Friday, August 29, 2008

Blogaversary Friday Random Ten

Today's the second anniversary of my starting this blog! Looking back to my first post, I realized that I got off to a great start when the first person to comment on my brand new blog was Dale. This blog has helped me make some new friends, like Dale and Bubs, and to reconnect with old friends like Lulu and Kringle. It's helped me deal with the horrible death of a beloved friend and deal with a bunch of huge changes in my life, particularly leaving the teaching profession and becoming, in my late forties, a college student again. All in all, I'm really glad I decided to start this blog.

1. Yesterday's Not Here No More- Pete Shelley
2. Help Me- Joni Mitchell
3. Change of the Guard- Steely Dan
4. Rabbit Fur Coat- Jennifer Lewis
5. Bonzo Goes To Bitburg- The Ramones
6. Dancing In Heaven- Q-Feel
7. Then Came You- Dionne Warwick with the Spinners
8. Michael Smith and Jamie O'Reilly
9. King of Love- Dave Edmunds
10. Snappy Khaki- ZZ Top

1. From the 1981 solo album from Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley. Watch the double negatives, Pete!
2. I recently read a review of a book about rock women and discovered that Joni Mitchell's song "Coyote" was about playwright Sam Shepard. I wonder who this one's about.
3. From Steely Dan's marvelous debut album.
4. I read an article about Ms. Lewis in the New York Times and had to seek out some of her music. I'm glad I did.
5. This song is about Ronald Reagan's nortorious visit in the eighties to the graves of Nazi SS soldiers. It's put to good use in the movie "School of Rock."
6. This is from the Rhino Records' marvelous "Just Can't Get Enough" series of new wave collections.
7. Two of my favorites together here.
8. From "Pasiones," a record about the Lincoln Brigade.
9. From the Dave Edmunds box set, another Rhino Records labor of love.
10. From Tejas, one of my favorite records of all time.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Happy blogoversary! Where does the time go? I swear the internet eats it.

FranIAm said...

Happy Blogversary to one of the best.

You rock Johnny Yen - I wish you all good things.

Distributorcap said...

happy blogoversary..

and anyone who has joni mitchell in a post -- rocks

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary. I sent you a cake. Please stand out on your porch for it because if your mailman is like mine - he just wings the package in the general direction of my house.

Dale said...

It's been quite a ride hasn't it Johnny Yen? Meeting such great people online and sometimes in person has been an excellent side effect. I'll have to sneak into town someday and make sure you're keeping Chicago safe.

I'm happy to see Joni, Jennifer, The Ramones and Dave all on your Random Ten. One of my other blog pals has started up a Ten Most Played Songs of the Week blog here if you want to check it out.

Some Guy said...

Happy Blogoversary, JY! All the best, my friend!

BeckEye said...

Happy Blogiversary!

But you're a bastard. Now I have that freaking "Dancing in Heaven" song in my head again. Every time Girls Just Want To Have Fun is on TV, I end up watching it and then that song is in my head for like a month straight. I wrote about this phenomenon a while ago and then I noticed that I kept getting blog hits from people looking for the lyrics to the song. So I eventually posted them. And I still get hits for it.