Theme? What Theme? (#atozchallenge)

This is the third year I’ve participated in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The first year I did it, I used the NATO spelling alphabet (alpha, bravo, Charlie, etc.) as my theme. Last year, I used players from Chicago White Sox history.

I was, sadly, completely stuck for a theme for this year. I considered using another spelling alphabet (such as the able-baker-Charlie system the British used in World War II), but too many of the words were the same as I had done two years ago. I also considered doing something similar to last year, this time using players from the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves/Doves/Bees/Beaneaters, but thought that might be overkill.

I finally landed on a theme: pick random words and write blog posts on them.

Not much of a theme, huh? Maybe not, but then, this blog really hasn’t got much of a theme. It’s the Seinfeld of the blogging world most of the year, a place to post my ROW80 statuses and share two YouTube videos by a single artist on Tuesdays. It’s only during the A to Z Challenge, and the Ultimate Blog Challenge, that I really have much to say here.

I always admired the great columnists in the newspapers. People like Mike Royko, Bob Greene, Clarence Page, Sidney J. Harris, Roger Simon, Eric Zorn, Mary Schmich, Aaron Gold, Irv Kupcinet, Herb Caen… even if I didn’t agree with them, I read their columns and was amazed at their ability to find something to write about every day. Newspapers have lost their significance in the world at large, and now we find that kind of writing on blogs. I’d like to join that tradition. The A to Z Challenge gives me that opportunity, to come up with something fresh every day.

So, my theme is “random topics.” Hope you like it.


Two for Tuesday: Atlanta Rhythm Section

We featured the Classics IV last week, and mentioned that members of that original band left and eventually formed the Atlanta Rhythm Section, so that’s who we’ll feature today.

In 1970, members of the Classics IV and the Candymen formed as the unofficial house band for Studio One in Doraville, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta). They decided to become an official band, with Rodney Justo on vocals, Barry Bailey on guitar, Paul Goddard on bass, Dean Daughtry on keyboards, and Robert Nix on drums. J. R. Cobb joined the group on guitar in 1972; Justo left after the first album and was replaced by Ronnie Hammond. They recorded sixteen albums from 1972 through 2000. Justo, Daughtry, and Goodard continue to tour wth the band, which plays mostly at nostalgia shows. Their website can be found here.

Our two songs today are from 1978’s Champagne Jam. The first is the title track; the video I chose features a number of pictures of Atlanta landmarks and other popular places from the 1970’s. It reached #43 on the Hot 100.

The second tune is “Imaginary Lover,” which tied with “So Into You” as the band’s most popular tune, charting at #7 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the Adult Contemporary chart, despite the somewhat creepy subject matter.

The Atlanta Rhythm Section, your Two for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

#ROW80: Slouching to the finish line

I see by the ROW80 blog that we only have three more checkins for this round after this one. So, next Thursday, this round is over, and the chair in my office still has stuff on it. Well, I have another week and a half. So, let’s see how this week went, shall we?

  • Write 30 minutes a day: Met and regularly exceeded. I’m not including my morning pages, by the way. I’ve signed up to do the annual Blogging From A to Z Challenge for the third year. More on my theme on Friday, the big reveal day. I’ve already written and scheduled my first couple of entries, the ones for Q and X. Get the hard ones out of the way first, I always say. This year, rather than literally starting at A and going to Z, I’m doing them in random order.

  • Read 30 minutes a day: Surprisingly, I managed to do this. I realized that Mary’s on her iPad most of the day, so I can grab the Kindle during the day. Duh.

  • Decrapulate office: Didn’t do much. I still have a week and a half. The table’s clean. I’m happy about that.

Last night, Mary and I watched a show on one of Atlanta’s PBS stations (both of which are running pledge drives this week) called Behind The Britcom: From Script To Screen. In addition to providing a good deal of information about how these sitcoms are written (theirs are written by two or three writers, where American sitcoms often have a writing staff of 20 or more), there were lots of clips of the shows in question. One such clip was from The Vicar Of Dibley, and it still has me laughing. We sing the song in this clip at church on lots of occasions, and every time we do from now on I’ll be thinking of this.

Until next week, straight ahead.

Hmm, maybe not being on Facebook isn’t such a bad thing…

I have this idea for next month’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and I Googled the question “What do you call someone who likes the number 11?” I didn’t find the answer to that (I think the word is “hendecaphile”), but I found all kinds of interesting things about the number eleven. One of those things was an article in the Huffington Post titled “11 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook In 2014”. I’ll link to it here so you can read it.

The more I hear about Facebook, the creepier it seems. I know I’m going to hear from all the social media gurus who will tell me that I just gotta be on Facebook, because everyone, I mean everyone, is on Facebook, but the more I read articles like this, the less I want to go back to it.

Your thoughts?