This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Budweiser beer. Where there’s life, there’s Bud!
I’ve had a hard time kicking it into gear the last few days, so apologies if neither this nor my Song Lyric Sunday entry were waiting for you when you got up this AM.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, fathers-in-law, father figures, uncles, mothers who do the job of fathers, priests, scoutmasters, etc. I’d like especially to remember my brothers, Jim, Kip, and Pat. Kip’s doing better, but still has a way to go. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers for him.
Anyway, let’s get started…
- Sunday: “Hey Hey, Holy Mackerel”
- Monday: James Cagney, “You’re A Grand Old Flag”
- Tuesday: One Man Barbershop Quartet, “The Stars & Stripes Forever”
- Wednesday: Andy Williams, “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story”
- Thursday: Bill Steele, “Chocolate Chip Cookies”
- Friday: Dean Martin, “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”
- Saturday: Guy Lombardo, “Third Man Theme”
Freebie day on Monday, so I shared a longish playlist (16 songs) that were early favorites of mine, ones that you probably wouldn’t expect from a kid as young as 10.
Questions were what we learned the hard way, what activities make us lose track of time, why we think we miss people more after they’re gone, and whether it’s possible to know the truth without challenging it first.
I continued "the next ten" series with #11-20 on Billboard‘s year-end Hot 100 for 1966.
If you haven’t voted in my latest Battle, which pits alto saxophonist Bud Shank against tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet on the song "Harlem Nocturne," please click the badge above to hop over there and cast your ballot. Right now we have a 3-3 tie, so your vote matters. I’ll give you until noon Tuesday to cast your ballot, and will announce the winner then.
A thought about self-driving vehicles and their possible effect on country music. Also a commercial for Stag beer where two men walk into a tavern and are surrounded by nothing.
Mary B wanted a song that had "brother" or "sister" in title, a song with a natural disaster in the title, and a song written and/or produced by Mutt Lange. The last one was easy after I found out who the hell Mutt Lange was.
A preliminary post about the sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, in which I describe the premise behind the show and introduce you to the Heroes themselves. When I get it finished, I’ll share more about the Germans who are the hapless antagonists (by design). The actual series starts this Thursday, to coincide with the showing of the episodes from the beginning on MeTV.
I reflected on the whole notion of worrying, which takes being concerned about something and adds frenzy to it. It’s really a waste of time to spend hours fretting over something, particularly when there’s nothing you can do about it other than pray about it, support others, and place it in God’s hands.
I chose five instrumentals from the ’50’s and shared them. My guess is there’ll be a lot of that as I go along.
Our prompt was "hat/het/hit/hot/hut," and I wrote about how hotels used to have free postcards in the rooms and at the front desk, often with a picture of the pool. I then talked about how much of the artwork in advertisements and promotional items (e.g. postcards) was done by commercial artists rather than by photographers, and that some of those works of art are minor masterpieces.
Tomorrow’s 4M theme is "songs from the ’80’s and ’90’s." I’ll announce the winner of my most recent Battle of the Bands on Tuesday. My series on Hogan’s Heroes kicks into high gear this week. All the regular features will be here, so be sure and stop by!
- AJ Blythe
- Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden)
- Alice Nagle
- Ally Bean
- Arlee Bird
- Aunt Jinx
- Cathy Kennedy
- Christine Bolton
- Dan Antion
- Don Ostertag
- Ed Thierbach
- Jack Connelly
- Mary B
- Melanie B Cee
- Patrick 10
- Paula Kiger
- Paula Light
- Stephen T. McCarthy
- Stine Writing
- Anyone I missed
- Everyone who left a "like"
And that wraps up this edition of The Week That Was.