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03/15/22 07:35 AM #6631    


Fred Miller

Wasn't it a group effort by the senators, and led by Brutus...?


03/15/22 09:32 AM #6632    


Pat Sullins (Schear)

Think Brutus repeated it later.

03/17/22 10:37 AM #6633    


Sherry Hester (Trasp)



St Patricks Day Greetings GIF by Amanda | Happy Magic Co.

03/17/22 03:02 PM #6634    


Rex Booth

Re:  Ides of March

OK Folks!  Looks like we have a few "class historians' in our midst...  Pat Sullins being familiar with ancient history, Fred Miller with his great "sins 'o humah" demonstrating what happened to the back of a "Caesar's" Salad Dressing bottle... and Sherry saying ditto to Pat S. comments. 

For all you Brother Dave Garner fans... In1960 Brother Dave gave his short but sweet "Southern humor" version of Julius Caesar.  Brutus enters the room...

Caesar say: "Et tu, Brute"?  Brutus say: "No man, I dun et..."!!  

Keep them cards and letters comin' right on in !!!


03/17/22 07:11 PM #6635    


Fred Miller

One of my favorite Brother Dave Gardner lines.....

"You can't do something again. You can do something similar. But you can't do it again..."

I loved his humor.

03/18/22 10:38 AM #6636    


Rex Booth


"The Origin of Rock 'n  Roll" (David & Goliath) .... according     to  Brother Dave Gardner

03/19/22 10:37 AM #6637    


Saundra Bennett (Whiteside)

I learn something new every day!  Didn't know David started rock 'n roll!

03/19/22 10:41 AM #6638    


Rex Booth

That's right!  Little David 'rocked' Goliath then he 'rolled' him!!  Now you know who started "Rock 'n Roll"...!!!

03/21/22 12:32 PM #6639    


Mike Curtis

Loved Brother Dave!  My favorate was the motorcycle accident :"babe was alright till we turned her head around".  His comedy got me to thinking about the differences between then and now and I found this --

Especially the music!!!

03/22/22 06:29 PM #6640    


Rex Booth

You bet! Chuck and Baby's motorcycle accident story was a real hit!  Another favorite was Brother Dave's story about spending a night in a haunted ('hainted') house: Where the frightened man said: "If you ain't John... I'm Gone"!!!

I recall what our good friend Bill Turley used to say in response to differences between then and now:... Using his best W.C. Fields impersonation he'd say: "Back when men were men, women were women, and the sheep were nervous..."  


03/23/22 03:01 PM #6641    


Patrick Riley

Boy ... so true about "our music". Before MTV and music videos, our 1960s music only had to sound good. The musical stars today have to look good and the production focus is on the videography ... not the sound.

Think of music icons like Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline ... both kind of "plain" looking people. Sad but I'm guessing neither could make it in Nashville today but on the radio in our day they "looked" fine!

Suggestion ... take any 60s song you like and listen carefully to the craftsmanship. A good example is the trumpet overlays in Johnny Cash's 1963 release Ring of Fire ... a thing of beauty! >

Another example ... the drum work and bird sounds by the Ventures in Apache '65. >

Plus ... the thunder and chimes in the Cascades' 1963 release Rhythm of the Falling Rain. >

And literally everything (but particularly the simulated metronome) in the Token's 1961 release The Lion Sleeps Tonight (one of my favorite songs) >

And how about the vocal "wailing" and guitar work in Del Shannon's 1961 release Runaway. >

And an arrangement masterpiece ... Sandy Nelson's 1962 release The Birth of the Beat (listen to the rain fall and jungle sounds ... wow). >

And just one more ... the inclusion of a recorder (medieval flute-like instrument) in Judy Collins' Cook With Honey. >

True musical craftsmanship all! I could go on for hours but I'm sure all of you have your favorites too!

03/23/22 04:24 PM #6642    


Sherry Hester (Trasp)

"Pat"~Patrick R., You are so right!!


03/23/22 05:13 PM #6643    


Saundra Bennett (Whiteside)

Pat, thanks for all the links you sent to illustrate your point!  I'm going to check out all of them!

03/24/22 02:11 PM #6644    


Mike Curtis

Great references!  From Fats Domino to CCR and everything in between (folk, country-western, soul, etc) our music was the greatest.  So what’s left is to “take the records down off the shelf, I’ll sit and listen to them by myself, this new music ain’t got the same soul, just give me that old time rock and roll -----“

03/25/22 07:15 AM #6645    


John Doyal

Mike, I bet Johnny Cash never thought his song would be the background music on a post office comercial.  He is one of the few that I am able to remember the name or song title of, I just enjoy the songs.  Lately I have recognized several older songs used as background music in comercials, but can't name them or the musicians.  I also still play my old vinyls and cdsof our music.  Pat , maybe you can give me the names and artists.

03/25/22 02:57 PM #6646    


Patrick Riley

Wow ... old music used in commercials (not all 60's music but still "old") ... I actual sit up and take notice when I hear a song I recognize in any ad. There's certainly thousands of examples but a few I recall include:

Rocket Man by Elton John (Samsung)
Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin (TD Ameritrade)
Catch the Wind by Donovan (GE)
Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum (some airline ... don't think it was Spirit Airlines?)
It's Your Thing by the Isley Brothers (Heineken)
America by Simon & Garfunkel (Volkswagen)
You're My Best Friend by Queen (Carnival)
Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin (guess for who!)
Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band (USPS)
Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf (Mercedes-AMG)
Shout by Otis Day and the Knights (from Animal House) (Shout Laundry Spray)
It's a Beautiful Morning by the Rascals (Bounce)
When the Ship Comes In by Bob Dylan (can't remember which commercial?)
Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones (Pepsi)
She's a Rainbow by the Rolling Stones (Apple)
Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones (Microsoft)
Do You Believe in Magic by the Lovin' Spoonful (Kohl's)
Happy Together by the Turtles (some department store?)
Heard it Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye (some raisin company?)
Make the World Go Away by Ray Price (some candy company?)
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash (Preparation H ... amusing song choice!)
Golden Years by David Bowie (some insurance company?)
My Way by Frank Sinatra (Gatorade)
Turn Around, Look at Me by either the Vogues or the Lettermen (not sure which version) (Kodak)
Like a Rock by Bob Seger (Chevrolet)
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding (can't remember which commercial?)
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd (KFC)
Midnight Rider by the Allman Brothers (Geico)
Fortunate Son by CCR (Wrangler)

There's a lot of better examples that I can't remember (curse of old age).

AND A SIDE NOTE ... Most of you have likely seen the VW Beetle's End of the Road goodbye commercial but if you haven't it's one of the best ads ever made (in my opinion). The background music, Let It Be, is not the Beetles' version but a recorded-just-for-Volkswagon version by a boy's choir from Boston (had to research that one). Go here to see:

03/26/22 06:20 AM #6647    


John Doyal

Pat, you are truly a musiic conasuer.  My wife thinks I am imaginatiioning that they are actually old songs because I can't name the song or artist.  When I was in highschool I worked after school as a janitors assistant sweeping the rooms.  I had a transistor radio with an ear piece that I listened to while I swept.  I was stopped by several teachers and told I couldn't have it until they found out I was working and not just a student ignoring the rules.  That little radio picked up KOMA real good at night and the Lousiana Hayride on Saturday, or XEG Del Rio til the preachers came on.

03/26/22 01:47 PM #6648    


Mike Curtis

The very fact that so much of our era music is used speaks to the quality.  Not only as a targeting means for those of our ‘vintage’ but for its ‘ear candy’ quality.

When the various aggravations of the day seem to build up all I have to do is grab a vinyl from the stack and let the music smooth off the rough edges.  It does work wonders to sit for a minute and reminisce. Nothing calms the ole blood pressure like a tug on the heart strings.

 Just “give me the beat boys to save my soul I want’a get lost in your rock and roll and drift away

03/26/22 02:23 PM #6649    


Patrick Riley

John, you bring back many memories. I plead guilty to being too wrapped up in "our" music. I work from my home office every day but listen continually to my well curated personal music collection in the background.

In high school, we always tuned in KOMA when the sun went down. As I recall, most Roswell radio stations played "hillbilly" music; we were all to cool for that!

Was it XEG radio? I remember tuning in XERF from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico (across from Del Rio). It was one of the original, and maybe the first "border blaster" stations. I also tuned it out when the preachers came on.

You're in a coveted position having a transistor radio. That was the iPhone of its day and you definitely turned heads if you owned one. I, unfortunately, did not ... above my pay grade!

A shared FYI ... more and more lately, I'm listening to Amazon Music rather than my own collection. I started ripping CDs to MP3s in 1998 when the first MP3 players came out (mine was the Diamond Rio 300 ... it would hold all of about 150 tracks if they were ripped in low quality). At the time, I had 5,800+ CDs and ripped all those. Then I started to download music from the sharing sites (like Napster and others). Next I started buying digital music from eMusic, Amazon, Google Music, MP3Sparks, and many others. My MP3 collection currently has about 407,000 tracks.

And why am I moving away from my own collection? I found Amazon Music Unlimited (AMU). A few FYIs about this service:

1) AMU currently has 90,000,000 tracks ... makes my collection seem absolutely puny. They continue to add tracks ... soon will be at 100,000,000. No ads, of course.

2) It's cheap at as little as $3.99 a month (one user, one device) to $14.99 a month for a family (up to 6 simultaneous users, unlimited devices).

3) Music is ultra high quality surpassing the music quality from a CD (Amazon calls it "HD quality sound").

4) A special surround sound mode (Amazon calls it "Spacial Audio") is supported ... obviously this is optimized with suitable multi-speaker configurations but works on even a single speaker.

5) Play AMU on anything, phone, computer, tablet, smart watch, smart devices, etc.).

6) Download songs of your choice to play on your devices when Internet service is not available.

7) Supports creations of your own "playlists" of favorite tracks.

8) Display synchronized lyrics (on devices with screens) for most tracks. I particularly like this!

9) Cover art display (again on devices with screens).

10) Operated by voice commands on Amazon and many other devices. My most favorite feature!

11) Fuzzy or precise voice command support. I can say "Alexa play song name" and AMU chooses most popular version; "Alexa play song name by artist name" plays version by named artist; "Alexa play song name by artist name from album name" gets you the exact version you want. Subsets of the above, of course, are supported; "Alexa shuffle songs by artist name"; "Alexa play album name"; etc.

12) All kinds of command variations like "Alexa shuffle classic rock music from the 60s"; "Alexa play music from World War I"; "Alexa play bagpipe music"; "Alexa shuffle college fight songs"; "Alexa shuffle Music Box top hits from 1962"; etc.

13) And, seemingly black magic nto me, you can request a song if you just know a few words of the lyrics ... example "Alexa play the song with the lyrics 'all my bags are packed'" and AMU will play I'm Leavin' on a Jet Plane ... pretty cool!

14) Music info anytime when listening to a song you don't recognize just say "Alexa song info" to get artist, song and album information.

15) Millions of podcasts also on AMU.

Another FYI ... despite AMU having 90,000,000 tracks I occasionally can't find a song I want to hear ... example Pinto the Wonder Horse is Dead by Tom T. Hall. Note that AMU does have this title by other artists. Perhaps I'm being too picky.

Anyway AMU coupled with an Alexa device ... highly recommended.


03/27/22 06:50 AM #6650    


John Doyal

Pat, yes both stations were on the air.  XEG in later years was clearer to get on the car radios. Does anyone remember the old house song with dog howling cause he was sitting on a thorn and just to tired to move over?

03/27/22 08:51 AM #6651    


Mike Curtis


I think this is the one you refer to:

03/28/22 06:51 AM #6652    


John Doyal

Mike, that is it but not all the verses, do you know the artist?  It was on a 78 that we played on a hand crank Victrola and got thrown out when we moved to town because it was so worn.  There was another by the same artist about his first time seeing a football game.

03/28/22 09:06 AM #6653    


Rex Booth

One of our early rock ‘n roll artists (besides Little David) was our beloved Buddy Holley! Buddy Holley’s music influenced many artist who 'affected' his style! Buddy was gradually evolving from his West Texas “Rock-a-Billy” style into “Rock ‘n Roll” and simple love ballads that we all loved. Here’s an early song from 1956 published in 1963… four years after his plane crash. Notice the echo effect and tube amplifiers which ‘souped-up’ that “twangy” country-western sound. Was it Jerry Lee Lewis who picked up Buddy Holley’s shout?


03/28/22 09:35 AM #6654    


Rex Booth

John D,

The song you mentioned about the old hound dog was "Life Gets TeeJus Don't It?"  It was originally recorded and spoken by Carson Robinson in 1948.  Walter Brennan in 1960.

"Hound dog howlin' so forlorn
Laziest dog that was ever born
He's a-howlin' 'cause he's a-settin' on a thorn
An' just to tired to move over"

This cover is by Hank Williams Jr...



03/28/22 11:53 AM #6655    


Patrick Riley

Rex, good listen. Thanks for sharing link!

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