Culinary no-no #582


This week we’re discussing women’s bodies.

Before you roll your eyes, shake your head, and jump to conclusions, please remember this is a food blog. This week’s installment is serious. Here’s why.

A survey was conducted back in January on behalf of RiverMend Health and Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. Respondents were asked to describe the “perfect female body.”

More than half of the 1,004 respondents, 54% agreed that an athletic physique is ideal for a man. When it comes to a woman’s body the answers were mixed. Forty-nine percent of women said an athletic body type is ideal, but 38% of men voted for a curvier frame.

“Women are inundated with pictures of the ‘ideal,’ and we tend to view ourselves in a way that taints how we see ourselves and the way we’re valued,”said Dena Cabrera, executive clinical director of Rosewood.  “Women put a lot of value into body shape and size and weight.”

In other words, this issue is a big deal.

More than 75% of those surveyed said they would give up something important to them if it meant they could achieve the “perfect” body overnight including dumping fried food, alcohol, social media, and sex. A small percentage of people, 3% said they would go so far as to give up their homes, and 2% said they would give up a relationship with someone they love for their desired bod.

Take the look of a model. There is no shortage of women today striving for that shape. Reaching that goal is next to impossible. Models over a size 12 reportedly only make up 1.4% of advertising campaigns. That doesn’t stop women from going to extremes to achieve the best physique possible, like resorting to unthinkable diets.

What do successful models eat? Let’s examine a few.

Martha Hunt appears in the Victoria’s Secret fashion Show. In the days leading up to the program, and this is laughable, Hunt says she eats “more than usual”: Greek yogurt or eggs for breakfast, sushi for lunch, and salmon/chicken/or meat with vegetables and healthy carbs for dinner.

Adriana Lima also has her ways to prepare for that Victoria’s Secret show. She works out twice a day and drinks only protein shakes for nine days. She has no solids during that time.

Charlotte McKinney sexiest pictures from her hottest photo shoots. (45)

Charlotte McKinney

Hot water with lemon
Banana with a few tablespoons of almond butter

Lunch from True Food Kitchen
Quinoa burger with hummus and kale salad

Juice: beets, ginger, lemon and apple

Grilled shrimp and grilled veggies

Glass of rosé

Stella Maxwell

“For breakfast, I like scrambled eggs, avocado, oatmeal—I really love oatmeal—or granola and yogurt. Lunch would be a piece of fish like salmon and then maybe some salad on the side—today we had chicken and salad. And then dinner, probably the same thing—a protein and a green.”


Josephine Skriver

“For breakfast today, I had scrambled eggs, spinach, and a cup of brown rice. I would say most of the time it’s grains, protein, and rice, but sometimes for lunch, I don’t do as many carbs because it makes me sleepy. But for breakfast, it’s such a good start—especially after my workout, I’m dead tired and I need fuel for the whole day. My biggest meal is breakfast—sometimes I have it twice because I’m so hungry.

“For snacks, I love everything from fruit to carrots or nuts—like a little handful of nuts keeps me going or just a half a portion of what I ate earlier. I always carry fruit and nuts with me. Nut bars are good and easy to bring in your bag.”


Gisele Bunchen (wife of QB Tom Brady)

Eighty percent of what they eat is vegetables. Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans. The other 20 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck, and chicken. As for fish, wild salmon.

No white sugar, white flour, or  MSG.

No tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants.

No coffee. No caffeine. No fungus. No dairy.

Get the picture?

That brings us to the real motivation behind this week’s feature. My wife told me she recently saw this book on display at Target.

That’s model Teigen’s second cookbook. I was unaware she wrote a cookbook in the first place.

Teigen made her debut in the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

Christine Teigen

Since then Teigen’s popularity has grown thanks in part to her being so relatable, a quality that clearly comes through in the new cookbook. One would assume a model-authored cookbook would be ultra-healthy. Geared towards families looking to have quick meals with  few ingredients, Teigen’s latest effort still surprises with items that would probably repulse the above-mentioned ladies. From

“I wanted the photos and the food to look realistic and attainable. You guys can really make everything,” she said. “Nobody can’t cook. You know? Everything is possible.”

Teigen is married to singer John Legend.

“John can be a jerk because he really enjoys the healthy recipes, which is fine. But, you know, I think we’re both finding as we grow older that pounds just aren’t shedding like they used to,” she said.

Good for Teigen. If she can eat these recipes that would make the typical model shriek in terror and still maintain her figure and career, then why are women adhering to a near anorexic lifestyle in order to reach unattainable perfection?


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Diane Feinstein to be investigated, and should be

Sen. Tom Cotton said today that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office will be investigated to determine whether or not they leaked the confidential letter from Christine Blasey Ford that detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Feinstein, who represents California and who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, had received the letter from Ford sometime over the summer and was asked to keep it confidential. At some point, however, the letter was leaked to the press, although Feinstein denies that anyone in her office is responsible.

Cotton appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Watch as CBS’ John Dickerson makes it painfully obvious he’s in the tank for the smear job Democrats.

Photos of the Week (09/30/18)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday morning

1) Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying Thursday.  Photo: Win McNamee/Pool via REUTERS

2) Christine Blasey Ford prepares to take a break as she testifies. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

3) Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on September 27, 2018. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

4) U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies. Photo: REUTERS

5) Brett Kavanaugh holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution while testifying during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, September 5. Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie

6) Brett Kavanaugh’s family listens. Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

7) Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham shouts while questioning Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Win McNamee/Pool via REUTERS

8) Extracts of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook are displayed as he testifies. Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

9) Supporters and opponents of Brett Kavanaugh watch Christine Blasey Ford testify in the office of Senator Chuck Grassley in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

10) Female members of Congress stand in protest behind seated supporters of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The women standing were warned by U.S. Capitol police they would be forced to leave the room if they continued to stand. Photo: REUTERS

11) U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

12) Andrea Constand embraces Janice Dickinson after the sentencing of Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via REUTERS

13) Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse in handcuffs after being sentenced in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Pool via REUTERS

14) Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on Sept. 25 in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, following his sentencing of three-to-10-year prison sentence for sexual assault. The disgraced comedian, who has been denied bail, was convicted in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, then Temple University women’s basketball administrator. Photo: Jacqueline Larma / AP

15) Students cross a bamboo bridge, above a garbage-filled stream branching off the Ciliwung River, in Bogor, Indonesia. Photo: Antara Foto/Yulius Satria Wijaya via REUTERS

16) A couple gets married at Taft Point in California’s Yosemite National Park on September 27, 2018. The viewpoint overlooks Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, a popular vertical ascent for rock climbers across the globe. Photo: Amanda Lee Myers / AP

17) A gigantic collection of spiderwebs covers an area of greenery along the coast of Aitoliko, Greece, on September 24, 2018. Photo: Ayhan Mehmet / Anadolu Agency / Getty

18) A Virginia Creeper covering the Tu Hwnt I’r Bont tearoom has turned to red with the arrival of the autumn equinox in Llanrwst, North Wales, on September 23, 2018. Photo: Rebecca Naden / Reuters

19) Visitors celebrate in a beer tent on the opening day of the 2018 Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany, on September 22, 2018. Photo:Alexandra Beier / Getty

20) Waitresses carry 12  maßkrugs each in a beer tent in Munich on September 22, 2018.  Photo: Alexandra Beier / Getty

21) Gingerbread hearts are offered for sale at Theresienwiese on the opening day of Oktoberfest on September 22, 2018. Photo: Alexandra Beier / Getty

22) For the past 30 years, the World of WearableArt (WOW) international design competition has been held in Wellington, New Zealand. The event has grown substantially, and now designers of diverse backgrounds from around the world come to New Zealand to showcase their creations before as many as 60,000 visitors. WOW 2018 opens today, and runs through October 14. “Uplifting,” by David Kirkpatrick of New Zealand, modeled in the bizarre-bra section during the WOW 2018 preview on September 26, 2018. Photo: Hagen Hopkins / Getty for World of WearableArt


The Packers lost at Washington last Sunday to the Redskins, 31-17. Here are the photos everyone was talking about.

Week-ends (09/29/18)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…


Lindsey Graham

Women pioneering the military

Steakhouse employee


Dems on the Senate Judiciary Committee


“I’m not going anywhere. I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process, and we’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record. My lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women, starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old. I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity.  I know I’m telling the truth. I know my lifelong record, and I’m not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people.”
Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday took to FOX News to offer a forceful defense against allegations of sexual assault from his time in high school and college

“As I write this, the ‘I really, really wanna testify, but…’ goalpost has moved west right past my house and out over the Pacific Ocean. You get the distinct impression that Christine Ford’s handlers are making it up as they go along – ‘She can’t testify on Monday because, I dunno, she’s afraid of airplanes. Yeah, that’s a thing now.’

“The GOP is, as usual, afraid to be seen as insufficiently submissive. We have Chuck Grassley announcing, by tweets that sound like they were composed by a twelve-year-old texting her girlfriends after breaking into mom’s cooking sherry, that he’s ready to roll over yet again. The only way this could get worse is if the crusty Iowan discovered emojis:‘Sorry Brett gotta postpone ur vote until 2021 cuz reasons [Sad Face] [Blue Wave] [Poop].’“No. Hold the vote, confirm Kavanaugh, and then let him set about making the libs sorry they ever pulled this stunt.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“Ironically, Hillary Clinton had it right when she called her husband’s affair with a White House intern a ‘lapse,’ notwithstanding that it represented an abuse of workplace hierarchies. She was right to complain that the anti-Clinton ‘feeding frenzy’ was using the criminal justice system to ‘achieve political ends.’

“Hillary and her feminist peers had a better grip then on the relative importance of the private and the public than Bill Clinton’s right-wing persecutors.

“Today, of course, Clinton and her supporters are singing a different tune.”
Heather Mac Donald, the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal

“Maybe Brett Kavanaugh is a gang-raping attempted murderer who managed to live a public life of acclaim and honor. Maybe the devotion to his wife and two daughters, his respect for countless women and their careers, and his wisdom on the bench are parts of an elaborate plot to get away with it. Anything is possible.

“But the idea that the country should convict him and destroy his life with no evidence other than recovered and uncorroborated memories and creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti’s say-so is quite insane.”
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway,  a senior editor at The Federalist

“In order for us to determine whom to believe, we must come up with a standard for belief. ‘Believe all women’ just won’t cut it, because not all women should be believed. Neither will ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ because the court of public opinion isn’t a criminal trial. But the answer lies somewhere in between: We should examine the merits of the allegations, the credibility of the accuser, the corroborating evidence. If we fail to do that, we’re not actually engaged in fact-finding – we’re engaged in confirmation bias.’

 “Not all accusers are automatically survivors. It’s our job to determine whether each individual accusation merits belief. And if the answer is no, that isn’t an indicator of sexism. Sometimes it’s an indicator than an allegation just doesn’t have enough support.”
Ben Shapiro, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me when Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school. I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling. It was hard for me to breathe and I thought that Brett was going to accidentally kill me. Brett’s assault on me drastically altered my life for a very long time. I was too afraid and ashamed to tell anybody these details.

“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter. The uproarious laughter of the two, and their having fun at my expense … I was underneath one of them while the two laughed. Two friends having a really good time together.”
Dr. Blasey Ford testifying

“Bravery is contagious. You sharing your story is going to have a lasting positive impact on so many survivors in our country. We owe you a debt of gratitude for that, doctor.”
Senator Patrick Leahy addressing Dr. Blasey Ford at Thursday’s Senate hearing

“My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by additional and false accusations. The 10-day delay has been harmful to me and my family, to the Supreme Court and to the country. I was not at the party described by Dr Ford. This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. You have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy. There has been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything, to block my nomination. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. You may defeat me in the final vote, but you will never get me to quit, never. I have never sexually assaulted anyone — not in high school, not in college, never.”
Brett Kavanaugh testifying

“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”
President Trump

“The attempted character assassination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has brought out the worst in Democrats, every Democrat, everywhere. They’ve convicted a good and decent man of things he wasn’t even falsely accused of, so desperate are progressives to stop someone who believes the Constitution means what it says from sitting on the Supreme Court. From elected officials to unelected Democrats with media credentials, the last two weeks have exposed the Democratic Party as a gaggle of guttersnipes willing to destroy a man for the ‘crime’ of disagreeing with them politically. After watching this unfold, you really have to wonder one thing: Is there a single decent, honest Democrat left in the United States?”|
Columnist Derek Hunter

“The Left fears Kavanaugh will be part of the block that ends their favorite hobby: aborting babies. The Right sees their base issues being protected for the next 25-30 years. This is why it’s a street fight.”
Columnist Matt Vespa

“Emotion isn’t evidence. But emotion has power. When you combine emotion with evidence, there is greater power still. And, make no mistake, when Brett Kavanaugh spoke with great emotion not just about the sexual-assault allegations against him but also the broader character attacks made against him by Democrats, he voiced the emotion of honorable conservatives across the nation.

“This was the moment when a member of the ‘establishment,’ the person who is supposed to sit quietly, respond mildly, and understand the pain of their opponents without voicing their own anguish, to absorb anger without showing anger, finally said ‘enough.’ And he did so with great passion in his own defense, and no rancor against Christine Blasey Ford.

“But even when you express your anger, it must be expressed with reason, and in a hearing that reason has to be laden with evidence. That’s what Kavanaugh did. He countered Ford’s accusation with his own denial, but he went well beyond he said/she said. He constantly reminded the committee that Dr. Ford’s named witnesses could not place him at the party. He went through calendars showing that it was improbable that he would have been at the party that Dr. Ford described. He showed time and again that there was no corroborating evidence supporting Dr. Ford’s allegations. This was powerful. This was true.”
David French, a senior writer for National Review

“His face was distorted in fury, he had trouble composing himself, and at times he wept. This was an incredibly raw performance by the standards of Washington and especially by the standards of Senate confirmation hearings.

“Immediately, the same opponents of Kavanaugh who have been portraying him as a monster took great umbrage that he’d be angry at being portrayed as a monster. Look, they said, he lacks a judicial temperament!

“But how is a person who maintains his innocence supposed to react when a political party will credit any allegation against him, when swathes of the media presume his guilt, when every aspect of his teenage years — including notations in his yearbook — are used against him, when all the testimonials in his favor and his decades of spotless public service mean nothing?”
Columnist Rich Lowry

Image: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford And Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Testify To Senate Judiciary Committee

“Oh my god. This is every woman’s nightmare. This is a terrifying image.”
Maria Shriver, reacting to above image of Lindsey Graham

“Just asked my wife. She said being left to drown in a car like your uncle did to Mary Jo Kopechne is a bigger nightmare than being yelled at by Lindsey Graham.”
A tweet in response to Shriver

“We are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends. The U.S. will not be taken advantage of any longer.”
President Trump addressing the United Nations

“I lived in DC for 21 years. There were many contested, emotional battles. But this is awful. Washington has become a sick town. Forcing people you don’t like out of restaurants, especially when they’re with their spouse, doesn’t solve any problems. It makes everything worse.”
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer on Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) and his wife Heidi being  chased out of a Washington, D.C. restaurant

Chasing a Cuban-American Senator you disagree with out of a restaurant while chanting ‘fascists not welcome’ under the banner of ‘smash racism’ might have just taken us over our irony quota for 2018.”
Sen Orrin Hatch on the Cruz incident

“He preaches mercy, but in reality he is an ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian, and, what is worse – he lies.”
A Vatican cardinal, who spoke with the German weekly Der Spiegel under the condition of anonymity, referring to Pope Francis

“The city lacks adequate shelter space to accommodate its homeless population. There are about 10,200 shelter beds in the city, if you include beds that open up solely during the cold winter months. So even if every homeless person agreed to sleep in a shelter, there are only enough beds for less than a third of them. $657 million. That’s according to a new report from the L.A. Homeless Services Authority.” on what it would cost to house every homeless person in Los Angeles


Diane Feinstein purposefully withheld Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for political purposes


Republican Party Favorability Highest in Seven Years


A lot of men have sexually assaulted a lot of women. So Brett Kavanaugh must be guilty.

ALSO, Kavanaugh was angry.


This fashion show

Do this to win $300


Men living in fear, no fun liberals, Blasey Ford, and Trump in 2020

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (09/28/18): He’s Going to Get Reelected, Isn’t He?

Today’s highly interesting read (09/27/18): The 45 Tough, Forbidden Questions A Normal Person Would Ask Christine Blasey Ford

Today’s highly interesting read (09/26/18): Eight big problems for Christine Blasey Ford’s story

Today’s highly interesting read (09/25/18): Why aren’t liberals fun anymore?

Today’s highly interesting read (09/24/18): Half of Americans Live in Fear – They’re Called Men

2018 POO Awards – Week 7

Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

Week 7

Gilman 62, Athens 0

Sevastopol 65, Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas 0

Westby 63, Black River Falls 0

Read Week 6 entry below.

Week 6

Muskego 63, Waukesha South 0

Grafton 63, Cedarburg 7

No 70 scores. Improvement? Well, you still have to be doing some piling on to score an additional 28 points (4 TDs) once that running clock goes into effect at the 35 point differential.

Week 5

Green Bay East 70, Green Bay West 0

Waunakee 70, Portage 6

Week 4

Racine St. Catherine’s 70, Saint Thomas More 0

Week 3

Cambria-Friesland 77, Wayland Academy 0

Week 2

Delavan-Darien 71, Milwaukee North 0

Week 1

Abbotsford 78, Crandon 0

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/29/18)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Early morning temps in the 30’s. Mostly sunny.  High of 57.  “C”

  Chance of showers developing late in the morning and continuing throughout the day.  High of 60. “D”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.

The first day of Fall 2017 wasn’t chilly and making me want to wrap myself in a new sweater.  Do you remember?  Last year, we set a new record high temperature.   I vividly recall those blistering temps because I work in a school that does NOT have air conditioning in the classrooms.  I was less than enthusiastic about coming in that day.  I survived by drinking plenty of water and standing in front of fans any chance I had, but I did my share of complaining.

Today Kyla and I will take our annual jaunt to the Harvest Fair at the WI State Fair Park.  I may have mentioned once or twice that I LOVE FALL.  An entire festival dedicated to pumpkin bowling, hay rides, scarecrow building and caramel apples is my idea of heaven.  Last year, instead of searching out a hot cider stand we were downing bottle after bottle of cold water just to try to stay hydrated.  In fact every year we’ve gone it’s been shorts & t-shirt weather.  Not once have I been able to wear leggings, boots, and a light sweater.  This year it appears I will FINALLY have my chance!  The forecast appears that it will not reach a high of even 60 degrees!  (I’m doing my Fall Happy Dance!)

Harvest Fair isn’t a dog-and-human event.  That’s OK – you can certainly find ways to enjoy the start of the season and the appropriate temperatures with your pup.  Surely dogs can also appreciate cooler temperatures (longer, more pleasant walks) and seasonal treats (pumpkin is totally canine-friendly.)

There are many fall activities that you can enjoy with your furry friend. found a list of seven easy ones for your consideration.   Like any other season, Fall can bring some health and well-being dangers for your pet.  Common sense should always prevail but just in case here are some basic reminders of how to keep your furry friend safe.

To all the fall-loving dog owners:  Enjoy this time of year!  Thanks for reading and please “leaf” a comment telling us how your dog celebrates fall!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Man who lost limbs due to bacteria in dog’s saliva says he ‘couldn’t wait’ to see his dog Ellie.

Wisconsinites are lending a helping hand to Hurricane Florence victims.

Ontario researchers use 3D-printing tech to replace dog’s cancer-ridden skull.

Meet Molly, the world’s first anti-doping dog.

I feed my dog treats through a camera while I’m at work — here’s how.

Are Dog Booties Actually Necessary?

National Dog Week: Google’s Most Searched Dog Questions.



Petfest 2018 was held last Saturday at Henry Maier Festival park. The festival invited guests to bring their dogs, cats, and even rabbits for a variety of fun activities. Six time Guinness World Record holder Sailor the Poodle was there with his handler Alex “Popeye” Rothacker. Photo: Jack Fennimore for

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Let’s bring in the author to answer a good question.

And one more: A Dog’s Dream. Watch.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Goodnight everyone, and have a Hispanic Heritage weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy!

On September 17, President Trump held a ceremony in the East Room of the White House to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month that officially kicked off two days earlier.

The special month runs until October 15.

Hispanic: relating to Spain or to Spanish-speaking countries.

Did we find any music that fits? Ole!

Let’s get started.

Carlos Santana was born in Mexico and moved to San Francisco in the early 1960s, where he formed the Santana Blues Band in 1966. The band, later simply known as Santana, signed a contract with Columbia Records. Carlos, the lead guitarist, became the front man. Santana released a string of successful albums, won a Grammy in 1999, and received a Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Ed Calle is a Saxophonist, composer, orchestrator, producer, scholar, professor, and band leader. He could very be the most recorded saxophonist in history, appearing on more than 1,200 albums, almost 9,000 singles, and countless movie and television soundtracks both as a soloist, sideman, composer, arranger, conductor, and producer.

Here’s Calle with a Santana classic.

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Our next selection is one of the great instrumentals of all-time that was released in 1955 and is now a standard. It was written by Cuban pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona.

Walter Murphy, whose big claim to fame was “A Fifth of Beethoven,” recorded the following in 1979. Murphy took many classical pieces and re-worked them with contemporary styling.

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In the same era that Walter Murphy was turning classical music into dance numbers arranger extraordinaire Meco (Menardo) soared to success with his album “Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk.”  The “A” side contained a nearly 16-minute disco medley based on John Williams’ film score. Eventually Meco’s recording outsold Williams’.

Other movie music from Meco followed including Superman, American Werewolf in London, Close Encounters, and The Wizard of Oz.

Meco also produced an album that paid tribute to the big bands. One of the tracks was a medley of two Perez Prado hits. In the 1950’s when kids were tuning in to rock and roll their parents were buying Prado’s albums.

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Time to find a partner, move the furniture, and dance!

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“Patrica” and “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.”

Thank you, Meco, for keeping these marvelous gems alive.


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Gloria Estefan

Cuban-American superstar Gloria Estefan fronted the band Miami Sound Machine that produced a number of big hits in the 80’s and 90’s.

While traveling together on March 20, 1990, the band’s bus was involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer on snowy Interstate 380 near the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Estefan’s son Nayib suffered a fractured shoulder and her husband Emilio received minor head and hand injuries, while Gloria suffered a broken vertebra in her back. In a four-hour operation several days later, surgeons realigned Estefan’s spine and implanted steel rods to buttress the fracture.

Estefan made a miraculous comeback.In 2013 Dave Koz and some of the best saxophone players in the business today teamed up for an album and tour, “Summer Hornsthat revisited the most popular rock, R&B, soul and funk bands of the day that were propelled by high-octane, richly arranged horn sections. This past summer Koz was back with another horn-oriented album. On the album, vocals by trombonist Aubrey Logan and  Estefan.

Come on, shake your body baby, do the conga

I know you can’t control yourself any longer

Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with jazz/rock band “Blood, Sweat and Tears,” recorded live in the summer of 1975.

Bill Tillman is on the flute. Larry Willis is on the electric piano. Vocalist David Clayton-Thomas sits this one out, a re-make of a Chick Corea composition.