I am not going to do any thought provoking stuff tonight, you can see my take on things in the "Running Commentary" post from earlier in the day. This of course means that it is an all out entertainment post! You know you love it.
Short Story Recommendation
One of my favorite books is "Time and Again" by Jack Finney. While trolling through some Wikipedia (I know, I have a serious issue with Wiki!) I came across a short story by Finney that was really amazing.
The story is called "The Love Letter" and was written in 1959. I found an online copy that you can read here. I will not spoil the plot line, but it is a little sappy! A man buys an old desk and discovers a letter in the drawer. He pens a response as a thing to pass time, but the desk may have special abilities. Check it out.
I Thought Unicorns Were Extinct?
Here I thought unicorns were extinct but it seems you can get anything over the Internet:
I doubt it is better than SPAM!
Read The Label
You really have to read the fine print whether we are talking MBS paper or even chocolate syrup:
9 Lives of a Cat
Now who would do such a thing?
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Extended Rock Blogging
Due to requests, keeping my word, and general music loving I offer an extended rock blogging section!
On Thursday night I posted "The Ghost of Tom Joad" heads up with Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine. This generated quite a bit of discussion over at The Automatic Earth. One viewer in particular, El Gallinazo, chimed in on the subject. Here is some interplay:
As a geezer, I had heard of Rage Against the Machine but never heard their music. I never listen to the radio other than via the Internet, and that for just talking heads.
I picked the top version on the youtube search and tried to view it (since no specific link was offered). Actually, I only got through about 2/3 of it. First, you cannot call it a cover as there is no musical correlation between their version and Springsteen's. They just take the lyrics. Absolutely no connection with the melody. Actually, no melody at all.
Second, I found the frenetic jumping around on stage to be totally counterproductive to the feelings and mood that the lyrics espouse. Truth be told, I found the whole thing rather appalling.
I linked a live version last night. I was just starting trouble with the debate, I think both versions are excellent.
I feel the frustration really comes out in the Rage version and of course I partial to metal as my default favorite.
Sorry to scare you with the song!
Which brought this response:
I wouldn't say it scared me. My feelings were more that of watching a two-year-old play with its own feces.I almost busted a rib laughing at that one! Too funny.
El G did have some request ideas and so I will post John Fahey playing "Poor Boys Long Way from Home":
Wow! That guy knows how to play. Great pick and I had never heard it before.
In case you missed this a while back, I sill have this Pete Droge song firmly planted in my head, "Two of the Lucky Ones":
That is sooooo fine!
Reader Gawains knows how to pick Black Sabbath tunes, so here is "Rock and Roll Doctor":
Reader requests "16 Tons" from Tennessee Ernie Ford, so he gets it:
This song is featured in one of my favorite films, "Joe Versus the Volcano".
Tom of the North wanted some Alice in Chains, and a solid pick is "Rooster":
How about AC/DC with "Thunderstruck" live at Donnington where legends play?:
Wow that is really good stuff!
Two more and then I will have blown out my blogger bandwidth!
I think I, I mean WE need a ladies touch! Kick it up for some Bangles with rock out version of "Hazy Shade of Winter":
Time to close the show! What to close the show with........
Well it is not quite midnight, but let's be prepared anyway with Iron Maiden and, well, "2 Minutes to Midnight" from Live After Death:
Have a good night.