The Pre-Valentine’s Day Week That Was

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The Week That Was

Stayed home today; Mary and I both have a form of the crud where we don’t feel physically ill, but just can’t seem to get it going. You know, one o’ them days. Here’s the summary for the week. As always, you can click on the badge to go to the actual post.


In case you missed it, The Frank Vignola Quartet with Tommy Emmanuel trounced Joe Pass in “Battle ‘Limehouse Blues’.” Stephen was the only one who voted for Joe, thus preventing a shutout, and Stephen, Joe thanks you from the Afterlife.

Freebie week, and I noted the end of the football season with music associated with baseball. Baseball is the only sport I follow, and I’m happy to report that Braves pitchers and catchers report Tuesday, position players report Friday, and the first full-squad workout is Saturday. The White Sox are doing all that a day earlier. The Braves appear to have traded for Brandon Phillips from Cincinnati, so this should be a good year. Let’s just say I hope it’s better than last year, although they finished last season on an up note, winning 20 of their last 30 games. Anyway, the post brought some great memories from the aforementioned Stephen, and he and I commented back and forth like a couple of old baseball fans.


The High School Days series began by featuring Creedence Clearwater Revival. They were one of the first bands I profiled when I started Two For Tuesday, but that didn’t stop me.


This week’s one-liner was a somewhat cleaned up version of something a guy I worked with used to say. Several of you said the world needs to chill and stop taking everything so seriously, and I heartily agree.

With all due respect to Kat, who runs the Writer’s Workshop, I had trouble with this week’s prompts, but one of them was to write a post based on the word “trust.” I think I took it in a slightly different direction than she expected, writing about the TV show Sledge Hammer! starring Davis Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin, and Harrison Page. See, Sledge’s main catchphrase was “Trust me! I know what I’m doing!” Not many of you have seen it, but you’re in luck: all the episodes are available on YouTube.

Another survey post, this from February 10, 1967, shortly after we finally managed to bury Dad after Chicago’s Big Snow had everything snarled up for a while. As Kip said, it was a great week for music, a lousy one for us. But, things were starting to get better. Dan hadn’t heard the song by The New Colony Six. There was a reason for that: the NC6 were a local Chicago band that got lots of play on WLS and WCFL but only limited play outside the Midwest. Maybe that’ll be my next series, Chicago bands not named “Chicago.” Had some conversations with people about the long-lost hobby of “Broadcast DXing,” trying to find and listen to stations from out of state. Could be a topic for a blog post some time. Stay tuned.


Linda’s prompt was “so/sow/sew,” which are homophones: they sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings. “Sow” is a homograph, a word that is spelled the same but pronounced differently whether you’re talking about animals (e.g. pigs and bears) or planting seeds. Homonyms would be like the word “scale,” spelled the same whether you’re talking about the musical scale (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do), the scale you weigh things on, or the action of climbing, usually a wall.

As alwys, thanks to all who commented:

This week, we’ll have another Battle of the Bands on Wednesday, songs about trains or railroads tomorrow, another band from the early Seventies on Tuesday, and who knows what else. Thanks for tuning in!