Wednesday, October 17, 2018

So Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie

A long long time ago
 I can still remember how
 That music used to make me smile
 And I knew if I had my chance
 That I could make those people dance
 And maybe they'd be happy for a while...

You probably recognize the lyrics above:  American Pie (1971) by Don McLean.  I love this song!  

There has always been some disagreement over what the lyrics mean, and Don McLean wasn't too keen to clear up the mysteries, but in 2015, his original manuscript was up for auction at Christie's, so he gave a little information in an interview to promote the auction.

The manuscript sold for $1,205,000!

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The song also made a 26 year old McLean famous quickly.

But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver 
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step

1. McLean was actually a paper boy who was on the job the day the music died.

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

2. This, obviously refers to the deaths of Buddy Holly (age 22), Richie Valens (age 17), and the Big Bopper (JP Richardson) in a plane crash on February 3, 1959.  Waylon Jennings, a member of Holly's band, had given up his seat to Richardson who was ill at the time.

3. McLean believed the music industry started heading in the wrong direction after this.  "There is no poetry and very little  romance in anything anymore," he said.

So bye-bye, miss american pie. Drove my chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry. And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye Singin', "this'll be the day that I die. "this'll be the day that I die." Did you write the book of love, And do you have faith in God above, If the Bible tells you so? Do you believe in rock 'n roll, Can music save your mortal soul, And can you teach me how to dance real slow? Well, I know that you're in love with him `cause I saw you dancin' in the gym. You both kicked off your shoes. Man, I dig those rhythm and blues. I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck With a pink carnation and a pickup truck, But I knew I was out of luck The day the music died.
I started singin', "bye-bye, miss american pie." Drove my chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry. Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye And singin', "this'll be the day that I die. "this'll be the day that I die." Now for ten years we've been on our own And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone, But that's not how it used to be. When the jester sang for the king and queen, In a coat he borrowed from james dean And a voice that came from you and me,

4. The line "moss grows fat on a rolling stone" likely refers to the tight outfit Mick Jagger wore at a show that 
displayed a roll of belly fat.
Oh, and while the king was looking down, The jester stole his thorny crown. The courtroom was adjourned; No verdict was returned. And while lennon (lenin?) read a book of marx, The quartet practiced in the park, And we sang dirges in the dark The day the music died.

5. The King refers to Elvis Presley.

6. The Quartet likely refers to the Beatles.
The dirges in the dark refers to the 1960's peace marches.

We were singing, "bye-bye, miss american pie." Drove my chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry. Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye And singin', "this'll be the day that I die. "this'll be the day that I die." Helter skelter in a summer swelter. The birds flew off with a fallout shelter, Eight miles high and falling fast. It landed foul on the grass. The players tried for a forward pass, With the jester on the sidelines in a cast.

7. Helter Skelter refers to the Charles Manson murders.
Eight miles high and falling fast refers to the Byrds' popular song "Eight Miles High."

8. The jester here is Bob Dylan.
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume While the sergeants played a marching tune. We all got up to dance, Oh, but we never got the chance! `cause the players tried to take the field; The marching band refused to yield. Do you recall what was revealed The day the music died?

9. While sergeants played a marching tune likely refers to the Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

10.. From "We all got up to dance" to "the marching band refused to yield" refers to the huge numbers of young people that went to Chicago in 1968 for the Democratic National Convention thinking they would be able to take part, but the Chicago police did not allow them to.
We started singing, "bye-bye, miss american pie." Drove my chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry. Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye And singin', "this'll be the day that I die. "this'll be the day that I die." Oh, and there we were all in one place, A generation lost in space With no time left to start again. So come on: jack be nimble, jack be quick! Jack flash sat on a candlestick Cause fire is the devil's only friend.

11. Jack Flash refers to the Rolling Stones.
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage My hands were clenched in fists of rage. No angel born in hell Could break that satan's spell. And as the flames climbed high into the night To light the sacrificial rite, I saw satan laughing with delight The day the music died He was singing, "bye-bye, miss american pie." Drove my chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry. Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye And singin', "this'll be the day that I die. "this'll be the day that I die." I met a girl who sang the blues And I asked her for some happy news, But she just smiled and turned away. I went down to the sacred store Where I'd heard the music years before, But the man there said the music wouldn't play. And in the streets: the children screamed, The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed. But not a word was spoken; The church bells all were broken. And the three men I admire most: The father, son, and the holy ghost, They caught the last train for the coast The day the music died.

12. McLean was a practicing Catholic, thus, the trinity that he admires, but it may also be another reference to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper.
And they were singing, "bye-bye, miss american pie." Drove my chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry. And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye Singin', "this'll be the day that I die. "this'll be the day that I die." They were singing, "bye-bye, miss american pie." Drove my chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry. Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die

13. And here is a missing verse that McLean decided not to include in the song:

And there I stood alone and afraid 
I dropped to my knees and there I prayed 
And I promised him everything I could give 
If only he would make the music live 
And he promised it would live once more 
But this time one would equal four 
And in five years four had come to mourn 
and the music was reborn.

The Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts named "American Pie" the “Song of the Century."
At 8 minutes 32 seconds, this is the longest song in length to hit #1 on the Hot 100.

People Magazine
Los Angeles Times
The Telegraph

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy.

Last night was a rare treat for me.  No papers to grade!  That will all change soon enough!  Have I mentioned that I'm giving up my conference period this year to teach an extra class?  It means that I teach non-stop all day.  The things I would normally do during my conference period have to be done in the morning or after school, so I am there late every day.  It's okay, though.  While I'm tired, I am getting paid for it, so...

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Have you ever thought about having your DNA tested?  I wonder what they can tell besides ancestry and heritage.  Can they tell if you are predisposed to a certain hereditary illness?  What about other things besides health matters?  I've always been a little scared to send my DNA off to a company who will keep a record of everything my DNA tells them.  That probably sounds unusual, but I really don't want anybody knowing anything about me that isn't necessary.

Our temperatures dropped in the Gulf Coast of Texas today.  They've been in the 90's.  Last night we were in the upper 50's, and we'll have a high in the mid-60's for a few days.  We'll be back in the 70's by the end of the week, and probably higher than that the following week.  This is just a short respite from the heat.

Are you making any Halloween plans?  We used to attend a martini party at our friend's house, but she stopped having them a couple of years ago.  I'm actually thankful.  It's too difficult trying to find a costume that isn't too funny-looking, and the last time I went to one of her parties, let's just say I didn't feel well the next day, and it wasn't a result of the food!  No Halloween plans for me this year except giving out candy to cute kids who happen to ring my doorbell.  Which brings me to today's first funny...

And this one is soooooo me!

And last, but not least, meet Maru, the cutest cat in the world.  He is a Scottish fold who lives in Japan.  He's 11 years old.  His videos on YouTube have over 200 million hits!
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

The Magic of Finkleton (Finkleton, #1)The Magic of Finkleton by K.C. Hilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a cute little story. It's actually a series of three books, but the third has not been released yet. The author self-published under the pseudonym K. C. Hilton.

Finkleton is the perfect town in England. The weather is perfect, and the fruits, grains, and vegetables are the best around. The town centers around a shop owned by Harry Finkle. When Uncle Harry dies suddenly, and the Finkles' home in Bath burns down, the Finkles move to Finkleton to take over the shop. Things have not been going well since Uncle Harry died. One by one, the children, Jack, Lizzy, and Robert, put clues together and discover the magic of Finkleton.

The book appears to be set in a time long ago based on the language and the absence of contractions used by characters such as "I'm" and "You're." It's a little static at times, and the children are too syrupy. But overall, it's a creative and entertaining story, and I look forward to reading Return to Finkleton.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A Cat Story for T13

1.  My cat, Lacy, is supposed to be an indoor kitty.  My husband, however, likes to let her out in the back yard, usually in the morning.
2.  He leaves the door cracked so she can come in when she is ready.
3.  Sometimes he leaves for work before she comes in.  That is when things get interesting.
4.  One day, she had a locust in her mouth, and it was buzzing loudly.  She was so scared of the buzzing, and I don't think she knew the buzzing was in her mouth. We were laughing so hard.  Upstairs, downstairs, upstairs,, behind the couch, etc.  She finally and dropped it.
5.  One evening, I heard a strange meow which means she has something in her mouth.  Then I heard a squeaking.  Mice really do squeak!  It was a baby mouse, and she had injured it, I think.  She still ran upstairs with it, so I tried to sweep it into the dustpan to get it outside, but I think it died.
6.  Another thing she brought in was a snake.  I have no idea what kind or whether or not it was alive because I hate snakes!  When I heard her weird meow and peeked to see what she had, I ran! Thank goodness my husband was here to deal with that one!
7.  A few days ago, I heard that strange meowing again.  This time it was a lizard.  A big, fat, black lizard, definitely not your garden-variety green lizard.
8.  I dislike lizards almost as much snakes.  No one was here to help me!  I got a trashcan and trapped it before I realized he could probably slide out from under it.  So, the nearest heavy item was our scale.  I held a side of the scale up right in front of the trashcan, lifted the side of the can nearest to the scale, and dropped it on him.
9.  Turns out it was trapped, not smashed as I had hoped.  But I had to stay out the bathroom all day and keep the kitty away because she wanted to play with it, until my husband came home and took it out.
10.  Today, my daughter and I were sitting on the couch, and the cat was behind the loveseat (which is open - not in front of a wall), and we kept hearing a clicking noise.  It sounded like the cat was playing with the wildlife again.
11.  This was just a bug, although I have no idea what kind... black, about an inch long.  When I tried to step on it, it jumped about a foot off the floor.  When it landed, it made the clicking noise my daughter and I had heard before we knew what it was.   Never saw one like it before!
12.  It must have had a hard shell that made the noise when it jumped and landed on the wood floors.
13.  It took me three times, but I was finally able to make contact and flush it!
And that's my cat story, and I'm sticking to it! In spite of all this, I love her!

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Monday, October 08, 2018

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy!

What a win!  Astros beat the Indians in 3 games.  Final score of game 3, 11-3.  Go Astros!
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And my Houston Rockets season is about to begin!

Can we just get all the political crap over with?  I know, I know.  It's NEVER over.  How do we expect people not to become divisive when our process, by nature, is divisive?  We have 2 parties.  I realize we have several others, but for those that basically control everything, there are two.  Is there such a thing as non-partisanship?  I don't think there is.  I just want it to be over.
Maybe Florida has the third party system figured out!

The world needs more kittens.  More puppies and kittens.
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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

Sharp ObjectsSharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was good, but I must admit it was disappointing in comparison to Gone Girl. I have not seen the HBO series based on the book, and I'm not sure I will.

Camille Preaker is a reporter who returns to her hometown to get the scoop on the disappearances and subsequent murders of two young girls. We later learn that Camille has recently been released from a psychiatric facility because she is a cutter. We also learn that her sister Marian died when Camille was about 13 years old.

When Camille returns to Wind Gap, she stays at her family's mansion with her mother Adora Crellin, step-father, and her 13 year old half sister Amma. Camille never had a good relationship with her mother who preferred her sister Marian. The relationship is tenuous with the entire family. Amma is a spoiled brat who one minute is playing with her doll house and the next minute is drinking, doing drugs, and teasing all the boys with her blossoming figure.

Camille befriends the detective who is in town from Kansas City to help the small town police department solve the crime. Together, the two of them uncover some clues, but Camille seems to uncover more reliable clues based on her interviews with the townspeople. The reader ultimately learns the reasons Marian died, the reasons Amma behaves the way she does, the reasons Adora is aloof, and who the killer is.

Several things bothered me about this book. First, it was too predictable. You will figure out what is happening long before the author plans for you to know. Second, the character of Amma never made sense. She was at once behaving like a seven-year old brat and then a sexy woman-child. It seems Ms. Flynn couldn't decide which characterization of Amma would move the plot forward more. Either way, it didn't work. Also, the characterization overall was lacking. There did not appear to be motivation for what many of the characters did. Last, she said in 254 pages what could have been a good story in half that many pages. There were pages and pages that did not add to the story or were repetitive.

I didn't love this book; it was just "okay." You might like it, but parts of it annoyed me.

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy.

What a busy week and weekend it's been!  We had a houseguest last week, my daughter's boyfriend.  He was here to do classroom observations.  He is living about 4 hours away right now. It was unusual having another person in the house, then also having my son home over the weekend.  Too many people!  I love them all dearly, but I'm not used to things being so busy anymore.  Empty nest is not going to be a huge problem for me.

My husband and I need to have our shower replaced.  We have needed to for a while.  This past week it was extremely evident that we cannot continue to share one shower!  We also have two bathtubs, but no one wants to take a bath every day.

And speaking of showers, I finally got one of those turbo shower spinners.  I've been wanting one for a while.  It's works pretty well, but I think when I put one of the other brushes on it, it will work better.

Have you heard this?  A private boys' high school in Miami had WILD animals for decorations at their prom including a live tiger in a cage.  It's really a sad story.  The poor tiger was pacing and pacing while there was a performer with fire and dancing with loud music.  I hope PETA put them in their place!

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