FROM RUSSIA WITH MUSIC – Rich Paschall

In December 2019 I saw this amazing group in concert. A year later they were to appear at the same theater, but that tour never happened. On Christmas 2020, they live-streamed a concert from Moscow for all those who could not see them in 2020. It seemed a good time to recall their past concert. Be sure to click “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for more pictures and music.

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Leonid and Friends, by Rich Paschall

There are a lot of “cover bands.” You know, bands that “cover” (play) the music of famous bands. Some are good or very good. Some are bad or very bad. A few are amazing. Here in the midwest, we can see bands all around the area who play as if they are the original band. We have a few who dress like the Beatles and are pretty good at it. I’ve seen cover bands play Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath that are also very accurate. These are different from nostalgia bands who play a variety of “oldies.” Cover bands desire to be exactly like the band whose music they are playing.

Leonid (right) and Friends

About a year ago a friend posted a video on Facebook of a band “covering” Chicago (the band). “You’ve got to see these guys, they are amazing.” Of course…

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TEN YEARS ONE NIGHT – Rich Paschall

Last year I was fortunate enough to see two former American Idol contestants at City Winery in Chicago. The venue is closed now and hopes to reopen again in the Spring. This past year has been tough on these smaller live performance spaces. Here is a look back at the Kris Allen visit. Be sure to click on “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for more pictures and music.

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An Idol on Tour, by Rich Paschall

It has been ten years since Kris Allen won American Idol. Despite a strong showing throughout, the win was considered quite an upset. Adam Lambert was expected to be the winner. Lambert had impressed the judges and received a lot of publicity for his flamboyant style. Nevertheless, Allen walked away with the award.

Just as previous contestants were contracted to do, Kris went out on an American Idol tour with other contestants. He made numerous personal appearances and recorded an album. His single “Live Like We’re Dying” climbed the charts and has been his biggest hit. His first album was self-titled. It included 9 songs that were written or co-written by Allen.

Kris Allen

In the years since Allen has recorded several albums, one of which (of course) is a Christmas album. This Christmas effort included five original tunes. including “Mommy, Is There…

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YOUR NEXT VACATION

Plan Early

You may not have been able to travel in 2020 due to the pandemic, but it is never too early to look forward to your next adventure. Like many others, I missed out on my vacation. It was particularly disappointing because I had made a visit to France each of the previous 10 years and was looking forward to going again. There is so much to see in the Grand Est region where my friends live that I always look forward to this vacation. Sometimes I get to make other trips, but I always make sure I get to Alsace.

Petite France, Strasbourg

Sophie Voyages

One of the advantages I have in my travels is a friend who lives in the region and knows the best stops, not just the typical tourist stops. Of course, you must see Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg and Petite France but where else should you visit?  May I suggest a tour guide? I would have missed so much if I did not have friends to show me around. In fact, there is so much to see that we always discover new places each time I go.

Cathédrale de Strasbourg

Sophie Voyages is a new concept in the Tour Industry created by 2 Alsacians in 2020.” They are ready to welcome tourists, and 2021 should be a good year as people start to travel again. Knowledgeable in the history of the region and experienced in the tourist industry means they can provide you with an exciting adventure when you visit Strasbourg, the home of the European Parliament.

Place Kleber

The central square of Strasbourg is Place Kleber. As you can see, I am giving a thumbs up to the restaurants, shops, and beautiful sites of the region.

You can visit their website in English HERE.  Find them on Facebook HERE.

By the way, this is not affiliate marketing. I get nothing for mentioning this to you. I know them and discovered many great places because of their friendship.

See also: SophieVoyages.com
Alsace in Pictures, rjptalk.worpress.com, January 6, 2019.
Alsace Adventure, SERENDIPITY, teepee12.com, January 6, 2019.

ROCK AND ROLL NEVER FORGETS – Rich Paschall

Forget something? It happens. I have a few thoughts on the matter, I think. Be sure to hit “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY to see the rest of the article and get some music too. Don’t forget!

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But Sometimes We Do, Rich Paschall

You may have run into someone at the mall or in the supermarket who looked a bit familiar, but you were sure you did not know him. Then he comes up to you and starts talking as if you are old friends. If you are lucky he will say his name or give away a clue to help you place him. Of course, you do not want to admit you do not know the guy’s name, but sometimes you just have to fess up. If it does not seem important to you, the conversation may end without you know who you just talked to.

It can be particularly embarassing if it is someone you recently worked with. I seem to put a lot of people’s names out of my brain as soon as a leave a job. The problem with that is you keep…

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A CHRISTMAS SONG, PLEASE

Just one. That is all I need. Be sure to click on “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY for the soon to be famous lyrics.

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With all those Christmas songs floating around out there, I was thinking I could use a hit too.  Just one!  Some composers earned enough off one song to receive a handsome payment every year.

A Hit For Christmas

Where's Christmas? Where’s Christmas?

I need a hit for Christmas
To turn the season green.
A snappy little holiday tune
Is really what I mean.
If I could just find somewhere
In my memory tonight
A verse, a phrase, some words of joy
To the world I would write.

“What is my theme?” I wonder
As I wander here and there.
Christmas songs make lots of cash
And why should I not share
In monies green and silver
But oh what shall I say?
After all I’m thinking now,
“What’s not been said of Christmas Day?”

I’ll write a Christmas Jingle.
Bells of joy will sound –
A song about Kris Kringle
Or snow…

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WINTER IN THE AIR – Rich Paschall

Last year we gave you a brief review of the 2018 Christmas album, Winter In The Air by pop star David Archuleta. We thought this would be a good time to revisit that article and share some Christmas joy. Be sure to click “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for some holiday tunes.

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Christmas Every Day, a review, Rich Paschall

Every year a heavenly host of stars puts out a Christmas album. Each hopes they will find some success with their versions of well known Christmas tunes. A few will give you some original music. We’ve already mentioned the “Chicago Christmas” album with seven new Christmas songs. There are other albums out there that might be of interest because of some new songs.

David at City Winery

Late last year, American Idol alum, David Archuleta, put out a Christmas album, Winter In The Air.  Of the twelve songs included on the album, three were written by David. In addition to the title tune, David has the lively Christmas Every Day. It is an uptempo way to lead off the set.

The video is high energy and fun to watch. It is one of those holiday tunes that deserves more play…

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CHICAGO CHRISTMAS – Rich Paschall

Last year the Hall of Fame rock band Chicago gave us a new Christmas album with a number of original songs. Here was our review along with some Chicago Christmas music. Be sure to click on “View original post” at the post to head over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of the music.

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aka Chicago XXXVII, Rich Paschall

By now you have probably heard a lot of familiar Christmas music. It might be adding to the background noise at the mall. You may be hearing it in your auto on your Christmas radio station. You could be streaming that station on your computer or mobile device. You may even have a few old albums to put on the turn table or CDs to drop into your “boom box.” Whatever the case, the tunes may have been recycled for many years, even decades as Nat, Bing, Dean, and Burl; Frank, Perry, Gene and Andy, even Judy and Elvis bring you their “classics.” If you know at least 8 last names of the ten just mentioned, you may have heard their tunes a little too often. We have listed our favorites of these in our top ten tunes of Christmas Past, Dead Artists Edition.

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ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN – Rich Paschall

Since you may be spending a lot of time at home, you probably need our Top Ten Rock and Roll songs to get you through the day. You are in luck. Be sure to click “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY to rock the day away.

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Let The Music Play, by Rich Paschall

You may have forgotten some of your favorite songs, but Rock And Roll Never Forgets. So, roll yourself over here and we will rock you with our latest Top Ten list. Some may not have heard these old classics so let us assure you of one thing. Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution.

Perhaps you wanted to be a Rock And Roll Star, or just a singer in a rock and roll band. No matter what your Rock And Roll Fantasy, you can show us everything you’ve got and Rock And Roll All Nite.

We are not just bringing you Rock And Roll, Part 2, but my entire list of Top Ten songs with Rock and Roll in the title. You must think I am a Daft Punk if I did not realize there are a lot of songs with Rock And…

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REGRETS, I’VE HAD A FEW – Rich Paschall

The autumn of the year, especially in the autumn of our lives, may bring regrets. And what are these regrets worth now? Be sure to click on “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of my thoughts.

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But Then Again, Why Mention?

by Rich Paschall

We all have regrets, that’s for sure.  You can not lead a life without them.  You may regret that first stumble and fall, if you remember it at all.  You may regret dropping that toy.  You may regret letting go of that balloon.  You may regret throwing food on the floor.  You may also regret spilling the milk, but why cry over that?

As you grow, I guess there are plenty of things to regret.  How about the day you did not do your homework?  How about the time you got caught with your hand in the cookie jar, literally or figuratively?  How about the time you were grounded for not doing _________ (fill in the blank).

School years can be filled with regrets.  Many of them will actually have to do with getting caught, rather than what you did.  Of course…

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THE GRAND EST REGION – RICH PASCHALL

For each of the past ten years, I have gone to visit my friend who lives in the Alsace region of France. We can not go this year, but we have our memories until the next time. Be sure to click on “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY and more memories.

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Today we are off on our latest adventure to Alsace. On this trip I will be joined by my frequent travel companion Lewis and a friend of his. We are going by way of Paris, as Lewis wishes to see this great city again. After our brief stop over we will be off to Strasbourg and a visit with my best friend there. We will try to bring back great travel news and pictures, but in the meantime here is a look at one of our past adventures.

A Visit to Strasbourg by Rich Paschall


Just across the Rhine River from Germany, in the northeast corner of France, lies the capital of the Grand Est (East) Region.  It is the largest metropolitan area in Alsace and home to the European Parliament, the legislative body of the European Union.  Because of its central location in Europe and proximity to Switzerland and Luxembourg…

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