3.1 An Invitation, Blue Velvet, and 1952

Published: Jan 01 2021

Welcome to 2021 — Journey through art — Music, film, TV, books, comics, more — About dates — Spotify playlist: "What Now with Simo 1952–1955" — Tony Bennett's "Blue Velvet" — January 1952 — Version by Bobby Vinton in the 60s — Used by David Lynch in his film — A threshold moment — Modern era — "Riders in the Sky" — Caccini's "Amarilli" — Ages for reference — David Lynch turned 6 — Philip Glass turned 15 — Jean Sibelius was 86 — John Cage 39 — Ray Bradbury 31 — Gene Roddenberry 30 — Charles M. Schulz 29 — His Peanuts strip was 1 year and 2 months old — Rod Serling was 27 — The Twilight Zone would start in 1959 — Harlan Ellison was 17 — Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) 11 — Vangelis 8 — Edward James Olmos 4 — Larry David 4 — Births still in the future — Jerry Seinfeld in 1954 — Norm Macdonald in 1959 — H. P. Lovecraft had died in 1937 — Dragnet premiered on NBC — Moonlight Sonata by Rudolf Serkin — Dave Brubeck — Frank Sinatra still singing forgettable songs — Marvel's 4-panel cover layouts for horror and SF comics — DC Comics — Harry Houdini debunking spiritualists — Aztec history — EC Comics — Quality vs. quantity — Wallace Wood getting ever better — His protégé Joe Orlando — Keeping up with the times — The clothes in their comics — Season 2 transcript book — Playlist on Spotify — Comments and messages welcome — Social media and website — Good wishes for 2021