Derek and the Dominoes – Thorn Tree In The Garden
Today’s Quote: “Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera.” – James Stephens (1882-1950)
“Male nudist looking for others in the area to socialize with and hang out with.” That was a post in one of the nudist forums I read. Sounds like something out of the personals. After reading that, I envisioned groups of naked young men with greasy hair standing on a street corner smoking cigarettes and singing do-wop. I wondered, “How could they roll a pack of cigarettes in their sleeve?” Where would they hide their switchblades? Maybe that’s why gangs of naked juvenile delinquents never caught on. If you’re nude, how do you wear your gang’s colors? Would Grease or West Side Story have worked as nude musicals?
On Sunday, I watched portions of three movies — War of the Roses, Elizabeth I, and Phantom of the Opera. I’d seen WotR years ago. It’s the tale of a divorce gone horribly wrong and you sit on the edge of your seat wondering how far they’ll go to make each other miserable. I found Elizabeth I the most interesting even if it wasn’t totally historically accurate. Then again, how many historical dramas are historically accurate? I caught Phantom of the Opera at the beginning and probably watched less than 30 minutes of it before deciding I could no longer feign interest in it, even if Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the music.
Thankfully, my day eventually got better. It had a very crappy beginning, literally. I don’t think I need to elaborate. I’m thinking of it as a dress rehearsal for next week.
Music Trivia Quiz:
1. Which TV theme song said that “Your dreams were your ticket out”? A) Welcome Back, Kotter B) Saved By the Bell C) Room 222
2. Which 1992 song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was a love song of sorts to the city of Los Angeles? A) Up On The Roof B) Under The Bridge C) Here, There, Everywhere
3. In which song would you hear, “You know that it would be untrue. You know that I would be a liar”? A) Higher and Higher by Steve Winwood B) Light My Fire by The Doors C) High On You by Survivor
4. This singing actor from Beach Blanket Bingo had a number one hit in 1959 with Venus. A) Fabian B) Dwayne Hickman C) Frankie Avalon
5. Which group, which formed at Woodstock, was documented by Martin Scorcese’s movie The Last Waltz? A) The Traveling Wilburys B) The Who C) The Band
Music Trivia Answers:
1. Welcome Back, Kotter [John Sebastian wrote Welcome Back as the theme song for the ABC TV show Welcome Back, Kotter, staring Gabe Kaplan as a teacher who returns to his old school and is placed in a class of misfits known as The Sweathogs. The show was a big break for John Travolta, who played one of The Sweathogs. (Songfacts.com)]
2. B) Under The Bridge [Up On The Roof was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and was a hit for The Drifters 1963. Here, There, Everywhere was by the Beatles on the 1966 Revolver album.]
3. B) Light My Fire by The Doors [Most of the lyrics were written by Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger. He wanted to write about one of the elements: fire, air, earth, and water. Jim Morrison wrote some of the second verse, and Ray Manzarek came up with the organ intro. This became The Doors’ signature song. Released on their first album, it was a huge hit and launched them to stardom. Jim Morrison indicated in his notebooks that he despised this song and hated performing it. He also seemed to resent that the popularity of the band derived from this song, which he had just a small part writing. (Songfacts.com)]
4. C) Frankie Avalon [Dwayne Hickman starred in The Lives and Loves of Dobie Gillis, which co-starred Bob Denver as Maynard G. Krebbs. Denver is best known for his role as Gilligan in Gilligan’s Island.]
5. C) The Band [The Band sometimes recorded with Bob Dylan. They recorded The Basement Tapes at Big Pink, Dylan’s house in Woodstock while Bob was recovering from his motorcycle accident.
The Traveling Wilburys were formed in 1988 by George Harrison, Jeff Lynne (of ELO), Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan. Orbison did not appear on the second album.
The Traveling Wilburys of Volume 1 (1988) were:
* Nelson Wilbury – George Harrison
* Otis Wilbury – Jeff Lynne
* Lefty Wilbury – Roy Orbison
* Charlie T. Jnr. – Tom Petty
* Lucky Wilbury – Bob Dylan
The Traveling Wilburys of Volume 3 (1990) were:
* Spike Wilbury – George Harrison
* Clayton Wilbury – Jeff Lynne
* Muddy Wilbury – Tom Petty
* Boo Wilbury – Bob Dylan
The Who was formed by Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Keith Mood around 1964. They played at Woodstock.
I knew all of them today although I got the Red Hot Chili Peppers through elimination, having known who wrote and performed the other two songs.