Here’s a little music for you: The Beatles doing Carl Perkins’s “Matchbox.”
George Harrison was a huge Carl Perkins fan. Watch him in this clip. He’s having the time of his life. In Rock & Roll Heaven, I’ll bet he and Carl jam like this every night.
We’re in December now, meaning that things will be ramping up for the next 31 days. After all that excitement, January just seems like a huge anticlimax. Ever notice that? The tree’s down and either packed away or has been recycled into mulch, the decorations have all been put away, the presents are either in use or tucked away in the back of a drawer, waiting to be found one day in the distant future, when you’ll pull it out and ask yourself, “where the hell did this come from?” Really, the next big holiday is Memorial Day (I’m talking here in the US; I don’t know much about anywhere else, so feel free to tell me about it) which is like five months later. Maybe that’s why Valentine’s Day has become such a big deal, because there really isn’t much else. I mean, there’s St. Patrick’s Day and Easter (or Purim and Passover if you’re Jewish), but what else is there? Here in the US, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on the third Monday in January, and President’s Day, formerly known as George Washington’s birthday (they moved it to give Federal employees a three-day weekend in February) on the third Monday in February, but that’s all I can think of.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves…
Christmas is coming,
The geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If ye haven’t got a penny,
A ha’penny will do,
And if you haven’t got a ha’penny,
Well, God bless you.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now here’s Ann Miller for Great American Soups.
Ann Miller was about 50 years old when she did this commercial, and she was still the hottest thing on two legs. She was a spectacular dancer.