Saturday, August 19, 2017

Prince, underwear, and heraldry #socs

This past week, I saw an article that said Pantone and Prince’s estate had come up with a standardized custom color to “represent and honor” The Late Artist Formerly Known As Prince, represented by his “Love Symbol #2” and chosen to match the piano he was going to take with him on tour before he died.

If, as I was, you’re curious, the CSS color code is #553A63.

Prince Purple!

Mary and I have an expression whenever we do something like cleaning the stove or walking: we say we’re wearing our “panties of righteousness.” Example: I just mowed the lawn, so I’m wearing my panties of righteousness!

Wikipedia tells us that, in heraldry, a beast rampant is depicted in profile reared up on its himd legs, and applies to carnivorous beasts, like the lion. Forcené is the word used when it’s a horse or unicorn, and segreant applies to griffins and dragons. Heraldry can be really cool, y’know?

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The New #socs Badge!

Congratulations to J-Dub, who is the winner of this year’s SoCS Badge Contest. Great work, J-Dub!

Thanks to all who made my badge last year’s face of SoCS. I’m actually so proud of it, I’ve added it to my sidebar, kind of like putting it up on the refrigerator or whatever.

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The Friday 5×2: Top Ten from WCFL On This Day In 1973

I had a tooth pulled on Wednesday, and while I’m in no pain (apart from the pain of having to eat on the other side of my mouth), I hadn’t given much thought to what I would do today. So I’m falling back on my old faithful, checking with my friends at Oldiesloon and doing a top ten from a survey that came out on this day in the past. This week, I’m looking at WCFL, “Super CFL” as they were called at the time, on this day in 1973. Across the river and down Wacker Drive, WLS also issued a survey on August 18. I’ll tell you what was in their top ten, so you can see the differences.

  • #10: Charlie Daniels, “Uneasy Rider” There are those who consider this a novelty song, but this was the first chart single for Charlie Daniels. WLS had this one at #8; their #10 was Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water.”
  • #9: Electric Light Orchestra, “Roll Over Beethoven” You’ll actually hear the album track here, because ELO is great and this cover of Chuck Berry’s tune is one of their best. It was at #16 on WLS (moving up from #25 the week before); their #9 was Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On, which had shot up from #19 the week before.
  • #8: Carpenters, “Yesterday Once More” A song that exemplifies Karen and Richard’s sound in the early Seventies. This stood at #13 at WLS, down from #10 the week before.
  • #7: Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Get Down” Gil wrote a song to get his dog to sit still and not jump all over him. How successful it was in getting the dog to stop, I don’t know, but the song was one of his minor hits. It was #6 at The Big 89, and Chicago’s “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” was at #7.
  • #6: Wings, “Live And Let Die” Theme song from the film that was Roger Moore’s debut as 007. Roger was too old to play James Bond by this time, but it did all right at the box office and the reviews were okayish. The song was at #4 on the Silver Dollar Survey.
  • #5: Diana Ross, “Touch Me In The Morning” Title track from Diana’s 1973 album that was her second #1 nationwide as a solo artist and 14th overall. Was at #3 at WLS, while Seals & Crofts’s “Diamond Girl” occupied the #5 spot.
  • #4: Chicago, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” Last song on their sixth album and featured on their first TV special, Chicago In The Rockies.
  • #3: Seals & Crofts, “Diamond Girl” Title track from their 1973 album, and it was a slight excursion into jazz for these folk-rockers.
  • #2: Maureen McGovern, “The Morning After” The love theme from 1972’s The Poseidon Adventure, which had won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. Carol Lynley lip-synced it in the movie (Renee Armand did the actual singing), and Maureen McGovern covered it the following year. It was also the #2 song at WLS this week in 1973.
  • #1: Stories, “Brother Louie” This was #1 at both WLS and WCFL this week. It was done originally by the British R&B band Hot Chocolate earlier that year.

So there you have it, the top ten from the Big 10 Survey for this date in 1973. That’s the Friday 5×2 for August 18, 2017.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: Devon Avenue

“Write a blog post inspired by your childhood neighborhood.” Gee, that’s never something I do around here…

This is a map of my path home from school back in the Sixties. I lived at 6459 N. Glenwood and school was at 1300 W. Loyola, and as you can see it was a very short walk, less than five minutes. When I was in eighth grade, every once in a while I would take the long way, going east on Loyola Avenue until it met up with Sheridan Road, walk down Sheridan to Devon Avenue, west on Devon to Glenwood, and then walk down Glenwood to home. (I would have marked it down on the map, but I kept screwing it up. Sorry.) Why? Not really sure. I think there were days when I just wanted to be alone with my thoughts, or I felt restless and in need of exercise, or it was just a different view of the world.

Devon was all businesses, although there were apartments upstairs from some of them. It wasn’t the nicest street in the neighborhood; it always seemed a little grimy and seedy, although there were some nice places along the way. Meyer’s, for example, was, amond other things, an old-fashioned soda fountain, where when you ordered a Coke, they would actually mix the syrup and soda water together. You could get Coke mixed with different flavors, like chocolate, vanilla, and cherry, a Green River (which was lime, I think), things like that. I never seemed to have any money, so I never went there after school, but whenever I’d go there, a few guys from Weinstein’s Funeral Home were always in there. That’s where I learned that Jewish people don’t have elaborate funerals, because there’s no time to plan for one. When you died, they had to bury you within a day. At least that’s what they told me.

I’d always run past the Devon Hotel. We were always warned not to spend too much time loitering around there, though our parents never actually explained why. I learned later it was a gay bath house, and I understood why they never told us, because then they’d have to explain what went on in there, or at least what they thought went on in there. The people who ran the Devon Hotel had this very large and very vicious German Shepherd who would stand at the iron-bar gate in the back and go into a paroxysm of barking, snapping, and jumping around when you made the mistake of getting too close, which for him was anywhere in the alley. So we ran past the front of the Devon Hotel.

Most of the interesting stuff on Devon was on the south side of the street, including the dry cleaners, which was interesting for me because I was in love with the daughter of the people who ran the place. I don’t know what her ethnic background was, but I remember she was very exotic-looking and had a gorgeous smile, and based on the schoolbooks that were on the table behind the counter, she was about my age. Never had the guts to find out her name, though…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

More From Scott Adams #1LinerWeds

Another from his book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life. This could be my motto.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”


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“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” is a song written by Jimmy Webb. Originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965, it was covered by American country music singer Glen Campbell on his album of the same name. Released on Capitol Records in 1967, Campbell’s version topped RPM’s Canada Country Tracks, reached number two on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, and won two awards at the 10th Annual Grammys. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named it the third most performed song from 1940 to 1990. The song was ranked number 20 on BMI’s Top 100 Songs of the Century. Frank Sinatra called it “the greatest torch song ever written.”

Glen Campbell died a week ago today, and he’s best known for this song, so I thought it would be a fitting tribute to feature it in today’s Battle. And just for fun, I decided this will be a battle between members of The Rat Pack. I only wish that Sammy Davis Jr. had covered it… Anyway, here are your choices:

CONTESTANT #1: Frank Sinatra From his 1966 album Cycles.

CONTESTANT #2: Dean Martin from his 1969 album Gentle On My Mind.

So, which version of the song did you prefer? Whether it’s for Frank or for Dino, cast your ballot in the comments below. Then, visit STMcC Presents Battle of the Bands, because he has the list of all the current participants in this monthly challenge, and visit them as well.

I’ll announce the winner of today’s battle next Tuesday, so be sure and get your vote to me by then. And remember, you needn’t be a participant in Battle of the Bands to vote.

The lines are now open. Best of luck to Frank and Dean!

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Two For Tuesday: #2 (tie) – Elton John (High School Days)

Tied for the #2 spot for number of weeks in the Top Ten during the early Seventies is Elton John. I’ve profiled Elton a couple of times before, first in March 2013, when I decided to feature artists that shared my birthday, which Elton does, and in November 2015, during my series on songwiting teams. I also mentioned him in a Stream of Consciousness Saturday entry back in November of last year, when the secret woid was “novel,” which, if you spell it backwards, is “Levon,” one of my favorite songs by him. So, Elton is no stranger to The Sound Of One Hand Typing.

Elton had two #1’s in the early Seventies. The first was “Crocodile Rock,” which, beginning in January 1973, spent 9 weeks in the Top Ten. It’s from his 1972 album Honky Château.

His second #1 during the period was “Bennie and the Jets,” off of 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It entered the Top Ten just before Elton’s 27th birthday (March 23, 1974) and also spent 9 weeks there.

Far as I know, Elton still has a condo in Atlanta, but I could be wrong.

Elton John, your Two for Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Manic Monday: In The Mood

Have to share this first…

So Sandi chose this as today’s song, and I wasn’t sure that I was in the mood to try and figure out what I was going to do with it. Then I realized that there are a lot of times when I’m not in the mood to write, but I stick my big ass in a chair in front of the computer, open up WordPress, and start to write. And, more often than not, something comes to me, and before I know it, I have the post written. Sometimes several posts, in fact. I’m writing this Sunday afternoon, and this is my third.

Sometimes just knowing that I have a post to do helps me get started, and sometimes, when I look at the things that I have going during the week, I know I have to try and get as much as I can done, because I know I might not feel up to it later. Wednesday, I have an appointment to get a tooth pulled, and I’m not sure how I’ll feel after that. When the doctor prescribes hydrocodone for after the surgery, I know I had better get it in gear and get the posts written for the week. So screw my mood, I have stuff to do.

And you know something? When I get started writing, it puts me in the mood to write more. The ideas for the next post come as I’m writing a post. I guess you could say I don’t write when I’m in the mood, I get into the mood when I write. Now, sometimes I’m in the mood when I sit down to write, and those times are golden. But a lot of times I’m not. It doesn’t matter. I will be when I get started.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs With Men’s Names In The Title

So, the theme today is “songs with men’s names in them,” which I took to mean “songs with men’s names in the title.” Here are ten; note that I don’t typically repeat artists in one of these lists, but I had a few that I wanted to play here.

  1. Chuck Berry, “Johnny B. Goode” Chuck’s most popular song, and everyone’s avorite but mine, mostly because it’s played so often. Neveertheless, a great song.
  2. James Taylor, “Sweet Baby James” Title track from his 1970 album.
  3. Paul McCartney, “Teddy Boy” From Paul’s eponymous first solo album in 1970. I remember hearing the theory that it was about John Lennon, except that The Beatles did the song in their early days and never recorded it.
  4. Paul and Linda McCartney, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” From Paul’s second album, Ram, which he recorded with his wife Linda. Released in August 1971, it reached #1 and was his first gold record, as well as the first of a string of hits in the Seventies and Eighties.
  5. The Looking Glass, “Jimmy Loves Mary Anne” Yes, I just used this one a couple of weeks ago, and no, I don’t care. It’s a great song and was very popular in Chicago in 1973, even though it only reached #33 on the Hot 100.
  6. The Andrews Sisters, “Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!” This is an old song, written by Abe Olman with lyrics by Ed Rose in 1917. The Andrews Sisters recorded it in 1939 and had a hit with it, and I used to hear it all the time when I was a kid.
  7. Paul Simon, “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard” The second song off of Paul’s eponymous second solo album, from 1972. It followed on the heels of “Mother And Child Reunion,” and only reached #33 on the Hot 100, but #7 on the Cash Box singles chart and #9 on the Easy Listening chart.
  8. Paul Simon (with Chevy Chase), “You Can Call Me Al” I included this because I think the video is hilarious. It was the first single from 1986’s Graceland. Released in 1986, it only reached #44, but after the album won a Grammy, it re-entered the chart and rose to #23. It’s Simon’s most successful solo single.
  9. Jim Croce, “Rapid Roy The Stock Car Boy” Jim’s done a couple of songs with men’s names in the title, and this is my favorite. It’s from 1972’s You Don’t Mess Around With Jim and wasn’t released as a single. It should have been.
  10. Michael Jackson, “Ben” This was the theme song from the 1972 horror movie. It was sung by Lee Montgomery (who played Danny Garrison, the central (human) character in the movie) at the beginning and by Michael Jackson as the credits rolled at the end. The song won a Golden Globe for Best Song and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Original Song in 1973, but lost out to “The Morning After.” The song was originally written for Donny Osmond…

I’m sure you have a bunch of other songs with men’s names in the title, so leave them in the comments and I’ll feature them next week. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 14, 2017.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Pre-Dental Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Colgate dental cream. Three ways clean with Colgate!

Great music, huh?

The Week That Was

This is the week I go to the periodontist to have my dear tooth #20 pulled. He’ll put an implant in so they can put a new fake tooth on it. That might be done Wednesday, or at some point in the near future. They’ll let me know when they get in and have a look. If it were my regular dentist, I could count on her to screw something up and charge me extra to fix it. In any event, they’ve given me the pre-procedure antibiotics and super-dose naproxen sodium, as well as hydrocodone with acetaminophen for after the procedure in the event of severe pain. I’m concerned about taking it, not so much because I’m afraid of becoming addicted to opioids as I am of being afflicted with opioid-induced constipation. Other than that, I just want to get it over with. I got word on Friday that my compression garment has arrived, so I’m hoping to be discharged from physical therapy tomorrow afternoon. Anyway, on to the weekly summary…

As it was a freebie day, I followed up on last week’s M4 with your suggestions on songs with titles that started with J. Since there were eleven of them, I rounded it out to fifteen with four more I thought of.

The song title For Manic Monday was “Sentimental Journey,” and I gave my thoughts on this sentimental journey I’m on here on the blog. See? It does have a theme…

As I had already done The Jackson 5, the #4 act on my list of the top acts of the early Seventies by weeks in the Top Ten, I featured Chicago, maybe my favorite band from that era.

My one-liner was something funny I saw on Facebook that sounded like life after retirement, where one day, week, month, year, century… just sort of fades into the next. Apparently I’m not alone.

The prompt was the word “soaked,” which it just so happens I had gotten earlier that day when Mary left the car windows open for me so I wouldn’t asphyxiate in the van while she was in the store. As luck would have it, it began to pour seconds after she got into the store, and stopped just before she came out. Those automatic windows are great because you don’t have to crank them up and down, but not so great because the car has to be turned on for them to work.

Glen Campbell, who died this past week after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, was the subject of the 5×2. You might find this interesting: he and Alice Cooper were very close, and when Glen died, Alice gave an interview to Fox 10 Phoenix about their friendship and his respect and admiration for Glen as a musician and performer. Glen had his demons, as did Alice, but as Dan said on Friday, he seemed like a good guy. Definitely a tremendous musician, and listening to the playlist as I was putting the post together, I found myself wondering why I didn’t give him credit for that when he was alive.


I used the prompt of “guess” to launch into a discussion of the advantages of a passphrase over a simple password, no matter how random and difficult you make it. The guy who wrote the NIST’s book on creating passwords told The Wall Street Journal that a passphrase of random words, such as investor multiple fort hungary, offers just as much security and is much easier to enter and remember. I use LastPass to keep track of my passwords, but trust me, a passphrase is a whole lot easier to type and remember. Jami asked me “well, what happens if LastPass gets hacked?” Turns out, it was, about two years ago, and they explained that the way they encrypt master passwords and the data they protect makes it difficult for a hacker to crack.

This week, I’ll have a Battle of the Bands this Tuesday, besides all the regular features. Be sure and check Linda Hill’s blog this Thursday, as you’ll have an opportunity to choose the badge for Stream of Consciousness Saturday for the coming year. My badge, which we’ve used this past year, is in the running again, as are a number of really good ones. Anyhow, stop by Linda’s on Thursday, and best of luck to everyone competing this year.

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

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Fourth Annual #SoCS Badge Contest: My Entry

I see that it’s time again to choose a new badge for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. As you know, I designed the badge that was used this past year.


You can vote for it again this year, and I would be honored if it was chosen again, but really, it’s someone else’s turn. Give all the badges a look and vote this Thursday for the one you like best. Best of luck to everyone who designs a badge!

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Easy To Remember, Hard To Guess #socs

Guess what I learned this week?

Back in 2003, a manager for the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) named Bill Burr wrote a document on password complexity, and how an ideal password was twelve characters or longer and consisted of random combinations of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. In other words, a password like E51p”oDsf;r+Dy6s was ideal, because it was longer than twelve characters and contained a mix of all four of the things you can find on a keyboard. That’s a secure password, because it would take years for a hacker to figure it out, somewhere in the neighborhood of 150,000 centuries. Problem is, it’s also difficult for you to remember. Password managers like LastPass can keep track of them and, if you’re lucky, plug them in to all the apps you have on your smart devices. If you aren’t lucky, you can still copy and paste the password from the password manager, usually, but there are times when an app won’t allow you to paste a password, and other times when you’re setting up a new device and the password manager isn’t installed on it, so you bring it up on one device and type it in.

Anyway, Bill, who’s now retired and has had time to think about it, gave The Wall Street Journal an interview and said that the rules he set down in that document were too complex and that the benefit of having a long password of random characters came at the cost of a user not being able to remember it. (The full article is hidden behind the WSJ‘s paywall; if you don’t subscribe, there’s a good summary here.)

Instead, Bill now suggests that users use a passphrase made up of random words, such as serious milly hiding thursday or ceiling kitten watching purple monster, something that would be easier to remember and which still provides the security that the long strings of random characters would. You can throw in numbers, uppercase letters, punctuation, and symbols, like television Headphone hi62823 zipper, honestly as well. Mark, my friend from high school who comments here frequently, says it also helps to use jargon from your job or hobbies, like lydian dominant stratocaster piobaireachd or upper sideband kilocycle WWV delano. I’ll occasionally use a line from a prayer, such as The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary or tantum ergo sacramentum veneremur cernui.

There’s a website called Use A Passphrase that will generate a passphrase for you of four, five, or twelve words (it gave me the passphrase burnham clayton square special a minute ago). He also says that it’s not necessary to change your passphrase every 90 days, and in fact you need only change it if a website says you should.

One other thing: a lot of websites have you enter answers to challenge questions, like “In what city were you born?” or “The name of your first pet.” No reason you can’t use a random phrase as the answer. You just have to remember what it is. That’s where LastPass comes in handy.


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Friday, August 11, 2017

The Friday 5×2: RIP Glen Campbell

You have by now heard that Country music star and guitar legend Glen Campbell died Tuesday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease that started in 2011. I chose a few of his songs that I especially like, some of which I’ve featured here before, all of which show his virtuosity as a performer and guitarist.

  1. Mull of Kintyre The first song doesn’t feature his guitar playing, but his ability on another instrument, the Great Highland Bagpipe. Written by Paul McCartney and Denny Laine, it was Wings’ biggest hit in Britain during the Christmas season of 1977.
  2. Rhinestone Cowboy Recorded and released in 1975, this caught on with both Country (#1) and Pop (#1 Hot 100, #1 Hot Contemporary Singles) and is one of his best-known songs.
  3. Wichita Lineman By Jimmy Webb, Glen’s recording topped the Country and Adult Contemporary charts and peaked at #4 on the Hot 100. Personally, I like this version better than the original single, without the strings in the background.
  4. Gentle On My Mind Written by John Hartford, this won four Grammys in 1968, two by Hartford, the other two by Glen Campbell. This performance on The Nashville Network is significant because of all the performers on the stage with him, including Roy Clark, Chet Atkins, George Lindsey, Crystal Gayle, Ray Stevens, Merle Haggard, and a whole bunch more I don’t recognize or wasn’t fast enough to catch. His guitar solo in this one is superb.
  5. I Remember You I’ve wanted to put this one in a playlist in the worst way, because Glen’s performance is just lovely, but felt it was too cruel an irony.
  6. Galveston My buddy Mark says this is one of his favorites, because it was one of the first songs he learned on the piano. It’s a great song, written by Jimmy Webb. Glen recorded it with members of The Wrecking Crew and released it in 1969.
  7. Try A Little Kindness Another one from 1969, written by Curt Sapaugh and Bobby Austin. It reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart, #2 on the Country chart, and #23 on the Hot 100 in 1969.
  8. Southern Nights Title track from his 1977 album, it reached #1 on the Hot 100, Adult Contemporart, and Country charts.
  9. I’m Not Gonna Miss You Recorded around the time he learned he had Alzheimer’s, it was the last song Glen recorded. It received the 2015 Grammy for Best Country Song.
  10. Adios Posted just a few days ago. Glen sings, but the stars of the video are his children. It’s a moving tribute to his legacy.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and eight children.

That’s The Friday 5×2 for August 11, 2017.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: Timing Is Everything

It’s been raining a lot here in Atlanta the last few days, and it looks like we’re going to get more rain through the weekend and into next week. Having lived through a couple of droughts since we moved here 30 years ago, I’ve learned to see rain as a gift from God. Not that it’s always especially well-timed, though.

Today, for example. I had my last official therapy appointment with my lymphedema specialist. It rained pretty much nonstop until we left for the appointment, and by the time we got there it was overcast and threatening but not raining. When my appointment was over, Mary and I went to lunch, and it was bright enough to need sunglasses. When we came out of the restaurant, the clouds were starting to look dark and threatening again, but Mary decided to go to the store and pick up a couple of things.

I no longer accompany her into the store, because my knees are bad, so when I go with her she leaves me in the car, kind of like a dog. (I have to promise her I won’t bark at anyone.) Before going in, she opened the windows so I wouldn’t suffocate (Mary is thoughtful that way), and walked into the store. And it started to pour. The rain came in through the open windows and I got soaked, because she didn’t leave me the keys to turn the car on so I could close the windows. So I just had to sit there and get wet.

Naturally, when she got back, the rain had stopped.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ever Feel This Way? #1LinerWeds

Saw this on Facebook recently, and thought it was oddly appropriate.

One-Liner Wednesday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now this word from Dr. Tichenor’s Antiseptic.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Two For Tuesday: Chicago (High School Days)

Today’s walk through the music of my high school years should have been about the Jackson 5, but I see I’ve already done them. So instead, I’m going to profile the band that came in sixth.

If you’ve hung around here long enough, you know Chicago was my favorite band when I was in high school, and that Terry Kath, the band’s guitarist, was my “guitar hero,” as it were. I’ve talked about them a number of times, including here, here, and here, and I’ve included their music in a number of other posts. I’ll try not to choose songs that I’ve already done, although that might not be easy…

Chicago had 9 songs in the Top Ten during the early Seventies, but none of them reached #1. The last two of those songs were from their 1974 album Chicago VII, which might have been my favorite, mostly because they had gotten back to their more jazz roots. The first of them was “I’ve Been Searching So Long,” which entered the Top Ten in May and spent three weeks there, peaking at #9.

The second was “Call On Me,” the first song for the band written by trumpet player Lee Loughnane. It entered the Top Ten in July and spent four weeks there, peaking at #6.

Chicago went on to greater success in the late Seventies, including their first #1 hit with “If You Leave Me Now,” which also earned the band its first two Grammys (Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocal and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus) in 1977. Terry Kath accidentally shot and killed himself in January 1978, bassist and lead vocalist Peter Cetera left in 1985, and drummer Danny Seraphine left (officially, he was fired) in 1990.

Chicago, your Two for Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Manic Monday: My Sentimental Journey

Today’s theme for Manic Monday is “Sentimental Journey”. That was the title of Ringo Starr’s first and sadly-forgotten solo album from 1970.

I had a copy of the album that someone got for me, and being 14 at the time, I listened to it a couple of times and put it in with my mother’s records. Now I wish I hadn’t. Fortunately, a YouTube user named Leroy Luzardo ripped the album and posted it all in a playlist. (Well, except for “Bye Bye Blackbird,” which has been “blocked by Warner Chappell on copyright grounds.” There may be others.) I think, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gained a new appreciation for the kind of music my folks listened to. With the amount of music I’ve posted here, you probably figured that out. Maybe that was Ringo’s reason for making this his first album: he gained a new appreciation for the music he grew up with, and wanted to share it with the world.

I read back over the early posts on this blog and cringe. Was I really so serious about being a great fiction writer? Turns out, I wasn’t, though you couldn’t convince me of that at the time. When I realized that all the writing I did was for the blog, I gave that all up. And yet, through the blog, I’ve learned that I love to write, just not fiction. Well, not intentionally, anyway; I realize that, as I tell the stories of my early life, they probably aren’t exactly the way they happened. Time has a way of taking out the awful moments, welding multiple stories into an amalgam of things that sound like they go well together. As far as I’m concerned, they’re true. They’re the things I see on my own sentimental journey.

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Monday’ Music Moves Me: Your “J” Songs, And A Couple More Of Mine

As is the custom here at The Sound Of One Hand Typing, after a post like last week’s (ten songs that start with the letter J), I ask if there are any you can come up with. I didn’t think there were ten suggestions, and there weren’t. There were eleven. Not being content to just stop there, I came up with four more to round it out to fifteen songs. Enjoy!

  1. Frankie Laine, “Jealousy” Birgit came up with the first three, starting with this one, a big hit for Frankie Laine in 1951. There are a lot of songs named “Jealousy,” so I hope I got the right one.
  2. Elvis Presley, “Jailhouse Rock” Birgit came up with this, which was seconded by Joey. Theme song from the 1957 movie starting Elvis, this was the #1 song in the country the day my brother Jim was born.
  3. John Mellencamp, “Jack & Diane” Birgit and Joey both came up with this, and I kind of figured Joey would have, John Mellencamp being from the southern Indiana town of Seymour and all. From John’s 1982 release American Fool, this spent four weeks at #1 and is John’s most successful single to date.
  4. Barry Manilow, “Jump Shout Boogie” Ed Thierbach tells us this song is “not your typical maudlin Manilow.” And it’s a pretty swingin’ tune. From Barry’s 1976 album This One’s For You.
  5. Foreigner, “Jukebox Hero” Janet and Joey both like this one. So does everyone else. This was the third single from the 1982’s 4, and reached #26.
  6. The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Mary B brings us this one and the next two. From 1968, and called “supernatural Delta blues by way of Swinging London” by Rolling Stone magazine, it reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Cash Box Top Singles chart.
  7. Aerosmith, “Janie’s Got A Gun” The second single from 1989’s Pump, it peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Mainstream Singles chart.
  8. Carrie Underwood, “Jesus, Take The Wheel” The first single from 2005’s Some Hearts, it spent six week at #1 on the Country chart and reached #4 on the Top Christian Singles chart and made the Top 20 on the Hot 100.
  9. John Lennon, “Just Like Starting Over” Joey came up with this and the next two. From Double Fantasy it was released in October 1980 in the US and UK and subsequently reached #1 after Lennon’s murder.
  10. The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” This was the third single from The Cure’s 1987 release, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and reached #40 on the Hot 100, making it the band’s first hit in the US.
  11. House of Pain, “Jump Around” This reached #3 in 1992 and is ranked at #24 on VH-1’s “Greatest Songs of the 90’s.”
  12. Frankie Laine, “Jezebel” The last four choices are mine. I read that Frankie Laine had two big his in 1951 when I added “Jealousy” to the list. This is the other one, and I just had to add it.
  13. Count Basie, “Jumpin’ At The Woodside” One of my perennial favorites, this was the song Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine used to dance to on The Gong Show.
  14. Oliver, “Jean” Theme song from the 1969 film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which starred Dame Maggie Smith in the title role. She would go on to play Professor McGonigal in the “Harry Potter” movies. Oliver, who earlier in 1969 had a hit with “Good Moning, Starshine,” which reached #3, saw this one reach #1 on the adult contemporary chart and #2 on the Hot 100.
  15. Chet Atkins, “Jitterbug Waltz” Finally, some classic fingerstyle guitar from Chet Atkins, Certified Guitar Player. Fats Waller wrote this in 1942, and it’s one of the first songs to employ the Hammond organ, which became immensely popular in jazz afterwards.

I’ll stop there, even though I’m thinking of a few more. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 7, 2017.

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