207. John Mayer, Auguste Rodin, Hearts Beat Loud, And Elvis Presley!



Let’s Talk Philadelphia Brings It On!


The Sculptors, Musicians, Poets, Writers, Art Critics, And Historians!


1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Music Picks For July Listening!
John Mayer Is An Excellent Discussion Starter!


John Mayer knows music and the themes the women who listen to his songs enjoy the most. He has dated the top stars in the news, in the music industry, and in Hollywood. Mayer has written songs for at least eight of his dating favorites. The song recipient list includes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, Cameron Diaz, Minka Kelly, and Taylor Swift. Devoted fans, that listens to his new songs, think his new song New Light could be about them.


Mayer’s new album New Light and catchy cover song is a winner across all age groups. He claims in the song that as he approaches forty, he wants people (women) to give him one more chance to be seen in a new light. This is the plea thought of by anyone (man or woman) that has lost a love. We have included two links for your listening pleasure:
A. In the Broadway World link, Mayer explains how he created the New Light video with just a run of the mill Blue Screen establishment that makes wedding videos. (www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/John-Mayer-Releases-Green-Screen-Music-Video-For-NEW-LIGHT-20180524).


B. The You Tube link that follows contains a pull down of all the lyrics in New Light, so as he sings the song in his video, the listener can sing along, too. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PH7dK6SLC8) Everyone in the office enjoyed this selection…friends and foes of Mayer, alike. Give it your listening test.


2. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Second Music Reminder!
Elvis Presley’s Death Will Be Celebrated In The Beginning Of August!

Vegas And Memphis Reservations Can Still Be Made For the Festivities!


August is the month rock and roll enthusiasts throughout the world pay tribute to Elvis Presley, even though he was born in January. It is the 41st anniversary of his death. The events in Memphis at his Graceland home and the tributes in Las Vegas to commemorate his life and music are attended by tens of thousands. Memphis has home walk-throughs, museum tours, candlelight vigils, dress up as Elvis free buffets, memorabilia showings, movie screenings, and Elvis impersonator contests. The Las Vegas events are just as all encompassing and showy. Twenty-two years of columns following these events should leave us with a depleted database of interesting ideas.
Such is not the case!


Elvis Presley recorded over 800 songs. He sang and wrote another 400 that he did not record. He loved gospel, but never won any awards for his gospel songs. The Elvis Presley Channel (19) on Sirius XM plays them all. Presley starred in over 30 movies while eating his favorite treat…the peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich. He would have been an excellent good guy in the new Mission Impossible movie! Partner up Tom Cruise!


Priscilla Presley has crafted a well thought-out, classy, informative, headphone driven tour of his simple home at Graceland. Priscilla’s new entertainment center is as magnificent as you would expect. Elvis Presley is buried in back of the house with his parents. Every year, we point out the significance of presents that are left at his grave site and then given to local charities. Bring something on your visit for this mission! The two new Elvis albums that Priscilla just orchestrated with the London Philharmonic are music library keepsakes for all.


Can’t Help Falling In Love With You and Love Me Tender still hold the top two spots in our The Best of Elvis Presley’s Music office poll. A new recommendation, we think you’ll love, Just Pretend, has slipped into spot three thanks to Jennifer’shear this song on my headset antics…all week. You can hear Just Pretend sung live in concert on You Tube or from Elvis’s London Philharmonic album The Wonder Of You. Here are the links and lyrics. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVJuwO2vmjQ). You will see why Jennifer made us all fans of this song! The duet, video version with Helene Fischer on The Wonder Of You CD and presented here is inspiring. Very inspiring! (www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNKc88JxBV4)…The CD is a great purchase!


3. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Hard To Find Movie Of The Week!
Hearts Beat Loud!
A Nice Story! Good Music, Actors From Everywhere!

Hearts Beat Loud’s poignant story, stellar cast (Ted Danson, Toni Collette, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner), great music, and feel good vibes when you leave the theater will hopefully propel it out of the Indie film theaters throughout the United States into mainstream America’s movie houses.


Nick Offerman (Frank Fisher) owns a failing Brooklyn vinyl record store of 19 years. His daughter Kiersey Clemons (Samantha Fisher) helps him with the store. She is a high school senior on her way to fulfill her medical school dream. They are a bi-racial family. Frank’s deceased wife and Frank were rock band mates twenty years ago. They weren’t bad.


Samantha inherited her mother’s voice and Frank’s love of music. She writes songs any time she is not frantically studying…and working. Frank recognizes her talent and wants her to record and perform her songs. Neither he nor Samantha’s new love interest and budding artist Sasha Lane (Rose) want her to leave. Conflict and music making throughout bring in Ted Danson as a local bar owner and Blythe Danner and Toni Collette as love interests and advisors. Go out of your way to find this movie. Small town theaters can only make money on blockbusters. This one is worth the drive to a theater showing Hearts Beat Louder. We will bus you there if need be!

 PS…Vinyl is making a big time comeback…
Don’t give those gems in the closet away.


4. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Celebrates 100 Years Of Auguste Rodin!
Visit The Rodin Museums In Paris Or In Philadelphia! Or Both!
We Have Cheesesteaks, They Have Crepes!


Rene Auguste Rodin, The Patriarch Of Modern Sculpture, died in 1917. The great activities put together for the 100th anniversary of his death by both of the museums dedicated to his work continue this year. The museum tours, lectures, and musical events draw giant crowds. Our suggestion, however, is to hold your wedding at one of these two museums. Kissing in front of The Kiss is done by everyone. But a wedding kiss??? Viola! Let’s Talk Philadelphia will plan the event for you for big bucks.


In the meantime, enjoy Rodin’s works in clay, marble, and bronze throughout our column. Rodin brought realism to his works and was first frowned upon in Europe for doing so. He was soon to be embraced by royalty to make them a patron of and in his work. Hopefully, out of the hundreds of works Rodin produced, we found pieces you will enjoy. After Paris, Philadelphia has the largest Rodin collection in the world. The Barnes Impressionist Museum and The Philadelphia Museum Of Art are just blocks away from the Rodin Museum. What an art lover’s trifecta!


5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Poetry Site Is Drawing Huge Crowds!
Your Summer And All Year Long Writing Winner Is A Must Visit!
It Is A Great Haven For Teachers, Parents, and Students!


Don’t forget to download 100 great poetry and creative writing activities for all ages before the site goes extinct at the end of July. Here is one of our favorite middle grade activities from the site. The site has similar activities for babies and college graduates. Poetry and creative writing lovers will understand. It will be a tearful shutdown in three weeks.

A Special Piece Of The World Of Poetry Lives!
The Ode To A Grecian Urn Retold!


Hey, poetry fans and teachers of creative writing!

Here is a change of pace activity to start the summer. The directions for beginning this writing challenge are as follows: Discuss with your child/summer school class the odes and dedications that were written by early poets. Review Ode To A Grecian Urn and Blake’s The Tyger (Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright) without killing this exploration with over analysis.


Give your child/students copies of some easy to understand odes and dedications. Have students review Blake’s The Tyger (Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright). Next, have your child/class mimic the style of a favorite ode by writing an ode about a music star, a fruit, a pet, or self choice topic as the theme. Use the examples below to generate some nice ideas of the directions someone’s writing might take.

Apple, apple, so shiny and bright.
Oh! What a taste so late at night.

O’ sour lemon
A taste bitter and true.
My puckered lips tell me
Not to forget you.


Can’t Miss Laughs Surrounding Odes To The Grape, Spinach, and Your Cat!

You have made happy lips, healthy eating, and filled stomachs.

A Spinach Ode
Spinach and other greens
How you have tormented me!
But healthy, I’ll grow up to be.

Ode To My Cat
Cat, cat, what a great friend.
To your litter box,
I will tend.


6. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Puzzle Of The Week!
 The Towers Of Hanoi Puzzle’s History Is Worth Researching, Too!


I finished Tom Palumbo’s newest 2 minute puzzle in 2:27. It follows! Good luck! I am now working on the famous Tower of Hanoi Puzzle! A challenging pair! I put the answers at the end of the column. Give the puzzle two days before you look!…Emma


Changing Middles
Each clue will give you a Five-Letter Word with a consonant in the middle. Find clue one’s word, then change its middle to find clue two’s word.

Example: Spelunker’s Havens/Applied Attention…CAVES…CARES

1. Passenger Vessel…Body Part
2. Bicycle Part…Flower Leaf
3. Delight In…Go Against Insurgent
4. Keep For One’s Self…Shooting Star
5. Horseman’s Sword…A Person Banks Love
6. City Septic System…Cut


7. Egg Companion…Castle Royalty
8. Ocean Radar…Of The Sun
9. Cash…Droopy Faced
10. Cash Hoarding Person…Olympic Runner11. Lawn Care Necessity…Shaker’s Friend
11. Babe Ruth’s Product…Float Above
12. Girls…Knitted


13. Green Fruit Need To…Got Up From (Cross)
14. Deadly…Theme For Discussion
15. Paramour…Person Without Friends
16. Tripled In Math…Healed
17. Will Not Happen Word…Older’s Opposite
18. Writing Must…Electronic Calling Device
19. Most Common Bird…Famous Kiss Statue Maker


7. This the 207th issue of Let’s Talk Philadelphia using WordPress. Let’s Talk Philadelphia has joined 1 billion other site creators who use WordPress. LTP talks movies, theater, music, fashion, small business, sports, education, history, and the really unimportant things. The other 999,999,999 sites talk politics, religion, big business, and all the other meaningful things. We are looking for art, photography, businesses, and creative ideas to feature on the column. The column has over 24,000 followers on LinkedIn and 500 redistributors/subscribers. Send two paragraphs about your work and six pictures to Tom Palumbo at: tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please remember our audience is international and they are lovers of creative ideas.


8. Changing Middle’s Answers

Passenger Vessel…Body Part  LINER/LIVER
Bicycle Part…Flower Leaf  PEDAL/PETAL
Delight In…Go Against Insurgent  REVEL/REBEL
Keep For One’s Self…Shooting Star  COVET/COMET
Horseman’s Sword…Person Banks Love  SABER/SAVER
City Septic System…Cut  SEWER/SEVER
Egg Companion…Castle Royalty  BACON/BARON
Ocean Radar…Of The Sun  SONAR/SOLAR
Cash…Droopy Faced  MONEY/MOPEY
Cash Hoarding Person…Olympic Runner  MISER/MILER
Lawn Care Necessity…Shaker’s Friend  MOWER/MOVER
Babe Ruth’s Product…Float Above  HOMER/HOVER
Girls…Knitted  WOMEN/WOVEN
Green Fruit Need To…Got Up From (Cross)  RIPEN/RISEN
Deadly…Theme For Discussion  TOXIC/TOPIC
Paramour…Person Without Friends  LOVER/LONER
Tripled In Math…Healed  CUBED/CURED
Will Not Happen Word…Older’s Opposite  NEVER/NEWER
Writing Must…Electronic Calling Device  PAPER/PAGR
Most Common Bird…Famous Kiss Statue Maker  ROBIN/RODIN


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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