Friday, September 9, 2016

Blow, Ye Winds

Thank Ehecatl It's Friday!

"Play that Jimi Hendrix song for me, mortal!"

Storm Damage

After the most recent storm

The damage to the tree across from my patio that I wrote about here has gotten worse. Weakened by the original damage, that branch of the tree fell victim to the next thunderstorm that passed through, as seen in the picture.

It is sad to see the tree in this condition, and so far the complex's management has not sent anyone around to address the problem. I am hoping to see some progress on the score soon, but in the meantime a key part of the local bird habitat has been seriously damaged.

There are other trees around, of course, but
I don't like having something like this spoil the view from my patio, and I worry that the tree might have to be removed altogether.

"This wouldn't be a good time to start singing 'Circle of Life,' would it?"

Not unless you want your snout tied in a knot, no...

Ain't That a Kick in the Head?

Last night the 2016 NFL regular season began with a game in Denver featuring the Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, a rematch of Super Bowl 50.

The game's ending was a letdown for me, as Carolina's kicker missed a 50-yard field goal attempt as time expired, and Denver won 21-20.

The big news today, however, is the large number of helmet-to-helmet hits on Panther QB Cam Newton during the game. There's going to be some fallout from this one in the day's ahead, including possible fines and suspensions.

"Say, hasn't the NFL been boasting about increasing efforts to protect players?"

Yes, but it's the !@#$% Broncos, and they're allowed to do as they please, just as they have been for years...the dirtiest team in football...


Sandy in the locker room after his fourth no-hitter
On September 9, 1965 Sandy Koufax pitched the fourth no-hitter of his career, beating the Chicago Cubs 1-0 at Dodger Stadium, and breaking Bob Feller's major league record of three career no-hitters.

I don't know if regular no-hitters were getting a little boring for him, but he made this one a perfect game as well. At the time it was only the 8th such game in major league history, and the sixth in the modern era. Koufax's 14 strikeouts that day remain the record for a perfect game.

What is often forgotten is how well Cubs pitcher Bob Hendley did that day, giving up only a single hit himself. The game's only run was unearned. He beat Koufax in Chicago 2-1 in a rematch five days later at Wrigley Field.

The perfecto was the first time Koufax had won a game in three weeks, his last win being the famous game in which arch-rival Juan Marichal attacked Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with a bat, sparking a brawl that lasted 14 minutes.

Hectic Day

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

Until Next Time...

Although my primary musical interests during my adolescence were rock and roll and blues, my fondness for vocal harmonies meant that R&B vocal groups were a regular part of my radio listening also. Groups like The Temptations, Four Tops, and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles were particular favorites.

Inspired by television coverage of the 12th Street Riot in Detroit in July 1967, songwriter Isaac Hayes and his writing partner David Porter wrote what turned out to be one of the biggest R&B hits of the '60s. It was originally recorded by the popular soul vocal duo Sam & Dave, who had had a series of modestly successful singles with Hayes/Porter songs beginning in 1965.

On September 9, 1967 the duo released "Soul Man," and it became the most successful recording to date for the Stax Records label, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was included on their 1967 album Soul Men.

The song won a Grammy Award
in 1968, and quickly became the pair's signature song. In 1999
it was selected for the Grammy Hall of Fame, and it remains one of the most familiar and popular songs from the era.

The song's popularity significantly boosted the pair's career, and they would eventually wind up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Today's send-off is the 2008 remastered version of the classic hit, from the duo's YouTube channel. Enjoy...

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