One of the most unusual of times is that in which computers exist and games are tolerated, which happens all too seldom, what with the wide variety of repressive governments in place all over the galaxy, but at least for the moment, we can make Orbs and you’re allowed to download and install them, although for how long that will be is anybody’s guess.
Of course, “approved” games will always be available, but you won’t want to play them, and besides, my “games” are not really games at all — they merely rely on a gaming engine to deliver them and make them useful to you. Continue reading →
Harry Nilsson often spoke of his circus family background and revealed that the family name was once “Nelson” and had been recently changed to “Nilsson” — along with a long list of reasons why this had happened. In any case, if true, here is a long-lost rundown of some of Harry’s ancestral circus folks:
NELSON FAMILY CIRCUS
Arthur Nelson, of the Original Nelson Family, after closing the season with the John Robinson Circus, left for his home in Mt. Clemens, Mich. and after a four weeks’ vacation opened in vaudeville with his novelty wire act, The Three Nelson Sisters, comprised of Rosina, Hilda and Oneida Nelson. Mrs. Nelson and the rest of the family are at home in Mt. Clemens. Billboard, December 7, 1918, p. 26.
Singing a duet with Ron Matthies, RCA Studios 1972, Al Schmidt Producer, Ritchie Schmidt & Dick Bogert, engineers. Album: RCA Live.
When I was a kid growing up in New York City during the 1940s and 50s, I went to Downtown Community School, a small private school that had, as its music teacher, Pete Seeger. I sang with Pete for 11 years both there and at Camp Woodland. I have published a book on it. Singing is a very important part of life, and if you don’t sing, you’re not getting everything out of life that you should be able to. Continue reading →
For some strange & wonderful reason, my Greenwich Village pal, Judy Henske, rides again; videos of her were impossible to find and now there are a few, at least, to inform the present generations about the talent that became the Psychedelic Sixties. Here she is singing a murder ballad — what else?– for some kids in Hootnanny Hoot. The film was a total bust, but this scene is terrific.
There are a variety of reincarnation games that really do work wonders to Get You In Touch With Your Former Selves… We’ll be exploring some of them in the next workshop, which will be during the Summer Solstice Festival the weekend of June 22nd through the 25th, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you stay over, you’ll be included in the breakfast crowd on Monday. Some of the reincarnation games are no-brainers — you played Cowboys & Indians or Old Settler or perhaps Hermann Goering in your high school drama department’s production of The Producers, thus:
I wrote a photo book a number of years ago — it didn’t get published and it’s still in my hard-drive, waiting for someone to come along and take responsibility for its production, copyright issue handling, publicity and release. It contains an “as told to” biography of Harry and my personal memories of photo shoots we did from 1967 all the way to 1993.