A Lazy Afternoon Spent With Queen (Sunday Song Series)

Welcome to Week #11 of our Sunday Song Series. This time, we’ll be giving a listen to Queen’s Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon.

Considering its (approx) one minute tracking time, everything will all be over so rapidly that you might even opt to hang around to check out the following companion video… one which relates this song’s fascinating backstory and reaffirms that the groundbreaking influence of engineers / producers Roy Thomas Baker and (the late) Mike Stone, had both been every bit as vital to Queen’s sound / success as (the late) Sir George Martin’s innovative impact on the Beatles.

The Backstory to Queen’s “Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon”

If you can spare a scant minute more, also check out The Diamonds’ lead vocalist Lucie Halamikova… her performance enhanced by some really cool CGI and vintage video clips.

The Diamonds cover Queen’s “Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon”

I now thank you and invite you to return for installment #12 of our Sunday Song Series… a mere seven days from now.




A Black Friday Gift That Keeps On Giving


Today being the official, traditional launch of the December holidays gift giving season, it was while playing back a CD and preparing my breakfast this early a.m. that I found my thoughts fondly flashing back to my own, all-time fave, “Black Friday” shopping experience.

It was on this very day, back in 1973, that my father and I had been shopping at a locally owned appliance store… one which was just beginning to branch out into audio / video gear. We had momentarily gone off in different directions… little doubt… catching my ear was a progressive rock FM station’s broadcast blasting forth a Track from the (then) newest Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) LP.

My eyes eventually caught up with my ears and they instantly widened upon spotting the Fisher™ 180 receiver connected to ElectroVoice™ model-13 speakers and a Garrard™ 40B turntable. My own Sears™ turntable having died mere days earlier (coincidentally while playing a two years older ELP Track), I recognized this sound system to be an audiophile’s dream come true.

At that moment, the only sound that could’ve possibly brought me back down to earth was my dad’s own voice. Seeing how I was already familiar with the reliability / durability of these manufacturers’ products, before any sales associate had even approached us, I was already delivering my own sales pitch.

My father… [1] knowing that his community college attending son was working towards his broadcast arts degree… [2] understanding how vital it was for me to stay connected to the radio and music industry… and [3] agreeing that this high quality, hi-tech had a low price tag attached… well… he knew he had found his gift to me. Even better… seeing how I had already seen it… he didn’t even make me wait until Christmas morn to “unwrap it”.

And while the Garrard™ turntable had eventually proven to be the most vulnerable to the ravages of old age… the amplification of my morning, wake-up music… on this very day (45 years later!)… was courtesy of my father… courtesy of that vintage, very same Fisher™ receiver… still the driving force behind those ElectoVoice™ tweeters and woofers!

And while my dad lived on only fifteen years beyond his Christmas ’73 present to me… my feeling of connection transcends the tech… transcends time.

Indeed, there is that connection to Christmases past… that genetic connection, too… for, dad’s gift just keeps on giving!



The Trampled Moral High Ground ~ 1 Quick Limerick #067

To prince who kills, the fake prez remains true,
The moral high ground, he’ll always eschew,
His dark, depraved, fucked-up feelings,
Doth plunge beneath big-bucked dealings,
That is because he hates reporters, too!


For more limericks (as well as other verses and song parodies, etc.), head over to my “Categories Menu” and select “Poetry”.


A Brief Relevant Video Montage:







The Disgraceful Embrace ~ 1 Quick Limerick #066


He’ll ravish women, grab at private places,
He’ll sleep with white sheeted, brown shirted bases,
For tyrant peers he feels crushes,
Over his FOX friends he gushes,
He’ll lavish sychophants with his embraces.


For more limericks (as well as other verses and song parodies, etc.), head over to my “Categories Menu” and select “Poetry”.


Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning (Sunday Songs Series Wk #10)

Welcome to another of our Sunday Songs get-togethers. This week, the Maroon 5 composition, Sunday Morning, lyrically relates the soap opera-esque tale of a rain-stormy, weekend winding down… of the bittersweet encounter where the living / loving for the moment couple, at first glance, seems destined to eternal togetherness… yet… upon doing our double take, we soon discover that modern life. harsh realities are about to catch up with them… split them up… hence the impassioned pleas that the road which looms ahead will someday… somehow… double back so they can eventually meet again.

And speaking of future meetings… the musical road we’ve been on can double back right here… seven days from now (or at any other time that’s convenient to you). Be sure to return for installment #11 of our Sunday Song Series.

From the Oh BTW Dept… while auditioning YouTube clips, I discovered that so many videographers and/or performers had turned in primo work that, in addition to the above clip I’ve opted to include the following links to 5 more Sunday Morning Bonus Tracks…

Maroon 5 Live on Letterman
Maroon 5 + Awesome Scenes
Rooftop Duet Cover by Sam’s Piano
Bassa Nova Cover by Bubble Dia
Jazz Cover by Jess Wy 雷婉妍

An Additional Oh BTW… for anyone who has missed our past, Sunday journeys… or would like to revisit any of our former musical destinations… they are all conveniently archived within my music category.



A Quick Question re a Higher Priority?


Here in my homeland, we voted this past November 6th. Here in my home state, 2,346,713 Michiganders (56%) approved a ballot proposal to legalize the recreational usage of Marijuana for 21+ aged adults.

While it is not my intent to disparage those ISO a relatively harmless, occasional buzz (so long as they’re not stoned while driving, piloting jets, operating nuclear reactors, wielding scalpels, etc.) the stark reality is that our political higher authorities know that their nefarious machinations stand a far better chance of flying under the radar when nearly everyone else is chronically flying high.

Ergo, the following question does come to mind…

Instead of pharmacuetically, habitually getting wasted within a rightwing politician endorsed, societal wasteland… instead of running away from said society… is it not our higher priority to really give a damn… to stay sufficiently sober and engaged… to defy those evil political entities… to work towards creating a nondiscriminatory, emotionally fulfilling, financially rewarding, relatively free of sorrow, stress and strife society that everyone would be running towards?

While… by and large… my question is rhetorical, your comments… if any… are still welcome.



A Fleeting Meeting ~ Sunday Songs Series

Welcome to Week #9 of our Sunday Songs Series. During this musical adventure, we’ll be giving a listen to the mega-talented, legendary Ms. Laura Nyro and Ms. Patti Labelle. On 11/17/1971 this dynamic duo released a cover songs, studio LP, Gonna Take a Miracle… that disc’s lead track being I Met Him on a Sunday… composed by Doris Jackson, Addie Harris McPherson, Beverly Lee and Shirley Alston Reeves… collectively known as The Shirelles).

In short, Labelle and Nyro’s doo-wop / pop, mostly acappella, delivered narrative features a fleeting whirlwind romance… the fate of a lover, who fails to show up one particularly important Friday.

Of course, unlike that undependable Romeo, you can count on me to meet you back here in seven days for yet another installment of our Sunday Song Series.


BTW… for anyone who has missed our past, Sunday journeys… or would like to revisit any of our former musical destinations… they are all conveniently archived within my music category.



How To Spell T-Y-R-A-N-T (1 Quick Limerick #065)


He lusts for parades which roll out warfare’s might,
He meets / beats the press with tirades and fierce fight,
He yanks reporter’s credentials,
He can’t grasp voting essentials,
He heils the alt-right and spurns all oversight.


For more limericks (as well as other verses and song parodies, etc.), head over to my “Categories Menu” and select “Poetry”.



Michelle Edmisten Fights For Religious Illiteracy

From time to time web surfers will access my past posts… each of those visits then automatically registering in my weekly stats reports. Ofttimes, this prompts me to go back to reread them, too. In this particular instance, I became aware of how both original videos had been yanked by their YouTube posters. Since my goal is to always present as much valuable info as possible, I took the time to find replacements… and upon doing so… also realized that my blog’s message of religious tolerance is as relevant now as it ever was… hence my reblogging on this day.


During my high school senior year, my History instructor, Mr. S, would expand his lesson plans, each Friday, to include history in the making. He didn’t merely lecture us about current events… he actually inspired the entire class to participate in lively discussions.

One Friday, the situation got a whole lot livelier than expected.

While discussing our State Board of Education’s plan to utilize cross-district busing to racially integrate Michigan’s public schools, Mr. S asked if any of us could think of better alternatives, which would achieve the same, beneficial results.

I raised my hand and said…

“We’d never need to bus anyone if we could racially integrate our neighborhoods.”

In a split second, one of my classmates, “Greg”, in a near apoplectic fit, leaped out of his chair to bellow at the top of his lungs, “NO!”

Only gravity had prevented him from hitting the ceiling. Only the vacuum…

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