As we’ve said around these parts many times before, we are truly living in television’s golden age. By Myndi Weinraub On December 31, 2015 · Add Comment As we’ve said around these parts many times before, we are truly living in television’s golden age.
There are also four shows I can’t legitimately put on my list, because I haven’t yet watched them, but they’re in the queue and will be seen by yours truly very soon: Mr.
If this was a list I’d made in the middle of 2015, FOX sensation Empire would have been near the top of it, but season two has fallen so far in terms of both quality and plausibility (even in soap opera terms) from season one, that the last three episodes that aired are still sitting on my DVR, awaiting my attention. I’d like to dedicate the rest of my list to a compilation of the shows that consistently gave me joy in 2015, even though one is about prison and another focuses on a zombie apocalypse.
It happened last fall in one of those hotel meeting rooms used for showcases at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, N.Y.
While his talent appears genetically acquired, the genes were backed up by hard work and experience. Dave March was born in Huntington in 1976, and he and his sister Krista grew up in Centereach, where they and Jon all attended Centereach High School.
There really werena€™t many places an acoustic duo could play during his high school years. As open mics began to pop up around the area in new coffee shops and wine bars on Long Island, he and Krista began performing together.
Dave states that while he cannot read music, hea€™s developed a really good ear and his storehouse of musical ability has come from years of playing with other musicians.
For Krista, the first non-family influence came from the Broadway play (and subsequent movie) a€?Annie.a€? Krista wanted to be Annie. About the time Jon was returning from Chicago to nurse his wounds, Dave was hosting an open mic at a local Starbucks. They spent another year riding an emotional rollercoaster while they wrote and recorded songs for the banda€™s first album, A Long Way Back (2005). Somewhere during the evolution of M2D, Davea€™s busy life in music, playing bass for M2D and other groups, provoked insecurity in his girlfriend with whom hea€™d become serious.
After the first album was released, violinist Leanne Strom, Jona€™s married sister, came into the group. Brian Kroll entered the picture right after the release of Rise, while M2D was showcasing the album.
School protocol demanded that Brian had to start by learning band instruments, so he played bassoon and upright bass in fourth grade. Brian had his own band in high school, and then received classical training as a voice major at Hofstra University.
By the time this author caught up to Miles to Dayton, it had released its third album, Pass It On (2011). Whereas A Long Way Back had a more pensive, ethereal feel overall, Rise kicks off immediately with a€?Eyes Lighta€? with its refrain my heart sings, revealing a huge uptick in both mood and energy. About the time Jon was returning from Chicago to nurse his wounds, Dave wasA  hosting an open mic at a local Starbucks.
Brian had his own band in high school, and then receivedA  classical training as a voice major at Hofstra University. Remember when those adorable kids begged for one million Facebook likes so that their parents would get them a puppy? According to Gawker, Kverneng, 20, convinced his high school crush Johansen to have sex with him if he, too, gets one million likes on Facebook. Though Kverneng explained to a local news outlet that it started out as a joke for their friends, he also reportedly stated that if he hit the magic number then they would indeed hit the proverbial it.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) — I’m so glad this weird and wonderful gem ended up on Netflix instead of NBC so it could thrive. BoJack Horseman (Netflix) — How can anyone really explain the strange and hysterical BoJack Horseman? Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) — When I saw the previews for this show, I was intrigued, but I never could have imagined what an absolute delight star Rachel Bloom would be in the role of Rebecca Bunch. The Walking Dead (AMC) — Looking at TWD annually is always a little strange, since the winter episodes and fall episodes are part of two different seasons. The Goldbergs (ABC) — This show can be a bit formulaic, but it hits the right buttons for me. Orange is the New Black (Netflix) — Once again, it’s hard to believe that a show about a women’s prison has become one of my favorite ways to spend some time each summer, but it’s the truth.


Master of None (Netflix) — This one appeared this fall and vaulted to the top of my list for its creativity, instant likeability and the way it took only a few episodes to make me fall in actual love with Aziz Ansari. The 2012 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference was proving to be as enlightening and uplifting as expected.
The family sang together and Jon began studying cello at The North Shore Suzuki School in Setauket when he was 4. However, Dave was four years ahead of Krista and three ahead of Jon, so the two boys knew who each other was, but were a€?like ships passing in the night,a€? according to Jon. Davea€™s grandfather owned a music store where he taught accordion to Davea€™s mother and all of her siblings. Dad leaned toward Styx and Led Zeppelin, while Mom tilted in the direction of Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. He took a few lessons and jammed with a neighbor who played guitar and picked it up pretty quickly.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Younga€™s album Four Way Street had made an impact and would set the structure for the musical style he would prefer from that point on. Most places were bars that were still promoting a lot of the dying glam rock scene of the late a€™80s and early a€™90s, but nevertheless, they managed to play a few opening slots.
They started a group with her then-boyfriend, called Sleeping Genius which flourished from playing open mics and had a similar folk rock sound to M2D.
For her, the big influence was her grandmother, who, when younger, had sung in a large traveling choral group called The Sweet Adelines. Throughout grade school shea€™d sing her part, but wouldna€™t make an effort to stand out from the group. Krista, coming out of a yearlong post-breakup funk, was working as a barista at the same Starbucks.
There are songs about Jon and Krista getting together and breaking up all through that album.
At the time I was interviewing the band, Leanne was busy having a baby and was unable to participate. As a kid growing up in West Hempstead, he obsessively drummed on everything a€“ pots, boxes, whatever.
He played drums all through college and gigged in a progressive rock band and a cover band.
The progression from one album to the next is readily evident to even the most casual listener. In the middle of a big show at the Patchogue Theatre in 2008, Jon fed his cello through a loop and, over his instrumental, proposed to Krista in front of 700 to 800 people. Petter Kverneng and his long-time crush Cathrine Johansen are about to discover a really important life lesson. Well, Kverneng's story is significantly less heart-warming, except, perhaps, to "bros" the world over. The post with the above image, titled "Please, help me get laid," had over 1.2 million likes as of this filing.
As much junk as there is produced by broadcast, cable and streaming outlets, there is just as much in the way of high quality, worthwhile programming. Between the nostalgia, the wit and the family friendly humor that manages not to pander, I look forward to this one each week. A group blending guitar, violin, bass, drums and anywhere from three to five voices was lighting the fuse to a powder keg that could have blown a hole in the ceiling. The vocal harmonies and instrumentation were as tight as a leotard on a ballerina and the overall musical command of the group had all the earmarks of a wealth of experience. Kristaa€™s powerful, soaring alto grips each vowel like a pipe wrench and her voice echoes in the listenera€™s mind long after the song is over. However, for me, the growth of the banda€™s character centers around its ability to work through an initial emotional maelstrom and build on it.
He studied the trumpet in public school and was in the school band, the church choir and youth orchestras.
The floodgates opened for Dave and Krista one New Yeara€™s Eve when their mother played her entire Beatles collection. The title aptly suggests that time had to elapse before they could understand the process they were going through.
His sistersa€™ record collection planted the seed and today he cana€™t remember a time when he didna€™t want to be a musician.


On the recorded track, we hear Krista singing, In your heart, you will find a piece of me, a symphonya€¦ Krista later walked down the aisle to the accompaniment of Jona€™s cello solo from that song. She has a chance meeting on a New York street with onetime camp boyfriend Josh Chan, and feels inspired. While the season had a definite story arc, there were several episodes that stood completely on their own. Miles to Dayton was introducing itself to the uninitiated in one of four a€?quada€? showcase groupings during the mid to late evening hours.
Given the euphorically upbeat experience it provides its audience, it is worth noting that in the history of Miles to Dayton, there were not one, not two, but three relationship meltdowns before and during the groupa€™s evolution.
For instance, a€?Green Light Goa€? was a positive song about both Jon and Krista, attempting to will them to a€?take that step.a€? Krista co-wrote a€?Therapya€? with Jon, essentially telling him to get over his ambivalence in letting go of his ex-girlfriend and accepting her as his true soul mate. The title track sums up the albuma€™s purpose nicely: All the loving in the world wona€™t mean a thing unless you learn how to sing and share it a€¦ and pass it on. Although Jon and Krista were becoming a couple, their progress didna€™t exactly dovetail.A  Krista was a year further into her healing while Jon had some catching up to do.
Kristaa€™s brother, Dave March, the bassist, has written the occasional key song and is an original anchor for the group. Although Jon is well-rounded, music was always number one in the household while he was growing up. The fact that it was developed and presented on the album says a lot about their seriousness of intent, both musically and personally.
Two years later, Brian made a special trip to see the band and, lo and behold, they were playing without a drummer.
Also, while working as a band member through the Long Island-based Omnipop Agency, he played in highly accomplished cover bands for clubs on Long Island, in upstate ski lodges and on the Jersey Shore. The show then unspools a mix of broad and witty comedy and musical numbers each week, as Rebecca settles in to a new job at a small law firm, fields questions about why on earth she moved there and tries to get close to Josh, despite his spitfire girlfriend. The heart that seeps through each comedy outing takes me back to the best family sitcoms of my youth, the style of which faded when kids got their own dedicated networks and writers were free from having to do much to entertain the parents. Hea€™s been classically trained but still remembers the feeling of discovering different styles of music like jazz, rock, folk and funk. Peanutbutter (the incomparable Paul F, Tompkins) is a dog whose also a famous actor and married to Diane. Jona€™s sister, Leanne Strom, a classically trained violinist, having switched to the rootsier style of the band, provides one main reason why M2D (abbreviation from Dave) compositions achieve majestic flight. When the relationship with her boyfriend collapsed, the group broke up and she went into a tailspin and didna€™t do music for about a year. The banda€™s name refers to living life to its fullest a€“ going the miles a€“ until being reunited with loved ones whoa€™ve passed on. Brian reintroduced himself, and then sent a follow-up email to Jon, pitching himself for the drummera€™s slot. In college, at the University of Miami, he studied the cello and trumpet, sang in the jazz vocal ensemble and had his own band called Soma.
Jon and Krista knew each other well in high school (he might not have been aware of it, but she had a crush on him).
Drummer Brian Kroll, who joined the group a few years ago, has a powerful, classically trained voice. Not realizing what was transpiring, the normally freewheeling Dave apprehensively asked Jon a€?Who is this guy?a€? In a role reversal, the normally cautious Jon answered, a€?Hea€™s our new drummer. This means whenever the sound equipment of a venue permits, theya€™re capable of five-part harmony. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) -- I’m so glad this weird and wonderful gem ended up on Netflix instead of NBC so it could thrive.
BoJack Horseman (Netflix) -- How can anyone really explain the strange and hysterical BoJack Horseman? There’s also three kids in a trenchcoat passing themselves off as an adult--a perfectly subtle Muppets callback--who are dating Princess Carolyn.
The Goldbergs (ABC) -- This show can be a bit formulaic, but it hits the right buttons for me.



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