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Deb#1

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Thanks for the vote, Popeye.  "Time Passages" is great for this week.
Sadly, Lisa, it seems like we've lost a namesake of mine.  The news just said Debbie Reynolds has passed.  One more in this year's long list of memorable losses.

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Yep, just came across that, Deb. Very tragic circumstances....and poor Todd witnessed his sister and mom pass just hours apart.
Sheesh!

Four days to go and we can wipe the slate clean of this depressing year on the entertainment side. 
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Gold - Brian Wilson 

Silver - The Zombies 

Bronze - Bobby Darin 

Tin - Cher - I'm really not even a big fan of her classic material.  
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Last vote of the year...

GOLD for The Zombies 

SILVER to Brian Wilson 

BRONZE to Bobby Darin 

TIN for Cher

Last Kinks of the year - Better Things

"I know you've got a lot of good things happening up ahead.
The past is gone it's all been said.
So here's to what the future brings,
I know tomorrow you'll find better things."









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Thanks t. We all needed to hear that one.

The Zombies are still out there rocking and moving on.


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Wow! A Beatles record that's actually on YouTube. 

Wonder why. 

Wish I could say the same for 'The Ballad of John and Yoko' and 'If I Fell', both of which look set to appear in this year's play-offs. 

Somehow. [frown]
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Hi-ho Deb!  Sadly, my initial thoughts on the order of these songs were very similar to early votes.  I'll take a bit more time, but Cher is in the tin can, regardless.  (I won't be able to resist mentioning that unfortunate "outfit" and the cannon-straddling either.)

Darren, you might have to sing us a version of each of those songs and put them on Youtube. [wink]

I have heard there is a "Save Betty White From 2016" campaign. [smile]

Here's something that gets me New Year's ready.






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A great track about New Years Day.  Back when U2 was just still just a solid rock band.  

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good day and end of year from itinerant souls now lounging in sydney,
in sight of the majestic bridge and the stunning opera house.
slowed down for the first time in 2 months of travelling,
venturing into the interior, circumnavigating the whole continent,
dabbling in assorted beauteous islands out in the s pacific,
visiting hobbiton(!!!)
and, oh lordy, lummy, licketysplix...
we've done met b'otb-meister, his excellency, the veritable darren j ray!
yep, seen him in his natural habitat,
performing a rather fab, all lovebugged up 60's show,
in the company of assorted blueboarders who we love to bits
(joy / jay / robyne / julia...), a veritable aus-superbunch.
splediferous to meet the chap
(not only is he a spiffing, talented showman, but a thoroughly good chap,
not the nerd y'might've thunk given all hoo-hah here in botbland).
all too litle time to jaw with dazbo, but next tme, eh?
deep joy in the funderlobes.
now gearing up for the fireworks extravaganza tomorrow night that'll bring in a new year,
which, fingers crossed, won't be one of shock'n'horror.

and so, on to my first entry for too too long:

gold: 'one for the boys'
- i've annoyed m'self by picking this a gold.
not because of any infra-dig pretensions or anything, like.
but, it's more an aural étude than a fully fledged composition.
playing with multi-track, relearning, getting back into doing what you do,
but working out how to do it better.
and, as such, it's immensely interesting.
but, does it deserve top place here?
it's over produced, over-reverbed, overwrought and underwhelming.
whilst, simultaneously, undeniably brilliant, unashamedly passionate
and overwhelming.
i've wrestled.
i've lost.
it wins.

silver: 'this could be our year'
- it's not a complex song (or is it, what do i know about how to perform it?).
simple, straightforward lyrics, repeating melody.
it fits so well in th context of the 'odessey and oracle' album.
i usually cringe when a song is cranked up a gear halfway through
as it scales up for what is meant as some impetus forward.
this song does that, round about the 1:00 mark.
it also has that emotive slight delay for intake of breathe,
just before the denoument, at 1:47 for dramatic effect.
but, i forgive it, since i just love colin blunstone's voice to bits
- and he's still, more or less, got it to perform with
(even if he now looks like a dusty, should-be retired posh schoolteacher
auditioning for a job at hogwarts).
rod argent's piano in to 0:50's is spot on, lovely.
and, it's short, no longer than required.
why do i mention all this?
because this version is the stripped down mix,
the song arrangement is exposedas it lacks the reverb and the horns
that saturate the original mono album version.
and, as such, it's so fresh, so different. beautiful.
the mono one wouldn't've made it to gold place,
but this nearly does.
every year could be zombies year.

bronze: 'splish splash'
- logic tells me this is the greatest, grooviest of the numbers on offer this week.
it whoops, grooves, pharts and generally exuberates all over.
but, it can't quite compete.
and what a duff fade!

tin:'if i could turn back time'
- eyes closed, avoid watching the diveo, stay focused on the music...
love the tension of the opening staccato strings.
like the urgent vocals, the jabbing guitar thrust.
well, first time around.
it grates too too quickly.
time is turned back in a dull loop of bombast, with oh so dated production.
and has that most annoying gear change around 3:20.
i'd really like to like cher
(i am quite partial to the auto-over-distort-tuned 'believe',
which is a rare example of how to go over the top with style)
i would.
but...

cheers, chums

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t, thanks for the last of the year Kinks.  It’s kind of like the last of the good wine for the year: 2016, a lovely vintage year for Kinks.  Here’s to even more in 2017.

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Wow! A Beatles record that's actually on YouTube.

Dazbo, I’m torn between really enjoying the availability of all the music on YouTube and understanding that artists have to live and make a living, too.   This means copyrights.

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The Zombies are still out there rocking and moving on.
  Who knew?  Not me.  I learn something every week here.

Sorry, bonnie, you’re gonna have to draw me the line between New Years and the “Icky Thump”. Do I replace an “h” with an “r” for relevancy?
Thanks kds, for U2’s New Year’s Day.  I always liked this song.  It has a universal appeal.  Wikipedia says, “In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at #435 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".  ”The lyric had its origins in a love song from Bono to his wife, but was subsequently reshaped and inspired by the Polish Solidarity movement.”  Is this the year of American solidarity movement?
Thanks, paul, for taking the time to check in from warm and sunny Sydney.  I so enjoyed Sydney earlier this year.  Even now I can feel the breeze from the harbor to Bondi beach.  These days are probably the best time of year for a splish-splash down under.  Any sneak peeks from Darren’s show?
After having roamed far and near this year I am enjoying the haven called home.  I have time to muse.  One leitmotif of New Year is regretting the passing of time and the things we didn’t get done.  While it’s not the biggest element necessarily, it’s overly pointed for a procrastinator like me.  That’s why I like the "Time Passages" video Popeye posted.  Too often, at this time of year, I feel the years are not getting any longer or plentiful. Hurry up and do something.  Like play a song about the pressure of time: Coldplay - Clocks

Appreciating and counting the votes…


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And in a slightly related story...that's SIR Ray Davies to you!

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38459659

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Indeed!
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At New Year’s there is still the future to worry about.  There’s still some time to fill the bucket list.  From diet and gym resolutions to working for your goals and dreams in the future, time is passing.  Here are a few related songs if you have the time:

Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster

Rhett and Link - Resolutions Revolution Song

Give Me Just A Little More Time - Chairmen of the Board

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead

This is my wish - Kevin Ross Lyrics


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Hi folks, from 2017.


Deb, nah, that’s not Zooey. Both Linda and Zooey were/are better looking than that lady.

Plenty of superstars/celebrities who passed are not on that list. A sad year.

I didn't know William Schallert had died. Our hero, t. 

Deb, when you post the final results, I will add them to the scores and organise the first play-off. 


Paul, thank you, dear sir.

Our time was way too fleeting.

But I am so grateful you and Ashley came. Was very nervous.

And we got to sing G-L-O-R-I-A together!

Next time it will occur to me to actually buy you a drink and get our picture taken together.

Continued safe travels.

Loved your votes, and thank you for the ‘This Will Be Our Year’ info. THAT mix version was actually released in 1997.  

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Deb, hope I'm not stealing something for your closing, but since it IS 2017 overseas at time of posting:





Also at time of posting, I'm thankful Betty White is still with us and managing to pull through to 2017 with us (thanks, bonnie)!

In my memories of the original "Charlotte's Web" the other night, I remembered another appropriate for all the reflections of time and life we have at the end of the year. Sung by that Texan born Mary Frances Reynolds:




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