Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Funnies & Arts















As always, click to enlarge. For more Doonesbury, Ben Sargent, Pat Oliphant, Mother Goose and Grimm, Tony Auth, Tom the Dancing Bug, Tom Toles, and Zippy, go here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here...

JUST A SONG: Los Lobos' "Will the Wolf Survive"--
A wonderfully conceived allegory, "Will The Wolf Survive" tells the story of a working man envisaged as an endangered species beset by social forces ("Hunters hard on his trail") beyond his control. Considering that the song was written 25 years ago, its bridge is remarkably prescient in its depiction of the shrinking middle class...

When I was a small boy growing up in New Hampshire, the Boston Red Sox radio broadcast team of Curt Gowdy and Ned Martin were my constant companions. The Sox radio sponsor in those days was a Massachusetts beer called Narragansett (after the Bay). I can still hear Curt and Ned extolling the virtues of this "Bay brew" and closing their promos with a hearty "Hi, neighbor -- Have a 'Gansett!" Today, the beer is long gone, but the legacy remains. Here's photo from the Boston Craft Brew Fest (thanks, Bill!):



An Oregonian recalls his working class roots...

Cliff's Crib turns the spotlight on black fathers...


Dust-to-Digital: Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography...

Premium T. finds a skull in an unusual place (scroll down)...


The older I got, the smarter my father became. Here's a Father's Day thought from Mark Twain (thanks, Clever Pup!):
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years...

A Father's Day Message from Lakewood, OH...


New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore of Galactic anchors the CD by Tom Morello's new project, the Street Sweeper Social Club...

Sunday Gospel Time: Mahalia Jackson and Nat King Cole "Steal Away":

8 comments:

John Hayes said...

Curt Gowdy & Ned Martin were real old school baseball announcers, back in the days when baseball on radio was a word picture. & I must admit to tippling quite a bit of Narragansett in my misguided youth-- as I recall they had an imperial quart. Didn't know it was no more, but that makes sense.

Mahalia Jackson was without question one of the best singers around.

Roy said...

K - 'Gansett beer still lives. A consortium of RI businessmen revived it in 2005, and it was back in the coolers in 2006. At the moment it's being brewed by Genesee in High Falls, NY, by plans are moving forward to build a new brewery in RI, hopefully in its old home of Cranston. Wiki article, official website.

But they're back to hawking 'Gansett at Fenway, last I heard.

K. said...

So the hearty Bay brew is back! Great news, Roy! There's a coffee table book/CD set out about the heyday of local beers just waiting to be compiled.

Curt and Ned were great. I was 6-9 years when we lived in NH, and assumed that all announcers were that good.

Rastamick61 said...

My old friend Freddie the Bikuh from Pawtucket had a 'Ganset tattoo on his forearm !

K. said...

Now that's a 'Gansett lover!

willow said...

Steal Away was such a treat!

Hi. I'm over from Roy's place.

Scrumpy said...

Just catching up K. I think it is fab that you are working on a mystery. Can't wait to hear more about your writer's journey.

K. said...

Willow: Thanks for dropping by and thanks for the comment! I hope to hear more from you. Mahalia is pretty amazing, no? And so joyous. Nat King Cole looks almost intimidated.

Scrump: Thanks! It's an interesting process that I don't have a hold on yet. But it's been fun. I have complete drafts of the first chapter and the first flashback, and notes and fragments on several more.
Sounds like you're enjoying life in Chicagoland! Bravo!