Sunday, April 19, 2015

a lost linky feeling and floor needs sweeping

I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my broom gently weeps

I don’t pay enough attention to the floor, the dust and a multitude of general maintenance issues all around me. Why I find blogging easier than sweeping or cleaning, I’m not sure. It might have to do with being lazy.

I’ve lost that linky feeling that blogging provided. At least I’ve never lost that loving feline. I’ve never had a pet cat to lose. They say we are creatures of habit. I would say creatures of short habits.

I look at the world and I notice it's turning

I don't know how you were diverted (probably Facebook)
You were perverted too (Facebook again)
I don't know why you were inverted (your smartphone)
No one alerted you

Thanks everyone, I’m taking a long break from this. All the best and lighten up.

Monday, April 13, 2015

whole lotta music history on youtube

Nobody warned me that phrases used in my young days would have new undesirable meaning in my later years. Not that you really need a warning for such a change but I wasn’t expecting it.

For example, Jerry Lee Lewis had a hot hit with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”.

Back when my head of hair was dark, a whole lotta shakin’ would be a great thing involving girls. Now, this white hair guy thinks of nervous disorders that afflict too many aging people when I hear that phrase. I don’t imagine doctors joke about a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on in their explanation of their diagnosis.

While listening to my Itunes, the Jerry Lee Lewis song popped up. This post started with the idea of using whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on but before I finished researching various trails and tangents I ended up at “the day the music died”.

Another hit Jerry Lee had was his cover of the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace”. Chantilly lace is fine along with a pony tail hanging down, a wiggle in a walk. But I would not want any great balls of fire.

Big Bopper doing Chantilly Lace

My research uncovered a response song to “Chantilly Lace”. You might remember the song was the male end of a phone call (back when phones were used to talk on) between a guy and a girl. The response song was the girl calling the operator to connect with the guy. The Big Bopper wrote both songs apparently.

Now even I am not old enough to remember ever connecting my call via an operator vs. direct dialing (oh I do remember needing to turn the dial). The Big Bopper didn’t live long enough to hear this response song titled, “Bopper 486609” played on the radio. “The day the music died” happened on Feb. 3, 1959 just before this song was going to release. Buddy Holly, and Richie Valens also died in that single engine Beech Bonanza plane crash.

The Big Bopper’s son, Big Bopper Jr. like his dad sang and played rock-n-roll. My wife and I saw him perform in a tribute concert at the same venue that his dad in the 50’s had played at, the Willowbrook Ballroom. We have seen it there twice. The tribute tour is called “Winterdance Party Tour”. It was organized by John Mueller who plays Buddy Holly. There is also a Richie Valens impersonator.

Here’s a clip about the tribute tour and you’ll notice the Willowbrook Ballroom sign at the beginning (about the 1:19 point).

A sad note - Big Booper Jr. died in 2013.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Fragments of the shorter kind

More posts of the fragmented nature can be found at Mrs. 4444’s blog.

Not much for my Friday Fragment post this time. I just want to report on a funky discovery I made on youtube. As I have mentioned before, youtube is great for looking up oldies and covers of oldies. Many of the descriptions provide good background info and even lyrics occasionally.

A few of you might remember Sly and Family Stone. I enjoyed many of their songs but I don’t recall owning any of their albums. Had I owned these albums I would have already known the odd/funny spelling/word choice for a hit song title: Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Thank you for the party
But I could never stay
Many thangs is on my mind
Words in the way
I want to thank you falettinme
Be mice elf agin
Thank you falettinme
Be mice elf agin

I tried this change your yearbook pic site once

Back when I was still enjoying the newness of FB, I found a site that would easily change a normal picture to something odd. I didn’t really use the resulting photo. But for some unknown reason I saved it. Actually I saved two of them.

So while I’m not very funky
I do want to
Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Half-Past Kissin' Time

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