Manic Monday: Kicks!

Sandi over at Flip Flops Every Day has invited me to join in her practically new blog hop, Manic Monday.

Each Monday, I’ll present a new song title, and you come up with a post using it. Due to time differences, I’ll often release on Sunday. Ping back to this post, so others can read! (if not wordpress user, provide link to your post in comments) It can be fiction/non-fiction, poetry, subject can be dark, serious or humorous – however many characters you want- just have fun with it! It doesn’t have to pertain to the song, whatsoever. (click here for past song titles)

The rules are…there are no Rules! (except using the title of the song part)

The first couple of songs were The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” and John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and this week it’s Paul Revere & The Raiders’ “Kicks,” from 1966. This is one of the first songs I learned on the guitar, a couple of years after it was released, when a friend of mine who was also taking guitar lessons asked our teacher if he could learn it. Here’s the song itself, because that’s just the kind of guy I am.

Sandi has the version that includes the go-go dancers; I thought this one was a little more bizarre, with the young ladies on horses and all that.

For all you music theory fans out there, the guitar part at the beginning, that gets repeated all through the song, is a riff based on the A minor pentatonic scale. The notes of the minor pentatonic scale are A-C-D-E-G, and the riff is A-C-A-D-C-A-C-A-G-E-G. If you move the A from the beginning of the scale to the end, i.e. C-D-E-G-A, you have the C major pentatonic scale. The beginning of The Temptations’ “My Girl” features the C pentatonic scale…

Thus ends your music theory lesson for today.

There’s a radio station in Atlanta, WKHX-FM, that bills itself as “Kicks 101.5.” They play country, as you might imagine.

Spell “Kicks” differently and you get Kix, a breakfast cereal. Here’s Dr. Frances Horwich on Ding Dong School from the early Fifties advertising Kix.

General Mills, who created Kix, decided to add raspberry, lemon, and orange flavors to Kix and the result was Trix. The spokescartoon for them was the Trix rabbit, who did all that he could to try and eat a bowl of Trix, only to be informed rather rudely that “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”

And Big G wasn’t done yet: it added chocolate flavor to Kix and created Cocoa Puffs. This time the spokescartoon was Sonny, a cuckoo bird who would goo “Koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs!”

Sonny was obviously a good spokescartoon for Manic Monday.

None of this actually changed the fact that these cereals were basically Kix, and Kix was pretty awful, though you may like it.

In my IT days, “kicks” was the way we pronounced CICS, IBM’s Customer Information Control System. CICS was how you did online in the days before the Internet. It’s still around and people still use it, though I think most new development is geared toward getting the same results from a system that runs in a web browser and uses something like PHP, Ruby, or Java to update relational databases. You really don’t want me to get into it.

So, that’s my first contribution to Manic Monday. Hope y’all enjoyed it…

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Top Ten From WLS, July 21, 1962

We haven’t done a survey post in a while, so let’s take a look at the WLS Silver Dollar Survey from July 21, 1962, this week 55 years ago.

  • #10: Pat Boone, “Speedy Gonzales” Pat first came to fame by doing “white” versions of songs by Fats Domino and Little Richard, back in the dark ages when radio stations were hesitant to play “race” records. You really can’t hold it against him, it was the times. This is a novelty record that jumped from #15 the week before, so it was #10 with a bullet…
  • #9: Bobby Curtola, “Fortune Teller” Bobby Curtola was a Canadian crooner and teen idol. His record had been on the survey for ten weeks and was on its way down.
  • #8: The Orlons, “The Wah Watusi” So, we have The Nylons and The Orlons. One has to ask, what’s next, the Dacrons? This was making its descent after seven weeks.
  • #7: Bobby Rydell, “I’ll Never Dance Again” Teen idol Bobby held the #8 spot the week before, so he was still making his way upward.
  • #6: David Rose & His Orchestra, “The Stripper” David Rose was a London-born orchestra leader and composer who composed “The Stripper.” I think most of us of a certain age remember this being part of Noxzema Shaving Cream commercials…
  • #5: Emilio Pericoli, “Al Di La” Enrico was an Italian singer who covered this song, the song that won the Sanremo Festival the year before when Betty Curtis sang it. He entered the Sanremo Festival that year with the song “Quando, Quando, Quando,” which has become one of the best-known Italian songs. In 1963, he entered the Sanremo Festival again with the song “Uno Per Tutte,” which won that year and earned him a spot in the Eurovision Song Contest, where he placed third.
  • #4: Joanie Sommers, “Johnny Get Angry” Joanie’s typical milieu is jazz, standards, and popular material, but this was a hit for her. I especially like the kazoo break halfway through.
  • #3: Neil Sedaka, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” One of Neil’s better-known songs. This is the original version, not the late Seventies reboot that was slower and moodier.
  • #2: Bobby Vinton, “Roses Are Red” Bit of music trivia: Bobby and Perry Como are both from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • #1: Brian Hyland, “Sealed With A Kiss” Brian was pretty much known for “Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” from a couple of years earlier, but this sold better. He was a victim of the British Invasion a couple of years later, but came back in the early Seventies with a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Gypsy Woman.”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 24, 2017.

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


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The Dog Days of The Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by new and improved Quake cereal.

I never could tell the difference between Quisp and Quake. They both pretty much tasted the same. Different shapes, sure. Is it just me, or does Quake sound like Forrest Tucker?

The Week That Was

So another week has come and gone. Tomorrow I have an appointment with a periodontist. Seems one of my molars was going to need “crown lengthening” anyway, but as the dentist was drilling, she drilled away most of the tooth and still hadn’t gotten rid of the decay, so we decided I needed to have the tooth pulled and have them screw in an implant, then she can put the crown on. Sounds like a lot of fun… anyway, tomorrow is just an appointment for him to give me an estimate and to set up an appointment to have it done. At least, that’s what I think it is. The tooth, which has a temporary filling in it, has already partially broken away, so, yeah, it needs to go. I’ll try and get posts up for tomorrow and Tuesday so I can keep the chain going, but just realize that one or more might be late. Here’s the summary from last week.

The theme this past week was “European Favorites.” I had done a playlist of songs that weren’t in English that charted in the US anyway, and used several of them in the new list. XmasDolly thought it was good. My life is complete…

I featured two instrumental hits from my high-school days, both of which qualify as “one-hit wonders.” This week I’ll feature two vocal songs that were one-hit wonders in the early Seventies, then we’ll start counting down the most-popular bands from the period before moving on to something else. Birgit suggested I do the same for when my parents were in high school, which coincidentally was the start of the Baby Boomer years (1946-64). I’m thinking of going with a “Baby Boomer” theme for the rest of the year and probably a good portion of next year. What do you think of that?

Shared something funny that had been posted to Instagram by PunsWorld. The commercial, a borderline-obscene Arby’s ad, got as much attention as the one-liner. Reminds me of the days when the commercials were more entertaining than the shows.

Kat’s prompt was the word “island,” which led me on a discussion of all the islands I’ve been on. My list almost qualified as a Thursday Ten. I was surprised that I had been on so many.

I shared ten more of the destination songs you recommended, and announced that I’d hold off on posting any more for a while, partly because I was almost out, partly because a couple of the suggestions were “songs about places in Ireland” and “songs about New York City” which required a little more thought. You might see one of those tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you have more destination song suggestions, feel free to drop them on me.

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The prompt was “ceiling and/or sealing.” I found a story about how a colony of bees had built a huge hive in this woman’s attic. I know there are concerns about the declining bee population, then I see stories like that and it makes me wonder. I mean, this lady had an estimated 120,000 bees in her attic. And if you check YouTube, you can find similar stories where bees have colonized people’s houses. Several people wondered how this woman didn’t know they were there. Well, maybe she has tinnitus and thought it was just her ears…

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

My most recent Battle of the Bands was won by Bing Crosby, singing the version of “Galway Bay” more popular outside Ireland. Next Battle will be on August 15, since that seems to be the way things are going.

Tomorow I’ll be adding a new feature, “Manic Monday,” brought to us by Sandi over at Flip Flops Everywhere. The link take you to the page that has the rules and the prompt for this week. I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t mind if you joined in as well. Aside from that, all the regular features will be here, and who knows what else.

By the way, those of you who use Photobucket might already know this, but it appears that they no longer do free third-party hosting. If you store the images you imbed in your blog posts on Photobucket, you might want to consider moving them to another host or coughing up the $399 a year for third-party hosting. They explain it all here.

Anyway, that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Galway Bay” Results

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

So the song, or rather songs, were two named “Galway Bay,” one of which was more popular in Ireland (sung by Dolores Keane), the other more popular outside Ireland (sung by Bing Crosby). Here are the results.

Inside Ireland (Dolores): 4
Outside Ireland (Bing): 7

Congratulations to Bing and kudos to Dolores for a beautiful job.

I’m still curious: ignoring the singers for just a second, which “Galway Bay” did you like? They were two different songs.

Anyway, we’ll do this again on August 15.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Check Your Attic…

Not knowing what to do with a prompt of “sealing/ceiling,” I askd my friend DuckDuckGo to find stories with “ceiling” in the title. Immediately, it brought me to this story

May 18 (UPI) — A Georgia woman had a massive beehive removed from her home after learning about 120,000 bees had been living in her ceiling.

Evidently, she heard buzzing and saw bees flying around outside her house. She called a bee service who came into the house and took a section of her ceiling out. Here’s a short video of what they found there…

Apparently the hive weighed about 120 pounds, contained 60 pounds of honey, and housed around a hundred twenty thousand bees. The company was able to capture and relocate all the bees, and apparently the guy who caught them is going to give the lady some of the honey, but man, that’s scary. Thank heaven Decatur is the other side of town from me.


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(I was hoping they’d show Little Debbie Honey Buns… oh well…)