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This blog is part of my life journey. I've got places to be and people to see along the way. Hope you'll join me and maybe join in the discussion...

Always a work in progress--welcome to my blog.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Karma Chameleon (#BOTB & #IWSG )


No this is not a political post.  But I can see why the title might be mistaken as such.  

By the way, what do you call a lizard who likes a cup of tea before bedtime?

A chamomileon

Down the page you will find a Battle of the Bands which I hope you will participate in, but first...

The Insecure Writer's Support Group


Join us on the first Wednesday of each month in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group--a forum of writers who gather to talk about writing and the writer's life. For a complete list of participants visit Alex's Blog


The co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!


March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?


          Since I am afflicted with eclecticism I tend to ramble in my interests.  I've always had this tendency which is probably why I seem to get little actually done at times.  Or maybe I just limit myself in how far I go in each pursuit.

         But that's okay as far as I'm concerned.  I'll call it freedom in a certain sense. 

         My writing has always rambled as has my reading.  A look at my bookshelves will reveal a wide range of subject matter, style, genre, and so on.  My reading schedule is not rigid nor is what I read. Often my reading depends on what is nearby.  If I'm waiting somewhere I'm likely to pick up anything and start reading.

         In more recent years my reading has been more inclined toward non-fiction.  When I have read fiction my reading has been anything from sci-fi to romance to literary.  I like to read even if it's just reading classified ads. 

         The act of reading is a bit obsessive with me, but what I read is not.  Looking at me reading from one day or place to the next one might think me as somewhat of a literary chameleon. 



And now...

Battle of the Bands



        Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands.   This event happens each month on the 15th and on some there is also a Battle on the 1st of the month.  My blog is one of those with a second Battle excepting over these summer months.   The premise is simple:  Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it.  Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this                                                                                 post for more Battle action.



Karma Chameleon

       You probably love this song or hate it.  I like it okay.  Heard it a lot back in the eighties and even had the Culture Club album where the song appeared.  Whatever the case, this is the song I've chosen for this Battle.  Hope you have fun with it...



Reggae Lounge     "Karma Chameleon"  (2103)








Me First And The Gimme Gimmes "Karma Chameleon" (2014)







Time to Vote!
        
          Don't be a lizard.  Play along in this Battle of the Bands.  I hope you'll at least give the versions a listen to discern your favorite.   Which version do you prefer?   Hopefully you have an opinion of some kind.  You don't have to know about music to have an opinion since it all comes down to your own personal taste.

        Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.



Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:

 StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands

  'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS'

'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 


A I Love Music



Winner of this Battle Announced on Monday March 8

     As always stay tuned for more stuff coming along the way.








Monday, February 22, 2021

A Follow-Up to Second Chances ( #BOTB Results )

  Time for my obligatory Battle of the Bands results post.  But since I'm here I'll remind everyone that the annual Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is coming up with preliminary activities starting in March.  Be sure to visit the A to Z Blog for more details as they come in..



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And now...

Battle of the Bands Results


       My most recent Battle featured three former child television stars who delved into a music career after they stopped being cute little kids.  Personally I liked them all, but my overall preference was David and the Giants.  I used to listen to them a lot back in the eighties and even went to see them in concert in Oak Ridge, Tennessee sometime around 1988. 

       Not a bad outcome for this three-way Battle.

Final Vote Tally
 
Beaver and the Trappers     2

David and the Giants          5

Micky Dolenz                     6


Next Battle on Monday March 1


Monday, February 15, 2021

2nd Chances ( #BOTB )


Everyone deserves second chances.   Without redemption we'd all be hopelessly lost...

In this post we'll look at some former child actors who made (or tried to make) comebacks later in their lives...



Battle of the Bands

        Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands.   This event happens each month on the 15th and on some there is also a Battle on the 1st of the month.  My blog is one of those with a second Battle excepting over these summer months.   The premise is simple:  Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it.  Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this                                                                                 post for more Battle action.


2nd Chances

         There have been a number of actors who made it big as children in the world of show biz but didn't fare so well in their later attempts at acting.   The Battle at hand will look at three actors who achieved a degree of stardom with roles in television shows in the fifties and then attempted comebacks in the world of pop music.  You undoubtedly know something about each of these artists, but maybe you don't know the full stories about them.  This Battle will touch upon these former child stars who ventured into the music business after their early stardom had faded...



Beaver and the Trappers   "Happiness Is Havin'"   (1963)

        After the successful run of the television show Leave It to Beaver, good ol' Beaver Cleaver stopped being a cute little kid and became a teenager.  What next on the Beaver's horizon?  Why not capitalize on that fame and start a rock and roll band?   Featuring Jerry Mathers as The Beaver, the Trappers included Richie Corelli-- Beaver's friend Richie on the show--who co-wrote this song with Jerry Mathers...




David and the Giants  "Why"  (1987)

         I Love Lucy was a big hit in the fifties and continues to be shown on television to this day.  There was quite a stir after Lucy became pregnant and the state of expectancy was written into the show.  The arrival of Little Ricky was greeted by millions who watched the child grow up before their eyes from week to week.   However, the Little Ricky we saw on the show was not the real son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz .  The actual child actor who played that role was one Keith Thibodeaux (or Richard Keith as he was dubbed at the time).  At age 3 Keith had been already touring as a drummer with a popular big band.  After taking the role of Little Ricky  Keith appeared on many television shows during his stint as a child actor including a recurring role on The Andy Griffith Show.   In 1969 Keith joined a rock band called David and the Giants.  In 1974 Keith became a born again Christian and not long after that the entire band became a Christian band that continues to this day.  The song "Why" was written by Thibodeaux...







Micky Dolenz  "Tomorrow"  (1983)

       Moving from one drummer to another we come to Micky Dolenz who many of you might remember as the drummer of the TV band The Monkees.  But did you know that Micky had an earlier television career under the acting name of Mickey Braddock in the mid-fifties when he starred as the lead character of the series Circus Boy--a show of which I was a faithful viewer as a young child.  The song "Tomorrow" comes from the 1976 gangster themed musical Bugsy Malone which had an all child cast including a 13 year old Jodie Foster.  Here is an interpretation of that song by a former child actor turned rock star...






Time to Vote!
        
          Maybe you can take a chance on this Battle.  I hope you'll at least give the versions a listen to discern your favorite.   Which version do you prefer?   Hopefully you have an opinion of some kind.  You don't have to know about music to have an opinion since it all comes down to your own personal taste.

        Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours.



Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:

 StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands

  'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS'

'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 


A I Love Music



Winner of this Battle Announced on Monday February 22nd