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Roy Clark died this past Thursday of complications from pneumonia at the age of 85. He was a tremendous guitar player and also a very funny man. Rest in peace, Roy.
This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the United States. A Canadian friend of mine once asked me, “Why do you have Thanksgiving in November, when the harvest has been over for over a month?” That was Abraham Lincoln’s doing: in 1863 he proclaimed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving, “explicitly in celebration of the bounties that had continued to fall on the Union and for the military successes in the war,” as Wikipedia tells us. Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed it to the fourth Thursday in November in 1939 because of the confusion that ensues when there are five Thursdays in November, and the Congress got on board in 1941.
Anyway, before I get too deep into this, here’s the summary for the week.
I’ll announce the winner of the latest battle on Wednesday due to the holiday, so be sure and get your vote in before then, if you haven’t already. You can click on the badge above to go there, and it opens in a separate window so you won’t lose your place here.
I chose the Laura Nyro/5th Dimension classic “Stoned Soul Picnic” for the prompt “Soul.”
A freebie day, so I picked some songs from the ’60’s that I liked and hadn’t heard in a while.
Grover Washington Jr. was the featured artist.
Chose something from Lamebook that now has everyone thinking about washing their hands and not being able to do it because they’re trying to think about it and do it at the same time. Shelley pointed out that one of the stars of the Folger’s Crystals commercial was Roy Scheider
Kat said “write a story in 112 words.” Mine was about the holidays and looked like it was written by a nine-year-old.
We set the WABAC (pronounced “wayback”) machine for Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1970 and visited WPAG to see what was on their Scene ’70 Sound Survey.
Our prompt was “roll/role,” so naturally my post was about dice. Made sense to me…
Tomorrow is songs about being thankful, or things we’re grateful for. We’ll have another smooth jazz artist on Tuesday, another one-liner on Wednesday, reply to prompts on Thursday and Saturday, and have another radio station survey on Friday. Plus, the results of my latest Battle of the Bands. Stay tuned!
- Mary B
- Ed Thierbach
- Debbie D.
- All Star Me
- Uncle Jack Connelly
- Anyone I missed
- Everyone who left a “like”
And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!