Now Normal Chronicles or: Hey! Bulldog!

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Today is the 52nd anniversary of one of the Beatles most polarizing albums. Now, is it a Beatles album? I think so. A lot of it (the whole second side) is instrumental selections that George Martin wrote for the animated film’s soundtrack. I like those, too. Side A, though, has a lot of great tunes, many of which I think is overlooked because of the album’s place. I don’t know, perhaps, I’m making that up, but I don’t think that I am. Here’s my favorite tune from that album and how can you go wrong with Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne doing a Beatles tune with two of the Fab Four sitting right in front of them, John and George’s kids and all that. So, enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Big man (Yeah), walking in the park. Wigwam, frightened of the dark. Some kind of solitude is measured out in you. You think you know me but you haven’t got a clue. You can talk to me. You can talk to me, You can talk to me. If you’re lonely you can talk to me.” – “Hey Bulldog” (Lennon/McCartney)

Now Normal Chronicles or: That Big Metal Blimp

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Today is the 52nd anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s debut album. It kind of set the world on fire, I’d say. It’s pretty righteous. There are so many tunes from this album to choose from to highlight today. I will say, I like Led Zeppelin II better than the debut, but this one was powerful. I love this song and you know, Dear Reader, that I like to seek out good covers and technically, this is a cover (twice over), written by Anne Bredon and covered, first, by Joan Baez (blech). Plant and Page heard Baez’s version and covered it, their way. Originally, they had it credited to “traditional arranged by Page.” Well, Bredon found out about and now, it’s credited correctly. Those crazy kids. This is a really great version, too. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, babe, baby, baby, I wanna leave you. I ain’t joking woman, I’ve got to ramble. Oh, yeah, baby, baby, I believin’. We really got to ramble (I can hear it calling me). I can hear it calling me the way it used to do. I can hear it calling me back home.” – “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (Bredon/Plant/Page)

Now Normal Chronicles or: No Time for That Pain

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Today is the 47th anniversary of Carly Simon’s Hotcakes album. I think it’s kind of silly for an album title but it had that more-than-slightly-silly “Mockingbird” with her then-hubs, James Taylor. I hate that song. So, I didn’t choose that one. The bigger hit was this one. It’s a good version with decent sound quality. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Suffering was the only thing that made me feel I was alive. Though that’s just how much it cost to survive in this world, ’til you showed me how, how to fill my heart with love. How to open up and drink in all that white love pouring down from the heaven. I haven’t got time for the pain.” – “Haven’t Got Time For The Pain” (Simon/Brackman)

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 1/9/21

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It was good for The BCPF and I to get back to Underdog Records after their short (but well-deserved) hiatus. We bought some cool things and got to listen to a few whilst watching the NFL Wild Card Saturday games (with TV on mute, of course). Here’s the haul:

The first few are the $1 albums that I forgot to put in last time:

©Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records

Eric Martin Band – Sucker For A Pretty Face — Eric Martin was the lead singer for Mr. Big during their heyday (which is subjective, I guess). I like his voice. I didn’t know anything he did prior (or after) Mr. Big. I found it interesting that Troy Luccketta played on this album and was part of the band. He went on to be drummer for Tesla. John Nymann, the co-founder of this band was friends with Y&T and eventually joined them. That’s all I know. VG(+).

The Paris Theatre Orchestra – Honeymoon In Paris — Parisian music. What can I say? The BCPF and I both dig that stuff. It was there, it was $1. VG(+).

Nat King Cole – The Unforgettable Nat King Cole Sings The Great Songs! — Nat King Cole. $1. The BCPF. ‘Nuff said… VG.

Here’s this week’s haul:

k.d. lang – Invincible Summer — I contend that k.d. lang has one of the best voices in music. Such soul and her timbre is that of silk. I love it. I love hearing her sing. This was the 20th anniversary edition, which is weird when you know that it came out in 2000. Man, time flies… New.

The Love Language – The Love Language — A Merge Records artist. The BCPF goes nuts for anything Merge Records. It’s her love language, I think. Good listen! New.

Crayon – Brick Factory — The BCPF loves to find things that she used to play on the radio when she was a student jock at WUAG (at UNCG). She played some weird and wild things. This was a fun listen. It’s a bit screechy and quite “indie” but hey, she audibly gasped when she saw it, so… NM.

Jacqueline Boyer – Chanteuse — More French music. Again, we love the heck out of this stuff! This is from 1962 and is an original pressing the best I can tell. VG+.

Various – Nostalgia Vol. 1 — The Mystics, Dion, Chiffons, The Royal Guardsmen, The Music Explosion, The Jarmels, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Gary (U.S.) Bonds. VG+.

Various – Collectors’ Items 1922-1930 — As the title says, songs (and I believe recordings) from 1922-1930. VG.

Various – Windham Hill Records Sampler ’82 — We have a few George Winston albums and those were on Windham Hill Records. William Ackerman, Winston, Michael Hedges, Ira Stein & Russel Walder, Shadowfax, Liz Story, Darol Anger & Barbara Higbie, Scott Cossu, Alex de Grassi. All that. EX.

Underdog Records is resuming the pre-holiday “C-19” hours of Thursday-Saturday from 11a-7p. Jonathan is doing deliveries M-W and some store pickups and stuff like that. You can check out and purchase brand new items 24/7 on the Underdog website. Keep watching as Jonathan and I have news coming. I use Discogs to keep track of my collection and you should, too!

Until tomorrow, keep spininn’…
Scorp out!


“Are you breathing what I’m breathing? Are your wishes the same as mine? Are you needing what I’m needing? I’m waiting for a sign. My hands tremble. My heart aches. Is it you calling? Is it you calling?” – “The Consequences of Falling” (Steinberg/Nowels/D’ubaldo)

Sounds Like Saturday or: MCMLXXXIV

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Today is the 37th anniversary of my favorite Van Halen album, 1984. We lost the architect behind this masterpiece this year, Mr. Edward Van Halen. I don’t know how I feel about this cover, but it’s probably better than what Diamond Dave would have done in the last few years. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Oh! Hey you! Who said that? Baby, how you been? You say you don’t know, you won’t know until you begin. So can’t you see me standing here? I’ve got my back against the record machine. I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen. Oh, can’t you see what I mean? Ah, might as well jump (Jump!)” – “Jump” (Anthony/Roth/Van Halen/Van Halen)

Happy Solar… or: My Pops

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Happy Solar Circumnavigational Anniversary Day to my father! He’s a good man. He has taught me a lot about business, life and just about everything else important in my life. We don’t agree on a lot of things, but he and my mother always let me be me, no matter how much it pained them. Happy birthday, Pop!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

Back to Computin’ or: It’ll Have to Do

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Well, I got a new laptop today. It’s not exactly what I wanted but it will have to do me for now. My other one died and there was no fixing it. That’s sad because it was everything I ever wanted in a laptop. It was a two-in-one (laptop/tablet combo), made by HP, touchscreen, all the keys were where they needed to be, the 10-key numeric pad and all that jazz. This one is made by Lenovo (formerly IBM)15.6″ and has the touchscreen, 10-key pad. That’s good. I love the color of it, too. Kind of a brushed cobalt blue or something. But, the keys are weird and the screen seems a little confined.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (©Lenovo)

I think my other one was 17″ because I didn’t have to pull my arms so close together to type and seemed wider. Nothing fits in this screen. There’s a lot of scrolling in all directions just to see anything. It’s kind of annoying. But, it was affordable and I spent more than I could probably afford at that, but I had to have something. I was getting nothing done and while I love the power and the big screens of my two studio computers, I don’t want to sit in those chairs and feel like I’m working 24 hours a day. I can put my feet up and watch tv whilst I work or doing puzzles or writing this blog. Now, granted, I am writing all this on Sunday and posting it for the Thursday just prior, meaning that I haven’t done a post since last Sunday, but I’m catching up.

One cool thing, while Lenovo’s global headquarters are in China, their operational headquarters are here in Morrisville, NC. So, I guess I’m buying “local.”

Anywhat! I’m glad to have something. I will say that the keyboard feels really good. I’ll let that shine above the things I don’t like.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I have used Lenovo since I wrote my first novel. My old laptop broke, so I bought a new one, but still a Lenovo. It is one of my most essential devices. Okky Madasari
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Now Normal Chronicles or: Coming Alive!

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Today is the 45th anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive! which is #41 on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Live Albums of All Time list. Per Wayne Campbell in Wayne’s World 2 said, “Everybody in the world has Frampton Comes Alive. If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of ‘Tide’.” I picked this version of this song because I like seeing the young kids embracing the rock and roll. I hear most of the kids today (well my son and his friends and such) listening to rap and hip-hop. And, while there is nothing wrong with that… I wish they’d know the joys of a good rock album and the songs that come with it. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I wonder how you’re feeling. There’s ringing in my ears. And no one to relate to ‘cept the sea. Who can I believe in? I’m kneeling on the floor. There has to be a force, who do I phone. The stars are out and shining, but all I really wanna know… Oh, won’t you show me the way?” – “Show Me The Way” (Frampton)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Greetings

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Today is the 48th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Like The Doors from yesterday’s entry, I’ve never been a huge Springsteen fan, but I have grown an appreciation of the last 10 years or so. Five and a half years ago, I was part of the Vagabond Saints Society’s “Because the Night: A Night of Bruce Springsteen” (or something like that). I did four songs, “Because the Night,” “If I Should Fall Behind,” “I’m on Fire” and this one (second in the video). It was fun for me because it’s way out of my wheelhouse and I liked the challenge. I hope you enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Crazy Janey and her mission man were back in the alley tradin’ hands. ‘Long came Wild Billy with his friend G-man all duded up for Saturday night. Well Billy slammed on his coaster brakes and said anybody wanna go on up to Greasy Lake? It’s about a mile down on the dark side of route eighty-eight. I got a bottle of rose so let’s try it. We’ll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe and I’ll take you all out to where the gypsy angels go. They’re built like light.” – “Spirit in the Night” (Springsteen)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Lighting the Fire

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Today is the 54th anniversary of The Doors’ debut album. I’ve never been a huge fan of The Doors but I’m not a hater, either. I liked the film with Val Kilmer and I like a lot of the songs. I’m just not a follower of all that stuff. Talented musicians, for sure. I like this laid back version and I hope you do, too. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The time to hesitate is through. No time to wallow in the mire. Try now we can only lose. And our love become a funeral pyre.” – “Light My Fire” (Morrison/Krieger/Densmore/Manzarek)