Thursday, June 5, 2014


Seems like I NEVER post about JUST ONE THING any longer. Let's get started on the list (short and sweet-style).

First, I tabulated Battle of the Bands. For anyone who tracked the comments, this wasn't even a battle. It was a skirmish at best. Looking Glass killed it by garnering 16 votes, The Red Hot Chili Peppers took 3 of your votes, and Kenny Chesney got 3 votes when you factor in mine. And here is my chance to tell you why... I really like the instrumentation best in his version. It feels like island music to me and the song is about ships and a love of the sea.

Second, thank you for the many encouraging comments on my last post. My mom has made tremendous progress since I wrote that one. I am not sure when or how or why it precisely kicked in her brain that ANYONE who asks for money before meeting you is just someone you don't want to know. All I can say is that I am glad it did!!! And I think she is getting better at seeing the Signs. After therapy today she was speaking a different language than before. Woohoo!

Third, it is Thursday and that means it is HERE'S TO YOU day!  All in all, the best day of the week here on YOUR DAILY DOSE. Why? Because it's a celebration for YOU.

If you don't know what this HERE'S TO YOU stuff is about, let me explain.  This used to be a weekly event landing typically on Thursdays.  When I read your blogs or you say something in the comments that sparks my imagination (or I hear something and I think of you), chances are good I will click over to YouTube to find footage for you. In the old days you wouldn't have to reach back in your memory bank farther than one week. Now... all bets are off. It could be several weeks ago.

The best (or worst) part is that I am not going to explain why I chose "whatever" footage for each of you. If, you watch your footage and are scratching your head at the end, well that means I didn't do a very good job. However, all is not lost. You can email me at and ask me what I was thinking when I chose that particular piece of footage off of YouTube and connected it to you. And then I will tell you. Then I will start sending up prayers that I haven't offended the crap out of whoever is on the receiving end of that Because, honestly, I will tell you right now... I admire all of you enormously so I really hope that doesn't happen.

Also, this is not an exclusive venture by any means. I hope that you will take the time to watch ALL of the footage because I don't pick bad footage:-) I also hope that you might check out the blog of the person I dedicated the footage to because they are pretty darn awesome. If you haven't figured this out yet... I pick the footage based on something that you've written or something that I've gleaned from your personality. Think on that for a while... If you are having trouble watching the entire video (meaning it is being cut off on one side), click on it a couple of times and it will take you straight over to youtube. If you click on the four squares at the bottom corner of the video, it will enlarge it to fill your screen. The escape key will bring it back to normal size. The back arrow will bring you back to my page.

Now, let's get this PARTY STARTED!!!!

This one is for everyone:

This one is for Michael di Gesu at ...MICHAEL DI GESU... ... ... In Time ... ...:

This one is for Liza at Middle Passages:

This one is for Robyn at Life by Chocolate: Robyn Alana Engel's Blog:

This one is for Stephen T. McCarthy at FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS:

This one is for JJ The Disconnected Writer:

This one is for DiscConnected:

This one is for Manzanita at Wanna Buy A Duck:


  1. Glad your mother is doing better!
    The Waiting - that fits Michael's situation so well now.

  2. ROBIN ~

    My first thought was: What could she possibly be using for me, since I seem to post nuttin' but 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' anymore?

    Then I watched the clip. Took me a few moments to figure it out, but when Courtney Cox's name appeared on the screen I started laughing!

    The only thing I can think of that might have been in the same league would have been some clip from an old Tony Danza TV series (which I never saw a single episode of) titled 'WHO'S THE BOSS?'

    But your clip was perfect. Very, very funny. (You definitely have a knack for this stuffs!)

    ~ D-FensDogg
    Loyal Practitioner Of 'Dancing In The Dark'

  3. You're a blast! I felt like doing a line dance to the Hot Sauce song, only I couldn't remember one. I love it. Thank you for the laughs. Sammy also looks like Troy, though Troy's cuter. =)

    So glad to learn your Mom is seeing reality. That's a huge breakthrough. You helped her get there, whether or not either of you realize it.

  4. Alex ~ Waiting is terrible!

    StMc ~ I am SO GLAD you got this one all on your own. I knew there might be some head scratching (since you couldn't pick her out of a 25 actress line-up). I threw you some help. And that clip cracks me up every time. "Jules, sometimes you have to do things you don't wanna do. It's part of being a couple." Hahahaha.

    Robyn ~ Once upon a time I could out-linedance anyone. Or keep up with most everyone. Whatevs. I remember that there was a linedance specifically for this song. Since I have dumped all my linedances out of my long-term memory, I couldn't do it either. But it is still a great song and I am glad it made you laugh. And I think that maybe I helped *a little* bit:)

  5. Oh, Robin! I'm so glad to hear that your mother is on the right track once again. She and you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Dragon Hugs!

  6. Robin
    Glad to hear your mom is facing reality a little more. Yes I've seen the old farts always hit on the younger gals because they want a bauble on their arm and all the other old farts can elbow each other and say, "Look at him..... he must still have it to be able to keep up with her." At that age, if they're not scammers, they are childish.

    I had never heard Hammer and a Nail. I like the words that came in the chorus....Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

    I get a laugh out of Robyn's comment.

    JJ's rose garden that wasn't promised.
    Are you still dancing and taing lessons?

  7. I ALWAYS love your "here's to you" posts!!!

    They are fantastic!!


  8. Is that why there are so many country music fans?

    There's an Academy Of Country Music that keeps pumping them out?

    This had me guessing until the karaoke part...I've sung "The Waiting" in a karaoke bar...and there's a new Tom Petty album due next month!

    Notice how I'm dancing around the whole country music thing?


  9. Great to hear about your mom! I feel for Michael as well since the waiting game is my least favorite.

  10. I'm also glad to hear that things are improving for your mom. She is so lucky to have you. I can't believe that you still had the energy to put this all together! Lots of great bloggers here, and as always, you matched them up perfectly! Michael is such a wonderful person, and I know he'll get his mojo back soon.


  11. Hope your mom keeps on the right path! So much to take from the clip...but failure of imagination...well, yea. Oh, and my daughter handed me her copy of The Fault in Our Stars to read last night. Something tells me that will be a further writing distraction...Have a good weekend Robin!

  12. Hi Robin,

    Delighted to note about your mother's progress. Your hope is most evident within this post. I know you are always most perceptive with your video choices. If only they would load up for me. Sigh...

    Have a peaceful weekend, dear lady.


  13. Al ~ Maybe I should forward her your blog post about failure not being fatal. What do you think?

    Manzi ~ That is the first song on that CD. Thanks to LC and his post about no one listening to their CDs any longer I have started listening to mine. Oh well, that is another blog post. Anyway, the song made me think of you. And, yes, I am still taking dance lessons. They just started tango this month (on Tuesday), Mambo moved to Wednesday, and East Coast Swing is now on Thursday. There will also be a tango class this Saturday. So, I am still dancing! Thank goodness. What would I have done for stress relief without it???

    Shoes ~ :)

    LC ~ You aren't a country music fan? I am honestly surprised. You seem to like music in most every genre that I expected you to like some of it. I really like Kenny Chesney. The first time I saw him concert was at a fair in Michigan. He was just starting out and had one song playing on the radio. That was the concert that he either opened for Sawyer Brown or Alabama - and I can't remember which. Anyway, he was just so darn cute. I was seated under the awning (thank God because it was warm that day) so I couldn't hear what the people in the front said, but some woman said *something* to make him blush (I imagine it was a lurid, sexual comment). He turned so red that it was easy to see from where I was. And I leaned over to my friend and said,"That is just the cutest thing I ever saw. I bet it doesn't last long." And sure enough... he became a big star and now grabs ladies panties out of the air with nonchalance and throws them backstage. I know this because I saw him as a headliner in 2004? and it was a huge show. I think that song I played for you was the opener. Anyway, that naive kid from Oklahoma who blushes was long gone and replaced by a man who'd Been There and Done That. I was just glad I got to see it... the kid, that is.

    Steven ~ Thanks. Yeah, waiting sucks.

    Julie ~ Moms are tough, aren't they????

    Liza ~ That clip is from what could quite possibly be my all-time favorite episode of my favorite show. So many takeaways there. But, I think we all can relate to a failure of imagination. Of course, every crossroad offers the opportunity to make a better choice. Ah... just finished reading The Fault In Our Stars. Make sure you have your kleenex handy. I cried through the last third of the book.

    Gary ~ Someday you, too, will be able to watch the videos. I know it!

  14. HI, Robin,

    SO HAPPY TO HEAR that you mom is getting it together. I knew she would. She has you keeping a watchful and loving eye on her.

    Thanks so much for the song... I appreciate it. Yup, waiting is just a day to day thing for me right now. Hopefully my patience will pay off.

    Wonderful picks... I haven't heard Rose Garden in AGES AND AGES! So nostalgic.

  15. When you have a version of a song that was done so well by the original artist it's difficult to outdo that unless it's a version that's so uniquely different and more well done than that original. I understand why the Looking Glass version won over two other versions that were for the most part the same arrangement. I would probably felt differently if one of the other versions had been the only one I'd ever heard.

    It's kind of like StMc's match-up in "Blinded By the Light". To me the Mann version is the one I'd heard for years and liked. Hearing Springsteen do it just didn't sound right to my ears.

    Anyway, good to hear about your mom. If she gets the urge to send anyone else money, let me know and I'll send you my address.

    Tossing It Out

  16. Glad to hear your mom is doing better. That's great news!

  17. Robin-

    I do have a small selection of country discs. I find that most of what is 'popular' country does not resonat with me, but some of the songwriting does reach me.

    There are two things that turn me off with country.

    (1) It's all an act. I saw Jo Dee Messina a long time ago, and hated the fact that she was from Boston but spoke in a (put on) country drawl. Now I know many of the artists do hail from the south, but if you're from Canada, can you just talk in your normal voice?

    (2) The guitar tuning-I hate that twangy sound. So while I loved southern rock, which is essentially the same genre with different guitar tuning, country requires effort on my part to hear the song in spite of the guitar sound, which is kind of like when the nuns ran their nails on the blackboard in Catholic school.

    I have followed the rock acts that "crossed over" (isn't that a silly term?), like Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow.

    Rolling Stone's most recent issue on on country, and they mention a couple of artists who sound interesting.

    If they could only scale back the twang!


  18. Love this glimpse into the connections your mind makes!

  19. Thursday is a fun day here even though I usually don't get to your post until Friday. You have endless clips of Joan of Arcadia.

  20. Good for mom! It's a shame we live in a world where cynicism is a survival skill, but it's the hand we have to play.

  21. Robin-

    Our comment exchange along with the current issue of Rolling Stone has inspired me!

    Watch my blog next week for a post that harkens back to this post's exchange...and you'll know it by the title!


  22. Glad to hear your mom's seeing the light (whew). #ScammersStink.

    The songs are cool match ups for the blogger. I hadn't heard the one you put up for Manzanita. Seems fitting though since she always seems so (happily) busy! :)

  23. Michael ~ Glad you liked your song and I enjoyed the Blast From The Past with Rose Garden too.

    Arlee ~ One of the things that I like about BOTB is that often I have NEVER heard either version of the song posted. Not always, of course. But frequently. I do think we tend to like what we KNOW. It is a rare thing when we LOVE a song and then hear a cover and love it EVEN MORE.

    Sherry ~ Agreed!

    LC ~ I think the whole Fame Game requires a great deal of acting. I really love the TV show Nashville for many reasons, but one of them being that you get a glimpse into how the whole fame thing works. It's a business. Building your brand. And people will do anything to be successful. JoDee's disguising her accent is probably one of the more "honest crimes" that a star commits on that road to success. As for you post... I look forward to it.

    Andrea ~ You don't want more than a glimpse. My mind is a scary place to live.

    Susan ~ You don't know the half of it!

    CW ~ I think she is still remarkably hopeful that it will all work out okay (all things considered). I am definitely the more jaded of the two of us.

    rosey ~ Yes, her last blog post (unless she posted something new) was about her average day. It exhausted me just reading it.

  24. Hahaha such a good choice for Michael! :-D

  25. Robin: There are certainly plenty of creeps out there, and enough rain to go around. However, you are a Rose Garden. You make many people happy, including your mom. I am glad she has taken the time to listen to your wise counsel.


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