The Seventies, They Were, a Thing

16 10 2016

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Sunday music break.

These two songs sound as alike as obviously different songs can sound.

Barry Manilow, “I Write the Songs,” 1975.

Ronnie Milsap, “Let’s Take the Long Way Around the World,” 1978.


For the first time in a long time, few days ago, mainly because no portable device on which my entire digital music collection is stored seems to have firmware developers that know how to write shuffle algorithms, I heard “Heat of the Moment” by Asia. With one of the better opening guitar riffs around.

But this time, for maybe the first time, I really paid attention to the lyrics. And something tells me that Asia and the writers loaded a double meaning into the lyrics: Making fun of disco. The song is a 1982 song, (and ’82 was a hell of a year for pop music), its own release year is self-referenced, and this was two years and change after disco collapsed and fell almost overnight.

Rose Garden

3 10 2016

Music break.

Lynn Anderson died a little more than a year ago.

Her signature song.

0:36 to 0:40 — “I can promise you things like big diamond rings.” Women don’t buy rings for men. Which makes me think this song was originally written with a man in mind to sing it.

Last Okie

26 09 2016



Uncanny, this song cycled in my digital music collection and I heard it for the first time in more than a year on Saturday.

Bakersfield, California and the surrounding areas was once a country music hotbed because of all the Okies and Arkies that moved there.

And as you can read, country music had its own “the day the music died,” that 1963 plane crash claimed her husband, Hawkshaw Hawkins, a country star of the time in his own right, and also the much more recognized Patsy Cline.  A through line is that Waylon Jennings, who would become a country star, was in Buddy Holly’s band at the time of the better known 1959 “day the music died,” and was not on the plane because he gave up his seat to someone else in the entourage who had the flu.

523 Words Too Many

1 09 2016


Why Aren’t Social Justice Warriors Trying to Ruin Hip-Hop?

Followed by a 524-word body.

I would have only needed one word:


Which this does have, but not until the second to last paragraph.

Sunday Music Break

7 08 2016

Maybe the best bluegrass song ever.

Somebody’s Getting Their Universal Background Check Violated

24 07 2016

Sweet song, right?

Except, well, 2:15 to 2:29.

No background check.  So, granddaddy, you are summarily sentenced to five years in Federal prison.

Because common sense gun control.


19 06 2016

Sunday music break.

The second most popular version of this song, which means it’s probably the second favorite version of most people reading these words.  As you can hear, Ray Stevens slightly changed a few lyrics, which makes me wonder why he didn’t also change “violins” (as in “…and a thousand violins begin to play…”) to “fiddles.”  Especially since in the background after that lyric, you do actually hear fiddles.  That would have made it the perfect country cover of the original Johnny Mathis version.