Ever heard the expression, “bread rises, people stand”? Clearly the guy who does music at church on Saturday night hasn’t, because when Mass is ready to begin, he always says, “Will you please rise?” Maybe I’m just being fussy.
I don’t shave anymore (my beard needs a trim, by the way), but when I did I used a safety razor until I couldn’t find the blades for it. And, of course, shave cream. I’d generally use whatever was cheap when I went to buy it, and sometimes that’d be Rise.
They don’t make menthol shave cream anymore, or for that matter lemon-lime. I always liked those.
After my stroke, I was advised to get an electric shaver. I was never really happy with the results, plus it snagged my beard. So I went back to shaving with a razor, one of those disposable ones, and got even more frustrated, because those disposable razors are so dull you couldn’t even cut a fart with them. Finally, I ordered an old-fashioned safety razor and blades from Amazon. First time I used it, I almost died from all the blood-letting. Shaving with a safety razor is not one of those things you never forget, plus I was shaving with my left hand, which I had never done. Eventually I more or less got my mojo with a safety razor back, then I decided it was stupid and grew the beard.
Herb Alpert recorded a song called “Rise” in 1979. It was the title track from his solo album, and reached #1 on the Hot 100 in October of that year.
You hear that one a lot on “smooth jazz” stations, or at least you did. I’m not even sure there are any “smooth jazz” stations anymore; they all started playing R&B oldies and “lite vocals,” kind of the same stuff they played on the old “lite rock” stations in the late Seventies-early Eighties. Remember those? Somehow Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand became “lite rock” artists.
No matter. About the only thing I listen to on the radio is baseball games, and even then, I don’t listen on the radio. I have what MLB.com calls “Gameday Audio,” where I can hear all the baseball games played everywhere in Major League Baseball for $20 a year. I considered getting the video streaming service, too, except they don’t show the local games. Bummer.
I read the other day that millennials don’t listen to radio anymore, at least not the young ones. Then when I went out to DuckDuckGo to get the link, I see a bunch of other articles that say millennials do listen to the radio. Go figure.
What that has to do with “rise,” I have no idea…