Wednesday, August 16, 2017

40 Years Ago Elvis died



Above was footage from his funeral and fans. 40 years ago today August 16, 1977 "The King" passed away.


"I forgot to remember to forget" a number one hit from 1956..


He knew woman... "Hard Headed Woman"


 
 Don't worry that Hard Headed Woman wasn't you. "She's Not You"


I celebrated the passing of Elvis five years ago by finding a concert my parents went to which unlike me was a rare thing for them You can revisit that post here. Well I am being like Elvis and leaving the building.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Goes Political

I heard it said somewhere "everything is political." I read all the comments on my blog. I don't reply back to most of them. However, I do quote some of them or give a shout out here and there. Sometimes they inspire my Battle of the Bands battles. I wing out the posts on my blog anyway so ideas are always welcomed.

A strange comment I received was "Unfortunately BOTB is all about politics, with is why it was no fun for me."

So in response my song this go around is "Apolitical Blues" by Little Feat...

Contestant One : Little Feat




Contestant Two: Van Halen


Contestant Three: Phish


Forget the rules! Vote for the one you like the best. You can vote for the original one. Wasn't my plan to have three but to keep it fair. I wanted to keep at least two studio versions. Phish was live, but it was the only fairly big name I could find.

So you have Little Feat, Van Halen and Phish. Enjoy and shake out who else is participating. The master list can be found here.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Monday's Music Moves Me: Songs with Male Names

Last week was so much fun! I'm back for more.



I'm stealing the above switch, because sometimes it is so true. Sometimes you just have to turn the switch on.




Today's theme is songs with male names. I'm not going to try to get them all. I will highlight a few and encourage you to visit the other participants for more.

"Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner" Warren Zevon


"Uncle John's Band" The Grateful Dead. So many from that band to use Tennessee Jed, Casey Jones, St. Stephen to name a few...


"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" Paul McCartney and Wings


Led Zeppelin "Boogie with Stu"


Led Zeppelin "Poor Tom"


Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe"


Lynyrd Skynyrd "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" 


 

Eight is enough.."Buddy Holly" Weezer


Stay tunes for tomorrow's Battle of the Bands post for more music!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Baseball lost a Slugger and a Catcher

Don Baylor passed away this week at the age of 68. He started his baseball playing career with the Baltimore Orioles and ended with the Oakland A's.

1987 World Series game 6 with the Minnesota Twins...


A 5-RBI game in the American League Championship Series in 1982..


338 home runs, an All-star, a World Series Champion, an MVP, inducted to the Angels Hall of Fame, and a National League Manager of the Year Award highlight his career. He provided memories for baseball  fans and will be missed.


Best known for his years playing with the Philadelphia Phillies Darren Daulton also passed away this week. He was only 55. He is on the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame, a three time All-Star and a World Series Champion with the Miami Marlins.

Here is a home run in the 1993 World Series with the Phillies...


Here is a homerun with the Florida Marlins in the 1997 World Series..


He will be remembered by Philadelphia fans for years to come.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

R.I.P Glen Campbell


Above is reportedly Glen Campbell's last song. It was captured in 2014. He passed away at the age of 81.

Below is some vintage guitar fun...


Perhaps his biggest hit "Rhinestone Cowboy"..


Below he performs "Wichita Lineman"...


Another musical legend has passed away may he rest in peace.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Monday Music Moves Me: Hopping Aboard the Train (Freebie)

I'm new to this particular blog hop. I've joined one or two here and there so I get the idea. Still I am not exactly sure what I am doing or what I am getting into. However, that has never stopped me before.

I think I am suppose to share a series of songs sharing a common theme. This week being a freebie, I am assuming it could be anything. The host X-mas Dolly had a train theme going on the wording of her blog.

I am going to stick with a train theme, since I am just boarding this "Crazy Train"..



Ozzy Osbourne certainly  has this train rocking but "Casey Jones" is driving this train..


Another ode to Jerry Garcia in this time between his birthday and his death. 

Let's keep it rocking Southern style with this Blackfoot Classic "Train, Train"


                            Maybe this train I too Rocking, maybe I should have taken the "A Train" with Duke                              Ellington?

 
                             Let Steve Goodman sing about the ride on "The City of New Orleans"


                            It's just a "Runaway Train: with Soul Asylum..

 

Dolly it's a "Love Train"

          

 I can't stop this Train..,The Train Kept A Rollin'


Well I hope you enjoyed the ride! I hope to be a regular commuter on this musical train. So stayed tuned. Please visit the others on this hop in the side bar!

R.I.P Daniel Licht

You might not recognize his name but if you watch movie, television, Showtime, or Netflix then you have probably heard Daniel Licht's music. He is best known for creating the score for the popular series "Dexter".

Here is an example of his work an extended version of Dexter's Blood Theme...



Live "Honor for All" from Dishonored video game..performed with his brother Jon..



a piece called "Hide Your Tears"..


"Dexter Suite" performed live..


Future movies and shows may not be complemented by his music. However he leaves behind a legacy found on soundtracks that enhanced the shows we watched.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Movie Review: Atomic Blonde



I will admit I do enjoy a majority of movies and shows created from comics and graphic novels. Some how I missed out on reading them, so the stories are fresh to me. I may need to add some to my reading list. Please feel free to leave me recommendations in the comments. This movie was based off Sam Hart and Antony Johnston's graphic novel The Coldest City.

I didn't know much about this movie before I went to see it. I caught a preview while watching another movie. It appealed to the I'm a guy part of me. Meaning it had me with an action thriller movie featuring an ass kicking blonde lead.

This movie had a lot of things that made James Bond and other spy films the hits they were. Car chases, difficult situations, a bit of humor, and even a signature drink. James Bond was always cool and in "Atomic Blonde" Lorraine Broughton matches the coolness.

While Bond flicks included violence. It was never this bloody nor graphic. James Bond had a way with woman and so does Lorraine. I can't imagine James Bond having a gay affair. It works in "Atomic Blonde" with the lesbian. I wonder why the male on male affair hasn't made it on a spy movie scene? That could be another blog post.

Another thing I enjoyed about this film was the soundtrack. The movie was set in the days right before the Berlin wall fell in Germany. They pull some great songs from that era that really fit with the film. David Bowie, Nena, Til Tuesday, George Michael, The Clash, Flock of Seaguls, and Siouxsie and the Banshees definitely highlight the album. There are some new songs and new takes as well.

The movie stars Charlize Theron and David Percival. The film is an action packed ride of car chases, violence, and double crosses. It is rated R for good reason, so if you are okay with that see the film if not stay home. The end result is a fun, summer spy movie.

Disclosure: I paid my own way for this movie, unbiased opinion.

Friday, August 4, 2017

R.I.P Robert Hardy


Opening my tribute post to actor Robert Hardy with a clip from "All Creatures Great and Small."

Robert Hardy passed away at the age of 91 earlier this week. He is best known for his role in the  Harry Potter movies and "All Creatures Great and Small." However he has appeared in over 30 movies, several television shows and many stage productions over his long career. A career highlighted by being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

A clip from the Harry Potter series..



Here is a vintage clip of Robert Hardy performing in Shakespeare's Henry V on the BBC..


The entertainment world lost a great one. However, Robert Hardy left behind an amazing recorded legacy. May he Rest in Peace.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

R.I.P Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard was an actor, author and playwright. He was a Pulitzer Price winning playwright. He won that award once and was nominated on two other occasions. He has been inducted in the American Theater Hall of Fame and won a Drama Desk Award.

A Simple Tribute..


A clip from "The Right Stuff"


A reading from Patti Smith...


The entertainment world lost another treasure. Creating plays to staring on the Silver Screen. He leaves behind quite a legacy.

75 Years of Jerry Garcia

Today is Jerry Garcia's birthday. It marks 75 years since he was born.  He passed away at 53 and something beautiful has been missing ever since.

I'm going to share songs from throughout his career. Music talks better.

If you want more, I suggest going t o the movies today. They are bringing a vintage concert to the big screen. You can catch Jerry and the Grateful Dead one more time. Information here.


Jerry Garcia with Merl Saunders "Road Runner"..


Yes he was a road runner touring solo and with the Grateful Dead.

A happy Jerry does his take on a Beatles classic..


Here is early Jerry Garcia from 1962 performing some bluegrass. Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers is the group "Run Mountain" the song..


Here is Jerry Garcia performing with The Grateful Dead at the last show..


The Dead unplugged..Jerry Garcia with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh..


I could go on. Of course I will. I hope you enjoyed and come back soon!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Battle of the Bands Results: No Love for the Boss



 Sometimes things are missed in translation on a blog. There is no wink, twinkle of the eye or facial expression. I participate in the Battle of the Bands because it is fun. I enjoy it. I'm happy with it. It looks like most participants are changing to once a month on the 15th. Cool!  I'll give it a whirl. It is a change and was one of many going on in my world which led to my choice of song on the 15th.

Onto the results. My battle featured three musical icons Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Joel. Dylan gets covered quite a bit and I think I picked a song that hasn't been covered by everyone. I liked stripping the Battle down to just Bruce versus Billy.

Billy Joel ran away with this Battle winning 6 to 0.


Let's celebrate "Uptown Girl"


"It's Still Rock N Roll to Me"


"River Dreams"


Hope you enjoyed! I'll be back mid-month for a new Battle of the Bands. Stay tuned to see what else turns up.

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...

Natalie.

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.