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I’ve decided that, if I want my Song Lyric Sunday entries to be unique, I need to start posting the entry after everyone has posted theirs, so that (and the Song of the Day) will happen later this afternoon. Which is why you’re seeing this before that.
You probably know by now that about a helf hour ago (Eastern Time) the clocks were set ahead one hour for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in the US. Right now, there’s a bill in Congress which, if passed, will leave the clocks set as they are now permanently. It seems to have bipartisan support, which, in this day and age, is rare.
Anyway, here’s this week’s summary.
- (Song Lyric) Sunday: The Manhattan Transfer, “Java Jive” and Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, “Sugar Shack”
- Monday: The Monkees, “I’m A Believer”
- Tuesday: Paul Petersen, “My Dad”
- Wednesday: Hoagy Carmichael, “Georgia On My Mind”
- Thursday: Lawrence Welk, “Calcutta”
- Friday: Al Jarreau, “Moonlighting”
- Saturday: Neil Sedaka, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”
I introduced Paola Hermosín, a talented young guitarist and singer from Spain.
I talked about overture parties, why a picture is worth a thousand words, showed a picture that supposedly Waldo is hidden in, remembered a coffee commercial from the ’80’s and ’90’s, and decided I’d rather be covered in fur than scales and shared a picture of a Sphinx cat, which is effectively bald and grumpy-looking.
I announced my theme for the 2021 A to Z Challenge: I’m basically going to do what I do on Tuesdays every day (except Sundays) and rebuild radio station surveys for your listening pleasure.
In a battle that caught no one by surprise, Shelley Fabares won this battle of the girl actresses who starred in TV shows in the ’60’s. The others were Patty Duke and Annette Funicello, neither of which were shut out.
We visited WFOR in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and looked at their survey from 1954. Needless to say, there was no rock & roll on it, but it was enjoyable anyway. Right? Right!
The picture was of a large and unhappy-looking dog in a red pullover, which made me think of how pets in costumes never look very happy in pictures, and in fact are probably plotting their revenge.
My one-liner was about you wanting to try to get your life together at 3 AM. I know I do it.
This week’s challenges were to find a TV theme, a song with a coin in the title, and a song with a time of day in it.
The song I chose was from 1954, the original "Walk, Don’t Run" as played by the song’s author, Johnny Smith. Maggie suggested I hold a weekly blog hop where people share instrumental songs, not just rock and soul but also the sort of instrumental tunes that were popular during the Baby Boom years, 1946-1964, such as the one I chose this week. Look for that to start ramping up in May, after the A to Z Challenge.
The prompt I chose was to talk about somthing I was looking forward to, and I said that my 65th birthday was in two weeks, which for years was a milestone, when you started drawing Social Security and typically retired. I also told the story of a guy who worked at a bank with me, who basically ran away from his wife at the same time he was retiring.
My featured artist was Duane Allman, who in addition to playing lead and slide guitar with the Allman Brothers Band had a successful career as a session musician for Atlantic Records.
Linda gave us the prompt of "day, week, month, year" and challenged us to write about how the "two weeks to stop the spread" of Covid-19 that has so far turned into a year and might be two years before we’re allowed to go back to a rough approximation of what was life before it. I had to admit that it hasn’t changed our lives much.
We’ll have our next installment of "Go Stand In The Corner" this Wednesday and another Battle of the Bands tomorrow. We’ll be doing old rock & roll songs on Monday’s Music Moves Me, a survey from a radio station in Tennessee on Top Ten Tuesday, a pithy one-liner on Wednesday, the second half of my tribute to Duane Allman on Friday, and the rest is going to depend on what my prompt people come up with. Tune in this week and find out!
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I can’t seem to load the backup I took on the WordPress.com site into my local copy of WordPress. So I can’t produce the list that normally appears here. I apologize for any inconvenience, and want to thank everyone who commented in the past week and everyone who left a "like" for me. When I get it fixed, I’ll post it separately. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for your comments.
And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was…