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  • My New Book
    by Marc Catone on July 12, 2016 at 11:14 PM
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    My good friend, Mark Holmes, made this video using the audio track of an interview I gave to radio station WHCU, Ithaca NY on 7/8/16 about my new book, "Until The Birds Chirp: Reflections On The Sixties".

  • The Greatest
    by Marc Catone on June 4, 2016 at 12:12 AM
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    No one like hero in his finest moment.

  • Art DiRienzo plays guitar
    by Marc Catone on February 16, 2015 at 2:27 PM
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    My late father-in-law, Art DiRienzo, died on January 25, 2015 at the age of 91. Until the last few weeks of his life, Dad was very healthy and always industrious. He loved to play guitar and did so for over seven decades.  Art played in bands, taught many children how to play, and during his last years he entertained folks at parties and in nursing homes. The video here was recorded on November 21, 2004 when Art was 81. Dad was always talkative, smiling and laughing, however he is a bit somber in the video as it was only six months after his wife (my mother-in-law) Janet died. Nevertheless, even at an advanced age, and after a few years of not playing very much, he still was a great guitarist. We miss him very much. Read my memory of Art in the "In Memoriam" section of this website. copyright: Marc Catone, 2015

  • Marc Catone on TV
    by Marc Catone on August 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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    In February 1984, a local TV news magazine filmed a segment on my book, "As I Write This Letter", in conjunction with The Beatles 20th anniversary of arriving in the USA (February 1964). I helped organize a tribute to The Beatles in Ithaca NY, including a showing of the film, A Hard Days Night, at the State Theater, and appeared on Ithaca College's weekly radio program, "Breakfast with The Beatles". The crew also filmed at my home.  Now, we are coming upon the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the USA.  Back in 1964, my 8th grade Social Studies teacher told my class that no one would even remember The Beatles in five years. Ha...what did he know? Apologies for the 1984 TV ad in the beginning of the video, and the poor sound quality. However, I don't apologize for still having hair, and no gray in my beard in 1984. ;-)

  • Spanky & Our Gang
    by Marc Catone on July 14, 2012 at 1:05 AM
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    Terrific Folk/Rock band of the Sixties, whose vocals shared a lot in common with groups like the Mamas and the Papas, but still had a distinctive style of their own. They had a lot of hits, like "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" and "Lazy Day", but my favorite is the one featured in this video "I'd Like To Get To Know You". A very haunting song which like many songs after "Sgt. Pepper" added an abrupt change in time signature and tempo towards the end. In some songs, it didn't work(e.g. Susan by the Buckinghams), but in this song it blends well.

  • Lennon-Peace
    by Marc Catone on December 6, 2011 at 10:53 PM
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    Various clips from the Bed-In for peace era in 1969.

  • Let Me Be--Turtles
    by Marc Catone on June 26, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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    Shortened version, but no lip-synching from the show, "Shindig", by one of the great American Rock bands of the Sixties...the Turtles, singing "Let Me Be", a song written by P. F. Sloan (who also wrote "You Baby" and "Eve of Destruction"). The Turtles were such a versatile band, successfully going from Folk Rock to sweet harmonies to Psychedelic. Why aren't they in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

  • Danbury Fair Song
    by Marc Catone on April 29, 2011 at 11:37 PM
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    Dave King recorded this homage to the late Great Danbury Fair, which ran every October for ten days from 1869 - 1981. As a child growing up in Danbury, we got the Friday off from school, and each student received a free pass to the Fair for that day. It was a wonderful event...part carnival, circus, theme park, and old country fair. Old Danburians, like me, miss it so much. Replaced by the 20th century's low point...paving paradise, and putting up a big mall. How very very sad. Thanks Dave for reminding us of the good times at the Danbury Fair. 

  • The Hucklebuck
    by Marc Catone on March 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM
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    A guilty pleasure, Ralph & Norton dance

  • Paul cooks potatoes
    by Marc Catone on January 8, 2011 at 10:07 AM
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    I discovered this quite literally by accident. Not sure what year this took place, but based on remarks Paul makes about Linda on tour with her cookbook, and being on the internet, it had to be mid-to-late 1990s. It's a miracle he didn't cut himself while chopping up the onion.  Paul...better stay with your day job. ;-)

  • Andy Griffith Show
    by Marc Catone on January 5, 2011 at 9:01 PM
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    "The Andy Griffith Show", particularly its first five seasons from 1960-1965, is my favorite TV show of all time. The snippet above is from what I consider to be its greatest episode, "Opie the Birdman". Opie kills a bird with a slingshot, leaving a nest full of birds without a mother. Andy tells Opie that it is his responsibility to feed and take care of the small birds. So, Opie does a masterful job of keeping the infant birds in a cage, feeding them, watching them grow, until the inevitable day arrives when the birds are ready to leave the "nest". At first, Opie is reluctant to set the birds free, but Andy assures him that they will be alright. The above video shows that scene.

  • Fever Tree--San Francisco Girls
    by Marc Catone on December 30, 2010 at 11:15 PM
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    Always loved this song from the Summer of 1968, good representation of psychedelic music.

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