Today's post will definitely not be peaches and cream but hard cider and rotten tomatoes. Why? Well, mostly because of the following factors taking place.
1} Computer blew its brains out. Since Thursday, been unable to download updates (19 totaling 280+MB), so it's at Staples being fixed. Which leads to...
2} Using daughter's old computer, which was squatted on by mommy dearest. Damn thing has Windows 10, and I had to log out of three different websites that mommy dearest forgot to log out of. And if that wasn't enough, I have an extra long keyboard to battle with 'cause the manufacturer done installed a stupid telephone (you remember those) keyboard on the keyboard, so I gots to type on an angle.
3} Tumblr eating up a blog post that I spent thirty-five minutes writing. If you are thinking about using Tumblr, please keep in mind that unlike Blogger, THEY DO NOT HAVE AN AUTO SAVE FEATURE. I was writing about one of my favorite controversial topics (Sex), and I was going on one of those seriously informative tangents that I like to do from time to time when it comes to my writing, and for some annoying reason, the backspace button decided to not back space a few words but the entire website. Lost every F'n thing I wrote. Yah, I am still upset about this. Wrote a seriously short post about it too.
4} No writing was accomplished this week. 'Nuff said about that.
5} No blog visiting to speak of. See bullet point 1 & 2 as to why.
Which leads us to a blog post that I wanted to write today, which was about songs based on current events.
I got to thinking about this topic the other day when I was listening to the radio. I don't remember what the song in question was that triggered, but it did, so I got to tripping down memory lane about songs based on real events. In no particular order of importance, here are a few songs that sprung to mind. Please note that these are based on my personal preference and not on those that modern artists churn out as a flavor of the month (Bruce Springsteen comes to mind).
1} I Don't Like Mondays by Boomtown Rats. This song is based on a schoolyard shooting in California back in the 70's, where the gunman (a teenage girl) gave as the reason for doing it, "I don't like Mondays." Has gotten some commercial play since this is the only song by the Boomtown Rats that they'll play on commercial radio.
2} I Fought The Law by The Dead Kennedys. This song is a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four classic, and the cover is based on the shootings of Harvey Milk and George Moscone by Dan White who used the ever popular Twinkie defense to get away with murder (got seven, served five, then ate a gun). Oddly enough, this was song that I heard on college radio that got me interested in the Dead Kennedys.
3}Waters Edge by Seven Mary Three. I do not know for a certainty that this song was based on a the tragic murder of 13 year old Maryann Measles here in Connecticut, but if you listen to the song, the lyrics tell a hauntingly familiar (at least to me) story. In fact, the entire c.d. is one long depressingly nasty piece of music. If I was writing a review, I would give this c.d. about a four star rating.
4} Hey Man, Nice Shot by Filter. Contrary to popular opinion, this was not based on the "suicide" of Kurt Cobain, but based on the very public (like live television) suicide of Pennsylvania State Treasurer Budd Dwyer. For those who have a morbid curiousity, you can see the video of the entire incident on quite a few websites (like rotten.com).
And finally, 5} Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton. I still get the creepy goosebumps whenever I just think about the song, let alone listen to it.
Tune in next week, when I should be a little upbeat and a lot less cynical. Hope to see everyone very very soon on your blogs.
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