Thursday, April 9, 2015

HERE'S TO YOU THURSDAY



I'm still throwing out these HERE'S TO YOU posts with an alarming irregularity. The good news is that my Internet is fixed and I can't use the tired excuse of Lack Of Internet any longer. If you're wondering where your E-mail is... well, I'm getting there. I promise!

I've even discarded what used to be the standard prelude to HERE'S TO YOU. I've learned over the years that if you don't get your dedication you'll 1) tell me in the comments or 2) send me an email. Either way works. The most important thing I can say about this entire endeavor is that it's meant to celebrate what you're putting out there (and if my thoughts on your thoughts are too far off on the tangent line as to be incomprehensible... well, that's just me).

So, let's celebrate you. Thank you for sharing in this forum. HERE'S TO YOU!!!!!

This one is for everyone:



This one is for Dixie at DCRelief and Far Away Eyes at Far Away Series:
Ironically, now that we're in the A to Z, MANY of you chose this show as your "F" post. So, if that was YOU, add your name to this dedication. I think you'll love it!



This one is for Gossip Girl at Trailer Homes and Gardens:



This one is for Shoes at Red Shoe's Chronicles:



This one is for Roland D. Yeomans at Writing in The Crosshairs:



This one is for Kim at This Belle Rocks:



This one is for A Beer For The Shower:


This one is for Susan Gourley/Kelley at Susan Says:

45 comments:

  1. I wonder why that one is for Dixie. Dixie Dear.... tell me more.

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    1. I chose that one for Dixie and FAE based on a recent Battle of the Bands on Dixie's page. In the comments, FAE mentioned Garth Brooks (because he also recorded that song) and it got me to thinking about how much I love Garth Brooks. This song was never released, but it was the first track on his Ropin' The Wind album. It's actually hard to find on YouTube, but someone paired it with this most excellent Firefly footage. Two greats in one package.

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  2. A lot of people featured Firefly, which was just awesome!

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    1. Firefly is that rare show that has gained more acclaim as years pass. It is not going quietly into this good night.

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  3. I am always impressed by all of the work you put into these posts!

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    1. I'm trying to be better about reading the blogs so that I can put together the posts. So much going on.... but thanks!

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  4. And here I had no idea that RDJ could sing. I did not hate that song. With that said... I still prefer him as Iron Man. :)

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    1. And now I'm thinking I should've dedicated THIS ONE to you instead...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO_sakIdUjw

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    2. I let YouTube play and it rolled over into this video (which includes the above scene in the middle). The quality isn't as good, but it reminded me (again) of just how and why I loved this show so damn much. The dialogue is excellent. The characters are exquisite. I think you'll recognize plenty of familiar faces. Lucy Lui (Ling) was one of my favorites in this before she moved on to Elementary as Watson.

      I just realized that someone's downloaded this entire series by episode onto YouTube. Wowza.

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    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFA6ox0OGWw

      I forgot to embed the scene I referred to above....

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    4. Last one... turns out there are several different people who've posted the episodes. Most have sound issues. This one sounds great but is small. I'd rather be able to listen to the right sound and watch it on full screen...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfpWcykYtEk

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  5. The message from Jobs is a good one. I've been fortunate in my life to have mostly had jobs that I loved. I didn't make as money as Steve Jobs, but I've had some great experiences that left me with wonderful memories.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    A Faraway View

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    1. Yep. Keep looking until you find That Job.

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  6. Thank you! Now I want to go back and watch that series again. I was too judgmental the first time I watched it.

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    1. Now I want to watch it again, but I loaned the DVDs to my brother over a year ago. I believe I will retrieve them on my next visit!

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  7. Jobs certainly inspires with his life and with his determination. Thanks for the ALIAS video and for the FIREFLY one as well. Both were fun series but FIREFLY deserved more seasons!

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    1. You're welcome on both counts. And right about Firefly!

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  8. GIRL WONDER ~
    I really liked that Firefly song, 'AGAINST THE GRAIN'. I've never been one to go against the grain, preferring to run with the sheep, but... I still liked that song.

    The one for The Beer Boys had me confused. At first I was thinking: But they're both married... to womens! You mean those marriages are really just a ruse to cover up their REAL relationship? And which one plays the girl role in their relationship, Bryan or Brandon?

    But then I saw the 'A Beer For The Shower' comment above and it suddenly made sense to me. (I know so little about celebrities - and care even less - that I didn't realize who I was looking at in that video until the mention of "Iron Man".)

    Hey, I think I've got a good BOTB match-up you can use...

    Why not put the Firefly version of 'AGAINST THE GRAIN' up against Golden Earring's version of [link:] 'AGAINST THE GRAIN' and see which one wins?

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. That song Against The Grain was by Garth Brooks off of his Ropin' The Wind album. Great song. Never got any radio play.

      Ah yes, if you go to their post and read my comments about RDJ I think it'll all become clear. :)

      I've thought about pitting songs of the same name but different content against each other but seems like a Breaking Of The Concept. Agree or disagree?

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    2. GIRL WONDER ~
      That was Garth Brooks singing 'AGAINST THE GRAIN' as the Firefly theme? Hokey-Smoke! Really good - I liked it a lot. (Listening to it a second time as I type these words.)

      'Course the truth of the matter is that there never would have been a Garth Brooks without a Waylon Jennings first. I've never heard Garth do anything that I hadn't heard Waylon do first, and many years beforehand.

      But I sure do like that 'Against The Grain' song - both the music and the message of the lyrics. (Waylon did both first though.)

      >>.... I've thought about pitting songs of the same name but different content against each other but seems like a Breaking Of The Concept. Agree or disagree?

      I'll agree... if you show me the contract every BOTBer signed, promising to abide by certain rules, like that one.

      And it seems to me, some BOTBer recently put the songs 'Another Brick In The Wall' against 'Stairway To Heaven'. That might have bugged me if not for the fact that there was a very definite THEME involved: Both versions were done in a very "Vegas Lounge" style, and THAT style is what made the BOTB legitimate, in my mind.

      Granted, if some BOTBer put Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' against Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water', that would not interest me, because there's NO THEME that ties the two together, and now you're simply asking me to vote for the one of two totally unrelated songs that I prefer.

      But if someone can work within the understood parameters, utilizing some natural theme, and yet still expand the BOTB envelope, I'm all for it. I like to see people gettin' all creative wid it. [In my very first BOTB of all time, I put a singer - Bebel Gilberto - against HERSELF. So, I was thinking outside-the-box beginning with BOTB #1.]

      I have alluded to the fact that within the next few months I may be posting a BOTB installment that will baffle all the voters. The two songs would be totally different, in totally different musical genres, with NOTHING obvious that ties the two songs together in ANY WAY whatsoever - not lyrics, not style, not band members, not title... NUTTIN', honey!

      But when I announce my vote, I will also explain WHY I had put these two songs against each other. And then, EVERYONE will have an "Ah-Ha!" moment and realize that there really WAS some hidden theme in my BOTB match-up. (And a pretty good theme, I think.)

      So... posting a BOTB competition based solely on the song title... I can only speak for myself, but I would not squawk about it at all. I think it's well within the unspoken but agreed upon BOTB concept. And even if it isn't... so what? What can someone do about it? Sue ya?

      Now, having said that, if you put The Beatles' 'A Day In The Life' up against The Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations' - two songs that really have no relationship to each other - I would vote for 'Good Vibrations'. And as long as 'Good Vibrations' won the BOTB contest, I wouldn't complain at all. But if it lost... LOOK OUT! I'd be the first to suggest you should be kicked out of the BOTB Community.
      [;-)}

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    3. First, good to know that I can pretty do much anything in BoTB without getting banned;) Second, I will think on the Theme idea. After all, what could someone do... sue me? Hahahahaha. True.

      I think I answered your question about the song for the Firefly way in such a way it was misleading. Firefly never used that song. A fan liked the song and the TV show and put them together. But, it was NOT the theme song for the show. Shockingly, when I went to YouTube to try and find the opener as it appeared on the show... no luck. Plenty of footage of the song (short and extended), as well as other versions of an opening using a totally different song (not what I'm looking for!

      So here is just the song without benefit of any visuals. It was a pretty cool song for the show. Have you ever heard of this show or know what it was about? I think it is one you might actually like. It only lasted one season and culminated in a movie, Serenity, at the box office. It has a huge fan base that has only grown larger in the decade since the show was cancelled.

      The song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7vS4z6ngQo

      The trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2PSfkZjJvA

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    4. Having said all that about BOTB, I probably should add that I myself would not be inclined to do "BOTB Twists" very often. I think a good 98% of the time I would stick with the traditional BOTB format (two different versions of the same song going against each other).

      I like the idea of "Twists" provided there really is a theme that ties the two together in some way, but I feel I'd do this just on rare occasions and just to keep things kind of interesting and fresh. But the "Traditional" route can't be improved upon overall.

      I checked out the two URLs - thanks. The theme song seemed like it could grow on me. I liked that Country fiddle sound. But the show wasn't anything I would ever watch.

      For me, I'm interested almost EXCLUSIVELY in comedies when it comes to TV. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any non-comedy I ever watched religiously except for 'COLUMBO'. If I was TV-surfing and came upon an episode of 'THE ROCKFORD FILES', I would watch that too.

      That's why I was really surprised to find how much I was enjoying (and will enjoy again someday) 'JOAN...' It's not a comedy, so it had that going against it to begin with. (However, there are comedic moments in almost every episode, so that helped to draw me in.)

      'FIREFLY' would have had two strikes against it from the get-go: Not a comedy, but IS Science Fiction. You can count on one hand (not even using the thumb) how many Science Fiction ANYTHING I like (movies, TV shows, books). SciFi has just never been my thing.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    5. This is not me trying to persuade you to watch Firefly (just want to state that up front). BUT, it does have comedic moments. Many good dramas do (because people just feel weighted down by a strict drama). But, I thought you might like it because the captain (Malcolm Reynolds) played by Nathan Fillion fought on the fringes against the alliance for the rights of the people. They lose. So his goal is to live on the fringes out from under the heavy hand of the alliance (aka the government) who want to control everyone under a very oppressive thumb. In order to financially make this possible he ends up dealing with less than savory people, sometimes doing less than savory work. He also takes on paying passengers, which is how he ends up with Simon and his sister River. Of course, this becomes a big problem since River is being hunted by the alliance (the very poison that Mal's been trying to avoid all along). This show has been compared in ideology to our own Civil War (states rights vs federal rights) as well as to a government that becomes so oppressive that it regulates people into a slavery of sorts. I know that you're not interested in that sort of thing, so maybe you wouldn't care for this one at all.

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    6. Well, you know me, I think everyone should just be so grateful for our Federal master that we lick boots and just do what we're told.

      (I'm even having a hard time trying to type such bovine excrement.)

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  9. Ugh, I usually go hopping around to visit the people you've mentioned but today I'm swamped. I will remember to come back and give them a howdy. :)

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    1. I know that swamped feeling. It's why I haven't been by your place recently. But I'll get there!

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  10. LMBO @ 'You Shook Me...'

    That is great!!! How are you doing? I'm still somewhat struggling with health issues... employment issues... and other chaos... Yuck...

    How are YOU doing??

    ~shoes~

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    1. Oh well, me too. I'd say it'll get better, and it will, but sometimes the tunnel gets really dark before you begin to see the light. At least, that's how it's worked out for me....

      I hope it goes better for you!

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  11. Great Firefly clip. Unfortunately, I discovered the show and fell in love after it was cancelled.

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    1. Yeah, me too.

      In fact, most of the fan base (I think) discovered this show after it'd been cancelled.

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  12. That was amazing! I get it, Robin. Firefly will always be a favorite. I thought I'd seen all the shows, until that 'nekked' desert lizard appeared (!) Yes'm, I resemble that song too, and my attitude often gets a threshing for it. I bet you know that I'm not really blonde? (Shh). Thank you for putting me on your, "Here's to You" feature. That was fun. (P.S. Be sure to listen to StMcC's choice; that's the right Train.)

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    1. Glad you liked it Dixie. Gotcha!

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  13. I loved Ally McBeal! Robert Downey Jr. and Calista Flockhart had such great chemistry! I never heard of Firefly before, but I liked the video. I remember Nathan Fillion from One Life To Live. Another fun Here's To You Thursday, Robin!

    Julie

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    1. One of the things that I love love love about Nathan Fillion is that he owns his entire career, including his start on One Life To Live. Not every star does. Their soap start becomes like their own personal dirty laundry that they never want to own. There are rumors that Castle might not last past this season. I hope that's wrong.

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  14. I forgot that Robert Downey was on Ally McBeal:) Congrats to all who have been featured here

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    1. Ah... Larry Paul (just realized he has two FIRST NAMES... Yikes!)

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  15. Great song! Thanks! That song and album got plenty of air time on the radio in Idaho (that's where I lived when it came out). My favorite Garth Brooks song can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4uhLf1uTLY

    Sorry, but you'll have to copy and paste that link, cause I can't make that linky thing.

    Oh, and on that sad bit with Ally and Larry; I don't think you have to worry about here too much after all she moved on from Iron Man to Indiana Jones. Maybe that 'superhero' thing can work for you too. Ha ha, ha!

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    1. I like that one, too. I have a really tough time picking a favorite of his. I really like this one, too....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXDlC-xev58. Don't look at the pictures... totally ruins the song.

      As for a superman, I just want a man and for him to be super. (Thank you Train for that lyric.) If you want to hear the whole thing, you can find it here... one of my all-time favorite Train songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twrwKi2iWiU

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    2. Found 'The Change', but the other link lead me to '8 hours of Meditation' or 'Nigerian Elections'. Ha! Somehow I think neither one of those is what you had in mind, nor did Train record them.

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    3. No... that wasn't where I intended for you to land. Let me try again.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuPd03P_6M4

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    4. Sorry, that was me. I found it. Can't say that this was one of my favorites. I do like some of Trains songs, but this one; not so much.

      They are going to be at Harvey's Casino this summer, it's an outdoor venue and the locals all go down to a place along the golf course, where you can hear the music for free (In the case of Aerosmith, last year, I could hear them for free, from my deck). Maybe I'll make the trek and have a listen to see if I can find a better appreciation, but as of today they're kind of OKish to me.

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  16. I was so into Ally McBeal when RDJ was on, and I watched your post for BnB. He was adorable before he went spiraling into drug craze. I can't look at him the same. As for her, she's too anorexic. She could've been a spokeswoman for eating disorders. Instead, she's in denial. I have a hard time just looking at her.

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    1. You're not the first to note how thin Calista was at the time Ally aired. Ally McBeal was a David E. Kelley show as was The Practice. At that time, Lara Flynn Boyle was also a stick. Many comparisons made between the two back then. LFB has blimped up and out. Not sure how Calista is looking these days.

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  17. It must take up a lot of your time selecting the videos. I'd have a headache too. But you are so good at it.
    The "My daughter is a tramp" really made me laugh but I'm so old fashion, I'd probably the same thing.

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    1. That clip is hilarious. I really liked that movie. If you haven't seen it, give it a watch.

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