Sunday, March 31, 2019

Monday's Music Moves Me: April Showers

It is going to be a busy day on my blog today. I didn't want to miss the fun of a Monday's Music Moves Me dance party. The theme for today is April Showers, in other words songs about rain. Let's start  the party off by getting the Led out!

Led Zeppelin "The Rain Song"

I'm all over the place "Singing in the Rain" by Gene Kelly

Some people are "Only Happy When it Rains" (Garbage)

Blue Rodeo "Rain Down On Me"

B.J. Thomas "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"

Phil Collins (featuring Eric Clapton) "I Wish it Would Rain Down"

Hope you enjoyed and I will see you soon!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2019: Theme Reveal

I have been doing the A to Z Challenge since year two. Most of the time I just wing it coming  up with a new post each day. Most of my posts relate to entertainment, mostly music. I throw in some movies, theatre news, celebrity birthdays and deaths. I sprinkle in some sports an book posts from time to time. Maybe a creative writing piece or something personal once in a while. That is how my blog is the other 11 months, I just follow the alphabet in April.

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary Blogging Theme Reveal

This year I am going to have a theme to my A to Z Challenge. My theme will be about my Mom using primarily my usual content with a few twists. I may stray from my theme from time to time but we will see.

Only a few days until the start of the challenge! If you are doing the challenge I wish you the best of luck. Feel free to leave a link in the comments and I will check out your blog in April!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Monday's Music Moves Me: Random March Number One Hits

Today's theme for Monday's Music Moves Me is a freebie and I'm choosing number one hits in March. I am pushing the random, shuffle button on the way button and picking some number one songs from yesteryear!

                                        The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go"

It was March of 1991 and the above song knocked "Do The Bartman" by the Simpsons from the number one spot.

On this date in 1989 Madonna took the number one spot for  three weeks with "Like A Prayer"

In 1986 Diana Ross topped the charts with "Chain Reaction" for three weeks...

"Easy Lover" Philip Bailey with Phil Collins

That song hit number one for four weeks in 1985.

Lionel Richie said "Hello" for six weeks at number one in 1984...

In 1976 The Brotherhood of Man had a number one with "Save Your Kisses for Me"

I hope you enjoyed and I'll see you again so!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Battle of the Bands Results: A Whole Lotta Tie?

Battle of the Bands ended in a tie 4 votes for Tina and 4 votes for Prince. Tina Turner and Prince aren't exactly the artist you expect to break out the Led! So, I will probably do an overtime battle more than likely in May. The A to Z challenge is coming and I might want to work my Battles into that.

Short and sweet today!

Monday, March 18, 2019

The King of Surf Guitar Has Died

Opening up my blog with "Let's Go Trippin'" by Dick Dale. The 1961 track is supposedly the first surf rock instrumental that ignited the surf  rock craze.

Dick Dale known as the King of Surf Guitar has passed away at the age of 81 on Saturday. A legend in his genre but also an innovator working closing with Fender to create some pretty neat guitar amps.  Here he is "Surfin' the Wedge" on the famous Ed Sullivan Show...


He continued to play live until his death and had tour dates scheduled through 
November of this year. He will be missed by his fans, friends and family.

Monday's Music Moves Me: Artists Born in March

Monday's Music Moves Me theme for this Monday was artists born in March. There are so many great artists born in March so there was plenty to choose from.  I chose a classic rock theme and limited my list to five songs. The list could have been longer! I hope you enjoy!

Let's get started with AC/DC Angus Young was born on March 31

                                              "For Those About to Rock"

How about Bad Company, legendary guitarist Mick Ralphs turns 75 at the end of the month..

"Ready for Love"

Eric Clapton turns 74 on the 30th

"Tears in Heaven"

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith turns 71 on the 26th

"Dream On"

Eddie Money turns 70 on the 21st.."Shakin'"

Thanks for visiting I will be back with a new post soon!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands 103:Late Night Love

I'm running a little late to the Battle of the Bands party. Don't worry I made it! I think we all need a "Whole Lotta Love." Led Zeppelin certainly twisted an old blues tune into a heavy, acid rock show  stopping number.

Now I've picked a couple of musical superstars to see if we can twist and warp this song some more! I mean how do you like your late night love? If you like it dirty, nasty, with some soul I might have something for you! Insane with some funk. A woman with great legs and a love sexy man competing at it under the spotlight. No I haven't suddenly found my passion for writing erotica.  I'm talking Tina Turner versus Prince covering Led Zeppelin!

Contestant One: Tina Turner

Contestant Two: Prince

Whose "love" do you like the best? Tina Turner's funky version or the guitar crazy version by Prince. Two artist you might not expect to cover Led Zeppelin but they certainly added their touches to this song. Vote for your favorite in the comments and I will tally the votes and announce the winner in a week or so.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

New Battle of the Bands post delayed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Battle of the Bands post scheduled for March 15 is delayed. It will hopefully be posted before midnight on March 15th. Thanks and see you soon.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Battle of the Bands Results: Please put the guitars down

Chet Atkins was a big influence on Tommy Emmanuel. Atkins was impressed with Tommy's talent.  Tommy was on Chet's final album. Chet named him a Certified Guitar Player along with four other guitarists. This battle was between two great guitarists who would probably be happy with whoever won.

The results were close as one would expect. Tommy won 5 to 3.


"Stevie's Blues

"Tall Fidler"

Well I hope you enjoyed and I will have a new battle on the 15th!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Monday's Music Moves Me: How Music Educates Us

I open this week's Monday's Music Moves Me with Pink Floyds "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2."  This week's theme being How Music Educates Us as March is Music in Our Schools Month.

"We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Hey Teachers leave them kids alone"

We do need education, Perhaps we don't need thought control, dark sarcasm, and some teachers do need to leave those kids alone. Music teaches discipline, provides a creative outlet, and provides another way students can find self confidence. It can be woven into other studies math, science, and theater. However if we aren't careful we are going to lose music in our schools(and other arts).

Over the weekend I saw two musicals performed by two different high schools. I was pleasantly surprised by the talent. One of the musicals was Godspell, Here is a clip from Ramsey High School in Purchase, New York.

Yes music in schools brings culture to the community.

Some kids are full of musical talent like "Taz"
"My Revival"

Look him up, I have seen him live and the kid has talent

Brandon "Taz" Neiderauer.

Music can inspire! So let's keep it in the schools.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands 102: Classical Gas

Moving into March with a brand new Battle of the Bands. If you like guitar music you are in for a treat this month. My battle features one of my favorite guitarists against one of his guitar heroes.

The piece is  called "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams...

The rules are simple. You pick the version you like best and tell me in the comments. In a week or so I count up the votes and announce a winner.

Contender One: Tommy Emmanuel


Contender Two: Chet Atkins

Well I hope you enjoyed. Please vote in the comments! Every vote counts. I will be back soon with a new post and I will announce the winner later this month.