Darlene Love’s last Letterman performance

For the past 30 years, Darlene Love has appeared on David Letterman to sing “Christmas (Baby Come Home). Each year the performance has been bigger and better. Last week, she sang the song for the last time on Letterman, because he is retiring next spring. The final hurrah is spectacular. Watch it full screen in HD for the best viewing.

RIP iPod classic

English: iPod Classic 120GB Silver, Next to or...
English: iPod Classic 120GB Silver, Next to original box. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The iPod classic was my all-time favorite music player (at least until the iPhone came along). And now, finally, Apple has killed the product. My very old iPod classic, however, still works like a dream.

Break time

Andrew Sullivan is running a contest on his site to find the best cover of an original hit. He pulls this one up, and it is a two for the price of one production.  It is a snarky treatment by the Pet Shop Boys of U2’s song “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Snarky in the sense of treating U2’s classic anthem as no more profound or creative than the pop hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The Boys run the two songs together seamlessly.

U2’s response was “What have we done to deserve this?” That plays off the Pet Shop Boys hit “What Have I Done to Deserve This?,” featuring Dusty Springfield.

Apple announces Beats purchase

Dr. Dre may indeed be on the stage at Apple’s 2014 keynote at WWDC on Monday. Apple has issued a press release announcing the acquisition.


Apple® today announced it has agreed to acquire the critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”

Immediately after the announcement, made after the markets closed, Apple is up slightly.

Eurovision winner

The winner of the Eurovision music awards is Conchita Wurst, an Austrian drag queen. She has a beautiful and powerful voice.

From the AP in Austria:

Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has made a triumphant return to Austria after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in what the country’s president called a victory for tolerance in Europe.

Wurst drew criticism from eastern Europe before Saturday’s show, with some blasting her as an example of Western decadence.

However, Austria won points even from Russia. Wurst told a news conference after landing in Vienna that shows “you can’t reduce a country to its tolerance or intolerance.”

Given that Russia participates in Eurovision, I can’t think of a better winner striking a blow for gay rights in that country.  Many Russians certainly watched the show.