The Week That Was, Last weekend of June

The Week That Was

Hello again, and welcome to The Week That Was, a summary of the posts and some of the comments I got on them this past Monday through Saturday. This was a good week, with plenty of visitors, comments, and more than enough spam. Here’s what we talked about:

  • On Monday, I announced the winner of my most recent Battle of the Bands. Jason Donovan beat Neil Sedaka in Battle “Rhythm of the Rain” by a landslide. Not unlike the 2014 Atlanta Braves, Neil took a mighty swing and missed by a foot on this song.
  • Two for Tuesday featured The Yardbirds, the British Invasion band that spawned the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Eventually, the band morphed into Led Zeppelin.
  • On Wednesday, we discussed some recent (as in within the last four years) research that suggests the brain needs sleep so it can clean out all of the toxic waste products that resulted from normal brain activity during the day. There’s a good chance that a buildup of those toxins could result in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, so preventing them might be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep. I think everyone should make getting a good night’s sleep a priority, regardless. From the comments, it sounded as though people are generally sleeping well, unless something is preventing them from doing so.
  • Thursday, in response to a prompt given for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writers’ Workshop, I created a playlist of a dozen songs that reminded me of summer. A lot of people liked Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” the best, and it holds a few good memories for me as well, having come out during my sophomore year of high school. Damien Riley likes the guitar at the beginning of Seals and Crofts’s “Summer Breeze,” and I can hardly disagree with him there. Mama Kat herself was distressed that Taylor Swift wasn’t represented. I checked, and all the songs I featured were older than Ms. Swift.
  • We returned to the subject of sleep on Friday, when we discussed the work of Virginia Tech historian Roger Ekirch, author of the book At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past. His research on the topic of what night meant to people from the Middle Ages forward includes the revelation that, given a world where it’s dark 14 hours a day, people tend to sleep in two four-hour chunks (bi-phasic sleep), gettin up for a couple of hours between phases and reading, writing, ruminating, talking with their bedmates or even the neighbors. The paradigm of spending eight hours in one stretch sleeping is a relatively new one, consistent with the general availability of artificial light. I started reading it the good doctor’s book over the weekend, and it’s a slow read, but a fascinating one.
  • Yesterday’s Stream of Consciousness entry was prompted by the word “some,” a word repeated often in the first verse of The Dramatics’ “Whatcha See is Watcha Get,” their hit record from 1971, when I was a freshman at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

I have a few things planned for this week: Two For Tuesday will feature another British Invasion artist, Wednesday is July 1st and thus time for another Battle of the Bands, and all the regular features. I will also mention that this Wednesday, God willing and the creek don’t rise, will mark my first anniversary of blogging daily here on The Sound of One Hand Typing. We’ll probably have a celebration of some sort then. See you this week!