Rants and Five On Friday

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, May 21, 2010

This got lost in the wrong comments folder..in regard to yesterday's post:
DAD VINCE: The first photo in your blog was taken by a friend of mine, Bill Stahl who worked for the New York Daily Mirror and after its' demise the New York Daily News.
Great guy and a superb photographer, as you can tell by the photo, although he did have an excellent subject.

LOST is a show I will totally miss. The writing has been better than ever this season and they are throwing answers at us faster than Nolan Ryan used to throw fastballs past hitters.

I do not like vanilla ice cream...I am a chocolate kind of guy...I am ticked off...I can not find any good chocolate treats in the stores anymore...Klondike seems to not make the chocolate/chocolate anymore...all the 'flying saucers' are vanilla - well except Weight Watchers, which are not bad, so they are my only choice.

Why are there no chocolate ice cream treats...

I am not looking for sympathy here folks, but am I getting boring? I have begun to read a few new blogs of people I have met on twitter and also here on blogger...but they never come here to read.

I see them commenting on other blogs I read, but never here...my long standing group seems to be migrating to Facebook and Twitter and not coming around much...

Maybe I am just boring...but I am down to like 5-6 comments a day...dang I used to get more comments when I first started blogging...

Is blogging passe?

I do have some very loyal readers and appreciate them greatly...and those who routinely listen to MUSIC ON THE COUCH", thank you for getting the show to #16 last week!

Why do I care? Well because I do dang it

Each week TRAVIS from "Trav's Thoughts" hosts Five On Friday where we get to select five songs of any mix we care....

Check out the other participants by clicking on his link above...and join in!

You can register for free at playlist.com and type in a band name and BAM the song will be there to assist in building your playlist.

Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to Playlist.com to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. I don't know how to make a specific linky, so be sure to leave me a comment to let me know that you participated.

4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

So, this week I have had this band in my ears a ton...funny how that happens, sin't it?

Well, the band is The Band.  Rick Danko (electric bass, violin, trombone, vocals); Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, vocals); Garth Hudson (organ, piano, clavinet, accordion, synthesizer, saxophone); Richard Manuel (piano, harmonica, drums, saxophone, organ, vocals) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals).

Originally members of The Hawks, the backing band for Rockabilly artist Ronnie Hawkins, the gents went off on their own in 1964 and went through a few band names until the toured with Bob Dylan in 1965 and 1966. They were always referred to as "The Band" and the name stuck.

They released MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (the name given to the house in West Saugerties, New York. Located at 56 Parnassus Lane (formerly 2188 Stoll Road) where they rehearsed before recording the album).

TUNEAGE TUTELAGE NOTE: It was originally used by Bob Dylan and is the site where the infamous "Basement Tapes" were recorded.

From this album we hear probably the most famous Band song, due to it's use in the movies EASY RIDER and THE BIG CHILL, as well as other TV shows and movies, "The Weight".

The next year, they released the album simply titled THE BAND (otherwise known as the BROWN ALBUM). "Up On Cripple Creek" is an iconic Band song. The harmonies they demonstrate is truly enviable. Levon Helm is lead vocalist on this track.

From their third album, STAGE FRIGHT, I have chosen "The Shape I'm In". This album was engineered by a young up and coming artist, Todd Rundgren.

Album 4 was entitled CAHOOTS and did not fare as well as the first three, but did contain one song that I have always enjoyed, "Life Is A Carnival".

Then, in 1993, they released JERICHO. Recorded 17 years after the FAREWELL CONCERT, the lineup was original members Levon Helm (drums/mandolin/guitar/vocal), Rick Danko (bass/guitar/vocal) and Garth Hudson (organ/keyboards/horns) were Jim Weider (who had played guitar for the group from the time of their 1983 reformation), Randy Ciarlante (who had joined on drums in 1990) and Richard Bell (who had joined as keyboardist in 1991). Richard Manuel had committed suicide and Robbie Robertson had left the group, but the song "Atlantic City" still resonates for me.

And because...exactly, just because, I threw in two bonus tracks. From STAGE FREIGHT, "W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" and from MUSIC FROM BIG PINK, "I Shall Be Released", with Richard Manuel's brilliant falsetto.

Have a good weekend...


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25 Of Your Sparks

  1. Drumsticks and or Haagen Daaz bars are the only way to go for chocolate yummers =)

  2. Anonymous Says:
  3. I'm fairly new to your blog, so don't ask me, LOL. But I did enjoy your 65 questions post a lot! I love to find out more about people and though a lot of bloggers say they don't like to do memes (or whatever they are called) I enjoy reading them.

    And twitter has taken a lot of my blog time away and I hear that happens to us addicts, LOL. Happy Friday! :-)

  4. Unknown Says:
  5. I don't think that blogging is passe...but I do think that blog comments are generally less frequent. (I'm surprised at the number of hits my blog gets, versus the few comments I get.) I would agree that Twitter/FB etc., do cut into folks on-line time. I finally bit the bullet and got on Twitter. Don't be discouraged, Vinny--I'll bet you have a good number of subscribers & followers.

    I also saw that you got Couch Matinees rolling--it's on my feed reader now! Yay!

    I'm off to substitute at the local H.S. Must dress in my kevlar "Super-Sub" outfit and hit the road. Have a great weekend!

  6. Ken Says:
  7. To me, the whole thing, commenting and FB is losing some appeal.

    I guess I'm just feeling ehh about it all.

  8. LAC Says:
  9. Guilty. *hangs head*

    I have been reading, but not commenting every day like I should. Sometimes I don't have anything interesting to add. Other times I am just reading on the run and moving quickly on to the others in my Reader before I have to start work.

    I am also guilty of not being as faithful as I should to the music portion. Because I cannot listen at work, I think I just skip over and forget to come back from home.

    Humbly begs forgiveness!

  10. I've been a baaaaaaad blogging friend, Vinny. I hang my head in shame. I hope that once this craziness goes away, I'll be better. Then again, once the new school starts up, and I'm a band/choir/martial arts mom, it'll be crazier than ever. Sigh...........

    I'll try to stop by more often and comment when I do.

  11. ...I started blogging as a creative outlet for myself and to entertain a select few of my friends and family. Although I enjoy the many-comment days, they are just icing on the cake. I guess I just blog for blog's sake... I couldn't do a Band grouping without Acadian Driftwood...just sayin'...

  12. STARR: I can not find chocolate drumsticks or chocolate haagen daaz either

    MRS D: Hope you hang around

    MARGARET: I am not discouraged, thanks. I see the hits are more than the comments - I just see other sites get so many more and I wonder why

    MICKEY-T: As long as you keep posting pics of the build, I am good

    SHUTTERBUG: No no ...that was not the intent of this. PLUS you are so busy with the baby...

    SONGBIRD: Yeah YOU missy ! LOL Just a HI will do...

  13. PHFRANKIE: Yeah the big comment days are nice - you know..for some reason that one did not pop into my head

  14. Dianne Says:
  15. I finally gave up on Lost, I was just too lost and I found the entire thing to complicated and very frustrating

    have a great weekend!!

  16. Linda Says:
  17. You raise some interesting questions regarding blogging vs Twitter/Facebook as I seem to notice a lot of people are giving up one for the other lately. As popular as Facebook is, I don't think it will ever replace blogging where one can tell a story or share a lot more in one post than you can in 25 Facebook updates. As for Twitter, I guess folks figure if the rich and famous do it, why not them?? Personally, I have a Twitter account but tend to forget to use it so I guess it doesn't mean that much to me.

    As for your Five on Friday this week, I always thought of The Band as more of a "soft-Southern rock band" - if there is such a thing! I always expected them to be touring with the likes of the Allman Brothers Band or Little Feat.

    When I was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi I had the chance to be exposed to a lot more Southern rock than I ever did growing up in New England and I always thought it kind of amusing that The Band - who was made up of four Canadians - sounded as Southern as they came!

    I traveled back to the earlier 80's myself with Trav's meme this week after getting a Rick Springfield song stuck in my head.

  18. Maggie Moo Says:
  19. I don't think that FB will take over blogging. I know some people who have left their blogs or focus more on FB, but I think those people were the ones who didn't blog daily or regularly anyway. I just think blogging-commenting in particular-goes in waves. And with google reader, it's so very easy for people to read by not comment. I think, actually, that's the real reason-it's just too easy not to comment now.

    Have a great weekend!!

  20. I posted quite regularly for nearly 4 years before I went on hiatus and started being on FB daily. Sometimes burn out happens.

  21. That's it, Vinny. When we are in Atlanta we are going to have Drumstick night. So sayeth the diabetic ;)

  22. CiCi Says:
  23. For me, I like your blog but sometimes I find there is too much on it. I myself prefer simpler easier to read posts. One or two subjects and not so much in one post. Just me.
    I do not do facebook. Did it for a short time but did not get interested in it and like blogging only. I don't do twitter either. I read your posts and can relate to some of them and not to others. I have music in common with you and some other things too.

  24. DIANNE: I stuck with it and man I am glad I did

    LINDA: Excellent points on the blog/facebook/twitter situation
    Never thought of the Band as Southern Rock though they had some of that flavor

    MAGS: agreed

    STARR: Miss your postings my friend
    If we can find chocolate drumsticks, I am in

    TECHNOBABE: Now that is the first time someone said that I put too much into a post...interesting thought..thanks

  25. I've only been visiting when making the rounds of blogs that you visit as well. Since that "nobody talks to me" feeling is one I know well, I'll comment more because your blog is enjoyable.

    Besides anyone who serenades me with The Band has to be a really nice person. :-)

  26. Dana Says:
  27. I've noticed a significant decrease in blog traffic and blog comments - except in the "sex/infidelity blogger" realm ... not that I ever read those ... I've just heard that from other people ...

    I think Twitter and FB have gotten far more popular. Instant gratification - doesn't require as much work (how can you screw up 140 characters?).

    Even I admit to skimming more blog posts (generally) and commenting less. Seems as spring/summer get in to gear people are more focused on actually interacting with "real" people and just forget about us (well me) introverts!

  28. Jay Says:
  29. I don't know about ice cream treats, but Blue Bell makes a really good Dutch Chocolate ice cream.

    Blogging is like everything else. It has its ups and downs. I can't even keep up my three posts a week plan.

  30. Have been finding it hard to get around to everyone as I used to, Vinny. Thanks for commenting on "5 on Friday" Johnny "Matress" was my fave! I loved listening to the Band. Thanks for posting them! :)

  31. Travis Cody Says:
  32. I don't do FB or Twitter. There's a lot of life going on around me that doesn't involve the internet. I like to blog because I like to write. So that's what I do.

    And I enjoy visiting with my core blogging community. That's plenty for me.

    Thanks for The Band. That's a great Set.

  33. TopChamp Says:
  34. I can tell you why you are struggling to find decent chocolate. It is because you live in America. You don't have decent chocolate.


    (p.s. hello!)

  35. Unknown Says:
  36. Top Champ has something there. I have never enjoyed better chocolate than when I traveled to Germany for work.

    What we have in the States? Sadly lacking.

  37. To quote Linda:

    'I always thought it kind of amusing that The Band - who was made up of four Canadians - sounded as Southern as they came!'

    LOL! As a Canadian, I have always found that funny, as well - cause it's true.

    I, too, have found my daily comments dropping. But I've also noticed myself having less time to roam around the blogosphere as I write more. So I'm telling myself it's the lurkers lurking and I'm leaving it at that.

    Really enjoyed Atlantic City from today's set!

  38. Jeff B Says:
  39. I've been out of the blog swing of things for a while now. Life has been crazy busy lately, so sitting down to read and comment seems to get compressed more and more.

    I wouldn't take the lack of comments personally. It's just the ebb and flow of life.


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