Writer’s Workshop: Part of This Complete Breakfast!

We’ll return to this week’s Writers Workshop after these messages.

I like what they describe as a “complete breakfast” (or a “nutritious breakfast” or a “balanced breakfast”): a bowl of cereal, a glass of orange juice, a glass of milk, and two pieces of white toast with butter. That’s the way we ate back then, and somehow we avoided getting too fat. I know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I don’t think that means a bowl of Lucky Charms.

Mary and I went to visit some friends, Greg and Laura, in Minneapolis one weekend. Greg and I were in the pipe band together, and Laura and Mary suffered through the road trips with us. They met us at the airport, and he says to me, “hey, remember when we were kids and we’d sit in front of the TV eating Lucky Charms and watching cartoons on Saturday morning? Let’s do that again!” So we stopped at the grocery store on our way to their house and bought a box of Lucky Charms and a gallon of milk. The next morning, Saturday, we got up, turned on the TV and found Bugs Bunny, and each of us poured ourselves a bowl of Lucky Charms with milk. We sat down in front of the TV and took a bite of the Lucky Charms. And we looked at each other like, “we used to eat this stuff?” But we finished the whole box, anyway (it was a small box, so that meant about two bowls each). Can’t let good Lucky Charms go to waste. There are children starving in Africa, after all.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Tony Burrows Results

Just to refresh your memory: my last Battle of the Bands featured three songs done by three different bands, all of which had the same lead singer, Tony Burrows. Here are the results:

Edison Lighthouse, “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)”: 9

Brotherhood of Man, “United We Stand”: 1

The First Class, “Beach Baby”: 3

So, congratulations to the band calling itself Edison Lighthouse (according to Wikipedia, “Edison Lighthouse was named after the Eddystone Lighthouse off the coast of Devon. The band later dropped the Lighthouse and became just Edison.”), and kudos to Brotherhood of Man and The First Class.

Our next Battle of the Bands will take place on Saturday, June 1. See you then!

Left In A Comment Yesterday #1LinerWeds

I left this comment re the end of Game of Thrones on John Kraft’s blog yesterday:

I didn’t see any of “Game of Thrones,” and somehow I don’t think I missed anything.

I didn’t see the series finale of The Big Bang Theory and feel pretty much the same way.


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Two for Tuesday: Chris Standring (Encore Presentation)

Seems I should have run this last week: this was posted originally on May 14, 2013.

Chris Standring grew up in Ayleshire, England and moved to Los Angeles in 1991. He met Rodney Lee while backing Lauren Christy, and they released an acid-jazz album, Solar System, in 1996. In 1998, he released his first album, Velvet, and has released seven albums since then.

These two cuts are from his two most recent albums. The first is “Oliver’s Twist,” from his 2012 release Electric Wonderland. Matt Cooper remixed it and choreographed it differently, using skaters from Venice Beach; the result is here. The second is “Bossa Blue,” from 2010’s Blue Bolero. You can find more at his YouTube channel and at his official website.

Chris has issued a few more albums since this was posted: Don’t Talk, Dance! (2014), Ten (2016), Live In London (2017), Sunlight (2018), and this year’s offering, CS Remixed: Best of Chris Standring. All his albums can be heard on Spotify.

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 14!

Back with another week of Laura Venturini’s Weekly Song Challenge! You know 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!

This week focuses on women in music. Ready?

Post a video of a song by a woman or a band led by a woman that you consider to be a trailblazer in the music industry. Wikipedia says this about Patsy Cline: “Cline was known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice, and her role as a country music pioneer. She, along with Kitty Wells, helped to pave the way for women as headline performers in the genre. She overcame poverty, a devastating automobile accident, and significant professional obstacles, and she has been cited as an inspiration by Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, and other singers in diverse styles.” Miss Patsy Cline with “Walkin’ After Midnight.”

Post a video of a song by an all female band. I recently remembered an all-female band from the early ’70’s, and was blown away at just how damn hard they rocked: Fanny, “Charity Ball.”

Post a video of a song by a woman that is about strength or finding your fight. Bobbie Gentry, “Fancy.” I’d say Fancy found her fight…

Now it’s your turn: follow the rules and have fun. Y’all are tagged.

That’s Round 14 of the Weekly Song Challenge.