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Happy Birthday Frank Conniff!

It’s Frank’s Birthday! I knew I wasn’t going to top last year’s meat cake. But since Frank is a fan of the movie “Singin In The Rain” I thought Gene, Debbie, and Donald would make a sweet treat.  I had this cake made special. Few people know this, but “Julie” was Frank’s stage name back in his Vaudeville days.

Singin In The Rain Cake

Since he is a fan of the show “Man From U.N.C.L.E,” I commissioned this special Beatles powered, Napoleon Solo groove. If you’re wondering why the lady says “Happy birthday Abbey” at the beginning, well only the Sisters at Westminster know for sure and they’re not talking because of that damned vow of silence. By “vow of silence” I mean “court mandated gag order” but you get the idea. The lesson here is, no matter how tempting the invitation, NEVER party with nuns!

Seriously though, Frank, if you’re out there reading (and even if you’re not), thank you for sharing your great taste in music and thank you for the laughter. Happy birthday sir, I hope it’s a great one!

What’s My Line?

Here’s a very neat clip of Beatles manager Brian Epstein from the game show “What’s My Line?” This episode aired on October 18, 1964. It seems like he was there to promote his biography “A Cellarful Of Noise.” Tony Bennet was also on this episode.

There’s no music in this clip so here’s the song “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away.” The internet says this was written about Brian and the fact that he had to hide his homosexuality. I wonder what it would be like to have to omit such a large part of who you are from your own memoirs (I haven’t read the book but I’m assuming he did since it was illegal to have gay sex at the time).

I’m currently about a third of the way through a “write a novel in 100 days” challenge on another blog. I write too slow to do it in a month. It’s a nice leisurely pace that lets me write the occasional post on this blog too without feeling overwhelmed with all my self imposed stuff to do. I will put up a link to a chapter or two once I’ve done a bit of editing. I’m sure my unseen writing projects are endlessly fascinating to everyone but it’s actually not what I wanted to talk about today.

I have never written a biography but I have always thought my great grandmother would make an excellent subject. She was a woman of many accomplishments at a time when few women, let alone Black women, were allowed or expected to do much. I have her story on my list of things to write about. I never knew the woman so the account will have to be highly fictionalized. But don’t worry, I will use the films of the time to make sure the story is historically correct. I’m not quite sure we can work in the whole “mammy” thing but since she was a math and science major at school, I will be sure she gets the finest sparkler powered Flash Gordon style space ship I can imagine.

If Being Busy Is Good Then I Want To Write!

Paul McCartney wrote “Paperback Writer” in 1966 and it topped the charts in 6 countries. It was the first Beatles non-love song released in the UK. (“Nowhere Man” was the first in the US.) You Tube poster says this was the very first music promotional video ever made. Apparently the youngster has never seen a soundie.

I WANT TO WRITE!!! A short story that is. Actually a couple of short stories. But I have no time!! I can’t write them at work because the subject matter is inappropriate to a corporate environment, and I haven’t two seconds to rub together when I get home. I know I know, if it’s important you make time. Maybe I should treat it like my whining since, clearly, I find plenty of time to do that!

Happy Tax Day

The first US income tax law was enacted in 1862 in order to help pay for the Civil War. That law was eliminated in 1872 and replaced by a tax on alcohol and tobacco products. Need for revenue rose again so, in 1913, the 16th Amendment made income tax permanent. So you see, if everyone had spent a little less time working and a little more time smoking and drinking we wouldn’t be dreading this day every year!

Here’s a little Beatles Cartoon to ease the pain:

…And Speaking Of Civil Rights Songs Featuring Birds

The video I posted back on 3/12 made me think of the Beatles song “Blackbird.” I have always loved the song’s message of hope but I just learned today that it was actually written about the American Civil Rights movement. Paul McCartney says the idea for it came to him while he was doing a poetry reading in Scotland, the very center of the African-American struggle for equal rights!

I kid Paul of course, one never knows where inspiration will strike. I’m sure we’re all just grateful when it strikes legendary musical geniuses like him. I’m sure we’d all be equally grateful if “inspiration” spent a little less time striking the likes of Charlie Sheen and Snooki!

Let It Be. Please. I Beg You.

This, dear friends, is a promotional video for the third season of the Norwegian television show “Gylne Tider” or “Golden Times” in English. In the show, a presenter, a cameraman, and a sound engineer travel to meet their heroes. The first two seasons they focused on Norwegian stars but in the third season they went international.

The song, of course, is the Beatles’ 1970 hit “Let It Be.” This particular version was recorded in 1987 to benefit victims of the Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster. A ferry called the MS Herald of Free Enterprise capsized on March 6, 1987 killing 193 passengers and crew. It was the worst peacetime maritime disaster in Britain since 1919. Here’s the original video:

Oh, and by the way, this wasn’t the only promo the “Gylne Tider” folks did.

I read a blog post by a guy who was super angry about this “embarrassing spectacle” but honestly, it was good to see some of those folks again and I bet it was kinda fun to do. I wonder if these viral gems will net those guys an American version of “Gylne Tider.”

The Beatles Shout My Glorious Return From The Rooftop

I got back! It was a fantastic trip but I’m too tired for a full report tonight. In the meantime, please enjoy some Beatles from the rooftop concert.


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