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Larry Franz

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Lisa -- Thank you for the retro M.A.S.H. that someone cleverly identified, but especially the kifness's "Crappy", which should rocket all around the internet (all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, apparently).

Apropos of nothing much, here are "Hang On To Your Ego" and more than five minutes of "Good Vibrations" from YYY's A Tribute to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.





Keep those cards and letters coming... (remember Dino?)


PS:  Please do go back to page 4 for Al's update, which I unknowingly followed by a minute or two!

PPS:  From a younger group of Canadian singers (from British Columbia):

The Langley Schools Music Project, "God Only Knows"
youtube.com/watch?v=dyv4MMzSjSU

And "In My Room"



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The uploader of that MASH mash-up is obviously a huge fan with the memory of an elephant, huh? His statement at the end ("No matter what question or problem that comes up in life, MASH always has an answer.") reminded me of our late, great t Bedford's uncanny knack of finding at least one Kinks song for every topic we threw at him in the BOTB's (sniffle). 

Al - Nope unfortunately, I wasn't in Toronto at that time. Very cool video, however. 

It appears Newfies and Labradorians on the other coast were jealous of Larry posting a BC choir (would love to see an equivalent from other countries): 



EDIT: Okay, just to balance things out for some of you:




For those missing Broadway shows, here's a timely rewrite of one of the more memorable tunes from the "Hamilton" soundtrack:



and since it's Easter Sunday at time of posting, here's one for the kids and kids at heart:




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Can't come running - but we have alternatives:

Andrea Bocelli's Music For Hope solo Easter concert (with accompaniment of course)

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Lisa -- I loved the choir and "O Canada". It's true I have feelings for "The Star-Spangled Banner", as Americans tend to do, but "O Canada" is top-notch as national anthems go. Like Canada is top-notch as countries go. (We know the US has seen better days.) 

New Zealand is way up there too, as bonnie taught us over the years.

I'm leaving out England because they burned down the White House once and the differences between barons, earls, marquesses, viscounts and dukes have never been clear -- plus Wikipedia says more than one-third of England still belongs to "aristocrats and traditional landed gentry". What's up with that? 

Also leaving out Australia and Germany since their representatives here have been pretty damn quiet lately.


Al -- That Andrea Bocelli video is wonderful. Milan and the Duomo were gorgeous. I hope visitors stick around until 18:50 to hear his final song.

All right, on that basis, I should raise England up a notch. Plus there's "Jerusalem", which is amazing, and, although unofficial, is even better than "O Canada" (sorry, Lisa).



All right, England is top-notch too (but not because our family genealogist discovered that the Clarks and Waltons on my mother's side lived in Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne 200 years ago).


Moving on, only two weeks ago, YouTube creator SummertimeBlooz uploaded what he thinks is the most beautiful Beach Boys song of all. A song I was gratified to see win the old BOTB'S Season IX. It's called "The Warmth of the Sun". The visuals are great, as always, and should be especially evocative for former Angelenos (hey, there's the old Hall of Justice!).



You can find more of Mr. Blooz's Beach Boys videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZQyjfpHX30OeAbN9frDSQ


Finally, I shared a rock classic with the family yesterday. So far, no reaction. Kids these days!
youtube.com/watch?v=ukJApuzhWTw

Maybe I should have shared this one instead?
youtube.com/watch?v=YcIv2T5wB7A

Are we having fun yet? This isolation thing may be getting to some of us (me, for instance).


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Al - Yes, the Easter treat from Bocelli was bravissimo...worth watching again between the great voice and the great videography.
Somewhat odd how the last shot happened to catch an ad for Pearl Jam on an electronic billboard in Times Square. 

Larry, it's funny how when I clicked on your Jerusalem, I recognized it as a song some of the Monty Python cast sang on occasion....guess that kind of fits in with your waffling on whether or not to like England.  [smile]

Your "The Warmth of the Sun" was nice. Never been to LA, although I've always loved the opening of this Bugs Bunny classic with "Another Freeway for your Safety" which is very likely art imitating life (the last scene is another classic):



Hey, nuthin' wrong with "Surfin' Bird" IMO. It's pretty much as soothing as Bocelli compared to some of the violent, vulgar rap some of today's whippersnappers prefer. 

I hope some of the Missing in Action regulars like Darren and Cantina are doing okay....we don't need anymore near statistics in this situation, do we? 

Got a nice emailed message from a friend Easter Sunday, saying since Easter is about rebirth and resurrection, hoping when the world recovers from this that society can emerge "reset" - appreciating the simpler things, treasuring time with family and friends better, being more patient, less greedy and materialistic. No argument from me. 

That said, here's one for our suddenly simplified lifestyles: 




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Lisa,

Didn't you use this back in the day??????



Brian don't!!!!!!!


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I've been hitting YouTube hard this morning and came across one of those "First Time Listening To" videos. I've never watched one. But this was "Don't Worry, Baby"!

I wondered whether there'd be some comment about it being a car song. Or old-fashioned (yes, feeling defensive). And the guy on the video isn't someone you'd ordinarily consider part of the Beach Boys demographic (a young black man who's doesn't know the Beach Boys at all). Of course, that's the concept: get a reaction from someone who's reaction is unpredictable.

So what a reaction!



See some of the comments too.

Uninterrupted. It truly is sublime.
youtube.com/watch?v=Tb0_1Z5gAlk


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Al - I remember someone (maybe it was YOU) who once posted the kitchen table scene with the "Brian Don't" hint....thanks for the complete anthology collection there! 

Larry -- Yep, not to be racist, but certainly an interesting choice for a first time listener for a "tidy whitey" group.  [wink]

Looks like we'll never watch classic TV the same again:







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Lisa - I got to thinking that I was the Bird poster.  Oh well.  Little known fact - that one, J. Seinfeld, lived across the hallway for half a year in college.  Off he went to find himself. He was a BIG bathroom - tooth-brusher.  Clean guy, and quite private actually. He did live with a Forsyth the year before this in the floor hallway, which was known as the Gardens and I was accused by a biographer of protecting him by NOT telling him any info.  I read the book anyway. 

When will this reality end?  

If we hang around too much at home it becomes - contemplative:


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Well, that's pretty cool you knew J. Seinfeld in his very early days. Al. Cool, trippy tunes too.

Think I've actually omitted or avoided posting this offering from the pride (hopefully, presumably) of Wichita, Kansas apparently. 
Yet, could be fitting as we undergo another week of lockdown/"stay home" protocol.
And as one YT comment a while back said, would be even more cool as a duet with Adele. For those that have seen her "James Corden Carpool Karaoke", she has a good sense of humour/humor for a presumed diva:


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Hmmm...quiet day today...can almost hear crickets chirping.

How about more ukulele? Saw a snippet of this at the end of a late nite newscast Tuesday.

A children's ukulele class with Ms. Jann Arden, released a new version of an early Glen Campbell hit (which can double as a good anthem to keep our positivity up these days):

 



… and I see the propaganda films begin:



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Quote:
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Hmmm...quiet day today...can almost hear crickets chirping.

Chirping for sure. ("chirping" -- what a strange looking word)


The Crickets -- "Oh Boy!" (with Buddy Holly, but not written by him -- the 1st track on their 1st album The "Chirping" Crickets (1957) -- it reached #10 in the US and #3 in the UK)
 

And the flip side, which didn't chart, the classic "Not Fade Away" (Holly was a co-writer -- that was quite a double-sided 45)
youtube.com/watch?v=QJMe8R0fkDU


One from after "the day the music died" (February 3, 1959):

The Crickets -- "More Than I Can Say" (1960, quite good, but only #26 in the UK) 



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Now please pay attention. This is an important question I've had but never gotten around to asking:

When two of us play one of these videos and YouTube puts up an array of twelve more at the end, do we see the same twelve?

I just played the Crickets' "More Than I Can Say" again (so catchy and new to me) and YouTube presented me with these twelve, from upper left to lower right:

The Crickets
Dave the Bus Driver (???)
Gordon Ramsay
Bobby Darin

The Everly Brothers (two great songs live)
Bobby Vee (another version of "More Than I Can Say"! who knew?)
Frank Sinatra
The Chordettes

The Moody Blues
Best Hippie Songs of All Time (part 2)
Elvis Presley
The Bee Gees

My guess is that YouTube's algorithm combines songs related to what you just played and also your personal video history. So two people might see some of the same videos but not exactly the same. How Gordon Ramsay, who I've never watched and as far as I know doesn't sing, got into my recommendations may be the result of quantum indeterminacy.

An answer or two to this question would be deeply appreciated (Lisa, Al, anyone else still exist?).

And who knew that Leo Sayer had a major hit with a cover of "More Than I Can Say" in 1980? #1, #2, #3 in major countries but merely #5 in New Zealand. 34,500,000 views. (I must have been preoccupied in 1980.) I'm not going to post it, however, because he didn't add anything to the song except an extra minute it didn't need.

Instead, here's a classic from Dennis Potter's terrific TV series The Singing Detective (1986), with its amazing performance by Michael Gambon as the psoriasis-ridden mystery writer. We just watched it again. It's still mysterious but became clearer on another viewing.

Al Bowlly & His Orchestra, "The Very Thought of You" (1934)


And who's in the top row? Kitty Kallen, Lesley Gore and Al Bowlly. But they also gave me a new video from my favorite presidential candidate (Sen. Warren), which I don't think you'd get. So forget I asked that stupid question.


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Larry,

To blow up your thinking my nine are sooooo random (things I would never go to) from Harpo Marx's son to Andy Kaufman to Mary Tyler Moore as just three of the choices that I had (two were Crickets though). 

But away I go (and not bragging about JS, Lisa, it was just a fun-fact) that I DID get to hear the Crickets live when they were with Nanci Griffith back in the 90's and COMPLETELY blew me away.  One can see why they were instrumental in the birth of Rock and Roll AND an influence on those Beat Brothers from Liverpool.

Here is Walk Right Back

Which will NOT be happening soon - or ever! WE are changed by what is taking place. 

Well, Alright:

THIS guy loves his Crickets (and Buddy)


And just to say B7 becomes a VERY important chord in I Want To Hold Your Hand and I Should Have Known Better and others. 


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Larry, in answer to your question, my 12 that came up after were a real potpourri ("for $1,000, Alex").  Surprise, surprise, huh? 

Anyhoo, lookee here...who's ready for some foot stompin' country AND western music from Big & Rich?:




… was saddened to learn British comic actor Tim Brooke-Taylor passed away from complications with COVID-19.  Used to watch back in the day his comedy show "The Goodies". Found a fun clip on IMDB that I hadn't seen before of "The Bootles" (He's Saul, then the leather jacket guy on the left at the end):

https://www.imdb.com/video/vi1113757977?playlistId=nm0111756&ref_=nm_ov_vi

He also had a brief, uncredited part in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", somewhat Peter Sellers-ish, IMO:



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