MICHAEL THORNER CONTENT DESIGN

You Are Viewing

Category Archives: Genre

Count Your Blessings

MTCD wishes you season’s greetings and happy “holy daze,” as Mary Margaret O’Hara calls it. 20 years ago, the seasonal music album Count Your Blessings was released on compact disc. I used to see it all the time at Sam The Record Man, and was really enchanted by the idea of Jane Siberry, Rebecca Jenkins, […]

Alex Pangman: An Appreciation

It was on the tiny yet always full dance floor at the revered Reservoir Lounge in early 1999 that this beautiful and energetic strawberry blonde, wearing a timelessly stylish red and white checkered dress, walked right up to me and, in a commanding, confident, yet strikingly lyrical voice, introduced herself. “Hi! I’m Alex Pangman. You sure can […]

Frankie 100: Frankie Manning Centennial Post Office Installation

    In spring 2014, Mandi Gould, a longtime friend, and one of several key figures in the now legendary late 1990s “second wave” Lindy Hop revival in Toronto, put out a request online for assistance with Frankie 100: Frankie Manning Centennial Celebration, a massive event endeavour she was project managing for the Frankie Manning Foundation, whose mission is […]

Goodbye Robin Williams

Rest in peace Robin Williams. As a child, he made me laugh hard, especially with Jonathan Winters at his side. In college he kept me company as I did my homework, watching in awe as he did his crazy characters on David Letterman. He was also so capable of a poignant earnestness and an intense tenor in his […]

On Wendy And The Endless Summer Of 1974

April 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of The Beach Boys’ Wendy. I was introduced to it 40 years ago this spring by a school friend named Wendy, who was the older sister of a school mate of mine, Rick Burdett. I was invited over one June afternoon after school by Rick to play […]

« Older Posts Newer Posts »