Idol 2018

American Idol 2018 was won by Maddie Poppe, with runner-up (her boyfriend) Caleb Lee Hutchison.

After careful consideration (and lots of YouTube repeat viewings),  my preferred winner would be Jurnee:




Toni Tennille

Toni Tennille: A Memoir
by Toni Tennille & Caroline Tennille St. Clair (2016)


This memoir covers Tennille’s life from her childhood in the segregated South to rise to fame in the world of pop music.

It’s a story I was vaguely aware of as she was a big star during my teenage years. Looking back at her videos, the music still has a timeless quality I can still enjoy. So this was a memoir I was interested in. It’s a well-written account of her time in the music industry, while I was aware of her contribution to ‘The Wall’, I didn’t know that she took over from Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria. I also didn’t know until reading the book that she had a TV series and flirtation with her own talk show. Her difficult relationship with husband Daryl is frequently mentioned, although never fully explained. An interesting read for a fan.

A disappointment was that she barely mentions the song I remember her for – “Do that to me one more time”
One her best was “Come in from the Rain”

And a recent interview



Here is a surprising find, a nice chill-out sound with female vocals.

There isn’t much to tell about her, just two albums on bandcamp and a few videos on utube:



Racing Glaciers

This is a progressive rock band from Macclesfield, England.

They have a nice full sound and fit into the modern rock era with good, writing and pleasant vocals. A great sense of rhythm leads to some foot tapping tunes.


7 Wonders

Seven Wonders
by Fleetwood Mac
From ‘Tango in the Night’ (1987)



Fleetwood Max was the band of my teenage years. I have most of their music, but it’s this album that has my favorite song.