In the Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed actress Dianne Wiest for the Mansion section's "House Call" column (go here). You probably know her best from Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Bullets Over Broadway (1994). We talked about her Army-brat childhood growing up at West Point and in West Germany as well as her love for her father. She's now in TV's Life in Pieces on CBS and a new movie Five Nights in Maine, opening Aug. 5. Here's Dianne in Hannah and Her Sisters...
Also in the WSJ, my "Playlist" column interview with Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter, who talks about Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi (go here). The story has quite a twist. Frank Shorter has written a memoir, My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life (go here).
Marni Nixon (1930-2016), whose singing voice was heard coming out of the mouths of dozens of film actresses in musicals, including Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady," died July 24. She was 86. Margalit Fox wrote a wonderful obit in The New York Times (go here).
Attention jazz composers. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the music-rights management company, is now accepting applications for its 28th annual BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. The application deadline is end of day Monday, August 8th, 2016 and the application is available online (go here).
What the heck. Here's Gladys Knight and the Pips singing Neither One of Us (1970)...
Oddball cover of the week.
Back in the day, record companies weren't overly sensitive about mental illness—or nurses. The music on this album is so dreadful, I figured I'd spare you the agony. But if you insist, go here.