About greyzoned/angelsbark

Michele Truhlik is a writer, blogger and small business entrepreneur. Previously an owner of an advertising agency and a bar, she currently has a dog-sitting business and a jewelry business and is much happier being out of the corporate world. She is also following her calling and is an Animal Chaplain/Pet Shaman and will be officially credentialed and ordained in 2015. She has been rescuing and adopting greyhounds since 1999. She has been owned by 8 greyhounds. Pictured here is #7, Picasso. You can find her blogging at angelsbark.wordpress.com.

Monday’s Music Moves Me Bloghop: Locations theme

Happy Monday! Today I’m taking part in a Blog Hop called Monday’s Music Moves Me. I visited my friend Mary’s blog at JingleJangleJungle today and discovered that she was honored with choosing the theme for this week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me. It’s a fun theme: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Songs that have Locations in the Title.

I thought of so many songs that I like with locations in the title that I decided to put a playlist together to share with you all. Here’s my list. Click into the YouTube video playlist and you can listen to the songs and check out the videos: some of them are pretty cool.

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia by Vicki Lawrence

Waterloo by Abba

The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace

Jesus Just Left Chicago by ZZ Top

La Grange by ZZ Top

Last Train to Clarksville by The Monkees

New York State of Mind by Billy Joel

Marrakesh Express by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Woman from Tokyo by Deep Purple

Philadephia Freedom by Elton John

Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel

Woodstock by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – EXCELLENT Woodstock video, for those of us who like to get retro. Check out this counterculture anthem!

Witchita Lineman by Glen Campbell

Youngstown by Bruce Springsteen – I went to college at Youngstown State University in Ohio and Bruce’s song tells about the history of the town. When I was there in the early 80s, it was a sad city of shutdown steel mills and had the highest unemployment rate in the country at the time. The song highlights the situation.

My City Was Gone by The Pretenders  — This song doesn’t have an exact location in the title but it’s meaningful to me because as it’s a song about Chrissie Hynde’s hometown of Akron, Ohio. When I was away at college in Ohio, my friend Jeff told me that every time he heard that song it reminded him of me. So it’s very special to me.

I also wanted to include New York Minute by Don Henley but it has strict copyright restrictions so there was no YouTube video and I couldn’t include it in the playlist. But you can click here to give it a listen. It’s an excellent high quality version of the song so be sure to check it out. It’s worth it!

 

Hope you enjoy my Monday’s Music Moves Me playlist of Songs with Locations in the Title. Thanks to all the hosts and to Mary for the great theme!

 

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Father’s Day

This is my first Father’s Day without my Dad. He passed in October and I think about him every single day. I miss him. A lot.

Last Father’s Day, he was here, at my house and it was the first Father’s Day in a number of years that we were actually in the same place together. I didn’t realize it then but it was the last Father’s Day I’d ever have with him.

I don’t remember the date but it was sometime last year. My Dad wanted a pair of cowboy boots. I don’t know why. He couldn’t get around much and really didn’t go anywhere anymore. He had had a gorgeous pair of snakeskin boots that never fit him right and I ended up selling them for him.

Dad’s snakeskin cowboy boots

I think he just wanted to own another pair. So I took him down to Cavender’s Boot City here in Austin and I helped him try on a number of different kinds of boots. We didn’t find one pair that he could get his foot into because he had such a high instep and would’ve required custom boots, but I think it just satisfied him that we tried. And he got to shop around and look at all the leather belts and the cowboy hats. We left the store not buying a thing but I know he enjoyed our little adventure out that afternoon.

These pictures were taken back in North Carolina in 2009. My Mom and I were in the car, just about to back out of the driveway and Dad was standing there to see us off. I looked up and just thought he was so cute standing there in his cowboy hat. I grabbed my camera real quick and snapped a few pics through the windshield. I’m so glad I did. These are my favorite four photos of him. I’ve always wondered what he was looking up at in the sky…

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And now I look up at him in the sky…

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DAD!

I love you forever.

You’re always in my heart and

I hope you hear me talking to you and thinking about you every day.

I miss you so much!

 

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!

 

 

Battle of the Bands: Doctor My Eyes by Jackson Browne

It’s June 15th and the official kickoff to Battle of the Bands going monthly. From here on out, Battles will be held once a month, on the 15th of every month. (Note: some BOTB participants will still post two battles per month, on the 1st and the 15th).

My mid-month battle is featuring the song Doctor My Eyes by Jackson Browne.

“Doctor My Eyes” is a 1972 song written and performed by Jackson Browne and included on his debut album Jackson Browne. Featuring a combination of an upbeat piano riff coupled, somewhat ironically, with lyric about feeling world-weary, the song was a surprise hit, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in spring 1972, after debuting on the chart at #80. In Canada, the song peaked at #4.

Jesse Ed Davis played the electric guitar while David Crosby and Graham Nash sang backing vocals, and Russ Kunkel played drums.

I’ve always loved this song. It’s interesting in that the upbeat music doesn’t match the lyrics. Here’s some history of the song from Wikipedia: William Ruhlmann on Allmusic.com elaborated on the development of the song: “Browne first recorded a demo of ‘Doctor My Eyes’ for the Criterion Music publishing company in early 1971, and despite its striking imagery and carefully crafted writing, it was a bleak song… By the time he came to record the song for his first album in the summer of 1971, however, Browne had revised the lyric, tossing out the most pessimistic lines. Now, ‘Doctor My Eyes’ was the statement of a man who had stoically endured life’s hardships, but having done so, now worried that he had been rendered unable to feel anything. It still wasn’t an optimistic song, but the unhappy ending had been rendered ambiguous.” Ruhlmann addresses the final recorded version’s “paradoxical sense” between the music and the lyrics: “Working with other musicians, Browne drastically altered the sound of the song on record. A lively 4/4 beat, played on drums and congas, and supported by piano, set up a catchy underlying riff before the lyrics even began. Browne’s singing was supported by Graham Nash and David Crosby’s harmonies, giving the lyrics an emotional edge. On the whole, the arrangement and performance worked against the still desperate message contained in the words.” There was originally a third verse to the song, but it was not retained when Browne recorded the song for his debut album. The lost verse, however, can be found on circulating bootlegs of the song’s original demo.

In part 1 of the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, JD Souther and Glenn Frey discuss at some length the process of Browne’s work methods while Browne was working on the song over a period of some months. The three lived in adjacent downmarket apartments; the future Eagles would hear Browne, through the walls, at work on his piano every morning.

On the song’s reception: Jeff Walker, in his review of Browne’s debut album for Phonograph Record magazine in 1972, wrote that “Doctor My Eyes” is one of a number of tracks on the album that “deal with a spiritual search; no preaching, no conclusions, just searching.”

Ruhlmann on Allmusic called it “a rollicking pop/rock song about being almost terminally burnt out.”

Here’s a terrific live performance of Jackson Browne’s appearance on Rockpalast (Rock Palace), a German music television show, in 1986. Don’t vote for this version: it’s here for your enjoyment only.

 

THE BATTLE, featuring female vocals:

CONTENDER #1: Wilson Phillips 

Wilson Phillips covered the song on their 2004 album “California”.  Wilson Phillips is an American vocal group consisting of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips, the daughters, respectively, of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas. (If the video doesn’t play for some reason, you can hear the version here)

 

CONTENDER #2: Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen Frances Wilson (born June 26, 1973) is an American country music artist. She made her debut in 2004 with the Grammy Award-winning single “Redneck Woman,” a number-one hit on the Billboard country charts. She covered the song for the 2013 album “Under the Covers“.

 

TIME TO VOTE! Which version do you like better and why? When you’re done voting, please visit these other BOTB participants and check out their cool battles:

Thanks for your participation and your votes! I’ll be back next month, on July 15th, for another battle. Until then, rock on…

Battle of the Bands RESULTS: Losing My Religion

Here are the results from my latest Battle of the Bands, which featured R.E.M.’s 1991 hit Losing My Religion. The battle was between Passenger and Jacqui Naylor.

Well, Jacqui Naylor sure didn’t fare well in this battle! She only managed to pull in one vote..and it wasn’t mine. I voted with the majority and went with Passenger.

Final Tally:

Passenger:  9 votes

Jacqui Naylor:  1 vote

I’ll be back on June 15th for another battle. Until then, I’ll leave you with a few Passenger originals. First up is Let Her Go from Passenger’s third album All the Little Lights, released in 2012:

Next up is Somebody’s Love, the lead single from his most recent album Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea, released late last year:

 

See ya on the 15th!

Ya Gotta Love Austin’s Mayor! His reponse to a sexist rant goes viral

Saw this on one of my local news station’s (KXAN) website today. It’s hilarious! Ya gotta love a mayor who can deliver such a clever response to a sexist numbnuts like this guy who wrote a cringe-worthy letter and thought it wise to actually send it. Here’s the story. Check it out:

Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s response to man’s ‘sexist’ comments goes viral

By Dave Byknish  Published: June 1, 2017, 7:36 am Updated: June 1, 2017, 9:32 am

Austin Mayor Steve Adler speaks to a crowd outside the Capitol during a vigil. (KXAN Photo/Phil Prazan)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you are going to spout nonsense, you should probably be aware of the skills the person you’re spouting it to possesses. Clearly a man who signed his name Richard A. Ameduri didn’t do his research and decided to hit the send button on May 26 before taking a second to breathe deep, count to 10 and think about what really matters in his life.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, or his public relations handler, decided to completely obliterate Ameduri in a response to his embarrassing and backwards rant about the Alamo Drafthouse’s choice to show the new Wonder Woman film exclusively to women for a few screenings. Much to the chagrin of a certain subset of men, the screenings sold out.

Adler posted the entire letter from Ameduri and his response on his website.

The man’s gripe:

I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women. If Austin does not host a men only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s deterioration. And I will not forget that Austin is best known for Charles Whitman. Does Austin stand for gender equality or for kissing up to women? Don’t bother to respond. I already know the answer. I do not hate women. I hate their rampant hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the “women’s movement.” Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women. Don’t bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading.

Richard A. Ameduri

Adler’s retort:

Dear Mr. Ameduri,

I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!

Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.

You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email.  I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Adler

 

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LOL! Mayor Adler: you rocked this one! Way to go.

What do you think of the letter writer? If you were to meet this jackass guy on the street or in a bar and you knew he was the author of the letter rant, what would you say to him? What do you think of the Mayor’s response?