Friday, November 05, 2010

The Bad News/Good News Friday Random Ten

Interesting week. Monday was a total bad news/good news day-- and that was just the beginning of the day. As I mentioned before, on the way to a very important test, a guy opened a car door in front of me and my bicycle. I was bruised and cut up a little, but otherwise okay. I got an A on the test. Anything that you can walk away from...

I was mildly annoyed by the election results, but being a student of history, I'm reminded of this: the Dems lost seats in both houses in the 1962 elections (though though they kept control of both houses). The Republicans got hammered in the 1982 midterms, when Reagan was President. And the Dems got taken to the cleaners in the 1994 election-- the "Contract With America" nonsense with Newt Gingrich. The American voting public mostly has a short memory. The GOP now owns the economic disaster they created. And there are a bunch of out-and-out nuts in that party. It's one thing to get elected, another to produce for your constituents. 2012 will be interesting indeed. Like I said, anything you can walk away from...

1. Long Train Runnin'- The Doobie Brothers
2. Back In The USA- Chuck Berry
3. Working Girl- The Members
4. Eli's Coming- Laura Nyro
5. I'm Straight- Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
6. Nobody But Me- The Human Beinz
7. Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)- Rodriguez
8. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)- Aretha Franklin
9. Candy Man- Roy Orbison
10. SWLABR- Cream

1. "The Best of the Doobie Brothers" was one of the first albums I ever bought.
2. I've loved some Linda Rondstadt songs, but her cover of this one wasn't one of them.
3. Loved this vid back in the eighties.
4. One of many great songs Laura Nyro wrote; I'm working on a post just about her.
5. From Richman's first and best album; many people consider it to be the first New Wave album.
6. Dave Marsh' "Rock Book of Lists" actually lists how many "no's" are in this song-- around 100, I think.
7. Discovered this guy within the last year; imagine if Donovan, Santana and Dylan had written Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues." This album, "Cold Fact" is a classic.
8. Read yesterday the Ms. Franklin had to cancel part of her tour for health reasons. Hope she gets better; she's a national treasure.
9. I love me some Roy Orbison. One of my great regrets is that I didn't see him perform while he was still alive.
10. The title is an acronym for one of the lines in the song-- "She walks like a bearded rainbow."


SkylersDad said...

I hope you are doing OK after the bike crash. Glad the test went well!

Erik Donald France said...

Man, that sucks on the bike crash! It is always good to be able to walk away . . .

"The American voting public mostly has a short memory --- ther e ought to be a name for this sad truth.

I do think Obama has more of a fighting chance to keep going where he wants to go than Jimmy Carter did (Iran hostage crap) or Bill Clinton (Monica Lewinsky crap). Both of them tried health insurance reform -- how slow we are as a society.

Pat Tillett said...

Your observations about the election results are very interesting and to me, correct!

SWLABR, one of my all time favorites!

Churlita said...

Also glad you're doing okay after your bike crash. There seems to be a lot of that going around lately.

I love Aretha Franklin. I hope she's okay too.