The Week That Was, Independence Day Edition

The Week That Was

Happy Day after Independence Day, everybody! A lot of music went on this week. Wednesday was my one-year anniversary of blogging daily, and thanks to everyone who wished me well. Here’s a summary of the week.

  • I spent a good deal of time on Monday dealing with coffeemakers. By the end of the day, I had a new coffeemaker set with coffee for Tuesday, with the old coffeemaker, which it turns out was not broken, banished to the basement until we need it again, probably when this new one, an inexpensive Mr. Coffee unit that doesn’t grind beans or anything else fancy, goes to that Great Appliance Showroom in the Sky. If experience is any guide, it will probably live forever. The one problem with the new one, by the way, was a very nasty plastic taste. Washing it out with good old vinegar and water got rid of the nasty flavor.
  • The featured band on Two for Tuesday was The Searchers, another band from the British Invasion, who did “Needles and Pins” and “Love Potion Number Nine.” I had the honor of being favorited and retweeted on Twitter by Scott Ottaway, current drummer for The Searchers. Neat,huh?
  • Wednesday was the first of the month, meaning it was time for another Battle of the Bands. The current battle pits Dee Snider (from Twisted Sister) against folk legend Dave Van Ronk to see who does a better version of “Mack the Knife.” The song started life as “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer”; it was written by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht for Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper (“The Three-Penny Opera”) and originally sung by Weill’s wife, Lotte Lenya. Mr. Van Ronk is currently being shut out by Mr. Snider.
  • The Thursday Ten was taken from the WLS (AM 890, Chicago) Silver Dollar Survey for the same date fifty years ago. The top ten were featured in the post, and I built a YouTube playlist from the entire survey, just for giggles.
  • On Friday, I took on the saying “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” I have since learned that the actual saying is “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” Either way, I said that the problem is that too many people don’t do something they want to do, because they don’t think they can do it right or well, or worse, think they need to have “the appropriate training” to do it. I encourage everyone to do whatever they feel is worth doing, whether you can do it “right” or “well.” You don’t get to doing things “right” or “well” without actually doing them. Granted, there are things that require training by an expert (brain surgery comes immediately to mind), but for most things, that isn’t necessary. Everyone has to start somewhere, but starting is the most important thing.
  • Finally, for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, the prompt was the word “is.” This made me think of the old Emergency Broadcast System tests that used to be done weekly on radio and TV stations and freaked me out big time. You know, I watch them now, I can’t figure what in the world was so terrifying…

This week: another band from the British Invasion on Two for Tuesday, the results of my latest Battle of the Bands (as if it isn’t already a foregone conclusion), and a few surprises. Join us then!