Herbert, John, Jr., Donald and Harry

A magnificent solo voice, like Beverly Sills singing an aria, can lift the soul right out of the body, but equally ethereal is the sweet sound of two or more voices blending in intricate Harmony. So many singing groups and duos come to mind — The Everly Brothers, The Four A Tops, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Boswell Sisters (look them up), The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, The Andrew Sisters, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Simon and Garfunkel. …


No matter how humor is delivered- slapstick, jokes, skits, scenes, monologues, Carpool Karaoke, essays, stand-up routines or Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee- every generation turns to entertainment to lift its spirits in good times and bad. Nothing does it faster than stepping as far outside of real life as possible, even for an hour or two.

Any and all art forms ultimately reveal innovators who set (or re-set) the standard and endure the test of changing times and tastes. In other words, those who embody the elements of Duende. …


By Mary Morrison

It’s the sickening sound of the crunching that stays with you. In this case, a run-in with a cement pole driving out of a Target parking lot. I did what any self-respecting woman on a budget would do and attempted to duck tape the dangling fender back in place and try to drive it to Punchy’s Garage. 5:30 p.m. and it looked like rain. What were my chances? Not good. Then I noticed a car pass slowly by me. It circled a second and third time and then slowed down so the two drivers could get a…


Fascinating Rhythm-Gregory Hines by Mary Morrison

I suppose the notion that only the good die young makes as much sense as thinking only elders possess wisdom, but when dancer, singer, director and actor Gregory Oliver Hines died at the age of 57 in 2003, it was the first thought I had — too young to die, too many moments of joy and transcendence we will never get to revel in. He did indeed rise to the level of Duende — a distinctive, rich singing voice touched with melancholy and yearning, over-the-top-and-back Tap dancing, and both comedic and sophisticated acting skills.


I have a wicked crush on Freddie Mercury.

The origin of my obsession:

When the film Bohemian Rhapsody was released last year, Queen fans rejoiced that Queen’s story, and particularly Freddie’s, was finally produced after a few false starts. The reviews ranged from glowing to unenthusiastic. Many critics decided Rami Malek captured him perfectly, some lamented that any portrayal of Freddie fell short because the film glossed over parts of Freddie’s life and certainly took liberties with the truth. I must, I thought, check out Queen someday. …


When I was in high school, I always waited anxiously for writer George Frazier’s column in The Boston Globe. I loved his love of words and his haughty attitude and opinion on all things, especially the arts. The Andalusian Spanish word Duende, which he defined as “class” became his catch phrase and quickly became synonymous with the man himself. Charisma didn’t capture what he was after; he took no prisoners as he either canonized or destroyed the subject of the day. According to him, people, places, ideas or things either had it or they didn’t, e.g. Tony Bennett had Duende…

Mary Morrison

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. Steven Wright

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