Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

La La Land questions and commentary

Are the good old days of movie making back? The days when beautiful songs and story lines let us escape?
Well, almost....The new movie La La Land is quite an accomplishment. It even got your Nostalgic Rambler out to see it twice at the movie theater.

I am humming the music and putting myself in Ryan Gosling's dance shoes:

 The movie features memorable music by Justin Hurwitz. Director Damien Chazelle did a great job of combining movie magic of the past with a current cast and story.
 And as corny as it gets sometimes, it is just what I like in entertainment.
 Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling? Never heard of them before I saw La La Land but you probably already guessed they aren't on my nostalgic radar screen. Loved both of their performances.
 Spoiler alert: I really didn't like the ending and if Mr. Chazelle had asked me, it would have been a formula happy one. After seeing a movie and characters I like, why do I have to be tortured with the reality of that ending?
I'll get over it.....maybe....

Anyway, here are a few questions I have:

1. Why can't I find the CD soundtrack in all the stores? I had to order it!

2. "Seb's" has a great logo. Where is all the tie-in merchandise I want to buy? Seb's shirt, Seb's tie?

3. Seb likes records. So do I, of course....but $24 for the soundtrack on LP? Even Seb couldn't afford that!