The Friday 5×2: “Dark” Songs #JusJoJan (Five On Friday)

This is a super-mashup post! Mike Golch, who does M4 with me and the rest of the gang, suggested I join him and the rest of the “5 on Friday” bunch. Thanks, Mike! Hope you don’t mind if I join with ten…

I think we need to mention the rules here…

I first saw this meme by Our Founder Travis of Travs Thoughts.
Here are Trav’s rules:

As always, if you’d like to join us in the musical fun, the guidelines are basic and simple.

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.
2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. You may choose a particular theme to share with us, or post random tunes if that’s your vibe for the day. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.
2a. Don’t feel restricted by the tracks listed on And don’t be discouraged if the Embed code won’t work. You’re welcome to use any type of media to share your Sets.Such as
3. Be sure to sign Mr Linky on his site so everyone can visit your Set.
4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

So, you’ve been invited!

And, since it’s January, this is also part of Linda Hill’s Just Jot It January…

Today’s prompt comes to us from Kerry, who blogs at “Her Headache,” chose today’s word, which is


I had hoped to build a playlist of ten songs that had “darkness” in the title, but could only find a couple, so I included those as well as a few more songs that had “dark” in the title, and got my ten songs. Here they are!

  1. Bruce Cockburn, “All Our Dark Tomorrows” I started with Bruce, because I knew Arlee would be reading this, and as it turns out, it was a good move, because Bruce has several songs with “dark” in the title. This is the newest of the group, having appeared on his 2003 album You’ve Never Seen Everything.
  2. Sarah Vaughan, “Dancing In The Dark” A pop standard, written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz in the early Thirties. Sarah does a beautiful job with it here. But then, Sarah always did a beautiful job with the standards. Yes, I know Bruce Springsteen has a song by the same name…
  3. George Harrison, “Dark Horse” Title track for his 1974 solo album. Again, I’m aware that Katy Perry has a song by the same name.
  4. War, “Slippin’ Into Darkness” From 1971’s All Day Music. The song spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 for 22 weeks in 1972, tying it with Gallery’s “Nice to Be With You” for spending the most weeks on the chart in 1972. Not sure where it peaked, but it did earn a Gold Record and was #23 for the year.
  5. Friend & Lover, “Reach Out Of The Darkness” Learn something new every day: Friend & Lover was the husband-and-wife team of Jim and Cathy Post. Jim was a longtime performer in the Chicago folk scene, along with Bonnie Koloc, Steve Goodman, and John Prine. This song peaked at #10 and spent 14 weeks on the Hot 100. And just so’s you know, Jim and Cathy are no longer married…
  6. Gipsy Moon, “Dark Eyes” This is maybe the most famous Russian romantic tune, and there are hundreds of versions out there of it.
  7. Cher, “Dark Lady” For all you Cher fans out there. This was the title track from her 1974 album. As a single, it reached #1 in March 1973, a little over a year before the album was released.
  8. Dinah Washington, “Romance In The Dark” Dinah was the most-popular black female recording artist of the Fifties. This wasn’t listed as one of her singles from that period, but it’s still a good song.
  9. Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, “Jeannie’s Afraid Of The Dark” Dolly wrote this while she and Porter were working together.The song was released on their 1968 album Just The Two Of Us and was the B-side of “We’ll Get Ahead Someday,” also from the album, but this became a fan favorite.
  10. The Flying Burrito Brothers, “The Dark End Of The Street” A country standard (it was another song from Porter and Dolly’s album referenced above). From The Burritos’ 1969 album The Gilded Palace of Sin.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for January 19, 2018.


Writer’s Workshop: Free (?)

When I hear the term “free” applied to an item, several things leap to mind.

By “free,” do they mean “included in the price”? When I was a trainer, we gave all kinds of stuff away: coffee, donuts, pens, pads of paper, training manuals in custom binders, lunch, cookies, candy, tape flags, Post-It Notes, soft drinks, etc. Of course, when you consider that the client was paying $1200 a day and the total value of “free stuff” we’d give them was rarely more than $100 (even if they hogged the cookies and donuts), we were definitely coming out ahead of the game.

Ditto in the early days of flying (by which I mean in the Twentieth Century). You’d get a meal (served on real dishes), free coffee and soft drinks, pillows and blankets (for use on the plane, not to take home, although I’m sure more than a few were spirited off the plane), an inflight magazine, they’d transport your luggage for free (within reason), and they’d actually be nice to you. All for the price of your ticket. Now, it’s like they nickel-and-dime you. Want to carry more luggage than a hobo’s bindle? $25. Want a Coke? $1.75. Want lunch? We have an array of sandwiches priced from $5 to $15. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. (What, no Diner’s Club or Carte Blanche?) And stay in your seat or we’ll turn you over to the authorities. And that’s whether you got an ultra-super-saver fare by booking your trip before you even know you needed to take one, used frequent-flyer miles or airline coupons, or paid full-fare.

Am I going to get what I “paid” for? Remember the laundry detergents that would give you a “free” glass, a dish, or a towel in the box? You generally weren’t getting the high-quality stuff. They were free, and worth every penny.

How much is this going to cost me? Two words: FREE KITTEN (or, if you prefer, FREE PUPPY).

As Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman once said, TANSTAAFL: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. It goes back to the old taverns that would advertise FREE LUNCH. It was free so long as you bought a couple of drinks…

What A Revoltin’ Development This Is #JusJoJan

Sandra over at “What Sandra Thinks” came up with today’s prompt in Linda Hill’s Just Jot It January…


You, of course, recognize the title of this post as the catchphrase uttered by Chester A. Riley, from the series The Life Of Riley, which ran from 1953 to 1958 and starred William Bendix as the title character, with Marjorie Reynolds as his wife Peg. I haven’t seen it in years, but there are a few episodes on YouTube and maybe it’ll see the light of day on broadcast TV some day. They tried it a few years earlier with Jackie Gleason as Chester, and as I remember Chester was sort of like Ralph Kramden, the type who turns molehills into mountains for comedic efect.

There was a commercial on radio for Captain Black pipe tobacco back in the Sixties, essentially a conversation between the Capain and his First Mate. One of the jokes in it wasthis one…

FIRST MATE: Captain! The men are revolting!
CAPTAIN: Of course they’re revolting! They haven’t bathed in weeks!

Needless to say, when I was nine or ten, I thought that was hilarious.

#1LinerWeds From Bonnie & Clyde #JusJoJan

To clarify, Bonnie and Clyde are a pair of Himalayan cats who have a following on Instagram… I’m not sure if this is Bonnie or Clyde…

I’m here to help. #dontoverthinkit #itsallaboutperspective #foodforthought #muffintop

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One-Liner Wednesday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. During January, it’s also part of Just Jot It January, also a Linda project.

Now this word from Good Luck Margarine. Preferred unsaturates and preferred flavor: Good Luck gives you both, at no extra cost!

Two For Tuesday: Bill Haley and His Comets

Rock & Roll is a combination of a number of different types of music, primarily Country and Rhythm & Blues. One of the pioneers who gave life to this genre was Bill Haley, whose song “Rock Around The Clock” in 1954 is considered the opening shot, so to speak, of the rock and roll revolution. It’s appropriate for us to start with him.

“Rocket 88” is credited to Jackie Brenston and was originally recorded by Jackie and His Delta Kings (in reality Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm). It was released in 1951 and reached #1 on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart. Later in 1951, country singer Bill Haley recorded it, backed by his band The Saddlemen, and it became a regional hit in the Northeastern US. Haley’s recording is considered by many to be the first Rock & Roll record.

By late 1952, after much success with his new sound, Bill Haley renamed his band The Comets. In 1954, Bill and His Comets recorded “Rock Around The Clock” as the flip side to “Thirteen Women (And Only One Man).” The song failed to chart on its own

Bill’s popularity began to fade after the followup to “Rock Around The Clock,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” reached #7 in the US and #4 in the UK. His last Top Ten hit in the US was “See You Later, Alligator” in 1956, but he continued to have chart success in the UK, with a half dozen Top Ten songs there through 1957. By the Sixties, they were considered an “oldies” act.

“Rock Around The Clock” was used as the theme song for the 1973 movie American Graffiti (and later for the TV show Happy Days), and it was re-released in 1974; it reached #34 in the US and #12 in the UK. Haley died in 1981, and a number of bands calling themselves The Comets, which include members of Haley’s bands through the years, have continued the name and the sound of the original group.

Bill Haley and His Comets, your Two for Tuesday, January 16, 2018.