Let's see...  The real Thursday Next is missing.  Since there have been 5 books written about TN, there are 5 fictional versions of TN, and now there's a 6th, since this is the 6th book.  TN6 (the written 6th Thursday) must solve the mystery of the real missing Thursday. 

Jasper Fforde appeared at a booksigning event here in Kansas City on March 17th.  He is a tremendously entertaining author.  He is witty, engaging, and welcomes questions of all sorts from the audience.  During signing, he is very generous with conversation and chit-chat. 

If you have never read anything by Jasper Fforde, I encourage you to get "The Eyre Affair".  You'll soon be devouring the rest of the series.