The “Happy Birthday, Pat!” Week That Was (Plus: Battle of the Bands Results)

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Hardee’s.

First, tomorrow is my brother Pat’s birthday, so everyone wish him a happy birthday!

I’ve done something to my shoulder that really hurts. I might have suggested it might be a torn rotator cuff, but I thought I had gotten over that. Shows what I know. Anyway, if I seem a touch more terse than usual, that might be the reason. Here’s the summary for the week.

Last week’s Battle of the bands was between the punk rock band Rancid and the hard rock/boogie rock/heavy metal band Vardis, both of whom had songs named “Let’s Go.” I thought that by choosing two bands that were similar and that weren’t especially well-known, I might get a contest. Well, I didn’t: Vardis shut out Rancid 9-0. I think I tried too hard.

Last week’s prompt was “Cowboy/Gun/Hat/Horse/Western,” and my choice of songs was “I’m An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande),” sung by the lovely Maryann Price of Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks.

Mary B, the guest conductor for September, said “let’s spell out ‘Labor Day’ in song titles!” I added the number 19 to indicate which Labor Day we were talking about and the extra U that our friends from Canada use to spell “labour.”

Songs by Loverboy, Chad & Jeremy, and Average White Band were featured.

I kicked off my new series, “Television Composers,” with Earle Hagen.

This week’s one-liner came from Moses Harry Horwitz, better known as Moe Howard of The Three Stooges.

I riffed on “fall” as it applies to the season and not as in the activity.

The October 18, 1963 survey from radio station KGB in San Diego was featured.

The prompt was “way, weigh, whey” and I had thoughts on all three.

Nothing out of the ordinary. Freebie day tomorrow, another TV composer on Tuesday, a one-liner on Wednesday, a radio survey on Friday, and responses to prompts on Thursday (Kat) and Saturday (Linda). I hope my shoulder rehabilitates itself.

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

16 thoughts on “The “Happy Birthday, Pat!” Week That Was (Plus: Battle of the Bands Results)

  1. I’ve been willing to try some crazy matches that didn’t go over so well with the BOTB crowd. It helps to interject some variety in the Battle line-ups. Worth a try I think.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. It’s funny: around this time of day it feels almost normal, but when I get ready for bed (not a simple task in my condition) I manage to make it hurt again. Drives me crazy!


    1. So you watched all of them? I go out to YouTube and there are hundreds of videos of collections of commercials. I could sit there for hours and watch them. I know, I’m nuts, but so are a lot of other people. There’s something strangely soothing about them…

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      1. No I scrolled til I saw the one I wanted to start with – which was half way thru – and then I let the rest of it play while I did a few other things –


      2. And you are not nuts! These are works of art because artists were paid to make those commercials and then there is the time warp – so watching those likely connect to the poor digital quality and the songs and clothes and “looks” of that time period – right


        1. Early on in my life, I wanted to write commercials for a living. There’s that challenge of telling a story in less than 60 seconds that appealed to me. Sadly, when I got older and was actually taking business courses, when I would have had a chance to learn how to do that, I forgot totally about it. If I had it to do over, I’d skip college and go work at an ad agency. A lot of the big ones were based in Chifcago, so I was right there…

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          1. Oh John – thanks for sharing that – and I bet you would have been great at it – but things do happen for a reason (firmly believe that) and you were probably right there you needed to be –
            and for me – if I could back again I would get into Occupational Therapy (my mom was and I toyed with the idea but went into education and social work) and I also would have started writing children’s books in 2005 – I took a course and had this awesome book for how to go about it – started a few projects (and helped someone else complete theirs) and then let the idea fizzle. and maybe similar to you – I even forgot about it later when I could have got it going –


  2. Happy birthday to your brother Pat!
    I hope your shoulder rehabilitates itself too.
    I belatedly checked out battle of the bands. I would have been your 1 vote for Rancid.


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