The Dog Days of Summer 2020 Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Wink grapefruit soda. The sassy one from Canada Dry!

I think I should have used this one yesterday, when the prompt was “link.” In the late ’60’s, grapefruit-flavored soda was all the rage. Wink was created to compete with Fresca, which was grapefruit and lime soda, and Squirt was on the market first and still on the market (Wink has vanished and Fresca has been given a less-grapefruity flavor). In Chicago, The Canfield’s company had 50/50, which, like Fresca, was grapefruit and lime (and which also predated Fresca).

Lord, the crap I remember…

Weather here has been hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers. Yep, these are the dog days, all right… I got out a little this week, to lunch at Chili’s. Please, support your local restaurants. This forced quarantine period has been hard on them, and especially on the employees. Be generous when you tip them, please. They will appreciate it.

We bought a second refrigerator for the basement for extra cold storage and as a backup in case the one in the house goes on the fritz. Mary made a good case for it… anyway, it gets delivered tomorrow. And that’s the extent of the news at this end. Here’s the summary for the week.

No idea what I’ll be doing this week. Stay tuned!

It was a freebie day, so I took the opportunity to introduce a new-to-me band called NOVA, who do bossa nova and really bring new life into the music. The had a premiere this week of a new song, Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar done with the members in quarantine. Give it a listen and see what you think.

Questions included what song always gets us on the dance floor, favorite sleeping position, what we’d do if we could snap our fingers and change the world for the better, and what we’ve done that scared us. For the gratitude part, I told how my arm sprung a leak (i.e. started bleeding) and how Mary went out and got stuff to make it stop. My arm is better, thanks.

We recreated the Top Ten for radio station WJAS in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for July 13, 1957. It’s interesting going that far back and seeing the kind of variety you see in the Top Ten.

The previous week’s one liner talked about how we don’t have flying cars or most of the advanced technology we dreamt of back in the ’50’s and ’60’s. This past Wednesday offered one explanation why.

Kat was looking for a list of some of the most-grequently used apps on our phones. I gave a pretty comprehensive list that included WordPress, Instagram, and YouTube.

I lined up three songs named “Gypsy Woman,” by Muddy Waters, The Impressions, and Ricky Nelson, and asked for your opinion on which you liked the best. I’ll be reporting the results on Wednesday, so be sure and get your vote to me by then. Remember, anyone can vote, so please take advantage of the opportunity.

Continuing the Yacht Rock series, I did six songs by The Little River Band. So many of you said that you had forgotten about them, so I’m glad I did them.

The prompt was “link,” so I shared a couple of websites where you can visit locations virtually, including one where you watch video taken from people’s windows from all over the world. Since most of us are stuck inside, it might be a good “getaway” when you just can’t watch any more Netflix. It’s hardly a comprehensive list, so feel free to find your own places to visit and share them.

Tomorrow on Monday’s Music Moves Me, we’ll be sharing songs about the moon. I’ll also be answering my answers to Melanie’s questions on Share Your World, visiting another radio station from the past and sharing their Top Ten, sharing a pithy one-liner on Wednesday as well as announcing the winner of my latest Battle of the Bands, exploring the music of another “yacht rock” band on Friday, and replying to the prompts that Kat and Linda have for Thursday and Saturday, respectively. And who knows what else?

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And that’s a wrap on this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

2 thoughts on “The Dog Days of Summer 2020 Week That Was

  1. Always good to have an extra refrigerator. We have a dorm sized one in the basement to put kielbasa in so it doesn’t stink up the regular fridge.


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