Sunday, July 23, 2017

R.I.P Jim Vance

Jim Vance was one of the longest running news anchors in the Washington D.C. area and perhaps anywhere else. He worked for 45 years at WRC TV. In that time he won 19 local Emmy Awards, was named "Washingtonian of the Year" by Washingtonian Magazine, and inducted into the National Black Journalist Hall of Fame.

Having lived in the area before I have many memories of watching him deliver the news. His employer must of felt the same way.

Here is attribute video..

Here is a blooper, where he can't stop laughing..

He was a great anchorman and the DC Area lost a local television icon. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

R.I.P Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington was a successful frontman for the band Linkin Park. The band won two Grammy Awards and have sold over 70 million albums. Fame, fortune, success can't outrun personal demons. Hopefully Bennington who was 41 can rest in peace.

Here is their latest hit "Heavy" and the news was heavy...

Here is  "Numb"...

"In the End"

What is your favorite Linkin Park song? Any memories you want to share? Feel free to comment in the comments. A sad loss a another rocker has passed away.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Good Lovin' Results

Starting out with a lovin' confession. The reason I picked the Grateful Dead version was because it featured the late great Lowell George on lead vocals. The battle was close to the anniversary of his death. Lowell George was the frontman for Little Feat.

Someone vote for The Rascals. Votes were slow to come in. The Battle was decided on the 11th by a vote from Birgit!

It was a close battle, the results were 3-2-1.  The winner was  Tommy James and the Shondells.

We celebrate winners so here we go...

"I Think We Are Alone Now"

"Mony, Mony"

"Hanky, Panky"

You can vote for my current Battle here! I will see you soon with a new post.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: The Times They Are A Changin'

Sometimes you have to ask yourself what Bob would do. The Battle of the Bands being moved to once a month.  I missed the memo and since I did one on the first, I thought about sitting this one out. Then I realize I enjoy putting together these Battles. Life, work, writing, even the bloghops change. Heck even Bob Dylan changes his own darn songs.

The Times They Are A Changin' is the song this time around.

Don't vote for Bob Dylan version:

You vote for one of the two contenders below by stating whose version you like best in the comments.

Contender One: Bruce Springsteen

Contender Two: Billy Joel

Bruce or Billy let me know who gets your vote in the comments and I will announce a winner. If you want to hear some more Battles check out the other battles here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Happy 7-Eleven Day

Yes today was 7-11 Day where you could get a free Slurpee from 7-Eleven. Would have been nice to have a free refreshingly cool beverage treat on a hot summer day. However, the nearest 7-Eleven is over four hours away. In some places the event even made the news...

So did you enjoy a Slurpee today? Do you have a 7-Eleven nearby? 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Good Lovin'

A little late but here for another round of the Battle Bands. I pick a song, a couple of contenders, and then you vote for the one you like the best.

The song is "Good Lovin' " made famous by The Rascals

Contender One: Grateful Dead and friends

Contender Two: Tommy James and the Shondells

It is a fun summer song. Two different sounds and takes. Vote in the comments and we will have a winner soon.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NCAA Baseball Champions: Florida Gators

The Florida Gators baseball team finally one a National Championship. It was on their 11th appearance in the College World Series. The team had appeared in 33 post season tournaments and won 14 Southeastern Conference Regular Championships, and seven SEC Tournament Championships.

They were always that good team that never won the championship but now they have.

Hype video for the team....

Highlights from the tournament..

The college baseball season all wrapped up in time for the Major Leagues busy month of All Stars and the trade deadline.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

73 Years of Jeff Beck

Today is Jeff Beck's 73rd Birthday! That is a god enough reason to celebrate his career by sharing some music.

A live version of "Train Kepta Rollin'" from 1966. The Yardbirds...

Here he is with Rod Stewart doing "People Get Ready"...

Here they are about 16 years earlier with "You Shook Me"...

It was a  joy to watch him play with Tal Wilkenfeld....

and Jennifer Batton got him releasing albums on a schedule for a while..

The first track of his latest album..

Hope you enjoyed my time traveling celebration of Jeff Beck for his birthday!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Battle of the Bands Results: An Outlaw Won

Another close battle on my Battle of the Bands battle but not a tie.

Willie Nelson versus Waylon Jennings in a tribute to Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Jam Bands, Southern Rock and Outlaw Country combining for this battle. Yes, I have a musical blender I throw song titles in and boom I my battle is created.

The Battle was streaky but Waylon Jennings prevailed 5 to 3.

We celebrate winners so hold on for some music!

Some people say that about me, but continuing on..

It is all about "Honkey Tonk Heroes"

and a shout out to Texas..

Stay tuned for a new Battle on July 1.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Brothers, Outlaws and Riders

On my last Battle of the Bands I paid tribute to Chris Cornell. This time I am paying tribute to Gregg Allman. The song I selected has been used to pay tribute to Gregg from a ton of artists. Jimmy Buffett played a bit of the song as a tribute when I saw him earlier this month. It isn't the song I wanted to use, but I do like the match up I came up with.

Oh the song is:  "Midnight Rider"

How it works: I post two versions of the songs. You listen to the songs and let me know which one you thought was the best in the comments. I count up the votes and announce a winner at a later date.

If you enjoyed this battles check out my friends who are participating. The best list is at this blog.

Contestant One: Willie Nelson

Contestant Two: Waylon Jennings

Waylon or Willie? Which cover do you like best? A tribute Battle featuring Brothers, Outlaws and Riders. I hope you enjoy and I will see you soon!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Ann and Norah all tied up

My last Battle of the Bands featured two talented but different females singing a classic Soundgarden song. It was another tribute to Chris Cornell. If I wanted a girl to rock me it would be Ann Wilson. If I was in the mood for something more jazzy it would be Norah Jones. Hearing these two woman interpret Cornell's song really paid tribute to how well the song was created.

I enjoyed the Battle and I look forward to the next one. The results came in  with each artist getting three votes. The results are all done by the votes of my readers. That' s why I don't cast a tie-breaking vote.

Here is Ann Wilson in Heart...

Here is Norah Jones..."Come Away with Me"

Stay tuned I will have another Battle of the Bands coming up on June 15th. Please come back and vote on an all new Battle of the Bands.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

R.I.P Batman

I became familiar with Batman through the reruns of the classic show starring Adam West who passed away on Friday.

A clip from the original show...

Adam West had a long career spanning seven decades. Below he guest stars on "Perry Mason"..

Here are some fun fight scenes...

Family Guy voice over..

What are your favorite Batman memories? Do any other roles Adam West portrayed standout to you?

Obviously he will be missed by fans and family. 88 years is a long life and most of that he gave to his profession. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Battle of the Bands: In Memory Black Hole Sun

Last month the world lost some talented musicians. Even though I honored them with a tribute post, I a still remembering them in the Battle of the Bands.

How it works: I post two versions of the songs. You listen to the songs and let me know which one you thought was the best in the comments. I count up the votes and announce a winner at a later day which will be around June 7.

In honor of Chris Cornell, today's song comes from Soundgarden...

Ann Wilson

This one wasn't a tribute, but was done just a few days before his death...

Norah Jones

This one was a tribute..

Side note Norah's performance was at the same place Chris  had his last performance.

Vote in the comments I will be back with a winner.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Battle of the Bands Winner Nickelback

Nickelback won something! They won my Mid May Battle of the Bands! Final score 5-2, and a vote for Queen. I'm late posting the results on BOTB Eve.

Let's get this party started. "How You Remind Me"

True "Rockstar" win my Battles...

Take a "Photograph"

Stay tuned a new battle will be here soon!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is so much more than an unofficial start of summer or an excuse for a three day weekend. It should be a somber reminder of the cost of war or conflict. A somber reminder that cost is measured in more than dollar and cents.

The day should be a reminder to the world to strive for peace. It should be a reminder for politicians to remember the sacrifice of conflict.  It should be a reminder that when diplomacy fails there is a price to pay.

Today is a day to remember those who have served in the military and who are no longer with us. Especially those who died in service. The people we remember were neighbors, friends, family members, loved ones, parents, someone's mom or dad. Yes they were Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines. Ues they served in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marines. However, they were so much more. 

Some fall in the line of duty performing tasks, practicing, saving lifes, and just by performing dangerous tasks. Today is a day to remember them as well. 

Today is a day to remember their sacrifice and our Country's sacrifice. It is a day to pray and strive for peace. It is a day to remember and reflect.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

R.I.P Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman a legend of Southern Rock, songwriter, co-founder, organist, singer for the Allman Brothers passed away yesterday. I was able to see the Allman Brothers a couple of times when I went to the Wannee Festival in 2011. I am a fan and have covered many musicians with a closs connection to Gregg Allman. Like many I am saddened by this news.

Perhaps my favorite Gregg Allman solo tune..."I'm No Angel"

Here is an encore for one of the shows I saw the Allman Brothers at..

"No One to Run With" is one of my favorites from the 90s...

There are many classics like "Midnight Rider"

Gregg Allman "Come and Go Blues"

What are your favorite Gregg Allman songs? Favorite Allman Brothers songs? Any memories? Feel free to share in the comments.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

R.I.P Roger Moore

A Saint and a double Agent on the Silver Screen passed away as Roger Moore has died.

Above a clip from "The Saint." A bit from the "Persuaders!" below...

Of course he portrayed Bond, James Bond..a clip from "Live and Let Die"

Something from "A View to a Kill"

What was your favorite Roger Moore James Bond movie? He will be missed may he rest in peace.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Off for a while

I've been a busy bee for quite a while. Taking a few days off in a row to visit my parents. Who have some ailments, which I suppose come with growing old. I was trying to do another trip with my family but the logistics challenge of that kind of exploded.

Sames like my plans kinda go like that lately. I want to do this or that and end up doing none of the above. Life is crazy, kids, family, work..busy, busy, busy.

But it isn't bad. The flipside could be worse. But I'll see you all soon!

Friday, May 19, 2017

R.I.P Chris Cornell

The above song was from Chris Cornell's last solo album and I really liked the song.It shouldn't be a surprise Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog all produced some cool songs.

Audioslave "Like A Stone"..

Soundgarden "Blackhole Sun"

Temple of the Dog "Hunger Strike"

Briliant artist, super artist, talented song writer. On the flipside a wife lost her husband, Children lost a Dad. A tragedy. Hopefully he will R.I.P.

Life can be stressful. Rockstar, writer, artist, and everyday people. Everybody goes through stuff. It is too late for Chris.

However, if you or someone is going through something. Get help.

Call the Suicide Prevention lifeline 800-273-8255.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands:Commercially Rocking with Queen

Welcome to the late, late night version of the Battle of the Bands.

How it works: I post two versions of the songs. You listen to the songs and let me know which one you thought was the best in the comments. I count up the votes and announce a winner at a later day which will be around May 21.

Short, sweet and rocking tonight!

The Song: We Will Rock You by Queen

Challenger One: Nickelback

Challenger Two: Pepsi Commercial Britney Spears, Beyonce, Pink and Enrique Iglesias 

Yes, I went a bit commercial. Who will win? Nickelback or the Pop filled Pepsi commercial? Remember your vote decides, Please vote in the comments and I will see you soon!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Battle of the Bands Results: Friday I'm in Love with these Results

Every vote counts in the Battle of the Bands. Yo Le Tengo raced out to an early three nothing lead. After putting this battle together I spent way too much time listening to Yo Le Tengo which I enjoyed!

However, Natalie Imbruglia rallied back earning the next three votes. We were looking at a tie until May 6th. Boom! Birgit at BB Creations, came through with the winning vote for...


My voters were "Torn"...

Don't get the "Wrong Impression"..

It could all be a "Big Mistake"...

Stayed tune the next battle is coming up May 15.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Battle of the Bands Results: Catching up 4.15

Well with the A to Z Challenge going on I missed the result post for my 4.15 Battle of the Bands. It was a strange Battle featuring a Chuck Berry song covered by Marty Robbins and Gene Vincent. Marty Robbins won convincingly 5 to 1. Our hero the Gunslinger.

"Running Gun"...

"El Paso"

"A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation"

Well I'll be back with my May Day results soon!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ten Concert Game: The Blues

Nine artists/groups and one that is a lie that I have seen in concert. I'm doing mine by genres, starting with The Blues.
1) B.B. King

2) Hubert Sumlin

3) Buddy Guy

4) John Lee Hooker

5) Taj Mahal

6) Robert Cray

7) Albert Collins 

8) Keb' Mo

9) Bonnie Raitt

10) James Cotten

Stealing a facebook game and turning it into a blog post. However, with this I get to expand and add music. Please put your guess in the comments. Winner will get their own post.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Colonel Hampton bids farewell at his own Tribute..R.I.P

It was a tribute to an influential career, a celebration of 70 fabulous trips around the sun, an All-Star cast which became Colonel Bruce Hampton's final performance. Maybe the fans deserved an encore, maybe the musicians were such a delight to play with, perhaps he wanted to leave it all on the stage. Whatever the reason there was an encore. He passed his solo onto another musician and collapsed on the stage. The show, more importantly his life both came to an end.

Billboard News account of the event..

A song and slideshow from last night.."I'm So Glad"

A video for the show last night "Space is the Place"

Well I guess going out doing what you enjoy, surrounded by friends, peers and fans isn't a bad way to go. May he Rest in Peace.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Battle of the Bands:The Cure longing for Friday

It's a rainy, dreary Monday here so maybe, Friday would be a better thought. Some of you may even have a love affair for Friday. I'm not here to judge! I'm just here to share a battle of the bands.

How it works: I post two versions of the songs. You listen to the songs and let me know which one you thought was the best in the comments. I count up the votes and announce a winner at a later day which will be around May 7.

The Song: The Cure "Friday, I'm in Love"

We don't vote on the original. We vote on the contestants.

Contestant One: Natalie Imbruglia

Contestant Two: Yo La Tengo

If you are interesting in visiting other Battles or interested in the Battle of the Bands please visit this site for the complete list and more information.

Please vote in the comments. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Z is for Zorro

I remember watching reruns of this show when I was a child. Mostly when I would visit my Grandparents over the Summer. I'd watch this show along with several other classic Westerns.

That show started out in the late 50s, before my time, but the legend of Zorro was older than that in Hollywood. A clip from the 1940 movie "Mark of Zorro"

Probably my generation knows Zorro best from this movie.."The Legend of Zorro"

Where do you know Zorro from? Do you have any Zorro memories? Feel free to share in the comments.

Apparently there was a cartoon series as well.

Thanks for joining me on the A to Z Challenge.

Friday, April 28, 2017

A to Z Challenge: Yesterday Songs

A to Z Challenge is winding down. Time for some songs about yesterday.

"Yesterday's  Song" Hunter Hayes..

"Yesterday "  The Beatles...

"Song of Yesterday" Black Country Communion...

Foreigner "That was Yesterday"...

Hilary Duff sings "So Yesterday"

Hope you enjoyed. What yesterday song did you like best? What is your favorite Yesterday song I didn't post? Feel free to join the fun in the comments.

A to Z Challenge: X marks the Haiku

My post today will be short and sweet. My busy schedule catching up with me. Anyway April is National Poetry month and as a nod to that I am creating a Haiku.

The X marks the spot

Please sign your name at the X

X is the target

There you go pretend the comments is the X, sign you were here to let me know. Happy Friday.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A to Z Challenge: Weir and back to the Deadheads

I was blown away when I went to my first Grateful Dead concert 25 years ago this Summer. The adventure of me working my way to the front row, the Steve Miller Band opening up, the special guests (Bruce Hornsby), the lights, the music and the fans. It was a magical event that happened each summer until Jerry Garcia passed away. I went to Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends, but they fell short. There were some other versions that might be pretty cool including the current Dead & Company.

We had our separation. Then I heard Bob Weir released an album of Cowboy based songs. My first musical experience was old cowboy songs on vinyl.

I was ready for an evening of escape. I made the drive. There was even a small collection of vendors in the parking lot. Not as cool as I remember for the old Stadium shows, but something. I missed vendors.

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The opening with just Bob and his guitar for a few songs was more intimate than any stadium show. His band was good with a strong Americana vibe to it.

Below he performs a couple days later at Wanee covering Little Feat..

Another from Wanee with his touring band "Cassidy"

"Playin' in the Band" a week earlier in Austin..

Yes a member of the Grateful Dead, not quite the same as the old shows, but a touch of magic. Just enough to send me back home.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A to Z: Visitors and visiting

First off to my visitors, I want to say thank you for visiting my site. Your visit is very important to me. If you visit my site and leave a comment I try to reciprocate. Even when there isn't a bloghop going on I try to visit blogs I follow. It is very random and I usually hit the ones showing in my reading list. Sometimes, I try to look up bloggers who in my mind have been special to me and I haven't seen in a while. Some vanish without as trace and I haven't seen them on milk cartons.

I don't respond to comments very well. I read them all. I approve them all. I don't censor. I do it because I had issues with captcha crap that was upsetting my visitors. I like it when you tell me something doesn't work or isn't there.

So, no I don't respond to every comment, I respond to a few once in a while. Sometimes I'll quote it in another post. Sometimes I'll write a blog entry on it. I like to do shot outs once in a while. Sometimes, if I am visiting your site I'll get lost in your site.

My goal was to visit 300 posts during the A to Z Challenge. I'm over 200 so I am going to meet my goal. I also usually check out some in May and do some Road trips later. I haven't been good about posting my posts on the official blog or facebook page. However, I have used them to find some new blogs quite regularly.

I'm surviving! It is challenging enough for me with Easter and my daughter's birthday falling in this  month. Add in the fact I've been working close to 60 hours a week and trying to either spend time with family, do the non-fun adult things, and play hard. Not complaining. My off days have been pretty epic. Example yesterday, my day included watching the Navy Blue Angels, the Air Force Thunderbirds, a beach, and a shark encounter. Then I had a nice dinner date with my daughter. Having a job is better than having no job when you rely on paychecks. Just saying I've been busy.

Again thanks for visiting and I look forward to visiting your blog.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A to Z Challenge: Unbelievable the Woman's Basketball Championship

Continuing on in the A to Z Challenge, I am staying with college basketball this time I am going to write about the woman's tournament.

What was so unbelievable? UConn lost. The Huskies hadn't lost in a few years, they rolling along, and then boom they were upset. Then the team that upset them lost in the finals. That is unbelievable!

Above are highlights of Mississippi State upsetting Connecticut and snapping the Huskies 111-game win streak. That ride was amazing and I don't think anyone was thinking they would get upset. Nothing against the Huskies but I am glad they lost that kind of dominance wasn't good for the woman's game. It was like there was the Huskies and then everyone else. On the flip side I am sure they brought in some fans to the game as well.

Then in the finals the South Carolina Gamecocks took out the Mississippi State Bulldogs...

If you are a fan of woman's basketball are you glad UCONN's streak came to an end? Do you find it unbelievable that they lost? Do you find it unbelievable that South Carolina won their first championship?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A to Z Challenge: Tar Heels NCAA Basketball Champions

I blog about sports from time to time on my blog. I try to do this after someone wins a National Championship. Well with today's letter starting with T it is time to give the University of North Carolina Tar Heels their due for winning the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

Here are some highlights from the game..

Gonzaga deserves kudos as well. They had a great season, an awesome tournament, and came close to being /champions.

Here is how North Carolina was able to get to the finals.

The Tar Heels crushed Texas Southern 103-64

Then they beat Arkansas...

Next they pulled away from Butler...

The Tar Heels edged past Kentucky to reach the Final Four...

UNC nipped Oregon to reach the Finals..

The NCAA Tournament is a lot of fun for basketball fans. Congratulations to the Tar Heels for winning the Championship. Who will win it in 2018?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A to Z Challenge: Snakes

I live in Florida so snakes are common. You can run into snakes almost anywhere. This snake decided to join us in the Church yard for Easter..

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It was a non-venomous snake. The snake was treated properly, everyone was able to get a good look and then everyone left the snake alone.

My daughter last held a snake about two years ago. This Spring she was able to hold a few more at our trip to Alligator Alley.

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They even let me hold the snake...

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This snake was a tickler...

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Notice the smiles on her face. My daughter has been able to hold alligators, birds, kangaroos, monkeys, snakes, and even fed a baby tiger. I've been lucky enough to fill her life with adventures and still hope to add a few more adventures into her life.

My wife is not a fan of snakes. Two years ago, I had someone comment that wrapping a big snake around a  young child wasn't a good idea, that the snake was stronger than I thought and could squeeze at anytime. Yes there is some risk to it. Even if a smaller snake decided to bite it would upset my daughter, which would surely earn me an earful from my lovely wife and her Irish temper. So yes there is risk. However, look at the smiles!

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I win she is happy, she is learning to respect snakes (and other animals), she is making memories and having adventures. As for me I'm spending quality time with my daughter.

Friday, April 21, 2017

A to Z Change: Robert Smith's Birthday

It is R day on the challenge. R is for Robert, like Robert Smith of The Cure who turns 57.

R day lands on a Friday so this song is a perfect way to start our birthday celebration..

It's "Just Like Heaven"...

"Pictures of You"...

"Close to me"...

That should be a good way to spend your Friday with some great hits from the 80s and 90s.

Happy Birthday Robert Smith!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A to Z: Queen Quiz

It is a good think  I'm not in school anymore this might have been my answer...

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If you were the teacher would you mark it wrong?
Would you give credit for creativity or heck even knowing who Queen is?

I stumbled on this in facebook so I don't know how if this was a real quiz.

Ever answer a quiz with an answer like that?

The student is a Champion..

It's a miracle...

Stay tuned for the next A to Z post coming tomorrow....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A to Z: Prefer the paperback

I wonder if there are any paperback writers left. The Beatles probably thought there song was timeless.

We live in a digital age, books on PCs, Kindles and even Smart Phones. I most be old fashioned, out of date, perhaps even out of place.

Give me the old dog eared covered, yellowed page, paperback novel that even smells aged. Watch the dust when you open it!

Ah, the old adventures you will find where the typed words meet your imagination. The magic of the story within the vintage paperback.

Just remember the batteries never die in the old paperback.

What kind of books do you enjoy?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A to Z Challenge: Orioles, Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore the city where I watch my first Major League Baseball game. I came to the area at the right time for some great talent.

The place I saw my first game and several more through the years...

Eddie Murray provided many memories..

Of course there was Cal Ripken Jr..

Here are some highlights from 2000-2015...

Do you like baseball? Where did you see your first Major League Baseball game?

Monday, April 17, 2017

A to Z Challenge: Night or Day?

Starting off the second half of the A to Z Challenge. I'm keeping my post simple and short.

My title Night or Day satisfies for the letter N.

When do you write more Night or Day? I write more at night. I am more nocturnal by nature. Most days I am working so it is hard to write in the morning. Night time after the kids are sleeping and the wife is doing her thing provides a better opportunity. Unless I am not working that day then it could be night or day.

Neat fact, this is the first challenge in about three years where I am working a day shift. It hasn't been a big difference since I have been working so much lately it has been day and night shift.

What has been working for me during the challenge is writing the post at night, saving it and then publishing it during the day. What works best for you, or do you just publish it when you finish writing it?

When do you read other blogs? I tend to do both night and day. Smart phones help since I can scan a blog during a break or lunch at work.

See a quick post on blogging. I wish you the best on the second half of the challenge and tune in tomorrow for an O post.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Half Way Through the A to Z Challenge

Half way through the A to Z Challenge. How is it going for you? I've been good at keeping up with the writing part pretty well. I'm behind on my pageview/comments for visiting other blogs. However, I am not that far behind on it.

There have been a lot of changes this year to the A to Z Challenge. I completely understand the changes. However, what do you think about them? Like most things there are some pros and cons.

I've been using the facebook list for the days to find interesting blogs to visit. When I have time. I have posted a few posts in there. Again it has been when I have time, which has been at a premium this month.

Anyway if you are a usual reader of my blog, or a newcomer who has read a few of my posts do you have any recommendations for blogs for me to visit? Don't recommend your own, I will visit your site just for commenting, but play it forward. Whose blog do I need to see?

Well it is about time to start the second half. Are you ready?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A to Z: Maybellene Battle of the Bands

Today's A to Z letter is M which fits nicely for music! Speaking of music it is time for the Battles of the Band! 

It is a simple game to play. I pick a song and then I pick to covers. You tell me which one you like the best. I count them up and tell you the results in another post. The post will be on Sunday, April 24. If you like the game check out the other players here.

Chuck Berry recently passed away so it is fitting he would show up in a Battle of the Bands. Besides being one of the first rock songs "Maybellene" the song also starts with a M fitting in perfectly with the A to Z theme.

Here is Chuck's version. It is for your reference and entertainment. Please don't vote for it.

Vote for one of the contenders below!

Contender One: Marty Robbins

The co-founder of the Battle of the Bands had  a battle not to long ago featuring Marty Robbins against Marty Robbins. I'm not going to do that with this battle, but chalk up another M to this post.

Contender Two: Gene Vincent

Which one gets your vote? Marty of Gene? Please vote in the comments. Pretty good music post featuring three legendary artists. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

A to Z: Lizard Adventures

So last year I posted a video about lizards that chill. Staying on that theme I thought I would share some lizard adventures.

This lizard wanted to fish..

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This one made friends with my daughter..

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At least we don't have lizards like this..

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Wonder what M will bring?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A to Z: Kevin Eubanks beyond the Tonight Show

Kevin Eubanks became know to many as the bandleader, guitarist, for The Tonight Show during the Jay Leno years. Seeing him play in that band and with guests one was able to get a small glimpse of his talent.

He has recorded with a who's who list of jazz giants including Stanley Jordan, Art Blakey, and Jean Luc-Ponty to highlight a few.

Let's jump into the music..

"Morning Sun" with Stanley Jordan...

Here he is with Art Blakey, Wynton and Bradford Marsalis...

A new piece from hi just released this month "Time Line"...

What are some of your favorite Kevin Eubanks moments from the Tonight Show? Did you know about his music outside of the show?

Thanks for visiting and I will have a new post up soon as the A to Z Challenge rolls on!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A to Z: J. Geils may you R.I.P

John Warren Geils better known as J. Geils  the guitarist/songwriter for the J. Geils Band has passed away at the age of 71.

The song was probably no the most appropriate song for a 11-year old to like, however "Centerfold" became one of my earliest favorite rock songs.

Another favorite from them is "Love Stinks"

"Most of Got Lost" was one of their early big hits..

Here issome blues from his band Bluestime...

A talented musicians who leaves behind a string of hits and passionate covers. May he rest in peace.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A to Z: Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop the rock and roll Hall of Fame musician who influenced Punk music. Nice simple, rocking post for I on the A to Z.

Come along for the ride.."The Passanger"

Let's add in Kate Pierson for "Candy"

He was a "Wild One" here he is on Letterman..

Does he make a good pet.."I wanna be your Dog"

"Search and Destroy"...

Well I hope that rocks up your Tuesday. I'll be back soon with a J-post!

Monday, April 10, 2017

A to Z: Hemingway

Hemingway is my favorite classic author. I thought I had read all of his works but while checking things out I discovered there are a few I have missed. I hope they are good.

My two favorite Earnest Hemingway books are similar yet different. My favorite is "The Old Man and the Sea."


My second  favorite...

"Islands in the Stream" is more of deep track pick, However, it is more of that Tropical Adventure that I am drawn to like Benchley, Bob Morris and others.

Again doing this blog I found there is a movie version of the book, is it any good?

Not only has Hemingway influence authors I like he has influenced artists like Guy Harvey..

What is your favorite Earnest Hemingway book?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Battle of the Bands Results: The Winner is me!

The results of my Battle of the Bands battle for April 1 are in and the winner is me! No my readers didn't vote me in as the winner as an April Fools prank. Trust me my version of "Amazing Grace" would sound more like fingers scratching down a chalk board than Charlotte Church or Celtic Woman.

No, I say I won because I had a new voter. Thanks Jz! I also say I won because the results came in as a tie. Sure, I could vote but I don't. My readers determine the results not me. I also win because I get to celebrate both groups.

so lets start . . .

Charlotte Church "Dream a Dream"

Celtic Woman "The Call"

Keeping it short on the celebration since there is a lot of blogging to do. Join me on the 15th for another Battle of the bands. Will it be a tie, shutout, close, or a blowout? Come vote and help to decide.

I will be back tomorrow with another A to Z post!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A to Z: Gators

Near the end of last month my daughter had her Spring Break. I knew she hadn't had a big Spring Break but I had a day off during the week to make her Spring Break special. A day that would feature, Gators big ole Alligators!

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She is always happy to hold a baby..

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My advice on handling alligators: It is better to hold an alligator, than to have a Gator hold you!

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The alligator  pictures came from Alligator Alley in Alabama. If you are in Southern Alabama check them out. There site is here. More A to Z on Monday!