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Music on Mondays (11-13-17)—Lost on a desert island, 1968

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My Lost On A Desert Island music collection would have 36 songs from 1968 on it, 17 by The Beatles. Original Beatles songs are not available as videos on YouTube so I cannot provide any links to such videos. I leave it to you to search out Beatles videos or simply put on your own music and start singing! Here are the 17 from 1968:

  1. Hey Jude
  2. I Will
  3. Lady Madonna
  4. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  5. With A Little Help From My Friends
  6. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  7. Getting Better
  8. Fixing A Hole
  9. She’s Leaving Home
  10. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
  11. Within You, Without You
  12. When I’m Sixty-Four
  13. Lovely Rita
  14. Good Morning, Good Morning
  15. A Day In The Life
  16. Revolution
  17. The Ballad Of John & Yoko

Beatles fans will have noticed that every song from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band made the list. I’m pretty sure Sgt. Pepper is my #1 album of all time. I just love listening to it, singing along, tapping my feet, and humming songs from it whenever I need a quick picker-upper.

Following are the other 19 songs from 1968 that I would take with me if there were a possibility of being lost on a desert island.

Abraham, Martin & John by Dion
#4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
A tribute to four assassinated Americans: Abraham Lincoln,
Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy

Both Sides Now by Judy Collins
#8 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by Joni Mitchell

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by The Who
B side of Magic Bus in the UK and Call Me Lightning in the US
About drummer Keith Moon’s drinking problems.

Dr. Livingstone, I Presume by The Moody Blues
B side of Voices In The Sky
About Dr. David Livingstone, the famous Scottish missionary & explorer.

Honey by Bobby Goldsboro
#1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
I was 13 when this song came out. I found it sad and depressing at the time.

House Of Four Doors by The Moody Blues
From the album In Search Of The Lost Chord,
very likely my favorite album by The Moody Blues

I Started A Joke by The Bee Gees
#6 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
This was the song that introduced me to The Bee Gees.

I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You by The Bee Gees
#8 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
A man, awaiting execution for killing his wife’s lover, begs the prison chaplain to pass a final message to his wife.

Louisiana Man by Bobbie Gentry
From the album The Delta Sweete

Master Jack by Four Jacks & A Jill
#18 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by David Marks while working in the underground
Free State gold mines in South Africa.

One by Three Dog Night
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by Harry Nilsson while listening to the busy signal on a phone.

Only A Boy by Jan & Dean
Jan’s father worked as an engineer for Howard Hughes
and flew with Hughes on the only flight of the Spruce Goose.

Ride My See-Saw by The Moody Blues
#61 on the Billboard Hot 100 
Played as the encore at most Moody Blues concerts.

Shield by Deep Purple
From Deep Purple’s second album, The Book Of Taliesyn.

Stormy by Classics IV
#5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Their biggest selling single.

Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) by Manfred Mann
#10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Written by Bob Dylan.

The Unicorn by The Irish Rovers
#7 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
At my junior high school’s talent night,
I played my own arrangement of this song on the violin.

Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell
#3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
Has sold 357,000 downloads in the digital music era.

Words by The Bee Gees
#15 hit on the Billboard Hot 100
According to Robin Gibb, Words was written after both he and Barry had been arguing with other people about absolutely nothing. They were just words. Words can make you happy or words can make you sad.”

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Music on Mondays (4-10-17)—This isn’t what the governmeant

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Currently in my non-classical music collection I have 1,438 hours 18 minutes and 17 seconds of music. I listen to it in chronological order and average about 10 hours a day, which means it takes me just over 143 days to listen to it all. Just after midnight 13 hours ago, I started listening to 1972. Here are the 1972 albums in my collection in the order in which I will sing along:

  1. Bang by Bang
  2. Mother/Bow to the King by Bang
  3. America by America
  4. Loose by Crazy Horse
  5. Baby I’m-A-Want You by Bread
  6. Paul Simon by Paul Simon
  7. Harvest by Neil Young
  8. Rockin’ by The Guess Who
  9. Bare Trees by Fleetwood Mac
  10. Joy by Apollo 100
  11. Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull
  12. Machine Head by Deep Purple
  13. On Record by April Wine
  14. Rio Grande Mud by Z Z Top
  15. Mardi Gras by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  16. Demons & Wizards by Uriah Heep
  17. Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones
  18. Honky Chateau by Elton John
  19. Blue Oyster Cult by Blue Oyster Cult
  20. Foghat by Foghat
  21. School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  22. Living in the Past by Jethro Tull
  23. Toulouse Street by The Doobie Brothers
  24. Eagles by The Eagles
  25. Obscured by Clouds by Pink Floyd
  26. All Together Now by Argent
  27. Straight Shooter by James Gang
  28. Chicago V by Chicago
  29. Trilogy by Emerson Lake & Palmer
  30. Seven Separate Fools by Three Dog Night
  31. The Slider by T Rex
  32. Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts
  33. Black Sabbath Vol 4 by Black Sabbath
  34. Phoenix by Grand Funk
  35. Close to the Edge by Yes
  36. At Crooked Lake by Crazy Horse
  37. Barnstorm by Joe Walsh
  38. Fresh by Raspberries
  39. Loggins & Messina by Loggins & Messina
  40. Guitar Man by Bread
  41. To Whom It May Concern by Bee Gees
  42. Can’t Buy A Thrill by Steely Dan
  43. Homecoming by America
  44. Seventh Sojourn by The Moody Blues
  45. The Magician’s Birthday by Uriah Heep
  46. They Only Come Out at Night by The Edgar Winter Group
  47. REO-TWO by REO Speedwagon

When I turned 18 on March 11, 1973, 33 of my friends gave me a surprise birthday party. All of them knew that I played the piano and the violin, and sang, and that I loved music, so many of my birthday gifts involved music. Some of them went together to pool their money and buy me albums. Previously all I had were 45 singles. The first three albums in my collection came from this birthday party: Black Sabbath Vol 4 by Black Sabbath, Machine Head by Deep Purple, and Seventh Sojourn by The Moody Blues. Those three albums were the start of the beginning of the end; I was off to the races collecting albums instead of singles.

So which is my favorite? Whichever one I’m currently listening to.

I do have some many favorite songs, though. Here are just five of them:

“This Isn’t What the Governmeant” by Bread

“Duncan” by Paul Simon

“Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers

“Witchy Woman” by The Eagles

“Abaddon’s Bolero” by Emerson Lake & Palmer

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Music on Mondays (11-30-15)—Smart man….

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As I listen to music in my collection, certain songs remind me of certain people from my past. I thought it would be interesting to feature some of those songs for today’s Music on Mondays.

“Help” by The Beatles, released in 1965, reminds me of Barbara.

I met Barbara at the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in late 1965 when I had been placed in their “troubled youth” program. Barbara was from Bakersfield, California, also a troubled youth. She was near 18 whereas I was 10. She introduced me to The Beatles, and “Help” was my favorite song. Still is near the top of my list of favorite Beatles songs.

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“Something’s Wrong With Me” by Austin Roberts was a hit in October 1972. Reminds me of Mark.

Mark was the first guy that I had a crush on. I as 17 and supposed to be interested in girls. Wasn’t working. Something was wrong with me….

Mark worked at the Exxon station across from the railroad yards, and since my granddad worked on the railroad, I had no problem hanging around the railroad to watch Mark across the street. I went to Mark’s wedding in 1984 or so…. a bittersweet event.

It took until 1993 before I realized that absolutely nothing was wrong with me. I simply had different interests….

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“Pieces Of April” by Three Dog Night was a big hit in November 1972.

“Pieces Of April” reminds me of Sarita, one of my closest female friends from high school. She lived not far from me whereas Mark lived on the other side of town. One day Sarita walked to my house and the two of us walked to Mark’s house. As we were walking down one of the city’s major thoroughfares, I was singing songs. Sarita asked if I knew “Pieces Of April.” I did (of course; I knew all the hits!), so I sang it for her.

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“In My Life” by The Beatles reminds me of Lynda.

Lynda was the second girl I dated, and I sang “In My Life” to her in high school on Valentine’s Day 1972. In December 1973 I asked her to marry me. Her dad, a Southern Baptist preacher, said no. Smart man………

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Music on Monday (6-30-14)—…I kind of like The Beatles

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It should be no secret to my readers that I’m a huge Beatles fan. I often get asked which is my favorite Beatles song, and the answer has been the same since around 1970: Let It Be. However, the single version is much better than the album version.

I thought for today’s Music on Mondays, instead of playing songs by The Beatles, we’d explore some songs that reference The Beatles. These are not all of them by any means, but these are some of my favorites, and I only used songs which I have in my music collection

“I Saw It On T.V.” by John Fogerty, 1985

‘Cause four guys from England took us all by the hand.
It was time to laugh, time to sing, time to join the band

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“Never Been To Spain” by Three Dog Night, 1971

Well I’ve never been to England, but I kind of like The Beatles.

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“All The Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople, 1972

And my brother’s back at home with his Beatles and his Stones.

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“Summer Rain” by Johnny Rivers, 1973

All summer long we spent dancin’ in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playin’
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

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“Shooting Star” by Bad Company, 1975

Johnny was a school boy when he heard his first Beatles song.
“Love Me Do,” I think it was and from there it didn’t take him long.

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“We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel, 1989

British Beatlemania

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“The Seeker” by The Who, 1970

They call me the seeker. I’ve been searching low and high.
I won’t get to get what I’m after till the day I die.
I asked Bobby Dylan, I asked The Beatles,
I asked Timothy Leary, but he couldn’t help me either.

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Morning glory

Photoshop can make old pictures new again!

My wise old grandmother

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I’ve been cataloging some of my older pictures taken in the early digital camera days, early point & shoot days, and well before I got my Canon 550D. Although they are not the best quality, I saved them hoping that some day Photoshop would help me clean them up, add contrast and clarity, and make them presentable for you to enjoy.

So on with the show, including musical interludes by Three Dog Night, Queen, Pink Floyd, and Moulin Rouge.

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Many of us are familiar with the ubiquitous brown tumbleweeds tumbling about in the John Wayne and Clint Eastwood western movies, but have you ever seen a field of growing tumbleweeds? Here’s a field from right here in San Diego:

Field of growing tumbleweeds

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When I was a juvenile delinquent in Brigham City, Utah, my first grade teacher lived next door to me. She was the first one to get me interested in plants. She had a beautiful garden in her back yard full of nasturtiums. I took such a love to nasturtiums with their beautiful flowers and round leaves.

Nasturtium flower

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Nasturtium leaf

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One day when she wasn’t home I went over to her garden, dug up a plant to make it mine, and then destroyed all of her plants, making mine the only nasturtium on the street. Yes, I got caught and punished severely.

Am I the only one who likes dandelions?

Dandelion flowers

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Dandelion seed head

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My wise old grandmother had many flowers in her gardens, but I think her favorites were morning glories for year-round blooms, crowns of thorns, which also bloomed year-round and reminded her each and every day of her commitment to her faith, and poinsettias for Christmas.

Morning glory

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Crown of thorns

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Poinsettia

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My wise old grandmother’s poinsettias were the tallest I had ever seen until I came to San Diego. It seems plants grow taller out here. Here’s the tallest one I’ve seen here:

Poinsettia 15' tall

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I despised my wise old grandmother’s poinsettias because I was the one who had to prune them each September so that they would bloom in December. Poinsettias are in the Euphorbia family, and I now know that I am sensitive/allergic to Euphorbias. A great general rule of thumb is that if the sap is a sticky, milky white, it’s a Euphorbia of some kind. The sap can cause severe dermatitis and other allergic reactions in many people and can be dangerous for our wonderful cats and dogs, so be careful! The funny thing is that I don’t generally have any poinsettias around the house because of the sap and Zoey the Cool Cat, but I have lots of Euphorbias, such as the Crown of Thorns, all outside where Zoey the Cool Cat cannot get to them.

Speaking of plants growing taller out here, plants that would never bloom for me in Texas are prolific bloomers here in San Diego. The umbrella tree is a great example. I bought a small umbrella tree when I was in tenth grade. It was only about six inches tall. It graduated from high school with me, went to four years of college at Texas A&M University, and lived in Houston and College Station until 1993. When I moved to San Diego, it was about six feet tall and one of my office managers claimed it. Here is a blooming one here in San Diego:

Umbrella tree flowers

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You’ll probably recognize the leaf because they are used as houseplants throughout the world:

Schefflera leaf

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