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26  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: February 08, 2020, 06:33:52 AM
The problem with reading books written in a foreign language - what translation to use.
I read reviews from those fluent in Russian. This translation of The Idiot is too literal and has no nuance. That translation takes too many liberties and isn't literal enough.
27  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: February 07, 2020, 12:24:14 AM
It's French, meaning that I gave John the recommendation to give that album a listen.
C'est moi = it's me.

Was just thinking of you and was glad to see that you posted something. Oh well.
28  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2020 Live Thread on: February 05, 2020, 03:46:03 PM
Just found out that Brian and co will be playing at the annual "Family Gras" in suburban New Orleans on February 15. They will be doing a Greatest Hits show.
The Mike/Bruce Beach Boys have played this in the past.
29  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Which Beach Boys song is your earworm? on: February 05, 2020, 06:39:26 AM
Woke up this morning to "Luau." Don't know why.
 just the snippet "let's have a luau"
30  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Please sign petition for Beach Boys to withdraw from performing on 2/5/20 on: February 05, 2020, 02:48:41 AM
Didn't Brian go to the Kennedy Center with Obama in attendance? That's an odd statement but in hindsight not surprising considering all the anti Obama stuff spewed before the election.

Not sure if the Obamas were in attendance, but BW's Kennedy Center honors were in 2008, the final year of the George W. Bush administration.

I believe that Brian and Melinda met President Obama, when they became involved in the Campaign to Change Direction for Mental Illness.
31  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: February 01, 2020, 03:07:42 PM
C'est moi.
Glad you enjoyed it.
32  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Please sign petition for Beach Boys to withdraw from performing on 2/5/20 on: February 01, 2020, 11:48:02 AM
Thank you very much for posting this. I was not aware and I'm very, very disturbed by this news. I guess we now know that there is no low that Mike Love won't sink to. For someone who claims to be and environmental crusader this is absolutely despicable.

This +1 .
33  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: January 29, 2020, 04:21:02 AM
I had read your posts but didn't have anything to add to them.
There are always "fads" on FB. I usually don't know how they start. Yes, the latest is the Dolly Parton challenge and I hadn't seen the original post, either.

There's a cute short video that just got posted a few days ago. Don't know if you saw it yet.
If not, look up "Watch a friendly feline test a Buddhist monk's patience." While a monk is into a five hour long prayer session, a cat decides to join in. : -)
34  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The Quotes Topic on: January 28, 2020, 06:09:13 AM
Yes, it's 3 volumes, 1000 pages each.
When I finish that, I'll attempt to tackle Robert Caro's bio of President Lyndon Johnson. It's 4 volumes so far, 1000 or so pages each, and he's not finished! Caro's well into his 80s now so hope he finishes.
By then, hope Lewinsohn's second volume on the Beatles will be finally out :-)

Guess I should add another quote.
Back in 1965 , Hurricane Betsy did a lot of damage in New Orleans and parts of the city were flooded. Mayor Victor Schiro, assessing the situation, made this immortal quote:
 "Don't believe any false rumors unless they come from me."
 Grin
35  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The Quotes Topic on: January 27, 2020, 05:57:29 PM
I'm reading a LONG biography of Winston Churchill , "The Last Lion," by William Manchester. Took me over an hour to read the Preamble and according to my e-reader will take me over two hours to read the Prologue! It's over 3 000 pages total but so far it's engaging.

This quote is probably familiar but I needed a good laugh today and this did the trick:

Conversation Churchill had with Lady Astor:
Lady Astor - "Winston, if I were your wife I'd poison your soup."
 Churchill - "Nancy, if I were your husband, I'd drink it."
36  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: January 26, 2020, 10:44:02 AM
As to snobbery in Opera, there was a post on the Metropolitan Opera FB page urging patrons who attend the matinee performance today to stay after it ends. There will be a discussion session featuring some of the cast, possibly the conductor, etc.
Believe it or not, there were a couple of posts criticizing this, saying this is how Opera is being "dumbed down" nowadays. According to them , Opera is for the elite and not what one referred to as the "great unwashed." Thought he was kidding but from his later replies he and the other guy were serious.
 I'm thinking about my "unwashed", just getting by Grandmother , who treasured her 78rpm Enrico Caruso records .
37  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Old Record Parade on: January 20, 2020, 08:15:11 AM
Just played "Barefootin'" by Robert Parker, who just passed away at the age of 89.
This was his only hit - made the top 10 in 1966 in the US and also charted in the UK. He was primarily a sax player and played on numerous hits for performers down in these parts including Fats Domino.
38  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: It Takes Two--The Duets Thread on: January 19, 2020, 11:48:38 AM
Thanks to this thread I reintroduced myself to a wonderful album that came out I believe around 2006, "Adieu, False Heart". It was just about the last thing Linda Ronstadt recorded as her Parkinson's was starting to cause some problems with her voice. She recorded this acoustic album with Cajun musician/singer Ann Savoy.

 I find it relaxing, perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Please check out the following covers - these are particularly wonderful. Beautiful harmonies:

Walk Away Renee
Go Away From My Window
39  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Steve Fataar RIP on: January 18, 2020, 07:01:16 AM
Blondie Chaplin just posted that Steve Fataar passed away. He was 76.
He had played a gig, went home and passed away in his sleep.
40  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: January 17, 2020, 07:37:34 PM
Yes, I like The More I See You. It's nice, relaxing music - sit back in a comfortable chair , with a cup of cocoa or other drink, cat in my lap...
When I think of Montez, that song and Call Me come to mind. I was too young to remember Let's Dance when it came out in 1962 (as I posted earlier, I was 5 years old in 1962 and only recall a couple of songs such as Soldier Boy; 1963 was the first year where I have memories of lots of hits).  I very much remember Montez's later songs from 1966.
41  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: January 17, 2020, 05:42:38 PM
Today (17 January) is Chris Montez's birthday.
He was wondering which direction to go, musically . Herb Alpert suggested that he go the "soft pop" route. Thus came some hits including The More I See You.
42  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: January 17, 2020, 08:06:43 AM
Great production but very depressing. :-(
43  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys 2019 Tour Thread on: January 16, 2020, 08:33:48 AM
Just announced - The Beach Boys are playing at the 2020 New Orleans Jazz Fest
They are playing the first day, Thursday, April 23. Times for acts will be released in early March, I believe.
The Cowsills are also performing that day.
44  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: RIP Neil Peart on: January 11, 2020, 06:21:34 PM
For those with Sirius satellite, there will be a short term Rush tribute channel starting tomorrow morning (12 Jan) on Channel 27.
45  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: January 09, 2020, 05:31:22 PM
There's a complete works of Jerome Klapka Jerome for my ereader for about 2 dollars and have downloaded it. 6000+ pages!
46  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: January 09, 2020, 05:26:05 PM
Okay I will see Wozzeck. However I can't see it on Saturday . The weather here is supposed to be severe. However, thank goodness , the theater will show a repeat next Wednesday afternoon so I'll go then.
47  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: January 06, 2020, 10:11:38 AM
Trying to decide whether to see Wozzeck at the HD broadcast on Saturday. I've seen the previews and it looks to be a fantastic production. But it also looks to be 2 hours of sheer depression. Do I want to do this?
Maybe I can arrange to go home after the opera and watch old Fawlty Towers or Fry and Laurie episodes to feel good again.
48  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: January 03, 2020, 04:56:02 PM
I joined the Shakespeare2020 group on FB and am presently reading and discussing "Twelfth Night."
 Looked at all the books I haven't read and decided to re-read Lewisohn's long book on the Beatles . It's the first of a supposedly 3 volume set.Who knows when volume 2 will be out. I had been following a hundreds page thread on the Hoffman Board but it got hijacked by a couple of knuckleheads and the thread was locked. Volume 1 covers the band from its beginnings to the end of 1962. I'll probably be long gone by the time the final volume gets out.
49  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Old Record Parade on: January 02, 2020, 11:15:48 AM
One other thing I noticed about the top 600 of the 60s, voted on by listeners:
There was one song that stood in the way of the Beach Boys dominating the top of the charts during the latter part of 1966.
That song didn't even make the top 600 list.
The song? Winchester Cathedral...
50  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: January 02, 2020, 02:54:43 AM
Beautiful picture.
I wouldn't know how I could go on without my fur babies. And they seem to enjoy being around me as well. They are family.
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