Monday, February 28, 2011

ANNE LINDSAY RETURNING TO AMAZING COFFEE

On Friday, March 4 at 7pm, Anne Lindsay will perform at the new Amazing Coffee shop in Madoc.
Anne Lindsayhas established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada, adapting her unique violin/fiddle style to the eclectic sounds and musical languages of this country's rich cultural texture. Currently composing, performing and recording with her own band, Anne is also a much sought after side person, composer, arranger and background vocalist, performing with some of Canada's top musical acts: Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy, John McDermott- and she played a key role as folk fiddler in The Lord of the Ringsstage show.
Anne began her musical studies at the age of five, specializing in violin, piano and voice. A graduate of York University, Toronto (BFA Special Honours Music), the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and the Banff Centre, Alberta, she has received many awards and scholarships during the course of her training.
Her fluency is evident in her wide-ranging repertoire, encompassing jazz, rock, classical, country, old-time fiddle, Celtic, Cajun, and Klezmer styles.
Anne has performed and recorded with many major artists (The Chieftains, Led Zeppelin,Roger Daltry, Dionne Warwick and Natalie McMaster). www.anne-lindsay.com
This performance is filling up fast. Don’t be disappointed. Stop by the shop soon to reserve your seat!

NOTE: Anne will also, while in Madoc, conduct a workshop or master-class at 10 am Saturday for any fiddlers who may be interested If you are interested, call Tony at the shop (613-473-9994) for more information.

Visit Anne Lindsay's website by clicking the link above.

VIBRANT VIBRATIONS

There's a new program on the Scriptures For America Worldwide Broadcasting Network. Vibrant Vibrations explores how frequencies affect our health, attitudes and wellbeing.

Tune in Friday nights at 10:00 eastern.

Visit the show's website by clicking the link above.

Friday, February 25, 2011

yo, hey, don't forget, encore, amazing jam @ amazing coffee sunday aft 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Hi all,
Don't forget!
This Sunday afternoon in Madoc: our regular acoustic jam at the Amazing Coffee now in its fabulous newlocation at the corner of Prince Albert St. and Russel St. (Hwy 62).
Looking forward to see who will join us this Sunday afternoon for more amazing music at the Amazing Coffee in Madoc. Bring your instruments, your voices and your songs. We'll be starting up the jam about 2 in the afternoon and running until 4 pm or after.
Come on out and "get yer lovin' spoonful"; doncha know that "just a spoonful of Amazing Coffee is worth 2 or 3 cups of that other stuff from up the road".
See you Sunday!

Visit Amazing Coffee's website by clicking the link above.

Friday, February 18, 2011

VACATION SCAMMERS

Just got a call from one of those automated things that says a friend has entered you in a draw at a department store to win a vacation. The stores mentioned were Wal-mart, Sears, Zellers, and The Bay. It used to be the stores mentioned were Wal-Mart, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Target: three of which don't even exist in Canada, so I guess they've finally gotten wise to that fact.

. Maybe someone also entered me in a draw at Eaton's, Consumers Distributing, Biway, and Bargain Harolds?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Downtown: My parents have this album. It isn’t very good.

There is of course the version of this song Groundskeeper Willie sings on The Simpsons:

“The lights are much brighter there,
You can forget all your troubles,
Forget all your cares,
And go doontoon
Where all the lights are bright,
Doontoon …”

These days, downtowns aren’t places to forget all your troubles, forget all your cares. Unfortunately, many of them are crimeridden and lifeless.

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling: This makes me think of Less Nesman’s comment about how The Righteous Brothers got their name when somebody said, “Righteous, brother!”

This Diamond Ring: Of course Gary Lewis couldn’t sing; he was Jewish, after all.

Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter: I have the first two Herman’s Hermits albums. They are actually pretty good.

Help Me Rhonda: This song reminds me of one of my old babysitters who was named Rhonda.

Satisfaction: Many people think this song is about sex, but it’s actually mostly about a guy who’s disappointed by what he hears and sees in the media.

The Rolling Stones were engineered as the counterpoint to The Beatles. They were the first ones to really introduce a dark, sleezy side to popular music. After “Satisfaction”, music would become a lot less innocent.

You have to wonder how The Rolling Stones have continued on while so many other musicians from that era are dead or playing casinos and such.

Awful cover versions of this song include the one by Britney Spears.

I Got You Babe: Truly awful, just like everything else about Sonny and Cher.

From “The Simpsons”:

“They say your folks can’t pay the rent,
So we’re watching you by act of government.
Well, I don’t know if the allegations are true,
But you got us and baby we got you.”

Double Exposure also did a parody of this song called “I Got You Blue”, with Don Cherry singing an ode to his dog. Aside from the obvious chorus, the only line I can remember is:

“But Blue just tells them all to go to heck.”

Eve Of Destruction: This song was created to send the message to the white Christian race that they were going to be destroyed. No, wicked ones, it’s you who are going to be destroyed.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

REPLY AWL

The January issue of Readers Digest has an article about a field hospital in Afghanistan. The article really doesn't give much information and the author seems to be a schill for continuing the war.

There was a very good article in The Independent a few months ago entitled "Pop Music Will Eat Itself." It said so many truisms about the record industry like that the days of a single artist selling millions of albums are over and that pretty much the only people for whom album sales are lucrative are people tied to reality shows. The thing is, even among the exceptions to this whole situation such as Kings Of Leon, the music has gotten so much worse. The lyrics of most of the songs that are coming out these days seem to be cliched versions of so many other songs or lyrics that have all the subtlety and poetry of an atomic bomb.

There is an itim in the Newsmakers section of the January 17 issue of Maclean's extolling Kelly Oxford's mom blog on Twitter. To me, it seems like a typical mom blog, with her doing things like calling her son an asshole.

This goes back to those posts I wrote about Rebecca Eckler a couple years back. Oxford is just a model who really never wanted children in the first place and, once she had them, realized she had to give up her jet-setting lifestyle. Listen, Oxford and Eckler and other mom bloggers of your ilk, if you don't want your children, there are plenty of sick individuals in this world who'd love to take them away from you.

"and he will set the heart of the children back to the fathers and the fathers back to the children lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."

In the same issue, there is an interview with Joan B. Wolfe, author of the book "Is Breast Best." She heavily criticizes breastfeeding and the attitudes toward it these days, although in fairness she doesn't say that it is necissarily a bad thing. She says breastfeeding isn't natural, even though it is with mothers having done it since the beginning of time. She also says that breastfeeding puts too much pressure on moms who have to work and can't stop to breastfeed. Well, if we weren't in the terrible economic situation we're in today and actually had God's laws concerning economics, family structure and other things in place, that wouldn't be an issue. I have sympathy for all the mothers who wanted to breastfeed but couldn't for whatever reason. We need to have a nurturing, helpful, encouraging environment when it comes to breastfeeding and not jump to conclusions about other mother's parenting skills if they couldn't breastfeed for whatever reason. However, Wolfe, who may possibly be a she-wolf in character as well as by name, deliberately skews the instinctive facts that breast is truly best.

Maybe, for her next book, she could offer advice to mothers who are having trouble nursing. Also, she puts down the fact that mothers post on Facebook while nursing as a status symbol. Maybe it's just because mothers are happy to be doing the natural right thing for their babies.

The interviewer, Louisa CH Savage, talks about the criticism she received for an article she wrote for Maclean's a few years ago called "My Life As A Dairy Cow." Savage maintains the article was only saying breastfeeding can be hard for some mothers and you should take breastfeeding classes before baby's arrival. That's not what the article said. It was a lot of rude, incippid, vacuous whingeing about Savage's breastfeeding experiences. Typical Jewish behaviour: deny, deny, deny, distort, distort, distort.

God gave the Israelites a land flowing with milk and honey, not Simulac and Splenda.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

A Hard Day’s Night: My parents have this album. It isn’t very good.

There is a take off of this song with Peter Sellers speaking the lyrics.

House Of The Rising Sun: I think my parents also have this album. It isn’t very good either, but it is interesting in that it shows you what albums were like back then: the hit and a bunch of other songs filling up the album because single sales still outpaced album sales in those days.

At a jam session once, I heard a guy sing “Amazing Grace” to the tune of this song.

Baby Love: This is the only Motown song I actually like.

Leader Of The Pack: The following is going to be kind of stream of consciousness:

Yeah, let’s ask her how great it is riding with him. Wouldn’t they have already known he was dead? I mean, even though they were probably illiterate and couldn’t read the paper, you would think one of their parents would of read it to them out of the paper or the principal would have announced it over the PA system. I mean, did they not even go to the funeral?

Don’t they notice she isn’t exactly rhetoscent about talking about him?

“I met ‘im at the candy store.” Yeah, because that’s where I go to pick up chicks all the time, unless “The Candy Store” refers to some seedy bar someplace where they don’t check ID.

“My folks were always putting him down,
They said he came from the wrong side of town.”

Sure, just because he has numerous armed robbery convictions and constantly has blood on his leather jacket for some reason and he’s 27 and you’re sixteen, I mean parents just don’t understand teenagers sometimes.

“I felt so helpless,
What could I do?”

I don’t know, maybe say “screw you, Mom and Dad, I’m gonna date him anyway?” That’s what a lot of other teenagers would do.

(Well, actually, that’s from another part of the song, but it still applies.)

“Look out, look out, look out.”: Chick, he’s not failing to notice the oncoming car; he’s committing suicide because he can’t go out with you anymore. I presume he was hit by an oncoming car. The song mentions it was a rainy night, but you can’t exactly “look out” for the slippery road beneath you.

Then, she mentions how, in school, she can’t hide her tears but she doesn’t care. Watch her get some mean bitch of a teacher who doesn’t care her boyfriend died. “Either stop crying or go to the principal’s office.”

I would have loved to see what this song would have looked like if there’d been music videos back then.

Ringo: Ever notice that every episode of Bonanza has a new world order theme?

I’m sure the fact that The Beatles were popular and the fact the title of the song was “Ringo” had nothing to do with its success.

Mr. Lonely: I’m not sure if the original version or the sped-up version by Akon is worse.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Monster Mash: Pastor Peters has done a take off of this song called “Serpent Mash.”

We were working for the King
Late one night,
When our eyes beheld
An eerie sight.

Telstar: This is a wonderful simple song. It sounds contemporary, even today.

Sukiyaki: This song helped with feelings of animosity Americans had toward the Japanese after World War II.

Dominique: I think my parents have this album. It sounds like what an album released by a nun would sound like.

How many people objected to this record being on the charts back then?

I Want To Hold Your Hand: This song is so innocent compared to the songs you hear today.

The Beatles were allowed to get famous because of the influence they could have on people. In a 1967 documentary for CBC radio entitled “How The Beatles Changed Rock And Roll”, George Martin said that when he first heard them, he thought that none of the specific things that make musicians good was present, “but there was something about them.”

She Loves You: There was not a huge group of girls standing outside the night The Beatles played the London Paladium; there were maybe about eight, according to a newspaper reporter who was there.

Take offs of this song include the British comedy sketches with two old English guys speaking the lyrics and two drunk Australian guys doing the same thing.

Can’t Buy Me Love: This is not one of The Beatles best songs, but it shows their potential.

Hello, Dolly: This shows you that, even in the era of rock and roll and Beatlemania, jazz and standards type stuff was still popular with a lot of people.

Louis Armstrong was truly one of the greats. It’s amazing he was as great a singer as he was with the kind of voice he had.

Love Me Do: This song only has thirteen original words but is so beloved by so many people.

When you listen to this song, you can really hear how The Beatles were influenced by black artists.

World Without Love: I have the album with this song on it. It isn’t very good.

This song reminds me of an old mix tape my mom has.

I Get Around: Despite what Brian Wilson did with Pet Sounds and Smiles, The Beachboys still come off as complete airheads.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

DOUGLAS COUPLAND: GENERATION HUH?

In his 2009 novel “Generation A”, Douglas Coupland makes some ridiculous assertions.

Christians were happy when the bees started to die because it proved man’s superiority over nature?: We were the ones warning people that colony collapse disorder signaled bigger troubles ahead when everybody else was saying, “It’s OK. I don’t eat honey anyway.”

Christians in their early twenties don’t have doubts?: Actually, the early twenties are when you have the most doubts, not when you’re older as Coupland seems to think. Young Christians go to college and, in addition to facing teachings about evolution and that the Bible is just a bunch of fairy tales, they are overwhelmed by their fellow students utter lack of care about how they lead their lives.

Christians would approve of a man beating a dog with a 2 by 4 because the dog doesn’t have a soul?: I haven’t run across any Christian who sanctions cruelty to animals.

Diana gets excommunicated from her Baptist church.: You can’t get excommunicated from the Baptist church! This is the most absurd thing in the book so far.

“Ideologies are for people who don’t trust their perceptions of the world”?: Seems a lot of people have “trusted their perceptions of the world” and have ruined their lives in the process.

Chloe And The Death Of The Channel 3 Newsteam: The New Vision cult in Diana’s story could be in reference to the kind of imprecatory prayers Pastor Peters has been praying. Coupland is a Jew and many of the famous, big important people in the world are Jews. Therefore, could Coupland know that our imprecatory prayers against people in high places will wipe most of the Jews out? Time to take Doug before the heavenly courtroom:

“Lord, we, meaning myself and someone else who happens across this blog and agrees with me, bring before the court Douglas Coupland. We know you know to which Douglas Coupland we refer. This man is charged with being a homosexual, as he admitted in 2006. Please carry out the appropriate penalty upon Douglas Coupland, as is found in the book of Leviticus. In Jesus name, Amen.”

So people like us are freaks? You’re going to eat those words when you’re burning in Hell.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

"SHE ROLL ME OVER AND SAY DO IT AGAIN..." AMAZING JAM AT AMAZING COFFEE THIS SUNDAY 2:00 P.M.

Come on, come on!

Much more music this Sunday afternoon in our regular acoustic jam at the Amazing Coffee now in its fabulous new location at the corner of Prince Albert
St. and Russel St. (Hwy 62) in Madoc.

Looking forward to see who will join us this Sunday afternoon for more amazing music at the Amazing Coffee in Madoc. Bring your instruments, your voices
and your songs. We'll be starting up the jam about 2 in the afternoon and running until 4 pm or after.

Come on out and "get yer lovin' spoonful"; doncha know that "just a spoonful of Amazing Coffee is worth 2 or 3 cups of that other stuff from up the road".


See you there this Sunday!

Visit Amazing Coffee's website by clicking the link above.

Friday, February 11, 2011

MORE INTERESTING SPAM

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defile all form of medication.

(The Cook Islands aren't part of New Zealand; they're a sovereign Pacific island nation.)

I am currently undergoing a thermotherapy in China but my conditions is really deteriorating and the
doctor confirmed that i might not live for long.

(Undergoing therapy for lung cancer in China might be all right. Just make sure not to breathe the air.)

The rest of this message is just the usual stuff about her having a lot of money she needs my help to distribute.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

GAINING THE WORLD AND LOOSING YOUR SOUL

There is a famous verse in the Bible about "what shall it profit a man if he gainith the whole world and looseth his own soul."

Many Christians want to gain the world through material things. Yet, a greater problem in the church today (although this has probably always been a problem for God's people) is Christians wanting to gain the world by having a good reputation in the world.

In many situations, including at a place I used to volunteer, the attitude was, "Well, we can't say that to the people who come in here looking for help because that will offend them and they won't come back which means we can't continue to preach the gospel to them." Yet, we were passing up an opportunity to share Christ's truth with the people, thereby stringing them along and not telling these people the sincere truth of God's word, although, we need to be tactful as well as relying on the Holy Spirit for the wisdom when to speak and when to stay silent.

Another example of wanting to have a good reputation in the world occurs in many youth groups and college Christian fellowship groups. A prevailing creed of these kinds of groups many times is, "We're Christians, but we're not weird." Well, actually, yes, we Christians are weird. Peter calls us a "peculiar people." Teenagers who don't care about doing the same things as the other kids, twenty-somethings who don't get drunk every weekend or try to jump into bed with every girl they see, adults who realize there are higher things in life than just doing what ever you have to do to survive and get ahead from day to day; yes, Christians are weird.

What's more, the ones who truly want to follow Jesus and be strange in the eyes of the world should not, and don't, make any apologies for it.

Since first writing this post, I have come to see that, while the above definition of peculiar certainly holds true for Christians, the meaning as it is used in 1 Peter is the somewhat archaic one of "special, chosen, etc" as in "the odour of a certain type of cleaning fluid is peculiar to this high school." Here is an article about the use of "peculiar" in this way.

Friday, February 4, 2011

AMAZING JAM @ AMAZING COFFEE... THE NEW LOCATION IS EXCELLENT!!!

Hi all,

Once again this Sunday afternoon there will be acoustic music at the Amazing Coffee now in its BIG new location at the corner of Prince Albert St. and Hwy
62 in Madoc.

The move is complete. Tony Long, the proprietor of Amazing Coffee and our gracious host, tells me that all systems (including the Espresso machine!!) are
now fully operational in the new space. The acoustics of the room are good. The cold draft from the north side doors has been dealt with, the furniture
has been rearranged and that nice corner space (with the piano in it) is now ready for this Sunday's jam.

Looking forward to see who will join us this Sunday afternoon for more amazing music at the Amazing Coffee in Madoc. Bring your instruments, your voices
and your songs. We'll be starting up the jam about 2 in the afternoon and running until 4 pm or after.

Come on out and "get yer lovin' spoonful"; find out why "just a spoonful of Amazing Coffee is worth 2 or 3 cups of that other stuff from up the road".

See you there this Sunday!

Visit Amazing Coffee's website by clicking the link above.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Mr. Custer: I first heard this song when I was nine years old. It was on an album my parents had called “Nutty Numbers.” I was obsessed with this song for a while. I played it and the album over and over again.

My aunt called this song “Mr. Custard.”

“Please Mr. Custard with Kool-Whip on it.”

Save The Last Dance For Me: This song always makes me think of the beginning of Pat Conroy’s novel “Beach Music.” Shyla, the wife of the main character, commits suicide by jumping off a bridge while “Save The Last Dance For Me” (Shyla and Jack’s song) plays on the car’s cassette player.

Georgia On My Mind: I would like to take this opportunity to say just because I’m blind, that doesn’t mean I like Ray Charles. Can you people get that through your heads? In fact, I think he led a horrible lifestyle and was a nigger in many ways. I hear his music and think, “This guy’s supposed to be one of the greatest singers in the world?” It’s too poppy!

Will You Love Me Tomorrow?: This is a song that was meant for the teeny boppers listening to top 40 radio, but which is actually quite adult and mature.

Mother-in-law: I first heard this song on “Finkleman’s 45s” on CBC in the mid-nineties. My aunt and uncle were down for a visit and the next morning my aunt said she had heard the song coming from my room. She then started to sing it.

Surrender: Sounds like a rip-off of “Secret Agent Man.”

Moody River: Ever notice that, in the old songs, women who cheated on their significant others or men who had affairs with other guy’s women always ended up dying, either getting killed by an avenging spouse or taking their own lives with guilt? This shows you that the songwriters back then had God’s law concerning adultery on their hearts.

Now, in a song or in real life when a partner (usually a boyfriend) cheats, the girlfriend thinks, “Moneymaker!”

Quarter To Three: Sounds a lot like “School Is Out.”

Also, the mention of “Daddy G”, referring to the singer, Gary US Bonds, makes it sound self-indulgent; a precursor to the self-indulgent rap music of today.

Wooden Heart: I think I might have the album this song comes from, but it could be an Elvis album.

Michael: This has basically been reduced to a children’s song.

Take Good Care Of My Baby: This song always makes me think of someone dropping a baby off at an orphanage.

Big Bad John: Double Exposure did a parody of this song with Bob Robertson as Jean Cretien. The only line from the verses I remember is:

“One night a prowler break into my house.”

The Lion Sleeps Tonight: My friend was obsessed with this song when we were eleven years old.

The lion in this song actually refers to the Lion Of Judah, Jesus Christ and his people. The message from these three Jews was, “Don’t worry, fellow Jewish people. The lions of Judah are asleep. We can carry out our evil deeds and not get caught.”