Friday, June 30, 2017

The Friday Five (Times Two): More Destination Songs

I still have all of the destination songs you suggested, and at some point will create one big ol’ playlist and include all of them, along with who recommended them. These, however, were songs that I thought of based on things you told me, or ones that I thought of while I was putting the playlist together. As many of you mentioned, there is a veritable plethora of songs with destinations in the title, and I just kept coming up with more. Anyway, here we go…

  1. Glen Campbell, “Galveston” Kip gave us “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” last week, and that made me think of a couple of other early Glen Campbell hits with destinations in the title, one of which was this. Glen had a hit with this Jimmy Webb tune in 1969, when it reached #1 on the Country chart and #4 on the Hot 100. CMT ranks it #8 in its 100 Greatest Songs In Country Music. It’s the official anthem of Galveston Island and the city of Galveston, Texas.
  2. Johnny Horton, “The Battle of New Orleans” Johnny had a few songs with destinations in the title, but this might be his most popular. It was the #1 song for 1959 according to Billboard magazine, it’s #28 on that magazine’s list of Top 100 Songs of the First 50 Years of the Hot 100, and The Western Writers of America chose it as one of the 100 best Western songs of all time.
  3. Drew Carey, “Moon Over Parma” A shortened version of this was the theme song for The Drew Carey Show for its first season. It was written by Robert McGuire and celebrates the town of Parma, Ohio, suburb of Cleveland. The Blogger’s Best Friend has all the lyrics, so you can sing along.
  4. Scott McKenzie, “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)” The anthem for the Summer of LoveTM, when a lot of kids were on their way to San Francisco for the free love and drugs it offered. Written by John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas, it was the only hit for McKenzie, topping the charts in July 1967.
  5. The Bee Gees, “(The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts” I chose this before reading that it was a response to the song above. It became almost as big a worldwide hit as did “San Francisco,” and reached #11 on the Hot 100 in 1967.
  6. Waylon, Jennings, “Luckenbach, Texas” This was a hit for Waylon in 1977, reaching #1 on the Country chart and #25 on the Hot 100.
  7. Barry Manilow, “Weekend In New England” The oft-maligned Mr. Manilow recorded this on his 1976 album This One’s For You. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts that year.
  8. Horst Jankowski, “A Walk In The Black Forest” Classically-trained Jankowski recorded this as “Eine Schwartzwaldfahrt” in Germany in 1965. Here in the US it reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart and #12 on the Hot 100.
  9. Eddie Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter, “Canadian Sunset” Tomorrow is Canada Day, after all. Jazz pianist Eddie Heywood wrote this, with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. Heywood and orchestra leader Winterhalter’s instrumental version reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart (!) in 1956, while Andy Williams’ vocal version reached #7 on the Hot 100 later that year.
  10. The Dubliners, “The Rocky Road To Dublin” This is a 19th-Century song written by D. K. Gavan, “The Galway Poet,” for the performer Harry Clifton. The Wikipedia article goes into some detail about the music which all you music theory fans will find interesting. I know I did, anyway.

And that’s the Friday Five (times two) for June 30, 2017.




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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: 15 Lines About 1,800 Posts

Kat and her family are having a wonderful time, I hope, on vacation, and didn’t mention anything about whether or not we’d still be doing Writer’s Workshop today. I’m assuming we are, so I looked up this month’s prompts and chose one from the group I think we’re on: writing a post in exactly fifteen (15) lines.

This is an exciting time here at The Sound of One Hand Typing. This Saturday, July 1, marks the third anniversary of the day I started posting here every day. Those three years mean that I will have posted on 1,096 days, and that means that July 4 will be the 1,100th straight day. I keep thinking I should do something to celebrate these achivements, but I’m not sure which one I should make a bigger deal.

And there’s that little voice that says I shouldn’t make a big deal out of either, that I should wait until my 2,000th post. I checked to see how many I have, and realized, much to my delight, that this post is my 1,800th. So this is also a special day.

Every blogger has a reason for starting a blog. Whether it’s a good one or bad one, whether they have something to say or just decide to start one for giggles, there is something that gets them going. I started TSOOHT in 2012 because at the time I wanted to be a big-time novelist (as Jethro Bodine would say), and Kristen Lamb said that “If ya wanna be a big-time novelist, ya just gotta have a blog,” but in doing that, I realized I don’t even like to read novels.

Will I write a book someday? I’m sure I will; with 1800 posts behind me, I have more than enough material, and I think I’ve managed to develop the habit of writing every day. But for now, I’m having too much fun to quit, because I love writing like this, and all of you for reading it.




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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#1LinerWeds from The Comics Curmudgeon

Sorry, comics creators carefully working on the perfect setup-punchline combination: nothing in the funny pages this week will possibly make me laugh more than “That music! Is it ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba?”

I started reading Josh Fruhlinger’s comics blog The Comics Curmudgeon several years ago. He reads the comics every day, especially the legacy strips (Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, Mary Worth, Dick Tracy, etc.), finds several strips about which he can make pithy comments, and publishes both the strip and his comments on his blog, where his fans make equally pithy comments. At the end of each week, Josh selects the comments that made him laugh the hardest and makes one of them the Comment of the Week. This remark was prompted by Dick Tracy the other day.

When you go to visit, spend some time there. You’ll either enjoy yourself or be highly offended.


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Two For Tuesday: Jim Croce (High School Days)

I talked about Jim Croce on Two for Tuesday almost three years ago. As I said then, the Seventies were the era of the singer-songwriter, and Jim was one of the better ones. He placed five songs in the Top Ten during my high school years which spent 21 weeks there, three of which were released after his untimely death in 1973.

He had two #1 hits. The first was everyone’s favorite, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” which spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and reached #1 on July 7, 1973. It was a daily feature of “The Wally Phillips Show” on Chicago’s WGN radio; he played it daily for most of the summer.

His other #1 was “Time In A Bottle,” which was released a couple of months after his death in September 1973. It was on 1972’s You Don’t Mess Around With Jim. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten, reaching #1 on December 15, 1973.

The Blogger’s Best Friend tells us that the plane in which Croce and Maury Muehleisen, Jim’s lead guitar player, and several others clipped a pecan tree at the end of the runway in Nachitoches, Louisiana as it was taking off. Flying conditions were near perfect, and the pilot, Robert N. Elliott, had logged close to 15,000 hours flying the Beechcraft 18. The official cause of the crash was pilot error, as Elliott took off downwind into a “black hole,” where he was unable to pick up on visual references.

Jim Croce, your Two for Tuesday, June 27, 2017.




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Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: College Fight Songs!

When we did destinations last week, Biker Chick suggested the song “On Wisconsin,” which is both a destination and a university. That made me think that a good theme for today would be college fight songs. Here are ten that I chose because I knew people that went to school there or were in places that I liked.

  1. On Wisconsin! This was the song that started this list. Thanks, Biker Chick!
  2. Notre Dame Fight Song I think every Irish Catholic in the country considers Notre Dame an alma mater of sorts. I had an uncle that went there.
  3. Fighting Illini Fight Song A few of my cousins, my friend Mark, and half my senior class went to Illinois, so I had to include this.
  4. “Glory” (UGA Fight Song) Half my friends from my twenty-year job went here.
  5. Ramblin’ Wreck From Georgia Tech The other half of my friends from that job went here. Plus, a lot of our friends from church have sons and daughters (mostly daughters; who says girls are no good at STEM?) who go here.
  6. Tennessee Fight Song Our co-host Cathy lives nearby, plus I have a cousin who taught there. I’ve been to Knoxville many times and think it’s a great place. Never saw the campus, though.
  7. Auburn Fight Song I used to visit a client in Alexander City, Alabama, and if you got off I-85 and turned the other way you’d find yourself in Auburn. I knew someone who was in their School of Veterinary Medicine. Also Tim Hudson, who played for the Braves, and Frank Thomas, who played for the White Sox, attended here.
  8. Seton Hall Fight Song I have a cousin who lives in New Jersey, and he and his son were Big East basketball fans. I’ve been to a couple of games, one with the cousin and one with his son (who’s also a cousin, I just realized), and had a good time, so I included the Pirates’ fight song here.
  9. Northwestern Fight Song By now you know I spent a couple of undistinguished years as a Wildcat. I was going to say they never won a football game when I was there, but I believe they beat the Oregon Ducks at the end of the 1974 season. Never won another game while I was there, and temporarily held the record for losses in a row. They went to the Rose Bowl a couple of years back, and I had to watch because I just coulodn’t believe they were in it. True to form, they lost.
  10. Hail Loyola! I didn’t realize that my alma mater (BBA January ’78) had a fight song. Shows what I know.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 26, 2017.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Just Your Run-of-the-mill Week That Was

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Busy week this week, as I talked about yesterday. By the way, my apologies to my fellow Battle of the Bands posters. I had every intention of getting to all of you, but I got interrupted and somehow it slipped my mind. I have a memory like a colander sometimes. Anyway, here’s the summary of last week.

Mary B. chose the theme this past week, which was “destinations.” There must be thousands of songs with destinations in the title, and I gave you eleven and you took it from there. I’ll be doing destinations on Fridays for the next few weeks, I think.

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Helen Reddy was the featured artist this week. I have enough acts from the Seventies that will probably last me through the summer, if you were wondering. By the way, several of you mentioned they liked Tanya Tucker’s version of “Delta Dawn” better. Do you realize she was about 15 when she recorded it?

My one-liner this week was from the famous Mary Schmich column in the Chicago Tribune where she wrote the commencement speech she would deliver if she were asked to delivered one, which was turned into a song by Baz Luhrman. It was my annual day to remind everyone about sun safety, it also being the anniversary of the death of my stepfather Jack “Tex” Christian (Pat’s father), who died from melanoma on that date in 1992. As Mary Schmich said, wear sunscreen.

I was asked to tell ya’ll about the last concert I attended. For me, it was in 1992 when I happened to be in Toronto the same night as jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli was there giving a concert. My concert-going days came to a memorable conclusion.

I pointed out that The Friday Five is rapidly becoming The Friday Five Times Two, as I featured the ten songs my brother Kip came up with that Monday.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

My most recent battle, “Battle ‘Big Blue Diamonds’: Van Morrison vs. Percy Sledge” was won rather decisively by Percy Sledge, 9-1. The next battle is on July 15, and this time I promise I’ll get to everyone that’s doing a battle.

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The prompt was rain/rein/reign and I managed to get all three in to the post.

Nothing special is planned for this week. That doesn’t mean you won’t find a few extra posts in between all the usual stuff. You will, if I think of something.

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you soon!




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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Rain In Rein Falls Mainly On The Reign #socs

I have a pet peeve: it’s free rein, not free reign. “Free rein” is an equestrian term; the OED says it means “a rein held loosely to allow a horse free motion; the freedom that this gives a horse.” When applied to humans, it means “autonomy,” as in “You have free rein to go where you want to.”

Sorry to go all Sister Mary Antagonista on you, but man! Drives me nuts.

Anyway…

As for “rain,” everyone knows by now about my YouTube “Rain” playlist, so we don’t have to talk about that. We’ve been having some incredible rain this week, thanks to Tropical Storm Cindy, which hasn’t caused as much damage as we believed it would. The forecast for here tells us the remnants of Cindy are going to join forces with an incoming cold front tonight, and the results could be exciting, as in “hurry up and get in the basement.”

(I probably should mention I’m writing this on Friday afternoon, because I’m at Starbucks and Linda has been kind enough to get the prompt out there early enough)

Has anyone else noticed that TV meteorologists get really excited when there’s severe weather and they get a chance to show off all their tools? We missed most of Jeopardy! last night because there was the threat of tornadoes in a county about fifty miles away from where we live. The guy was practically hopping up and down when he said, “we have to stay on the air with this until the storm passes!” Great. Let’s go watch The Munsters. Guess we’ll find out tonight who won yesterday.

It’s been a busy week. We had our six-month tooth cleanings on Monday, and it appears we’re in for a lot more time at the dentist than usual. Oh, joy. On Tuesday, we had the roofer come out because, thanks to the heavy rain Monday, we seem to have a leak, and that will probably result in men climbing around on the roof and banging on it in the near future. I was back to physical therapy for more lymphatic drainage on Wednesday, because last year’s efforts didn’t last. I’ve got a different therapist this time, and we’ll see how well this lasts.

So, that’s it from my end…


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Friday, June 23, 2017

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Big Blue Diamonds” Results

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

A touch late, but here are the results from “Battle ‘Big Blue Diamonds’: Van Morrison vs. Percy Sledge”:

Van Morrison: 1
Percy Sledge: 9

Congratulations to Percy Sledge, and a pat on the back for Van Morrison.

We won’t be doing a Battle on July 1, on account of it being on Independence Day weekend. It looks like everyone is cutting back to one battle a month, and I haven’t decided whether I’ll do the same or keep doing two battles. I’ll leave it up to you, my readers: Do you like having two battles a month, or would you prefer just one? Let me know in the comments. In any event, the next Battle will be on July 15, when I’ll announce the consensus. See you then!




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The Friday Five (Times Two): Destination Songs By Kip

Response to Monday’s list of destination songs was remarkable. I got a ton of selections from you. My brother Kip, who doesn’t blog but can be found on Twitter, came up with a playlist of ten songs of his own, and it’s a good one, so I’m going to feature it this week. As I said recently, I might just rename this the Friday Five Times Two.

  1. Roger Miller, “England Swings” This was a hit for the King of the Road in late 1965, reaching #8 on the Hot 100, #3 on the Country chart, and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  2. James Taylor, “Mexico” Sweet Baby James recorded this one on his 1975 Gorilla album. As a single, it was a hit on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US (#5) and Canada (#8).
  3. Johnny Horton, “North To Alaska” There’s something I like about Johnny Horton, chief thing being his name is easy to spell. He did a lot of historical songs, including “Sink The Bismarck,” “The Battle of New Orleans,” and “Johnny Reb.” This was played over the opening credits of the 1960 movie of the same name, which starred John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian and Capucine. Johnny died in a car accident shortly after this song was released.
  4. Pablo Cruise, “I Go To Rio” Pablo Cruise only had a couple of hits, 1977’s “Whatcha Gonna Do?” (US #6, Canada #1) and 1978’s “Love Will Find A Way” (US #6, Canada #5). Kind of a shame, because they were a pretty good band. This came out as a single in 1979, and reached #46 in the US and #39 in Canada. A bit surprising, because I remember it being much more popular. Probably because 1978’s Worlds Away, the album it’s from, did so well (Gold in Canada and Australia, Platinum in the US, where it reached #6 on the Albums chart).
  5. Glen Campbell, “By The Time I get To Phoenix” Glen’s followup single to “Gentle On My Mind,” this reached #2 on the Country chart, #26 on the Hot 100, #12 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #1 on the Canadian Country chart.
  6. Albert Hammond, “It Never Rains In Southern California” Albert wrote a lot of hit records, including One Moment In Time” for Whitney Houston, “The Air That I Breathe” for The Hollies, “When I Need You” for Leo Sayer, and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” for Starship. He also wrote this for himself, which was the title track for his 1972 album. It reached #5 on the Hot 100, #2 on the Easy Listening and Cash Box 100 charts, and #2 in Canada.
  7. Marty Robbins, “El Paso” From his 1959 Platinum album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs album, this is the full version. The shortened version, which runs under three minutes because radio stations would explode if they played a song longer than that, reached #1 on the Country and Hot 100 charts and #19 in the UK. This is part of the “El Paso Trilogy,” the other two songs being “Feleena (From El Paso)” and “El Paso City”.
  8. Lefty Frizzell, “Saginaw, Michigan” The title track from his 1964 album, it reached #1 on the US Country chart that year. It was his last #1 single there. And, I checked, he’s actually from Corsicana, Texas.
  9. Johnny Cash, “Folsom Prison Blues” From 1968’s At Folsom Prison, this is one of Johnny’s signature songs. The album reached #1 on the Country Albums chart and went three times Platinum. He wrote it in 1953 and recorded it in 1955, and it reached #4 on the Country & Western chart then. The live version was released in 1968 and likewise went to #1, and won him the Grammy for Best Country & Western Performance, Male in 1969.
  10. Xavier Cugat, “Brazil” Recorded in 1943 with his Waldorf-Astoria orchestra and the Cugat Choir on vocals.

Thanks, Kip! And that’s your Friday Five (Times Two) for June 23, 2017.




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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: My Last Concert

As mnuch as I love music, I’m not a real concert kind of guy. I guess I’d rather sit home and listen to the recorded music. I think the last time I saw a concert was in 1992.

That time, I was in Toronto (Mississauga, actually) doing a training class. The Internet at the time consisted of America Online, which cost a fortune for “international” dialup, so spending much time on that was not a good idea. I had been to the mall across the street already, and there really wasn’t much else around, so I was prepared to spend a lot of time in my room watching TV.

I was reading the paper and find a story about Stephane Grappelli, who made musical history in the Thirties when he on violin and Django Reinhardt on guitar formed the Quintette du Hot Club de France with two other guitarists and a string bassist, the first jazz band made up solely of string musicians. A sample, the one I always pull out in situations like this, so those of you who have been following the blog for a while have already seen it.

At the end of the article, it mentioned that Grappelli would be playing the following evening at Massey Hall. I had no idea where Massey Hall was, but I knew I was going.

The next evening, I found Massey Hall, which is a pretty spectacular place in and of itself, and my seat therein, and a little after eight that evening, “Ladies and gentlemen, Stephane Grappelli.”

He walked out slowly, helped by a young man, with his guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli, and the bass player (whose name is lost in my memory) walking behind him. They sat him down in a chair, he pulled out his violin, and for the next two hours, it was the Hot Club in the Thirties again.

He still had it, sixty years later, as feeble as he might have been. Pizzarelli, while no Django, is a spectacular player himself, and did a solo version of “Nuages,” maybe Django’s best-known song. His last song was “Limehouse Blues,” and when he finished the young man who had walked him onto the stage carried him off as the crowd went wild. Of course, there was an encore, and when the group got resituated on the stage, Grappelli said “Thank you.” Someone in the audience gave the obligatory, “No, thank you.”

I left, knowing that I had seen and heard a piece of music history. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been to another concert.




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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#1LinerWeds from Mary Schmich

WEAR SUNSCREEN.

Summer stated yesterday, and in typical fashion for here, it was overcast, rainy, and cool. Anyway, Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune wrote a column twenty years ago where she imagined what she would say to a graduating class were she asked to do so. Somehow, it got around that Kurt Vonnegut had delivered it at MIT that year. When someone wanted to license it, they contacted him, and he admitted that he hadn’t written the speech, but he wished he had.

Australian producer/director/screenwriter Baz Luhrman turned it into a song, “Everyone’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” in 1999.

This is also my annual “nag people about wearing sunscreen” day. If you’ve ever seen anyone suffer the affects of melanoma, a particularly virulent form of skin cancer, you’ll understand. If you haven’t, trust me, it’s awful. It’s linked directly with unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB rays from either the sun or from a tanning bed. Yes, a suntan is attractive, but it’s not worth putting your life at risk. Wear sunscreen with a high SPF (Jennifer Garner has been advertising one by Neutrogena that has an SPF of 100), wear a good hat (with a brim that shields your ears), and limit as much as possible your exposure to the sun.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Two for Tuesday: Helen Reddy

I can hear the moaning all the way over here. “Oh God, not Helen Reddy!” Well, she did manage four songs in the Top Ten during my high school years, including two Number Ones, one of which was “I Am Woman”, which became an anthem for the Women’s Liberation movememt, even though it wasn’t actually written with that in mind, as Ms. Reddy said whenever she was asked about it, claiming that it was more about empowerment and that Women’s Lib was just part of the reason she wrote it. The Blogger’s Best Friend tells us that, in 2002, she said of the song, “To this day I get mail from women who say, I went to law school because of your song. But I would hate to think out of the wide spectrum of things I have done in my career, that’s all I would be remembered for.”

So let’s remember her for her other big songs in the early Seventies. First up, “Delta Dawn,” which reached the Top Ten in August 1973 and stayed there for eight weeks, peaking at #1.

Stepping outside the parameters I’ve drawn (it’s my blog, after all), “Angie Baby,” her next big hit was released in October 1974, reached the Top Ten on November 30, and hit #1 on December 28. The lyrics, by Alan O’Day, are a little dark, but I think this might have been her best song from the period.

Helen’s popularity fell rapidly after 1976, with only one song, a remake of Cilla Black’s “You’re My World,” reaching the Top 40 (#18). She retired from performing in 2002, but returned to the stage for her sister’s birthday in 2012. Sadly, she was treated for symptoms of dementia in 2015 and has retired for good.

Helen Reddy, your Two for Tuesday, June 20, 2017.




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Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Locations!

Okay, I’ve gone a little overboard, again, as usual, but did I ever have fun doing it. My good friend Mary over at Jingle Jangle Jungle dared us to come up with songs with destinations in the title. Here are eleven (count ’em, 11) of them.

  1. Muddy Waters, “Kansas City” I was going to use Wilbert Harrison’s version from 1959, but I like this one so much better. Featuring the great band Muddy assembled in the mid-Seventies: Bob Margolin (first solo) and Lonnie “Guitar Jr.” Johnson (second solo), guitars; Jerry Portnoy, harmonica; “Pinetop” Perkins, piano and vocal; Calvin Jones, bass; and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, drums.
  2. Sting, “Englishman in New York” From his 1987 album …Nothing Like The Sun, with Branford Marsalis on soprano sax. The elderly gentleman in the video is Quentin Crisp, author of 1968’s The Naked Civil Servant.
  3. JJ Cale, “New Orleans” From his 1990 album Travel-Log, one of my favorite albums of all time.
  4. Bireli Lagrene, “Senegal” Gypsy jazz guitarist Lagrene is best known for his ability to play almost like the amazing Django Reinhardt, but he recorded Foreign Affairs in 1990 to show he had an electric side. The album has faded into obscurity, but as one of the people who bought it (twice, as a matter of fact, on cassette and CD), I can tell you it’s amazing and “Senegal” is one reason.
  5. The Ides Of March, “LA Goodbye” Did very well as a single in the Chicago area (the Ides are from west suburban Berwyn), but virtually nowhere else, in 1971.
  6. Tony Bennett, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” A classic by Mr. Bennett, who is most emphatically not joined by Lady Gaga on this recording.
  7. Redbone, “Witch Queen of New Orleans” Do you realize it was only recently that I learned it was Redbone who did this one? Great song, and I know that’s two songs about New Orleans…
  8. “Scotland The Brave” Not sure what pipe band did this one, but it’s a classic tune and one that every piper needs to know how to play. I’m serious, it’s in the rules.
  9. Murray Head, “One Night In Bangkok” From the 1984 concept album Chess, written by Benny Andersson and Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus of ABBA, with lyrics by Tim Rice. This is the only good song from it, as far as I can tell.
  10. Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin, and others, “Sweet Home Chicago” Someone would have my head if I didn’t include this one.
  11. The Amboy Dukes, “Journey To The Center Of The Mind” Not all destinations are external, after all. Sixteen-year-old Ted Nugent plays the guitar on this one.

If you think of any that you would have added, let me know and I’ll add them. And that, at long last, is Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 19, 2017.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Father’s Day 2017 Week That Was

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A very happy Father’s Day to all you fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, uncles, priests and ministers, and anyone who plays father. Just for you guys, here are The Winstons from 1969.

Here’s the summary…

Monday was a freebie day, which I celebrated by choosing six songs from 1978, a year that’s important to me as I graduated and got married that year. And, in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve started building playlists when I have more than one or two videos. This way the pages should load a little quicker.

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Cher was my featured artist on Two for Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, I did the “thirty questions” meme because it looked like a lot of fun. And it was. Maybe I’ll come up with a similar meme and maybe it’ll go viral. You never know with me.

I selected this week’s one-liner from the movie Stripes, simply because it was on my mind. I also found an ancient cartoon for Ipana toothpaste, which sparked some conversation about toothpastes that no longer exist. Maybe one day I’ll do a thing on that.

I was insanely happy about someone from Comcast coming to the house and finally figuring out what the problems were with my Internet service, and more importantly, fixing them. The prompt word was “treat,” which is what Comcast did to my connection to the Internet, so that was what I wrote about. Simple things make all the difference sometimes.

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I’ll be announcing the winner of this week’s battle on Thursday, so be sure and get your vote in before then. The song is “Big Blue Diamonds” and the contestants are Van Morrison and Percy Sledge, who has a big lead as I write this.

I hadn’t featured your choices of car songs from Memorial Day’s Monday’s Music Moves Me, so I rectified the situation as well as adding three more of my own. The other nice thing about playlists is I can keep adding on to them.

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TV freak that I am, when I saw that the prompt for the day was “sign,” I immediately thought of sign ons and sign offs, something that TV stations no longer do, as they broadcast continuously. If they don’t have material, they buy a few infomercials and show those. There were some good stories in the comments about your experiences with falling asleep and being awakened by the 400 Hz tone or by the hiss of static as the “ant races” take place. Later TV’s suppressed the noise so all you had was the visual.

All your favorite regular features will return, and maybe I’ll have a few other goodies for you.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

We Now Conclude Our Broadcast Day #socs

It wasn’t that long ago that TV stations in the United States, and probably the rest of the world, had a definite broadcast day. The station would fired up its transmitter in the morning and sign on, then at night they would sign off and turn the transmitter off. In the early days, stations might sign on and off several times during the day, maybe sign on at 7 AM and off at 10 AM, then on at noon and off at 3 PM, then on at 6 PM and stay on until sometime after midnight. Gradually, stations would sign on once in the morning and stay on all day, signing off in the early morning hours the day after.

Here is a sign off from WBBM Channel 2 Chicago from the late Seventies.

The signoff was like the station saying, “TV’s over for today, go to bed.” If you fell asleep with the TV on, you woke up either to the color bars or static, i.e. the “ant races.”

Now, stations are on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (366 in leap years) and sign ons and sign offs are an oddity from the past, of interest only to weird people like me.


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