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51  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Old Record Parade on: January 01, 2020, 10:07:23 AM
Well that's great that GOK got some respect (lucky 13 out of 2000 ain't bad).

For a change of pace I'm listening to the top 30 of the top 500 songs of the 50s.
Teenyboppers such as Frankie Avalon (Venus) but also great songs like At the Hop, Blueberry Hill, Yakkety Yak. Presently playing is Kingston Trio's Tom Dooley.
52  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: December 31, 2019, 09:11:43 AM
Thanks for finding that for RR. It was driving me crazy and it would be a few days before I'd be able to ask any family.
53  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Old Record Parade on: December 31, 2019, 06:30:49 AM
I'm listening to a countdown on the 60s satellite channel. The top 600 songs of the 60s as voted on by listeners. Listening on our satellite TV which has Sirius music channels (for those with DISH satellite it's channel 6006).

Didn't catch the first few hours so don't know what the lucky 600th song was. Picked it up in the lower 500s. Surprised at some of the songs there as why they were ranked so low. Wonderful songs (my opinion) such as Ruby Tuesday, Another Saturday Night, White Room. Penny Lane. Speaking of Penny Lane, Love Me Do (ugh!) was ranked higher!
Some nice surprises such as Vito and the Salutations' take on Unchained Melody, so different from the Righteous Brothers ' version.

As to songs BB fans would be interested in, The Regents' Barbara Ann was 512, and The Trade Winds' wonderful New York's a Lonely Town was 489. Away for a few hours of sleep, Dead Mans Curve was 308.

As for the BBs, shocking to hear WIBN at 484!
Be True to Your School was 453, Do You Wanna Dance 324. After waking up to All Along the Watchtower, Sloop John B was 293. Little Deuce Coupe 259.
Since they played a bit of DWB in one of the "teasers," I assume it Will be in there somewhere.

Will be listening throughout the day as I can while doing chores etc. Interesting to see people's music preferences and how they differ from mine.
So many great songs!

To add: Two songs back to back, how did they get in so high? The novelty song Mr. Custer ( "please Mr Custer , I don't wanna go") about one of the most boneheaded blunders in US history, was 255, followed by, In the Year 2525 (barf!)
54  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: December 31, 2019, 06:04:52 AM
Hope this link works.

catsoncatnip.co/blogs/cats/historical-figures-cats

55  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Your favourite movie clips on YouTube on: December 27, 2019, 07:54:39 PM
One of my sisters is a huge Stevie Ray Vaughan fan. She showed me a video - one of the funniest music videos I've ever seen.
Vaughan left us WAY too soon. But his wonderful music lives on.

Video can be found online, under "Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Cold Shot (video)"
56  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: December 25, 2019, 08:09:42 PM
The song is very familiar but don't know what it is. A friend of my sister used to sing it a lot -that was many years ago .
Another one of my sisters , a vegetarian, asked me to donate to a charity (United Poultry Concerns) that is against the way poultry, particularly turkeys, are treated at the places they have to live out their not so nice lives. So I couldn't get myself to eat any turkey today . I ate shrimp and eggplant (aubergine) casserole.
I decided to send donations in each family member's behalf instead of giving gifts. I asked to not receive any gifts but did get one -a CD of Dr John performing with a big band.
57  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: December 23, 2019, 03:43:02 PM
2 Nola - I shall agree that Russians cook up best "Nutcracker". I played American redos - meh.

I like people who "push the envelope", look at things from a different perspective. There are lots of things I liked about Ellington /Strayhorn's take on The Nutcracker, but I do prefer the original.
I'm planning on seeing Tchaikovsky 's opera "Joan of Arc" which will be performed down here in February.
58  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the \ on: December 19, 2019, 10:45:22 AM
For many years a dance company down here would perform that Nutcracker each Christmas season. They didn't tap but used a bit of ballet with modern dance.
My favorite song from that is "Arabesque Cookie"

Might try to catch a "Nutcracker". There's one at a movie theater (think that's Bolshoi), several local productions, plus a performance from a Russian ballet company that comes here every year
59  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: December 19, 2019, 10:41:38 AM
Yes I saw it. Very funny!
Tabby reminded me of my dear departed cat, Shana. She got confused very easily and probably do what that cat did, ring either bell to get a treat.
60  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: December 16, 2019, 02:54:29 PM
I honestly don't think I can pick a favorite.
I got Fou Minou on July 1, 1982. There was a group of six week old kittens. All the others were very outgoing . Minou, a black and white ( "tuxedo") long haired kitty, was very shy. That's why I picked her. She and I became very close. She loved to play "fetch." I'd toss a little red rubber ball across the room and she would retrieve it and bring back to me. When I walked outside she would follow me. I probably could have put a leash on her and taken her for walks. She was a lap cat who curled up in my lap at night while I was watching TV or reading.
 On November 10, 2001 she indicated to me somehow that she was ready to leave me. I can't explain it. Anyway I spent the evening with her and she passed away in my arms around 0500 the next morning.
I found a shoebox to put her in. While walking out the door I encountered a mama cat and her kittens. All but one ran away, but one looked like it wanted to be friends with me. To make a long story short, this kitty was persistent in wanting to be with me. I took Mr. Fuzzy into my home. He was such a sweetie pie.He comforted me after Hurricane Katrina. He was so friendly  to visitors. He was best buddy with our dogs Honey and later, BooBoo. He and BooBoo would greet each other by rubbing noses and grooming each other. He was also a lap cat. But he mysteriously became ill and we couldn't find out the cause. He passed on and I still miss him terribly. I just don't have that same bond with the two cats I have now.
Anyway, no way could I pick a "favorite." They were both precious to me.
61  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: December 08, 2019, 01:44:32 PM
They have three distinct personalities. No way could I pick just one.
The one who's sick was the most independent. What bothers me is that she had become more clingy with me. As if she wants me to do something for her. Wish I could speak "cat."
I was thinking of getting another dog but can't do it now. I would have to wait until settled permanently at the country place.
62  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: December 08, 2019, 07:36:59 AM
Got out of the house yesterday afternoon and caught an abbreviated version of The Magic Flute at the movie theater, an earlier production by the Met. It was advertised as kid friendly. Didn't see any little kids but there was a fair sized group of teenagers there which was nice.
There were lots of puppets and flying birds. Great escapism.
I'm not an opera expert by any means. Don t know who did the "definitive " version of a certain character. Anyway, after the Queen of the Night's first aria (not the famous one, that came later) someone in the crowd shouted "Awful!" Didn't think she was awful, but what do I know? He made some further comments that were met by twitters from the audience. After it ended and as everyone was leaving the guy said, "Makes you appreciate (Maria) Callas." I thought it was hilarious. : -)
63  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: December 08, 2019, 07:21:25 AM
My other cat is 13. It would be too difficult to separate them where I'm at right now. I make sure that there's enough space between the spaces where they eat.
I think my cats would be scared of Santa .
They like to play but it's difficult to get toys for them . The dog is insanely jealous of I play with the cats even though I play "fetch" with his toys . I get toys for the cats and the dog chews them up.
So if I want to play with cats I try to use some strong or ribbon while the dog is preoccupied or is in the back yard .
64  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: December 06, 2019, 09:19:50 AM
A friend had recommended a book as a "pick me up, " so I'm reading it . It's A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. Bowen, a street performer in the UK, befriended Bob. And as usually the case, adopted stray cats are the best. Bowen has written later books about Bob.

I had received a FB post about books from the 1920's that are worth a read. One in particular caught my eye - Giants in the Earth, by O. E. Rölvaag. It's translated from Norwegian  (I de dage). I'm a sucker for books about pioneers ( in this case, Norwegians settling in the Dakota territory ). Also like books about people trying to restore old farmsteads. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
65  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: December 06, 2019, 09:08:47 AM
Hello I am trying to save one of my 2 remaining cats who is sick. Can't figure out what's wrong.
Could be partly old age - she's at least 16 1/2 years old. But Vet says her heart, lungs and kidneys seem to be okay.
Have spent several hundred dollars on tests.
Not sure when I can donate - will do when I can.
66  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sweet singing in the choir: a choral miscellany on: December 06, 2019, 07:51:58 AM
That was beautiful. I just finished listening to Kodály's Budavári Te Deum online, a favorite that I sang in a choral group long ago.

In the folk group I was in we had to sing in many languages, mostly Eastern European (because they were the most interesting music wise ).  Bulgarian and Russian lyrics were easy to memorize . On the other end , I found Romanian rather difficult, and yes, the hardest by far was Hungarian.
67  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian on Marie Callender's pie on: December 02, 2019, 06:52:31 PM
O wow thanks ! I needed to hear that!  :-)
68  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: November 26, 2019, 05:58:39 AM
I saw Akhnaten on Saturday thanks to the Metropolitan opera broadcasts live in theaters.
The opera is scheduled to be broadcast on radio in a couple of weeks . I don't know how well that would go over, as the visual in this is very important.
It's VERY much steeped in ritual, which I am very used to and understand (helps to have gone to those long Catholic Easter eve services as a kid lol). Some of the audience around me didn't get it , why everything went very slowly.
The guy playing Akhnaten was interviewed during the second Intermission . He had to have his entire body waxed to remove all hair from his body (ouch). He also had to get in shape so that he could effectively make those very slow movements.
A hallmark of the production is all the juggling taking place throughout . The jugglers have to make sure to stay in time with the music, the tempo switching from 5 to 7.
The highlight is the Hymn to the Sun which is sung during the latter part of Act II. A beautiful hymn praising the Sun and all creation.
A rebroadcast of this opera will take place in a lot of theaters tomorrow . Didn't realize that these operas can be seen in 70 countries .
69  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: November 26, 2019, 05:35:02 AM
I make monthly donations to a local cat group (SpayMart) and a local dog group (Villalobos - yes, the organization featured  on TV). I'll try to make donation to this in the next couple of weeks.
70  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sweet singing in the choir: a choral miscellany on: November 10, 2019, 08:37:47 PM
Ha, oh my, I meant BOY soprano! Crazy autocorrect!  Grin
71  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Sweet singing in the choir: a choral miscellany on: November 10, 2019, 07:35:10 PM
Yes!
To hear Pie Jesu - for me it must be sung by a big soprano to get the clear tone .

In Paradisum - I agree, that would be great music to hear when leaving this world for the next. It's like angels singing , don't be afraid...
72  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: November 06, 2019, 06:37:37 PM
It's hard for me to concentrate to post much right now. My youngest sister took ill a couple of days ago and will have major surgery tomorrow. Shocked all of us. After things settle down a bit I will try to post more.
73  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Campfire Acoustic Session :Endless Summer TV Series on: November 04, 2019, 03:14:01 AM
Wonderful! Only wish I could have heard more from Carl.
74  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: October 26, 2019, 03:47:52 PM
I've never seen Wozzeck. It's on the Metropolitan Opera schedule - live performance to be seen in theaters nationwide in U.S. in February. Will do my best to catch it.
75  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Opera, anybody? on: October 24, 2019, 04:55:18 AM
Oh wow, thanks!! I'll finally get to be able to see the whole thing lol.
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