29 August 2011

Queen's Meme #92

Welcome to The Queen's Meme
7 Royal Questions on Tuesday

Sometimes strange and silly questions run through my pencil brain. Don't try to look for connections. There are none. Just have fun answering a non-serious set of 7 royal questions. **We would really appreciate a photograph as evidence for question #6**   To participate head on over to Bloggingham to sign in.

1. Who should run for United States President in 2012 - The 20,465th person in the Seattle white pages. Has to be better than any of the alternatives.

2. Have you ever gone to a party and snooped in the medicine cabinet? - Yes. My stuff was better.

3. Why are Happy Meals happy? - They are part of a conspiracy to doom children to obesity so that the galactic overlords can conquer the planet.

4. Have you ever done the Hokey Pokey? Yes, but the Hunky Dory was much more fun.

5. What song sticks in your head and drives you crazy? "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver. It starts as a morning shower song and gets stuck.

6. Do you dance like crazy around the house when no one is looking? Absolutely

7. Have you ever been involved in a food fight?   Grape jam fired through straws ... purple splotches everywhere

25 August 2011

5 On Friday - Defying Gravity

Another Friday rolls around and It's time to check in with Trav at Trav's Thoughts to sign in and share your music choices.

This week I'm in a mood to get my feet off the ground. I'm reading the Wicked trilogy and have finished Wicked, Son of A Witch, and starting A Lion among men. Sometimes you just have to root for the witch!!!

And finally the amazing Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth "DEFYING GRAVITY" in Wicked.

You need to click on it as more than 3 million people already have because Everyone Deserves A Chance to Fly!!!

22 August 2011

Queen's Meme #91 - A Questionable Activity

The doyen of Castle Bloggingham roused me out of my ongoing inactivity long enough to answer a few questions.  Should you feel like participating, you can join in at The Queen's Meme.

If you could ask one question of the following … what would your question be?

1.     Your IPOD - Is it really necessary to make me cry?  Just cause I loaded in songs that remind me of emotional stuff is no reason to play them so often.

2.     Casey Anthony - Were you born a sociopath or did your mother create one?

3.     Your ex’s last ex - I take it you couldn't get him to talk either?

4.     Your Pet - Is it really necessary to lick my nose at 4:00 AM?

5.     John Lennon - What were the lyrics to the song you didn't finish?

6.     Your great-grandmother on your father’s side - Jane, how did you do it?  Husband killed in a horrific train accident and you left with ten children to raise.  You must have been an amazing woman.

7.     Your mirror - Couldn't you lie every once in a while?

15 August 2011

Summer Hooky Schedule


Except for 5 on Friday, I am spending the rest of August at Renaissance Fairs, County Fairs, Beaches, and putting my nose in a book.   - Have fun folks, I will.

11 August 2011

5 On Friday - Down The Yellow Brick Road

Lion - Tin Man - Toto - Dorothy - Scarecrow
5 On Friday

Another Friday rolls around which means another chance to play along with 5 On Friday courtesy of Travis at Trav's Thoughts.  To play along, just sign in on his blog and create your songs to share with the world.

August 12, 1939 is a special date in that it was the first day, the world got to see The Wizard of Oz when it premiered in the birthplace of Frank L. Baum.  The score was by Harold Arlen and E. Y. "Yip" Harburg.   Although they worked together frequently, this movie was about the only place where Arlen and Harburg had a truly successful collaboration and created songs that are still performed to this day.  Most of their biggest hits were with other partners.  This 5 on Friday is dedicated to those songs where changing partners can be a very good thing. Of course to make it fair, it's three each for a six on Friday.

Harold Arlen and Others

Harold Arlen

The Man That Got Away (Ira Gershwin)

I Got A Right To Sing The Blues (Ted Koehler)

Come Rain or Come Shine (Johnny Mercer)

E. Y. "Yip" Harburg and Others

E. Y. "Yip" Harburg

Brother Can You Spare A Dime (Jay Gorney)

April In Paris (Vernon Duke)

How Are Things In Glocca Morra (Burton Lane)

07 August 2011

The War Prayer

Mark Twain wrote the whole of The War Prayer in response to the jingoism that took the US into the Spanish American War.  It is always good to read the final interpretation and understanding what those who pray for war are actually requesting and to consider if this is really what is desired for our fellow man.

"O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle -- be Thou near them! With them -- in spirit -- we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it -- for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

For information  go to the Blogblast for Peace 

04 August 2011

5 On Friday - American Bandstand

Five on Friday is the creation of Trav's Thoughts To take part, drop by his web site to sign in and then create your own five selections to share with others.

On this day in history, August 5, 1957 (54 years ago my GOD!!!).  American Bandstand went national.  To this day, it is the show everyone remembers where people watched other people dance.  Over the years, there have been many references on TV, Movies and Broadway.  Here are just a few.  Kicking it off, Barry Manilow with the Bandstand Boogie.

Born To Hand Jive Baby!!! GREASE

You Can't Stop The Beat - Hairspray

Where Bandstand really started: Steal Your Rock and Roll - Memphis

And the Ultimate rock and roll line dance: The Stroll

The dance was born before the song, and had it not been for an idea of American Bandstand's Dick Clark, the song may never have been. Dick noticed the kids were "line dancing" to a song by Chuck Willis called "C.C. Rider", and he needed more musical material than just the one song and ultimately a few others for the kids to do this dance. He enlisted the aid of singer Brook Benton who put pen to Dick's idea, and "The Stroll" was born. The Diamonds were given the opportunity to record this not long after their hit of "Little Darlin", and the song shot to #4 in January of 1958.

And a bonus just for Travis - A show where people watch other people dance complete with legses and one of the original Bandstand hits: Great Balls of Fire

02 August 2011

Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

Her majesty, Queen Mimi, safely ensconced in Bloggingham castle is in a mood to increase the vocabulary of her subjects.  Therefor she is administering the following quiz as part of the Queen's Meme #88.  Here are my answers.  Should you choose to give it a try, you can visit royalty over at The Queen's Meme.

Mysophobia - Fear of Agatha Christie novels.

Ailurophobia - Being scared of comparisons to size 3 runway models.

Technophobia - Condition caused by confrontation with Geek Squad personnel.

Novercaphobia - Abject terror produced by sound of Dentist drill even if numbed from forehead to toes.

Dipsophobia - Inability to dine on anything glutinous mass made with sour cream.

Gymnophobia - Irrational panic caused by sight of exercise equipment.

Hippophobia - Terror produced by setting foot on Disneyland Jungle Cruise ride.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia - Night terror caused by dream of seven foot hippo seen on Jungle Cruise ride.

Lachanophobia - Fear of Loch Ness Monster that looks like seven foot hippopotomus

Uranophobia - Screaming anguish produced by ideas that appeared from politicians' rear ends.

Levophobia - Panic that occurs when you float upward after gravity quits.

Royaldungeophobia - Fear of the dank recesses of Bloggingham -