Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy 86th Mr. Connery

I celebrated Sean Connery's birthday last year on my blog. You can revisit that post here especially if you want to see some more Connery clips. After all you can't have too much Sean Connery.

Here is a classic clip from "What's My Line"...

Beyond Bond, here is a clip of Sean Connery in The Great Train Robbery..

Of course Bond movies were unique for their buggy chases..

I'l share more another  time. I hope you enjoy and I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Kobe Bryant!

Today August 23, 2016 is Kobe Bryant's 38th birthday. Bryant just wrapped his storied NBA career this Spring. A career spanning from 1996 to 2016.

His 60-point effort during his final game...

With the Olympics in Rio just wrapping up, it is interesting to note that Kobe was on two Gold Medal Olympic teams.

He was one five NBA Champion squads. He was named the NBA Finals MVP twice.

Kobe had an award winning career and today is his first birthday in his next chapter.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Battle of the Bands: A Successful Shut Out

Some will say shutouts in the Battle of the Bands contest are bad. Obviously, we all like close match ups. However, even being a shutout my Battle was successful. First off I had a classic rock song performed by two artists in different genres.The comments and votes were up. The pageviews were more than double my last battle.

Nina Simone is a legendary singer. I knew Phil's version was pretty awesome. However, I thought Simone might make it interesting with her vocals and more piano driven sound. I was wrong.

Final Score: Phil Keaggy 12 Nina Simone 0

Well today we celebrate the winner "Shades of Green"

"Changes" from his Glass Harp Days

"Look in the Sky" from the Glass Harp debut...

Solo again with "The Wind and the Wheat"..

"Salvation Army Band"

Well I hope you enjoyed! I'll be back in September with a new battle.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Too High The Price of College Text Books

After work today I helped my stepson out for books at his Junior College. I had to intervene he was talking about dropping a class so he could afford the books. When I got there I thought it would be a bunch of books.

I browsed around the bookstore. Finally he is ready. Looks like one book, some papers, and a cd maybe. I'm thinking this won't be that bad. He tells me he can download the other books free. I'm feeling confident now. Then they  rang it up. $411 and change. Just a little more than one book!

A quick search on the interwebs I found his article. According to the NBC article textbook prices have risen by 73% since 2006. I know I thought books were expensive when I went to school  but these prices are insane.

Students have to get required books.The school charges them an arm and leg. The books are on top of room and board (if you live on campus) and the ever growing tuition. It looks like the college kids are getting taken advantage of.

Though a bit of advice for kids check out ebay, bookstores, or thrift stores.. I mean the book store was selling a used copy of "To Kill A Mockingbird" for $22.  $22 for a used paperback? On ebay I found it less than $4. I guess it is just keeping the poor college kids poor!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Battle of the Bands: Here Comes The sun

On my results post for my last Battle , I had mentioned a related artist Phil Keaggy. Cherdo commented on the post "I'm thinking someone ought to be doing Phil Keaggy (there's never enough Keaggy in the world)."

I read my comments and I'm open to suggestions.

I'll pick a song and share a video with the original artist or someone who made the song famous. Then I pick two contenders to battle it out to see whose cover is best. Who decides the winner? You do when you vote in the comments.

If you like these battles. Check out the other ones going on. This site has the most up to date list of Battles.

It has been really rainy where I live and the sky has been pretty gray. So, I think The Beatles "Here Come the Sun" is quite fitting.

The Song: Well here is George doing the song

George Harrison and The Beatles are not in the competition.

Challenger One: Phil Keaggy

Challenger Two: Nina Simone

I like this Battle. A great song. Two wonderful versions competing against each other. Both done by very respected artists and both are different. Vote please! I'll post the results around the 21st and I will have a new Battle come Saturday.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Happy 66th Mark Knopfler!

Today is Mark Knopfler's 66th birthday. I celebrated his birthday last year and you can revisit that post here. If I am celebrating something more than once you know I am going to change the songs up.

Mark is most famous for his work with Dire Straits..."Telegraph Road"

A solo track called "Piper to the End"..

"Yakety Axe" with Chet Atkins..

Emmylou Harris helping out.."If This Is Goodbye"

Just goodbye for now, I will be back soon!

Happy Birthday to the Hulk

Today August is Hulk Hogan's birthday. The wrestler turned 63 today.

A little Ice Bucket Challenge flashback...

He was everywhere...

Do you have a favorite Hulk Hogan memory? Were you into wrestling? Happy Birthday to the Hulk!