As regular readers of S&F are aware, we're no admirer of popular music, generally speaking, although we're quick to recognize and appreciate a great song when we hear it and every once in a rare while a recording of a song will have just the right coming together of great song, great arrangement, and great performer and when that happens we simply can't get enough of it and replay the bloody thing over and over again for hours at a time. Two such recordings are the Carly Simon recording of the theme song from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (which movie we never saw) titled "Nobody Does It Better", and the Barbra Streisand recording of the title song from the movie The Way We Were (which movie we also never saw). Last night we watched an episode of PBS's American Masters which episode was a first-rate telling of the life of the late composer Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) whose name we knew from his nifty adaptation and arrangement of Scott Joplin rags for his score for The Sting, one of our favorite movies, and that's about all we knew of him and his work. For those more informed than we about such things it will be needless to say we were taken aback by his myriad accomplishments in the domain of popular music including the score for the long-running (6,137 performances) smash Broadway hit A Chorus Line but were positively gobsmacked to learn he was none other than the composer of both the aforementioned great songs. We suppose we ought to begin paying closer attention to such popular music matters but we suspect that's just never going to happen. The gems are just too rare and too far between and the rest so indifferent or such utter dreck we know we'd never manage to persevere. Pity — or so we suppose.