1. It’s Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
2. It’s Gary Wright’s birthday.
For you young’uns and those of my generation who were chemically distracted in the mid ‘70s, Gary Wright is the guy who performed the song “Dream Weaver.” It was ubiquitous in the early part of 1976. Any time I think back to eating a meal in college, I hear “Dream Weaver” playing in the background and see a salad in front of me (I was in the process of losing 60 pounds).
Wright, who turns 73 today, has a Web site. From this we learn: a) he wrote and recorded other songs; b) he had a close friendship with George Harrison and says they shared a “spiritual conversion and journey”; and c) his book about his friendship with Harrison called – you guessed it – “Dream Weaver” is available on Kindle for $4.99 (although the site says it’s a preorder, the book has been out for a year and a half.)
By the way, the Web site is www.thedreamweaver.com. Not that it’s the only thing he’s done in his life. But Gary appears to be one who rides the horse that got him there.
3. I have to confess that sometimes I confuse Gary Wright with Gary Numan, who did “Cars” about four years later.
His birthday was last month. Numan’s site doesn’t seem nearly as “Cars” obsessed as Wright’s “Dream Weaver” fixation.
What Numan and Wright have in common: a) first name and b) both their signature songs could be soundtracks for bad dreams.
4. While I’m talking entertainment, it’s my understanding that Beyoncé released an HBO video and a new album that has something to do with an infidelity theme.
I think Beyoncé is an amazing talent, but I am not a rabid fan. I’ll let my daughter download “Lemonade” and tell me what she thinks.
All I know for sure, from following social media yesterday, is that Piers Morgan doesn’t like the album. And if Piers Morgan doesn’t like it, you know it’s gotta be good.
Let me complete my entertainment theme with this:
5. I also gather from social media that, at least for today, there’s peace between Kelly and Michael.
Because she’s of Italian ancestry and a Met fan, I tend to side with Kelly. I’m loyal that way. Michael is still going to head off to “Good Morning America.”
Mostly, though, I don’t care.
But my former colleagues at CNNMoney are all over this story with their fantastic media team. And if you care, they’re the ones to read.
6. Some have called today’s round in the presidential campaign the “Acela primaries” because Amtrak’s fastest train passes through the five states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
That name reflects the Washington punditry and the New York media. Those folks don’t bother driving when they can write and make phone calls on the train. Few people watching on TV even know what Acela is.
I see them as the “I-95 primaries.” I have spent more hours than I care to count driving on I-95 south to take my daughter to school and see my brother in Maryland. I have spent more hours than I care to count driving on I-95 north for getaways in Mystic and Misquamicut Beach.
I’ll bet when people think of those states, they think about Chesapeake House. That ridiculously expensive toll for driving 13 miles through Delaware. Feeling as though you’re on a pothole-ridden demo derby track in Philadelphia. Wondering why Connecticut signs show the tribal land names instead of the casinos you’re actually looking for. That creepy-looking giant insect on top of the exterminator’s headquarters in Providence.
7. The expectation is that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will win all five states. There’s a chance Bernie Sanders could take Connecticut and/or Rhode Island.
It will not be the first test of the holy(?) alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Their limited non-aggression pact affects only Indiana, which is next Tuesday, and Oregon and New Mexico, which come later.
But with wins, Trump will move even closer to the magic number – or to the point where it becomes even harder to have a “Kumbaya” moment in Cleveland in 12 weeks.
8. Finally, this interesting study in the New York Times: a survey asking people when America was greatest.
Of course, that plays off the Trump campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
The year that more people chose than any other was 2000. Its appeal is understandable. It was the year before 9/11. Democrats like it because it was the last year of Bill Clinton’s successful presidency. Republicans like it because George W. Bush won the presidential election – although, given how that turned out, it’s hard to understand why they look back on that nostalgically.
Also, the Y2K thing didn’t materialize. Everybody’s computer worked on Jan. 1, 2000.
I find this a little misguided. I side with the 44% who say America’s best years are ahead. Isn’t that supposed to be our goal in life – make each year better than the one before it? There’s no point in the kind of nostalgia that tries to relive a past year, because there are too many things that are better today.
9. Sorry about making “Dream Weaver” go through your head all day.