This is Halloween

http://youtu.be/xpvdAJYvofI

Sorry they’re just links, but that’s all I could seem to copy 🙂

Marilyn Manson’s version is also a good one:

http://youtu.be/jU6iP0WLsU8

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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Better Late Than Never?

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I have been waiting to get the “new” iTunes. It’s not new. It’s months or more old. I got a laptop several months back and never downloaded the next version of iTunes. The problem with this was that all my music was trapped in the old iTunes. I couldn’t access any of the music I purchased and had to dig out any CD I might want to hear, if I still had it.

The new iTunes looked like it had gotten rid of all the CDs I had loaded onto my account. Only the items I had purchase from the iTunes store were available.  Now, I had purchased all the music on my account either from the iTunes store or on CD. There was no reason for them to delete all my CD music. I didn’t want to go back and have to load all that music back onto my iPod. Finally, the day before yesterday, I downloaded the dreaded new iTunes.

As I thought, only the music from the Cloud was left on my account. I had about half the music I had before. I have an old 8 GB iPod and I had all my Beatles albums on it. Everything else was gone. Sigh.

It took my husband and me a little time to figure out how to reload the Beatles music back onto my iTunes. Once that was complete it took me some time to realize I needed to download music from the Cloud to my laptop to be able to add it to my iPod. Even after all this I still can’t get any of my CD music to load onto my iPod; only the purchased music transferred.

I should just try to figure out how to load all the music onto my phone, but I think I’ll save that for another day.

Ringo!

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Tonight is the Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band concert in Cleveland. My Beatles Buddy and Bff, Merry and I will be there, of course!

Mer and I just got back from a quick road trip to my daughter and son-in-law’s place in Maryland to pick up the newest member of Mer’s family, their new puppy Mya. She is just so cute. Her parents are my daughter’s two American Bulldogs. Mer, Baby B and I drove up/over on Thursday, visited for a couple hours, slept, picked up Mya and drove home. It was a rough trip. Great to see my daughter and son-in-law, even for such a short time and bond with the granddoggies. It was great to see Mer and Baby B so happy with their new family member. All in all not a bad trip, even though I almost popped my tire doing a U-turn.

I digress.

We took such a short trip so Mer and I would have a chance to rest up before the Ringo show. We have been looking forward to the show for months. We bought our tickets months ago, the day they came on sale.

I saw Ringo with his All-Starr Band years ago. It was probably waaaaay back in the 80s. Probably 1989, the first year they toured. They played at one of our popular outdoor venues, Blossom Music Center. I was lucky enough to see him twice here.

Mer and I are going to another outdoor venue, this one in downtown Cleveland, Jacobs Pavilion. Unlike our baseball stadium, it is not called the Jake, that is what many Clevelanders still call the stadium even though it has been Progressive Field for years now.

It might rain tonight, but we have reserve tickets under the Pavilion. General admission seats are at the top of the bleachers where there is not sufficient coverage during rainstorms. I know this from experience.

Ringo and his Band put on a hell of a show from what I remember and the reviews of his shows. I know Mer and I will have a great time. He will be singing Octopus’s Garden, Mer’s favorite Beatles’ song, along with all of the audience. We get to sign with Ringo!! I mean, we already sang with Paul last summer, but now we will have sung with TWO BEATLES!!

I look forward to his All-Starrs’ contributions. This year’s group includes Todd Rungren so it will be a chance to hear him in concert also. Each of the All-Starrs play at least one of their own songs.

It’s going to be a blast!

The Door Into Summer

My husband and I are spending a nice afternoon listening to all the original Monkees albums on vinyl while he tapes them onto reel to reel. The doors and windows are open so we can enjoy the nice summer day, one of the first we’ve had where it isn’t either too hot or too cold.

I might be sipping a nice Shirley Temple.

It’s a Monkees kind of day. Tonight we go to see them in concert. Sans Davy Jones, as my bff likes to say. My husband is a huge Monkees fan and has seen them in concert a few times back in the 80s. So, this will be a nice evening.

On a summer Saturday afternoon here are the Monkees with The Door Into Summer:

Collecting

I really like collecting and collections.

I collect a few things: old radios, telephones, records and Harry Potter stuff.
Of course, I also collect all things Beatles. This is my collection I’ve had longest. I started collecting Beatles memorabilia in 1975. Wow, I’m old, almost 40 years ago!

The first thing I began gathering up were Beatles albums and 45s. I had been borrowing my aunt’s albums and wanted my own. The first one I got was 1976’s Rock and Roll Music. It was a compilation album and it was a radio station copy from my uncle who was a DJ at the time. I must have played that album over and over a million times. Big 70s headphones on, music blaring.

I wanted more. I wanted their “real” albums. The ones released THEN. The originals. There were a lot of reissues of the Beatles albums in the mid-70s. There were some crazy singles issued from the album Rock and Roll Music even. Songs from different Beatles album on the SAME 45. Wild.

I went to a ton of garage sales and got some great deals back then. Kids who had grown up with the Beatles had moved on and their parents were often selling off the albums and singles the kids left at home. I have a pretty good collection of the Beatles singles. I even have a cover sleeve for I Want to Hold Your Hand. Good stuff. I was also lucky enough to own a few doubles and some triples of the albums I bought. I gave a stack to another huge Beatles fan, my bff Merry.

I don’t just collect records. I have buttons, action figures, posters, prints, books, pins, Beatles pants, T-shirts, earrings, DVDs, salt and pepper shakers, Christmas tree ornaments, you get the idea. I used to collect every magazine mention of the Beatles. Not just articles about the Beatles, no, every time they were mentioned by anyone. I had books full of cut out mentions of the Beatles. Full newspaper and magazine articles. Every Beatles magazine issued about the Beatles I could find back in those young days of my Beatlemania.

I don’t have a pic of me from back then all Beatled up. But Mer and I put on our Beatles shirts and pants when we went to see Paul McCartney last summer.

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It’s so nice having a Beatles best friend. Now we both collect and it’s twice the fun. I’m on the left Mer on the right in the picture.

Do you have any collections and what kinds if you do?

It’s a New Day

http://stuphblog.com/2014/04/18/25-days-of-songs-i-challenge-you/

25 songs in 25 days
Day 25: A song you could listen to for an entire day and not tire of it.

To my conservative friends: you may not want to watch this video as it might irritate you somewhat. Hell, the whole song might annoy you. I respect you and the choice is yours but, as I say, you have been warned. lol

I really have listened to It’s a New Day by Will.i.am for the whole day after President Obama was voted into office, which is the day the song was released and a whole day at work when I really needed to hear SOMETHING positive nonstop or I would kill my boss. Politics aside (this is about songs, not politics or really crappy bosses), this song was such a pick me up.

Listening to this song gave me hope in my everyday life, reminded me that I, too, had survived a lot and every day IS a new day. I feel happy and hopeful for myself and my life when I listen to this song. Happy by Pharrell is a more current song that also makes me feel, well, happy. I know a lot of people are sick of hearing Happy, but I think that could be another one I might be able to listen to all day.

I have loved this song challenge. It was fun to share some songs I loved and to see what kinds of music others enjoy. I watched Les Mis because of one of the posts and loved it! It’s been a great experience and has gotten me more in the habit of posting daily again. So thanks for the 25 days of fun!

Here’s Will.i.am with It’s A New Day

It’s a New Day by Will.i.am

I went asleep last night
Tired from the fight
I’ve been fighting for tomorrow
All my life
Yea I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
‘Cause the dreams that I’ve been dreaming
Have finally came true

It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day

It’s been a long time coming
Up the mountain kept runnin’
Souls of freedom kept hummin’
Channeling Harriet Tubman

Kennedy, Lincoln, and King
We gotta invest in that dream
It feels like we’re swimming upstream
It feels like we’re stuck in between
A rock and a hard place
We’ve been through the heartaches
And lived through the darkest days

If you and I made it this far
Well then hey, we can make it all the way
And they said no we can’t
And we said yes we can
Remember it’s you and me together

I woke up this morning
Feeling alright
I’ve been fightin’ for tomorrow
All my life
Yea, I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
Cause the dreams that I’ve been dreaming
Have finally came true

It’s a new day
(it’s a new day)
It’s a new day
(it’s a new day)
It’s a new day
It’s a new day!

It’s been a long time waitin’
Waiting for this moment
Been a long time praying
Praying for this moment

We hope for this moment
And now that we own it
For life I will hold it
And I ain’t gonna let it go

It’s for fathers, our brothers
Our friends who fought for freedom
Our sisters, our mothers
Who died for us to be in this moment

Stop and cherish this moment
Stop and cherish this time

It’s time for you and me
For us and we
That’s you and me together

I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
Cause the dreams that I’ve been dreaming
Have finally came true
Yea, I woke up this morning
Feeling alright

‘Cause we weren’t fighting for nothing
And the soldiers weren’t fighting
For nothing
No, Martin was dreaming for nothing
And Lincoln didn’t change it for nothing
And children weren’t crying for nothing

It’s a new day
It’s a new day
A new day
It’s a new day
It’s a new day!