A First Line From An Unwritten Story #1LinerWeds

They (whoever “they” are) say that every six minutes, there’s a lull in a conversation. They’re right, even when the conversation is with yourself.

I came up with the above line a few years ago, and just found it. Use it if you want.

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Two For Tuesday: Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen

One of my Monday’s Music Moves Me friends featured Shelley Fabares’ “Johnny Angel” as part of yesterday’s post, and it gave me an idea for today’s Two for Tuesday. In case you were wondering how I came up with the idea.

Remember The Donna Reed Show? It ran from 1958 to 1966 and starred Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, and Paul Petersen as the Stone family. It was really popular – I mean, we used to watch it – and was the typical Fifties family sitcom, made in the days before TV dads were idiots.

Paul Petersen was a singer of some talent, and recorded a number of songs in the early and mid Sixties, including “My Dad,” which he sang for his TV dad on an episode of the show. It’s a beautiful song, and Paul’s TV family seemed to be highly moved by it, especially his TV dad. Remember, these were the days when men didn’t show much emotion, which makes Mr. Betz’s reaction to the song so beautiful, wanting to cry, but not allowing himself to. This made its debut on the show in 1962, and was released as a single later that year, and it reached #6 on the Hot 100.

Naturally, the producers wanted to capitalize on the show’s popularity, and knowing that Paul’s records were going over big, soon turned their attention to their other teenaged star. She didn’t consider herself a singer and balked at the idea, but eventually recorded “Johnny Angel.” It also debuted on the show and was released as a single in 1962, and the non-singer, who it turned out had a rather good voice, reached #1 on the Hot 100. Take that, TV little brother!

The show can still be seen in reruns. Most recently, I saw a marathon of the episodes on the Decades channel a couple of months ago. I happened to turn it on at about 11:00 Sunday night, and before I knew it it was almnost two. Okay, the show was corny, but I liked it.

Anyway, that’s your Two for Tuesday, May 24, 2016, and I’m off for my date with the physical therapist.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Late Fifties and Sixties Music

Thank you to Mike Golch, who served this up into my wheelhouse (as they say in baseball):

Theme for Monday’s Music Moves Me this Monday is “Late 50’s & 60’s Music” and our Spotlight Dancer is “Michael Golch”! Thanks Mike!

This presents a problem, because there’s just so much great music from this era, so what I’m going to do is pick five songs off the top of my head from that era, for your musical pleasure…

From 1964, Dean Martin, “Everybody Loves Somebody.”

From 1967, Bobbie Gentry, “Ode To Billie Joe.”

From 1956 (like me), Eddie Heywood and Hugo Winterhalter, “Canadian Sunset.”

From 1959, Bobby Darin, “Mack The Knife.”

Finally, from 1962, Bobby Vee, “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes.”

Lots of Bobbys there, huh? That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 23, 2016.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Stacy, and Naila Moon, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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Now Available: The Two For Tuesday Index

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You’ll notice I’ve done some housekeeping over on the sidebar, moving the special pages of the blog close to the top of the column, removing the calendar (since I have the latest posts listed) and the Feedly link, and putting headings on everything.

I’ve added a “special page”: an index to all the artists I’ve featured on “Two for Tuesday.” I did this as much for me as for you, because you might remember I had a hard time remembering who all I’ve done. I’ll update it whenever I publish a “Two for Tuesday.” At least that’s the plan…

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Take a look and tell me what you think!

The Therapeutic Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Post Grape-Nuts cereal. Send away for your model Century motor boats, free for just three box tops of Post Grape-Nuts!

The last time I saw an ad for Grape-Nuts, Euell Gibbons was doing it. He said they taste like wild hickory nuts. I think I had them once, and didn’t like them.

The Week That Was

It was kind of a quiet week around here this week. It was a freebie week on Monday’s Music Moves Me, and I did songs with “mind” in the title. I asked for more suggestions of mind songs, and presented those for The Friday Five. Figures we all thought of the best song with “mind” in the title after I already published that: Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind.” Here it is, for those who have never heard it or who just want to hear it again. It’s a great song.

That was from Ralph Emery’s show on The Nashville Network. There was a lot of musical talent on the stage that night: I recognized Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Roy Clark, and Crystal Gayle (looking lovingly at Glen, if you ask me), and I bet you’ll recognize some others.

Two for Tuesday was a rerun of my very first one, from June 26, 2012, when this blog was just getting started. The Monkees were the subject of that first one, and since then there have been over two hundred artists I focused on. I took some time this week to build an index of all the featured artists; it should be ready this week. Watch for an announcement later this week.

One-Liner Wednesday featured a comment from a reader of The Wall Street Journal that suggested we’d all be better off if we got off Facebook and thought for ourselves. This was in reply to a column in which the author suggests that Facebook alter their newsfeed algorithm to present articles from a viewpoint opposite the one the user has shown a preference for. As I told David, a good friend from my Ghostletters days, the more I blog, the less of a use I have of social media, but I do like staying in touch with the family and there are a couple of nostalgia groups I follow. And, of course, the cat pictures and memes. I used to spend hours at a time on Facebook; now my Kindle Fire lets me know when there’s a comment I might find important, and I check a couple of times a day for what’s going on in my groups.

Thursday’s post was more a followup to a couple of things that I had talked about earlier, my trip to the therapist to deal with my lymphedema and my decision to change feed readers. My legs have been wrapped for about three days now, and I do notice an improvement, both in the swelling of the leg and the number of times I have to get up to use the bathroom at night. I go back to her on Tuesday afternoon; I’m not sure what the next step is. As for the feed readers, I confirmed that my problem with IFTTT working with Feedly was that I wasn’t a “Pro” (i.e. paying) Feedly user, and that I could expect further reductions in service as they make more services Pro-only. So, I’m getting used to Inoreader, which offered a free month of Pro service and several levels of support when the month is over. The one thing I’ve noticed about Inoreader is that some articles are repeated, the result of the RSS stream in question having the same article multiple times. What causes that, I’m not sure, although it might be a person correcting and reposting the article. There’s a fix for it on the desktop, but not on Android or iOS. It’s a small price to pay.

Linda’s prompt for yesterday’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday was “break/brake,” which suggested a music post. Arlee managed to find a couple more songs that fit the theme just a while ago, and they should be in his comments.

So that about wraps up last week. I have a couple of therapy sessions this week, but all the regular features will be here. See you soon!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Please Mr. Postman” Results

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My most recent Battle of the Bands pitted an Irish girl group named The Saturdays against three members of the cast of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (Tiffini Hale, DeeDee Magno, and Brandy Brown), circa 1989, to see whose version of The Mavelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman” was preferred by our august panel of judges, i.e. you. Voting is now closed, and here are the results.

The Saturdays: 12
The MMC: 5

I think this is an indication that people preferred the more mature sound of The Saturdays to the teeny-bopper treatment of The MMC Girls. It’s interesting to note that, because the MMC girls were in their early teens in 1989 when the show was filmed, they are now older than the members of The Saturdays. Just thought I’d mention it.

Anyway, congratulations to The Saturdays, who are no doubt the musical idols of the children of Tiffini, Brandy, and DeeDee, and a hearty “well done!” to the MMC Girls.

Our next Battle of the Bands will be on June 1. As I’m nowhere near as well-organized as Arlee, or any of the other hosts of Battles of the Bands, I have no idea who the contestants are or what the song will be. Join us then, anyway.

A few “Break” Songs” #socs

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know how my brain works: prompt words make me think of song titles. Those become my stream-of-consciousness. This is one such example. Today’s word, or words, is “break” or “brake.” Here are a few songs with “break” in the title…

Break Up To Make Up – The Stylistics Seventies Soul… it doesn’t get much better. This reached #5 on both the Hot 100 and the R&B chart in 1972.

Breakout – Swing Out Sister From their first album, 1987’s It’s Better To Travel, this was their first single; it reached #4 in the UK and #6 in the US.

Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do – Neil Sedaka I ran a Battle of the Bands where I put this up against his more soulful Seventies version, and this prevailed.

19th Nervous Breakdown – The Rolling Stones This was their first single in 1966, and reached #2 in the US. It was the Stones’ fifth UK #1.

Jailbreak – Thin Lizzy The title track from their 1976 album, which also included “The Boys Are Back In Town.”

Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley The list originally stopped at the five songs above, then I remembered this one and knew that I’d be inundated with “How could you forget ‘Heartbreak Hotel’???” Elvis’s first big hit, it reached #1 on the Pop, R&B, and Country charts in 1956. It’s considered one of the greatest rock & Roll songs of all time.

Foggy Mountain Breakdown – Earl Scruggs and Friends Here’s the list of the players: Earl Scruggs, banjo – Glen Duncan, fiddle – Randy Scruggs, acoustic guitar – Steve Martin, 2nd banjo solo (did you have any idea he could play like that?) – Vince Gill, 1st electric guitar solo – Marty Stuart, mandolin – Gary Scruggs, harmonica – Albert Lee, 2nd electric guitar solo – Paul Shaffer, piano – Jerry Douglas, dobro – Leon Russell, organ – Glenn Worf, bass – Harry Stinson, drums. Wow!

And a bonus, because it technically doesn’t fit the theme, but it’s a form of “break” and I like the song, okay?

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? – The Bee Gees Their first #1 in the US, from 1971.

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by the lovely and tolerant Linda Hill, who doesn’t mind too much if I run roughshod over the rules for the event. Visit her blog where you can see the rules I’m ignoring and pingbacks from all of the other contestants.

The Friday Five: More “Mind” Songs

On Monday, I chose five songs that had “mind” in the title and invited you to suggest others, promising I’d play the nominees if I got five of them. Well, I got three, and said, what the heck, close enough for government work, and chose two more. So here are five more songs with “mind” in the title, for your listening pleasure…

Friday on my Mind – The Easybeats A classic from 1966. Arlee Bird suggested this one.

You Were Always on My Mind – Willie Nelson Our friend Carol from church and Uncle Jack both suggested this one, and I can’t believe I didn’t think of it.

Mind Games – John Lennon One of my two contributions to the list, the title track from his 1973 album.

My Back Is Achin’ (And My Mind’s No Better) – The Good Rats Had never heard of this, but gave it a listen and liked it. Another Arlee Bird suggestion.

Too Much On My Mind – The Kinks I was looking for a fifth and turned up this one. This is from their Face To Face album, released in 1966.

I’m sure you can think of some more; if you do, leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the playlist.

If you haven’t already voted in my latest Battle of the Bands (Battle “Please Mr. Postman” pitting The Saturdays against a trio of young ladies from The New Mickey Mouse Club circa 1989), you have until whenever I get to posting the results, probably sometime Sunday, to let your voice be heard. Pay no attention to Grumpy Cat…

That’s the Friday Five for May 20, 2016.

Followup from last week

I spent this morning getting my legs wrapped. This isn’t the heavy-duty wrapping, just a wrap to keep the swelling under control. My therapist said there are alternatives to compression socks, but that won’t be for a while. Right now, the trick is to get the leg to a more or less normal size.

It was easy to find the place, never a given when dealing with hospitals and their various clinics and outbuildings. As a bonus, there’s a back door into the lot from a much-less-busy street, so we don’t have to get on the road in front of the hospital to get there. That should shave some time off the drive next time. As it was, we had to be there at 9, and traffic in our area is a bear during rush hour. We’ve scheduled all my remaining appointments for between the rush hour periods. No more getting up at the crack of dawn to get there…

As I suspected, the issue I had with IFTTT being unable to access anything in Feedly is the result of my not being a paid Feedly customer, and evidently other features I’ve come to rely on will soon find their way behind a pay wall. It’s a fine service, and if I felt those features were worth the asking price I might be tempted, but I don’t. So I bid them a fond adieu and chose to cast my lot with Inoreader, which has its issues, but nothing I can’t work around.

The WordPress app for the Kindle Fire is difficult for me to work with, so more tomorrow.

#1LinerWeds from a Wall Street Journal reader

Imagine if you could just get off Facebook entirely and think for yourself.

I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. During election season, I hate it. The Wall Street Journal, some of whose articles the wi-fi at Starbucks has on their landing page, had this article by Geoffrey Fowler in which he suggests the following:

Facebook’s home page News Feed is run by a personalization algorithm that feeds you information it thinks you want to see. It’s a machine tuned to promote sunset selfies and live cat videos, not foster political discourse. Why not add an opposing-viewpoints button that gives me the power to see a headline from another side?

Facebook is a great place for kitten videos and funny memes, and for keeping up the members of your family, but especially at times like this (i.e. election season) it gets a little tense. During times like this, I don’t think we need an “opposing views” button. I think we need to spend less time on Facebook and more time doing something more constructive. Like writing a blog…

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I do my best not to introduce politics on this blog. As I said way back in the beginning of this blog, I hate politics. But this picture of the lovely Tarder Sauce, a/k/a Grumpy Cat, which first appeared before the Super Bowl, might best express how I feel…

As always, we welcome replies to our editorials.

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