Saturday, December 3, 2016

R.I.P Peng Chang-kuei, the man behind General Tso's Chicken

Peng Chang-kuei has passed away at the age of 98. He was a chef credited with inventing the popular Chinese-American dish General Tso's chicken.

A video on how the make the famous dish...




A news report of his death..



I know I have enjoyed this dish often and have even tried other General Tso's style dishes such as shrimp. He certainly leaves behind a tasty delicacy.  Do you have any General Tso's stories or memories? Would you like to be remembered for a specialty dish?

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Battle of the Bands: 80s Pop, Newer Covers

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Do I do the expected Holiday song or do I spin the mystery music wheel? Well the mystery wheel wins again. Today's inspiration comes from 80s pop. I saw Taylor Dayne back in the early 90s in concert and paths crossed recently perhaps on radio airwaves or something. Anyway I hope you enjoy.

Please check out the rest of the battles, this site has the best links.

The song:Tell it to My Heart




Contestant One: Nicola Marie


Contestant Two: Lynsey Cawthra



Who did you like best? Vote in the comments tell it from your heart. I will be back with results and a new battle o December 15th!





Tuesday, November 29, 2016

15 Years Gone: George Harrison

Hard to believe it has been 15 years since George Harrison passed away. It has been three years since the last time I marked his passing. Time goes by and "All Things Must Pass"


I know I might be repeating some songs but at least I am trying to mix up the versions. The tour I wanted to see was George with Eric Clapton but it never went state side.Below they perform "Something"...


The Beatles "Here Comes the Sun"


George Harrison "Dark Horse"


I will be back again soon with a new post!

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Crazy Fall

Life gets crazy for anyone and I am no exception. Sometimes it feels like my life is crazy all the time but lately it has been crazier than normal. Perhaps hectic would be a better choice, it could easily be substituted for crazy in this paragraph. Maybe it is both.

In September my Mom had some serious heath issues. This month I had to go across the Country for a wedding. Next month my wife will have to go to Texas because her dad is having serious health issues. In between I had car issues and of course the Holidays come rolling in.

Not looking for sympathy just being real. I've read some blogs lately that have shared things and I liked that. It makes you feel like your not alone but human. I also think to share with your readers keeps it honest.

I don't want to go into details on the health issues, but they happen to people when they get older. Of course I am getting older so I tend to ponder is that what I get to look forward to?

Well there is a quick view into my Crazy Fall














Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Battle of the Bands Winner: Ray Charles



There are many reasons Ray Charles is a legend. One of those reasons now include winning one of my Battle of the Bands contest. I tried to make Ray nervous pitting him against a Grammy Award winner, but Ray Charles didn't see any competition at all!

Christina Aguilera finally found out how it feels to be voted off the Battle of the Bands like so many singers on the Voice. Meanwhile her partner in this competition Herbie Hancock could only wonder what went wrong and what could have been if this was truly "A Song for You." The picture below says it all.

Image result for Herbie Hancock 

The results were 7 to 4 in favor of Brother Ray.

Ray Charles told the competition to "Hit The Road Jack"


Ray believed "It Shoulda Been Me" and the vote
rs agreed..

Ray Charles reportedly celebrated by "Shaking A Tail Feather"


When asked about the victory Ray told me to "Say No More"


Well that's it for the November Battle of the Bands I hope you enjoyed and I invite you to come back December first for a new Battle! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

R.I.P. Holly Dunn

November has not been a good month for singer songwriters. This time around Holly Dunn who had eight top ten singles has passed away at the age of 59. She lost her battle with cancer.

She is probably best known for this song that peaked at number seven on the Country charts "Daddy's Hands"..


Dunn had two singles that topped the Country Charts. This one called "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me"


The other number one was "You Really Had Me Going"...


Dunn had retired from music to devote more time for her other passion art. She is an artist who will be missed.

Battle of the Bands:Grammy Winner Vs Grammy Winner, A Song for You



Welcome back to my Battle of the Bands. Unfortunately musicians have been passing away quit frequently this month. My inspiration for this Battle comes from one of those recent deaths. I already wrote the tribute this is just a little more.



The Song: A Song For You


Contestant One: Herbie Hancock and Christina Aguilera


Contestant Two: Ray Charles


The great Leon Russell passed away over the weekend. "A Song for You" had been covered by a lot of artists so it was a great fit for this Battle of the Bands. Vote in the comments. I'll announce the winner soon. Like this Battle and want more? Check out the list of other Battles at this blog. I will be back with a new post soon!