I feel like I’ve seen this before. Maybe not. I can’t remember. Anyway, more of these can be found at Billy Collins: action poet. And in case you were wondering, that’s both the words and the voice of our former poet laureate, Billy Collins.

Subway Experiment

There was a great story in the Washington Post yesterday about subway music. The Post disguised the internationally acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell as a street musician and placed him in the L’Enfant Plaza metro station in Washington, DC during rush hour. The experiment: see if context and setting affect listeners’ perception of the music. What[…]

Stupid Deal of the Day

Like fleas to a dog, we make our quotidian crawl to the Musician’s Friend: Stupid Deal of the Day page. As if we are ever going to find anything other than nylon gig bags painted with flames or cheapo stomp box tuners. If only. . .


I’m usually not much of a fan of the SNL TV Funhouse skits but this one concludes with an interesting philosophical question. Also, as a parent, I’ve seen my fair share of DorA! DoRA! DORA! The Ex-plor-RAH!. So, thank you Wachtenheim / Marianetti. Or was Robert Smigel behind this?


From 1929 to 1931, MGM Pictures produced nine “Dogville Comedies.” These movies featured all-dog casts and parodied the major films of the day (one was called “So Quiet on the Canine Front”). Voice overs were provided primarily by the films’ directors, Jules White and Zion Meyers. Supposedly the studios used taffy and fishing line to[…]