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May 04, 2015

The Pink Cherry Blossoms are in Full Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

pink cherry blossoms


The pink cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey are now in full bloom! 

 

We had a weekend of gorgeous weather and they have responded beautifully in an explosion of PINK!

 
These pink ones are my favorites. They inspire me in so many ways. 
 
They bring joy and beauty to the thousands of visitors who come to see them every year.

Somehow I always think of this song when I see cherry blossoms: 


I was humming that #1 song as I visited the lovely flowering trees on Sunday:


Pink Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park

Pink Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

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Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

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The Pink Cherry Blossoms are in Full Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

May 04, 2015

March 16, 2015

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
The Kirkbride Building, Greystone Park (March 2015)

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital was originally built in 1876 as the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum at Morristown. Obviously there was no “political correctness” at the time. 

State Insane Asylum, Morris Plains, NJ (Public domain photo from Wikipedia)
State Insane Asylum, Morris Plains, NJ (Public domain photo from Wikipedia)

If you grew up in Morris County, the original Greystone Park was legendary. It was so big looming up at the end of Central Avenue.

It was actually the building with the largest footprint in America until The Pentagon was opened in 1943. There were also rumors about horrible events that actually went on in the building. It was also incredibly overcrowded.

Probably the most famous resident was the great singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. He spent 5 years at Greystone Park.

Woody was suffering from Huntington's Disease, and little was understood about the illness. Sadly, he was sent to live in psychiatric hospitals for most of the last years of his life.

Here he is singing probably his most famous song, the beautiful "This Land Is Your Land."




The young Bob Dylan idolized Guthrie and visited him at Greystone! He sang his song "Song to Woody" for him when he visited. 

So touching, and how courageous of Bob to visit him there.



The original building at Greystone is still located in Morris Plains/Parsippany, New Jersey (GPS and other places give either of the towns). 
 
A new hospital was built several years ago, and the patients transferred to the new facility.

Greystone Park
The new Greystone Park Hospital sign (March 2015)
Greystone Park
The new Greystone Park Hospital building (March 2015)
 
Some of the old structures have been torn down, but the original main building – the Kirkbride Building -- is still standing.There is now fencing around the building to get it ready for demolition (and probably to discourage intruders from breaking into the building).

The building was supposed to be demolished last year, but a group called Preserve Greystone is fighting to save the building. The building is architecturally significant. It was built in the Second Empire Victorian style. 

Now I can understand why the state wants to tear down the building. It was used for rather sad reasons. I also understand that you can't save every historic building.

You can read the Final Feasibility Assessment report here

However, I do believe that we don't save nearly enough architecturally significant buildings, in New Jersey or the entire USA. The building was quite beautiful inside, and has not deteriorated so badly that it can't be restored. They certainly don't make hospitals this beautiful anymore!

Apparently, Woody Guthrie's daughter wants to save the building.

Preserve Greystone makes some very good points about the historic value of the building. Some of those reasons are truly haunting. In this magnificent video, there are some stunning aerial shots of the hospital, including some by a drone!

Greystone Park
Kirkbride Building, Greystone (March 2015)

Greystone Park
Kirkbride Building, Greystone (March 2015)

Greystone Park
Kirkbride Building, Greystone (March 2015)

There are some truly haunting photos of the inside of the building here and here.
 

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Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital

March 16, 2015

July 27, 2014

New Jersey's Got Talent!

Guitar Amplifiers
New Jersey has always been loaded with great talent in many different musical genres. 

New Jersey has so many different kinds of music because it is a very diverse state. You can listen to all kinds of music here, particularly with the influence of the New Jersey shore!

There is The Boss (from Freehold), Bruce Springsteen


There is The Chairman of the Board (from Hoboken), Frank Sinatra


There is the band Bon Jovi, formed in Sayreville! 


There are the “Jersey Boys” originating in Newark - The Four Seasons


Don't forget Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Pride of the Jersey Shore

 

You have probably heard of all those talented performers.

But ladies and gentlemen, I now introduce to you: The Whiptones

The Whiptones are a teenage Doo Wop acappella quartet from Whippany, New Jersey!

Whippany is a section of Hanover Township, New Jersey. I grew up in the next town.

This type of singing demands that the singers possess good voices, as there is no musical accompaniment.

The Whiptones are starting to get a lot of attention from the New Jersey/New York media. 

Here they are at the recent Whippany Park High School graduation - three of them graduated, one is still a high school student.



Here they are on local television discussing singing the National Anthem at the Mets 2014 season home opener: 


They auditioned several times against stiff competition for the honor of singing at the Mets home opener, and they won! They were thrilled! 

Here they are:


Here are a couple more videos for you to enjoy! 




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New Jersey's Got Talent!

July 27, 2014

July 20, 2014

Girls Just Want to Have Fun


It Was The 1980s
 
Back in the 1980s, there was a fresh new face on the music scene! Cyndi Lauper debuted her solo career with this instant classic!

It was so fun, fresh, and now that the day after I first saw that video I danced down to the record store in the mall and bought the album!
 
Yes, a vinyl record!

When my mother first heard the song she said “they had to know it would be a hit!”

 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" was written by Robert Hazard from a male point of view. 
 
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
 
Cyndi changed the lyrics a little (with Hazard’s permission) and turned it into a cheerful feminist anthem about female independence and living her life by her rules!

I became a Cyndi fan immediately! I still am.

Here is the original video!




Ah, the 80s. The last fun decade.

That’s Cyndi’s real-life mom playing, well, her Mom, and wrestler Captain Lou Albano playing her Dad, and singer Steve Forbert playing her boyfriend at the end. 
 
That ending scene has a Marx Brothers like twist, right?

It’s such a fun video and great song! Nothing better than that!


Cyndi had several other hits on her debut album and won the Best New Artist Grammy.

There is a great article on this song at The Atlantic.
 

The "Time After Time" Video Was Filmed In New Jersey 


The biggest hit was the follow up, "Time After Time", a song that Cyndi co-wrote. This song went to number one for two weeks! 

The video, of course, included many members of Cyndi's family and her friends.

The video was shot mostly in New Jersey: Roxbury Township (the now defunct Tom's Diner), Wharton (outside shots), and the train station in Morristown (got to get those Jersey plugs in!) 


Cyndi is still going strong! 
 
She won a Tony Award last year for her musical score to “Kinky Boots”! 

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun

July 20, 2014

July 13, 2014

School's Out for Summer!


I still remember the last day of sixth grade. We struggled through the half-day, getting our report cards, and waiting with anxiety for the summer to start! Finally, our teacher smilingly said “You can go now!” and a bunch of boys went screaming out of the classroom, while the teachers laughed. 

School's Out for Summer!

July 13, 2014

July 06, 2014

Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush


The first time I remember seeing and hearing the English singer-songwriter Kate Bush was on Saturday Night Live in 1978. She was a bit older than me but still a teenager and she sang very well and I thought she was talented in a quirky way. 

Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush

July 06, 2014

June 29, 2014

Swedish House Mafia (Save the World)

Swedish House Mafia
Being of half-Swedish ancestry I couldn't help but be intrigued by a group called Swedish House Mafia. : )


This is such a striking video. 
 
The song is catchy but the story and visuals are what really make the video interesting. I love the heroes that save the day!



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Swedish House Mafia (Save the World)

June 29, 2014

June 03, 2011

Adam Lambert and The Black Eyed Peas



Adam Lambert's so cute. Yes, I know he doesn't play on my team, but he's still cute. And what a voice! The song was co-written by Pink, who I wrote about here.

Adam Lambert and The Black Eyed Peas

June 03, 2011

April 11, 2011

Rolling in the Deep by Adele




"Rolling In The Deep" by Adele.

We could have had it all . . .

Rolling in the Deep by Adele

April 11, 2011

March 29, 2011

I love the singer P!nk



There's always some song stuck in my head and "Raise Your Glass" by Pink is the current one. 
 
When I first heard this song I thought that it was just a party anthem, but when I saw the video I realized that it was for everyone who feels like an outsider. 
 
That's how I felt as a child, too! 
 
I love her "Rosie the Riveter", the iconic image from World War II (above)!



 
I've been a fan of Pink's since her song "Who Knew", which I find haunting.



I love the singer P!nk

March 29, 2011

September 20, 2010

Jody Joseph Interview!



Jody Joseph's concert, One Diva...One Legend...One Woman is this Saturday night, September 25th at Brookdale Community College Theater in Lincroft, New Jersey. In this show Jody concentrates on singing songs made famous by Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks, in addition to singing some of her own songs. If you read my August 17th post about Jody, you will know that she is a very talented singer!
 

Jody has graciously answered some questions I had about the show!

Jody Joseph Interview!

September 20, 2010

August 17, 2010

Jody Joseph Is A Terrific Singer!


Jody Joseph is a very talented singer-songwriter. She is related to both Jon Bon Jovi (her first cousin), and Mario Lanza! She obviously comes from a very musical family!