Category Archives: YouTube
There’s a new kitten in the house and Simon Tolbert’s cat has the typical response.
You can view it on his website by clicking on the image above or go here to watch it on youtube.
and the results on our culture.
Steven gets (a little) colorful (sometimes) but he hits the target (most of the time).
For more information on him and to watch more of his videos, click here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CILIBlQ2D0Q The Ray Charles version of “America”.
Nice trailer for 1942’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, which we’ll watch this afternoon as we usually do on the 4th of July. I tried to post just the Yankee Doodle Dandy scene but embedding was disabled.
So, here’s the next best thing … the dance down the White House staircase at the end –
The Things You Don’t Say To Your Wife
Lately I’ve been having trouble with wordpress allowing me to insert photographs, and it’s a little boring to do very many posts without them, so for now, I’m just going to insert some fun and/or interesting youtube videos that I’ve found.
This first one was posted by a friend on Facebook. Thanks Johnny.
And here’s the latest Simon’s Cat.
Oklahoma is having record low temperatures (last night Bartlesville was 28 degrees below zero) and even though it’s a little better here in Texas, I think we could all do with a little beach time.
For those of us who won’t be hopping a plane for a tropical island, here’s a little 10 minute getaway.
We’ll start with a montage of surfing stills accompanied by the Surfaris playing Wipeout. Click here.
This one has some of the best surfing video I’ve ever seen with the Beach Boys singing Catch a Wave.
And let’s close with the Beach Boys singing Kokomo with some great beach shots.
Remember the big hoopla about 1966 – 67 that the Monkees didn’t play their own instruments? Boy, I do. And it raged for years. The Rock and Roll snobs were really ugly about it.
The Monkees never pretended that their origins were anything other than a massive casting call at Screen Gems. I was a member of their fan club and lots of articles included the original ad that began “Madness: Wanted four ….”. The years have taken their toll. I used to could quote the whole ad.
They were the brainchild of Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider. Their idea was a television show about a loony rock and roll band, with music videos. Marketing began … at the beginning. According to Wikipedia (and if I remember correctly a pre-1968 article in TV guide) the story about the group using studio musicians broke when Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork put their collective foot down to be allowed to play their own instruments. Part of the reason they were hired was that they all actually were musicians, except possibly Jones. He was a professional singer, having played the Artful Dodger in the London stage production of Oliver! and had recorded a solo album.
Fast forward a few years to 2007. While looking through some old issues of American Heritage magazine, I saw a piece on the Wrecking Crew (click here for the article online. Note: as of 3-1-2012 this link has been updated). Up until then, the only Wrecking Crew I was familiar with was the movie with Dean Martin. One of his Matt Helm, pseudo James Bond type things.
The article had pictures of people playing instruments during recording sessions. I think the only one I recognized was Glen Campbell. And even though I’ve always liked Glen Campbell, I’m not really a fan so I just skimmed through it; a couple of years later I was looking through old magazines and sat down to actually read it rather than just looking at the pictures.
(Even though I love to read books and really love magazines, there’s this quirky thing about not reading articles in them. Like a kid, I look at the pictures. I have years worth of Victoria magazines that I’ve never read, just looked at. National Review is an exception. There are very few photos in it and I usually read it cover to cover, often on the day it arrives – except for tax and libertarian pieces.)
Well, lo and behold. The Wrecking Crew was a group of studio musicians in Los Angeles. And yeah, they played the instruments on the Monkee’s first 2 albums.
But they also played for The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, the Byrds and a whole lot more. They were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. They played everything from jazz to rock and roll to jingles for television commercials. They were fantastic.
There was an interview posted online with Tommy Tedesco’s son Denny, which has been removed. Tommy was a studio guitarist. Denny made a documentary titled “The Wrecking Crew”, here is a video interview with him. Wish the whole film was on youtube because it looks fascinating.
Glen Campbell and Leon Russell were the only names I recognized. A more complete list of Leon Russell’s keyboard backups is here at Tulsa TV Memories. (Leon Russell is a Tulsa native.)
The Funk Brothers backed up Motown. here
For those of us who still like the Monkees:
Go here for a review of a Micky Dolenz concert. Nice article. Micky tells of being in the Abbey Road studio with the Beatles.
In this Wikipedia article on Davy Jones, it mentions that he was on Ed Sullivan the same night that the Beatles debuted, February 9, 1964.
Oh, my. Mike Nesmith is 68. Ouch. Here’s his bio on Wikipedia. My husband saw the current photo of Mike and said he looks like a senator.
And here’s the Wiki article on Peter.
Another New Year’s Day … hopeful thoughts for a better year this time.
Two big events in 2010 were unexpected and unplanned. How do you plan for a lung tumor, surgery and a lonnnggg recovery period? And then there was the issue with our grandchildren last fall. I’m still not over that one.
Many people are cynical about New Year’s resolutions and the hope that this time things will be different. That I’ll be different.
“I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate.” Romans 7: 15
“I know that good does not live in me – that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. I don’t do the good I want to do, instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do.” Romans 7:18
“What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!” Romans 7:24
(All from the Good News New Testament)
I’ve tried to leave cynicism behind because it’s unproductive and actually destructive. It’s just not much fun to be around someone who’s cynical or sarcastic.
So, even though I don’t know what 2011 holds, I know who holds it.
I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW (1950)
words and music by Ira Stanphill
I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day;
I don’t borrow from it’s sunshine,
For it’s skies may turn to gray.
I don’t worry o’er the future, For I know what Jesus said;
And today I’ll walk beside Him, For He knows what lies ahead
Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand;
But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand
Go here to for Alison Krauss’ version on youtube.