Listening To The Blues And Finding Them Too Upbeat

The Divinyls – I Touch Myself

Today’s Quote: “The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by a period of anxiety” –John Preston

On this day in 1989 the nation’s worst oil spill occurred as the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and began leaking 11 million gallons of crude.

I was going to rant about Rep. John “Boner” of Ohio ripping on Sen Russ Feingold’s resolution to censure President Bush for creating his own laws in violation of the Constitution he swore to uphold. I was wondering if there were any Ohio politicians who weren’t weasels but I realized that it was an unfair comparison. I can’t defame weasels like that nor do I want to risk some animal rights group bitching me out. But anyway, I’m just not in the mood for a rant right now.

Music Trivia Quiz:
1. What pioneer of Rock & Roll played with a group called The Comets? A) Buddy Holly B) Bill Haley C) Little Richard
2. Which Aerosmith song did Garth Brooks transform into a country hit? A) The Fever B) I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing C) Walk This Way
3. What was the first Faith Hill/Tim McGraw duet to hit the charts? A) Angry All the Time B) It’s Your Love C) Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me
4. Which song has the lyric “Good morning, America, how are you? Don’t you know me? I’m your native son.”? A) On the Road Again B) Always On My Mind C) City of New Orleans
5. The son of this famous musician founded The Wallflowers. A) John Lennon B) Bob Dylan C) James Taylor

But on the bright side, I’ve got a system to take up to Troy this afternoon, which means I can get out of here early, take a drive out in the country, and get paid mileage for it. Life is good.

Music Trivia Answers:
1. B) Bill Haley
2. A) The Fever
3. B) It’s Your Love
4. C) City of New Orleans [Steve Goodman wrote this in 1970. He wrote the lyrics on a sketch pad after his wife fell asleep on the Illinois Central train, where they were going to visit his wife’s grandmother. Goodman wrote about what he saw looking out the windows of the train and playing cards in the club car. Everything in the song actually happened on the ride. After he returned home he heard the train was scheduled to be decommissioned do to lack of passengers. He was encouraged to use this song to save the train. He retouched the lyrics and released it on his first album in 1971. Arlo Guthrie’s cover in 1972 popularized the song and brought attention to rail lines that were vanishing across middle America. Many people who lived in rural areas relied on them to travel. ( I remember riding on passenger trains when I was a kid. In Europe, it’s the only way to travel.]
5. B) Bob Dylan
(I got 1, 4, and 5.)


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

One thought on “Listening To The Blues And Finding Them Too Upbeat”

  1. As luck would have it, I never made it to Troy today. I did manage to sneak out at 4:45 (15 minutes early!). Which means I had to take all the Troy-bound stuff home and stack it somewhere for the weekend. Monday morning, I’ll have to pray it doesn’t rain or snow, load it back into the truck and take in then. It never ends, does it?


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