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December 27, 2020


Bill Pignato

Hi Paul

Nice to hear from you. Happy Holiday and New Year. We are all glad to leave 2020 in the rear view mirror.

I hope you are well and safe.



Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Hey Bill,
Years ago I recall Queen Elizabeth calling a year Annus Horribilis. That describes this year.

I have no idea what next year will be like, will take it a day at a time. A really good therapist once told me “no expectations no disappointments” Good advice.

Susan Bennett

This is a wonderful gift PT. I love listening to it. Thanks for your enthusiastic and well written into to the music too. I need to get that program regularly. Hope you had a good holiday and will be dancing your heart out for NewYear’s Eve and all next year. Lots of love! Susan

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Indeed Susan!
every time a song with an appealing beat floats through the speakers, I dance around my kitchen table as if it were at festival in Louisiana.

Paul Sinopoli

Paul – this was terrific! I’m enjoying the music as I type this. Happy New Year!


Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

This program took up a lot of slack from the real time celebrations I was missing with family. This was the first time in my life i haven't visited a Sinopoli family on Christmas Eve.


Cathleen Cavanaugh

Hi Paul,

Thanks for this great playlist. We’ve been playing every genre of music these past few months. When in the house, and there’s need for “take me away!”, a different album comes off the shelf. Or new music sent by the boys.
Another silver lining re: this pandemic. Stopping to listen to the music.

Happy New Year!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Must be interesting to listen to what your boys add to the repertoire and how their tastes compare.

Sal Falzone


If you look at the list of rich Blacks in the music industry, Barry Gordy seems like a very wealthy man – and deservedly so, for all the class acts he brought to market.

But when you look further up the list, there are a few guys worth many times his empire that have sold lots of so-called music (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Dr. Dre & Master P). Of course, I am not sure how much hip hop and rap breathes life into Black culture so much as it widens the divide between Black and white.

Honestly, if these billionaire and near billionaire Black “music” promoters looked at their jobs more like Berry Gordy did, I think we would have a lot more good music to listen to.

Sorry – I don’t mean to drop you from your high of all the great Black music we have been blessed with. It is just that I have been feeling that these guys have been part of the undermining of race relations with their vile lyrics. Liz and I love the Temptations Christmas album perhaps more than any other and after watching a documentary last month about Motown, she asked whatever happened to all these great musicians and I told her that once they broke away from Gordy, they went down that slippery slope all the way to the bottom. My son Stephen would say, that’s your Opinion, Dad. That’s not a fact.

Thanks for the upbeat articles and have a safe and quiet New Year’s Eve party, complete with noisemakers.


Stay well,


Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Given the holiday season, Spitzer covers the music white to black, lots of it familiar and composed before social media largely changed the way people communicate. I'm not an authority but think blues, R&B still stick with the formula similar to its inception.
Music producers often run the show. If they think it will sell they put it on tape.There is no code of speech.https://www.complex.com/music/2020/02/best-hip-hop-producers

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