Burn the Mother Down

Frustration is inevitable when it seems like there is no justice.  The maximum punishment for being convicted of third-degree murder in Minnesota is 25 years imprisonment.  OK, I cheated, as I looked that up, but George Floyd was only looking for some air to breathe.  George needs to have some justice and these charges are a joke, as they will probably be pleaded down to some minor offense and the officer that took his life will spend minimal time in a country club prison.  This needs to be a first-degree murder charge and the other three officers who idly stood by and watched George die also need to be charged.  Hey why stop there, the district attorney that filed this unjust charge should be fired for incompetence.

Why does nothing ever change?  Is it a sin to have black skin?  The Nazis engaged in sterilization experiments with the Jews, trying to spay them like they were unwanted animals.  It is no less cruel to step on the neck of a handcuffed man and choke the life out of him.  This was like a lynching and George may not have had his body splayed out, but the officer killed him and the others just stood there watching.  You would think that after so many lives were lost due to the coronavirus being sprayed around in the air, that life would be more precious.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is to use any of these words spay/splay/spray.


Michael Jackson walked into an oasis where a Bedouin was drinking with his camel and he asks the Bedouin if he can buy the camel to finish his trip across the desert.  The Bedouin told Michael that he could have the camel if he could tell him how a camel hides out in the desert.  Michael said that the camel uses camouflage.  Michael said that he could make a crocodile smile and a kookaburra laugh and he asked the Bedouin, “What do you call a camel with no humps?”  The Bedouin gave up and Michael said, “Humphrey.”  Michael said, “When I bring the camel back, where should I park it?”, and the Bedouin replied, “Put it back in the Camelot.”

My Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Midnight at the Oasis re-blog went to the wrong website, and I guess that you only get one, so this is a bit different, but if you want to read the whole post, then go here.


Find Out What it is All About

1. What was Paul Revere famous for?
He made stuff from silver.

2. Why is midnight known as “the witching hour”?
This is because only harlots and witches were out on the streets at this time and nobody wanted to admit to being a harlot.

3. What supposedly happens, according to legend, at midnight between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?
Time to open the presents.

4. Why did Patsy Cline go “Walking After Midnight”?
That is the best time to hear the night winds whisper.

5. Why is midnight represented as 00:00 rather than 24:00 in military (24-hour) notation?
That is so you are ready for the next second to be 00:01.

6. Why is noon so named?
Time is crazy and originally before we had clocks, the day started at 6AM. Noon comes from a Latin word that means nine and the ninth hour was actually three o’clock in the afternoon. I hope that this cleared everything up for you.

7. In westerns, what traditionally happens at high noon?
This is when all the artists gather in the streets to draw, except the trapeze artists.

8. What exactly is the difference between “noon” and “high noon”?
Noon only lasts for a second, unless you are high and then time is spaced out more.

9. What’s so special about “the noonday sun”?
Time for lunch.

10. What can you supposedly do at noon on the spring equinox that you supposedly can’t do any other time of year?
Stand on your head for 5 minutes.

Written for PC Guy’s Fibbing Friday.

Get Some Satisfaction

Eric Clapton released ‘After Midnight’ on his 1970 solo eponymous album.  The song charted #18 in the US and it was written by J.J. Cale.  Some sources incorrectly report his given name as Jean Jacques Cale, but he was born John Weldon Cale.  Cale was nicknamed “J.J.” by Elmer Valentine, the co-owner of the Sunset Strip nightclub, the Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, and The Rainbow, to avoid confusion with the Velvet Underground’s John Cale.  Cale’s stuff didn’t age, it just got better over time, like a fine wine.  Cale followed his friend Leon Russell from Tulsa to California.  The Oklahoma songwriter and guitarist J.J. Cale wrote the first version of ‘After Midnight’ as a single which was an up-tempo rendition that he recorded with his band, the Leathercoated Minds.  The Leathercoated Minds were a Los Angeles studio-only group, formed for the express purpose of exploiting both the sound and image of the L.A. psychedelic scene circa 1966-1967.  ‘After Midnight’ was released in 1966 as the B-side of a song called ‘Slow Motion’.  This was produced by Snuff Garrett, owner of the Viva label, with Cale as staff producer and Bryan Hyland the guy who sang ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ chipping in.

The Leathercoated Minds sole album was A Trip Down the Sunset Strip, which was issued in 1967 and contained popular cover songs.  Collectors have interest in this record, because of the filler instrumentals which were written by a young J.J. Cale, who also produced and played guitar on the album.  J.J. Cale’s original version of ‘After Midnight’ existed as an instrumental for a while before he came up with a lyric for it.  Cale said that he finally got the idea for the words when he was playing a show in Atlanta and someone shouted, “Let it all hang out.”  Garrett hired the little-known musician named J.J. Cale to produce the album and play lead guitar, and no one knows for sure just who Cale’s studio partners were, besides Roger Tillison on vocals, although Cale’s buddy Leon Russell is probably playing keyboards.  Tillison was arguably a leading edge of the music that is now called Americana, and he was another singer and songwriter from Oklahoma, that was part of the Tulsa scene which included J.J. Cale, Leon Russell, Jim Keltner, and Jesse Ed Davis.

Cale recorded ‘After Midnight’ again on his debut studio album Naturally which was released in 1972.  This album featured Carl Radle on bass.  Carl Radle was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and he became friends with other Tulsa musicians including David Gates, later of Bread, Leon Russell and JJ Cale.  When Russell moved to California, Radle followed and played in clubs.  Radle is probably best known for his long association with Eric Clapton, starting in 1969 with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and continuing in 1970 with Derek and the Dominos. Radle played ‘After Midnight’ for Eric Clapton when he needed another song for his debut album.  Clapton was immediately smitten, and chose to record it.  Clapton went with a more laid-back approach to this song.

Cale was never as well-known as his songs were.  He never sold a lot of records, but his music became much more famous than he did.  Many well-known performers have recorded his songs including Eric Clapton and Nazareth both covering ‘Cocaine’, Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook both covered ‘Clyde’, Carlos Santana with ‘The Sensitive Kind’, Cissy Houston ‘Cajun Moon’, Captain Beefheart and Bobby Bland both covered ‘I Got the Same Old Blues’, Chet Atkins and Jerry Garcia ‘After Midnight’, Kansas recorded ‘Bringing It Back’, Poco recorded ‘Magnolia’, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer and Bobby Bare all did ‘Call Me the Breeze’, Tom Petty recorded ‘I’d Like to Love You, Baby’ and Widespread Panic did ‘Ride Me High’ and ‘Travelin’ Light’.  The Allman Brothers, Dan Auerbach, The Band, Beck, Band of Horses, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Johnny Cash, Randy Crawford, Jose Feliciano, Lee Fields, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kansas, Freddie King, John Mayall, John Mayer, Maria Muldaur, Nazareth, Phish, Johnny Rivers, Spiritualized, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, and many more have covered his timeless music.

Clapton’s cover was a very big deal for Cale, who seemed to have an aversion to fame and was going through serious financial difficulties.  Cale recalled to Mojo magazine in September 2009 that when he heard Clapton’s version playing on his radio, “I was dirt poor, not making enough to eat and I wasn’t a young man.  I was in my thirties, so I was very happy.  It was nice to make some money.”  The song, made the Billboard Top 20 and was Clapton’s first major hit as a solo artist.  It also secured Cale’s musical and financial future.  Clapton covering this song helped Cale stay in the music business, as he was about ready to get out at the time and was only playing Friday and Saturday nights while looking for a day job.

J.J. Cale died on July 26, 2013 in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack at the age of 74.  J.J. was married to Christine Lakeland his long-time guitarist, and muse, who was his companion for 36 years.  She met J.J. a couple of years after she graduated high school while she was working road gigs, in Nashville, where they were both living.  Her first recorded appearance with Cale came on his 1979 album, 5, although she had been a member of the touring band for three years prior to that.  Being a rather cloistered artist like J.J., no confirmation was ever made of their actual relationship until the printing of his obituary.  Cale won a Grammy Award for best contemporary blues album for The Road to Escondido, a recording he made in 2006 with Clapton.

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we’re gonna chug-a-lug and shout
We’re gonna stimulate some action
We’re gonna get some satisfaction
We’re gonna find out what it is all about
After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down

After midnight, we’re gonna shake your tambourine
After midnight, it’s all gonna be peaches and cream
We’re gonna cause talk and suspicion
We’re gonna give an exhibition
We’re gonna find out what it is all about
After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down

After midnight, we’re gonna shake your tambourine
After midnight, it’s all gonna be peaches and cream
We’re gonna cause talk and suspicion
We’re gonna give an exhibition
We’re gonna find out what it is all about
After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down
After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Midnight at the Oasis.

Reason to Rock

In the early 1960s big-band swing dances declined and gave way to rock ‘n’ roll, as the large size of these groups made touring very expensive and complex, compared to small, 3-5 member groups that came later.  Teenagers were still listening to music that was sweet and soulless, manufactured pop with a beat for crooners such as Bobby Vinton and Bobby Vee.  In 1958, Link Wray’s ‘Rumble’ was banned from the airwaves because it was a whole new sound and people did not like stuff that was different.  The same year, Bobby Darin, was relaxin’ in the tub and he found out that there was a party goin’ on.  The older hollow-body electric/upright bass eventually began to slink away into obscurity, as the curious new Fender bass guitar was first seen in the hands of Lionel Hampton’s bassist Roy Johnson who waxed on its ease of playing and transporting as well as its tonal presence on stage.

Pop music was blended with country when Lynn Anderson had a big hit with Joe South’s ‘Rose Garden’.  Jimmy Buffett never blew out his flip flop because he needed some new Summer footwear, as he stepped on a pop top, which can be dangerous when you are drinking one Margarita after the other, and having trouble finding the salt.  In 1967, the 1910 Fruitgum Company had their most successful chart hit with a song based on a children’s game ‘Simon Says’.

Music would be changed forever with the advent of Jimi Hendrix.  The Spanish Castle Ballroom which was constructed in 1931 and located outside Seattle had served as a popular venue for young aspiring musicians and other men of mystery since its inception.  The club started changing during the time when a young Seattle musician named Jimi Hendrix started frequenting this place along with his Gibson amplifier.  Jimi always had his amplifier in his car and when a band that was playing at this club had a problem with theirs, the skinny black kid went to his car, to snag his amp, and loan it to the group, if they would give him permission so that he could play on stage along with the band.  Lots of bands blew their amps in those days, so many would let him play with them as long as he loaned them his amp.  Hendrix’s lingering fondness for Seattle’s music scene is indicated by the fact that years after he left the Northwest he penned ‘Spanish Castle Magic’ in tribute to his days hanging out at the old roadhouse.  The club was demolished in April of 1968, roughly a year after the release of this nostalgic tune.

It’s very far away
It takes about a half a day to get there
If we travel by my, dragonfly
No it’s not in Spain
But all the same you know, it’s a groovy name
And the wind’s just right
Hang on my darling
Hang on if you want to go
Hear it’s a really groovy place
It’s uh, just a little bit of uh, said uh
Spanish Castle Magic
The clouds are really low
And they overflow with cotton candy
And battlegrounds red and brown
But it’s all in your mind
Don’t think your time on bad things
Just float your little mind around
Look out! Ooh
Hang on my darling, yeah
Hang on if you want to go
It’s a ha, as you can see
A really groovy place
It’s just a little bit of
Spanish Castle Magic
Yeah baby, listen
Yeah, It’s all in your mind babe
Ow! Yeah
Hang on my darling, hey
Hang on, hang on if you want to go
Oh girl, that’s right baby
It’s a, a little bit of
Spanish Castle Magic, hey
Little bit of
Spanish Castle Magic
Hey, I can’t sing this song
Yeah baby
Get on baby, yeah
It’s all in your mind
Little bit of daydream here and there
Oh, yeah, oh, hey!
Everything’s going to be alright

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Slink, for the Daily Spur prompt – Fruit, for FOWC with Fandango – Tub, for May Writing Prompts – Men of mystery, for Ragtag Community – Snag, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Problem Ease Whole, for GC The Main Aisle and Sue W Nan’s Farm Weekly Prompt – Summer footwear and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Rose.

Need a Haircut

Fandango, a guy that answers a lot of questions, but reveals very little about his personal identity has another provocative question today.  I am a bit different, as I have revealed my name and shown my picture here on WordPress.  I turned 67 in March and I feel pretty good, especially with my diabetes blood sugar numbers going down.  I have cataract surgery scheduled for tomorrow, which was originally scheduled for February, but postponed twice and this makes me feel old, but if I can see better after I get these new lens implants, that would make me feel young again.  Not having my hair cut in several months now, probably makes me look a bit older.

I guess that I feel like a 67-year-old male should feel, although I probably sleep more than I should, but I have always though of myself as being a bit lazy.  Once I get motivated, I stop being lazy and I go full steam ahead into what I am doing.  I am a bit more cautious now, than I was when I was younger, as I realize that my body will not regenerate like it did when I was younger.  I probably act less than my age, but I have always been immature in my sense of humor and I still think that flatulence is funny.

Acting my age means different things to me on different days.  There are certain situations that call for a person to be mature, like filing your taxes and attending a funeral and there is no reason to be childish at these times.  Kids understand how to have fun and I don’t think that should be lost, just because a person gets older.  Being mature does not mean that you have to stop watching cartoons, or playing video games, it means that you are able to fit in with society.  The way you fit in with society dictates your age, but society can not change your age, as you are what you are.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #71 which asks, “How old are you* and how old do you feel — older or younger than your actual chronological age? Do you generally act your age? And what does ‘acting your age’ mean to you?”