English: Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson on the Glee Live! In Concert! tour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
First, let me be clear: I am saddened by the death of Cory Monteith. I feel for his family, for his friends, cast-mates, and of course his girlfriend, Lea Michelle. I think it’s sad any time a young person dies unnecessarily. And it’s especially sad when that person had so much talent, and touched so many.
So I’m not writing this because I think Cory Monteith didn’t deserve a tribute — I’m writing because I think he did. And I don’t think he got one. Continue Reading »
Posted in Entertainment, Rants | Tagged Cory, Cory Monteith, Drug overdose, Finn, Finn Hudson, Glee, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele | 4 Comments »
Last night, I went to a party to celebrate the release of Neil Sedaka: Rock ‘n’ Roll Survivor, a book by my friend Rich Podolsky about Sedaka’s rise to fame, fall from it, and climb back to the top.
Sedaka is a legend. But that didn’t stop the doorman from asking for his name…and asking him to spell it – before letting him into the building for his own party. An exchange Sedaka and his lovely wife took in stride. (and I kinda slowed down on my push of the elevator button so I could ride up with them. Amazing!)
But what was really amazing, was how Sedaka, after telling us how much he love’s Podolsky’s book, his research, his writing — sat down at the piano and sang The Hungry Years.
A legend in your living room. Enjoy. (and buy the book. It’s fantastic.)
Posted in New York City | Tagged "Neil Sedaka: Rock n Roll Survivor", Neil Sedaka, Neil Sedaka Singing, Sedaka, The Hungry Years | 3 Comments »
The invitation to my 30th High School reunion is haunting me. It seems impossible. Thirty years?
At my 10th High School reunion, JL., one of the Popular Girls in my suburban High School’s impenetrable social hierarchy, wondered aloud in the Ladies Room why Andy H., one of the popular boys, hadn’t decided to come.
Andy was my neighbor in Greenwich Village. I saw him all the time. “Oh,” I said. “It’s his birthday, and his girlfriend is throwing him a party.”
“How would someone like you know where someone like he is?” was J’s oh, so, High School reply.
I laughed out loud. Wow, I thought, some people never really leave High School. Continue Reading »
Posted in Writing | Tagged best friend break ups, end of a friendship, friendships, high school reunions, losing a friendship | 11 Comments »
My daughter and me. Visiting Day at camp.
Forget the child-free v. having kids debate: Sleepaway Camp gives me the best of both worlds.
I’ve always said that the difference between how I love my children, and how I love anyone else in the world is this: if a Mack Truck were careening down the highway headed for either of my kids, I would jump in front of it to save their lives without even thinking about it – no question. If a Mack truck were careening down the highway toward anyone else I love, I’d think. And I’d miss whoever it was. No question. Continue Reading »
Posted in Family | Tagged Childfree, Lifestyle Choices, Sleep away camp, Time Magazine | 7 Comments »
L’Orchestre Serge Avram
Yes, it’s true. In the late 80′s I lived in Paris and made my living as a Bar Mitzvah band singer. I sang in Hebrew, Yiddish, French, English and Arabic.
Here’s the proof. Not long after this photo was taken, the guys in the band (a dentist, an accountant, and IT guy…) all started wearing gold jackets with colored bow-ties and matching cummerbunds.
I got to wear what I wanted. But there was that hair.
Long live the 80′s.
Posted in Humor | Tagged 80's, Bar and Bat Mitzvah | 6 Comments »