Monday, March 03, 2008

Monday Madness


The first robin of the season is outside under the apple trees eating fallen apples that were exposed after yesterday's big wind. Some places in the yard have a couple of feet of snow coverage and some areas are bare grass. I've tried several times today to get this robin's photo through the window but it flies up into the trees each time I approach the window. The photo of a robin is in my back yard but it's from summer.

I've had a very, very busy day today - answering phones. It somehow gets around that The Girl is home and the phone begins to ring non-stop. She was out all afternoon so I was relegated to the message taking.

I bought and am reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, the book that Oprah has been talking about, pushing actually, for weeks. He and she are having an online class about the book on Monday nights. I had planned to sign up for this but other than tonight, my next few Mondays will be occupied. It also starts at 10 pm which would be too late for me to do thinking work.

Lesson Learned by the wonderfully talented Alicia Keys is the first song today. Mississippi Fred McDowall has the second, Good Morning Little School Girl. I have lots of versions of that song but I love everything Mississippi Fred MacDowall does so that's the one I'm choosing. It has a different melody than every other version I've heard but I like him so much!

We've had lots of visitors since I started this so it's coming rather late. Now Putfile seems to be having some slowdown. Hope the songs work ok cause it sure is taking a long time to upload them. Remember the good old days when this was published at 4:30 - 4:45?

10 comments:

Ekim said...

Mississippi Fred is one of my all time favourites.
Did you hear that Jeff Healy died?

Ralph said...

Thanks for the Keys. Don't know her too well and this is a good intro.

Cuidado said...

ekim, I did hear the new early this morning - a great loss!

Mississippi Fred is so awesome - glad you like him as much as I do.

Cuidado said...

Ralph, Alicia Keys is a real talent. She plays piano (Keys, ha ha), writes and sings like a soulful angel. Check he out for your own pleasure. Here's one more.
http://media.putfile.com/Fallin---Alicia-Keys

Ralph said...

Now that "Fallin'" is good!

The thing with all these neo-soul, or neo-R&B singers is I have trouble trusting they're the real deal. They're all Aretha wannabes, all the way back to Mariah Carey, who in my opionion has wasted a phenomenal talent on material that's pure schlock. (She's rich, but that just proves P.T. Barnum's point: never overestimate the taste of the American public.) None of them ever met a melisma they didn't like, to the point where that device is run way into the ground and becomes cliché. the Alicia Keys bandwagon may be a good ride---I'll have to listen to more.

Anonymous said...

Hey Ma,
You made me ablues CD last year, with some songs from Mississippi Fred McDowall. I really like him too.
-A

Cuidado said...

Ralph, I think she is the real deal.

Cuidado said...

A, I bought you some Schooner today. You like that too.

Anonymous said...

I love Schooner also.
Steve

Anonymous said...

It is true that I have a deep love for Schooner. I still am bitter that Ontario stopped selling the beer within two years of me moving. It is sort of like marrying someone, and THEN they tell you 'BTW I have $100K in debt'.
-A