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Welcome back, my friends, to the "Battle" that never ends.
We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
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This is 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' ('BOTB') where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. A new Battle gets posted on the 15th of each month and six days later, on the 21st, I place my own vote, tally 'em all up and announce the winner.
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Friend? Foe? Stranger? No matter, ALL are welcome. So pull up a chair, pour yourself 24 oz. of 'DOG BITE High Gravity Lager' (or the poison of your choice) and turn it up to Eleven!
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[NOTE: Links to the first year of 'BOTB' (#1 - #24) can be found at the very bottom of this page.]

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

IT FEELS LIKE A BRAND NEW DAY... THAT THE LORD HAS MADE

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"This is the day the LORD has made"

That's a very popular, often quoted verse from The Bible.

I don't like it. Never have. And I don't really know why. I think it sounds too... I dunno... childish. It's like something you might find in some book of 'Sing-Along Bible Tunes For Kiddies' or sumpin'.

Here's sumpin' from The Bible that I has always enjoyed more...

“Your hair is like a flock of goats going down from Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of sheep which have come up from the washing...Your neck is like an ivory tower...Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus. 

"How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights! This stature of yours is like a palm tree, and your breasts like its clusters. I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches."

Not only do I appreciate the poetry of those words, but they has served me well in picking up womens in many bars, saloons, and gin joints. Ya just gotta know how to lay it on them dogs chicks. Never met a womens yet who wasn't a sucker for great poetry like that.

Anyway, I wanna respond to a couple of recent comments and share a special song with y'all, so... keep readin', alright?...

I love your review style! I am trying to find the time to get my own music site up and running -again. A friend and I run the place pretty much on our own - after a bunch of people expressed interest, I got the blog going and everyone but myself and my friend bailed. Time is so not my friend these days.

And I definitely need to be listening to more Howlin' Wolf.

RING IN A BELLE ~
Thanks so much for the kind compliment. I was recently reading some of my old stuffs (like that Howlin' Wolf review you've referred to, and an old blog bit titled 'Notes From An Unnoteworthy Vacation' from my defunct 'Stuffs' blog) and I've come to realize that I can't write that well anymore. Whatever writing ability I may have had at one time (a debatable thang), I've since lost it.

I can't play chess like Bobby Fischer, I can't dance like Fred Astaire, I can't run like Barry Sanders, I can't drink like W.C. Fields. "I can't sing, I ain't pretty, and my legs are thin". And now... I can't even write like me anymore. 

Nevertheless, some kind folks like you and FAE, and Girl Wonder, Dixie Polka, a few others, and (especially) Sheboyganboy Six have been complimentary 'bout my writin', and I 'preciate it! In fact, SBB-6 has been SO complimentary over the years that he's probably destined to someday share a room in a mental hospital with me. So long as it's just a room and not a bed, I'm lookin' forward to it. 
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Kim, as long as you're bloggin', I'll be visitin'. I hope you'll be with us tomorrow for 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS'. I'll be posting a "normal" one this time. Shocking, I know.

You look awfully cute on your eighth birthday, but I hope you were kidding about the drinking part. Sadly, I know more about Andy, Barney, Gomer, and the Darling's music, then I do about Howlin' Wolf. Though I really appreciate your interesting intro, Stephen!

Julie

Ha! Thanks, GEM JULIE! I'm sorry to report that after my eighth birthday, it was all downhill in the 'Looks Department'. But I made up for it by finding a buried... sense o' humor. 

Julie, drinking is NUTTIN' to kid about, my friend! ...But I don't even recall ever mentioning drinking. Are you sure it was me?

Oh, I may have mentioned Mammoth Brewing Company's beer 'IPA 395' once (brewed with hops, malt, sage, and juniper berries)...




...but I don't remember saying much (if anything) about drinking.

I'm gonna be honest right now and clear up any misconceptions about me that may be floating around out there in the Blogosphere:

Despite all the "jocularity! jocularity!" I really DO NOT encourage, recommend or even condone the consuming of alcoholic beverages at all. Not AT ALL! I mean, I do imbibe huge quantities of booze, hooch, rotgut, "The Evidence", "The Recipe", and "Rub-Of-The-Brush" daily, but... I don't encourage, recommend or condone it.

While I drink my third cup of "dirty water" this morning (it's not really "coffee" until you add the whiskey), I wanna close this blog bit with a song that I feel especially close to this morning.

Some decades ago, I was riding my bike one cold morning on the beach bike path between Venice Beach and Marina del Rey. I was bundled up in a heavy sweatshirt and sweatpants and listening to Van Morrison's album 'Moondance' on my Walkman. Suddenly the song 'BRAND NEW DAY' came on and I was so inspired by it that I parked my bike, took off my Walkman, and ran into the surf fully clothed, tennis shoes and ever'thin'. (Yes, I was sober at the time.)

In a way, I sorta baptized myself in the Pacific Ocean.

This morning, I was listening to that same song and felt the inspiration yet again. There's no ocean at this trailer park mobile home park to run into, so I decided to just post the song on my blog. And now that I've done this, I'm gonna go take a shower. Haven't decided yet whether or not to take off my pajamas first.

Enjoy, friends...

'BRAND NEW DAY' by Van Morrison:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DR0g6oOLwM

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

21 comments:

  1. Song of Solomon is your source of pick-up lines? :-|

    Any post with Van Morrison is a good post. Well played, sir.

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    1. Ya gotta go with what works and dance with the verse what brung ya.

      And, I haven't met any womens yet who weren't charmed out o' their dresses to hear "Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus." I mean, how does a womens resist a pick-up line like THAT?

      Thanks for reading and listening, Dear Friend Cherdo.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    2. Always a pleasure. Looking forward to wrapping up the year and having more time to post LONGER comments. I'm swamped now.

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    3. Not a problem, CHERDO. I'm swamped, too, thinking about looking for a job. (And, wow! I'm gonna be even so much more swamped when I actually FIND a job. You have no idea how much I hate the thought of that. Hmmm... Lemme think on that awhile longer... Don't wanna rush into anything.)

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  2. The Van Morrison tune is really nice. I've also heard his acoustical version - not quite as fulfilling. It's been raining off and on for two days - I've the urge to dip into the rain barrel. Then again, maybe just a washing of the feet and save the rest. I really could use a brand new day. Wow, the last two weeks have left me exhausted. Anyway, this is a song I'll play again when I get time this evening. There's about four songs [I've collected over the weekend], that I want to listen to again. Thank you so much for posting and sharing it.

    I'm almost positive there's a response in Solomon from his lucky chosen one. Maybe she tills the earth and finds his vegetables delectable. The finest white carrots of impeccable design. Spuds overturned and heaped high for an evening treat. And a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, side salad without dressings, oops, wrong lovers. {McCarthy, you are so bad!}

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    1. dp ~
      Damned if I can tell you why but.. something about your comment reminded me of the ROCKY & BULLWINKLE adventure titled RUBY YACHT.

      Speaking of which, a little known fact that isn't very well known is that Rocket J. Squirrel "was NOT born in Frostbite, Falls at all. Actually, the jet-age squirrel first saw the light of day in Winnemucca, Nevada, and didn't see a tree until he was nine years old. Up to that time, he used to hide nuts in a hollow cactus. Then one day he was caught cross-grain in a Nevada zephyr, and by the time he got back to earth, he was in Minnesota and had learned to fly."

      I'll bet that's a fact you didn't know before now, huh? And that also explains why I didn't see Rocky in Winnemucca.

      Well, gotta go. Gotta see a man about a moose.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  3. So basically, your pick up line is to tell a woman her breasts are like coconuts?

    I'd be critical, but obviously my own arsenal has been as...er...fruitful as yours!

    Have you heard anything off of Van's new Duets album?

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    1. >>... your pick up line is to tell a woman her breasts are like coconuts?

      Yeah, but BIG coconuts.

      And then I say: "I really love your coconuts - want to shake your tree. Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time. Ooo-eee baby, I'll sure show you a good time!"

      That line gets 'em every time!

      >>... Have you heard anything off of Van's new Duets album?

      Anything "off" of it? Heck, I hadn't even heard that there WAS a new 'Duets' album. ...Heck, I didn't even know there was an "OLD" 'Duets' album. ...Hell, I didn't even know Van was still alive!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    2. By "new" I meant it came out last week, as opposed to there was another duets release previously...

      The last decade everyone was doing covers albums....now they are all doing duets...

      I'm waiting for the Milli Vanilli album that combines covers, duets and lip-synching.

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    3. LC ~
      Ha!-Ha! I would probably buy that just for the novelty of it.

      It makes me think of a record with nothing on it (acoustic versions of songs that hadn't been recorded in the first place), and a recording contract for band that wasn't even together.

      Just tell 'em we're from Seattle...

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  4. "Let your followers kiss you with the kisses of their mouths! For your blog is better than wine, your anointing words are fragrant, your phrases are perfume poured out; therefore the maidens love you." (SS 1:2-4)

    I'm sorry to hear that you think your writing is deteriorating. I don't see it... but what do I know?

    Hey, I know what you need; you just need to take a little break from writing, that’s all. You need to find a nice, peaceful spot that will settle your mind – and I know just the place.

    But... shall I tell you? NAH. I think I should leave you spiraling down into a writer's block filled with zombies. You already have the slot machines.

    OK. I'll tell you anyway: take the day off and visit the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City.

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    1. >>... Hey, I know what you need; you just need to take a little break from writing, that’s all. You need to find a nice, peaceful spot that will settle your mind – and I know just the place.

      Ha!-Ha! SHEBOYGANBOY SIX, you crack me up! You wanna know how utterly pathetic I am? I was reading that and thinking: Man, that sounds really familiar! Where do I know that from?

      I swear to ya, Brother, I ain't joking!!! I read that paragraph TWICE before it suddenly hit me where I'd heard it before. Ha! No, I no kiddin' you-uh!

      >>... take the day off and visit the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City.

      Aww, gee, I'd LOVE to. But that would just turn into a week-long hangover. I been there, done that.

      Thanks for the great laugh! Best one I've had in awhile, and I was the butt of my own laughter.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  5. It's funny but I like that verse "This is the day that the Lord has made." Not funny I guess, since you just told me that I have the appreciation of a child. But maybe that's why I like it. There are plenty of days that I wake up feeling really crappy (Read: migrainey) and it helps to remind myself that this is a day that the Lord made so I should rejoice. Sometimes I take that to mean... stop whining and feeling sorry for yourself. Other times I feel like it suggests that the day can only improve, so hang in there. All and still, I don't think I'd be using it as a Pick-Up line if I were feeling so inclined.

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    1. GIRL WONDER ~
      Whenever I uncork a new bottle, I say to myself, "This is the wine the Lord has made".

      Whenever I open bottled water, I say to myself, "I have faith, Lord, I have faith". Then I guzzle.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  6. Isn't it grand when music inspires us! I have heard music and started dancing-in broad daylight with people looking at me like I just tipped off the wagon train of nuts:) It is also just plain nice to get wonderful comments. Now enjoy the juice!

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    1. >>... like I just tipped off the wagon train of nuts:)

      Or "fell off the wagon"?
      No, wait. That would be me.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  7. In your reply to Birgit yesterday you wrote,"I'm the kid in the middle, about to get bopped and lose all his birthday presents. Fortunately though, I had some 80-proof bourbon hidden under my mattress, so... 15 minutes later, I wasn't going to miss the birthday presents at all. Me, and Jim Beam and Playboy's Miss August was all the party and gifts I'd need".

    After re-reading your response, I don't know what I was thinking. Yes, you mentioned having the bottle of bourbon safely tucked away, but you never said anything about actually drinking it. I'm sorry I was so misguided, and for . writing "look" instead of "looked." Thanks for the shout-out Stephen, and boy are those "chicks" lucky to see you in action! Great Van Morrison song!

    Julie

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  8. My wife's gonna go nuts when I tell her she has goat hair and sheep teeth. Someone's getting lucky tonight!

    Maybe it's the just IPA 395 speakin', but I don't think your writing has deteriorated at all. And that's coming from someone who, um, (mostly) knows what he's doing. So don't you dare blame it on the Evidence, because that's scientifically proven to enhance writing quality. Beer is literally a magic potion that unlocks new worlds.

    ~6B

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