The Last Week That Was Of Winter 2017

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A big week coming, what with the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal tomorrow and lots more blogging to do for the Challenge as well as the regular stuff I do out here. So, let’s get to it.

Songs and/or artists with “air” in the name was last Monday’s theme. I joined almost everyone else in sharing a song by Air Supply, but I came up with some unique choices as well. “The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies was not one of them. I try to come up with songs that no one else thinks of, and I’d say I did a pretty good job.

The Reverend Al Green, formerly known as just Al Green, who had a few Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 (and many more on the Soul/R&B chart) in the early Seventies, was the featured artist this week. I have his Greatest Hits collection and it’s one of my favorite albums.


This week’s one-liner came from the A to Z Challenge blog. The theme reveal for this year’s Challenge is tomorrow, so be sure and check the blog for a list of this year’s participants.


I’ll announce the winner of my most-recent Battle of the Bands on Tuesday, so if you haven’t voted, stop on out there and have a listen and let your voice be heard. The song is “Air Mail Special” and the contestants are Caterina Valente and Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band.

Kat asked for seven reasons I would want to go to Ireland, which is a moot issue since I highly doubt I’ll ever make it there.

As Friday was the Feast of St. Patrick, I played Irish music. No surprise there.


Linda’s prompt was “man,” and as I woke up thinking of songs with “man” in the title, I shared five of them. Hey, I didn’t use The Friday Five to do it. I’m open to suggestions of other songs with “man” in the title, and will share your suggestions this Friday.

Tomorrow, I’ll be eulogizing Chuck Berry, who died yesterday at the ripe old age of 90, and will also reveal my theme for this year’s A to Z Challenge. As I mentioned above, I’ll reveal the name of the winner of Battle “Air Mail Special” on Tuesday and your “man” songs on Friday. Two for Tuesday will feature another artist from my high school days, I’ll have another pithy one-liner on Wednesday, and I’ll have to wait to see what Kat has planned for Thursday and Linda for Saturday. I’ll also continue plugging away at my entries for A to Z (I’m halfway done now) and visit as many of you who do a theme reveal tomorrow as I can.

One other thing: in last week’s survey about what to do with Daylight Saving Time, seven of you said get rid of it altogether, two said to go back to “last Sunday in April to last Sunday in October,” and there were votes for both moving the clocks ahead one hour permanently and moving them ahead a half-hour permanently. No one wanted to keep the current scheme. Thanks to everyone who voted!

That wraps up last week. Stay tuned!

The Eastern Daylight Time Week That Was

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Here’s John Cameron Swayze for Timex watches. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

Yesterday, I talked about Daylight Saving Time, and judging from the responses I got, most people are in favor with doing away with it altogether, or never changing the clocks again after we did early this morning. Reading some of the comments in news stories about the time change, there are some people who want to return to DST from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. Others have said “let’s set the clocks ahead one hour and leave them there,” and a few said “let’s split the difference and set them ahead a half hour and leave them there.” I built a little poll that gives you five different options about what you want to do about it. Go ahead and cast your vote for the one you like best. I’ll report on the result next week.


Eddi Reader won my latest Battle of the Bands, with most of you saying her version of “Town Without Pity” was better than that of Sha Na Na featuring Johnny Cantardo. My next Battle will be this Wednesday. Be there or be square!

I featured songs that featured whistling, but no singing. There are loads of songs that have whistling in them, but not many that are just exclusively whistling. Arlee mentioned a guy named Fred Lowery, a blind man who did a whole album of whistling that his family toured with. I couldn’t find the album he mentioned, one of whistled gospel music, but I did find this one, and there’s a lot more Fred Lowery out there. Uncle Jack remembered the theme song from 1954’s The High And The Mighty, starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Laraine Day. Here’s the original, by Leroy Holmes and His Orchestra, with whistling by Fred Lowery.

Another great whistler, I’ve since learned, was a man name Muzzy Marcellino, who also has a version of “The High and The Mighty.” He was the whistler on Hugo Montenegro’s recording of Ennio Morricone’s “Theme from ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly’.”

Everyone, especially Dan, will be happy to know that I did the Osmond franchise this past Tuesday, so you don’t have to hear them again. At least not on this blog.


My one-liner was from a blog where someone was describing his imagination. Nearly everyone I know feels the same way about their imagination, and it’s a good way to look at it. A couple of you said they liked the ad for The Kingston Trio that accompanied the post. I don’t know why I started putting old TV commercials into my posts, but everyone seems to like them.

Everyone also seems to like it when I tell stories from my past, such as this past week when I told the story about Mary and I having brunch with Grandma and Florence. Grandma was a remarkable person, and brought great joy into the lives of everyone she knew. She died at 92, and I can honestly say she was too young. Interesting how that works sometimes. One Thanksgiving, my mother had a cast of thousands over for dinner, and there were two tables, one in the living/dining room and the other in the den, and Mom assigned seating at random. Grandma wanted to sit in the den, where most of the young people were.

This week, I had you pick the songs with the word “jump” in the title, because I had found five the previous Friday. Ya’ll came up with six.


As has become the tradition here at The Sound of One Hand Typing, I used the last SoCS of standard time to grouse about daylight saving time. Today is the shortest day of the year: only 23 hours. Be sure and vote in my poll (see above).

Thanks to everyone who commented this week:

Tomorrow’s theme is “songs with ‘air’ in the title,” and Wednesday’s Battle of the Bands is related to that theme. We’ll have another band from my high school years on Two for Tuesday, and gee, pretty much more of the usual. Thanks for tuning in!

A Lazy Sunday Week That Was

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I think this is (or was) a Canadian brand. I never heard of them before. The commercial was from 1984. Can anyone help?

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Neither Mary not I was especially in the mood to go out for coffee today, when I usually write this update, so I’m coming to you from home this week. Got my studio monitor headphones on and everything. Anyway, here’s the summary for this week, and as always, clicking the badge will bring you to the post.

The theme for M4 was “Grammy Winners From The Eighties,” and I was determined to come up with something different. My research told me that The Manhattan Transfer had won seven Grammys during the period, so they were the subject of my post.

Two for Tuesday featured one of the most popular acts of the early Seventies, The Jackson Five, leading Dan to want to put a pot over his head and bang on it with a spoon. Mark remembered the old line from the first Cheech and Chong album “Now back to our movie, The Jackson Five Story starring The Osmond Brothers!” And guess who this week’s featured artist will be?


Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, when Catholics all around the world walk around with dirty foreheads. My one-liner was one of the lines the person distributing ashes (which no longer has to be a priest or deacon) says while drawing a cross on your forehead. The ashes, incidentally, are the residue of burning the palms that were distributed the previous Palm Sunday. We never take the palms home, or one of the furry little noisemakers would eat them and throw them up in inopportune places. Uncle Jack had a great comment that told a story on my mother, which I’ll let you read here.


This week’s Battle features Eddi Reader and Sha Na Na (featuring Johnny Cantardo) in a battle over who does a better version of Gene Pitney’s “Town Without Pity,” which should be called “Town Without Pitney.” Get your vote in by tomorrow night, and I’ll share the results on Tuesday.

My annual post of Instagram accounts I like. Given the choice “Instagram and Pinterest” against “Facebook and Twitter,” I’m leaning more toward the former. I spend as little time on Facebook and Twitter as I can get away with.

I used my brother Pat’s suggestion and went with five songs that had “jump” in the title, and I’m close if not at five more songs you suggested, so we’ll be doing a week of those this Friday.


Yesterday’s prompt was “project.” Since I always have to be a pain in the ass and come up with my own angle, I wrote about the Give-A-Show projector, which never seemed to work as well as the commercials would have you believe. In the ads, you get a picture like IMAX; in practice, much smaller, unless you could live with a blurry and fuzzy picture.

Thanks and a tip o’ the Holton hat to my commenters this week:

I have more of the same planned for this week, but there could be a surprise or two.

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. Thanks for watching!

The Mardi Gras Week That Was

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Ash Wednesday is this week, and that means fish for dinner on Fridays, as well as on Wednesday. Unless you’re 59 or older, which Mary and I are, so we can have whatever we want. We’ll probably have fish anyway, or something without meat, because that’s just what you do during Lent.

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Before I start, a correction to my Stream of Consciousness Saturday post of a week ago, when we were talking about ham: the new face on the front of the $20 bill will be Harriet Tubman, not Sojourner Truth as reported. Everything else is the same. Thanks to AM at Ramblin’ with AM for her post today. Read it, it’s a good one.

As always, clicking on the badge brings you to the post. Here we go.

This past week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me was a freebie. I used the opportunity to share some of the research I’ve done into Top Ten songs when I was in high school, sharing the five acts that spent the most time in the Top Ten during that period, as determined by Billboard magazine. The topic for this week is Grammy Winners from the Eighties, and wait’ll you get a load of what I did.

The subject this past week was the band America, whose soft-rock sound was really popular in the early Seventies. This week, we salute Michael, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon, and Jackie Jackson, who had a great run in a time when family acts were very popular.


The results are in, and by a single vote, Doris Day edged out Amy Winehouse in Battle “Our Day Will Come.” I hope I can come up with a battle as good or better for this Wednesday.


This week’s one-liner came to us from Stephen T. McCarthy, who is the guru of the Battle of the Bands, and it dealt with hearing music from your childhood being played over the intercom in a grocery store. It’s even more disconcerting when you’re shopping on Senior Discount Day and hear “One Way Or Another” by Blondie.

The prompt was “fight,” and I wrote about fights in sporting events, primarily hockey.

The week before last, my knees were killing me, and I gave you five songs with “pain” in the title, and asked if you could think of more. We came up with enough for another post, even though “pain” isn’t a word you often run into in a title. And, just so you know, thanks to new shoes and glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM in addition to all the Aleve I was taking, the pain has dissipated back down to the level it was at before the serious pain I dealt with the week before. I’ve found that MSM works the best for me in killing joint pain, but I think I’ll also try turmeric at some point, which I hear is an excellent anti-inflammatory.


Linda’s prompt yesterday was “how,” as in “How many bloggers does it take to change a light bulb?” “How” is a great word that starts a lot of jokes, and I shared several examples.

I also reblogged a post from Twila Price, a dear friend of mine who just started her own blog, The Magpie Library and Tea Room, where she plans on doing book reviews a couple of times a week. She had started her blog about a year ago, but technical difficulties prevented her from posting to it until now.

Thanks, as always, to my commenters this week:

I’ve been a busy little blogger and already have posts written for the first half of the week. I’m getting good at this. If I can get my posts together for the week, maybe I can start on my posts for the A to Z Challenge, coming this April to a blog near you. Which reminds me, I have a video to create for that.

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. Hope to see you soon!

The Winter Break Week That Was

We’ll be right back after this word from Save-On Foods and Drugs.

Had no idea the Mob had infiltrated the grocery business in Toronto. The things you learn in this job.

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My knee is doing better, thanks to nine Aleve a day and an isometric exercise I found on the Internet. Still not great, but it could be worse. Anyway, here’s the summary; don’t forget you can click on the badge to go to the original post.


You still have time to vote in my latest Battle of the Bands, “‘Our Day Will Come’: Amy Winehouse vs. Doris Day.” I’ll announce the winner Tuesday, so get your vote in soon. This has been a pretty close battle, so be sure and make your voice be heard.

Songs about trains and railroads were the subject of this week’s post. The choices I came up with seem to have gone over well. I’m getting the hang of this.

Anne Murray was the subject of this week’s look at music from June 1970-September 1974. I tend to forget that there were musical acts from that period that were very popular because, at the time, I didn’t especially like them. Listening to Anne now, I understand why she was so popular then, and I’m finding that with many more of those acts.

I also realized that there were many artists that I was missing by using the lists of the Hot Singles of the Year, and found lists of all the songs that reached the Top Ten over those years on Wikipedia. Through some manipulations of the data (including finding a site that does conversions from tables on web pages to spreadsheets), I have a much more complete picture of who was and wasn’t popular then. I tell ya, I’m dangerous when I put my mind to it. You’ll see some of the results tomorrow.


This week’s one-liner was one I use frequently, and I tell the story of how I came up with it. I can have a mordant sense of humor when I put my mind to it.

I told the story of how my parents met, and in doing so learned that there are alternate versions of the legend. My brother Kip said that when Bill’s friends found out that he and Bunny were getting serious, they beat him up. I sometimes get the sense that Mom told each of us different versions of the same story, not thinking we’d ever compare notes. But it was a good story, even if Dad got his ass kicked.

Speaking of pain, as I was in pain when I wrote it, I came up with five songs with “pain” in the title. If you think of any others, let me know. And thanks to everyone who suggested different treatments. Not sure if it’s the bones or the muscles, or both, but Aleve seems to have it under control, though I’ll be looking for a more permanent solution.


Our prompt yesterday was “ham,” and I saw that there were many other participants who chose to write about the meat of the same name, so I just improvised, and came up with a pretty good post, if I say so myself.

Thnks to all y’all who commented!

Tomorrow I’ll share some of the analysis of music I’ve done, America will be the Two for Tuesday artist, I’ll have another One-Liner… after that, I have to wait on input from others.

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!