My Only Regret
Actually, I have several, but for the first story of this week’s show let’s just agree I have only one regret.
It was the early 1970s when our parents pawned off all us kids on friends or family, so they could go gallivanting off to California. My younger brother Steve and I stayed with Uncle Gil and Aunt Shirley for a week or two.
I was a rather picky eater and one evening, at dinner, Uncle Gil had had it with me turning my nose up at everything. He made a prediction about how Steve, who ate everything, and I would turn out. Uncle Gil’s prediction was that Steve would be much taller than me.
Look at the picture (at top) taken this part Memorial Day weekend.
The regret? Listen to the show.
I also talked about my long legs. They stop just beneath my nipples. A picture of me at age 13 shows off those freakish gams. Can half of the body grow faster than the rest?
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: The Top 100 Plays?
It’s something I should probably work on, my pedantry. It does make me roll my eyes and sometimes keeps me from fully enjoying something I would normally love.
For instance, Major League Baseball posted an hour long video to its YouTube channel celebrating the 2021 season. It was a Top 100 video list. I did enjoy it overall, but they titled the video The Top 100 Plays of 2021.
Hmmmm. Is a home run a play? How is Pete Alonzo winning the Home Run Derby a play? What?! Of the five triple plays turned in 2021, only there made the list? And two of them placed in the 90s?!
You see? The pedantry can get in the way. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the video, but I would have enjoyed it more if instead of “plays” they’d call the clips “highlights”. That would have made more sense.
But then I wouldn’t have had a baseball-related pedantic moment.
Paul McCartney Gives Props To The Who
Paul doesn’t know which Who song it was, but from what I can find, he is probably talking about The Who’s 1967 hit I Can See For Miles in this video by GQ, in which he gives some background on a few of his songs. Despite not knowing exactly the song to which Pete Townshend was referring to in the music press in 1967, McCartney was inspired by that interview to write Helter Skelter.
As a Who fan, it’s great to hear Sir Paul McCartney talking about competing with the greatest rock band in the world. So often the competition talk is all about The Rolling Stones or The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, more particularly and The Beatles. It’s good to hear a musical genius refer to a much better rock band.
I do make a distinction between pop, blues, and rock bands.
My Spotify Year In Review
With still a month to go in the year of 2021, Spotify has already put out my year in review music and podcast listening stats. I hope they factored in last December’s stats, otherwise it’s not a full year of statistics. See? My pedantry again.
Anyway, Spotify informed of my Top Five Artists of the past year. Can you guess WHO was number one? Yep, Bananarama. They are so much more than Cruel Summer. People just don’t know the greatest of that band…
What am I saying?!
Of course, it’s The Who.
My Top Five Songs are a different matter. Nope, Baba O’Riley did not make the list. I purposefully pick a handful of songs and pop them in the queue. Those songs get plenty of listens by me and it’s fun to see which make the top five.
I go into some greater detail on the show, but here are links to my Top Five Songs of 2021:
#5: Biessensounasc (2018) by Nurnberg, a post-punk revival band from Belarus.
#4: I’m Not In Love (1975) by 10 CC
#3: Ever Present Past (2007) by Paul McCartney
#2: The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins (1968) by Leonard Nimoy
#1: Prisencolinensinanciusol (1973) by Adriano Celentano, a song of gibberish lyrics meant to sound like American English. The song is currently being used in ads for Capt. Morgan’s rum. NPR interviewed Celentano about the song in 2012, click here.
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