Friday, March 31, 2017

The Friday Five: More “Man” Songs

I have a slight backlog on my Friday Fives. I have two weeks’ worth of your song suggestions to do, one for days of the week from last Friday and one from the Stream of Consciousness Saturday from the week before, songs with “man” in the title. So, I’ll do the “man” songs today and days of the week songs next Friday. Sound like a plan?

Rush, “Working Man” My brother Pat was kind of stumped by this one, he told me, but he came up with this gem from Rush’s 1974 eponymous debut album. Wikipedia tells us this was the song that landed them their record contract.

Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man” Jeanne was a superstar this week, coming up with three contributions to the list. I can’t believe I didn’t come up with this the first time through — this is a favorite of mine and I could even play it back in my guitar-playing days. Obviously, this was done live at The Hollywood Bowl for the program of the same name, and yes, that was Judy Garland doing the introduction. It rose to #3 on the Hot 100 in 1966.

Gene Pitney, “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance” From the 1962 movie of the same name, this went to #4 for Gene on the Hot 100 that year. Jeanne also suggested this one.

Iron Maiden, “Man On The Edge” Jeanne’s third recommendation comes to us from the world of heavy metal (assuming this was the song she was talking about). This is from 1995, from their X Factor album, and the blogger’s best friend tells us it was inspired by the movie Falling Down, which might be my favorite Michael Douglas movie. Evidently, the song reached #1 in Finland.

Muddy Waters, “I’m A Man (Mannish Boy)” This was on the original list, but I thought having two songs named “I’m A Man” was a little much. You might remember that, due to technical difficulties, an early version of the song list got out, and this was on it. Lauralynn commented and said, “hey, where’s ‘I’m A Man (Mannish Boy)’?” Here’s a live version, from what I estimate was the late Sixties, based on who’s playing with him.

And while I’m on the subject, “Mannish Boy” was a followup to Muddy’s earlier hit, Willie Dixon’s “Hoochie Coochie Man.”

As always, thanks to all the contributors. Next week, more day of the week songs. That’s The Friday Five for March 31, 2017.




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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: My Two Dots Trophies

One of the prompts this week is “Share your favorite photo you posted on Instagram this month and give us the back story.”

Now, I have an Instagram account, but I don’t post photographs to it. I’m not much of a photographer (can’t hold the phone steady enough), and the photos I would show are on the hard drive of my desktop computer, not on my phone. I found a tool called Gramblr that allows me to post to Instagram from the desktop, but haven’t sat down long enough to post more than a couple.

However, I do post to the account, primarily the badges that I earn from playing Two Dots, like this one.

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I’m not much for multiplayer games, and don’t have the dexterity to cope with games that have things moving all over the place. Two Dots is about my speed. The basic object of the game is to remove same-colored dots from the board by connecting them. They have to be above, below, or beside each other (not on a diagonal; that’d make it too easy). If you get multiple dots in a square or rectangle, connecting them removes all the dots of that color from the board. There are special dots, such as ones contained in ice, fire dots that burn the dots before you can get them off the board, slime, ladybugs that change color and move around the board, and it just gets more complicated the higher you go.

To finish a level, you have to complete a task in a certain number of moves, such as sink ten anchors, get twenty ladybugs to fly away, remove fifteen hermit crabs, etc. in, say, thirty moves. You can buy additional moves (5 for 99 cents), and the purchase includes a power-up (a shell-shedder for the ladybugs, a hammer to break the gems, etc.). There are somewhere over a thousand levels to the game, and I’m up to level 977 as of this writing. It’s taken me a couple of years to do that.

There are also weekly quests, which are seven games that get progressively harder and for which you get five days to accomplish, and expeditions, where you need to clear a certain number of special dots (anchors, clouds, gems, etc.); you get two days to finish them. Completing a quest or an expedition earns you a token like the one above, which I won for completing this week’s expedition. As my comment says, I finished it in three hours.

Mary plays Candy Crush, which I’ve also tried and didn’t like as much. She managed to complete all the levels that were available at the time and is halfway through playing them again. Evenings at the Holton house will usually find us playing these games.

We’re such an exciting couple, aren’t we?

Two Dots is available for iOS and Android devices (including the Kindle Fire, where I play it). It really is a lot of fun, and helps you develop problem-solving skills. Aggravating as hell, sometimes, but that’s part of the fun.

Do you play Two Dots?




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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

#1LinerWeds from MeTV.com

At the present time, MeTV over-the-air viewers in and around Atlanta may not be able to see our new affiliate’s signal. Please know we are working hard with our new affiliate to find a solution to this issue. Check back at MeTV.com for updates.

Mary and I don’t watch a lot of TV, and when we do it’s usually MeTV. Or at least it was, until Monday, when I turned on channel 2.2 and found Escape, a true-crime channel that’s already broadcast by another Atlanta station.

Now, they had “special announcements” all last week, explaining that the station would be moving on DirecTV, Comcast, and another cable provider, but not a word about over-the-air. Their new affiliate is located in Toccoa, Georgia, near the South Carolina border, ninety miles away from Atlanta and effectively out of range. Which means, at least for the time being, MeTV is off the air for us. And that sucks.

To paraphrase a famous ad campaign, I WANT MY METV!


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Two for Tuesday: Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder had seven songs in the Top Ten in the early Seventies, spending a total of 33 weeks there. He had been around since the early Sixties, and was just coming into his own as an adult act. We featured him in June 2014, but he was one of the powerhouses of the decade, so we’ll do him again.

His biggest hit of the decade, and maybe of his career, is “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” which spent seven weeks in the Top Ten in 1973, peaking at #1.

His next single, “Higher Ground,” reached #4 and spend six weeks in the Top Ten.

Stevie Wonder, your Two for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.




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Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Themes From Irwin Allen Shows and Movies

I realize this is later than usual… I ran out of time yesterday before I got the chance to write this entry, then I had to be an adult and do the taxes and follow up on an insurance problem today. Then, after lunch, I sat down to watch Bonanza on MeTV, only to learn, much to my chagrin, that we no longer receive MeTV: it moved to a station outside the Atlanta area at 9 AM this morning. Where or when it will return, I don’t know; all I know is that we now have Escape on two different channels.

One of the things I’ll miss, at least until we get MeTV back, is their late-night sci-fi programs that run after 1 AM on Saturday night/Sunday morning. It’s then that they run the Irwin Allen-produced sci-fi programs from the Sixties. All of the themes but one in today’s MMMM were written by John (or, as he was known in the Sixties, Johnny) Williams. Williams and Allen had a working relationship not unlike that of Henry Mancini and Blake Edwards.

Land Of The Giants

The Time Tunnel

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Theme music by Paul Sawtell

Lost In Space

Allen went on to produce disaster movies such as The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. Not exactly sci-fi, but I’m on a roll.

The Towering Inferno

The Poseidon Adventure

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 27, 2017.

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, March 26, 2017

The Laetare Sunday Week That Was

The Week That Was is sponsored this week by Mountain Dew. It’ll tickle yore innards!

A fine depiction of Southerners, as always.

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Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday, both on the blog and on Facebook. I’m hardly ever on Facebook anymore, though I’ll probably be there more starting this coming Saturday, with the start of the A to Z Challenge…

And, speak of the devil and he shows up… Monday was the Great Theme Reveal for the A to Z Challenge. My theme, as I mentioned, is simple: Choose a word (or name or phrase or abbreviation) that starts with the letter of the day and ends with the next letter. I’m clarifying because a lot of folks think I’m restricting myself to just words. Many of the daily subjects are names of people, and I used acronyms or common abbreviations in several situations. They still start with the letter of the day and end with the next letter, except Z, where I wrap around and go back to A.

If you’re having trouble coping with the idea of doing the Challenge without the Linky, worried you won’t find bloggers to visit this April, Arlee Bird wrote an excellent article for the Challenge blog on how to find people to follow. He offers several different methods for finding blogs, including the easiest one: visit the blogs of people who visit you. I’ve built a group in Feedly specifically for the people who visited me (that I’m not already following), as well as for the people who visited them. And so on, and so on…. So far I have about forty blogs in it. I’ll be busy this April…

This week was a freebie, and I used it to salute the music of Chuck Berry, who died last week at the age of 90. I started with a song I knew that you don’t hear much and let YouTube suggest the other four. There were one or two songs I had never heard in that list. He created a lot of music in his career.

The Stylistics were this week’s featured artist. They had five hits in the Top Ten on the Pop charts and twelve on the R&B charts in the early Seventies.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

The Battle of the Bands was no contest: Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band shut out Caterina Valente in Battle “Air Mail Special.” And yes, there will be a Battle of the Bands this Saturday, despite it being the start of the A to Z Challenge.

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I created an image quote for one of the words in the A to Z Challenge, and liked the quote (from Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are) so much I used it for my one-liner this week. Nice to see so many people remember that book.

Kat’s prompt was “write a post inspired by the word challenge.” So, guess what I wrote about?

My brother Pat suggested I do a Friday Five on songs that use a day of the week in the title. I came up with fifteen, and you’re coming up with more. I’ll feature them this Friday. I’ll feature your “man” songs (from last week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday) at a later date, maybe next Friday.

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Linda’s prompt was “march,” and since yesterday was my birthday, which is in March, I went flying off in all different directions, telling a Hal Roach joke, explaining the Feast of the Annunciation and Laetare Sunday, and talking a little about the actor Mark Holton, who’s no relation but looks like he could be.

Tomorrow, I’m featuring TV themes, these from Sci-Fi TV shows. I found a list of sci-fi shows, and I’ll be working from that list, even though I don’t consider some of them sci-fi shows. We’ll have another band from the Seventies on Tuesday, another one-liner, a post based on Kat’s and Linda’s prompts on Thursday and Saturday, your day-of-the-week songs, and we all know what begins this Saturday…

That’s all we have time for this week. See you this coming week!




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Saturday, March 25, 2017

It’s My Birthday And I’ll Cry If I Want To #socs

But I don’t want to. It’s my birthday! And Mary and I are going out to lunch, and I get free pie!

We have an O’Charley’s near us, and they were bought out a few years ago by the same company that owns Baker’s Square, so the pie is from Baker’s Square, which bills itself as having “The Best Pie In America.”

Remember the movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure? Toward the beginning there’s this exchange between Pee Wee and his archnemesis, Francis:

Francis: Today’s my birthday and my father says I can have anything I want.
Pee-wee: Good for you and your father.
Francis: So guess what I want.
Pee-wee: A new brain?

Francis was played by Mark Holton, who’s no relation but he looks like he might be one. You see Mark from time to time; he’s a pretty busy actor. Most notably, he played John Wayne Gacy, a notorious serial killer from the Chicago area.

Anyway, today’s March 25, which in the Catholic Church is The Feast of The Annunciation of the Lord. The feast commemorates the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary to announce that she has found favor with God, who wants her to have his baby. And Mary says “okay!” and nine months later gives birth to Baby Jesus. Okay, that’s a silly (and borderline sacrilegious) telling of the story. The more accurate telling is in the Gospel of St. Luke, chapter 1, verses 26-38. The Angelus, a prayer that tells the story, is based on that Gospel reading. When you hear church bells ring from a Catholic church at 6 AM, noon, 6 PM, and 9 PM, those are the bells that prompt Catholics to say the Angelus. It’s three sets of three bell tolls, followed by nine bell tolls. So, now that you know that, I can tell this Hal Roach joke:

A priest is hearing a man’s confession, and at the end he assigns him the penance of saying three Our Fathers. “I don’t know the Our Father,” the man says. “All right, say three Hail Marys.” The man says “I don’t know the Hail Mary, either.” The priest, exasperated, says, “well, what prayer do you know?” “The Angelus.” “Well then, say the Angelus.” “BONG, BONG, BONG!”

I learned recently that the Church Fathers, when setting dates for various celebrations, were more interested in determining the date of the Annunciation than they were in the date of Christmas. So, the Annunciation isn’t on March 25 because Christmas is on December 25, it’s the other way around.

Anyone born from March 22 through April 22 has a better than average chance of having their birthday fall during Holy Week. I was born on Palm Sunday 1956, Mary was born on Holy Saturday the next year, and Mom was born on Holy Saturday in 1932. Mom’s birthday was on Easter at least twice that I can remember, Mary’s birthday was on Easter at least once, but mine has never been on Easter in my lifetime. In fact, it’s only been after Easter once during my life that I can recall.

Holy Saturday 1932 was March 26, so Mom’s birthday was the day after mine. We used to celebrate them together. In 1994, she was turning 62 and I was turning 38, which meant we were celebrating our joint 100th birthday. Mary and I went to Chicago to celebrate with her. Mom would be 85 tomorrow. Happy birthday, Mom.

Anyway, Mary and I are going to lunch before we go to Mass. They’ll be celebrating the Mass of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, which as you might recall is Laetare Sunday, one of the two days the priest wears pink vestments. I have my pink shirt ready…


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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Friday Five (x 3): Days Of The Week

Got an email from my brother Pat this morning (I’m writing this Thursday):

Had a revelation while in this heavy work travel period that you should do a Friday Five with song titles including days of the week! Inspired by my shuffle that just played Another Park, Another Sunday by the Doobie Brothers. Perhaps you’ve done before, but, if not, happy searching….give me credit for that song though 😉

I’m glad he wrote, because in all the pre-A to Z Challenge confusion I realized I hadn’t written a post for today. So this was a good break, and when I got started with the songs I couldn’t stop, at least until I had fifteen, including Pat’s. There are so many, I built a playlist, which runs close to an hour. Hey, when I get going, sometimes I have trouble stopping…

  1. Another Park, Another Sunday – The Doobie Brothers Pat’s original idea, from 1974’s What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. This was the first single from the album, and while it only reached #32, it was played a lot on FM radio. Most people probably bought the album.
  2. Monday, Monday – The Mamas And The Papas Written by John Phillips in 1966, it was their only #1 hit.
  3. Saturday In the Park – Chicago From Chicago V, the song reached #3 nationally and spent several weeks at #1 in Chicago. It made the album a million-seller.
  4. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure The second single from their 1992 album Wish, it reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Modern Rock Tracks list.
  5. I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats This song by Bob Geldof only reached #73 on the Hot 100 and #84 on the Cash Box survey, but spent four weeks at the top of the UK charts in 1979.
  6. Stormy Monday Blues – Junior Wells With Buddy Guy A classic blues number, this is the first version I heard and still my favorite.
  7. Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke From 1963, it reached #10 on the Hot 100 and spent a week at #1 on the R&B chart. Cat Stevens’s version from 1974 reached #6 on the Hot 100.
  8. Come Saturday Morning – The Sandpipers I always liked this one; it was the title track from their 1970 album and reached #17 on the Hot 100. A different version was in the movie The Sterile Cuckoo.
  9. Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote this one, and The Monkees recorded it in 1967. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 that year.
  10. Manic Monday – The Bangles This one was written by Prince under the pseudonym “Christopher” and was on The Bangles’ second studio album, 1986’s Different Light. It reached #2 on the Hot 100.
  11. Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters Karen and Richard released this in 1971 and it reached #2 on the Hot 100 and Cash Box survey, as well as being their fourth #1 on the Easy Listening chart. Like I said, they were a hit machine in the early Seventies.
  12. Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones This was a double-sided single with “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and reached #1 in 1967, as well as providing a name for a chain of restaurants.
  13. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John It’s Sir Elton’s birthday tomorrow. This was the first single off of 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and only reached #12 on the Hot 100, but it’s one of his better-known songs and I remember it being on the radio all the time.
  14. Black Friday – Steely Dan The first single off of 1975’s Katy Lied, it rose to #37.
  15. Sunday Will Nver Be The Same – Spanky and Our Gang From their eponymous 1967 album, this rose to #9 and was their first charting single.

Anyway, thank you, Pat! And believe me, there are plenty more songs with days of the week in the title. If you come up with one or more of them, leave me a comment, and we’ll see if we can get it on the air. That’s The Friday Five (x 3) for March 24, 2017.




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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: Want A Challenge For Next Month?

I don’t know whether Kat had intended this to be an opportunity to talk about the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, but she came up with the prompt and I don’t think she’ll mind me telling you all about it.

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I started blogging in 2012, and one of the reasons I started blogging was so I could take part in the many challenges and blog hops that are held through the year, such as Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop. The challenge that caught my eye and made me say, “Yes! I really want to start blogging!” was the A to Z Challenge. I participated that year and have done so every year since, and have been a co-host for the Challenge since 2015. It’s become the highlight of my blogging year.

Arlee Bird, who runs the blog Tossing It Out, was the person who started the Challenge. In 2011, he said “I’m going to blog every day except Sunday, starting on April 1 with a word that starts with ‘A’ and continue through the alphabet each day in April except Sundays until I reach the letter ‘Z’ on April 30.” That first year, other bloggers who know Arlee decided to do it with him. And, as with most of these blog hops, other people saw what they were doing, and before long we had over 1000 people doing A to Z during April.

We started using a Linky to keep track of everyone doing the Challenge, so that people could go out to the list and choose a bunch of blogs to read and perhaps follow during the challenge, and used that up through the current year. This year we’re doing things a little differently, dispensing with the Linky and instead having people check in at the Challenge blog on a daily basis and post the link to their latest entry as a comment to the daily post there. It became a headache riding herd on everyone on the list, some of whom put their name on it only to not do the challenge, others who started out doing the challenge only to quit part of the way through, and there was no way for a person to join in the middle, which does happen.

Most, but not all, of the people who do the challenge choose a theme for their blog posts during the month. Last year, for example, I used portmanteau words as my theme. Other people have used the month to write a novella, write a daily flash fiction or poem, or to do “The A to Z of ______________,” something they’re knowledgable in. Anything’s fair game.

The advantages of doing the Challenge:

  • You find all kinds of new blogs and new bloggers to follow.
  • Likewise, lots of other bloggers find you and start following you.
  • If you’ve thought of stepping up your blogging, preparing 26 articles to post one per day is a great way to start.
  • It teaches you problem solving. On the 24th day of the challenge, you have to find a word that starts with X. Tha’s when you figure out X is the Roman numeral for “ten,” and that X in Greek is the letter “chi.”
  • It is a lot of fun. A lot of work, but a lot of fun anyway.

Sound like something you’d like to do? If so, we’d love to have you along for the ride. If not, there’ll still be lots of blogs participating this year for you to read and follow. Many bloggers will post their articles on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #atozchallenge. Give it a try!




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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#1LinerWeds from “Where The Wild Things Are”

You’ll see this again, next month during the A to Z Challenge.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Air Mail Special” Results

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

This battle was no contest:

Caterina Valente: 0
Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band: 9

Well, sometimes you try something different, and sometimes it works, amnd sometimes it doesn’t. In this case, pairing a scat singer up against a big band, particularly a popular one, was probably not the best idea. So, congratulations to Doc and the Band, and best wishes to Caterina.

The next battle will be April 1, also the first day of the A to Z Challenge. See you then!




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Two for Tuesday: The Stylistics

Soul and rhythm & blues played a big part of the sounds of the early Seventies, and while many of the best hits never crossed over to Top 40 radio, there were many that did. One of the groups that did well as crossover artists was The Stylistics, who had five songs in the top 10 on the Hot 100, spending a total of 22 weeks there. On the R&B chart, they had twelve straight top 10 singles. In neither case did they have any #1 hits. Kind of a surprise, because they were one of the better vocal groups out of Philadelphia, featuring the falsetto of Russell Tompkins, Jr. and Thom Bell’s production.

The song that did the best on the Pop chart was “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” which went to #2, as well as #5 on the R&B chart, in 1974.

Their second best-selling single on the Pop chart was “Betcha By Golly Wow,” which reached #3, and #2 on the R&B chart, in 1972.

The Stylistics, your Two for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.




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Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: RIP Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry… man, what a player. I heard he had passed Saturday, and have read a few of the obits and tribute posts to him, all of which said he was a legend, which he was, the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which he was (or at least one of them), etc. etc. etc. As I see it, Chuck influenced George Harrison, who in turn influenced me.

Here are a few songs, and I found a way not to repeat any that others have posted: I started with “Guitar Boogie” and let YouTube pick the rest. I came up with some gems I hadn’t even heard of. Enjoy!

“Guitar Boogie”

“Woodpecker”

“House Of Blue Lights”

“Tulane”

“You Never Can Tell”

Chuck was still performing until before he died, and it took death to get him to stop. He’s probably still playing in Rock & Roll Heaven. Rest in peace, Chuck Berry, and thanks for all the great tunes.

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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A Simple Theme For The 2017 #atozchallenge

The 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge starts a week from this coming Saturday, as I’m sure you know, and today is the day we all reveal the theme we’re going to use, if in fact we’re going to use a theme.

Two years ago, my theme was “words that start and end with the same letter.” This year’s theme is similar to that. It was an idea I got from watching Jeopardy!.

Words that end in the letter after the one they start with

A week from Saturday, my post will have a topic that starts with “A” and ends with “B.” The following Monday, the topic will start with “B” and end with “C,” and so on through the month (except Sundays), until Sunday, April 30 (this being a year that April either starts or ends with a Sunday), when the topic will start with “Z” and end with “A.”

Those of you who have followed the blog for some time know I maintain all my regular features (Monday’s Music Moves Me, Two for Tuesday, etc.) during the Challenge, so you can expect to find multiple posts each day of the Challenge. The Challenge posts will be tagged with #atozchallenge so you can find them in the list on the right side of the page. Also, because of the logistical changes we’ve made to the Challenge this year, I’ll be leaving a comment on the Challenge blog each day with a direct link to that day’s post, as well as updates to Facebook and Twitter which you can find using the #atozchallenge hash tag.

In honor of the occasion, here is a promo from ABC, announcing their fall lineup for Friday nights in 1970…

I look forward to hearing about what your theme is!




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Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Last Week That Was Of Winter 2017

The Week That Was is brought to you this week by Pan American World Airlines. Pan Am – You can’t beat the experience!

Another one of those airlines that shut down before I got a chance to fly on them.

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A big week coming, what with the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal tomorrow and lots more blogging to do for the Challenge as well as the regular stuff I do out here. So, let’s get to it.

Songs and/or artists with “air” in the name was last Monday’s theme. I joined almost everyone else in sharing a song by Air Supply, but I came up with some unique choices as well. “The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies was not one of them. I try to come up with songs that no one else thinks of, and I’d say I did a pretty good job.

The Reverend Al Green, formerly known as just Al Green, who had a few Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 (and many more on the Soul/R&B chart) in the early Seventies, was the featured artist this week. I have his Greatest Hits collection and it’s one of my favorite albums.

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This week’s one-liner came from the A to Z Challenge blog. The theme reveal for this year’s Challenge is tomorrow, so be sure and check the blog for a list of this year’s participants.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

I’ll announce the winner of my most-recent Battle of the Bands on Tuesday, so if you haven’t voted, stop on out there and have a listen and let your voice be heard. The song is “Air Mail Special” and the contestants are Caterina Valente and Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band.

Kat asked for seven reasons I would want to go to Ireland, which is a moot issue since I highly doubt I’ll ever make it there.

As Friday was the Feast of St. Patrick, I played Irish music. No surprise there.

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Linda’s prompt was “man,” and as I woke up thinking of songs with “man” in the title, I shared five of them. Hey, I didn’t use The Friday Five to do it. I’m open to suggestions of other songs with “man” in the title, and will share your suggestions this Friday.

Tomorrow, I’ll be eulogizing Chuck Berry, who died yesterday at the ripe old age of 90, and will also reveal my theme for this year’s A to Z Challenge. As I mentioned above, I’ll reveal the name of the winner of Battle “Air Mail Special” on Tuesday and your “man” songs on Friday. Two for Tuesday will feature another artist from my high school days, I’ll have another pithy one-liner on Wednesday, and I’ll have to wait to see what Kat has planned for Thursday and Linda for Saturday. I’ll also continue plugging away at my entries for A to Z (I’m halfway done now) and visit as many of you who do a theme reveal tomorrow as I can.

One other thing: in last week’s survey about what to do with Daylight Saving Time, seven of you said get rid of it altogether, two said to go back to “last Sunday in April to last Sunday in October,” and there were votes for both moving the clocks ahead one hour permanently and moving them ahead a half-hour permanently. No one wanted to keep the current scheme. Thanks to everyone who voted!

That wraps up last week. Stay tuned!




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