".... Compare your life to one of your favorite TV shows growing up. Is it anything like your life then or now? Are you a main character? If the show was still on would you watch it."
I like this challenge. As I child I did tend to watch a goodly amount of television. I grew up in the 1950s and 60s so my television choices may be dated, but I think most people will be familiar with them since they have been in such wide syndication.
Leave It To Beaver still shows up in syndication and whenever I happen across it I usually watch it. The show still holds its charm for me. In the 90s the show was revived with Jerry Mathers, the original Beaver Cleaver, as a grown man with kids of his own. I anxiously tuned in when it first came on and I still enjoyed the updated version. The show still had some of the original characters and Jerry Mathers was still the Beaver except older. However, not being much of a TV watcher I didn't keep up religiously with the program, but I watched and enjoyed it when I did turn it on.
In the movie musical Bye Bye Birdie the family's dream is to be on the Ed Sullivan Show, which becomes the denouement of the story. The Ed Sullivan Show was a cultural touchstone for the era. Since my family did a professional juggling act, an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was one of my father's biggest dreams. It never happened. Back then my role on the show would have been an appearance as a performer.
Throughout my life the Ed Sullivan Show influence has been felt as I pursued my own show business career in the late 70s and 80s. Now I feel like Ed Sullivan on my blog. Every week I feel like I'm trying to present a blog version of Ed Sullivan's variety show as I present topics of a wide range. I'm not content to stick to one single subject. It's not over til the fat lady sings, and even then it's not really over. Next week I might have puppets, circus acts, an up and coming comedian, or a scene from the latest Broadway musical.
Ed Sullivan used to say, "Tonight we have a really big shoe." When he said "show" it sounded like "shoe". That's what I try to envision on my blog--"a really big shoe". If I'm trying to follow in Ed Sullivan's footsteps then I've got some really big shoes to fill.
I have one more scheduled mini blog fest which will be happening next Monday July 5th. I don't think I'll get much participation on this one since it has to do with music influenced by Spanish and Latin American culture. But don't just dismiss it thinking you don't know enough about it. Don't forget about artists like Santana, Shakira, Richie Valens, and Julio Iglesias. The Spanish / Latin influence in music goes way back and covers many fads and styles. There is the dance music like tango, cha cha, salsa, and rumba. Cuban and Brazilian (okay Portuguese is okay) music have been staples to many of our ears. This might be more fun than you think so I hope you'll join us. Linky list should be going up tomorrow.