Two For Tuesday: Lalo Schifrin (Encore Presentation)

An encore performance from May 2014, before most of you were reading.

Boris Claudio “Lalo” Schifrin is a pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He’s written the score for close to 200 movies (most notably the Dirty Harry films) and the theme music for a dozen TV shows, including The Man From U. N. C. L. E., Starsky & Hutch, The Big Valley, and T. H. E. Cat. He has received four Grammy Awards (out of twenty-one nominations), one Cable ACE Award, six Academy Award nominations, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mary says that a great TV show needs a great theme, and Lalo has written a few. Today, I want to feature two of my favorite TV themes, both written by Lalo, both great tunes in their own right. The first is the “Theme from Mission: Impossible,” which ran from 1966 to 1973 and starred Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Greg Morris, and Barbara Bain.

The second tune is the “Theme from Mannix,” which ran from 1967 to 1975 and starred Mike Connors and the beautiful Gail Fisher.

Lalo’s website is here.

Lalo Schifrin, your Two for Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

Share Your World For 9/16/19

Melanie runs the “Share Your World” (or SYW) blog hop, and I started doing it last week. I was under the impression that the questions came out on Tuesday, but I guess they come out Monday. So I’m doing this on Monday, but you won’t see it until Tuesday, which hereinafter will be the day I post my answers. (How’s that for a $10 word?) Okay? Okay!

Anyway, there are a bunch more questions than usual this week. This first batch is from Rory, who I haven’t met yet.

Are we losing the art of listening in comparison to simply hearing? I think so. There’s so much out there to hear (which includes things posted on Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the antisocial media) that after a while it all becomes a wall of words. There are days that I yearn for the good old days, before this computer madness. Not that everything the Internet brings us is bad, but a lot of it is less than edifying. And, as I have said frequently, much of the noise is coming from people who, if not for the Internet, would be muttering to themselves in the back of a bus.

How often do you openly discuss with friends or here in WP with your readership topics that make you feel uncomfortable or may be taboo or stigma laden? Never. This is my blog, I don’t have to talk about anything I don’t wanna. The only social responsibility this blog has is to entertain and inform, and the latter happens pretty much by accident.

Do you think that these discussions should be freely discussed and written about more? That’s up to the person writing the blog or who wants to lead the discussion. As for me, I prefer to wander away from those sorts of discussions.

Did you have a nickname as a child and if so, what was [or what is it now]? My family calls me Johnny. I think it was to distinguish between me and my grandfather, though I doubt that was necessary.

Why is there still ‘stuff’ we simply just don’t understand despite our progressive world? That’s our nature. I don’t think we want to understand everything, and I think it’s because we hope there’s something more beyond our realm of understanding. We need something to strive for, and need to believe that this isn’t all there is. From 1969, Miss Peggy Lee, “Is That All There Is?”

Now a question from Leslie, who I thought repeated a question from last week.

Would you rather double your height or lose half your weight? (In response to last week’s double your weight, half your height query). If I was half my weight, I’d be the happiest man on earth, because I weigh twice what I should.

Roger Shipp had a good question.

What is your most essential kitchen tool? (Can be a person you know. For the non-cooks in the crowd). I would have to say Mary, because she can do the cooking I can’t anymore.

And now, the Gratitude Question:

Who is one blogger you really admire and why? All of them. I can’t choose, and don’t want to. You’re all good, and it’s an honor to share the Internet with you.

To quote two of my favorite cartoon characters, Heckle and Jeckle, “Tally ho and away we go! See you next week with a brand new show!”

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 31: By The Numbers!

Time once again for Laura Venturini’s Weekly Song Challenge! If you’re not familiar with this particular blog hop, or think you might like to participate, here are

The Rules

  • Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people to participate!

The Songs

All the songs have a numerical theme this week!

Post a video of a song by a band with a number in their name. The Dave Clark 5, “Bits And Pieces”

Post a song by a one-hit wonder. Ace, “How Long”

Post a video of a song that has a number in lyrics and/or title. The Presidents, “5-10-15-20-25-30 Years Of Love”

Your Turn!

If you’re reading this, you’re tagged (if you want to be). Let’s see what you come up with!

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Farm Aid

This week’s assignment is to deliver a playlist of songs by artists who have appeared at Farm Aid, which started in 1985 and has had a host of musical guests over the years. Here are just a few of them.

  1. B. B. King, “To Know You Is To Love You” B. B. was at the inaugural Farm Aid concert in 1985.
  2. Loretta Lynn, “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” (with Conway Twitty) Loretta was also at the 1985 concert.
  3. Steppenwolf, “Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam” Steppenwolf was at the 1987 concert. Considering that Willie Nelson is one of the organizers of Farm Aid, I thought this song was appropriate.
  4. Elton John, “I’m Still Standing” Elton was there in 1990, which is kind of a surprise. You don’t just put Elton and farmers together.
  5. Ringo Starr, “Back Off Boogaloo” Ringo is another surprise, but he was there in 1993.
  6. Dwight Yoakam, “Streets of Bakersfield” (with Buck Owens) Also at Farm Aid in 1993, Dwight keeps the Bakersfield Sound alive.
  7. John Fogerty, “The Old Man Down The Road” John was there in 1997, which is no surprise at all.
  8. Travis Tritt, “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” One of the roads near us in Cobb County, Georgia is Post Oak Tritt Road. When Mary first heard that, she wondered “what’s a Tritt?” Travis’s family owned a lot of land here, including where we currently live. He’s a graduate of nearby Sprayberry High School, also on what was his family’s land.
  9. Jerry Lee Lewis, “Boogie Woogie Country Man” Jerry played the concert in 2004.
  10. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “St. James Infirmary” The Preservation Hall band played the concert in 2014.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 16, 2019.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.