Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Car Tunes!

I was going to start out by saying “Happy Memorial Day,” but Memorial Day isn’t actually a happy day, because it commemorates members of the United States armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) who died in combat. However, Memorial Day weekend is considered by many to be the unofficial first weekend of summer, so Happy First Weekend of Summer! The kids here are out of school until the first or second Monday in August, which used to be called “summer vacation.”

Anyway…

Since summer and cars go together, today we were asked to come up with songs about cars. I’m sure I’ll be repeating some of what others have chosen, because no doubt when someone says “car songs,” people tend to think about the same ones. Anyway, here are the ten I chose, in a playlist for you. Enjoy!

  1. Golden Earring, “Radar Love” The one big hit for Dutch rockers Golden Earring, this reached #13 on the Hot 100 and #10 on the Cash Box survey in 1973.
  2. The Beach Boys, “Little Deuce Coupe” The title track from their 1963 album. This was their highest-charting “B” side (the “A” side was “Little Surfer Girl”), reaching #15 on the Hot 100.
  3. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln” A cover of Charlie Ryan’s 1955 hit, it was the most-successful version, reaching #9 in 1972. It was on the Commander’s 1971 album Lost In The Ozone.
  4. Johnny Cash, “One Piece At A Time” The story of building a Cadillac piece by piece from parts stolen from the assembly line. It was the title track from Johnny’s 54th studio album, released in 1976. It reached #1 on the Country chart and #29 on the Hot 100.
  5. Chuck Berry, “You Can’t Catch Me” Chuck wrote a lot of songs about cars, and this was one of the first, released in 1956. It was recorded in the same session as “Maybelline” and “Wee Wee Hours.”
  6. Jan & Dean, “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” The first of two songs in this list by Messrs. Berry and Torrance, who did a lot of songs about cars and surfing. This one reached #3 in 1964.
  7. Ronnie & The Daytonas, “Little GTO” Ronny & The Daytonas were a surf and rock & roll band out of Nashville. They released a number of singles between 1964 and 1967. This was the first and the only to reach the Top Ten, peaking at #4.
  8. The Rip Chords, “Hey Little Cobra” From 1963, this peaked at #4 in the US, #5 in Canada, and #3 in New Zealand.
  9. Jan & Dean, “Drag City” Title track from Jan & Dean’s 1963 album, it reached the Top Ten in January 1964.
  10. The Playmates, “Beep Beep (The Little Nash Rambler)” Heard this one on Dr. Demento many moons ago. This was a 1958 novelty record that reached #4 and spent twelve weeks on the Billboard Top 40 chart.

Hope this brightens your Memorial Day. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 29, 2017.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The 2017 Memorial Day Week That Was

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Another cheap furniture store in Chicago. I think they’re out of business now.

The Week That Was

Interesting week. I have been having a problem on the outside of my right foot making it excruciating to walk, and Mary convinced me to see a podiatrist. There’s evidently a tendon on that side that I managed to strain. He gave me diclofenac, a much stronger NSAID than naproxen or ibuprofen (but no codeine) and told me to ice it. A day or so later, I’m feeling great, because the diclofenac works on all the inflammation, including in the knees and back. I’m going to see if I can get a standing prescription for it. Anyone else using it?

Here’s the week in review…

Monday was a freebie, so I chose songs that have “diamond” in the title. I asked for suggestions of others, and you came up with a dozen, which we played on Friday for The Friday Five.

Music from my high school years continued with The Temptations, and I added in a song by former Temp Eddie Kendricks.

We got a new badge for One-Liner Wednesday as Dan’s entry reigned supreme, as they used to say on Iron Chef. My one-liner was something I found on Instagram, and the commercial I chose was for Burger King, advertising Return Of The Jedi glassware, some of which you can see here.

Question for all of you who participate in #1LinerWeds: do you keep a list of one-liners to use on Wednesdays? I’ve started doing that, because I have a memory like a sieve anymore. Evernote has become my new friend.

One of the prompts was to write about “staycation,” where you go on vacation but stay at home. We had a great one the two weeks the 1996 Summer Olympics were in town.

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Linda’s prompt was “smell,” and ultimately I wrote about a guy I used to work for who smelled like he never bathed.

We’ll feature car songs tomorrow on Monday’s Music Moves Me, and we’ll have a Battle of the Bands on Thursday featuring a song we discussed a couple of weeks ago, when we featured songs with “all” or “nothing” in the title. Plus another act from my high school days, a one-liner, a Friday Five, and writing sparked by whatever Kat and Linda come up with. And, who knows what else? Be sure to join us!

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. For my US readers, have a safe Memorial Day, and be sure to remember those men and women in the Armed Forces who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Tomorrow’s a bank holiday for some of you who don’t live in the US, so have a safe and and restful day off. Everyone else, have a good day, anyway. See you soon!




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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Smell You Later #socs

Saw this on Instagram shortly after learning this week’s word was “smell.”

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Ever notice that, smell is good, it’s an “aroma,” and when it’s bad, it’s an “odor”? Like the aroma of coffee, but the odor from an outhouse? I mean, no one ever talks about the odor of Chanel No. 5 or the aroma of a corpse flower…

I worked for a man at a department store once who smelled like he never bathed. I feel sorry for the guy now, but back then, everyone in the department laughed behind his back. One day a customer said something to someone in the office, and they transferred him to a position where he had no customer contact. It was probably a cultural thing; the guy was from Eastern Europe and probably moved here sometime around World War II. Maybe he knew he smelled bad but not what to do about it. On the other hand, maybe the people in the office had spoken to him, and he didn’t do anything about it.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

The Friday Five: Your “Diamond” Songs

In what is probably becoming a regular thing, there are many more songs than five in this week’s list. Twelve, to be exact. Technically, two of them don’t belong, but I added them anyway, at the end, because I’m just that kind of a guy…

  1. John Denver, “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stones)” Uncle Jack thought of this back when I featured John Denver on Two For Tuesday. He said he and Aunt Loretta like the philosophy expressed in this one, and I can understand why. It’s the title track from his 1981 album, written by Dick Feller.
  2. Bon Jovi, “Diamond Ring” Annalisa came up with this, and asks us please not to judge her. As I told her, I don’t see why anyone would: Bon Jovi’s a pretty good band. It’s from their fifth studio album, 1995’s these Days.
  3. Joan Baez, “Diamonds & Rust” Janie thought of this one, and Martha heartily agrees. The title track from her 1975 studio album, she wrote it about Bob Dylan, with whom she had a relationship at one time. As a single, it reached #35 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  4. Paul Simon, “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes” Ed came up with this, and Martha also liked this one. It was the fourth single from his fifth studio album, 1996’s Graceland, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo provide the backing vocals.
  5. Jerry Lee Lewis, “Big Blue Diamond” Calen chose this version of the song, an old country standard that’s been done by a number of artists. Meaning you’ll see it again for my June 15 Battle of the Bands.
  6. KISS, “Black Diamond” Cathy confessed she used Google to come up with this one and the next two, which is fine by me. This one was the final track on their eponymous first album from 1974.
  7. Eric Clapton, “Diamonds Made From Rain” Another Cathy choice, this is from Slowhand’s 2010 album Clapton.
  8. Enya, “Diamonds In The Water” The third Cathy choice is by the lovely Miss Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin, who has Anglicized her name to Enya, thank God. It comes from her 2015 album Dark Sky Island.
  9. Bruce Cockburn, “All The Diamonds In The World” Arlee, our resident Bruce Cockburn fan, remembered this one. This is from his 1977 live album Circles In The Stream.
  10. Shinedown, “Diamond Eyes(Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)” Jeanne thought of this one right away. It’s from the soundtrack for The Expendables.
  11. Billy Joe Shaver, “I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I’ll Be A Diamond Some Day)” Annie over at McGuffy’s Reader has been running a series by her husband, who has taken the A to Z concept and run with it this month. Cathy thought I should use this one, and since I had already been thinking of it, I thought that was a good idea.
  12. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” Joey suggested this, saying it must be a “mom thing.” As I recall, Mozart wrote the melody, which is the same as for the alphabet song.

And that’s The Friday Five for May 26, 2017. Have a good Memorial Day weekend, if I don’t see you.




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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: Going on Staycation

You might remember that Atlanta won the right to host the 1996 Olympic Games. As with any case where the city at the hub of the area you live in decides, without consulting the residents, to hold a huge event, there were people who thought this was great, and others who thought it was a really stupid idea. I was a member of the latter group.

Believing that the Olympics would cause a greater logistical nightmare than Atlanta normally is, and since our county was uninvited from participating (again, never bothering to ask the residents whether that they wanted them to make such a resolution, probably because they wouldn’t like the answer), not to mention the fact that Mary and I couldn’t care less about the Olympics, we decided to take the two weeks off and ignore the fact they were going on. When I told someone this, they said “So, you’re going on staycation, then?” It was the first time I had heard the term, and I liked it.

We had a great time. We went to a lot of movies, ate out a lot, and I’d watch the Braves, who were on a two-week road trip to the West Coast, at night. All without traveling more than five miles from home.

Many of the vacations we’ve taken have been spent at home. Not that we’re opposed to traveling, although it’s gotten infinitely harder with my disabled status in the last ten years. We’ve taken some great trips over the years, don’t get me wrong, and there have been some occasions when I was able to mix business and pleasure and take Mary with me. But we’re basically homebodies, and when I was traveling all the time, the last thing I wanted to do on vacation was get on a plane and go somewhere. And, from Mary’s perspective, she’d rather spend the money on yarn.

Today’s prompt was to write about the word “staycation.”




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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Something To Think About #1LinerWeds

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Two For Tuesday: The Temptations (and Eddie Kendricks)

 

The Temptations were another band that had success in the early Seventies, putting four songs in the Top Ten for a total orf 26 weeks. In addition, Eddie Kendricks, who left the group in 1970, had two Top Ten singles as a solo act. More on that in a moment.

The group’s last single with Kendricks was “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me).” It reached the Top Ten in March 1971, eventually climbing to #1.

Their next single to chart on the Hot 100 was “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” which reached the Top Ten in November 1972, also climbing to #1. Here’s the full version, all twelve minutes of it.

In the late Sixties, former lead singer David Ruffin was fired by the group, which apparently alienated Eddie Kendricks, who grew resentful, eventually leaving the stage at a performance at the Copacabana in November 1970. He then started a solo career that saw two of his singles reach the Top Ten, “Boogie Down,” which reached the Top Ten in February 1974 and reached #2, and “Keep On Truckin’,” which hit the Top Ten in October 1973 and spent ten weeks there, eventually reaching #1. As a pre-Memorial Day bonus, here’s that song, in its complete form.

Brothers Jim and Kip remember a night at Comiskey Park in the late Sixties where they heard a group of teenagers singing The Temps’ “Psychedelic Shack” and really sounding good on it. I must have been there, being the only White Sox fan in my immediate family, but somehow I missed the performance. Must have been great, because they still talk about it, fifty years later.

The Temptations, your Two For Tuesday, May 23, 2017.




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