Whippersnappers and their streaming!

I’m listening to Weird Al Yankovic’s album Bad Hair Day on Amazon Music. I heard he’s only going to release new music streaming.No more cds. He wants to be more current, but I am going to miss songs this way I think.  I am 54. One of his sort of older fans. Which I can tell from his concerts, which I make sure I never miss.

I don’t really get this streaming thing. I mean I do have Amazon Music and I know how to click on a song and listen to it. Yay me! But…..this music that is streaming…do you download it? If not where do I go to listen to it? If downloaded where does it go? If streaming where does it go? I don’t trust this. If I delete my iTunes what happens to the stuff I put on there? I think they deleted all these or put them somewhere I don’t know.

My son who works with computers and is the right age would do a face palm over all this. Well, not the Weird Al stuff, but the streaming stuff. I think he thinks I should have looked it up on YouTube by now. *SIGH*

I can hear him saying, “Mom” and shaking his head.  He’s probably right. I’ve never looked for that kind of stuff on YouTube, but I will put every kind of thing I can to find it!

Not really what I thought I would write about but there you go. Some times the blog goes where it wants.




My Kind of Christmas Song 4

To continue with my Christmas songs I must say I had a bit of a hard time picking a song from the album this is from because there are many good songs there.

My husband actually ran across this band somewhere. Maybe Pandora. He really liked them and since we are always on the lookout for our kind of Christmas music we ordered theirs.

This group always reminds me of ES because this song is by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. It’s from their album Christmas Caravan. It goes waaaaay back to 1998.  The group is made up of a lot of different types of musicians and singers. Some songs are bluegrass-y others are big band type songs others are ballads. They consider themselves a swing revival band. Let’s listen shall we?


I like all kinds of music, swing included. If you can call this swing. The album Christmas Caravan is always a hit with us for Christmas.

Here’s a nice Squirrel Nut T. EnjoySquirrel Nuts Novelty Tee

My Kind of Christmas Song 2

So I was talking about the songs I like to listen to at Christmas time. This is something I feel a bit more comfortable writing about.

This song is by one of my favorites again and it was released in 1996 by Weird Al Yankovic.  Al has two Christmas songs. The one I hear more is Christmas at Ground Zero. I never did understand why it seemed more popular. The Night Santa Went Crazy is great. It’s a parody of a song I don’t know if I ever heard. Black Gold by Soul Asylum. Ha I never knew it was a parody at all. Al writes some great original songs so I stupidly assumed this was one of them. Here is the original song. I had to look it up and no I have never heard it before.

I have liked Weird Al since about 1996 when his album Bad Hair Day came out. My son loved Al and so we listened to a lot of cassettes in my car and I just loved him. He. Is. Hilarious. I took the kids to see him in concert that year and I have gone to every show since.

Let’s get in the Christmas mood, well for some of us, with The Night Santa Went Crazy:

I used the cartoon video version because I didn’t find any I thought were better. Sorry about the ad. Just skip it after 4 sec. Here are the lyrics in case anyone would like to know about anything missed.

“The Night Santa Went Crazy” by Weird Al Yankovic

Down in the workshop all the elves were makin’ toys
For the good Gentile girls and the good Gentile boys
When the boss busted in, nearly scared ’em half to death
Had a rifle in his hands and cheap whiskey on his breath
From his beard to his boots he was covered with ammo
Like a big fat drunk disgruntled Yuletide Rambo
And he smiled as he said with a twinkle in his eye,
“Merry Christmas to all – now you’re all gonna die!”The night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nick went insane
Realized he’d been gettin’ a raw deal
Something finally must have snapped in his brainWell, the workshop is gone now, he decided to bomb it
Everywhere you’ll find pieces of Cupid and Comet
And he tied up his helpers and he held the elves hostage
And he ground up poor Rudolph into reindeer sausage
He got Dancer and Prancer with an old German Luger
And he slashed up Dasher just like Freddy Krueger
And he picked up a flamethrower and he barbequed Blitzen
And he took a big bite and said, “It tastes just like chicken!”

The night Santa went crazy
The night Kris Kringle went nuts
Now you can’t hardly walk around the North Pole
Without steppin’ in reindeer guts

There’s the National Guard and the F.B.I.
There’s a van from the Eyewitness News
And helicopters circlin’ ’round in the sky
And the bullets are flyin’, the body count’s risin’
And everyone’s dyin’ to know, oh Santa, why?
My my my my my my
You used to be such a jolly guy

Yes, Virginia, now Santa’s doin’ time
In a federal prison for his infamous crime
Hey, little friend, now don’t you cry no more tears
He’ll be out with good behavior in 700 more years
But now Vixen’s in therapy and Donner’s still nervous
And the elves all got jobs working for the postal service
And they say Mrs. Clause, she’s on the phone every night
With her lawyer negotiating the movie rights

They’re talkin’ bout – the night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nicholas flipped
Broke his back for some milk and cookies
Sounds to me like he was tired of gettin’ gypped

Wo, the night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nick went insane
Realized he’s gettin’ a raw deal
Something finally must have snapped in his brain
Wo, something finally must have snapped in his brain
Tell ya, something finally must have snapped… in his brain

I listen to this song year around. I mean it’s Al after all. His songs are so clever and funny I almost always laugh. I think he’s gone all digital now and don’t think he’s going to issue cds? Not sure, something I heard. So he can get his music out faster. I am old. I want LPs or cds!
Now this is the kind of Christmas song I like!



Happy Hip Hop

I’ve been listening to hip hop all morning. I love it. My husband pretty much sticks to Eminem, Dr Dre and D12 if I want to listen to hip hop when he’s home. He’s a dub step guy. So I usually play other things during the day.  Mos Def right now. Common and Tupac earlier.

After this though I am putting on Eminem. Or Em as I call him. An oldie but one of my faves (the first cd I bought of his music,The Eminem Show). My younger daughter introduced me to his music. One of his songs, “Without Me” came on the radio. It had a great beat and it was so funny. My daughter told me I would probably like the album and she wanted me to hear the song “Square Dance” So, as I often do, I wanted to hear more. So I went out and bought it.  I always want the explicit albums not the one bleeped out or whatever they do. Em uses a lot of bad words, but they don’t hurt or bother me.

When I’m mad I sometimes like to listen to Em. He admits mistakes, gets mad at a lot of the things I used to get mad about back then and again now even more. Actually, when I’m kind of irked shall we say, I like to listen to my husband’s hip hop folder. “White America”- Em, “Business”- Em, “Get Back”- Ludacris “Get My Gun”- D12, there is Dr. Dre on there but I can’t remember what. Guess I haven’t been that upset/mad in a while.

Here’s the cleaned up version of “Without Me”. I didn’t know what the WP rules were on these “bad” words so I wimped out and used the clean version.

Lots to learn here on WP and lots more to learn on my hip hop journey.









Random Saturday Thoughts

Hello! I hope everyone who celebrates it had a nice Thanksgiving on Thursday. Mine was great. My three grown children got together on a Facebook chat to talk an wish me and my husband Happy Thanksgiving. It was really terrific to talk to them all together which I don’t get to do all that often. They all live and are settled out of state.  My sister-in-law brought over the nieces which was the best. I get to have another Thanksgiving tonight with my oldest friends. Their second son is in town from Pittsburgh so it is really a celebration!

I’m currently listening to some Peter, Paul & Mary for some reasons, but I may switch to some hip hop for the same reason when this album is over!

I saw an advertisement on PBS World channel that they are going to show the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” by James Baldwin. I went to the theater to see this movie. Alone. I couldn’t find anyone to go with me.  Which is too bad since it is such a moving movie. I think the people who really need to see it will not however. James Baldwin is a fantastic writer and I have more than a few of his books. Anyway, I really want to see this again. I’m sure I will buy the dvd. Probably when I finish writing this lol.

There really isn’t much going on! Changed the music, but got side-tracked by Patti Smith’s “Easter” album from 1978. But I have Common’s “Black America Again” in line and up next. The Beatles are my favorite since I was 14. I liked the Doors, Janis Joplin, The Who, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel (my Mom’s fave) back then, too. I still like them.  Now I like just about all kinds of music except country (love bluegrass though). Oh and disco. Was never a big fan of disco. I liked anti-disco songs though. hahaha. I like metal, but not death metal. I like Metallica when they started, but I really like Judas Priest. I don’t think I know any names of metal groups of today….but I have heard them. College radio plays all kinds of things.

Random music paragraph.

I love music and books so I am sure I will have random paragraphs about them a lot.

I don’t go to as many movies as I’d like, but I loved Wonder Woman and did not like at all LaLa Land. I love musicals but not that at all.

To anyone reading still, have a good evening or whatever time it is where you are. It’s getting on to evening here in good ole Berea, OH.









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50 Little Things

I am taking the advice of Mer and doing a list today for fun. Might be harder than I think. I am going to attempt to list 50 little things about me. I know many of these may be things already known, but let’s see if I can find some new ones.

  1. I like Yoko Ono.
  2. Today is my husband’s birthday.
  3. I am studying Spanish on the Duolingo app.
  4. I have a banjo.
  5. I own a scooter I am going to ride as soon as it’s fixed.
  6. I know how to solder.
  7. I like Eminem.
  8. I live around the block from my childhood home.
  9. I collect old phones and radios.
  10. I do not like Journey.
  11. I am an amateur radio operator, licensed for 20 years.
  12. I am a Dudeist Priestess able to perform weddings, funerals, etc. 
  13. I love Shakespeare plays.
  14. I love almost all vegetables.
  15. I like to follow Cleveland baseball.
  16. Surprisingly, I like tv shows such as: Wagon Train, The Rifleman, and Gunsmoke.
  17. I am distantly related to Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.
  18. I like Metallica
  19. There is a picture of me wearing a dashiki in my high school year book. I  love colorful clothes.
  20. I used to be on a golf league. I LOVED it. I was a terrible player, but really enjoyed playing. 
  21. I was arrested at 18 for disorderly conduct. The police had to wake me up to arrest me…..
  22. I had my first child when I was 19. He is going to be 34 this year and is a great person. 
  23. My husband says I can’t whistle, but I can.  A little. Badly. For a very short time. hahahaha
  24. I have seen Weird Al in concert almost every year since 1996.
  25. I taught Sunday school in the early 90s.
  26. I like square dancing even though I never do it anymore. Since junior high.
  27. I was a competitive swimmer for 6 years.
  28. OMG How is it not on the top of the list?? I LOVE THE BEATLES! I was in discussion about Yoko today so she was on my mind first. But the BEATLES are IT.
  29. I  LOVE Frank Zappa. He is fantastic. I hadn’t felt love for a musician like this since the Beatles. The Beatles are always first, but then FRANK.
  30. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I have all the clothes to dress up, three wands, of course all the books, regular and large print for when I am older. Anything I can get my hands on Harry Potter makes me happy.
  31. I have three brothers, one a year and a half older than I, one a year and a half younger and one seven years younger.
  32. I stopped smoking 2 years ago this May on my birthday. 
  33. I didn’t care for the movie The Revenant.
  34. I am very afraid of spiders. They can just go to hell. Or away from me. Either one is okay.
  35. I like to fish.
  36. I love to read. Duh
  37. I can change a tire.
  38. I am almost 53 years old and I do not dye my hair. I have a little gray hair but I earned it. I am not going to dye it. It’s short anyway. 
  39. I have been to Alaska.
  40. I do not carry a purse. I haven’t since 1994.
  41. We have a clock in every room, including the bathroom. Do you guys, too?
  42. We use 24 hour time on our digital clocks. 
  43. I do not like bananas.
  44. I love donuts, but don’t eat them because I can’t stop. 
  45. I like to crochet, knit, and cross stitch.
  46. I do not smoke crack.
  47. I watch MeTv with my husband almost every night after he gets home from work.
  48. I like sparkly stuff.
  49. I have the ashes of my last two kitties on my coffee table.
  50. I think this was a fun post for me. Thanks Mer!