There are those rare moments in life when you realize that you are living through a historic moment in time. Witnessing an unprecedented terrorist attack demolish seemingly indestructible icons of popular culture. Living in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. These are such occasions. More often than not historic happenings occur and those in the … Continue reading COVID-19 and 9/11/2020
COVID-19 has placed much of the world on pause. During this downtime many of us have been in a perpetual state of disbelief. How could something like this happen so quickly? It seems as if our lives have drastically changed overnight. Major businesses are shut down and schools are closed. Across the country high schools, … Continue reading Post COVID-19: Back To Normal?
I want to deliver a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone that has taken the time to read Shades Of Noir in 2019. This blog continues to be a labor of love and I truly appreciate those of you that follow and read the blog. 2019 was quite a year, full of so many interesting releases … Continue reading Thank You And Happy New Year
The recent news about a popular rock and roll front man took many by surprise. His band’s candid announcement that he was returning to rehab has been a bit of a shock to many. Internet reaction has been a mix of support, compassion, indifference and ridicule. This front man is the face of one of … Continue reading The Things That Money Can Not Buy
In America today we have so many distractions in our day to day lives. There is so much noise from television and the internet. The daily news cycle moves so incredibly fast. Important news events are quickly forgotten and shoved aside by the next big story. Often times that next big scoop is something superficial. … Continue reading 09/11/2019: The Spirit Of Unity
The creations of comic book legend Stan Lee have forever changed the entertainment world. Lee was not alone. Over the years he was more than ably assisted by comic book artists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, John Buscema, John Romita Sr., Bill Everett and Gene Colan among many others. Many of Lee's … Continue reading Goodbye Stan Lee: My Humble Tribute
Barcelona, Freddie Mercury's collaboration with opera superstar Montserrat Caballe, is his crowning achievement. I have long felt this way about this incredibly special album. Barcelona is the logical fulfillment of the bombastic pop/rock opera fusion that Freddie Mercury helped to create within the context of Queen. The music featured on the Barcelona album toned down … Continue reading Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe
With each passing year it would seem that we get further away from what we as a country felt on 09/11/2001. Initially there was uncertainty, shock, fear, and then anger. Those feelings soon turned to empathy and compassion. A fierce sense of determination rose up as we banded together to overcome the tragic events of … Continue reading 9-11-2018