Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Just Like A Woman - Bob Dylan Song of the Day

I just heard Jim Ladd play this on the Deep Tracks Channel on SiriusXM.  I was released as a single in September 1966, but only peaked at #33 in Billboard.  Every year I vote for it on Rich Appel's It Should Have Been a Bigger Hit.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Prince Bob Dylan Connection

Both Prince and Bob Dylan were born in Minnesota, but Prince stayed while Dylan moved on.  Like millions of others I am sorry to hear of Prince's untimely passing.  I found out that Prince covered All Along the Watchtower at the 2007 Superbowl.  I just found it on Youtube.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Elvis & Nixon

On December 21, 1970 the King met Tricky Dick at the Whitehouse.  I guess if they can make a movie about this they can make a movie about just about anything.  I enjoyed the film but wonder if  events described in the movie actually happened.  Did Elvis present Nixon a handgun as a gift?  Did he sign an autograph for Julie Nixon?  Was Nixon thrilled to meet Elvis or did he go through this reluctantly?

I certainly would recommend this movie to those who grew up during the 60s and 70s who were living when Nixon was president and Elvis, the King.  Actors portrayed some of the future Watergate figures including H.R, Haldeman, Egil Krogh, and Dwight Chapin.

One of the best things for me was a chance to visit the Kew Gardens Cinema.  That is a movie theater they way they used to be in neighborhoods and not shopping malls.  I did miss the stadium seating of the College Point Multiplex.

Description in the Internet Movie Database

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April 22 is Karen's Birthday

The Mets are on of the things that have
kept us together for 32+ years

Karen was born 6 years and one day after me.  She gets another Bob Dylan song for her birthday.  It is If Not for You which Bob originally recorded on the New Morning album in 1970.  Below is a video of George Harrison rehearsing it with Bob before the Concert for Bangla Desh.  Under that is a version by Olivia Newton-John

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April 21 is My Birthday

This year I am not going to reveal my age.  I am going to quote the Beatles and say "You Know My Name, Look Up the Number."  That was the B-side of Let it Be.  But for this birthday I am going to post two songs that have appeared in this journal before.

This was performed on October 16, 1992 by the Mt. Rushmore of Rock n' Roll - Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roger McGuinn, Neil Young, Eric Clapton,Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now."

I was never a big fan of the Grateful Dead, but for old farts like me this song really hits the spot.  " I will get by I will survive."

Monday, April 18, 2016

Good Day for a Staycation

Since my vacation hours are a little high, I decided to take today off to get a 3 day weekend.  If we have more than 175 vacation hours after June 30, we lose those excessive hours.  I have to get my bank down to zero when I retire.  The weather was absolutely perfect.

I took my car to Sparkles for a wash.  Since I was there last they took away the iPads and put in a little coffee shop.  I guess they are trying to make a few bucks off people who are hungry while they are wating for their cars.  My 2000 Chevy Cavalier looks like a brand new car.

From there I drove over to Alley Pond Park where I took my usual hike and then sat down to read my Kindle Fire.  It is difficult to read from an electronic device when the sun is very strong.  I looked at a "tradtional magazine" instead.

While looking at Facebook I found a link to Rich Appel's list of It Should Have Been a Bigger Hit.  I guess not too many Bob Dylan fans voted.

Back to work tomorrow.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mariners 3 Yankees 2

The only time I root against the Yankees is when they play the Mets.  We generally go to two games a season at Yankee Stadium so today was game #1 for us.  C. C. Sabathia started for the Bronx Bombers and looked good for the first 4 innings, but gave up 3 runs in the 5th inning and removed.  The only highlight for the Yankees was the performance of Carlos Beltran who went 4 for 5 including a home run.  The Yankees had the tieing and winning run in scoring position in the 9th inning, but Chase Headley grounded out to end the game.

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