Another poem


I’m am going down an abyss,
But I don’t know
If I’m falling or diving.


Song–“A Day in the Life”–Beatles

Movie–“The Producers” (original 1968 version)

Book–DAVID BOWIE, A LIFE–Dylan Jones



My latest brainworm


I heard this song Sunday, when AMERICAN TOP 40 was review the hits of the third week in July, 1979.   And, of course “Mamma Mia 2” is being released in theaters this Friday.  And Cinema Sins featured the since of the original movie yesterday.  I’m having a massive case of Abba on the Brain.

Song:  See above.

Book: ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff.

TV: “Yellow Submarine”


The 5 Greatest BILLBOARD #1 Pop Hits of All Time

And now a brand-new feature to LaMP, the Top Five list.  Every now and then I’m going to write down a list of the Top Five of something, inspired by Nick Hornby’s HIGH FIDELITY and Casey Kasem’s AMERICAN TOP FORTY.  And, a la Casey Kasem, I’m going to do in reverse order, like a countdown.

The 5 Greatest BILLBOARD #1 Pop Hits of All Time

5.  “Hotel California”–The Eagles.

Unlike the Dude in “The Big Lebowski,” I like the Eagles.  And “Hotel California” is one of my favorite songs, so it gets a place here.  The tune is so eerie and foreboding.  I’ll leave it to the rest of you to decide what the song is about–or you can look it up on Wikipedia.

4.  “I Want to Hold Your Hand”–The Beatles.”

The song that saved Rock’n’Roll–all right I’m exaggerating a wee bit, but not by much.  There’s something primal in that song that had been missing from pop music for the previous few years.

3.  “Honky Tonk Women”–The Rolling Stones.

It was a choice between this song and “Satisfaction.”  I love the chorus of “Honky Tonk Women.”  There’s something wild about it.  Exhibit A in the Stones’ case for being The World’s Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band.

2.  “Jailhouse Rock”–Elvis Presley.  

The best opening in Rock history.  Within seconds you can tell the King meant business.  And he definitely took care of it in this song.

1.  “Everyday People”–Sly and the Family Stone

The greatest protest song in Rock’n’Roll history–and the funkiest.  This song rocks.  This song rolls.  And Sly’s “We got it live together!”  is Rock at its most urgent.  And a lesson humanity still needs to learn.




My latest brainworm…


I remember the first few notes of the chorus.  I hadn’t heard the song in years till Casey Kasem played it on AMERICAN TOP FORTY a week-and-a-half ago, when the show featured that week back in 1971.  It was a small hit (#28 on Billboard’s Hot 100).  But the chorus still stuck in my memory all these years.

And don’t ask me what this song means.


A poem

The Piece of Paper

My life
Is a piece of paper
Blown in an ever-changing wind.
The paper flies in all directions.
One can see the writing on the paper,
But one cannot see how much writing
Or how full of writing the paper is.
One will not know for sure
Until the paper lies still on the ground,
So that one may pick it up
And examine it.

Mood: tired

Book:  HIGH FIDELITY  by Nick Hornby

Song:  “Albert Flasher”–The Guess Who.

Required Reading for Blockheads


Sunday evening I started to read PEANUTS AND PHILOSOPHY, a philosophical look at Charles Schulz’s legendary comic strip.  It’s the book I’d been waiting for since book publishers started printing the various “Pop culture and philosophy”  series (I know of two), with such titles as JIMMY BUFFETT AND PHILOSOPHY and SOUTH PARK AND PHILOSOPHY, a decade or two back.  Since then I’d kept waiting for someone to release PEANUTS AND PHILOSOPHY.

Finally it happened.