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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: Today at 11:21:33 AM
Drive My Car

Beep beep beep beep beep Go!
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: Today at 10:16:04 AM
Well you got me intrigued - what the results showed? Is it akin to "Who Do You Think You Are" & "Faces of America"? Like 5% this, 38% that etc? Thanks in advance.

Some surprises:
Shows about 5 percent Southern European ancestry (i.e. Spain, Portugal, Italy). Didn't know of any before.
Have about 18 percent Irish/British ancestry, more than I thought.
A little less than 1 percent Native American ancestry. Thought it might be a bit more as I supposedly had multiple lines with NA (Choctaw) ancestors. Perhaps those people weren't really Choctaws. People down here like to think we have more than we do, particularly romantic tales of Choctaw princesses. I do have at least one verifiable Choctaw line. As a record of court cases in the late 1700s shows, my male ancestor in Natchez, Mississippi lived with a Choctaw woman (he couldn't legally marry her) and had a couple of kids. He died in a freak accident - fell out of a tree, his leg was cut off and he bled to death. There was a court battle as to who could get his property - his children, or his relatives back in France. The children won the case.

What blew my mind? I have 2.3 percent sub Saharan African heritage, specifically from West Africa. This apparently took place from the period of the mid 1700s to early 1800s. This is most certainly from my mothers side as her ancestors have been in North America since the mid 1600s (my father's ancestors came over starting in the late 1840s).
I don't know how my mom would react to this, and especially some of my cousins. With the old "one drop rule" I would be considered to be an African American (which is laughable if you look at me. I'm about as "white" looking as you can get)!

As George Takei would say, "Oh my!" Grin
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: Today at 07:06:20 AM
Set List for New Orleans, 29 Mar 2017:

California Girls
Dance Dance Dance
I Get Around
Shut Down
Little Deuce Coupe
Little Honda
Row row row your boat
Do It Again
Surfer Girl
The Night Was So Young
California Saga
Don't Worry Baby
Let Him Run Wild
Feel Flows
Wild Honey
Sail on, Sailor


Pet Sounds album

Good Vibrations
Help Me Rhonda
Barbara Ann
Surfin USA
Fun Fun Fun
Love and Mercy

It was a great night at the old Saenger Theater. The crowd, mostly college aged to 30s, really got into it and the band fed off that enthusiasm.
Brian did the girls yell/boys yell twice - once at very beginning then again later. He looked to be very happy.
There were lots of standing ovations, including after Wild Honey. I know that some of you don't care for this song in the show but the crowd here loved it.

Pet Sounds sounded pretty good.
Although not anywhere near my favorite on the album, Sloop John B  was a highlight, with Al and Brian doing well.
Heard an alternate lyric for GOK: "You never need to doubt it / I'll make you d--- sure about it". Thought that was funny for a song called God Only Knows!
As IKTAA  ended, Brian sang "Woooooo ooo  ooo" a couple of times.

The band intros ended up being a highlight. I've never seen it done so brilliantly. As each band member was introduced a bit of song would be played, long enough for the member to sometimes join in for a few notes. From Nicky Wonder's "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" to Billy Hinsche's "I'm a Fool" to Blondie's "Thank you (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) which he sang the chorus, it just confirms how incredible this band is and how blessed Brian is to have them backing him up. He acknowledged them as numerous times he shouted, "Isn't this band great?!"

At the end, a kid (maybe 20 years old) came up to me and said, "How did you like it?" He was so enthusiastic. Yes, I Loved it.

I got a bit spoiled last year seeing Brian so many times. Looks like this will be the only time seeing him this year, so I treasured every moment.
Bless you, Brian!


4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: March 29, 2017, 10:51:45 PM
Had a most interesting day.

Read an article and saw a documentary that involved how people react to extreme stress. The article was about children who, under stress, shut down and become comatose. There was a example of a boy from a Russian family who were trying to get refugee status in Sweden for religious reasons. Sweden was about to deport them and the boy, who had been in Sweden since he was 5 years old, all of a sudden became unresponsive, and was in a coma like state for 5 months before finally getting over it.
The other was a documentary about Augusta Chiwy, a Belgian nurse who aided Americans during the time of the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944. The horrors she experienced rendered her mute off and on for much of the rest of her life.

After that I needed to listen to some music. Pet Sounds fit the bill. And our dog always likes hearing Banana and Louie.

Went to Brian's concert tonight at the historic, beautiful Saenger Theater and had a wonderful time.

Came home to find that an ancestry report came back. I had sent a saliva sample a while back. Was kind of shocked at the results. Not what I expected! It will spark some interesting conversation in our family LOL.

It's getting close to 0100 hours and I should attempt to go to bed although I'm still pumped up by Brian and my crazy DNA.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: March 29, 2017, 07:02:34 PM
At intermission now in New Orleans. Same set list so far as Orlando, except Al singing Shut Down and Little Deuce Coupe before Little Honda.

 Brian looks very happy and is in good voice. Super show so far.   Smiley
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2017 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds - The Final Performances) on: March 28, 2017, 09:49:39 AM
I was ready to record The Night Was So Young, but as soon as I started an usher made me turn my camera off.

I'll give it a try tomorrow night, provided the song is performed of course, and the ushers aren't too vigilant.
I don't  feel bad doing it - Brian's people, and Al,  show the fans' recordings on their respective FB pages so they are obviously cool with it.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: March 26, 2017, 05:18:41 AM
Despite the long list of unfavorites (add eggs there, boring taste), these foods I like:
Seafood - fish, shrimps, caviar etc. Everybody in town goes fishing in June, it's the go-to food.
Fruit - orange. Berries, mushrooms - freshly picked. Buckwheat, rice. Meat - sliced bits. No patty. Liver's good too.

Which Shakespeare do you like? Tragedy, plays?

You'd feel right at home where I live. Seafood is everywhere. I had to go to the store early yesterday and passed a bayou and lagoon on the way, and saw lots of people fishing.
I love fresh mushrooms. Would love to be able to grow them. I know someone who forages for mushrooms in the forest but I would be afraid to try this on my own - might end up picking a "magic mushroom" that could send me trippin'!
Liver, particularly beef liver, ycch. Mom tried to force me to eat it as a kid, However, I can tolerate chicken liver if it's mixed in to rice. That dish is known down here as "dirty rice."

Probably my favorite Shakespeare plays are Julius Caesar and King Lear.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dennis on REELZ TV on: March 21, 2017, 04:30:09 PM
did anyone watch this? i cant get REELZ tv and cant find it online anywhere. Curious if anyone saw it?

I saw it. The program focused mainly on determining just what caused Dennis' death. Went through various scenarios, debunking most of them, including foul play or suicide.
The coroner guy made his own determination after studying the autopsy report. Don't know if anyone wants to know his answer (if anyone would consider it to be a "spoiler"). It's a fairly rare cause of death.
Good commentary by Ed Roach and Jon Stebbins.

One thing mentioned that I only knew of from reading Scott Wilson's book, although I assume long time BB fans already knew this: Dennis had a panic attack/breakdown while on tour, was sent home and was hospitalized briefly. Does anyone know when this took place?
Also, autopsy report indicated that Dennis had numerous old scars throughout his body. The coroner guy surmised that these scars came from Murry.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Welcome thread on: March 21, 2017, 10:33:32 AM
Thanks, my good man. Though I think I've just been called a sensationalist dullard elsewhere. Another new line for the sig block, I guess...

I like your political posts; you say things that I agree with but am hesitant to state in public. The other day I posted something on FB mildly critical of the President and got replies from relatives such as "Shame on you!"

And I love when you post on the Food thread.

10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: March 21, 2017, 07:42:33 AM
Hmm, you're 110 lbs at 5 feet seven inches tall? That's thin. Don't know that it would be healthy for you to get under 100 pounds. But I'm not your Mum! :-)

Anyway, I do love vegetables and fruits, especially fresh vegetables - grew up eating horribly over cooked tinned veggies - ugh!
Usually cook vegetables such as onions, peppers, mushrooms in a stir fry, with some chicken. Very quick and delicious.
I enjoy fruit with oatmeal. Strawberries are in season down here and we have a refrigerator full of them right now.
I can't have dairy as it makes me bloated and sometimes quite sick. I got tested for it. In the test if something was above 40 then there could be a problem. For dairy my score was 900! So I use nut/soy milk and "cheeze". Cashews can also be used to make a cheesy substitute.

Are you more of a "meat and potatoes" kind of gal?

Ah, Shakespeare! There are a bunch of videos to go through, a quick bio, some items from the Shakespeare museum. Watched a few yesterday and will continue to watch the rest throughout the week. Then there's a quiz (oh no).
Then the course will focus on one play a week and relate it to the events going on during The Bard's time.

It's so enjoyable listening to the lecturer. I could listen to him all day.
Love the way the British talk.
Americans for the most part don't move me in that way. Only a few perhaps, such as Orson Welles or James Earl Jones.
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: March 20, 2017, 05:36:08 AM
Mari, the free course, "Shakespeare and His World," is offered on the site. It is taught by faculty at the University of Warwick.
FutureLearn is a digital version of Britain's Open University.

As to dumping excess weight, I weighed and measured 3 meals a day, nothing in between. Drank only water or herbal tea. Cut out all flour and sugar. Ate LOTS of vegetables. Ate fruit at breakfast and lunch. Cooked from scratch as much as possible instead of using boxes of stuff some of which contain chemicals.
I've gotten off of it the last few days but will get back to it again, perhaps slightly modifying it. I like the way it keeps me from "crashing" right after lunch (would get so tired that I was afraid to drive). And my legs no longer feel like they have lead weights on them, so there's more of a spring in my step. And most importantly, I'm thinking more clearly!
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: March 19, 2017, 08:55:08 PM
Ended an 8 week regimen to regain my health. Dropped 25 lbs (11.34 kg) and feel much better.
(Late last year I got quite sick; everything seemed to be breaking down physically and emotionally - something had to be done!)

Planted lemon thyme, English thyme, Greek oregano and sweet marjoram around my Rosemary bushes.
Pepper plants, cucumbers, tomatoes looking good; see some small tomatoes growing. In a couple of weeks will be able to plant basil and eggplant (aubergine).

Registered for a free online course offered by a British university, "Shakespeare and his world." Course starts tomorrow.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles on: March 15, 2017, 11:22:04 AM
Usually with the survivor pool, songs don't so much get voted out because they're not liked, it's just that the other songs are stronger.  Especially with these mid 60s Beatles releases. 

With the Beatles songs, picking the ones I really like or don't care for can't always be explained properly. I was around when these songs came out and remember in many cases what was taking place at the time.
For example, I really like "I've Just Seen a Face" from the Help! album. Not so much for the quality of the song but rather the "good vibe" that I associate with it. It was a hard decision to vote it out.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 13, 2017, 06:06:19 PM
drive my car? huh wah huh?HuhShocked
Yep not sure I get it either. Isn't the point of these threads to explain the choice? To discuss? I'd sure like to hear why "Drive My Car".

I don't dislike the song. I like the others better, that's all.
The verses aren't interesting - pretty much just a one note melody.
Maybe I got sort of sick of the song due to oversaturation. For years a local radio station would play part of it when doing the motorway traffic reports.
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 12, 2017, 08:57:43 PM
Drive My Car
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 08, 2017, 12:43:04 PM
Run For Your Life

At least John later said that he regretted writing this song.
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Try and see this documentary on: March 05, 2017, 02:19:00 PM
I saw this a couple of weeks ago and agree wholeheartedly that this is an incredibly good documentary.

I'm the only white member of an almost all African American religious group (there are a couple of Filipino members). I also worked with Tessie PW, who was one of the brave children to integrate New Orleans public schools in 1961.
However I am not so naive as to think that I understand all that is involved in being African American. Yes, this documentary was an eye opener.

For example, the documentary included a speech by Robert Kennedy, saying how good Civil Rights was, and, within 40 years, we might have a Negro president! I can imagine white folks thinking, "Wow!"
James Baldwin said that Kennedy's speech was met with derisive laughter in the African American community. Why should it have to take 40 years...

This documentary must be seen if at all possible. Especially with the present climate where I regularly hear a derogatory, racist term that I hadn't heard since the 1960s. This term has been used a lot to describe the Obamas. Sick.
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #6: Rubber Soul on: March 05, 2017, 11:34:50 AM
There are very few Beatles songs that I hate.
Run For Your Life is one of them.
Cringe worthy lyrics that ruin this album for me
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: March 04, 2017, 03:27:13 PM
I'm hoping he'll pay our concert hall another visit sometime. This time I'll have the score of his father's Fourth Symphony with me, hopefully for signing! There's a fantastic description of this wayward masterpiece in Ian MacDonald's book The New Shostakovich

That book looks really interesting.

I'm presently reading a book about the Siege of Leningrad (which will take a while as the siege lasted a long time  Sad )
Then I'll read "Symphony for the City of the Dead - Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad."
Then will listen to his Symphony No 7 "Leningrad" written in honor of his beloved city.
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: March 04, 2017, 03:17:11 PM
I'm enough of an old hag to remember that second movement as the "Huntley-Brinkley theme" (US news program way back in the day)

Always thought it a bit funny when, at the 1:20 mark, Beethoven just stops it suddenly and decides to do it all again.

Great music!
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #5 FINAL ROUND: HELP! on: March 02, 2017, 09:39:13 AM
Help! for the win.
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The Beatles Survivor #5: HELP! on: March 01, 2017, 07:37:59 AM
Great. I didn't want to be the first one to pick this: Yesterday.
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 28, 2017, 06:28:29 AM
Great song
The Band + Allen Toussaint (horn arrangements) = winning combination!
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: February 28, 2017, 03:19:10 AM
Happy Mardi Gras!

Note: my avatar, which will be changed in the next day or so, is yours truly getting nowhere fast on her tricycle in her Kindergarten Mardi Gras parade back in the early part of 1963.
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: February 26, 2017, 04:08:31 PM
Anybody watching the Kattarshians? It's a "reality" show of sorts from Iceland featuring 4 cats, which are being filmed 24/7. Most of the time I've watched they've been sleeping. Thought that it was a still image but every now and then, Hey, did you see that? One of the cats swishes its tail.

It can be seen on YouTube
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