I Enjoy Watching Dead People Sing And Dance

Call me a senile old man, but on many nights I watch old MGM musical movies on TV. If lucky, I find them on cable stations, and they’re not interrupted every five minutes with obnoxious (are there any other type?) commercials.

Recently I watched That’s Entertainment, a series of great performances from musicals, mostly from the 1940s and 1950s. The star line-up included Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Lena Horne, Bing Crosby and others from that era. It was a pleasure to see and hear those familiar songs and dance routines from deceased stars of long ago.

Compared to so-called music of the following years that damages eyes, ears and brains today, those long-ago performances offer happy memories. Unfortunately, starting with barking, twitching Elvis, for me pop music of the past 50 years consists of noise, screams, curses, and revolting freak shows.

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