Thursday, August 31, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: It Helps To Actually Read Things…

Yesterday I mentioned that Amazon put out a message to its Kindle users that started with this…

For the past few years, Amazon has supported several features on this site and on Goodreads (an Amazon company) that provide the same service—helping readers keep track of their reading and share their thoughts about books with other readers. We’re now merging these features and focusing our efforts on creating a great experience for readers on a single service: Goodreads.

Please note that your Kindle profile, book lists, and notes and highlights will no longer be accessible via kindle.amazon.com after August 31, 2017. (You’ll find all the notes and highlights you’ve made over the years with Kindle at read.amazon.com/notebook.)

At first glance, I thought this was telling me that they would be putting the list of all the books in my library as well as my notes and highlights on Goodreads, and I would have to join that site (something I’ve done in the past and always ended up deleting my account) if I wanted any of it. Not wanting to join Goodreads, but worried I’d lose things I wanted to keep, I signed up for it.

Then I got to reading the post again, and realized, no, I really didn’t have to join Goodreads. The notes and highlights simply moved to another place on Amazon’s site. If I wanted to share them with anyone, it would be my responsibility to cut-and-paste over there. Amazon wasn’t going to automatically move the list of all my books over there, but they did provide a way to download the contents of my Kindle library (titles, authors, etc.) if I wanted to join Goodreads, in spreadsheet format no less (something I’ve been asking for since buying my first Kindle, as well as hundreds of other Kindle users, and something Amazon has told us was “in the works” for just as long). Of course, they also said that the tool would only be around until the end of today, meaning you have about eight hours to get your spreadsheet if you want it (and who wouldn’t?). I can do all kinds of things with a CSV file (a text version of the spreadsheet): load it into OpenOffice or Google Sheets, even build a MySQL database with the data.

That will come in handy, because we have several thousand books in our library, about 10% of which I’ve either read or bought with the intention of reading but never got to, because for a long time we had one functioning Kindle and it was never “my turn” to read (or, more likely, wasn’t interested when it was). Amazon is already recommending Regency romances to me; I don’t need the same recommendations coming from another site.

Plus, I’m pretty well up to my eyeballs in social media as it stands. I really don’t need any more. I have a hard enough time with the ones I’ve got.

I realize I must have misled many of you yesterday, for which I apologize. I’m off to delete my Goodreads account. Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty I’m free at last!

This week’s assignment was to write a post that ended with the word “last.”




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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

#1LinerWeds about Facebook

Amazon announced the other day that some of its features, such as booklists, notes, and highlights will be moving to Goodreads and will no longer be available on Amazon’s Kindle site after August 31 (i.e. tomorrow). I’ve tried Goodreads in the past, and I don’t have much use for it. One silver lining to all of this is that, in order to facilitate the move, Amazon is offering, at long last, a mechanism for unloading a list of the contents of your Kindle library to a .csv file that can be imported into Goodreads, or for that matter opened in Excel or OpenOffice or be loaded into a MySQL database. I say “at long last” because we’ve only been asking for that functionality for as many years as the Kindle has been around.

I have been wanting this for some time, because Mary and I share a rather large Kindle library and roughly 90% of the books in it are books she has bought, and I’ve managed, for one reason or another, to lose track of the books that I’ve added to it. Now I can find them. Huzzah!

Today’s one-liner comes from a freebie (I’m pretty sure, anyway) I can’t remember downloading (I’m sure Mary didn’t).

Be sure and get your booklist from Amazon by tomorrow, because I’m sure that the tool magically disappears after that.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Two For Tuesday: #1 – The Carpenters (High School Days)

During my high school days (June 1970-September 1974), Karen and Richard Carpenter dominated the airwaves, and spent a whopping 71 weeks in the Top Ten. They were one of the early Two For Tuesdays, and as I said then, “A lot of times you don’t realize how much you like a group’s music until many years later.”

Ten of their songs reached the Top Ten over the period, but oddly only two of them peaked at #1. The first was “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Released in May 1970, it reached the Top Ten on July 11 and was the #1 song in the country two weeks later. It spent a total of eleven weeks in the Top Ten.

Their other #1 was “Top Of The World,” a country-pop song written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. From their 1972 album A Song For You, they hadn’t intended on releasing it as a single until Lynn Anderson recorded the song in June 1973 and it rose to #2 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. They released their version on September 19, it entered the Top Ten on November 10 and reached #1 on December 1, spending two weeks there. It spent eight weeks in the Top Ten.

The Carpenters, your Two For Tuesday, August 29, 2017. And, that’s a wrap on the “High School Days” theme. Next week, we start a new series, “The Baby Boom Years: 1946-1964.”




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Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Dance Moves!

Let me preface this by saying I am not a dancer (and Marie, don’t try and tell me I am). I detail my misadventures on the dance floor here in a piece I wrote for the 2012 A to Z Challenge. That said, here are eleven songs about dances and moves.

  1. Traveling Wilburys, “Wilbury Twist” The last song on The Traveling Wilburys’ second album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3. John Candy makes a cameo appearance here.
  2. Rolling Stones, “Harlem Shuffle” The Stones covered this on their 1986 album Dirty Work. It was done originally by the duo Bob & Earl in 1963.
  3. The Blues Brothers featuring Ray Charles, “Shake A Tail Feather” I’ve actually walked past the building with the mural on it, on East 47th Street in Chicago, though I don’t think it was a pawn shop. From the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers, as if I had to tell you.
  4. Rufus Thomas, “Do The Funky Chicken” Come on, you and I both know you can’t talk about songs with dances in the title and not talk about Rufus. Taken from the 1972 movie Wattstax.
  5. Chubby Checker, “Limbo Rock” Chubby’s pretty famous for his songs about dance moves, especially “The Twist,” so I thought I shouldn’t do that one. This was almost as popular.
  6. Cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Time Warp” I first heard this on a Dr. Demento album long before I saw the video for it, and the rest is history.
  7. PSY, “Gangnam Style” Might not be a dance per se, but there’s tons of dancing in this and it’s been watched close to three billion times, so I’m counting it. The young lady in the video is Hyuna, from the K-Pop group 4Minute, in case you were curious (I was).
  8. Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers, “Monster Mash” The classic Hallowe’en song that was recorded in May 1962 and released 55 years ago last Friday.
  9. Los Del Rio, “Macarena” The song we all love to hate, this was really popular in 1996 and made temporary stars of Los Del Rio.
  10. Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5” A hilarious, and somewhat culturally-insensitive, take-off on this song can be found here.
  11. Frankie Yankovic, “Beer Barrel Polka” I’m from Chicago, Mary (who’s Lithuanian) played the accordion, my sister-in-law is Polish, I had to do a polka, even though, as my sister-in-law would tell you, the polka is not a Polish dance and Yankovic isn’t Polish, either (he’s Slovene).

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 28, 2017.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The End-Of-August Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Post-Tens by Post Cereals.

Those variety packs were a real gyp. Out of ten cereals, maybe two were good (i.e. loaded with sugar) and the other eight were like Shredded Wheat and high-fiber cereals. Now, of course, the high-fiber cereals appeal to me, but not necessarily because of the taste.

The Week That Was

I was out on Facebook the other day, and there was this meme that said, “Can we guess what quote is written on your heart?” Here’s mine:

My comment was, “And yet, here I am on Facebook….”

Here’s the week in review.

Freebie week, so I played your suggestions from the week before, which as you recall was songs with men’s names in the title. There are many more songs with women’s names in them, probably because most songwriters are men, but there are still plenty with men’s names. Tomorrow, I talk songs with dances in the title.

There was no Manic Monday this past week, because I think Sandi was tied up in real life. I hope there’s one tomorrow; that’s a lot of fun. Anyway, Sandi, if you’re reading this, hope things are getting done and you’re holding it together.

Featured the other band that was #2 on my list of artists that spent the most time in the Top 10 during my high school years, Three Dog Night. Tomorrow, we feature the artist or band that was #1 in time spent in the Top 10, and I bet you can guess who it is.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

In the “Rat Pack” Battle, which pitted Dean Martin against Frank Sinatra, Deano won by a comfortable margin. Many of you voters made it clear no one did the song like Glen Campbell, which is absolutely true, but I also pointed out that Glen did it like Johnny Rivers.

I saw something on Facebook that made me laugh and appealed to the writer in each of us. Those signs where you have to slide the letters in to form the words are lots of fun, especially when some jolly joker decides to move the letters around to say something funny. I don’t think that happened in this case, but it’s one of those signs. I notice, by the way, that the commercials I add to One-Liner Wednesday and Stream of Consciousness Satuday get a lot of attention. That makes me happy, for some unknown reason.

Also on Wednesday, I mentioned that I had read that it was the 55th anniversary of the first international broadcast to be carried via the Telstar communications satellite. While that date was off by a month, I saw no reason not to talk about it, because it gave me an excuse to replay that broadcast and The Tornados’ 1962 record “Telstar.”

I had to write a post in exactly 9 lines, or in my case sentences (sometimes very long sentences), and talked about how I missed the days of limited TV offerings, when stations signed off at night and on in the morning and most of the day was dedicated to entertainment as opposed to news, infomercials, and shows with episodes with names like “Who’s My Baby’s Daddy?”

I played the Top 10 songs from 1954, because I happened to find several posts on Pinterest that had the Top 10 from 1954. I wasn’t born until March 1956, but I remembered all the songs from my parents playing them. I’m happy that you enjoyed them, at least those of you who left a comment. I’m getting warmed up for my next Two for Tuesday series, music that was popular while the Baby Boomers were being born, from 1946 to 1964, and ’54 was more or less in the middle.

The prompt was to start the post with the word “when,” and it just sort of got out of hand after that. It was fun.

I have a busy day tomorrow, where I swap my compression garment for a longer one that hopefully keeps the swelling in my lower leg to a minimum (if not, we’ll do it again), then visit my friendly neighborhood periodontist to see how the gap left by the extraction is coming along. I don’t believe he’ll be cutting through my gums to see the implant, but I’m prepared for that. As such, I’m working on getting as many things done today as I can. That means getting things finished through Wednesday. I don’t plan any major surprises for this week, but ya never know.

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




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Saturday, August 26, 2017

When My Stream Of Consciousness Gets Carried Away #socs

When I saw that today’s prompt was “when,” I immediately thought of WHEN, AM 620 in Syracuse, New York. Their primary claim to fame is that they set the Emergency Broadcast System test script to music. The FCC was not happy about it.

That jingle was evidently produced by Jerry Moss, the “M” in A&M Records. The “A,” of course, is Herb Alpert.

WHEN is now part of iHeartMedia playing urban contemporary music (i.e. rap and hip-hop). A fan put together a tribute page to remember what WHEN used to sound like. Although there’s no music there. But I would guess that in the late Sixties they played this, which starts with the word “when.”

That of course was from Hair, a/k/a “The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”

And that makes me think of Hairspray, which was originally a movie starring Divine, then it was turned into a musical, then a movie of the musical starring Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta as her mother.

The same thing happened to The Producers, originally a movie starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, then a musical with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, which was then made into a movie starring Lane, Broderick, and Will Ferrell.

And that… never mind, I’d better stop there…


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Friday, August 25, 2017

The Friday 5×2: Top Ten Hits From 1954

You’re probably wondering “how the H-E-double hockey sticks did John come up with this one?”

Normally, when I do one of these survey posts, I either look at Oldiesloon or The Blogger’s Best Friend to find the survey and then run out to YouTube and build the playlist. This time, I went to Pinterest, where I find a lot of surveys from different cities, and saw there were several that shared the Top 10 from 1954. It was as though Pinterest was speaking to me. Then I remembered that my parents were married in 1954, and that settled it.

All of the songs in today’s playlist come courtesy of YouTube user MusicProf78, who has loaded a fantastic amount of music from 1929 through 1964 out there. His work will come in handy with my next series on Two For Tuesday. If you like this kind of music, why not subscribe to his channel?

#10: Archie Bleyer, “Hernando’s Hideaway” The song was written by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler for the Broadway musical The Pajama Game. Bleyer’s was the most successful recording of the song, reaching #2 on the Billboard chart in 1954. I’d like to think it’s because of the maracas…
#9: Doris Day, “Secret Love” The song is from the 1953 film Calamity Jane, where it was introduced by the lovely Miss Day. It was written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster. The song was released in October 1953, reached the Top 20 in January 1954, and reached #1 in February. The song was nominated for and won an Academy Award that year.
#8: The Four Aces, “Three Coins In The Fountain” Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn for the 1954 film of the same name starring Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, and Louis Jourdan. Frank Sinatra’s recording reached #1 in the UK, while The Four Aces’ record reached #1 in the US. They were backed by the Jack Pleis Orchestra.
#7: The Four Knights, “I Get So Lonely (Oh Baby Mine)” Written in 1953 by Pat Ballard, The Four Knights’ record was the most successful, reaching #3 in the US and #4 in the UK.
#6: Eddie Fisher, “O My Papa” A German Song (“O, Mein Papa”) written by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard in 1939 for the musical Der Schwarze Hecht (The Black Pike). Eddie’s recording, backed by the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra, reached #1 in the US and made the Top 10 in the UK, while trumpeter Eddie Calvert’s reached #1 in the UK and the Top 10 in the US. Calvert’s was the first #1 recorded at Abbey Road Studios, while Fisher married Debbie Reynolds the following year.
#5: Jo Stafford, “Make Love To Me” This song was written by Bill Norvas, Alan Copeland, and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings (Leon Rappalo, Ben Pollack, George Brunies, Mel Stitzel, and Walter Melrose). It was based on the 1923 song “Tin Roof Blues” by the aforementioned New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Miss Stafford’s version was released in late 1953 and the #1 spot on the chart alternated between it and Doris Day’s “Secret Love,” above.
#4: The Crew-Cuts, “Sh-Boom” Sometimes called “Life Could Be A Dream,” this was written by James Keyes, Claude Feaster, Carl Feaster, Floyd F. McRae, and James Edwards of the R&B group The Chords, who also recorded it and saw it reach #1 in 1954. The Crew-Cuts were a Canadian quartet, and judging by their picture on Wikipedia, none of them actually had a crew cut.
#3: Rosemary Clooney, “Hey There” The second song from The Pajama Game to make 1954’s Top 10, which should tell you something. It was introduced by John Raitt (Bonnie’s dad) in the show. Sammy Davis Jr. had a recording around the same time that reached #16, but Miss Clooney’s was the one to reach #1. Son Miguel was born early in 1955, in case you were wondering…
#2: Perry Como, “Wanted” Written by Jack Fulton and Lois Steele, Perry recorded this in late 1953, accompanied by Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra (again), and it reached #1 in April and spent eight weeks there.
#1: Kitty Kallen, “Little Things Mean A Lot” Written in 1953 by Edith Lindeman and Carl Stutz, Miss Kallen had a #1 in the US (on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts) for nine weeks starting in June 1954, and also reached #1 in the UK.

Hope you enjoyed this flashback to 1954. That’s The Friday 5×2 for August 25, 2017.




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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: Nine Lines On The Boob Tube

The other day, Calensariel and I had a conversation about a couple of old TV shows that would come on after school, Where The Action Is! on ABC and The Lloyd Thaxton Show on NBC. I commented that this was “back when the only daytime talk show was Virginia Graham’s and the news was on from 6 to 7, PERIOD,” and she said, “I think we were more mentally healthy then!”

I miss the days when TV stations were independent and they saw their mission as entertaining their audience. Between when the station signed on in the morning and signed off after the late movie, we were treated to an array of sitcoms, game shows, soap operas, movies, kids’ shows, primetime programming, sporting events, and late-night talk shows. News was kept to a minimum, maybe during commercial breaks in the morning, a half-hour at noon, an hour of local and national news at 6 PM, a half-hour at 10 PM (11 PM Eastern), and maybe 15 minutes between the end of the late movie and the sermonette, after which the station signed off the air with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” their way of saying “TV’s over for today, go to bed.”

Now, there are hundreds of TV stations broadcasting 24/365, and the local stations are all being operated from somewhere else. The focus is on quantity, not quality, and as cheaply as possible. There are stations for almost every interest out there, not to mention Netflix and Hulu and other streaming services of that ilk, and we spend our time flipping from one channel to the next for hours at a time, looking for something that looks like it might be interesting, eventually shutting the damn thing off when we tire of looking for entertainment, too late for a good night’s sleep, our heads spinning with the sheer volume of images we’ve seen, unable to rest because of hours spent staring at the blue light emanating from the electronic screen.

She was right: we were more mentally healthy then.

The prompt was to write a post in nine lines. It was hard, but I did it…




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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A (Sort Of) Anniversary

I saw on a blog that today was the 55th anniversary of the first international broadcast via the communications satellite Telstar. Further research showed that the first broadcast was actually on July 23, but by then I had already planned on doing this post.

Fifty-five years (and one month) ago today, the three US television networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC) produced a program that was beamed to the UK and the rest of Europe via Telstar, hosted by Walter Cronkite and featuring views of Niagara Falls, Cape Canaveral, Wrigley Field in Chicago during a game between the Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies (subsequently lost by the Cubs, 5-3), the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mount Rushmore, the World’s Fair in Seattle, and others. They only had a window of about 15 minutes to show all of this, since they hadn’t quite gotten the geosynchronous orbit thing right yet. What follows is a video of that historic broadcast with commentary by Bill Turner, Station Manager at KOTA-TV in Rapid City, South Dakota on that day. His comments take up most of the first ten minutes of the video.

Later that year, the British instrumental rock group The Tornadoes recorded “Telstar,” which by December topped both the US and UK charts.

Any excuse to play that song…




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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

In our last battle, we sent two members of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, head-to-head using Jimmy Webb’s beautiful “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” popularized by the late Glen Campbell in 1967. Here are the results.

Frank Sinatra: 7
Dean Martin: 11

Congratulations to Dean Martin and a pat on the back for Frank Sinatra.

Many of you said that Glen Campbell owned this song, that no one did it better than he did, and I agree: his version of the song is iconic. Interesting, though, that Glen’s was not the first recording of the song; Johnny Rivers recorded it first, in 1965. Here’s his version of the song. Being a Johnny Rivers fan, I have to say, while not as good as Glen’s, his version is pretty good. It’s from his 1966 album Changes.

My next battle will be on September 15, after which I’ll probably go back to the twice-weekly Battles. See you then!




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Two For Tuesday: #2 (tie) – Three Dog Night (High School Days)

I’ve written about Three Dog Night a lot here. They were the subject of a whole series here, them and the songwriters that wrote their biggest hits, last summer. They had eight top ten songs, including three #1’s, and spent a total of 47 weeks in the top ten, tying them with Elton John for #2 on the list.

Two of their three hits were featured in my earlier post; the third was “Joy To The World,” which spent eleven weeks in the top ten and reached #1 in April 1971.

“Shambala” was released in 1973. It entered the top ten on June 30 and spent six weeks there, peaking at #3 on July 28.

Three Dog Night, your Two for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.




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Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Your Men’s Names Songs

I didn’t think we’d have enough suggestions, but this week you came up with ten song suggestions, one band suggestion, and I came up with a song for that band and one additional song that was suggested by an artist you named, so we have twelve big songs here for this week. Albums didn’t have that many songs in the old days, so you got a lot of music here.

  1. ABBA, “Chiquitita” Not sure if Chiquitita is a man’s name, but I’ll take Birgit’s word for it.
  2. Elton John, “Daniel” Dan said it was probably self-serving, but it was a classic by Sir Elton.
  3. Elton John, “Levon” Dan’s suggestion brought this one to mind. As I pointed out a while back, “Levon” is “Novel” spelled backward, but really, it’s a great song. I did “Bennie and the Jets” last week for Two for Tuesday, but that’s another one.
  4. Johnny Cash, “A Boy Named Sue” Uncle Jack came up with this, and I thought it was perfect. The first time I heard it, hearing the 1000 Hz tone that blotted out the (for 1968) mild profanity made me just about jump out of my skin. Now the term “son of a bitch” (Shel Silverstein’s original words) is no big deal. Maybe it should be, I don’t know.
  5. Dion, “Abraham, Martin, and John” Janet thought of the next three. This came out in 1968, shortly after Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King were assassinated, and I still get a lump in my throat when I hear it. Particularly now.
  6. Toni Basil, “Mickey” Janet also thought of this, and yes, it’s annoying, but it really sold a lot of records, reaching #1 worldwide in 1982. The song was written as “Kitty” by the Australian songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, sort of the Scott Aitken Waterman of the Seventies, and Ms. Basil changed it so she could sing it.
  7. Genesis, “Jesus He Knows Me” From the band’s 1991 album We Can’t Dance, it’s a satirical piece that was inspired by the financial hijinks of televangelists such as Jim Bakker, Robert Tilton, and Jimmy Swaggart. This is the uncensored version, so careful playing it at work or when the kiddies are listening.
  8. The Beatles, “Hey Jude” Joey suggested this, and though it was probably my least favorite Beatles song (though it’s okay up until the nah-nah-nahs) it was probably their biggest hit, certainly one of their last. The flip side was the rocker “Revolution.”
  9. Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Louie, Louie” Joey mentioned Paul Revere in ther comment, and I couldn’t find a song named that anywhere, so I improvised, assuming she meant Paul Revere the musician. It’s not clear whether The Kingsmen or Paul Revere & The Raiders recorded “Louie, Louie” first, but both bands recorded it in the same studio in Oregon.
  10. Herman’s Hermits, “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” Suggested by Mary B, this evidently was an old English music hall song, written by Fred Murray and R. P. Weston in 1910 and originally popularized by Harry Champion. When Herman and the boys recorded it in 1965, it became the fastest-selling record in history.
  11. Jimmy Dean, “Big Bad John” Another of those songs I heard a lot when I was a kid, also suggested by Mary. Jimmy’s probably better known for pork sausage now, but he was a hell of a singer in his day.
  12. Murray McLauchlan, “Me and Joey” Arlee gave us this one. Murray was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada when he was five, living in a suburb of Toronto. He plays guitar, piano, and harmonica, and was the second singer-songwriter on True North Records, the first being Bruce Cockburn.

And that about wraps it up. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 21, 2017.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Pre-Eclipse Week That Was

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The Week That Was

Busy week last week: I picked up my compression garment on Monday, which fits well, is easier to put on than the old ones, provides more pressure to prevent a recurrence of my lymphedema issues, and that I just like better. It’s a little too short, so they ordered me an extender to cover the top of the calf (just below the knee). I had my tooth pulled and the first part of the implant installed, and I haven’t needed the heavy-duty pain medication, which makes me happy. Prescription-strength naproxen (Aleve) has been more than sufficient. I now have a gaping hole where #20 used to be and an appointment for a week from tomorrow for Dr. Silverstein to check how things are going.

Tomorrow, of course, is the big eclipse everyone’s been looking forward to. I remember the one back in 1963 and all the terrifying ads about the danger of looking at the eclipse and being struck totally blind. MeTV had an article on their site this week about the Peanuts cartoons that led up to the ’63 event, and Kim Komando has a bunch of articles on her site.

Anyway, here’s the summary from last week…

The theme was “songs with men’s names in the title.” I have several suggestions from you and will feature them in tomorrow’s M4. I’m thinking of calling it 4000, since M is 1000 in Roman numerals (i.e. MMMM=4000).

The song title for Manic Monday was “In The Mood.” My essay started out with the sketch from The Carol Burnett Show where Carol, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Tim Conway did the song by clucking like chickens, which everyone seemed to enjoy, then launched into an essay where I explained that I might not be in the mood to write every day, but I show up anyway and usually find that puts me in the mood. That might be the biggest advantage to daily blogging.

I’m closing in on the end of my High School Days theme, and Tuesday’s twofer featured Elton John, who tied for second place in total number of weeks in the Top Ten during the early Seventies. The band he tied with will be featured this Tuesday.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

If you haven’t voted in my most recent Battle, which Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin go head-to-head covering Glen Campbell’s “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” time grows short. Be sure and cast your vote by midnight tomorrow.

The one-liner was from Scott Adams’s recent book again this week, and there’s a Kent cigarette commercial at the end, from the days before the FTC thought that taking cigarette ads off the air would keep kids from smoking. As someone who started smoking in high school (I’ve quit since then), I can tell you it didn’t.

Kat asked us to tell stories about our old neighborhood, and my essay was about Devon Avenue that included stops at the soda fountain, at the gay bath house (I didn’t take you inside, because of the vicious German Shepherd at the back door), and the dry cleaners operated by the parents of the first girl to steal my heart. Kip asked about other businesses along the way, and as I told him, the post could easily be several thousand words, and he’ll just have to wait for the book.

As I had been more focused on my tooth issues, I hadn’t given much thought to the 5×2, so I fell back on a survey post, this from WCFL on August 18, 1973. I compared their top ten to that of WLS to show you that, even though they were both surveys of the same city, they were different, occasionally quite a bit so.

I congratulated J-Dub on her badge being chosen as the new face of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, replacing mine, which now occupies my sidebar. Saturday’s theme word was “pant,” and the topics were Pantone’s new Prince color, the Panties of Righteousness, and heraldry.

I’m waiting on tomorrow’s song prompt for Manic Monday and the prompts for Kat’s Writer’s Workshop and Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, but you can probably guess there won’t be any surprises this week as far as the regular features are concerned. I may throw in a few extras, so stay tuned.

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




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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Prince, underwear, and heraldry #socs

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

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

Prince Purple!

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

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


Congratulations once again to J-Dub of J-Dub’s Grin and Bear It who designed the SoCS badge for 2017-2018!

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