Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Two For Tuesday: The Jackson Five

You might remember last Monday, when I was comparing acts that had the most weeks in the top ten when I was in high school, I said The Jackson Five came in fourth, with 34 total weeks across their six hits. If you were to add in the hit singles done by Michael (three, for 24 weeks) and Jermaine (one for two weeks), they would have the same number of hit records (10) and only one week less (70) than the champions of the period, Karen and Richard Carpenter.

In addition to two #1 songs (“The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”) during the period, they had three songs that reached #2. Since this is Two for Tuesday, I intended to choose two of them, then I figured “why not do all three?” And that’s what I’ve done here.

“Never Can Say Goodbye” hit the WLS Top Ten the week of April 19, 1971 and peaked at #2 the week of May 10, kept from the top spot by Three Dog Night’s “Joy To The World.”

I had a hard time remembering “Mama’s Pearl,” which entered the Top 10 on WLS February 1, 1971 and hit #1 two weeks later, unseating The Osmond Brothers’ “One Bad Apple.” When I heard it again, it all came back to me.

It was three years before the group had another Top Ten single, 1974’s “Dancing Machine.” It entered the Billboard Top Ten on April 27, but didn’t hit WCFL’s Top Ten until a month later, where it peaked at #6. (Oldiesloon has lost several years’ worth of surveys, including WLS’s 1974 surveys.) It did hit #2 nationally. During the hiatus in hit singles, Michael released several singles, including “Rockin’ Robin” and “Ben” in 1972. Jermaine also released a single, “Daddy’s Home,” in 1973.

The Jackson Five, your Two For Tuesday, February 28, 2017.




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Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday’s Music Move Me: The Manhattan Transfer

Scriptor chose this week’s theme: “Songs from Grammy winners of the 1980’s.” Well, you know me, I have to be difficult and start scouting the Grammy website because I want to be different.

My research turned up an interesting fact: The Manhattan Transfer, always one of my favorite vocal acts, won a total of seven Grammys in the period from 1980-1989. That certainly deserves some attention. Here are the seven songs (or albums) by Tim Hauser, Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne, and Janis Siegel that won Grammys in the 1980’s.

1980: Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental, “Birdland” Originally written by Joe Zawinul and performed as an instrumental by his band, Weather Report.

1981: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group, “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)” A jazz standard written by the amazing Freddie Green, late guitarist with The Count Basie Orchestra, with lyrics by Donald E. Wolf.

1981: Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, “Boy From New York City” A hit for The Ad Libs in 1964, The Manhattan Transfer took it to #7 in August 1981.

1982: Best Jazz Vocal Performance Duo Or Group, “Route 66” Written by Bobby Troup (Dr. Joe Early on Emergency! and former spouse of Julie London) in 1946 and recorded by The Nat King Cole Trio that year. The Transfer gives it their Grammy-winning touch here.

1983: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group, “Why Not! (Manhattan Carnival)” Can’t find much on this song, other than it was written by Michel Camilo, Julie Elgenberg, and Hilary Koski and it appears on their 1983 album Bodies and Souls.

1985: Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group, Vocalese This whole album took the Grammy. Here is the Sonny Rollins standard, “Airegin,” from the album.

1988: Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Brasil Another full-album win, this for their first foray into Brazilian music. This is “Soul Food To Go.”

The group earned one more Grammy in 1991 for the song “Sassy,” from their album The Offbeat Of Avenues.

Hope you didn’t feel overwhemed by the size of this. The Manhattan Transfer is one of those bands you don’t hear much about. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 27, 2017.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Mardi Gras Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Gorton’s Microwavable Fish Sticks. Trust Gorton’s for fish the way you want it!

Ash Wednesday is this week, and that means fish for dinner on Fridays, as well as on Wednesday. Unless you’re 59 or older, which Mary and I are, so we can have whatever we want. We’ll probably have fish anyway, or something without meat, because that’s just what you do during Lent.

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Before I start, a correction to my Stream of Consciousness Saturday post of a week ago, when we were talking about ham: the new face on the front of the $20 bill will be Harriet Tubman, not Sojourner Truth as reported. Everything else is the same. Thanks to AM at Ramblin’ with AM for her post today. Read it, it’s a good one.

As always, clicking on the badge brings you to the post. Here we go.

This past week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me was a freebie. I used the opportunity to share some of the research I’ve done into Top Ten songs when I was in high school, sharing the five acts that spent the most time in the Top Ten during that period, as determined by Billboard magazine. The topic for this week is Grammy Winners from the Eighties, and wait’ll you get a load of what I did.

The subject this past week was the band America, whose soft-rock sound was really popular in the early Seventies. This week, we salute Michael, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon, and Jackie Jackson, who had a great run in a time when family acts were very popular.

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The results are in, and by a single vote, Doris Day edged out Amy Winehouse in Battle “Our Day Will Come.” I hope I can come up with a battle as good or better for this Wednesday.

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This week’s one-liner came to us from Stephen T. McCarthy, who is the guru of the Battle of the Bands, and it dealt with hearing music from your childhood being played over the intercom in a grocery store. It’s even more disconcerting when you’re shopping on Senior Discount Day and hear “One Way Or Another” by Blondie.

The prompt was “fight,” and I wrote about fights in sporting events, primarily hockey.

The week before last, my knees were killing me, and I gave you five songs with “pain” in the title, and asked if you could think of more. We came up with enough for another post, even though “pain” isn’t a word you often run into in a title. And, just so you know, thanks to new shoes and glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM in addition to all the Aleve I was taking, the pain has dissipated back down to the level it was at before the serious pain I dealt with the week before. I’ve found that MSM works the best for me in killing joint pain, but I think I’ll also try turmeric at some point, which I hear is an excellent anti-inflammatory.

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Linda’s prompt yesterday was “how,” as in “How many bloggers does it take to change a light bulb?” “How” is a great word that starts a lot of jokes, and I shared several examples.

I also reblogged a post from Twila Price, a dear friend of mine who just started her own blog, The Magpie Library and Tea Room, where she plans on doing book reviews a couple of times a week. She had started her blog about a year ago, but technical difficulties prevented her from posting to it until now.

Thanks, as always, to my commenters this week:

I’ve been a busy little blogger and already have posts written for the first half of the week. I’m getting good at this. If I can get my posts together for the week, maybe I can start on my posts for the A to Z Challenge, coming this April to a blog near you. Which reminds me, I have a video to create for that.

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. Hope to see you soon!




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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rogue One: a Star Wars Story novelization byAlexander Freed

I’d like to call your attention to a new blog from a friend of mine, Twila Price, who runs The Magpie Library and Tea Room, where she’ll be writing book reviews a couple of times a week. Follow her and drop by and say hello!

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by [Freed, Alexander]

This novel was a must-buy for me after seeing Rogue One twice in the theaters in one week.  I had to know if it gave any insights into the characters and I needed to spend more time with Cassian, Jyn, Chirrut, Baze, Bodhi and Kay-Two. So how did it stack up?

The writing was smooth and competent, so there was no hindrance to just picking up the book and sailing through the story. It was a quick read.  The plot and story beats followed the movie closely, with very few (if any) scenes that we hadn’t viewed on screen. Where it shone was in giving us the internal musings of many of the characters — both Jyn and Cassian gained more depth with this additional information.  Baze and Chirrut did not fare so well, with only one or two scenes giving us insight into their thoughts, but I hear that…

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How Now, Brown Cow? #socs

How to start this? I know…

I’ve told this joke here before:

Harry Potter: Voldemort’s got no nose!
Ron Weasley: How does he smell?
Harry Potter: Awful!
(Ron and Harry burst into laughter while Hermione stand with hands on hips, rolling her eyes)

I can’t claim credit for that joke; I stole it from Monty Python’s Flying Circus and changed it a little.

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A lot of jokes start with the word “how,” especially the light bulb jokes. I found a whole site dedicated to them. Here are some favorites:

  • How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?
    Programmers don’t change light bulbs. That’s a hardware problem.
  • How many (insert ethnic group here) does it take a change a light bulb?
    Five. One to hold it and four to turn the ladder around and around.
  • How many science fiction writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    Two. One to screw in the light bulb, and one to say, “In 1876, Jules Verne had the first intimations that electrostatic power was a viable energy alternative. Hitherto, the only sources …”
  • How many Scotsmen does it take to change a light bulb?
    Scotsmen don’t change light bulbs. It’s cheaper to sit in the dark.
  • How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?
    Fish.

By now, I’m sure you are trying to figure out how I decided to go with this. Simple: I saw the prompt, took the first thing that popped into my head, and ran with it. I do that every week. Surprised? If so, what surprises you most, that I do that every week, or that this is the stuff I came up with when the prompt was “how”?


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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Friday Five: More “Pain” songs

Last week I was complaining of terrible pain in my knee, which just managed to get worse no matter what I did. This morning (it’s Wednesday as I write this), I did something drastic: I put on a new pair of shoes. And presto!, the pain was gone. There’s some residual pain, as well as the pain that occurs naturally when you’re close to 61 and very overweight, but the really bad stuff is gone. I had bought the new pair in 2015, not long after I had bought the previous pair, meaning I had worn the old shoes daily for over a year, and they were no longer giving any support. So, off to Hitchcock Shoes to get another pair (or two) of 10-1/2 6E’s to wear when this pair goes. I’ve been buying my shoes there for years, because I’ve got big ol’ feet, and they sell New Balance and Dunham shoes, which fit really well and give me the support that the old ones stopped giving.

Anyway, I asked if you could think of any more songs with “pain” in the title. I managed to stump several of you, including Arlee, which is a TV first, as Mom used to say, and probably puts me in line for an award or something. Pat said all he could think of was the band House of Pain, who did the song “Jump Around,” and suggested doing “jump” next, so I will, and hold onto his suggestion fo another week.

We managed to come up with six songs between us that had “pain” in the title, and here they are:

Suicide is Painless (theme from M*A*S*H) – Johnny Mandel Thought of this one myself. Note: Suicide is NOT painless for the people left behind. From the movie and TV show.

Pain In My Heart – Otis Redding Dan said, “I thought The Rolling Stones had a pain song.” He went on to say that he found a cover of an Otis Redding song they had done of this one. This was the title track of his 1963 album, and as a single it rose to #61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tie You Up (The Pain Of Love) – The Rolling Stones After finding the last song based on what Dan told me, I found this other song, from The Stones’ 1983 album Undercover of the Night.

Love This Pain – Lady Antebellum Janet suggested this one. This is from their second studio album, 2010’s Need You Now. It wasn’t released as a single.

Painkiller – Judas Priest Jeanne Owens suggested this one, the title track from their 1990 album. It was released as a single, but no idea if it charted.

Feel No Pain – Sade Over on Twitter, user RelaxingSoundscape (who has a musical app that currently just runs on Android) saw that Alice Cooper’s “Pain” was removed (I’ll replace it soon) and suggesteed this instead, from Sade’s 1992 album Love Deluxe. It peaked at #59 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 1993.

And that’s your Friday Five for February 24, 2017.




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Thursday, February 23, 2017

I Went To The Fights And A Hockey Game Broke Out (Writer’s Workshop)

I followed hockey for a little while when I was in seventh and eighth grade. Never played it myself, because I can’t skate, and I’ve only been to one NHL game in my life (in 1970, Blackhawks vs. Canadiens). If there’s nothing else on TV besides hockey, and that happens to be where Mary stopped flipping around (she controls the remote in our house about half the time) I’ll watch it. Mary likes to read romance novels about hockey players (*ahem* to all you romance writers) and likes to watch them skate.

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Thinking back on it, I wonder whether I was all that into the game or if I just wanted to see the players get in a fight and beat the crap out of each other. The Hawks had an enforcer named Keith Magnuson who did a better-than-average job of getting in fights. All of them did, to varying degrees, but Magnuson was exceptionally good at it. He managed to rack up 1,442 penalty minutes, many of those for fighting. He played ten years, and managed to spend over two games’ worth of minutes in the penalty box each year.

In the almost-30 years we’ve lived in Atlanta, we’ve had two hockey teams (the IHL Knights and the NHL Thrashers), neither of which is here any more. The Knights played here for four seasons before moving to Quebec, where they were the Quebec Rafales for two seasons before folding. Most notable about the Knights was that that they had Manon Rhéaume, a female goaltender who played 24 games in her seven-year IHL career. The coach of the Knights was Gene Ubriaco, who played for several years with the Blackhawks, mostly as someone who would serve bench penalties. The Thrashers were here from 1999-2011 and are now the Winnipeg Jets (the second incarnation). Before that, Atlanta had the Flames from 1972-1980 before they up and moved to Calgary. Suffice it to say, Atlanta isn’t a hockey town. Wasn’t much of an anything town when we moved here, come to think of it: the Braves, Falcons, and Hawks were all pretty awful when we got here. (The big cheer at Braves games was “Go Braves! And take the Falcons with you!”)

I only follow baseball now, the White Sox and the Braves. There isn’t a whole lot of fighting in baseball, but when it happens about seventy guys end up on the field, with both benches and bullpens clearing. There have been a few doozies, but I’ve only been at one game where a fight blew up. Back in 1968, Bill Melton of the White Sox slid a little too hard into Dick McAuliffe of the Tigers at second base, and McAuliffe, who had a temper problem anyway (in baseball terms, he was a real red-ass), took exception. Both benches and bullpens emptied for that one, but surprisingly, no one got thrown out.

I could go on, but there ain’t enough time…

The prompt was “Write a blog post inspired by the word: fight.” How’d I do?




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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

#1LinerWeds from Stephen T. McCarthy

I saw this line in a post by Stephen and it hit a chord, because it’s happened to me.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Our Day Will Come” Results

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Haven’t had one this close in a while… The results of “Battle ‘Our Day Will Come’: Amy Winehouse vs. Doris Day”:

Amy Winehouse: 6
Doris Day: 7

I must say that Ms. Winehouse did an outstanding job with this song. Were I to give myself a vote, she would get it, and the score would be tied. Both ladies deserved to win this one. So, congratulations to both of them for a well-fought battle. And thank you, those of you who voted in this battle.

Be back on March 1 for our next Battle of the Bands!




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Two for Tuesday: America

America only had one song that made the Billboard Top Singles of the Year (“A Horse With No Name” reached #27 in 1972) but I remember they had a whole lot more hits than just that one. They had six singles in the Top Ten in the years between 1970 and 1974, a couple of which went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Another song, “Muskrat Love,” was a hit for The Captain and Tennille in 1976; it reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart that year.

America was Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and, until 1977, Dan Peek. They were famous for their tight vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar sound. An example is “Ventura Highway,” their third single from 1972, which reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was the first single from the group’s second album, Homecoming.

The band’s fourth studio album, Holiday, was recorded in England in 1974 and was their first album produced by Sir George Martin, who worked with them for the rest of the decade. The first single from that album was “Tin Man,” which went to #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary chart.

Dan Peek left America to concentrate on his solo career as a Contemporary Christian musician. He died from fibrinous pericarditis at home in 2011. Beckley and Bunnell have continued as a duo. Most recently, I saw a commercial on TV for a “’70s Cruise” on which they’ll be performing, and are most likely on the “oldies” circuit, although they continue to record, most recently 2015’s Lost & Found.

America, your Two for Tuesday, February 21, 2017.




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Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Crunching The Numbers

No, it’s not about math…

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My latest series on Two for Tuesday, “High School Days,” features artists and songs that were popular when I was in high school. Naturally, I had to find some way to figure out which songs and artists were popular, so I went to Wikipedia and got the data on all the songs that reached the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 weekly survey for each year I was in high school (started in 1970, graduated in 1974). I then limited the list to just the songs that entered the top ten from the time I graduated from grammar school (June 6, 1970) to when I started college (September 16, 1974).

I finally finished it this past Thursday and started to analyze the data, figuring out which artists had the most Top Ten Singles and the greatest number of weeks in the Top Ten. Here are the top five Top Ten artists by total number of weeks in the Top Ten for the period from 6/6/70 to 9/16/74.

#5: Tony Orlando & Dawn I originally thought Chicago, with 34 weeks in the Top Ten, was #5, then I realized that Tony Orlando & Dawn were credited both as “Dawn” and “Dawn featuring Tony Orlando.” Adding those two together gave them 36 weeks in the Top Ten, making them #5. “Knock Three Times” entered the Top Ten just before Christmas 1970 and spent eleven weeks there, eventually reaching #1.

#4: The Jackson 5 With six hits in the Top Ten totaling 43 weeks, Michael, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon come in at #4. Eleven of those weeks represent “I’ll Be There,” which reached the Top Ten in October 1970, peaking at #1.

#2 (tie): Elton John We have a tie for #2, one of them being Elton John, with eight songs totaling 47 weeks in the Top Ten. “Crocodile Rock” entered the Top Ten in January 1973 and was there for nine weeks, peaking at #1.

#2 (tie): Three Dog Night I don’t have to tell you that Three Dog Night, for me, represented my high school years. Eight Top Ten hits in that period for a total of 47 weeks. Eleven of those weeks were for “Joy To The World,” which reached the Top Ten in April 1971 and reached #1.

#1: The Carpenters By far the leader in the Top Ten Derby, Karen and Richard far outpaced everyone, spending 71 weeks in the Top Ten. Their ten songs over the period are tied with Chicago. Interestingly, only two songs reached #1, “We’ve Only Just Begun” in 1970 and “Top Of The World” in 1973. My favorite of their ten songs is “Superstar,” which hit the Top Ten in September 1971 and spent eight weeks there, peaking at #2.

Just a couple more things: Paul McCartney, as himself, Paul and Linda McCartney, and Paul McCartney and Wings, had eight songs in the Top Ten totaling 40 weeks, so he would be #5 on this list, but I kept his work with Wings (six songs, 28 weeks) separate. If you combined the solo work of the four Beatles, you’d end up with seventeen songs (eight by Paul, five by Ringo, three by George, and one by John) and 90 weeks (40 by Paul, 18 by George, six by John, and 26 by Ringo). So The Fab Four were still a force the first four years after their breakup.

Be sure to join me on Two for Tuesday each week for the artists that provided the soundtrack of my high school years. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 20, 2017.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Winter Break Week That Was

We’ll be right back after this word from Save-On Foods and Drugs.

Had no idea the Mob had infiltrated the grocery business in Toronto. The things you learn in this job.

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My knee is doing better, thanks to nine Aleve a day and an isometric exercise I found on the Internet. Still not great, but it could be worse. Anyway, here’s the summary; don’t forget you can click on the badge to go to the original post.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

You still have time to vote in my latest Battle of the Bands, “‘Our Day Will Come’: Amy Winehouse vs. Doris Day.” I’ll announce the winner Tuesday, so get your vote in soon. This has been a pretty close battle, so be sure and make your voice be heard.

Songs about trains and railroads were the subject of this week’s post. The choices I came up with seem to have gone over well. I’m getting the hang of this.

Anne Murray was the subject of this week’s look at music from June 1970-September 1974. I tend to forget that there were musical acts from that period that were very popular because, at the time, I didn’t especially like them. Listening to Anne now, I understand why she was so popular then, and I’m finding that with many more of those acts.

I also realized that there were many artists that I was missing by using the lists of the Hot Singles of the Year, and found lists of all the songs that reached the Top Ten over those years on Wikipedia. Through some manipulations of the data (including finding a site that does conversions from tables on web pages to spreadsheets), I have a much more complete picture of who was and wasn’t popular then. I tell ya, I’m dangerous when I put my mind to it. You’ll see some of the results tomorrow.

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This week’s one-liner was one I use frequently, and I tell the story of how I came up with it. I can have a mordant sense of humor when I put my mind to it.

I told the story of how my parents met, and in doing so learned that there are alternate versions of the legend. My brother Kip said that when Bill’s friends found out that he and Bunny were getting serious, they beat him up. I sometimes get the sense that Mom told each of us different versions of the same story, not thinking we’d ever compare notes. But it was a good story, even if Dad got his ass kicked.

Speaking of pain, as I was in pain when I wrote it, I came up with five songs with “pain” in the title. If you think of any others, let me know. And thanks to everyone who suggested different treatments. Not sure if it’s the bones or the muscles, or both, but Aleve seems to have it under control, though I’ll be looking for a more permanent solution.

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Our prompt yesterday was “ham,” and I saw that there were many other participants who chose to write about the meat of the same name, so I just improvised, and came up with a pretty good post, if I say so myself.

Thnks to all y’all who commented!

Tomorrow I’ll share some of the analysis of music I’ve done, America will be the Two for Tuesday artist, I’ll have another One-Liner… after that, I have to wait on input from others.

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!




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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hamilton, Joe, Frank Reynolds And The Entire Eyewitness News Team #socs

The title of this post refers to a running joke by former DJ Dan Ingram at WABC-AM (770 kHz) in New York, used whenever he’d play a song by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, who had two big hits, “Don’t Pull Your Love” in 1971 and “Fallin’ In Love” in 1975.


Mary grew up in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago, the “Yards” referring to the Union Stock Yards, as described in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. I think her grandmother and uncle worked there.

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Once when I was out of work I applied at the Dubuque Packing Company, famous for their canned hams. The guy I interviewed with wore a bloodstained white coat, I think to see if I’d recoil in horror. I didn’t, but I didn’t get the job, either. Not that I was that disappointed.


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Speaking of canned hams, occasionally we would buy a canned Polish ham and have the butcher slice it for sandwiches. It was usually a Krakus ham, imported from Poland. Evidently Krakus is sponsoring the Chicago Air & Water Show this year. Chicago is second only to Warsaw in residents of Polish ancestry. You could look it up.

There had been talk of replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and human rights advocate who escaped from slavery and later recruited black soldiers for the Union Army during the Civil War. Then the musical Hamilton hit Broadway and reminded everyone the significance of Hamilton as a Founder of this nation, and they decided to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill instead. Someone made the comment that a white male Southern Democrat was being replaced by a black female Northern Republican who carried a gun and was an evangelical Christian. The irony is wonderful.

Hamilton is most famous for being killed by Aaron Burr in a duel in 1804. I don’t think Aaron Burr is any direct relation to Raymond Burr, who played Perry Mason on TV. Perry Mason’s nemesis was district attorney Hamilton Burger, and you all know about that. Amazing how these things work out, isn’t it?


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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Friday Five: Songs With “Pain” In The Title

My knee is killing me. I get this terrible shooting pain when I walk on it. I’m hoping with enough Aleve that it’ll go away on its own, but if it still feels this bad on Monday I’m calling the doctor. But, it gives me an excuse to give you five songs with “pain” in the title.

The Police, “King of Pain” From 1983’s Synchronicity, it reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart and #3 on the Hot 100.

Carly Simon, “Haven’t Got Time For The Pain” From 1974’s Hotcakes, it reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US and #1 on its Canadian Counterpart.

Robert Cray, “The Forecast Calls For Pain” From 1990’s LP and EP Midnight Stroll, this wasn’t released as a single.

Eurythmics, “No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts)” This was an album track on 1983’s Touch, and wasn’t released as a single.

Alice Cooper, “Pain” Another album track, this one from 1980’s Flush The Fashion.

Can you think of other songs with “pain” in the title? Leave me a comment and I’ll get to them next week.

That’s your Friday Five for February 17, 2017.




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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How Mom And Dad Met (Writer’s Workshop)


Me with Mom and Dad, circa 1961 (photo: Fabulous Auntie Jill)

This week, Kat wants to know “How [my] parents met.” It’s actually a pretty interesting story, at least the way Mom told it to me. Or at least the way I remember she told me.

Some time in the late 1940’s, when they were in high school, Bunny (that’s Mom) went on a blind date with Bill (that’s Dad). At the end of the evening, Bill asked Bunny, “Hey, can I have your phone number?” and she told him, “It’s in the phone book.” She never heard from him again.

Fast forward maybe four years. Bunny’s in college, and is “lavaliered” (kind of like engaged to be engaged) to Pat. One night, they were together, and he kept complaining of a sore back, and no amount of her massaging it made it feel any better. He woke up the next morning unable to move. He had contracted a severe case of polio that left him wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. He and Bunny were supposed to go to a dance that weekend, and Pat asked his best friend, who just happened to be Bill, if he’d take her.

Bill calls Bunny, whose first question is, “Why didn’t you ever call me?” He said, “I couldn’t find it in the book.” Mom’s maiden name (and my middle name) is Connelly, which can also be spelled Connolly, Connally, Conley, and a bunch of other ways. He never figured out the right spelling.

I knew Pat, by the way: he was the assistant principal at St. Ignatius College Prep, where I went to high school my freshman year. He married someone else and they had a bunch of kids. He and his wife and Mom and Dad remained friends.

Just as a side note: yesterday would have been Dad’s 85th birthday.




from The Sound of One Hand Typing