Thursday, June 9, 2016

How High?


My beloved Kansas City Royals began June with a win at Kauffman Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays, their sixth straight win, and second straight series sweep. They have not won a game since.

They are mired in a stretch of historically awful play, 0-7 on the current road trip and having been outscored 42-8 in those games, 37-4 over the last six. The offense has been non-existent on the trip so far, but the pitching and defense have also been dreadful.

As a general rule, I don't like off days during the baseball season. One of the coolest things about baseball is that whatever team you root for plays almost every day. Right now, though, an off day might be just what the Royals need to clear their heads. They finish the road trip with a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field starting tomorrow night.

"I know I give you a hard time about your pessimism, but...damn!"

Tell me about it...


Les with his personal white Les Paul Custom

On June 9, 1915 Lester William Polsfuss was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Under his stage name
Les Paul he became a legendary figure in the music business, not only as a performer but also as an inventor and innovator. Les is the only person inducted into both the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and the National Inventor's Hall of Fame.

He is widely credited with being the "Father of the Electric Guitar," and his namesake creation is ubiquitous in all forms of popular music.

For most of my life, I preferred other electric guitar models to the famous Les Paul, but my guitar hero Joe Bonamassa turned me around somewhat on the issue.

Joe has a number of signature Les Paul models made by Gibson and Epiphone, including the beauty pictured at right, which I acquired in 2010 when they debuted.

Simply Incredible

"See ya later, alligators!"
On June 9, 1973 Secretariat won horse racing's Triple Crown with a mind-boggling 31-length win in the Belmont Stakes.

Along with millions of other people I watched the race on TV, and to this day I still don't quite believe what I saw. I do know that I saw the greatest horse in thoroughbred racing history securing his legacy.

Happy Birthday!

On June 9, 1891 Cole Albert Porter was born in Peru, Indiana.

Although his family disapproved, he pursued his love of music and became one of the giants of American musical theater. Porter
was one of the rare Broadway composers who also wrote his own lyrics.

The list of hit musicals and famous songs he created is too long to include here, but frankly if the only show he had ever written had been Anything Goes, he'd still be one of the all-time greats in my book.

"Man, I just love that show!"

Me too, old friend...especially the 1987 Broadway revival with Patti LuPone...

Reality Sets In

From the pen of Lisa Benson, whose editorial cartoons you should read often, as I do.

Until Next Time...

Along with his wife Mary Ford (nee Iris Colleen Summers), Les Paul had considerable success as a recording artist. The popular pair had 28 charting hits together, which included 16 Top 10 hits.
Original 1951 sheet music

They enjoyed one of their biggest hits
in 1951 with their recording of the well-known Broadway show tune
"How High the Moon."

Their version spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard singles charts that spring, and quickly became one of their signature songs. It won a Grammy Award in 1952 and was selected for the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1979. It is also on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of "Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll."

Today's send-off is the duo performing the hit on their television program. Enjoy...

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