Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Sound Of One Hand Typing FM Has Left The Air

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

You Say You Want A Resolution, We-ell You Know… #socs

I just have to share this from Cathy Kennedy’s resolution post:

I used to make New Year’s resolutions, and by the second week of January they were forgotten, so I stopped doing that. The latest trend is to choose a word to use as a theme for the year. I think I did that once, too, with the same result. So I don’t do that, either.

Just about everyone I’ve talked to in Blog World has a quiet evening at home planned for New Year’s Eve, including us. We can watch the crazies in Times Square and Underground Atlanta without having to be among them. We’re going to have our traditional pizza rolls for dinner (how that tradition started, or when, I can’t remember) and probably fall asleep in front of the TV until the fireworks in the neighborhood (Insane Ike’s Fireworks over in Alabama does almost as much business for New Year’s Eve as they do for Independence Day, to judge by the racket in our subdivision) wake us up to celebrate the new year. I told Kat (from Mama’s Losin’ It!) that I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been out on New Year’s Eve, and that’s over my entire life (this will be my 62nd). And one of those times was Kip and I going to the Convenient in Northfield, Illinois to get Cokes (and I needed cigarettes). Along the way, we were stopped by an officer of the Township of Northfield Police Department, who wanted to know what we were doing out at that hour (it was eight-thirty, I think, because Convenient closed at nine).

Speaking of fireworks (which I was a minute ago), ever notice the stores that sell them all have names like “Crazy Cal’s,” “Mad Moe’s,” and “Two-Finger Louie’s”? We used to drive through Tennessee on our way to Chicago, and just as you started getting into the mountains, there was a gas station that had big signs that said “COLD BEER” and “FIREWORKS.” Gasoline, beer, and fireworks… I’m surprised they haven’t had an avalanche up there.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

The Friday 5×2: 1978 One-Hit Wonders

So, we’re almost at the end of the Seventies. 1978 was the year I graduated from college (BBA, Loyola University Chicago), got married, and started working for a living. In fact, I had two jobs, my first lasting all of six months. I seem to have a better recollection of the music from this year, and there were some iconic songs, and a few that went on to become hits for other artists. Here are ten of them.

  1. Randy Newman, “Short People” We had a bridesmaid in our wedding who was all of 4’11” tall who hated this song. Interesting that Randy Newman is considered a one-hit wonder, considering the number of songs he’s written that were hits for other artists. This was a #1 hit when we got married.
  2. Johnny Paycheck, “Take This Job And Shove It” Jonathon Brandmeier, who was a radio personality in Chicago, had a weekly feature called the “Shove-It Line” on Fridays, where people who were fed up with the week would call in and tell their bosses where they could stick their jobs. Usually the last person was someone who was celebrating their last day on the job. I was tempted to call in for more than a couple of jobs. This was a #1 hit on the Country charts in the US and Canada, his only #1 in a career that started in the Sixties.
  3. Steve Martin & The Toot Uncommon, “King Tut” A real classic. This is the performance from Saturday Night Live that had Mary and I gasping for air, we were laughing so hard. That’s Lou Marini, former saxophonist for Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Blues Brothers Band, emerging from the sarcophagus for his solo. (I’m not sure that’s the “sarcophagus,” but it sounds better than “mummy case.”) Reached #14 on the Hot 100.
  4. Exile, “Kiss You All Over” Exile reached #1 for four weeks in October, their only success on the pop charts. They moved on to country music in the Eighties after two follow-up singles failed to reach the Top 20.
  5. Nick Gilder, “Hot Child In The City” This was Nick Gilder’s only Top 20 hit in the US, though he reached #1 in his native Canada with “Roxy Roller” in 1976. The song was featured in the 1984 movie Angel (“honor student by day – hooker by night!”), one of my guilty pleasures (it was actually pretty good), from which the clips that comprise the video were taken.
  6. John Paul Young, “Love Is In The Air” Scottish-born Australian pop singer Young had his one taste of international success with this, which went to #7 in the US. I think of this video whenever I hear it, because you can hear it starting at 1:15. Worth it to watch if only to see how far we’ve come in computer graphics in the last 35 years.
  7. Alicia Bridges, “I Love The Nightlife” I’m breaking my own “no disco!” rule for this one, mostly because I remember this SCTV sketch (you can hear Eugene Levy-as-Perry Como’s version at 1:00). Alicia reached #2 with this and had further success on the dance chart.
  8. Patti Smith Group, “Because The Night” Reached #17 in June, helping sales of her Easter album and giving her second thoughts about retiring. The song was written by Bruce Springsteen and later covered by 10,000 Maniacs in 1993 for an episode of MTV Unplugged, the version I remenber best.
  9. Walter Egan, “Magnet And Steel” Walter was backed by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks on his one Top 20 hit, which spent 22 weeks on the chart and went as high as #8.
  10. LeBlanc & Carr, “Falling” Lenny LeBlanc had been in a band with Pete Carr, who was a producer and session guitarist in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Carr convinced LeBlanc to join him, and they recorded three singles together, including this, which reached #8. They were evidently bumped from the flight that killed several members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, after whih LeBlanc became a born-again Christian and started recording Christian-themed music. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember hearing this one.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for December 29, 2017. Happy New Year!

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: Nuttier Than A…

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Monks at Assumption Abbey Monastery in Ava, Missouri Feb. 17, 2006.

Fruitcake is the joke of the Christmas season. For example, A. Lee Martinez, in his book Gil’s All-Fright Diner, said “Reality is like a fruitcake; pretty enough to look at but with all sorts of nasty things lurking just beneath the surface.” And Johnny Carson said, “The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” Just DuckDuckGo “fruitcake jokes,” and you’ll get plenty.

Actually, it’s not that bad, depending on where you get it from. My favorite is from the Trappist monks at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers, Georgia, about thirty miles from me. The monastery itself is a beautiful place and it’s home to men who have dedicated their lives to God. Many of them are old and infirm, and the sale of bakery items helps pay for their medical care. I spent a week on retreat there almost thirty years ago, and it was a beautiful experience. I’m very fond of those guys. Every abbey has ther own recipe, it seems; the picture shows an example of the fruitcake made by the monks of Assumption Abbey in Missouri.

There was a place across the street from my grammar school that sold a “Jule Kake,” which was essentially a fruitcake. At least, that’s what they told me. The place was never open when I tried to drop by. I never saw anyone in there, either. Very strange. Makes you wonder what they were really selling.

Mary makes a good fresh fruit cake and adds cranberries, apples and pears. I don’t have the recipe, unfortunately, but trust me, it’s good.

Anyway, the title refers to the phrase “nuttier than a fruitcake.” When you say that someone is nuttier than a fruitcake, you’re saying he’s koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs, just like Sonny in the commercials.

General Mills has Cocoa Puffs, Trix and Kix. It’s all the same cereal, but Trix is fruit-flavored, Cocoa Puffs is chocolate-flavored, and Kix has no flavor added. Doesn’t taste especially pleasant, either. But that’s just me.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Funny Facebook Comment #1LinerWeds

I follow the Vintage Ads group on Facebook, and recently saw this post on the group. The ad displayed is this one…

This prompted someone to make the following comment…

I was thinking the same thing…

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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sound of One Hand Typing FM Is Leaving The Air

I’ve given it a lot of thought, and have decided to stop “simulcasting” The Sound Of One Hand Typing on Blogger. There are several reasons for this.

  1. I get roughly ten page views a day on it, and most of those are Google indexing the page. I occasionally get comments, but I would say that it averages out to less than one a week. In fact, I’m getting about one a month. It hardly seems worthwhile to continue it.
  2. In order for IFTTT, the technology that makes it all possible, to work, I have to do a lot of extra coding, or it won’t post properly. This is a problem I brought to their attention a couple of years ago, and they still haven’t done anything about it.
  3. Then, once it passes to Blogger, Blogger intercedes on my behalf and “corrects” the HTML code, causing me fits.

The last simulcast post will be on New Year’s Eve. I’ve already started to change my commenting habits on Blogger to reflect this change, and have changed my Blogger profile.

Note that this blog will continue as long as I can still write on it, and maybe after that. Anyone who might be reading that blog via a feed reader can follow this one by clicking on the RSS icon in the right sidebar on the main blog and following the directions.

Thanks to all who gave their input on this. If you have any questions, comments, feel like cussing me out, etc. be sure and leave me a comment.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Two for Tuesday: Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (Baby Boom Years)

This is a repost from New Year’s Day, 2013. A lot of things have changed since then, and I figured I should update it for style and dates. I know I’m a little early, but Guy was on the list and by the time we get to next Tuesday it’ll already be 2018…

Happy New Year, everyone! A few days early, I know, but I thought honoring Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians was appropriate. He and his orchestra were a fixture of New Year’s Eve from 1928 until 1976, a few months before he died of a heart attack.

Gaetano Alberto “Guy” Lombardo was born in London, Ontario to Italian immigrants Gaetano Sr. and Lena Lombardo in 1902. His father was a tailor and a baritone singer who encouraged Guy and brothers Carmen, Lebert, and Victor to learn musical instruments so that they could accompany him. The band rehearsed in the back of Dad’s tailor shop. They began their prolific recording career in 1926. (Louis Armstrong was a big fan.) They started playing New Year’s Eve at the Roosevelt Hotel in 1928. Generally, their New Year’s Eve broadcasts (both radio and TV beginning in 1956) were carried on the CBS network, though they were syndicated in the late Sixties and early Seventies.

The first song is “On a Slow Boat to China,” featuring a vocal by Kenny Gardner.

“Auld Lang Syne,” the tune for which they are best known, is the second; the tradition is that it’s the song that plays at Times Square at midnight.

I wish you success, happiness, love, and fulfillment in 2018. That’s your Two for Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Some Traditional Christmas Carols

Merry Christmas! Here are a dozen traditional Christmas songs.

  1. Luciano Pavarotti, “Adeste Fideles” You probably know this as “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” but it sounds so great in Latin…
  2. Nana Mouskouri, “Stille Nacht” Or “Silent Night.” This was originally written by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in 1818. When they arrived at the church that evening to play it for the first time, they discovered that the organ was unplayable, so someone played it on the guitar.
  3. Pentatonix, “Angels We Have Heard On High” Pentatonix has become a big part of Christmas, because they sing so well.
  4. Celtic Woman, “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” A beautiful rendition of this classic.
  5. The King’s Singers, “The Boar’s Head Carol” Mom had a collection of Christmas records that would go on heavy rotation the day the tree went up and would play on through Epiphany, and sometimes after. I remember this from one of her records.
  6. Dolly Parton, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” Seeing as Dolly is from around the Smoky Mountains, it seems appropriate to have her do this one. There’s a chapel at Dollywood, and I think this was filmed there.
  7. London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, “Here We Come A-Wassailing” You might know this one better as “Here We Come A-Caroling,” which is a whole lot easier to spell, lemme tell ya…
  8. Mannheim Steamroller, “Pat-A-Pan” Another I remember hearing at home, this is a French carol originally in the Burgundian dialect.
  9. Callie & Collette, “Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” Another song of French origin, and again one I heard at home a lot.
  10. The Bach Choir, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” Learned this one when I was in second grade from the good Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. It’s a traditional English song, which friends of mine and I used to sing, punctuating each line with “eh, wot?” Try it. It’s fun.
  11. The King’s College Choir, “Ding Dong Merrily On High” I think the first time I heard this that I can recall was on an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Another song of English origin.
  12. The King’s College Choir, “The First Nowell” I was in Music Ministry many years ago, and for some reason we waited until Epiphany to do this one. No idea why, it’s a great song.

And that’s your Merry Christmas Music Moves Me for December 25, 2017.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

It’s The Most Week That Was Of The Year!

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Noƫlco. Even our name says Merry Christmas!

That commercial is such a classic, there was no way I wouldn’t use it.

The Week That Was

So Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours. This is our favorite week of the year, so let’s get right into it. Here’s what we did last week.

The Christmas music extravaganza continued, and I just picked out a few of my favorite Christmas songs. Tomorrow will be all traditional carols to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity.

Les Paul and Mary Ford were the featured artists. There’s some argument about whether he or Leo Fender invented the solid-body electric guitar, but Les was an innovator in so many ways it’s hard to say.

Found an image quote or meme or whatever they’re called that was somewhat seasonal in nature, because it mentioned Santa Claus.

Kat’s assignment was to list six things I loved about winter. I did my best, noting that baseball’s Spring Training (more of a preseason than in years past, when ballplayers made so little they had to get jobs in the offseason) starts around Valentine’s Day (also known as the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius). I’m glad I live in a part of the country where winter is short and mild.

Continuing with my one-hit wonder theme, we looked at those from 1977. I left one prominent song out, because I plan on using it as a Battle of the Bands at some point.


Speaking of Battle of the Bands, the winner of our latest “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” was won by The Ramrods over their hero, Duane Eddy. I have one more Battle planned for the song, which we’ll do on New Year’s Day.

Linda’s prompt was “you’ll/Yule/Yul,” giving me a chance to talk about two Yul Brynner sightings we had (Mary had one, I had the other) and to play my favorite PDQ Bach Christmas carol.

Traditional Christmas carols tomorrow, another artist who was popular from 1946-1964 on Tuesday, another pithy one-liner on Wednesday, the one-hit wonders from 1978 on Friday, and responses to whatever prompts Kat and Linda come up with on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. In other words, pretty much the same stuff as always. Plus, I’ll have an announcement about the simulcast blog, The Sound of One Hand Typing FM.

Thanks to Dan, Uncle Jack Connelly, Janet, Mark, J-Dub, Hilary, Annalisa, Eugenia, Cathy, Stephen, Martha, David Webb, BikerChick, Mike, Madam Dreamweaver, Joey, Frank, Jeanne, Annie, Arlee, Alex, XmasDolly, Alana, The Reinvintaged Life, and all the folks that stopped by and left me a “like.”

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you in the funny papers!

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Yul Brynner, PDQ Bach, and Me #socs

Mary and I decided to spend our first anniversary at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Since I was working, we decided it would be easiest if she met me there after work. When I got there, she told me that, while she was sitting there waiting on me, Yul Brynner walked through the lobby, wearing the cowboy hat he wore in Westworld.

A couple of years later, I was in downtown Chicago late at night (I got called in to fix a production problem), and what do I see, rounding the corner of Adams and Wells, but a limousine carrying Yul Brynner? Typical of Crazy John, I waved to him, and he waved back.

I think both times he was doing The King And I at the Shubert Theatre, now called the CIBC Theatre. According to the Blogger’s Best Friend, it started out as The Majestic Theatre, was bought by The Nederlander Group in the Forties and renamed the Shubert, and it’s been The LaSalle Bank Theatre, The Bank of America Theatre, and The Private Bank Theatre before becoming The CIBC Theatre.

Ever get the feeling, that with all these mergers and consolidations, we’re going to end up with one bank, one airline, one pharmaceutical company, etc.?

I had a whole lot more on that subject, but something is telling me “You’ll be sorry if you go down that road,” so I won’t.

How about a Christmas song? Here’s one by PDQ Bach (a/k/a “Professor” Peter Schickele), “Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John.”

Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 22, 2017

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky,” Instrumental Versions Results


My philosophy about these Battles is that I don’t read or respond to your votes until the day I announce the results, so I didn’t check the voting until today. This was a close one…

Duane Eddy: 5
The Ramrods: 7

Congratulations to The Ramrods and a pat on the back to Duane Eddy. The Ramrods must be amazed that they were able to beat their hero.

Next Battle will be on New Year’s Day. See you then!

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The Friday 5×2: 1977 One-Hit Wonders

Moving on through the Seventies, we reach 1977. I’ll be honest, I don’t recognize some of the songs here. By ’77, I was too busy to listen to a whole lot of music: I was gearing up to finish school in December, I was hip-deep in making wedding arrangements, and didn’t bring my stereo with me to the dorm, because it was too much of a hassle. But I did manage to catch a lot of radio, I just wasn’t listening very hard.

  1. Ram Jam, “Black Betty” “Black Betty” was originally recorded by the band Starstruck, of which Bill Bartlett (formerly of The Lemon Pipers, of “Green Tambourine” fame) was a member. The record was a regional hit and caught the attention of producers, who created Ram Jam to record it and eleven other songs. Their record reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #14 on the Cash Box 100. Ram Jam then faded into obscurity.
  2. Sanford-Townsend Band, “Smoke From A Distant Fire” This is one I have to admit I don’t remember, even though it went to #9. Ed Sanford and Johnny Townsend were session keyboardists from Alabama who recorded an album in 1976, from which this was taken. Future records by the duo were nowhere near as successful, though they have had success as songwriters: they wrote the Loggins & Messina song “Peacemaker” with Kenny Loggins, and Sanford co-wrote “I Keep Forgettin'” with Michael McDonald.
  3. David Dundas, “Jeans On” Another song I don’t remember. Dundas charted at #17 in the US with this, as well as reaching #4 in his native UK and #1 in Germany.
  4. Mary MacGregor, “Torn Between Two Lovers” Mary first gained attention as a backup singer for Peter Yarrow (the Peter of Peter, Paul and Mary). This was the title track from her 19765 album, and it reached #1 on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. She later said she hated the song, which is about a married woman having an affair. She had limited success on the AC chart after that.
  5. Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” Thelma reached #1 with this song on the Hot 100, R&B and Dance charts with this one, and earned the Grammy for Best Female R&B Performance. She has had a couple more hits on the R&B and Dance charts, but this was her only top 20 hit.
  6. David Soul, “Don’t Give Up On Us” The “Hutch” portion of the hit TV series Starsky & Hutch found the time to record a self-titled album in 1976, from which this was taken. It reached #1 in both the US and UK in 1977. He’s had a couple more hits in the UK and is now a British citizen.
  7. William Bell, “Tryin’ To Love Two” Bell had already been a veteran of the R&B charts since 1961, but this was his one crossover hit, reaching #10. Another I wasn’t familiar with.
  8. Alan O’Day, “Undercover Angel” Alan is better known as a songwriter, having written Helen Reddy’s “Angie Baby” and The Righteous Brothers’ “Rock & Roll Heaven,” but he scored a #1 hit with this. He moved on to scoring TV series in the Eighties.
  9. The Floaters, “Float On” There are some songs you just remember, and this is one of them for me, mostly because of the singers announcing their Zodiac sign at the beginning of the long version of this as well as at the beginning of each verse. This is the shorter single version, which reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
  10. Meri Wilson, “Telephone Man” Singer and model Meri Wilson was known for her novelty songs that featured double-entendre lyrics. Dr. Demento played this song on his weekly show and it became a surprise hit, reaching #18 and earning Gold status. It was a back-to-back hit with ELO’s “Telephone Line” for two non-consecutive weeks over the summer.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for December 22, 2017.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: Six Great Things About Winter

For those of you who think about those things, happy winter solstice. Winter’s not my most favorite season of the year, but it comes in second or third. Here are six reasons why.

  1. I live in the South, so we don’t get much winter weather. We’re generally good for one big snowfall a year, and we had ours a couple of weeks ago.

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We do get ice on occasion, but thankfully we don’t have to go out and drive in it. When the weather’s bad, we just stay home.
2. Our favorite week of the year is in winter. When my company was a division of Dun & Bradstreet, we got the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, but we’ve always liked that week anyway. Christmas (and all the attendant hoopla) is over, and there’s this feeling of “let’s just wait until next year to start anything new.”
3. Our anniversary is also in winter. We’ll be married 40 years this January 28.
4. Spring training is in winter. The other day, this was posted to Instagram:

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Some of us have been counting the days since the last out on November 1. The season actually starts in March this year, so there’s not much longer to wait. Baseball is the only sport I follow, so it’s kind of a big deal.
5. TV is generally first-run. It’s a small thing, but I like the fact that there are shows I haven’t seen yet. Not that we watch a whole lot of TV, and a lot of that is reruns from twenty years ago (or more), but still, new episodes are something to look forward to.
6. It’s over quicker than you think. Again, we live in the South, and except for one year when we got over a foot of snow in mid-March, winter is generally over by early March.

So there are my six reasons. What are yours?

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

True that… #1LinerWeds

This came from Facebook, or maybe Kristen Lamb’s blog (which, if you’re a writer and you don’t read it, you should). Maybe both.

One-Liner Wednesday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word from Del Monte, whose zucchini is delicioso!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Two For Tuesday: Les Paul & Mary Ford (Baby Boom Years)

Guitarist, inventor, and technical genius Les Paul (who lent his name to a fairly popular guitar) was introduced to singer Mary Ford by Gene Autry in 1946. They were married in 1949 and divorced in 1964, ending their collaboration. In between, they had 16 top ten hits, beginning in 1950. They also starred in an interstitial (a short TV program that plays between longer ones) in 1954-1955 called “Les Paul and Mary Ford At Home.” Our local religious broadcaster, who plays a lot of old TV programs most evenings, has a collection of them, and they’re pretty enjoyable. A couple of examples here.

Here Les plays and Mary sings “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise,” which reached #2 in 1951. A collection of their hits, The World Is Still Waiting For The Sunrise, was released in 1974, and I understand a lot of rockers went out and bought it, and were disappointed that there was no rock & roll on it…

Later in 1951, Les and Mary released “How High The Moon,” which found itself at the top of the charts. Mary’s vocal is multitracked. Les was one of the first people to experiment with eight-track recording, and they recorded this in their garage, where he had set up a studio. They didn’t call him “The Wizard Of Waukesha” for nothing…

There are a lot of the TV shows on YouTube as well as other film clips of them performing together, where you can see that Mary was no slouch on the guitar herself.

Les Paul and Mary Ford, your Two for Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

MONDAY’S MUSIC MOVES ME: ‘Twas The Week Before Christmas…

No real rhyme or reason to the songs I picked today, just songs I like.

  1. Lucy & Schroeder From A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy asking Schroeder to play her a song.
  2. Walt Kelly, “Deck Us All With Boston Charlie” From the comic strip Pogo by Walt Kelly, this was a classic song they sang in the swamp one year. Dad knew it and used to sing it, and Uncle Jack mentioned it a while back.
  3. John Williams and The Boston Pops, “Sleigh Ride” This was written by Leroy Anderson, who also wrote “The Syncopated Clock,” “Holiday for Strings,” and “The Typewriter,” among others. Arthur Fiedler used to feature Leroy’s music in performances by The Boston Pops, and as you can see John Williams continued the tradition.
  4. Los Straitjackets, “Linus and Lucy” Written by Vince Guaraldi for A Charlie Brown Christmas, it’s been featured in all the Peanuts specials since. Los Straitjackets are an instrumental rock band from Nashville that performs in masks. I rather like them, myself.
  5. United States Navy Band, “Dueling Jingle Bells” When you cross “Dueling Banjos” with “Jingle Bells,” the results are pretty amazing, as you’ll see and hear in this clip. Didn’t get the names of the players, but all are senior NCO’s.
  6. Irish Defence Forces, “The Little Drummer Boy” The pipers from the Irish Defence Forces, the military of the Republic of Ireland, play this. I was in a bagpipe mood.
  7. Clan Currie, “Angels We Have Heard On High” More Christmas bagpipes, this by a family group.
  8. Judy Garland, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” From the 1944 film Meet Me In St. Louis starring Judy Garland. These are the original lyrics from the movie; most popular versions use different lyrics. The choir at church does this during the Christmas season at the Sign of Peace, and I find it very hard to keep my composure.
  9. John Denver and The Muppets, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” From 1979’s John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together. After the last song, I figured we could use a laugh.
  10. Arlo Guthrie, “The Pause Of Mr. Claus” From his 1968 live album. In the interest of time, I found a version that just had the song. The longer one had a pretty funny monologue that was indicative of the time.
  11. Andy Williams, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” Andy Williams and Christmas go together like Scotch and soda.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 18, 2017. Only seven more days ’til Xmas!

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Third-To-Last Week That Was Of 2017

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Tropi-Kai, mixed Hawai’ian fruits by Dole of Hawai’i.

Basically, it’s Hawai’ian fruit cocktail. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

The Week That Was

I just realized that two weeks from today is New Year’s Eve. Time seems to be moving way too fast.

I’ve been playing The Numbers Game – Numberama on my Fire tablet a lot lately. It’s kind of an involved game where you have to cross numbers off a grid, and any numbers you haven’t crossed off are added to the end of the puzzle. You keep playing it until you’ve crossed off all the numbers or you get sick of playing it and decide to start over. I worked on one puzzle for two weeks and decided to start over, and I got kind of involved in it, which is why this is so late. Anyway, here’s the summary from last week.

The Christmas music extravaganza continued this week, when I took a playlist I had built last year and added a few more songs to it. The extravaganza continues tomorrow.

The featured artists were The Four Aces, who sang the theme songs from the movies Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing, Three Coins In The Fountain, and other great hits in the Fifties.

I used an image quote I found on Facebook a while back as Wednesday’s one-liner. Uncle Jack thinks it would make a great inspirational poster, and I agree. I thought it was much more inspirational than the standard run-of-the-mill motivation posters.

One of my favorite kinds of posts to write are are the stream-of-consciousness ones that I do on Saturday, and lately Kat’s come up with some great prompts in the same vein. Thursday’s prompt was “twinkle,” and as is my wont I was all over the place with it, talking about Twinkies (I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that thought it was the prompt), Mozart, Mel Bay, Robin Leach, the Monon Railroad, and cleaning copper and silver.

We looked at one-hit wonders from 1976, and I managed to only include two disco tunes.


You have until Friday to vote in my latest battle, between two instrumental versions of “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky.” The contestants are Duane Eddy and The Ramrods.

Linda gave us the word “contrast” to play with, and most of my post was about TV. Figures, right?

It’ll be pretty much the same kind of thing this coming week. With that in mind, I’d like your thoughts on a couple of things…

  • I’ve been simulcasting this blog over at The Sound Of One Hand Typing FM for a couple of years now, and I’ve noticed there aren’t a whole lot of readers or comments coming from over there. I’m thinking of discontinuing it, but I’d like to hear from the people that read this blog over there. If it were to end, would you be disappointed? Would you follow the WordPress blog if the Blogger version was to go away?
  • I mentioned above that I enjoy the stream-of-consciousness writing I do here, and am thinking I might add a feature for next year. Would you like that? What day do you think I should assign to that? This would be in addition to whatever I’m already doing that day. Be sure and suggest a name for the feature. Is there something you’d prefer to see?

Thanks in advance for your input!

Thanks to Deborah, Janet, Dan, Debbie, Arlee, Stephen, Cathy, Janie, Donna, Martha, Eugenia, Lauralynn, Michele, Birgit, J-Dub, Beth, Morgan, Joey, Linda, Frank, Uncle Jack Connelly, JoAnna, Marie, Stacy, Alana, and everyone who stopped by and left me a “like.”

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

from The Sound of One Hand Typing