Sunday, January 28, 2024

Friday 5 for January 26: On the right tracks

Another Friday 5 question group on music... Late but could not pass this one up.

1. Which obscure song is better than well-known songs by the same artist?

There are plenty... but for now I will go with Paul McCartney. Here is a guy that goes all the way back to the 1960s and most well known for being one  of the four Beatles. However his career continued moving forward from the 1970s til today. Over those decades he has churned out many memorable and popular tracks on his own, as well as with his next group, Wings. That said, here are my Top 5+5 "obscure" hits by Paul McCartney.

  • 1. I'll Give You A Ring (1982)
  • 2. Ou Est le Soleil (1989)
  • 3. Temporary Secretary (1980)
  • 4. Seize the Day (2020)
  • 5. Country Dreamer (Paul McCartney & Wings - 1973)
  • 6. Frozen Jap (1980)
  • 7. Sing the Changes (The Firemen - 2008)
  • 8. Daytime Nighttime Suffering (Paul McCartney & Wings - 1979)
  • 9. Sally G (Paul McCartney & Wings - 1974)
  • 10. The Mess (Live - Paul McCartney & Wings - 1973)

2. What are some no-skip albums, albums whose tracks are all great to listen to?

Not counting compilations and boxed sets, here are my favorites:

  • 1. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (1977)
  • 2. Ring - The Connells (1993)
  • 3. Let It Be - The Beatles (1970/2021 Deluxe)
  • 4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (1973)
  • 5. Revolver - The Beatles (1966)
  • 6. Cannibal Courtship - Dengue Fever (2011)
  • 7. Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor - Caro Emerald (2010)
  • 8. A Hard Days' Night - The Beatles (1964)
  • 9. Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings (1973)
  • 10. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles (1967)

Many others would also be on this list. The most recent album that I love all tracks:

  • Hackney Diamonds - The Rolling Stones (2023)

3. Which album didn’t do it for you at first, but became a favorite after repeated listens?

  • Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent - Lewis Capaldi (2019)

4. Which album is best listened to at night?

I like listening to the following albums by Enya to put me to sleep:

  • Watermark
  • Shepherd Moons
  • The Memory of Trees
  • Amarantine

5. Which album is best listened to in a car?

I don't listen to albums in the car since my commute is short.

That said, I figure the main reason to listen to an album in the car is to keep you up and not fall asleep while driving... so here goes....

  • Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
  • The Connells - Ring
  • The Raveonettes - In And Out of Control
  • The Raveonettes - Pretty in Black
  • The Rolling Stones - Hackney Diamonds
  • AC/DC - Power Up

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Friday 5 for January 19: Random topic generator

 From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog, here are the questions and answers nearly a week late.

1. How much experience do you have with tobacco?

Personally ZERO - and all instances that I ran into damn tobacco smoke have been NEGATIVE. Stinky. Awful. Foul. Why burn good money on this crap????

2. What have you made with wood?

When I was in middle school I made a wooden napkin holder and doorstop for woodshop class. I have a picture of those somewhere... can't find it now.

3. What do you think of farmers markets in your area?

I rarely go, though when I do go I like looking around and buying some fresh veggies and fruit. Some of these markets also sell too many non-farm produced trinkets which I never buy.

4. What’s a good movie, novel, or TV show containing a shipwreck?

While the fictional love story is basically crap, the re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic is great... Gotta love the special effects of that sinking in the movie.

Other great shipwreck movies:

  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  • Mysterious Island (1961)
  • The Final Countdown (1980) - what if a massive shipwreck event could be prevented....

And the ultimate shipwreck TV series.... Gilligan's Island... a silly but classic TV show of all time.

5. What’s a good song with the word magic in its title or lyrics?

Here are a few quick titles...

  • Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
  • Magic - The Cars
  • You Can Do Magic - America
  • Magic - Olivia Newton John
  • Magic's In the Dancing - Lighthouse
  • Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac; famously covered by Santana

Friday, January 12, 2024

Friday 5 January 12: Stolen 5

1.What do you drink in the morning?

Water is the only thing I drink 98% of the time during my day. Since I have to take my morning medications, I almost 100% take them with water.

2. What was the last song you heard?

This changes by the minute or at the most a few hours. Except when I am at work, I always have some music playing. Right now that song is "The River" by the fictional rock band Daisy Jones & The Six from the Amazon Prime TV series of the same name. This is what I was listening to when I was typing up the responses for this blog on Google Docs a few hours ago.

You can keep up to date on what I last listened to by checking out my Last FM profile:

I love music, music genres, lists and tracking the songs I listen to through a process called "scrobbling" at the Last FM website. I also publish music charts on my blog and at the M4B Personal Charts site online where chart geeks hang out.

M4B Charts Website - my username there is macprohawaii.

Mel's Current Top 20 chart page - This is an old school web page that I have continually published since 1999.

Mel's Music Blog - charts, music streams, opinions, videos… lots of pop rock and oldies stuff here.

My current most favorite song since September 2023 is "Angry" by The Rolling Stones. It is quite surprising that these three remaining 80 year old guys can still rock it along with their much younger back-up musicians. So in the end of my most recent scrobbles, you'll find "Angry" as the song I last played.

3. What are your feelings about ghosts?

The day I see and photograph one I'll believe it. Currently: No.

4. How do you feel about camping?

Inconvenient but could be fun. The last time I camped out was on July 11, 1991. I slept in a car waiting for a total solar eclipse to occur early the next morning.

5. What are your thoughts on showers vs. baths?

Showers are quicker. Both can be fun if you can do something creative with them. But for the most part I'm in a hurry and have to move on.

These questions and more are posted on Scrivener's Blog.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Friday 5 for January 5: Touch that dial

The following questions come from the weekly Friday 5 blog. Scrivener says, "Please feel free to define TV anyway you wish." - For me TV is well, TV, computer, tablet and smart phone. Mostly I watch TV on my Mac.

BTW, when was the last time you saw a TV with a dial on it?

1. What’s the most boring thing on TV?

Too much to mention. There are so many boring things on TV, but I would guess a test pattern, snow (on old analog TV sets) and the blue screen of death are probably the most boring things on TV. I mean a test pattern. How long can you stand watching this:

2. What’s the most enlightening thing on TV?

Nothing is really enlightening on TV. Perhaps if you are of faith there may be some types of religious programs that you might find enlightening.

3. What’s the most comforting thing on TV?

Free streaming from YouTube, Pluto TV, TUBI TV and other streamers... plus TV stations that you can catch for FREE using an antenna. It is comforting to know that despite annoying ads, a lot of content is available and you don't have to spend a single penny to get no subscription fees. All the free streams are good for background noise while you do something else. My favorites are music mixes and Airline Videos.

4. What’s the tawdriest thing on TV?

Currently any press conference coming out of The White House.

5. What’s the most thrilling thing on TV?

That changes a lot from time to time. Thrilling can be anything from rocket launches, Dragon spaceflight, Starship, Falcon 9, Falcon Super Heavy, etc. (think Space X) to science fiction TV shows and movies that I watch over and over again: Babylon 5, Star Trek (various), Star Wars, The Expanse, The X Files, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits; anything in space and sci-fi oriented. I also like the Taylor Sheridan produced shows, many which I have yet to watch.... think Yellowstone and several spin-offs.

A lot of Space X content streams live on YouTube and NASA TV. All free of charge. Yay!