Saturday, August 27, 2016

Name That Place

On our recent road trip to central Washington State, RadioMattM and I devised a new road game..name a song that mentions an actual place name (country, state, province, city, town, village, river, mountain etc. or a demonym).  We must have hit at least 50 or 60.

How many can you name?  Here's 10 to get you started:

Walking in Memphis
Ferry Across The Mersey
Daniel (is leaving tonight on a plane, I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain)
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Montego Bay
Scarborough Fair
Houston
California Dreaming
New York, New York
Chicago

Bonus!  Number 11 :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I'm from the government. I'm here to help.

A high school friend on Face Book posted one of those videos. You know the ones, they are not really videos but rather Power Point presentations that are turned into videos.

This video was one of those heartwarming stories with a “why can’t more people be like this?” message.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I can believe it.

This video is so simple, I can understand how many people miss it.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Olympics Open Thread

You all talk amongst yourselves.  I'm occupied batting my eyelashes at Tonga Boy.  Ooo-la-la!






Thursday, August 4, 2016

At your indulgence, a repeat.

I posted this video several years ago. David Huddleston, who was seen in many Hollywood movies died Tuesday. He was also in this film.

If he never did anything else, he has a place in my heart for this film.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Modest Proposal

Wow, Alexander Boot is one of my newest favourite bloggers.  Thanks for the link Alison.

“without God everything is permitted”.

Is The Pope Catholic?

Thanks go out to our friend Alison, for the link to this great commentary.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

It seems to me I've heard that song before.

When I was in college, I had an English instructor who really enjoyed the subject. His bachelor’s degree was in Marine Biology, but he happened to do some work in a lab with a man to whom the subject was a hobby – a passion. That man was named John Steinbeck.

With an inspiration as Steinbeck, my instructor’s interests turned from Marine Biology to English. He wrote a number of books including a biography of Peter Mark Roget – father of the thesaurus.

One day in class my instructor brought up the subject of plagiarism. He was renown enough to be asked to review manuscripts of textbooks for English education. One such book had a poem, supposedly written by a student of the author of the book. My instructor recognized it – he had read that poem in a publication that had, as I recall, a nationwide readership of perhaps fifty people. One of those people happened to be my instructor. That was enough to stop the textbook writing career of that author dead in its tracks. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Video Non Veritas

With all of the frivolity of the past couple of weeks, I thought I would get serious for a moment.


Sometimes I get lost grooving to tunes on YouTube. I get a chuckle looking at some of the old videos. Did they really think they were fooling anybody, or were they done as a joke?

Gratuitous Sax
The Knickerbockers were a group from New Jersey that had one major hit record. That record, Lies, won them the award for “Best Beatle Knockoff of 1966.”

Never mind that there are at least two electric guitars in the recording. I think you might even hear an acoustic guitar as well when you listen to a clean copy. One thing I don’t hear is a saxaphone.



What’s Is That Man Doing Here?
Booker T and the MG’s was a big group out of Memphis in the 1960’s The original members were organist Booker T. Jones, guitarist Steve Cropper, bass player Lewie Steinberg (later replaced by Duck Dunn), and drummer Al Jackson Jr. As far as I know they never had a sax player, and I don’t recall ever hearing one on any of their records. So who is that guy? -- not that he does anything but clap.



Piano, What Piano?
The ferry cross the Mersey carried Gerry and the Pacemakers on the wave of the British invasion. This video has the old bugaboo of using electric guitars in the video when the recording clearly has acoustic.  Also, Gerry Marsden is playing the only 6 string, the other guy is playing base. Notice one of the band members is playing a piano. (In the film Ferry Across the Mersey which uses the same recording he is playing a grand piano). Even on a clean recording of the song (which is the same recording as used here) there is no piano to be heard. Another guitar, yes, but piano? – no.




I am sure there are many more out there. So go listen to some old tunes and get a laugh at the same time.