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101  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Country Music on: September 28, 2019, 07:53:47 AM
Obviously from my POV the documentary has nowhere to go but down-letís be honest modern country is mostly just pop music for non-urbanites. Thereís not much to discuss after 1990 or so.....

That's generally my impression of modern country music as well. Hoping that perhaps the documentary might bring a pleasant surprise or two.
I do like some of the post 1990 work, some of George Strait or Ricky Skaggs.
But I don't listen to any of the radio stations playing modern country. I had to share an office for a few years with someone who had the local country station on. Most of the songs seemed overproduced and formulaic. There was one song in particular that drove me nuts and it was on heavy rotation . The refrain included lyrics where the guy didn't care that he "didn't know the difference between Iraq and Iran". Arggh!
102  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Country Music on: September 27, 2019, 12:00:04 PM
I've taped all of the episodes but have only been able to watch the first one. Hope to be able to watch a couple tomorrow.
I really enjoyed the first episode . I realize that there were so many greats in Country music over the past 90 plus years of recordings and some are not going to get their due. Hopefully those who haven't had stand alone documentaries will have them. Over the past few years I've seen docs on the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson...

Ordered the Big book that is associated with this . It's supposed to have valuable info and photos. I'll either get it tomorrow or Monday.

103  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 25, 2019, 06:55:22 PM
Although not movies, I just got a announcement that 6 restored Twilight Zone shows, along with a mini biography of Rod Serling, will be shown in 600 or so US theaters in November.
Hope I can go!
104  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 25, 2019, 06:32:44 AM
I like movies that have good character development. The line "Get busy living or get busy dying" means different things during the course of the film. During the early parts Dufresne decides to make the best of a bad situation, to get busy living instead of vegetating in prison. So he helps to build a Library, tutor prisoners to pass their GED s (test to have them credited with finishing High School).  Doing other stuff such as taxes for the staff and Warden helps bring other perks.
However when the Big plot twist arrives (JK hasn't seen movie, so won't give spoiler ) The "Get busy living" line takes on an entirely new meaning.
I also like Dufresne's friendship with Red. And the sad story of Brooks.

As for theaters showing these oldies, there's a national company (Fathom Events) that shows these movies, along with old TV shows and concerts, on movie screens throughout the U.S..
We also have a local theater that shows an old movie every week, on Sundays and Wednesdays. This week's movie is "After the Thin Man" from the 1930s.
105  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 24, 2019, 08:25:36 PM
Got the opportunity to go out to see a movie. Decided to go to one I saw once 25 years ago on the Big Screen and who knows how many times on television.
Think I was drawn by the famous line in the film - "Get busy living or get busy dying."
 
There will be a couple of other classics on the Big Screen next month. One is "Alien." Good movie but don't know if I could stomach ( so to speak) John Hurt's character's final moments.
Think I will go to "Ghostbusters." Believe it or not, I don't think I've ever seen it.
106  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 21, 2019, 05:35:36 PM
Ha! What did you think of Hal? He was a bad boy.

And that ending. I saw it when it first came out as an 11 year old in early June 1968.* I saw it on a special screen - it was filmed by a process called "Cinerama". I saw it at a special theater that had a curved screen. Thought I was "trippin" while watching all those lights flying past, with the weird modern classical music.

*I always associate this movie with the assassination of Robert Kennedy, which took place Just a couple of days after seeing it.
107  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 17, 2019, 11:40:29 AM
It's so wonderful, the wide variety of fans Brian has.
On his FB page today concerning last night's Seattle concert, actor Bill Mumy (Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, Lost in Space and other shows) left a nice message for Brian - "you're the sweetest soul ever."
108  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Listing Songs With Music Bits Of Different Songs on: September 14, 2019, 06:09:13 PM
One example is in Emerson Lake and Palmer's take on "Hoedown." At the 2 :18 or so mark, they play a bit of "Shortnin Bread."
109  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 14, 2019, 07:07:48 AM
This is looking like a great time for BW and his band. If only Nicky could be there (although he is there in spirit).
Just listened on FB the band rehearsing Friends before the show last night. Absolutely wonderful
110  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Country Music on: September 11, 2019, 08:49:53 AM
I taped the Ryman concert and watched a part of it - tribute songs for Jimmie Rodgers, Sons of the Pioneers, Bob Wills, and Bill Monroe (and Earl Scruggs).
Great so far. However, although the Carter Family was mentioned no song was played by them. Perhaps they'll honor them later in the program.
This really shows the variety of forms "Country Music" has taken.

Really looking forward to the Ken Burns series.
111  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: September 10, 2019, 06:18:10 PM
I've posted this before, I believe. Don't think that if you don't get any replies to a post that no one is bothering with it. Most people on this Board are lurkers who rarely post . I'm sure there are those who are checking out your discoveries .
112  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: September 09, 2019, 05:59:02 PM
Cat and dog pages are just about all FB is good for, outside of seeing photos of far flung family and nice posts from Brian and Al's pages.

Freezing? Not here. We are under a Heat Advisory, temperature feels like 42 C.
Our "low" temperature tonight will be 27C. I've never known it to be this hot so late in the summer.

I do puzzles of all types to keep my mind going. If you mean jigsaw puzzles I love them but don't have a good place to do them. And Tanner the cat loves playing with the pieces.
113  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: September 09, 2019, 12:58:38 PM
Please be advised that I didn't see your post until I had made my post. (In other words we were writing posts at the same time)
I need to check out Tiny Tim more. At the time I thought he was someone who came on the scene and was a star overnight. But read one of Bob Dylan's books and he said that Tiny Tim was part of the "pass the hat" coffeehouse scene in New York in the early 60s.

The song had a nice retro feel. However I can only take so much of his trilling at one time.

114  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: September 09, 2019, 07:31:08 AM
Thank you so much for posting this JK . Yes, I love this song.
 I'm okay - just dealing with something a loved one is going through (look up term Sundowning or Sundown Syndrome).

While paying bills and other fun stuff, listened to an album of Carl Perkins - Sun Recordings. Very enjoyable.
115  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 09, 2019, 07:11:14 AM
Not able to post it but on Brian's FB page is he and the band rehearsing In My Room. Beautiful. Just what I needed this morning.  Smiley
116  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 02, 2019, 09:44:06 AM
Saw Lawrence of Arabia yesterday on the big screen. I went alone as my sister, a huge TE Lawrence fan, was in the hospital and now needs oxygen - waiting for a portable tank.
It was great to see the movie in a theater filled with fans - to not hear, "Good Lawd, this is only half over?" at the Intermission - and the conversation about the film and the actors
 An amusing thing happened while Lawrence and company made their long, dangerous trek through the desert on their way to Aqaba, trying not to die of thirst. I heard pounding all of a sudden on the roof of the theater. Heavy rain for a few minutes. : -)
117  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 02, 2019, 09:32:42 AM
Yes, that was a great review.
Wish I could get to a show but these aren't coming anywhere near here.
I fear that a few songs will be taken out to make it not so long of a show.

Maybe BW and company can do a few shows on their own after this is over, interspersing the deep cuts with the hits. If there's a long stretch of deep cuts the casual fan will get antsy.
Also, before at least some of the lesser known songs someone could give a brief intro about it.
Regardless, it seems like Brian's a lot more engaged now, and that's good news indeed.
118  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Quentin Tarantino Prepping New Movie Tackling Manson Murders on: August 31, 2019, 06:30:26 AM
Yes, usually when someone writes a review giving details instead of generalities (as in, "The ending will be a surprise" ), the reviewer will indicate with **Spoiler Alert** or some such. I was slightly miffed at first to see the spoiler and stopped reading that post. But it's okay. It sounds so far fetched that I'm curious how it comes about.
119  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: August 29, 2019, 06:42:47 AM
I'm also glad that you enjoyed your trip to San Francisco.
The U.S. isn't known generally for great chocolate, but San Francisco is an exception.
And you got a chair for your kitty. Sweet!
120  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Welcome thread on: August 29, 2019, 06:36:54 AM
Glad you came back. Sometimes we just need a break.
Thought of you - got tickets to see Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen this Sunday. Will also be playing on Wednesday - might go to that showing as well lol.
121  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Quentin Tarantino Prepping New Movie Tackling Manson Murders on: August 29, 2019, 06:33:47 AM
Sold! Okay, I'll go and see it while it's still in the theaters
122  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The new Beach Boys shows are a spectacle on: August 21, 2019, 09:01:40 AM
Oh my I just saw that on FB and was going to ask about it.
Is this recent?
Hope Bruce wasn't hurt.
The guy behind the guitar player was beyond creepy.
123  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: August 10, 2019, 04:56:12 PM
Being lazy today. Back tomorrow to the Real World.

John K, hope you weren't affected by the bad weather over there. I saw footage of a tornado in Luxembourg along with hearing that there were also tornadoes in the Netherlands including Amsterdam.
124  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: RIP Nicky Wonder on: August 08, 2019, 06:50:42 PM
I'm so sorry, Debbie. Sincere condolences.  Sad

EM
125  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: August 07, 2019, 03:29:19 PM
 Brian just posted on FB. The show will go on with a tribute.
Nick Walusco died in his sleep.
 Cry
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