The First Week That Was Of Advent

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Kodak, who wishes you some merry, merry pictures!

YouTube user SomeClassicGameMusic has created a couple of videos of Christmas commercials from the ’70’s and ’80’s that I’ll be using the next several weeks. Hope you like them!

The Week That Was

Our friends in Australia are all excited about summer, which means we get to be all excited about winter! We’ve had some classic Southern winter weather: rainy, overcast and cold, but not cold enough to freeze anything (yet). It’s been a quiet week here in real life, which I’ve learned is a very good thing. We had a good week on the blog, too, so here’s the summary.

I had a mental block about last week’s prompt, “first,” then I remembered a song where all I knew was the lyric “first step.” It was good enough, and I featured Eddie Rabbitt’s “Step By Step,” a huge hit for him back in 1981.

Oh, and last Sunday I created a QR code for the blog.

This week we start the Xmas Music Xtravaganza for M4, but this past week was a freebie, so I picked ten songs I liked from the early ’60’s.

Dave Grusin, who in addition to being an early smooth jazzer wrote some of the better TV and movie themes, was the featured artist.

I woke up thinking about the march of the “Merry Marvel Marching Society,” which was the brainchild of Stan Lee and the rest of the bullpen at Marvel Comics and used a line from that. The commercial was the classic “Teaberry Shuffle.”

Kat wanted me to write on “sleep,” and I talked about my rather active dream life.

Last week, we did WLS, so this week I found a survey from WCFL from 1973, a very good year for music.

Our prompt was “ma” and I talked about Carl Perkins (who wrote “Matchbox,” a song The Beatles did) and about the aproaching Christmas holiday season and how it’s about the only holiday for a while.

My current Battle of the Bands is between The Capitols and Yvonne Elliman over who does a better job of “Hello, Stranger.” I’ll announce the results next Saturday, so be sure and vote and make your voice heard.

Tomorrow we start with the Christmas tunes and do that throughout December. Beyond that, things will be more or less status quo this week.

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And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

3 thoughts on “The First Week That Was Of Advent

  1. It was a great week, John! And our weather is crazy! We had a few plants that didn’t make it through those couple of nights of freezing temps.


    1. The first few days of unofficial winter have been unusually warm, haven’t they? It’s as though we have a couple of warm days, then we’ll get broadsided by a cold air mass. I have the FEMA app on my phone, and all the weather warnings (including flash flood and freeze warnings) show up there as they’re issued. I recommend it highly. You can set what county or counties you want warnings from, which is very useful.

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