Hearing Elvis for the very first time

I am a music fan. I cannot deny it. I love music. Not all kinds of music. Rap isn’t music, it’s more of a social statement with a backbeat. And I don’t ascribe the word music to a “song” with lyrics made up entirely of the “N” word and the “F” word.

I will admit I’m not a fan of jazz or Dixieland. It’s not awful like Rap, it’s just not my cup of tea. But I will listen to just about anything.

I have many MP3 files of my favorites. I use WinAmp as my player because it is superior to any media player. I could go into a long dissertation about how Windows Media Player destroys cover art, but that is a discussion for another time. What I want to talk about is Minilyrics. I have mentioned this product in blog posts before. It is fun to see the lyrics appear as the singer sings each line. It completes the song.

However, today I decided to create the lyrics for Elvis’ version of Don’t Be Cruel. I went through my steps, assigning a specific line of lyrics to a specific time in the song. When I played the song back to check that the lyrics matched, I was startled. I was watching the lyrics appear, but when Elvis would sing the line, it was disconnected somehow. I would see and hear the words, but something was…well, missing! And then it dawned on me.

Elvis’ vocal style is so unlike anyone else. Yes, the words to the lyrics you see are correct. Yes, you can sing along. But there is just something WEIRD about reading the bland and unemotional lyrics at the same time you listen to Elvis put his heart, soul, and passion into every syllable. It’s like listening to someone describe the contents of an Ansel Adam’s photograph. Yes, technically there is a mountain, and sky, and clouds, and a lake, and shadows, and flowers, and all manner of nature. But when you actually see the photograph you realize the narrator hasn’t told you anything about it. The contents are there but the distinction between what you see and what you observe is monumental.

This is what Elvis brings to music. It’s like I heard him sing for the very first time.


The Greatest Generation

I always think about the people that were born around the last decade of the 19th Century. They were close to their early teens when Orville and Wilbur Wright taught us to fly. They were around 80 when Neil Armstrong took us to the stars. They saw both the beginning of flight and its ultimate expression in space. They were in awe of the wood and fabric and wires doing what up until that time, only God’s creatures could do. They experienced the power and majesty of metal and chemicals and fire shot into the vacuum of space — a place were none of God’s creatures could go.

But they are all gone now. And even though we have the photos and movies of these things, they lived through them when both were new. Only they had the experience for the ages.

My mother’s mother was one. And, until the day she died, she knew how special her place in history was.

I don’t know if there will ever be another leap in technology like those 70 years. Think about that — less than 70 years from first flight to walking on the moon. Think of all the people that tried to fly before the Wrights. All of those centuries of dreaming and scheming and trial and error and getting SO CLOSE but falling at the finish line only to see two bicycle dealers pull it off. And then someone snaps their fingers and Neil Armstrong is walking on the moon.

Sometimes, it’s like a vacation post card. Wish I was there…for both.

You sir, are a steely-eyed missle man!

Posted by Stranded in Sonoma

I remember…
July 20, 1969…
Summer vacation between my 6th and 7th grades…
320 William Avenue, Larkspur, California, just before 8 pm…
Watching a black and white Ward’s Signature TV…
Pop had removed the anti-glare panel so he could take photos of the screen…
A blurry figure of a man in a space suit climbing down a ladder…
He stops on the pad at the bottom…
He steps off the pad and says…

“That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.”

And we were in awe that we were watching the first man to set foot on the moon…
Proof that despite the times, we were still a great country…
Proof that we, as a nation, had the will to do great things…
Unfortunately, great men die…
Good luck and God speed…

Today, August 25, 2012, Neil Armstrong passed away.  


A Collective Noun for a group of Muzloids

Posted by Stranded in Sonoma

Collective nouns describe, usually, a group of animals. However, they are used to describe humans as well. And since we’re talking about muzloids, that would be animals anyway. (My apologies to all of the others in the animal kingdom.) With this in mind, I will offer some of my ideas as to what a group of muzloids should be called. Unfortunately, I’ll have to call them muslims. Mostly because we need to be grammatically correct. So the following would be read as:

A Blush of Boys
A Murder of Crows

Group Collective Noun
Boys Blush
Crows Murder

I wanted to give a few examples just so you get the idea. So, now on to naming a group of muzloids. My favorite is listed last.

Group Collective Noun
Muslims Terror
Muslims Intimidation
Muslims Babbling
Muslims Hijacking
Muslims Detention
Muslims Waterboarding
Muslims Target

Can you come up with more? Leave your ideas in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.  


Conservative Gold assists Conservative Silver

If you are a conservative and still live in liberal California, and you fear that your vote will not count to get Obama out of office, there is still something you can do.

There will be gatherings in Reno, Nevada on both the 28th and 29th of September and on the 26th and 27th of October called NobamaNevada. Visit their website for much more detailed information. Right now, they need precinct walkers and phone coordinators. So there is something for everyone to do. You can also read more about how the effort started and what the coordinating groups stand for.

If you can make it, that would be wonderful. If not, but you would still like to help, you can donate by contacting the group. Please, do all you can.

These are the types of efforts that are needed to defeat Obama. We intelligent Californians know that the liberal koolaidians would vote for the democrat donkey, literally, in any election just to keep sane people out of public office. It’s time to step up to the plate and go deep for freedom, liberty, and opportunity.

Thank you.


It seems like every day now we get a new gaffe from VP Joe Biden. It seems like every time he opens his mouth we are treated to a new zinger or whopper that would get a Republican drawn and quartered.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t think this is happenstance. I believe there is something nefarious going on in the Obama camp. I’m wondering if this is all a covert plan to replace Biden. Send him out there and let him say whatever he wants. Hell, give him stupid stuff to say. Then at the convention, Biden is told he will not be on the ticket because of his gaffes. He is to go out and say to the crowd that he has chosen not be VP again — to spend more time with his family. Ann Barnhardt thinks Biden will “get” prostate cancer. Her reasoning is sound. This is her comment from IOwnTheWorld:

Prostate cancer. No external symptoms with a high survival rate, so death or extreme weight loss is not required or expected, yet serious enough to justify stepping down. It is the perfect cover story. Yep, my money is on “prostate cancer.”

When Obama addresses the crowd, he says that this news was completely unexpected and he has been floored by this revelation. He had no idea that Biden wanted to step down. Of course, he will support Joe in his decision and, if it is “prostate cancer,” he will wish Joe a speedy and full recovery. He then says that he will vow to make a choice before the end of the convention. To keep with the stagecraft, a few possible picks are flown in and interviewed. When the choice is made, it will be former Virginia Governor Mark Warner.

There are a few reasons for this. Virginia is a very important state. It is only 13 electoral votes but with 270 needed to win, every one is important. If for no other reason than to keep Romney/Ryan from getting them. But even more important than the electoral votes is the Virginia Senate race. Democrat Tim Kaine is up against Republican George Allen. Both are popular in the state but if Kaine wins, that means the senate seat stays democrat. Along with the possibility of the democrats holding onto the U.S. Senate.

Will the democrats dump Biden? Well, since Sarah Palin has said that’s what Obama should do, it may be difficult for them to make the change. If they do, Palin can take credit for the change and that the democrats are now taking advice from a True American Patriot. If they don’t and they lose the election, she gets to say, “I told you so.”

Personally, I think they just ignore Palin, make the change to energize the base, have the Enemedia™ tell the country how inspired this choice is, and hope for the best.

You heard it here first.

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