Ramblin’ 7/25/16

Fall camp begins next week for all but one or two SEC teams.

Another political convention begins tonight. It will, mercifully, be over before the weekend, just like the nightmare that was last week’s circus. Deliver us, God.

I miss Hunter S. Thompson. I would truly love to read his scathing takes on these events. Fear and loathing, no doubt.

The Braves continue to hobble along.

A few of the songs on the Apple music setlist playing now. Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot, Shotgun Willie – Willie Nelson, Slow Rollin’ Low – Waylon Jennings, and 300 Pounds of Hongry – Tony Joe White.

A quick Tony Joe story. He and Tom Kimmel, a friend of mine and many of you, had been put together by the record label they shared, years ago. They hung out, did some riding around, shared ideas, and so forth. I suppose the label expected some big collaboration. One day they were eating lunch at a place famous for fried chicken in Franklin, TN. Tony Joe leans over Tom’s plate and, in his deep slow drawl, says, “I don’t see how anybody can eat that dark meat.”

Later he asked Tom when he did his best songwriting. I don’t remember what Tom’s response was but Tony Joe said that he, “…Did his best songwriting when he was driving to Arkansas.” You really need to hear Tom tell it. He has a gift for such.

Poke… salad, UNH!

I haven’t been to a movie, at the theater, in quite some time. I don’t tend to like summer blockbusters, action, popcorn movies, etc. Woooo!!! That blowed up REAL good! I do love popcorn though. Had some last night.

Bob Dylan is now serenading me with a song entitled Isis. Nope, not that ISIS.

Auburn’s first five games will be played in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium this fall.

I love Kroger fuel points.

I wonder how One-A-Day Multivitamins are holding up against the onslaught of vitamins and supplements we have today.

Supplements? I take Fish oil, folic acid (My how my taste in acid has changed! Gettin’ old!), probiotics, Co-Q 10, cinnamon,  B-6, and B-12. That’s in addition to the meds which my myocardial infarctions have necessitated. Yes, I have one of those damn trays that you load this stuff into by days of the week.

New setlist time. I’ll go with Rodney Crowell Essentials. Rodney wrote one of my favorite songs of all-time, Till I Gain Control Again. The first time I heard it was Willie’s cover on the ‘Willie and Family Live’ album. That was 1978. Goodness! What a great song!

There was, actually, an Apple Music option for me called ‘Songs With Parental Advice’.

Have y’all been getting some good home grown tomatoes?

We’re gonna get the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls pretty soon. Look for Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Florida State, Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Baylor, Stanford, and Notre Dame to jockey for the top ten spots.

Google or Yahoo?

Fallon or Colbert?

How about Kimmel and Conan?

Two different Kimmels in one short blog.

Burnt Siena is a good name but the crayon used to make me nervous, as did Periwinkle.

I really would like a couple of more days at the beach before school starts, but it ain’t happening.

What’s your favorite Beatles song? Stones? Those are really tough calls.

It’s been 41 years since the summer of Jaws. Yep, gettin’ old.

Speaking of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones and gettin’ old, Paperback Writer and Paint It Black were big summer hits 50 years ago, as were When A Man Loves a Woman, Hanky Panky, and Wild Thing.

Chip Taylor wrote Wild Thing. He also wrote Angel of the Morning. If you want a tip on a great record, Chip and Carrie Rodriguez did an album by the name of Red Dog Tracks. That and/or their ‘live’ record are must haves, IMHO.

Well, my daily walk ain’t gonna take itself.

Grace and peace.












Cynthia Lennon passed away earlier today. Her son, Julian, broke the news on his website. Julian’s father is, of course, John Lennon. Cynthia was 75 years old. John would have been 74 years old were he still alive. His birthday is October 9th.

I remember February of 1964, when The Beatles hit the terra firm of the USA, like it was yesterday. It was incredible. Truly amazing. And watching them on the Ed Sullivan Show was one of the most exciting moments in my life, before or since. I was glued to that old black and white RCA, our first ‘telly’, and I could not contain myself when the Fab Four briskly made their way onto the stage of that venerable old theater, now the site of The Late Show with David Letterman.

Seventy-three MILLION people watched that show along with me and many of you.

“Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you, tomorrow I’ll miss you, remember I’ll always be true. And then while I’m away, I’ll write home every day, and send all my loving to you…”

Take it Paul! “All my loving, I will send to youoohoou…”

That gives me chill bumps to this day.

That was the first song they did on Ed Sullivan that Sunday night. The boys also did ‘Till There Was You’ and “She Loves You’. They returned, later in the show, to do ‘I Saw Her Standing There’… Ah one, two, three, FAW…”Well she was just seventeen and you know what I mean, and the way she looked was way beyond compare…”

Has there ever been a BETTER rock ‘n roll song?

The Liverpool lads completed their first ever appearance on American television with their wildly popular single, the ‘A’ side opposite ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’.

I also recall going down to the Red & White, owned by Mr. William Collins at that time, and purchasing that ’45’ with my allowance money. I truly wish I still had that record. I do have their first album released in the USA, ‘Meet The Beatles’.

Tommy Ratcliffe, RIP, I miss you old friend, and I wore that first Beatles album out. We would put it on my record player, in the front bedroom of my house in Camden, AL, and sing our hearts out along with it. We both had Beatle wigs. Tommy would stand and play the broom, he was John, and I would sit on the edge of the bed and play air drums. I was Ringo. These two were our favorite Beatles.

Later I would go to Joe Tate, our band director at WCHS, and ask him if I could play the drums in the marching band. Joe told me he didn’t need any more drummers and he put me on the cornet. Oh well…

Tommy and I also had Beatle cards, Beatle rings, Beatle dolls, and any Beatle item or trinket we could get our hands on. We both had serious cases of Beatlemania.

The Beatles began to lose me about the time ‘Rubber Soul’ came out. They had begun to experiment with drugs and this influenced their music in big way. They lost me, though. I was around thirteen or fourteen at this time and they got WAY ahead of me. I was a late bloomer but I caught up, and then some.

(As an aside, Joe Cocker just came on Pandora, here at 116 Sundown Way, doing his brilliant cover of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’.) 😉

‘Rubber Soul’, ‘Revolver’, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, ‘The White Album’, and ‘Abbey Road’ are about as good a run of albums as one will find in the entire history of recorded music. “Let It Be’ ain’t bad either.

From The Beatles biography at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “The impact of The Beatles has often been noted but cannot be overstated. The “Fab Four” from Liverpool, England, startled the ears and energized the lives of virtually all who heard them. Their arrival triggered the musical revolution of the Sixties, introducing a modern sound and viewpoint that parted ways with the world of the previous decade… The Beatles music – with its simultaneous refinement (crisp harmonies, solid musicianship, canny pop instincts) and abandon (energetic singing and playing, much screaming and shaking of mop-topped locks) – ignited the latent energy of youth on both sides of the Atlantic. They helped confer self-identity upon a youthful, music-based culture that flexed its muscle in myriad ways – not just as music consumers but also as a force for political expression, social commentary and contemporary lifestyles…”

And Cynthia Lennon has now joined John, George, and other friends and family at that great gig in the sky. ($1 to Pink Floyd).

February 1964. Wow!!!

In the Grateful Dead song, ‘Uncle John’s Band’, there is a line that goes, “Oh oh but I want to know, where does the time go?”


“Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.”