Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ECCLESIASTES 5 1-7

Verses 2 and 3 tell us not to speak for the sake of speaking. I'm sure we've all been in Christian circles, whether Bible studies or prayer meetings or just hanging out with a group of Christian friends where someone feels they have to say something and ends up saying something foolish or Biblically incorrect.

The verses following these two tell us not to make rash vows to God. We've all heard of a situation where someone prays "God, if you get me out of this, I'll become a priest or a nun or a preacher" or something. This is complete foolishness. I think it also makes God out to be a sucker.

The Book of James speaks quite a bit about how powerful the tongue is. We should always be careful about what we say and be mindful of those times when we shouldn't say anything at all.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

How Am I Supposed To Live Without You: I remember some kids in Grade 2 or 3 teasing me asking me if I liked Michael Bolton. I didn't even know who he was at that time.

The Real Darren Stevens did a bit once about playing Michael Bolton.

In college, one of my teachers, whose last name was also Bolton, had an idea for an album: "Michael Bolton Sings The Hits Of Eminem."

Opposites Attract: There was a parody of this song on "Bill Nigh The Science Guy" on an episode that talked about magnets.

I Just Want To Be Your Everything: I remember Tommy Page guest starring on "Full House."

Nothing Compares To You: I think it's cool that Sinead OConnor tore up that picture of the pope.

Ice Ice Baby: As much as we deride Vanilla Ice today, he was quite popular there for a while.

Monday, August 29, 2011

ROMANS 5 AND 7

Romans 5 12 and 13: In one sense, sin entered the world through Adam, but in another sense there was sin in the world before Adam and Eve ate the fruit. Since at least the beginning, God has always had His ways of right and wrong. If somehow Adam and Eve had managed to sin before they ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it still would have been wrong.

Romans 7 2 and 3: These verses apply to marriage as well as to our relationship with the law.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

GROOVY BABIES

Little Texas, Friday August 26

On the whole, this band was great. The musicians were talented, the female lead singer had a wonderful voice and their selection of cover songs was varied. The only criticism I have is of the lead singer's lack of stage presence between songs. She seemed to falter when it came to talking to the audience. The Groovy Babies should definitely work on this last aspect of things.

Friday, August 26, 2011

REPLY AWL

The editorial of the August 1-8 issue of Maclean's is entitled "The Future Looks Relaxed." It talks about a new Statscan report that says we are feeling less stressed, spending more time with our children and getting lots of sleep. Oh come on! That doesn't fit with the lifestyles of most of the people I know of varying ages.

In the Bad News section of the same issue (how do they determine what is Good News and what is Bad News?), there is an item about how most business students want to get a job in the civil service as opposed to starting their own business. Well no wonder! Between the high cost of starting a business in Canada, the economic crisis and government regulations, it's no surprise these kids want cushy government jobs.

There is an article in the same issue that talks about people who hate long weekends. I have to admit, as a single man, they can get right boring at times.

*YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY BABY: AMAZING JAM THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN MADOC

It's amazing!
This week marks one year since JP Copeland and I made the commitment to come out and play music on Sunday afternoons at The Amazing Coffee in Madoc. We had simple criteria: acoustic music and and a venue open to anyone who could play an instrument and/or sing. Many, many thanks to Tony Long (proprietor of The Amazing Coffee) for his continuing support and the welcome he extends to all of us every week.
Well, the jam has come a long way since those first few sessions at the end of last summer. People have turned up from all over to join with us and play tunes of all types. Some have found it close to their musical home and make it a regular part of their week. Others drop by and visit every now and then when the mood is on them or when they are passing through.
We've had guitars (of course), and harmonicas, and mandolins, and fiddles, and banjos (naturally), and a wonderful accordian player (hey Jess, please come back again...), and penny whistles, and flutes, and bass guitars (acoustic), and a saxophone (hot sax at the Madoc jam!). We've had piano players who can make the old upright that Tony keeps over in the corner sound really good! We've had a snare drummer who played with brushes so soft he didn't deafen all the rest of us!!
We've had vocalists who accompany themselves on an instrument and others who go it alone and sing wonderful rich a cappella songs. We've sung songs written by people we've never met and some fabulous new ones written by the person sitting right beside us. (Yeah Patty, you really rock!) And we have all enjoyed the barristas sense of timing as they learned to fit the sounds of the (rather noisy) espresso machine and the coffee grinders in with the music that we were playing.
We've played again with people with whom we've played before and we've all met new and delightful musicians. We've heard rumours of others who "really do intend to make it out some time..." And every week there is something new and exciting to enjoy today and whet our appetites for more to come.
So, to mark our 1st Anniversary -- 12 months of truly Amazing Music -- we will be playing and singing again (and having one heck of a good time) this Sunday afternoon at 'The Amazing Coffee' in Madoc. 'The Coffee' is on the corner of Russel St. and Prince Albert just a couple of blocks south of Hwy 7. Highway 62 (Russel St.) runs right past the door!
Bring your instruments, your voices and your songs and join us for more amazing music at our weekly acoustic jam in
Bring your instruments, your voices and your songs and join us for more amazing music at our weekly acoustic jam in
Madoc. We'll be starting up the tunes around 2 in the afternoon and running until 4 pm or after.
Thanks to everyone who comes out to join in -- playing music together --"bringing it all back home". Welcome new faces, familiar ones and small faces too. And welcome to all the people whose pleasure it is to stop by 'the Coffee' on Sunday afternoons and listen to the music while they sip their coffees, enjoy their sandwiches and pastries, use the high-speed internet...
You just never know who will be there to share a tune or two, or several...
So come on out this Sunday aft and "get yer lovin' spoonful". Help us make just a spoonful of Amazing Coffee worth 2 or 3 cups of that other stuff from up the road.
See you Sunday!
James Reid

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

Thursday, August 25, 2011

EXPLODING THE ISRAEL DECEPTION

The Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Celtic, and kindred people are the Israel people of the Bible today.

Granted, we are saved by grace and faith and not by race, and members of other races can now find salvation in Jesus Christ, but God still has His special people.

The passage in Revelation 16 12-16 refers to the actual Euphrates River being dried up. This is because this passage mentions the kings of the east and in another place in Revelation it speaks about an army numbering 200 million. China is the only country that can supply an army that size.

People say, "But if the armies of East Asia marched into Palestine, the Israelis would launch a nuclear weapon at the invader's nation." The Israelis will not do this for two reasons. First of all, all the other nations have nuclear weapons. Second, the Jews are too cowardly to do such a thing.

The 144 thousand are the remnant of the twelve tribes of Israel who are still alive during the tribulation. They will rule over the rest of the world during the millenial reign--including the multitude made up of members of other races who've come to faith in Christ as well as the unsaved who are left alive.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

My Prerogative: When Britney Spears covered this song, Mad TV did a parody of "Total Request Live" where Bobby Brown burst into the studio and said, "If anyone's gonna remake my one and only hit, it gon' be me."

Straight Up: I actually kind of like this song. Whenever I was channel surfing and came across the video on Much Music I would stop and watch it.

Like A Prayer: This song is so blasphemous.

I'll Be There For You: I don't know whether it was this song or the theme to "Friends" or something else that popularised the phrase "I'll be there for you", but whoever it was who launched this combination of words into the mainstream should be taken out and shot. I'll be there for you is such a hollow phrase.

Forever Your Girl: "Not even if he promises me diamonds, not even if he promises me pearls, but if he actually dumps some out on the table all bets are off."

Rock On: I love the original version of this song. My parents have the 45 and I used to listen to it frequently.

Loving You Forever: All the girls in my Grade 1 and 2 classes were in love with various members of New Kids On The Block.

I once went to a friends house. Actually, it was two friends, a boy and a girl named Micky and Mathew. Micky had a cassette containing interviews with New Kids On The Block and some songs. The interviewer used the word "sexy" a lot. I was not of an age to know what that word meant, but in typical little kid fashion, I used it anyway. I remember I was playing with a pack of braille cards on the kitchen floor a few nights later. I said "We're gonna have some sexy card fun." My mom chastised me for using the word and explained to me what it really meant.

Batdance: I think I remember some kids in my grade 2 class talking about the Batman movie.

Right Here Waiting: My sister really loves this song because she loves animals and this song was used on a commercial for the Humane Society.

In grade 12 I took piano lessons and learned to play part of this song.

We Didn't Start The Fire: Billy Joel and other singers kept the fire burning with their coke parties. This is actually a good song.

In the first semester of college, we had a course called Evolution Of Modern Music. We were split into groups and a different group had to do a weekly presentation about a different musical era. Before the teacher split us up, he did a presentation to give us an idea of what he expected. The presentation centred on the events mentioned in this song.

Another Day In Paradise: Sanctimonious garbage.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

EXODUS 32, 34 AND 35

Exodus 32 1-24: It has been theorised that the golden calf wasn't so much an idol intended to replace the true God; Rather, it was created as a stand-in while Moses was away, or more accurately, a replacement since the people thought Moses had up and left. We do the same thing today with certain preachers and other religious leaders.

Exodus 34 21: "six days thou shalt work but on the seventh thou shalt rest in earing and harvest thou shalt rest"

This verse reminds us that we are to keep God's commandments, even when it doesn't seem "convenient."

Exodus 35 30 and 31: "and Moses said unto the children of Israel see the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah and He hath filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom in understanding and in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship"

I find it amazing that God just put the knowledge of craftsmanship into Bezaleel's mind. Praise God!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

IZUMI IN THOMASBURG A SUCCESS

Musical notes from Peter Snell and the Choking Hazard Orchestra
(edited and approved by Pedro Hazard, conductor of CHO)
Just a quick note to everyone to say that our August 20 event at the Thomasburg Hall was a smashing success. Goto Izumi performed her strange and wonderful pieces with great energy, serenity and humour. Matt Snell opened with his original eccentric tunes and built up the anticipation, again with lots of humour. His “Dance Can Dance” was a certain crowd pleaser; we’ll definitely invite both him and his can back.
Izumi's music was a strange mix of Japanese folk music, vaudeville and show tunes. Definitely an “alternative” style. I caught her show the next evening in Peterborough. It was completely different. The audience there was much more sparse, but she put the same energy into her show.
Talking about crowds – we sold out! The people of Tweed, Thomasburg, Belleville, Stirling, Madoc and further afield definitely took to Izumi’s music. We promise to be back with more acts both local and not-so local. Our mandate is to range widely in genres and to bring something slightly (or not-so-slightly) different to the area. I think we did that with Izumi, Matt and the Fire Flower Revue.
We courted disaster for a while, as Izumi’s entourage ran into problems coming from Montreal. Okay, I admit it: Matt and I sweated for a bit. But it all ended very happily (and I hope everyone took advantage of our free drink offer). Matt, Izumi and the Fire Flower Revue wrapped up their short Canadian leg of Izumi’s tour on August 22 at the Smiling Buddha in Toronto. She’s on to New York now.
Thanks to all who turned up. I hope you all felt that nice warm feeling of being at the right place on August 20. I certainly enjoyed seeing both new and old faces. As this is not a money-making adventure, it couldn’t have been done without support from businesses like the Food Company and from friends willing to help heave equipment and clean up etc. May we do it many times more!
And the Choking Hazard Orchestra? Well, watch out for our amazing Most Photographed Piano in the World project, coming to you in September. It’s all a big secret now, but we’ll let the piano and the cat out of the bag in September.
Then we’ll start planning for out next event at the Thomasburg Hall.
I’ll send out a “Coming events” list later in September. Until then, as the summer fades, I hope everyone plays on, musically and in every other sense you can imagine.
– Peter

LUKE 22 AND 23

Luke 22 35-38: In this passage, Jesus gives us the right to bear arms.

"and they said Lord behold here two swords and he said unto them it is enough"

The twelve (now eleven) disciples had two swords among them. This signifies that Christians should be ready to defend one another.

Luke 23 13-25: This passage is a perfect example of democracy in action. Only a few days earlier, the people had wanted to make Jesus king.

Luke 23 43: "and Jesus said unto him verily I say unto thee today shalt thou be with me in paradise"

This verse indicates that Jesus went to Heaven when he died. Yet, He would have also have had to spend some part of the three days He was dead in Hell in order to pay for our sins. 1 Peter says He also "preached to the spirits which were in prison."

In the "Encounter With God" daily devotional which I am using as an outline to write about these passages, the author asks if I pray for terrorists when I hear they've detonated a car bomb or hijacked a plane. I pray for them, but not in the way the author probably wants me to. We need to remember that, while we have forgiveness through the blood of the Lamb, God is still a just god.

Monday, August 22, 2011

PSALM 12

The following is based on the April 17, 2011 entry in the "Encounter With God" daily devotional.

"help Lord for the godly man ceaseth for the faithful fail from among the children of men they speak vanity every one with his neighbour flattering lips with a double heart do they speak"

Look for specific examples where disloyalty, unfaithfulness, lies and deception are present around you.

The reality is the whole society is completely turned away from the ways of God, not just personally but also nationally. On a national level, we have turned away from the law of God. Do we apply God's judgments for murderers, rapists, homosexuals and the like? Do we do what God told us to do with witches, fortune tellers and psychics? Do we let the land rest every seven years? Do we cancel debts every seven years? Do we redeem the land every fifty years?

"the Lord shall cut off all flattering lips the tongue that speaketh proud things who have said with our tongue will we prevail our lips our own who is lord over us"

Pretty much all politicians and most famous people have these characteristics. Many Christians also struggle with these things.

I will pray for the more noteworthy people that have these traits, but not in the way I think the authors wanted me to.

"for the oppression of the poor for the sighing of the needy now will I arise saith the Lord I will set in safety puffeth at him the words of the Lord pure words silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times"

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. The arrogant will be brought low. The poor will have justice and be freed from their oppression.

"thou shalt keep them o Lord thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever the wicked walk on every side when the vilest men are exalted"

We need to pray for protection for all parts of our lives. I don't think we can discern people's words and actions without being "judgmental" as the author puts it. We need to judge righteously and pray that God deals with people as He has said he will deal with them.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Need You Tonight: Michael Hutchins didn't commit suicide. He slipped on a curtain rod while putting his pants on backwards.

Get Outa My Dreams, Get Into My Car: Double Exposure did a parody of this song sung by then Foreign Affairs Minister Joe Clark.

Get out of Kuwait,
And back to Bagdad,
Get out of Kuwait,
Make it snappy Sadam.

Don't Worry, Be Happy: I was at my aforementioned babysitters house one weekend. They were Catholics and we were driving to church one Sunday morning in their truck. The car radio was on (I think it was on CFFX 960) and a preacher was on there. He said, "It's not that song "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Jesus is the key to all this."

Also around this time, I was in kindergarten. When ever I would get worried or nervous or upset about something, the teacher would say, "Don't worry. Be happy."

There is a parody of this song entitled "Don't Be Happy, Worry" listing a whole bunch of things that can go wrong.

Double Exposure did a parody of this song around the time of the 1992 federal election, sung by Flora MCDonald.

Here's a little song I wrote,
I wrote it just to make you vote,
Be happy,
Vote Tory.

Red Red Wine: I was once told a story about a man who celebrated his fortieth birthday. When the cake was brought out, it had a 45 by UB40 on top.

Kokomo: Watching this song being performed on "Full House" was painful.

I doubt if the narrator of this song is intelligent enough to know where most of the places mentioned are.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Living On A Prayer: It's the 1980s, yet Tommy and Gena are struggling to make it. Tommy's dock workers union has been on strike for more than a year, like some union in one of those South American countries. Gosh. Seriously.

With or Without You: Though "The Joshua Tree" sucks, it has sentimental value to me. The babysitter I wrote about in my previous "Billboard" post was also a U2 fan. I asked for a U2 album for Christmas 1987. Christmas morning, I opened up a present to discover a cassette of "The Joshua Tree." I remember my mom reading the track listing and saying "Where The Streets Have No Names" rather incredulously.

Bad: Double Exposure did a sketch about Margaret Thatcher having all kinds of secret identities. One of them was an Indian boy she played in a movie, and another was Michael Jackson.

Money Money: Whenever I'm in a club and people yell out the obscene thing you're supposed to yell after the first line of this song, I always think how people are stupid and just do what ever everyone else does. Bucking crowd mentality.

Heaven Is A Place On Earth: If heaven is a place on earth, I want my money back.

JACK LAYTON DEAD AT 61

Jack Layton, leader of the NDP, the official opposition, died this morning of cancer at the age of 61.

Layton tried to be everything to everybody. He promised tougher legislation on corporations in the good times, then promised to make it easier for corporations to operate in Canada once the economic downturn happened.

Layton is survived by his wife, Olivia Chow, and two children.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

REPLY AWL

In the July 25 issue of Maclean's, there is an article about police in Fredericton giving drivers coupons for pizzas for not talking on cell phones while driving. This reminds me of the Chris Rock routeen "Niggers Versus Black People." That's the way our society is today: give people credit for doing what they're supposed to do.

The next article talks about the food at the Calgary Stampede, which it sounds like the writer sampled a fair amount of. I would like to see that guys arteries after eating all that food.

There are two ironic death stories in this issue. In the International section, there is an article about an Iraq war veteran. He had both legs blown off in Iraq but still possessed a love for life, including riding roller coasters. He fell out of a roller coaster in upstate New York and died.

The second one is "The End." It is about a miner to whom safety was very important. He had gone into the mine early for a safety meeting. Later, during his shift, an avalanche of loose rock buried him. To add further irony, the first safety team was at a competition, which they won the next day. The second and third safety teams dug him out, but he was already dead.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

DX LOGGINGS 8/20/2011

Had some great FM DX this morning. Lots of stations from upstate New York.

88.3? unid Christian station from Rochester with "The Gospel Greats"
89.1 The Point with song and announcer
unid with Spanish music; thought it might be Clave on CIUT but odd there was no announcer or IDs
FM 90.1 Rochester with "Band Stand Polka Show"
90.5 WBER Rochester with rock music
unid NPR? station with classical, then at 11:00 "Music From The Golden Age Of American Song"
92.1 WSEN with BGs "Set Me Free"
92.5 WBEE Rochester with country music
93.1 WNTQ Syracuse with announcer and song by Dragonette
94.1 WZNE Rochester with music and ID promoting "Perfect Nineties Playlist"
95.1 WFXS Rochester with commercials
97.7 WFRY Watertown with country music
101.3 WRMM Rochester with music and announcer
WTSS Star 102.5 Buffalo with music and ID
105.7 Easy Rock Niagara with music, announcer talking about upcoming peach festival and commercials
106.7 WKGS Rochester with "American Top Forty With Ryan Seacrest"
107.7 WLKK (WBEN-fm) with home improvement show and news

Friday, August 19, 2011

REPLY AWL

In the Newsmakers section of the July 18 issue of Maclean's, the mayor of Calgary contradicts himself. First, he says he attended the homosexual pride parade because "my Calgary consists of every citizen" and then he defends Rob Ford's decision not to attend the Toronto homosexual pride parade by saying he can understand that "in this job you need your family time" or something.

In the same issue, there is an article about how four and five year olds in Quebec daycares are scoring low on school readiness tests. Quebec provides low cost daycare, with the provincial government covering most of the cost. This ultimately means more children are in daycare at an earlier age. The reason the children are scoring low on these tests is because there's no substitute for a mother, and a Christian one at that.

In the May-June Youth Unlimited newsletter, there is an article about sexting which quotes an article in the New York Times. One girl quoted in the Times article looks at sexting as a form of safer sex. Methinks this girl, like many others her age has trouble telling the virtual world from the real one.

Also, what these kids don't realize is that anyone with the proper skills can hack into the device they're sexting with.

ORGAN DONATION AND LOTS MORE EXCITEMENT: AMAZING JAM THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN MADOC

On occasion my Dad used to hum a macabre old song:
Take the cylinders out of my kidneys
The connecting rods out of my brain
The crankshaft out of my backbone
And assemble the engine again.
My Dad is long gone but for some peculiarreason when I heard about the Organ Donation mentioned below -- scroll down to read all about it -- I found myself humming it too...
On a more cheerful note, we will indeed be playing and singing again (and having one heck of a good time) this Sunday afternoon at 'The Amazing Coffee' in Madoc. 'The Coffee' is on the corner of Russel St. and Prince Albert just a couple of blocks south of Hwy 7. Highway 62 (Russel St.) runs right past the door!
Bring your instruments, your voices and your songs and join us for more amazing music at our weekly acoustic jam in
Madoc. We'll be starting up the tunes around 2 in the afternoon and running until 4 pm or after.
Thanks to everyone who comes out to join in -- playing music together --"bringing it all back home". Welcome new faces, familiar ones and small faces too. And welcome to all the people whose pleasure it is to stop by 'the Coffee' on Sunday afternoons and listen to the music while they sip their coffees, enjoy their sandwiches and pastries, use the high-speed internet...
You just never know who will be there to share a tune or two, or several...
So come on out this Sunday aft and "get yer lovin' spoonful". Help us make just a spoonful of Amazing Coffee worth 2 or 3 cups of that other stuff from up the road.
ORGAN DONATION:
Peter Fletcher tells me that Riverside Music in Trenton has a couple of Organs to give away "FREE to good homes". I know nothing about what kind of organs they may be -- except that you can play music on 'em -- what age they are or what condition they are in (reference the song quoted above). If you're interested, get in touch with Riverside Music and ask.
See you Sunday!
James Reid

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

Thursday, August 18, 2011

LUKE 19-21

The following are some thoughts on passages in the Gospel of Luke Chapters 19, 20 and 21.

Luke 19 23: "wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury"

This verse is often used to justify interest. However, what the man in this parable was really saying was, "If you weren't going to do anything with the money I gave you, why didn't you just open an account, put it in the bank and make me borrow it from you?"

Luke 20 9-19: This parable is allegorical to the history of Israel up to Jesus time.

Luke 20 24 and 25: "shew me a penny whose image and superscription has it they answered and said Caesar's and he said unto them render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's and unto God the things which be God's"

What belongs to God? Everything. Jesus was saying here, "If you're going to worship Caesar as God, then give Caesar everything, but if you're going to worship God as the true God, then give Him everything."

Luke 21 5-38: As we go through these end times, it is good to know that Jesus is coming soon.

REPLY AWL

In the Police Blotter section of the July 4-11 issue of Maclean's, there is an item about an Israeli woman in St. John's who went door to door selling fake Asian art prints. A Jewish person trying to pass something crummy off as something valuable?! Such a thing has never happened before!

In the same issue, there is an article about the revamped Anne Of Green Gables musical. OK, just as long as it doesn't feature any of the characters rapping.

I found the "The End" section in this issue less ironic than usual.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

MEANING OF POUNDING SMASHIN IT

Get a different job,
Gonna try another one,
It's a living.

Hold your face close to the water.

Guava pizza man.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Amadeous: I love The Bloodhound Gang song that incorporates this tune.

Greatest Love Of All: From every telethon you've ever watched.

In The Midst Of The Years: Mick Hucknell is a huge jerk.

Sledgehammer: This song has a special place in my heart. When I was little there was a family I used to go and spend time with when my parents wanted a weekend to themselves. The daughters were teenagers and one of them had some of the music that was popular at that time, including Peter Gabriel's "So" album. She and I used to listen to it all the time and she made me a tape of it, with Rod Stewart's current album on the other side. I used to play that tape for future babysitters.

You Give Love A Bad Name: Bonjovi sucks. "Runaway" is their only good song. If John Bonjovi were ugly, that band would not have had anywhere near the success it has.

Monday, August 15, 2011

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

I Wanna Know What Love Is: The lyrics of this song were included in a textbook I had for a course in high school called Personal Life Management.

One More Night: Phil Collins ruined Genesis.

We Are The World: On an episode of "Married With Children", the Bundys go on a trip somewhere. They fly first class and Al meets a whole bunch of rock stars. Al and the others colaborate on a charity single entitled "We Are The Old." For the record, the only lines from the song I can remember are:

We've got Medicare,
And antigas pills,
But please help me pay
My alimony bills.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World: Everybody wants to rule the world, but only Jesus Christ can rule the world.

Saving All My Love For You: My gosh, Whitney Houston can not sing.

Miami Vice Theme: This show was so cheesy.

One of the counselors at the School For The Blind told us that he and his friends would go to the bar to watch "Miami Vice" every Friday night.

Sesame Street did a parody of this show entitled "Miami Mice."

We Built This City: On an episode of The Simpsons, Homer incorporated "We built this city on rock and roll" into "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More."

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Owner Of A Lonely Heart: Though this song sucks, the rest of the album it comes from is quite excellent. Great progressive rock.

Karma Chamileon: My uncle used to visit my mom and dad on their farm every summer. He used to play Boy George And Culture Club records and it drove my dad crazy.

Jump: I have heard this album. It sucks.

Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now): I have many Phil Collins albums. They all suck.

Hello: Go on YouTube and check out Nick Digilio's analysis of the video for this song.

"What the heck do you want!? Leave me alone! I'm blind!"

Time After Time: A few years ago, CHUM-fm did a Christmas special that they syndicated. It featured interviews with artists followed by Christmas songs they'd recorded. Even though the interviews had probably all been recorded at different times, the host, Taylor Kaye, was trying to make it appear as if all the musicians were gathered together for a Christmas party. Cindy Lauper was the only one who played along. I'll always love her for that.

When Doves Cry: "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince has changed his name to The Artist. Many people think Formerly would have been a better name."--This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Ghost Busters: I have the sound track to this movie. It is mostly the theme song over and over again.

"Who you gonna call" has become an immortal phrase in our culture.

My sister used to refer to this movie as "Ghost Butters."

What's Love Got To Do With It: If you don't have the love described in 1 Corinthians 13, you've got nothing.

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go: "AandE is doin the biography of the other guy from Wham."--Family Guy

Like A Virgin: Like a virgin?! Anything but!

Like a virgin,
Oooh, oooh.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Down Under: Men At Work were actually a fairly decent band that incorporated a number of different musical styles. Check out Colin Hayes more recent solo work.

"You wanna see a knife? This is a knife."

Africa: When I went to the W. Ross Macdonald School For The Blind (more about that when we get to 1997 and subsequent years) there were these two mentally retarded kids in senior residence. Ryan Lublin had autism and I'm not sure what Bill McKendry's condition was. Ryan used to tease Bill by putting the wrong letter at the beginning of words. Ryan would talk about songs from the eighties and ask where they were. He used to frequently ask, "Where's Toto's Zafrica" (meaning of course Africa, the song in discussion here.) Bill, who was a big jerk of a human being to begin with, would get mad.

Billie Jean: Michael Jackson was so overrated. Everyone of his songs is just "Uh, uh, uh, uh."

Come On Ileen: In the episode where Homer recounts his time in "The B Sharps", Homer calls home after the group wins a grammy award. Lisa says, "You beat out Dexie's Midnight Runners."

Beat It: Weird Al did a parody of this song called "Eat It."

Every Breath You Take: It is amazing some people still think this is a love song.

FBI agent radio host Hal Turner used to play a sketch on his radio show featuring two British intelligence agents singing a parody of this song about how they were going to spy on the public all the time.

Maniac: Groundskeeper Willie sang this song on the Simpsons. (See also "Downtown")

Tell Her About It: This song hit number one on the day I was born.

Total Eclipse Of The Heart: The Arrogant Worms did a sketch involving a deejay taking requests on a female-targeted radio station. The sketch made fun of the fact that stations aimed at females play songs like "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" as opposed to more hardcore songs done by female artists such as Hole.

Islands In The Stream: The melody of this song was used in the rap song "Ghetto Superstar."

This song always makes me think of a simoli used in Jerry Spinelli's children's book "Maniac Magee." Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee gets to the segregated community of Two Mills, Pennsylvania and meets black girl Amanda Beale. Amanda is carrying a suitcase of books to school so the dog can't chew them and her younger brother and sister can't colour on them. Jeffrey stops Amanda and talks to her. Jeffrey, Amanda and the suitcase are described like "a rock in a stream" as the other kids flow by on their way to school.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Ebony And Ivory: This song is so horrible. What do keys on a piano have to do with racial harmony?

Eye Of The Tiger: Eye of the spider.

Jack And Diane: Weird Al sang a parody of this song on the Simpsons entitled "Homer And Marge."

Micky: Weird Al did a parody of this song titled "Ricky", which accurately pointed out many of the things that made "I Love Lucy" a horrible TV program.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

I Love A Rainy Night: My mom has "Someone Could Loose A Heart." It sucks.

Bette Davis Eyes: My mom has this album. It sucks.

The Stars On 45: I have this album. It's quite good.

Physical: There was a BBC children's show they used to broadcast on TV Ontario called "Bertie The Bat." Bertie used to sing this song when he was exercising.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Alex with Sunset


Alex hanging out


Alex on the boat


Alex out on the Water Tubing


Alex going Tubing


REPLY AWL

The July issue of Readers Digest has an article about online dating scams.

This is a case of people who I'm supposed to feel sorry for but don't. A lot of these people will ask for money after just a couple weeks or months of knowing you. If you'd only known someone in person for just a few months, would you ask them for a huge sum of money? Many of the people who've been scammed probably haven't even talked to the person over the phone.

Check out the Open Kitchen section in the same issue. The recipes are so good I wanted to eat the food right then and there, and there is interesting information about wild food and other culinary things.

In the RD Living section, there is an item about wallets that do things like buzz or get harder to open the more money you spend. It is a sad world when people need things like this to help curb their spending habits.

MORE FUN WITH SPAM

Hey, so I was bored at school as per usual searching on ABC's city self-employed spotlight early last wednesday and then read all about this brand new self-employed career that lets senior citizens earn around $2100 every 5 days and I didn't really know if i should believe it at the beginning yet for some reason we really had to try something & thankfully I did since I somehow made $419.30 my very 2nd full day. It is completely not hard I've already gotten paid once straight into my checking account... its the most amazing thing that's happened to us all year.
Here is the link MSNBC Trys Out The Hottest Home Based Careers rm4I really think almost everyone that has access to a computer should try to do the job so thats why I'm sending this to all our friends & family. I'd like you to signup and earn lots of profit yourself.. also share this e-mail with everyone you know who needs more money so we can all defeat the economic nightmare.

So, you were bored at school (in the summer) and you were reading an article of interest to senior citizens?

Also, you say you learned about this on ABC, and then later you point me to an article on MSNBC's website?

You're sending this to all your friends and family? I've never heard of you in my life.

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS - AMAZING JAM THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN MADOC

Who am I to disagree?
"Sweet dreams are made of this"
And while this may not be quite what Annie Lennox wrote her song about, we will indeed be playing and singing again (and having one heck of a good time) this Sunday afternoon at 'The Amazing Coffee' in Madoc. 'The Coffee' is on the corner of Russel St. and Prince Albert just a couple of blocks south of Hwy 7 and Highway 62 (Russel St.) runs right past the door!
Bring your instruments, your voices and your songs and join us for more amazing music at our weekly acoustic jam in Madoc. We'll be starting up the tunes around 2 in the afternoon and running until 4 pm or after.
Thanks to everyone who comes out to join in -- playing music together --"bringing it all back home". Welcome new faces, familiar ones and small faces too. And welcome to all the people whose pleasure it is to stop by 'the Coffee' on Sunday afternoons and listen to the music while they sip their coffees, enjoy their sandwiches and pastries, use the high-speed internet...
You just never know who will be there to share a tune or two, or several...
So come on out this Sunday aft and "get yer lovin' spoonful". Help us make just a spoonful of Amazing Coffee 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, August 12, 2011

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Another Brick In The Wall: I have heard "The Wall." It is pretty good, but the title track is overplayed.

When I was in high school, my EA said she didn't like this song (probably because of the lyrics.) The fact is, a lot of schools are oppressive.

Just Like (Starting Over): My parents have "Double Fantasy." "Woman" is the only good track.

John Lennon was murdered for the same reason Elvis and Michael Jackson were murdered; to preserve his mystique. The New World Order couldn't have Lennon getting old and decrepit.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

THE LILAC BUS

by Maive Binchy. New York: Delacorte, 1984.

This is a wonderful collection of interlocking short stories about seven people who all take a lilac coloured bus from Dublin to their hometown of Rathdoon every Friday night. All of the seven, including the driver, Tom Fitzgerald, have secrets they're trying to keep.

This is a delightful portrayal of a small town and Britain in the eighties.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Do You Think I'm Sexy?: I have the album with this song. It sucks.

There is a version of this song sung by comedy duo Bob and Ray with Gilda Radner.

I Will Survive: A stand up comedian once sang this song in a sketch about a Vietnamese woman who'd been dumped by an American GI.

Heart Of Glass: Blondie are sell-outs.

My Sherona: Weird Al did a parody of this song entitled "My Balogna."

Pop Music: This song marked the beginning of the synth pop era.

Babe: Babe is what stupid people call their girlfriends,.

Escape (Pina Colada Song): I was walking down the hall in college one day when I heard some girls singing this song.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Baby Come Back: A clip of this song was used on The Simpsons when Homer called a missing baby hotline.

Stayin Alive: This is one of my favourite songs!

"Stayin Alive" was also the first song I played on the radio. At Loyalist College where I went for Radio Broadcasting, they have a closed circuit station known as CBLC the first year students practice on. My first semester, the format was oldies. We got to select which songs from the playlist we would play, and for my first song I chose "Stayin Alive."

Love Is Thicker Than Water: I'm sure the huge success the BGs were having with "Saturday Night Fever" had nothing to do with brother Andy's monumental success.

Night Fever: Let's not forget the gang at the Children's Television Workshop did their own version of "Saturday Night Fever" entitled "Sesame Street Fever." That is definitely a strong memory from childhood.

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late: Johnny Mathis makes my skin crawl. Buck you, you bucking faggot.

Kiss You All Over: Whenever this song is mentioned, I think of Happy Gilmore singing it over the intercom.

Hot Child In The City: This song makes me think of Belleville radio station CJOJ changing formats from OJ 95.5 to Classic Hits 95.5. I had returned home for a weekend from the Transitional Training Centre in Hamilton (possibly more about that when we get to 2002.) Mom had told me about the format change over the phone and "Hot Child In The City" was the first song I heard when I got in her car.

I Needed You: Though "I Needed You" was Anne Murray's biggest hit, I will always remember her most for her seminole children's album "Hippo In The Bathtub."

Macarthur Park: I've never heard Donna Summer's cover of this song. I can't even imagine how horrible it would be.

You Don't Bring Me Flowers: Double Exposure did a parody of this song about two politicians whose names escape me at the moment. The only line from the song I can remember is "You're Not Planting Tulips Anymore."

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CHOCK FULL OF RANTS AND RAVES FROM A THIRTY SOMETHING MAMA

And so much more!

Holly Golightly covers topics ranging from family life to "vintage" photos to cocktail recipes to biographies of stars from Hollywood's golden age to history. Throw in her charming writing style and you've got a blog that's a delight to read.

Check out Ms. Golightly's blog by clicking the link above.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Car Wash: "Car Wash" is an absolutely horrible film.

Torn Between Two Lovers: You can't be truly in love with two people at the same time.

Blinded By The Light: Canadian sketch comedy troupe "The Vacant Lot" has a sketch about a bunch of guys arguing over the lyrics to this song.

New Kid In Town: "Hotel California" is a horrible album.

Dancing Queen: "Money, Money" is the only good Abba song.

Even though Abba's songs weren't very good, you at least get the feeling bands back then halfway cared about lyrics, which they don't today.

Hotel California: This song is about scientology. "You can check in but you can never leave."

Pirate radio operator James Brownyard of station WHYP did a parody of this song entitled "Hotel JTA."

Welcome to the Hotel JTA,
Such a smelly place,
Such a smelly place.

Dreams: I have "Rumours." It sucks.

Undercover Angel: This song is just so terrible.

Didn't this song come out around the same time "Highway To Heaven" and things like that were popular?

Da Doo Ron Ron: I have this album. It sucks.

Star Wars/Cantena Music: Let's combine two of the worst things about the seventies: "Star Wars" and disco.

Star Wars is an awful movie. It was a landmark film because the studios realised they didn't need a plot to have a successful movie. All they needed was a lot of special affects. Really, when you think about it, "Star Wars" is nothing more than a glorified cowboy and Indian picture.

You Light Up My Life: I have the album with this song. It's basically "You Light Up My Life" over and over again.

It's highly ironic Joe Brooks committed suicide.

DILEMMA

In her book "Captured!", Caroline Payne Miller tells about being captured by the North Vietnamese Liberation Army in 1975. While seeking refuge at a U.S. government compound, Miller prays that if she and her husband are killed, God would take their daughter, Luanne, "to Himself" rather than have her grow up in a Communist, atheist country.

I wonder if Miller was right to pray this. On the surface it sounds good since if Luanne were raised in some Vietnamese orphanage, she would have been taught their was no God, the same way all children in Communist countries are taught.

On the other hand, even though Luanne was only five years old, couldn't God have reminded her of the things about Him Luanne learned from her parents when she grew up?

Monday, August 8, 2011

PAMPERS PACIFIERS AND PROZAC

At first I thought this was going to be another one of those typical snarky mom blogs which makes you question why the blogger had children in the first place. However, Stephanie's upbeat approach to life with husband Brad and infant Morgan makes this an enjoyable blog to read.

The writing is also quite excellent. The posts are of a caliber you'd expect to find in a newspaper or national magazine.

Visit Pampers Pacifiers And Prozac by clicking the link above.

Friday, August 5, 2011

SHORTWAVE ECONOMICS 101

Radio stations make money by selling spots to local advertisers or by selling off blocks of airtime.

On shortwave, you can't run commercials for local businesses because a) there's no way someone halfway around the world will be able to get to your store and b) a good number of people in the world are poor.

Therefore, the only option left is for private shortwave stations to sell off blocks of airtime. Who are the kind of people most likely to want fifteen minute, half hour or hour-long blocks of airtime? Religious groups.

HOT SAX AT THE MADOC JAM: AMAZING JAM THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN MADOC

A couple of weeks ago we were joined at the jam by a wonderful gentleman who played flute and saxophone (and a whole lot else besides). Partly in the hope of enticing him back and partly out of sheer devilment, I just could not resist spreading the word that you can get...
"Hot sax at the Madoc jam!"
Seemed it might be a good way to pick things up again after our vacation last weekend. (Blue Skies music festival was fabulous, thank you.)
So... (drum roll please)
This Sunday afternoon we'll be playing and singing again at 'The Amazing Coffee' in Madoc, right there on the corner of Russel St. and Prince Albert; Highway 62 runs right past the door!
Bring your instruments, your voices and your songs and join us for more amazing music at our weekly acoustic jam in Madoc. We'll be starting up the tunes around 2 in the afternoon and running until 4 pm or after.
Thanks to everyone who comes out to join in -- playing music together --"bringing it all back home". Welcome new faces, familiar ones and small faces too. And welcome to all the people whose pleasure it is to stop by 'the Coffee' on Sunday afternoons and listen to the music while they sip their coffees, enjoy their sandwiches and pastries, use the high-speed internet...
You just never know who will be there to share a tune or two, or several...
So come on out this Sunday aft and "get yer lovin' spoonful". Help us make just a spoonful of Amazing Coffee worth 2 or 3 cups of that other stuff from up the road.
See you Sunday!
James Reid

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Saturday Night: I have the album with this song. It sucks.

Convoy: This is a great song! Thank you Paul Brant for almost destroying it.

In the beginning of the episode of the Simpsons where Bart falls down the well, Homer is testing out Bart's new tape recorder. He sings "Convoy" really loudly, causing feedback and making the dog howl.

Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover: This is also a great song.

For the record, parody versions of this song exist entitled "Fifty Ways To Cleave Your Wiener" and "Fifty Ways To Kill Ben Laden."

On the Nightside several years ago, Jim Richards asked people to call in suggesting the forty-six ways to leave your lover that aren't mentioned in the song. Suggestions included "I'm gay,
Ray" and "Stab him in the leg, Peg" submitted by a teenage girl named Megan.

Let Your Love Flow: I think Pastor Peters played this song on his broadcast a few months ago.

Though many people have assigned a religious meaning to this song, I don't think it has a place being given a Christian meaning.

Welcome Back: "Welcome Back Cotter" sucks. In real life, those so-called "juvinile delinquints" would have beat up Cotter and slashed his tires daily.

For another thing, the show is just generally horrible, from the plots to the premise of having Gabe Kaplin tell a joke at the end of every show.

Buck, you could tell Kaplin and his TV wife didn't even like each other.

Silly Love Songs: "Silly Love Songs" accurately describes most of Paul McCartney's solo career.

Don't Go Breaking My Heart: The Capitol Steps did a parody of this song about George W. Bush entitled "Don't Go Faking You're Smart."

A Fifth Of Beithoven: This is actually an awesome song!

Beithoven's Fifth is the only classical piece that really mixes well with a disco beat.

Disco Duck: Rick Dees is an idiot. I especially hate the way he fawns over every artist who's currently on the chart and constantly refers to songs as "hits."

Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be All Right): I have "A Night On The Town." It sucks

Thursday, August 4, 2011

RE WHEN CAN I BE BAPTIZED?

This post is based on an article in the March 2011 issue of KidsView.

"Baptism is a symbol."

Baptism is more than a symbol. It's kind of hard to explain, but we are actually, in a sense buried with Christ through baptism as 1 Peter says.

"Some churches, for example, choose a grade level or age as the right time: "Kids should be in fifth grade and at least 11 years old before they can be baptized.""

Before you are baptized, you must repent of your sins. To repent means to die to yourself. You say you're sorry and ask for forgiveness for all the bad things you've done. You don't need to name every bad thing you've ever done in your life since this would be impossible. Just name some of the big sins you know you have and then just ask him specifically to forgive you for any other sins you've committed.

Also in this prayer, you should make clear that you want to stop doing these things and follow Jesus, doing whatever He tells you to instead of following your own desires.

Repentance can only really happen at a certain age. To come to Christ in this way, you need to understand two things.

First, you need to understand the concept of turning your life around. You are literally embarking on a whole new life when you repent and are baptised. You need to have reached an age when you are mentally and emotionally mature enough to understand this.

Second, you need to understand that Christianity is for life. You can't just be a Christian for a few days and then forget about it. You can't just follow Jesus for a while and then give up because your friends make fun of you or there are things you want to do that Jesus doesn't want you to. You need to have reached an age where you are capable of truly being responsible.

"Why do I want to be baptized? Is it because my best friend wants to be baptized at the same time? (That may not be a good enough reason.) Is it because I want everyone to know how much I love Jesus? (Good reason!)"

Ultimately, the reason you should want to be baptised is because it is what Jesus has commanded in order to be saved.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MUSIC IN aAUGUST-GO TO IZUMI-AUGUST 20

AUGUTS 20, 7 p.m. Thomasburg Hall – Goto Izumi, Echorev, Fire Flower Revue, Matt Snell
Musical notes from Peter Snell and the Choking Hazard Orchestra
(Edited and approved by Pedro Hazard)
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Goto Izumi’s August 2011 tour starts in Hamburg, then moves to Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Barcelona, Madrid, and Copenhagen. She then flies out to Canada and on the 18thand 19thof August, she’s in Montreal, then Peterborough, Toronto, New York and back to Copenhagen. Oh, I forgot one venue: Thomasburg! That’s just before the Peterborough gig.
She’s billing her tour as “Japanese Gipsy Cabaret.” No, that’s not a spelling error.
She visited Europe in 2010. Check this site out for snippets of her show and reactions of some Europeans:
http://gotoizumimovie.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/summer-is-coming-and-so-are-we/
Izumi lives in, “like, a slightly odd world” to quote one observer. Slightly? On August 20, we’ll catch a piece of it – live! – and see how odd it can be.
Here’s one of her posters (note that we’re listed as simply “Canada”):
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I know the least about Fire Flower Revue, but their web presence bodes well. They’ve got an electric style that should both complement and contrast with Izumi.
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You can see the influence of old-timey music in Matt Snell’soriginal pieces. Listen closely: the clever lyrics speed by quickly.
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Then there’s, Echorev. They’re based in Los Angeles, but are rehearsing and recording in Toronto in August. Johnny Nicholson, the lead singer is my cousin (the son of my direct cousin, if you want to be precise). With him will be German experimental drummer, Jörn Bielfeldt and bass player Ann Driscoll. Check out their latest video at: http://www.vimeo.com/echorev/cyclesofdreamers. It’s impressive, and produced (with others) by Johnny’s brother, Bobby who is an L.A. videographer.
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We may belicensed! I’m in the process of getting a temporary liquor permit. So we can hopefully legitimately quaff a few while we enjoy the music. Grab your tickets at the Food Company or at the Quinte Arts Council. I’m pushing to get a sellout crowd for this one – and a sold out house is only 80 tickets!
We’ll also dress up the old hall so you won’t recognize it. As well as our Tiny Perfect Stage and its twinkling lights, we’ve got lots of fun visual stuff to keep you interested. See you there!
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Other stuff you might be interested in:
Amazing Coffee (http://www.amazingcoffee.ca/events.htm)
Highway 62 (Russell St.) and Prince Albert Street in Madoc
Jayme Stone, a banjo player isperforming on Wednesday August 3 at 7 p.m. From Africa to the Appalachians, Jayme has been there soaking up diverse musical genres. Check out the amazing coffee website for a bio of the guy or Jayme’s own website: www.jaymestone.com.
While you’re at the Amazing Coffee site, click through to their upcoming artists’ events site and you’ll get a bio of upcoming artists: http://www.amazingcoffee.ca/upcoming_artist_events.html. Michael Pickett, Joey Wright and Jenny Whitely will be coming in the fall.
There’s also a jam every Sunday between 2 an 4 p.m.
Radio
Matt Snell has a half-hour themed radio show on Trent Radio at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, out of Peterborough. Got to trentradio.caand click on “stream.” While you’re there, check out other shows that may interest you.
Theatre
Driftwood Theatre (http://www.driftwoodtheatre.com/index.htm) is coming to central Ontario this summer with the Scottish Play (okay, okay, it’s Macbeth). They do a good job, in mostly outdoor locations, so it’s blanket and deck-chair for these venues. Here’s their agenda:
 
July 30: Memorial Park, Marmora
July 31: Peterborough Museum, Peterborough
August
2: Centennial Park, City of Quinte West.
3: Centre Hastings Park, Madoc
4: City Park, Kingston
5: The Millpond, Bloomfield
6: Zwick's Park, Belleville
7: Victoria Park, Cobourg
 
Tickets are a suggested $15 each.  See the website for ticket and production details for dates farther afield.
 
Tweed events: See the Tweed and Area Community Development Committee’s listings for stuff to do in Tweed and area: http://www.twp.tweed.on.ca/photos/custom/Events%20Summer%202011%20June%2028%202011.pdf
Tweed & Area Arts Council
The arts council has a few events in August, including “Art in the Park” on August 13 and 14 that they organize with the local Kiwanis. Check out the council websitefor more information.
Tweedsmuir Tavern (http://tweedsmuirtavern.com/)
211 Victoria St. N
Valdi is coming to Tweed on Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.
Scott Pettigrew (Tweed’s Mr. Music!) leads a jam every Saturday between 3 and 5 p.m.
Westben Arts Theatre Festival(http://www.westben.ca/)
Three kilometres north of Campbellford, Ontario
There are a number of interesting early August events here, including Thunder Bay balladeer Rodney Brown (guitar and banjo) along with fiddlers and others on July 31, the Swingle Singers on August 4 (!), Tango Boreal on August 5, the Dave Young Jazz Quartet August 6 and a finale fundraiser with Donna Bennett and the Brian Barlow Big Band on August 7. Tickets range from the high $30s to over $60 for the fundraiser.
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We’re starting modestly, but if you have a live show – or anything musical or theatrical that you want to get out there, we can add it to our monthly (or thereabouts) emails. We prefer local stuff; Meatloaf came to Belleville recently and Elvis is in Tweed (both great events for sure) but you can find that easily. Tougher to find are the smaller acts, which can give a better bang for the buck and support local and not-so-local artists as well. Tell us what’s happening out there!
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Last but not least. Looking for musicians:
The Choking Hazard Orchestra (that’s where this email comes from) is looking for musicians. We (or let’s be more accurate, “I, Peter Snell”) want to get together a toy orchestra. Huh? Well, read on.
Timelines: the Fall, 2011.
Time commitments:probably every other week, plus of course everyone’s practice time on their own. We won’t be in a rush to perform publicly.
Skills:There’s no necessity to read music or have facility on a toy (or other) instrument. A bit of musical savvy would be nice. Lots of imagination. A sense of humour. A willingness to work hard to make your instrument sound way better than “good” even if it’s a tin kazoo. An ability to cooperate with a disparate bunch of musicians.
Resources:The possession or the bucks to buy a toy instrument. The instruments must function reasonably. Toy instruments cost anywhere from two or three dollars to a couple of hundred. Also the time and or resources to make an instrument if needed.
Objective:to produce fun music, but also to surprise – to make interesting music, with toy, homemade or otherwise unusual instruments. We’ll stretch the “toy” definition at times to incorporate other instruments, but basically we will make a lot of music with plastic, wood, metal. Leave your Stradivarius at home. Or not; if you have one, it’s a nice toy, for sure.
The ultimate objective will be to perform. It’s got to be whacky and fun, but I’m interested in folks who will work hard to make this into a presentable “orchestra” and to surprise listeners with the depth one can reach with toys and found instruments.
Where:Well, I’m based in Thomasburg, Ontario. Rehearsals could happen here, or in Tweed or in Belleville. Or, if it was convenient, we might shift rehearsal venues to make it easier for all. If you’re from farther afield, you’re very welcome, but you should be prepared to travel to the areas mentioned above.

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Mandy: I actually like Barry Manilow. I didn't think I would until I heard one of his albums. I particularly like his recording of the theme to "American Bandstand."

Homer Simpson sang a sort of parody of this song:

Oh Mindy you came and you found me a turkey,
On my vacation away from worky.

Thank God I'm A Country Boy: "Life on the farm is kinda laid back." No it isn't! It's work from 4:00 a.m. until 8:00 at night with constant worry about wild animals, crop failure and foreclosure.

For the record, a parody of this song exists called "Thank God I'm A Pubic Hair."

The Hustle: On "Stickin Around" or one of those shows they used to show on YTV there was a character named Russell who invented a dance and the other kids all sang out "Do The Russell."

Rhinestone Cowboy: Glen Campbell is such a phony.