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Evil Ways

Favorite Line(s):
You’ve got to change your evil ways, baby
Before I stop lovin’ you
You’ve got to change, baby
And every word that I say is true
You’ve got me runnin’ and hidin’ all over town
You’ve got me sneakin’ and a peepin’ and runnin’ you down
This can’t go on
Lord knows, you’ve got to change, baby
Comment(s):
I’m sorry, this is not the best sounding video version on YouTube, but I just can’t believe how young Carlos Santana and his band members look in this version – of course, it was 1969!    —    KMAB
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On This Day In:
2020 A Different Premise
2019 Can Too
2018 To Get Strength
Drip, Drip, Drip
2017 Bricolage Art
2016 Just A Shame
2015 Treasures Of The Mind
2014 Not Quite Exceeded Reach
2013 Who’s Side?
2012 Why I Joined The Army And Not The Navy…
2011 Is It Your Turn Yet?
Just Trippin’

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Oakland Stroke

Comment(s):
Driving along on the freeway and this just popped into my head…  What can I say?
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On This Day In:
2020 We Have A Window
2019 No Escape
2018 Except When It Is From The Oval Office
2017 Bad Karma
2016 Poor Management Choices
2015 Is It Still Dark Out?
2014 Rule One
2013 Spelling God’s Name
2012 Love Your Life And Sing
Feeling Under the Weather?
2011 Cheers, Friend!

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Hair Of The Dog

Favorite Line(s):
Now you’re messin’ with a
(A son of a bitch)
Now you’re messin’ with a son of a bitch
Now you’re messin’ with a
(A son of a bitch)
Now you’re messin’ with a son of a bitch
Comment(s):
Honestly, does anybody remember anything about this song but the intro and the chorus?  (And the album cover?)  Be honest now…    —    KMAB
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On This Day In:
2020 The Doggie Dab
A Fork In The Road
2019 #LyingDonald’s Problem With The News And Truth
2018 Oh, Hell
2017 No Welcome Mat Here
2016 Making It Up
A Missed Beat
2015 We Are All Explorers
2014 Still Trying To Cope
2013 Dear Diary (A good chuckle!)
2012 Conveniently Sequential
2011 King’s Speech Number Four
Rational Probability

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Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

Favorite Line(s):
Flamin’ eyes of people fear,
Burnin’ into you
Many men are missin’ much,
Hatin’ what they do
Youth and truth are makin’ love
Dig it for a starter
Dyin’ young is hard to take
Sellin’ out is harder
Comment(s):
Of course (in this case), the “favorite lines” are other than the chorus.  —  KMAB
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On This Day In:
2020 Decide, Support, Vote
2019 Aware Some
2018 Know Any Christians?
2017 The Only Thing I Can Give…
2016 Wiser But Less Cocksure
2015 Not Today
Wicked
2014 …Am Too
2013 Credible?
2012 Both
2011 Risking Hidden Linkage

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Puff The Magic Dragon

Favorite Line(s):
A dragon lives forever,
But not so little boys
Painted wings and giant’s rings
Make way for other toys
One gray night it happened,
Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff, that mighty dragon,
He ceased his fearless roar
His head was bent in sorrow,
Green scales fell like rain
Puff no longer went to play
Along the cherry lane
Without his lifelong friend,
Puff could not be brave
So Puff, that mighty dragon,
Sadly slipped into his cave
Oh, Puff the magic dragon
Lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honah Lee
Puff the magic dragon
Lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honah Lee
Comment(s):
Reading the lyrics as an adult, this is obviously a (somewhat sad) song about the loss of a child’s innocent imagination.  I, however, remember the song as a celebration of imagination and not of loss.  It is funny how the mind plays tricks on us.  The song was released when I was eight years old, but my memory places it back much further in my childhood.  I guess, in my memories, I held onto my “innocent imagination” longer than I thought.  —  KMAB
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On This Day In:
2020 Skyin’
2019 I Hope He Has A Lot Of Room Down There
2018 What Time Is It?
2017 Gifts
2016 30 Seconds
2015 Success
2014 Create The Fact
2013 Overpowering Curiosity
2012 On Planning The Invasion Of Iraq…
2011 This And That
I’m Bettin’ On The Bible

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Tapestry

Favorite Line(s):
My life has been a tapestry
Of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision
Of the ever-changing view
A wond’rous woven magic
In bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see
Impossible to hold
Comment(s):
[A few days ago, I got word of an old friend’s passing (from COVID).  This makes two friends in less than a month.  This friend was a nurse who I bumped into at the ER over ten years ago when I went there for heart issues.  She didn’t recognize me as it had been almost 35 years since we’d seen each other.  I said she reminded me of someone I used to know back in the 1970’s in San Francisco and she got excited as she remembered me, too.  Anyway, I was having heart issues and she triaged me into the back area for an immediate IV and care.  The ER doctor said I was lucky as for most men my age (early 50’s back then), the first sign of heart problems is your face hitting the floor.  He said most men are “too tough” to admit they have a problem when they start to feel “a little” chest pain, and then their family is burying them.  So, in a very real way, this friend from the past helped to save my life.  This song came to mind as I was thinking about her passing.  The song is kind of sad (to me).  She was NOT like that at all.  She was enthusiasm, laughter and infectious smiles.  I guess, the song came to mind because it reminds me of the tapestry of our lives weaving in and out of other’s lives creating a vision we don’t really see until we’re well beyond the current moment.  I wish I’d been able to see her before her passing, so I could’ve thanked her for these extra years to work on my tapestry.   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2020 Can We At Least Set The Bar Higher Than An Incompetent Liar In The Oval Office?
2019 Uncertain Times
And Government Shutdowns, Too
2018 Satisfied
2017 In The Mind
2016 Dreaming
2015 The Best Medicine Is Also Contagious
2014 Eyes Off
2013 The More Things Change…
2012 The Delicate Moment Of Giving
2011 Ready, Shoot, Aim!!

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Wand’rin’ Star

Favorite Line(s):
When I get to heaven
Tie me to a tree
Or I’ll begin to roam,
And soon you know where I will be
Comment(s):
I don’t know how many times I sang this song to myself while I was in the Army…   —  KMAB
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On This Day In:
2020 Hoping For #46 In January 2021
2019 Interesting, But Not Fascinating
But Try To Eat The Low-Hanging First
2018 Me, Too
2017 Apt Enough?
2016 Now Or Ever
21, Pause, Restart
2015 I Am Shocked, Sir, Shocked…
Lucy & FSND-2
2014 Less Difficult
2013 The Spirit Of Liberty
2012 The Essential Freedom Of Aloneness
2011 A Problem Of Scale
Fred Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
2010 Another Book, Another Jog…

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Dream Baby

Favorite Line(s):
Dream baby
Got me dreamin’ sweet dreams
The whole day through
Dream baby
Got me dreamin’ sweet dreams
Night time too
I love you
And I’m dreaming of you
But that won’t do
Dream baby
Make me stop my dreamin’,
You can make my dreams come true
Comment(s):
Some of the other versions (mainly live versions) on the web are more visually entertaining, but this audio “only” is the best sounding.  (IMHO)  —  KMAB
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On This Day In:
2020 On Killing Foreign Generals…
2019 Patient Understanding
2018 I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Form
2017 Fashionista
2016 A Faulty Model Of God
2015 Non Sequitur
2014 No Flags League
I Ain’t Who Am
2013 Spoiling For Fame?
2012 How Many?
2011 Too Tired To Chat Much
2010 I Must Be Crazy!!

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Back Stabbers

Comment(s):
Obviously, this video is about romantic relationships and not politics, but I heard it on the radio and it just reminded me of #45 aka: #DonTheCon.  Hopefully, soon to be “Don The Convict” instead of “Don The Con“-man.  The man is only interested in himself and will stab anyone in the back as soon as he’s satisfied he no longer needs them.  This goes from his “allies” in Congress and on the Alt-Right, to the Republican Party, to his family, to our country.  You either serve his immediate needs or you are nothing to him.
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On This Day In:
2019 Just Rewards
2018 Diet Resolutions For The New Year
Day 3: Late December Diet / Fast
2017 Daily, Mr. President, Daily
2016 We Did This
2015 I’m Talking To You
Forced (Again)
2014 We Are Not A Fearful Nation!
2013 Risking Truth
2012 Working On Reality
2011 Massive Contradictory Changes

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Little Drummer Boy

Comment(s):
Please take a minute to listen to the message at the end of the music.
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On This Day In:
2019 Looking Forward To Tomorrow (2019 Version)
2018 Not One Cent!
Looking Forward to Tomorrow
2017 Make Glad The Heart Of Childhood
2016 Sincerest Flattery
The President-elect: Making Spirits Bright
2015 What Are You Looking At?
2014 Ite, Missa Est
2013 I Hear Voices
2012 Positive Thoughts
Hope Works
2011 Look! Up In The Sky…
Humility Before The Unknowable

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I Hope You Dance

Favorite Line(s):   (only for Thanksgiving)
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
Comment(s):
To my fellow American readers:  today we celebrate / give thanks for all the good things we have in our lives.  The most precious of these things is the love we share with our family and friends.  On this particular holiday, not all of us are able to spend the day with all of the family we would normally spend the day with.  This can seem like a terrible loss – and it should.  But it is also a necessary sacrifice to help ensure there are fewer empty chairs at the dinner table come Christmas, Easter and all the other holidays next year and in the years to follow.
I cannot find fault with those who risk themselves and their loved ones in order to be together on this day.  No future days are guaranteed to us and sometimes we feel we must accept calculated risk to share precious moments together today / now.  Still, please practice as many of the CDC guidelines as you are able to:  1) smaller gatherings (preferably fewer than 10 people); 2) social distancing (spread out and don’t pack everyone at the same table); 3) when you’re not actually eating or drinking wear a mask;  4) weather permitting, gather / eat outdoors (or with windows open), and, 5) wash your hands frequently.
I pray we all make it through this winter and next summer we can look up at the stars, toast to life and dance.
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On This Day In:
2019 Defining Trumpism In Today’s Republican Party
2018 #45: It’s Tougher Being President
2017 Consequences
2016 Shouting At The Void
2015 Crab Feed
Happy Thanksgiving (2015)
2014 Beyond Proof
2013 Poor Students Of History
2012 Between Two Worlds
2011 Common Humanity
2010 The Last Two Olympians

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Crystal Blue Persuasion

Favorite Line(s):
Look over yonder
What do you see?
The sun is a’rising
Most definitely
A new day is coming,
Ooh, ooh
People are changing
Ain’t it beautiful,
Ooh, ooh
Crystal blue persuasion
Comment(s):
GSA “ascertains” Joe Biden is the President-Elect!!
Perhaps a celebration is a bit over the top (since there is still so much work to be done).  And, we are probably not ushering in an age of “peace and good, brotherhood”.  BUT…  I don’t care!  I’m happy!!!  I can start to breathe a sigh of relief for this country which I love.  Now, we can turn our attention to the Georgia Senate races and then to the Inauguration!!!
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On This Day In:
2019 Or In This Case – What’s Wrong
2018 Just Passing Through
2017 True Torture
Happy Thanksgiving – 2017 !!
2016 Overtaken
2015 Alone Praying
2014 A Full Man
2013 Off Defending The Universe
Taking Precautions
2012 Never, Never, Never
2011 Testing 1, 2, 3

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Whodunit

Favorite Line(s):
The place is surrounded
[The place is surrounded]
Nobody leaves till I found her
[Nobody leaves till I found her]
Until this case is solved
It’s up against the wall, you all
Comment(s):
LoL!!  How many of the movie and TV show detectives did you recognize from the lyrics?  Careful.  You may be showing your age…
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On This Day In:
2019 Or In This Case – What’s Wrong
2018 Just Passing Through
2017 True Torture
Happy Thanksgiving – 2017 !!
2016 Overtaken
2015 Alone Praying
2014 A Full Man
2013 Off Defending The Universe
Taking Precautions
2012 Never, Never, Never
2011 Testing 1, 2, 3

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Brick House

Favorite Line(s):
Ow, she’s a brick house
Yeah, she’s the one, the only one, built like an amazon
The clothes she wears, her sexy ways
Make an old man wish for younger days, yeah, yeah
She knows she’s built and knows how to please
Sure enough to knock a strong man to his knees
Comment(s):
LoL!!!   Those lines cracked me up back in the ’70’s (when I was in my 20’s) and they still crack me up in the ’20’s (now that I’m in my 60’s).
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On This Day In:
2019 Three Down, Three To Go
2018 Too Significant
2017 Shadows
2016 Still Blurry
2015 For Awhile Anyway
2014 By Contrast
2013 A Very Long Time…
2012 Raise And Support
2011 Naturally
2010 A Quick Sunday Morning Read
Giants Win Game 4 In Shutout 4 to 0!!!

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