Karen and I were discussing various things on the phone, and mentioned these two….and said I’d put the YouTube videos up for them!
Thing 1: Nixon’s Piano Concerto
Thing 2: Gilmore Girls! A brief sample..
I’ve been a bit feverish lately, and trying to work through it…by sleeping. But when Ron sleeps….he dreams….for your amusement here’s two.
1.) My artist friend in northern California and I have been discussing her many bureaucratic struggles with healthcare, and a certain group is in the news lately…
So I dreamt that I was her “ISIS Benefits Coordinator”, and I called her to tell her what she was eligible for. As a “daughter of jihad” and for the sacrifice of having “married an Italian”, she qualified to receive “12 million barrels of sweet, light, unrefined crude oil.”
“Oil?”, she said.
“Of course! We are ISIS, what do you think we have, dental?”
2.) She invited me out to NoCal for a special cookout. For some reason I had to drive there in a ’58 Impala.
I brought an entire barrel of Vernor’s Ginger Ale ( a Detroit favorite!) and a large version of the Vernor’s Gnome as a lawn ornament.
I had made my millions by inventing a piece of software that would take any photo and turn it into a file for a 3D printer to make a lawn gnome out of it….You know, we could use this! We need the AmbiGnome, am I right?
When I got there she told me it was the time of year that the wind currents would pick up a certain type of California squirrel, carry them out over the Pacific, and back, sort of a squirrel Jet Stream.
My friend and her spouse were out there with butterfly nets snagging these squirrels as they flew by. and they were just flinging them in a pot of hot oil!
“What about the fur?”, I said, and was told the California squirrel has a fur that turns into a breading like fried chicken when put in hot oil….
And feast we did…
Back to bed…
Extra: The old Vernor’s plant, right downtown in Detroit back in the day…
So…what are folks doing for Halloween? Anything special? Parents taking out kids? If so….dressed as what?
I have several Halloween avatars …
Which do you like?
Ron here….I’m having puter troubles, so I’m on another persons computer for now. If anybody has a Windows 7 home edition….let me know!
I need to post more here I know….I will be back!
Ron here…in a contest based on a cocktail I made! I need some voters who are on Facebook also!
Thanks a bunch! Ron
Added: I have a Ginger Rogers post up at the Classic Movie Blog. Check it out here!
There is no particular reason for this post….I just feel the blog should not be left alone for so long!
I’m in a writing mood, and I was wondering…
How is everyone doing? 1-10 scale, 10 being high, how’s your life overall at the moment?
Is there something right now that makes you super happy? or sad?
What’s the best meal you’ve had lately? Did you make it or did you go out?
If you could meet any person from the Classical Age of Greece, who would it be?
If you could meet anyone currently alive who would it be?
It’s summer! Make these!
Pick a song…any song….make a point of singing that song out loud today! Just because! And NOT in the shower! Ron feels just doing so will make you feel better here in the Height of Summer.
You may not believe this but this sort of ties into the previous post. When I was a wee lad, I was quite the taper of things….not video tape, but audio! I taped everything I could; TV shows (nearly all the Peanuts specials), radio….what have you. When I heavily got into classical music, I had no records except an 8(!) disk set of 78’s of Bruno Walter conducting the Beethoven 5th. These disks….could have been back up shields for Captain America, man, they were heavy! I failed horribly trying to put them on the skinny spindle my sisters used to cue up their 45’s.
Detroit had a host of classical music on WJR, Karl Haas, who had a show called “Adventures in Good Music”. Haas was fine, but he never told you about pieces he had just finished playing, only what was coming next! So one day I would up recording something I really loved, but had no idea what it was! I thought it was Haydn or maybe Mozart. I would play this thing over and over just for background music when I was on a tear of reading… Finally I figured out it was the 3rd movement of the Beethoven Piano Concerto #3. This was electrifying for young Ron…loving a Beethoven piece without even knowing it was one!
I mention all this because I’ve come back around to it again…in my old ways, with 20 things going on at once in my head. I cook, I watch and emjoy my tree, I read online 10 things at once, writing crazed notes about subjects I know nothing about…but want to know. And of course, I write….and like a conversation in rhythm, Beethoven is right there, right in my ear, my heart, my head, sometimes even adjusting how I type my ideas in “keyboard rhythm” to the music. I don’t even see myself doing this, sometimes, and really notice when it stops!
So I knock off this little post, just to share for you….in the hopes that you too can find that rhythm for something you love….and want to do more of.
Well, hi folks….It’s not a rolling beach, or a stunning cityscape, or misty mountains….but it is spring and I do have a tree outside my window.