You Are What You Eat

I can’t choose a favorite food because I like variety and unless I am on death row getting my last meal, I don’t really know what I want to eat.  If it was my last meal and I had to choose, I would pick Beef Wellington with a baked potato, green bean almondine because it rhymes and a baked Alaska for dessert.  Eating is not simple like putting gas in your car when your gauge tells you that it is getting low and a whole gambit of considerations come into play when I get hungry.  I usually plan my meals out and I want to eat food that I enjoy, but since I have type II diabetes, I try to be conscious of the health concerns involved in what I eat.  Most of the time when I cook, I look for convenience, cost, and variety and quantities that will not take up my whole refrigerator, or make more than three left over meals for me.  I like all types of foods and I don’t have a favorite appetizer, a favorite entrée, a favorite snack, and I could never even try to choose a favorite dessert.

There is still one family tradition that I have followed for my whole life, which was started by my dad and this involves eating spaghetti on the opening Sunday of football season every year.  Besides having football games on Sunday, it is also played on Thursday and Monday and although the 2020 season will start on Thursday, September 10th with the Chiefs hosting the Texans, I will make my spaghetti on Sunday, September 13th, even if the season is cancelled due to Covid-19.  I use a sauce made from a jar and thickened with paste and I make my own meatballs and I usually add some sweet Italian sausage.  I could probably eat spaghetti once a month, but it tastes better when you don’t have it all the time.

I should probably mention that I don’t like onions, I don’t like they way they look, or the way that they smell and I won’t eat them.  I won’t bother picking around them, because that nasty flavor seeps into everything that they touch.  My dad thought that I was being finicky, so he told my mom to cut up the onions up into really tiny pieces thinking that I wouldn’t taste them that way, but I gaged on them and almost puked.  My mom always made me special meals without onions after that and only a mom has that much love in her.  I can clearly state that onions are my least favorite food.  If you are what you eat, the last thing that I want to be is a putrid onion.

Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August FDDA #10 where the prompt is your favorite food.

Dead 25 Years Answers

This post didn’t go over as well as I thought that it would, but anyway here are the answers that I promised.

Easy
1) At a quarter to ten you know it’s travelling again
Casey Jones
2) If I get home before daylight I just might get some sleep
Friend of the Devil
3) That was not made by the hands of man
Ripple
4) Don’t murder me, I beg of you don’t murder me
Dire Wolf
5) The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean
Brown-Eyed Women
6) Krazy Kat peeking through a lace bandana
China Cat
7) Like a steam locomotive rolling down the track
He’s Gone
8) Please forget you knew my name
Sugaree
9) Goes to show, you don’t ever know
Deal
10) Full of tastes no tongue can know, and lights no eyes can see
Attics Of My Life
11) Wishing well with a golden bell
Saint Stephen
12) I’m Uncle Sam, that’s who I am
US Blues

Intermediate
13) I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune
Uncle John’s Band
14) Listen to the river sing sweet songs
Brokedown Palace
15) Not a chill to the winter but a nip to the air
Scarlet Begonias
16) Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings
Truckin’
17) Run around the corner, corner, Lord run smack in to a tree
Bertha
18) All I know she sang a little while and then flew on
Bird Song
19) Come all you pretty women with your hair a-hanging down
Candyman
20) Now listen here baby
High Time
21) Dust off those rusty strings just one more time
Stella Blue
22) Singing thank you, for a real good time
Loose Lucy
23) Asked me for a dime, a dime for a cup of coffee
Warf Rat
24) Dum dee dum dee doodley doo
Cosmic Charley
25) When you get back you better butter my bread
Tennessee Jed
26) You keep me up just one more night
Cumberland Blues

Difficult
27) If you got nothing new to say
New Speedway Boogie
28) In another time’s forgotten space
Franklin’s Tower
29) Let the world go by, all lost in dreaming
To Lay Me Down
30) And sing me a song of my own
Black Muddy River
31) Let your tracks be lost in the dark and snow
Till the Morning Comes
32) Crippled but free
Help on the Way
33) But who can the weather command
Black Peter
34) It ain’t never gonna end
Ramble On Rose
35) Lord, you know they made a fine connection
They Love Each Other
36) Hang your heart on laughing willow
Crazy Fingers
37) Some rise, some fall, some climb
Terrapin Station
38) But the heart has its beaches, its homeland and thoughts of its own
Eyes of the World
39) Put your gold money where your love is baby
Loser
40) You know you got such dark eyes!
Shakedown Street
41) And try to keep a little grace
Touch of Grey

It Only Takes A Few Bad Apples

The feeling has gone away, and now that I have lost that loving feeling, I am thinking about calling it quits.  Maybe it was inevitable that I would not last as the host for Song Lyric Sunday, but at one time, I really did enjoy doing this, however lately this has not been a day at the beach.  For the past two weeks, I had to include rants on this challenge that was once all about having fun.  I thought that I was doing a pretty good job, and even though I read every song post that was submitted, this was not being reciprocated with the posts that I wrote.  I don’t enjoy arguing, and I don’t like quitting either and if people could just be a little bit nicer, I would stick around.

I have prompts scheduled till November 8, 2020 and in the mean time I will be looking for a new host to take over.  It is just a few bloggers that have been getting on my nerves and if they quit before I do, then I will stick around.  Song Lyric Sunday was my favorite day of the week, but lately it has become a hassle and maybe it is time for new blood.  The thrill of coming here every week to see which songs everybody will pick has gone away and maybe it is not gone for good, but without the fun that this challenge once had, it is not worth it for me to continue.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Inevitable and for Ragtag Community – Beach.

When Things Go Wrong

The song is normally attributed to Elmore James, but the earliest recording seems to be by Tampa Red (Hudson Whittaker), with him listed as the composer.  It may be that the song goes back further and should really be listed as being traditional as the melody is based on the 1928 Blues hit ‘How Long How Long Blues’ by Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell.  Several versions of ‘It Hurts Me Too’ were recorded in the 1940s and 1950s, by Stick McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy.  Bob Dylan recorded a song titled ‘It Hurt Me Too’ which was radically similar to the Elmore James song, but Dylan like many Folkies and Folk revivalists believed that every Blues song was traditional, took the song, transformed it into his own, and released it on Self-Portrait.  Elmore James died on May 24, 1963, at the age of forty-five, which was seven years before Bob Dylan’s tenth studio album Self-Portrait was released.  Eric Clapton’s twelfth solo studio album From the Cradle features the song ‘It Hurts Me Too’, which he attributed to Tampa Red.

This song was released on the Grateful Dead Europe ’72 album.  Elmore James’ lyrics are very close to what Pigpen sings, and his is clearly the version that Pigpen learnt from.  ‘It hurts Me Too’ was sung by Pigpen with the Grateful Dead from 1966 to 1972, but never revived after his death.  Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, the Grateful Dead singer, organist and harmonica player used a Hohner Blues Harp harmonica.  He took up harmonica and got pretty good at it, playing one hell of a harmonica in the days when nobody could play any of that stuff.  Pigpen was a participant in all incarnations of the Dead, beginning with the Zodiacs and then with Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions.  It was his idea to start the group known as the Warlocks which came before the Grateful Dead.  Ron McKernan died on March 8, 1973, at the age of 27 from a bleeding stomach caused by a gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

You said you was hurtin’, almost lost your mind
‘Cause the man you love hurt you all the time
But when things go wrong, wrong with you
It hurts me too

You love him a little more, when you should love him less
Why pick up behind him and take his mess
‘Cause when things go wrong, wrong with you
It hurts me too

You love another man, little girl you know I love you
But you love him and stick to him just about like glue
‘Cause when things go wrong, wrong with you
It hurts me too

Well he’d better leave you, or you’d best put him down
‘Cause you know I just can’t stand to see, see you pushed around
‘Cause when things go wrong, wrong with you
It hurts me too

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is a song with a harmonica.

Monica and Veronica

I dated Monica who was smoking hot, but her younger sister Veronica had the potential to become a real beauty.  A few thousand years ago, the harmonica was invented in China, but around 1825, a European named Richter invented an instrument which has become the modern harmonica.  In the United States, the harmonica became very popular as a blues instrument.  In the 1930’s and early 1940’s John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson became well known for his harmonica skill.  After WWII, Chicago became a major center for blues, with great harmonica players like Rice Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II and Marion Walter Jacobs aka Little Walter.  Little Walter stretched the harmonica to its limits, making the instrument his own and many people consider him to be the greatest blues harmonica player ever.  Many Dylan songs have harmonica solos in them, but he got a squeaky sound out of his harmonica, because he would blow out of the harmonica when everybody else was sucking in.

One of the first things that I did when I took over being the host of Song Lyric Sunday was to issue a month of prompts in advance, so everyone had enough time to get a song ready.  I made some mistakes and probably the biggest one was suggesting songs that people could use to meet the prompts, which I took a lot of flack for because people said that finding the song was the most fun part of this song challenge.  I was told that it is all about the journey, not the destination!  Last week a participant told me that she could not find a song that had the “Acquire” in it, so I did a quick search on https://www.lyrics.com that that brought 12 artists that I was familiar with, who had songs with the word acquire in them, even though I did not know any of these sings.  I found Risky by Iggy Pop, Mountain Woman The Kinks, Flash’s Confession The Kinks, Easily Lead Robert Plant, American Science Duran Duran, Sparrow on the Schoolyard Wall Jethro Tull, Lament Jim Morrison, That’s the Way It Goes George Harrison, Prologue Frank Zappa, Rush The Pharcyde, The Seven Rays Todd Rundgren, Brianstorm Arctic Monkeys and My Bad Side Sir Mix-A-Lot.

I need to make a clarification between the prompt and the theme.  Most weeks I offer several prompt words and when these words are grouped together, they create a theme which relates to these prompt words.  People have become confused, thinking that they just need to meet the theme with their song and I guess that is why they are ignoring the prompts.  These rules were passed to me by Helen Vahdati and some of the participants may have been in this music challenge before I started blogging, but I don’t want this to change Song Lyric Sunday from its originally intended purpose.  All participants are asked to concentrate on the prompt words and try to use one of them in either the title or the lyrics (not the name of the group) and ignore the theme, as this is only used by me to tie the prompts together.  I hope this clears everything up for everyone.

Last week we had Getting Something and everyone was asked to find a song that fit with one of the accumulation related prompts of Acquire/Collect/Gather/Secure and we had great music but still some people missed the boat with the prompt.  This week we have something totally different where you are supposed to find a song with a harmonica in it and hopefully this will fit for everyone.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.  If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the Elmore James song ‘It Hurts Me Too’ this week.  Next week I will be writing about the song ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ by the Grateful Dead.  The upcoming prompts will be:
August 16, 2020 – Clear/Dark/Light
August 23, 2020 – Above/Below/Between
August 30, 2020 – Cruel/Evil/Horrible/Monster/Wicked
September 6, 2020 – Musical/Opera

Dead 25 Years

Jerry Garcia was 53 years old when his long, strange trip came to an end, on August 9, 1995, and I thought that I would commemorate this great guitarist with a tribute modeled after what I saw on Hack’s Back pages last Friday where he made a quiz out of song lyrics from the Beatles.  I made a list of 41 Grateful Dead songs that Jerry sings lead vocals in and I will give you one line in the lyrics and you will try to name the song, without looking it up on Google, or asking Cortina, or Siri or Alexa.  Just like what Hack did for the Beatles, I will divide these songs up into three categories, easy, intermediate and difficult and you can attempt either one, or try all three.  I will create another blog post later on Monday with the quiz answers so you can see how you did.  If you desire, you can submit your answers in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

Easy
1) At a quarter to ten you know it’s travelling again
2) If I get home before daylight I just might get some sleep
3) That was not made by the hands of man
4) Don’t murder me, I beg of you don’t murder me
5) The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean
6) Krazy Kat peeking through a lace bandana
7) Like a steam locomotive rolling down the track
8) Please forget you knew my name
9) Goes to show, you don’t ever know
10) Full of tastes no tongue can know, and lights no eyes can see
11) Wishing well with a golden bell
12) I’m Uncle Sam, that’s who I am

Intermediate
13) I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune
14) Listen to the river sing sweet songs
15) Not a chill to the winter but a nip to the air
16) Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings
17) Run around the corner, corner, Lord run smack in to a tree
18) All I know she sang a little while and then flew on
19) Come all you pretty women with your hair a-hanging down
20) Now listen here baby
21) Dust off those rusty strings just one more time
22) Singing thank you, for a real good time
23) Asked me for a dime, a dime for a cup of coffee
24) Dum dee dum dee doodley doo
25) When you get back you better butter my bread
26) You keep me up just one more night

Difficult
27) If you got nothing new to say
28) In another time’s forgotten space
29) Let the world go by, all lost in dreaming
30) And sing me a song of my own
31) Let your tracks be lost in the dark and snow
32) Crippled but free
33) But who can the weather command
34) It ain’t never gonna end
35) Lord, you know they made a fine connection
36) Hang your heart on laughing willow
37) Some rise, some fall, some climb
38) But the heart has its beaches, its homeland and thoughts of its own
39) Put your gold money where your love is baby
40) You know you got such dark eyes!
41) And try to keep a little grace

Fandangoing Around

I never had a post with the name Fandango in it before, and it is about time, as this guy is somebody that I really admire for all the effort that he puts into the WordPress community.  My first contact with the word fandango came from that Procol Harum song ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, which starts out with, “We skipped the light fandango”. which I have pondered the meaning of many times.  If Fandango is a person, did they ignore fandango because they felt that he was a light weight, not able to keep up with the party?  If fandango is a dance, did they think that the steps were too difficult to follow, so they did not participate in it?  I doubt that, because these people were able to do cartwheels across the floor.  My research of the word fandango led me to the Harold Karr and Matt Dubey song ‘New-Fangled Tango’, which is a song that comes from Act II of Happy Hunting in the 1956 Broadway musical.  This song has the lyrics, “A waltz or fandango” and it was later covered by Lena Horn and Dinah Shore.

The next time that I came across the word fandango was while watching Wayne’s World, when they sang along to the Queen song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, “Scaramouche, Scaramouche will you do the fandango?”  In 1976, Bob Dylan recorded ‘Romance in Durango’ where he says, “Soon you will be dancing the fandango”.  The Clash recorded a song ‘Midnight to Stevens’ which was about Guy Stevens their London Calling producer and in this they say, “Oh skip that fandango”, because Procol Harum got their name from Stevens’ Burmese Blue cat.  The Cars song ‘It’s Not the Night’ says, “your last fandango” and later they recorded ‘I’m in Touch With Your World’ which has the lyrics, “You’re a flick fandango party.”  Roxy Music recorded ‘Do The Strand’ which contains the lyrics, “Fed up with fandango.”  The fandango dance begins conventionally with a gavotte-like melody, which reminds me of that Carly Simon song ‘You’re So Vein’, which has the lyrics “As you watched yourself Gavotte and all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner.”

The dictionary has two different meanings for the word fandango where one is a lively Spanish dance for two people, typically accompanied by castanets or tambourine and the other is a foolish or useless act or thing.  I also read that the word fandango can be used as a synonym for “a quarrel”, “a big fuss”, or “a brilliant exploit”.  I heard a rumor that Mrs. Fandango makes Fandango wear that paper bag over his head, because all the girls were dreaming that they would be his partner and I guess it is working as they seem to be happy.

Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August FDDA #8 where the prompt is something or someone that you admire.

Spot On

I went to my favorite spot and had a spot of tea, whatever that is.  A Dalmatian named Spot was walking down the street, when it spotted a cat and started chasing after it.  They both ran under my table and knocked over my tea and the strawberry scone that I was eating.  The waiter saw that the strawberry created a spot on my shirt and he said that he would get some club soda to take care of that, but I rubbed and rubbed, going all Lady Macbeth on it saying “Out damn spot” to no avail.  I think that I should look for a new spot to take my tea.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is spot.

A Little Better

‘Getting Better’ is a Beatles song from their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Paul McCartney devised the title for this song while he was walking his sheepdog Martha through London’s Regent’s Park in early 1967.  Paul said that one day he was sitting with John and he told him that he had this idea for a song and it was getting better all the time and John responded, “You couldn’t get much worse.”  Paul thought that this was brilliant and he said that John’s sarcasm was a big reason why he liked writing songs together with him.  Paul was being optimistic while John was being dismal.  John had regrets about his violent past, he said this came from not being able to express himself, so he hit women and got into fights with men.  John was able to see his own flaws and change them and after he said, “I am a violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence”, so after this, he led a life of peace.  In this song, John admits to beings mean, but he decided to change his scene and try to do the best that he could.

The actual phrase of getting better is credited to Jimmy Nicol who stood in for Ringo as the Beatles drummer for 10 concert dates, while Ringo was hospitalized with tonsillitis during the Australian leg of their 1964 world tour.  Whenever Jimmy was asked how he was getting on, he usually responded by saying, “It’s getting better” which stuck with Paul and he eventually used this phrase a few years later in this song.   To prepare himself for yet another marathon all-night session, Lennon reached into his trusty pillbox and he pulled out what he thought was an amphetamine.  While recording this song, Lennon complained that he did not feel well and that he could not focus.  He thought that he took an upper, but he had accidentally taken some LSD and he was terrified of the microphone.  George Martin who was naïve to the world of drugs took John up to the roof of EMI Studios to get some fresh air, it was a wonderful starry night, and John went to the edge of the roof, and looked up at the stars and said, “Aren’t they fantastic?”  To Martin they just looked like ordinary stars and he returned to Studio Two where McCartney and Harrison were waiting.  They knew why Lennon was not well, and upon hearing where Lennon was, they both rushed to the roof to retrieve him and prevent a possible accident.  George Martin played piano on this song and Harrison added an Indian tambura part to the final verse.

It’s getting better all the time

I used to get mad at my school (No, I can’t complain)
The teachers who taught me weren’t cool (No, I can’t complain)
You’re holding me down
Turning me round
Filling me up with your rules

I’ve got to admit it’s getting better (Better)
A little better all the time (It can’t get no worse)
I have to admit it’s getting better (Better)
It’s getting better
Since you’ve been mine

Me used to be angry young man
Me hiding me head in the sand
You gave me the word, I finally heard
I’m doing the best that I can

I’ve got to admit it’s getting better (Better)
A little better all the time (It can’t get no worse)
I have to admit it’s getting better (Better)
It’s getting better
Since you’ve been mine

Getting so much better all the time!

It’s getting better all the time
Better, better, better
It’s getting better all the time
Better, better, better

I used to be cruel to my woman
I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved
Man, I was mean but I’m changing my scene
And I’m doing the best that I can (ooh)

I admit it’s getting better (Better)
A little better all the time (It can’t get no worse)
Yes, I admit it’s getting better (Better)
It’s getting better
Since you’ve been mine

Getting so much better all the time!

It’s getting better all the time
Better, better, better
It’s getting better all the time
Better, better, better

Getting so much better all the time!

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Nobody Does It Better Week 85.

Fishing Trip

My dad took my sister, brother and I fishing on a boat that he rented one day.  We all rented poles and my dad bought worms for bait.  Everyone caught at least one fish except me and I was very disappointed about that.  My dad taught all of us how to wiggle our poles and I copied what the others were doing, so why was this not working for me?  When my dad said that it was time to return the boat, and I was really sad, because we all had the same poles and were using the same bait, but the fish were just not biting for me.  Nobody likes spending the entire day fishing and coming home empty handed.

My dad docked the boat and we all jumped out and I knew that my dad felt bad, because he said, “I am sure that you will have better luck next time son.”  Dejected, I walked several steps behind the rest of them and then I spotted a fish that washed up on shore.  I put it on my hook and I showed everyone what I caught, but they all laughed at me because the fish was decrepit and half rotted away.  My dad never took us fishing again, but he did teach me how to play golf.

Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August FDDA #7 where the prompt is something you found.