The Middle Of May Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Falstaff Beer. Enjoy Falstaff at your neighborhood tavern during National Tavern Month (whenever that is)!

Hope everyone is sufficiently recovered from the A to Z Challenge and is getting back to normal. I’m almost there myself… How’s everyone doing with the Road Trip? I’ll start that this week.

Busy week here, so let’s get right to it…

In honor of the 46th anniversary of Sony’s Betamax video recorder, I told the MMMM’ers to come up with music from movies of the ’80’s and ’90’s. I built a playlist that included five songs from each decade.

Melanie wanted to know about something that we knew but couldn’t prove, whether animals have morals, whether the universe is ordered or chaotic, and our least favorite place in the world. I personally was grateful for Biofreeze and NSAID’s because I was recovering from a pretty nasty backache.

I played the songs from 1961 that finished the year in positions 11 thru 20 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. There was a fantastic amount of diversity in the entire Hot 100, with movie themes like Ferrante & Teicher’s "Exodus," R&B like Ray Charles’s "Hit The Road, Jack," and pop like Roy Orbison’s "Running Scared." As we move on through the years, you’ll notice that the Hot 100 gets less diverse and more rock oriented.

Christine gave us two pictures, one of a koala (someone said, and I agree, it looked like a plush toy) and the other of a Dachshund. Of course, I went off coloring outside the lines, because the dog reminded me of the old Clutch Cargo cartoon that used the Syncro-Vox technique to embed a real mouth on an otherwise still picture, and the koala reminded me of the old QANTAS (I think it needs to be spelled in all caps because it’s an acronym) commercials that featured the voice of Howard Morris, best known as Ernest T. Bass from The Andy Griffith Show.

I selected a rather long but very sweet story about a young lady in New York who gave Skittles to the homeless men that live there. A man recognized her and told her that her he found a job and a place to live and gave her a 56-ounce bag of Skittles to thank her. Which, if you’re familiar with the candy, is quite a few Skittles, because the candies themselves are quite small. Which also goes to show that even something small can mean a lot.

I got back to this, finally, and got to play a few of my faves as a result, including one by Tommy Emmanuel and another superb cover by the Russian group Leonid & Friends.

Kat asked us what band or TV show we would like to see reunite, and I honestly couldn’t see where any reunion would be anywhere near as good as the original show or original band. Besides, if I want to see a show, I can generally find it online, and the same is true of music. Many of the original actors or musicians have since passed on, making a "reunion" practically impossible. Birgit came up with the band ABBA and the TV show Frasier, which are a couple of reunions that might very well happen. Stay tuned.

We’re looking at instrumentals for the next several weeks (maybe even the rest of the year). This week, I talked about a website I found that had lists of popular instrumentals, and gave their Top Five instrumentals from the ’40’s.

The prompt was "growth," which led me in the direction of investment in the stock market and of growth versus income stocks, and how I need to rebalance my retirement portfolio so I that I have more stocks that produce income and fewer that produce growth. I’ll be careful, I promise.

We have a freebie day on Monday’s Music Moves Me tomorrow, and I haven’t decided what my theme will be. Top Ten Tuesady will feature music from 1962, and Five For Friday will feature instrumentals from the ’50’s. All that, plus Song of the Day and all the blog hops I participate in, and maybe more. Stay tuned!

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