The Pre-Theme Reveal Week That Was

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Notice what’s on my page now: the official 2021 Blogging From A To Z April Challenge for 2021 badge! The Theme Reveal for this year’s challenge starts tomorrow and goes through a week from Saturday, which would be March 20. Be sure and check The A to Z Challenge blog or the WordPress simulcast for details tomorrow.

That’s the big news for today. There was all kinds of stuff going this week, which we’ll get to right now.

Marie, March’s guest conductor, wanted songs by Johnny Mathis. Since I only knew "Misty" and "Chances Are" and figured everyone would pick those two, I turned to Spotify and had it choose ten songs for me. Worked out pretty well…

You have until midnight tonight to vote in my latest battle, between three girl child stars of TV past, Shelley Fabares, Patty Duke, and Annette Funicello. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

The questionsw were a mixed bag: is it always good to tell the whole truth, whether I miss Prince or Freddie Mercury more, whether I’d rather email or text for the rest of eternity, whether I’d rather work in an environment where there was no human contact or in an environment where I could be killed by an axe murderer, and whether there are any secrets that I’m hiding from my family.

We visited WEZB in New Orleans, Louisiana (laissez le bon temps roulez) and looked at their Top Ten from that day in 1984.

I dealt with a picture of a tired bloodhound by talking about old movies, specifically If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, which I’ve never seen but have heard was a real laugh riot in the late ’60’s. I banked off that idea and talked about how, since I hardly get out anymore, every day tends to run into the next to the point where I’m not sure what day it is.

Had two one-liners this week. The first dealt with a situation in which a computer screen in a storefront was displaying the infamous Microsoft Blue Screen of Death instead of whatever it was supposed to be showing (since it was a fashion clothing store, I assume it should have been showing models of both sexes on the runway somewhere). The second was a quote by Dilbert creator Scott Adams drawn from a book that I had forgotten that I had read.

Mary wanted songs with about an angel, that had poor grammar in the title, and one with a number in the title. Easy peasy.

In one of her prompts, Kat wanted me to use the word "slow" as the inspiration for a little free-form writing. Ultimately, I discussed a particularly frustrating experience witha manager shortly after I had my stroke, where he thought he had sent an email that assigned a project to me when in fact he didn’t. It had me in panic mode, because I was afraid I had deleted the email, bu you can’t delete what you never had.

Since, as you know, I hardly ever post any music on my blog, I decided to participate in another of Mary B’s music blog hops, a throwback to a previous year and a song from that year. In my case, it was 1966 and it was "Go Away, Little Girl" by The Happenings, who sound just like another band from northern New Jersey, The Four Seasons, who I’m always confusing The Happenings for.

My latest entry into the "one guy, multiple acts" theme was Ringo Starr, drummer extraordinaire. I mentioned to someone (might have been Willow) that the problem in many cases is keeping the number of songs down to five, and that I might just have to start doing "Part 2"’s for some artists. If and when I start that, you’ll know it.

The prompt was "butter" and I went in several directions that ultimately led me to a discussion of instant coffee, which was a favorite of veterans of World War I and II, who got it in their meal packages and sometimes didn’t even heat the water before mixing it up and drinking it. I read an article that said that as the US gets more high-end about its coffee, the rest of the world seems to be switching to instant. For those of you not in the US, is that accurate? Just curious.

Tomorrow we start the Theme Reveal for this year’s A to Z Challenge. The sign up for the master list starts on March 29. It’s a freebie day on Monday’s Music Moves Me, and I have a dynamite guitarist to share with everyone. Top Ten Tuesday will likely be a radio station from Mississippi (if you haven’t figured out my pattern, I’m proceeding west to east across the US, going from north to south, then south to north). Friday might be a Part 2 of a musician I’ve already done on the "One Guy, Multiple Acts" theme, unless I (or you) can think of someone you’d like to see. I’m waiting on prompts for the rest of the week, so you’ll be as surprised as I’ll be. Guess you’re just going to have to tune in and find out…

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