Two for Tuesday: Atlanta Rhythm Section

We featured the Classics IV last week, and mentioned that members of that original band left and eventually formed the Atlanta Rhythm Section, so that’s who we’ll feature today.

In 1970, members of the Classics IV and the Candymen formed as the unofficial house band for Studio One in Doraville, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta). They decided to become an official band, with Rodney Justo on vocals, Barry Bailey on guitar, Paul Goddard on bass, Dean Daughtry on keyboards, and Robert Nix on drums. J. R. Cobb joined the group on guitar in 1972; Justo left after the first album and was replaced by Ronnie Hammond. They recorded sixteen albums from 1972 through 2000. Justo, Daughtry, and Goodard continue to tour wth the band, which plays mostly at nostalgia shows. Their website can be found here.

Our two songs today are from 1978’s Champagne Jam. The first is the title track; the video I chose features a number of pictures of Atlanta landmarks and other popular places from the 1970’s. It reached #43 on the Hot 100.

The second tune is “Imaginary Lover,” which tied with “So Into You” as the band’s most popular tune, charting at #7 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the Adult Contemporary chart, despite the somewhat creepy subject matter.

The Atlanta Rhythm Section, your Two for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

#ROW80: Slouching to the finish line

I see by the ROW80 blog that we only have three more checkins for this round after this one. So, next Thursday, this round is over, and the chair in my office still has stuff on it. Well, I have another week and a half. So, let’s see how this week went, shall we?

  • Write 30 minutes a day: Met and regularly exceeded. I’m not including my morning pages, by the way. I’ve signed up to do the annual Blogging From A to Z Challenge for the third year. More on my theme on Friday, the big reveal day. I’ve already written and scheduled my first couple of entries, the ones for Q and X. Get the hard ones out of the way first, I always say. This year, rather than literally starting at A and going to Z, I’m doing them in random order.

  • Read 30 minutes a day: Surprisingly, I managed to do this. I realized that Mary’s on her iPad most of the day, so I can grab the Kindle during the day. Duh.

  • Decrapulate office: Didn’t do much. I still have a week and a half. The table’s clean. I’m happy about that.

Last night, Mary and I watched a show on one of Atlanta’s PBS stations (both of which are running pledge drives this week) called Behind The Britcom: From Script To Screen. In addition to providing a good deal of information about how these sitcoms are written (theirs are written by two or three writers, where American sitcoms often have a writing staff of 20 or more), there were lots of clips of the shows in question. One such clip was from The Vicar Of Dibley, and it still has me laughing. We sing the song in this clip at church on lots of occasions, and every time we do from now on I’ll be thinking of this.

Until next week, straight ahead.

Hmm, maybe not being on Facebook isn’t such a bad thing…

I have this idea for next month’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and I Googled the question “What do you call someone who likes the number 11?” I didn’t find the answer to that (I think the word is “hendecaphile”), but I found all kinds of interesting things about the number eleven. One of those things was an article in the Huffington Post titled “11 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook In 2014”. I’ll link to it here so you can read it.

The more I hear about Facebook, the creepier it seems. I know I’m going to hear from all the social media gurus who will tell me that I just gotta be on Facebook, because everyone, I mean everyone, is on Facebook, but the more I read articles like this, the less I want to go back to it.

Your thoughts?

My Year of Ideas: Reality sets in

The good news is that I gave up Facebook for Lent. The bad news is, I’m learning just how much of a stimulus for creativity it was.

Not to say that most of the postings on my timeline stimulate my creativity; they don’t. In fact, a lot of what people post to their timelines is not all that interesting. What I miss about it, though, is the sense of interacting with people, something I don’t get a lot of. I am eternally grateful to those of you who come here and leave a comment, and I’m getting better about leaving comments on blogs that I visit. Still, I don’t get out much, and spend too much of my time in my own head.

(Now that I read that, I realize I didn’t get out much and spent too much time in my head before the stroke and before losing my job in August. But anyway…)

Like many (maybe even most) of you, I’m an introvert. This means that, while I enjoy the company of other people, it’s tiring, and I need time to recharge and recover after spending a lot of time with others. That doesn’t mean I don’t need a certain amount of social time. And that was Facebook, because it’s how I stayed in touch with my family and friends.

So, I’ve had to find other ways to stay in touch with the rest of the world.

  • I’m reading more blogs and commenting on them.
  • I’m spending more time on Twitter and Instagram.
  • I’m spending more time with Mary (though I wonder how happy that makes her).
  • I’m forcing myself to be more sociable at church and when we go to Starbucks on Sundays. The latter is harder, because sitting at Starbucks is a great stimulus for writing.
  • I’m reading on the Kindle when I can, and I’m making more use of the desktop app when I can’t. (I’d use the app on my phone, but it’s not a real comfortable way to read, and the battery drains quickly when I do.) Reading takes me out of my current setting and places me in the story, and allows me to interact with the characters and the situation.
  • I’ve even been using some of the time to train myself to write left-handed. I know, I had tried a few months ago, and it went over like a lead balloon, but this time I’m getting the hang of it. It might not seem like it belongs here, but it’s helping me get in touch with me.

An aside: I’ve been reading Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, an excellent book if you’re looking for an interesting non-fiction read (about half of the books I read are non-fiction).

So, I’ll focus more on interacting with others (but not on Facebook) and see where that leads me. See you in two weeks.