MLMM Music Challenge — 3/4/22

Melanie, at Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is now hosting the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge and she’s thrown a 10-question music quiz at us. I’m no music expert, like Jim Adams, and since I promised myself that I wouldn’t Google the questions, about half of my answers will be guesses. Let’s get to it.

  1. The late great Jerry Garcia was vocalist with which band? If I got this wrong, Jim Adams would probably unfollow me. The answer is The Grateful Dead.
  2. Which musical instrument did Karen Carpenter play? I don’t know. Since she was a carpenter, maybe a musical saw?
  3. Carl Wilson, of which legendary band, died in 1998? I know! The Beach Boys.
  4. The Rose was a Bette Midler movie based on the life of which singer? Gypsy Rose Lee? Oh wait. She was a stripper not a singer.
  5. Which late great duetted with k.d. Lang on his hit ‘Crying’? I know this because I was a big fan of Roy Orbison.
  6. How is Mary O’Brien, who died in March 1999, better known? She was actor Hugh O’Brien’s wife.
  7. Whose life story was recreated in the biopic “Sweet Dreams”? Annie Lennox. She was with the Eurythmics and the duo’s song, “Sweet Dreams” was a huge hit. I’m right, right?
  8. Florence Ballard was a member of which group? This one I got for sure: The Supremes.
  9. Whose farewell note in 1995 read, “It’s better to burn out than fade away”? I dunno. George Harrison, maybe. When did he die, anyway?
  10. Which Marvin Gaye hit got into the top ten again after his murder? I think it had to be “What’s Going On?”

So, Melanie, how’d I do?

Choir Practice

People, please,” Miss Dillon, the choir teacher shouted. “I feel liking I’m being barraged by a flotilla of nasty, discordant voices. Where are the sweet, mellow tones of harmony that you are noted for? Listening to this rehearsal today makes me feel as if you’ve reached the bottom rung of the harmonic ladder. Now let’s get our act together and croon away like I know you can.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (people), Your Daily Word Prompt (barrage/croon), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (nasty), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (harmony), My Vivid Blog (bottom), and The Daily Spur (rung).

Fibbing Friday — Dog Chow

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Di’s turn and she wants to know…

1. What kind of dog was Lassie?

A lovely, little, long-haired Lhasa Apso.

2. Who was Toto’s owner?

These guys.

3. What breed of dog was Beethoven?

A beagle.

4. Who was Goofy’s best buddie?

Vladimir Putin.

5. How many dogs starred in The Incredible Journey?

101 Dalmatians.

6. What made Superdog super?

He was toilet trained.

7. What is meant by Dogma?

The partner of a Dogpa.

8. What is ‘flyball’?

It’s what they call it when the batter in baseball hits a ball into the air and it goes into the outfield.

9. Who introduced ‘WALKIES!’ into their training programs?

Hank Magnuski, the American inventor of the walkie-talkie.

10. What is frontline used for?

To try to tackle the quarterback.

One Minute Fiction — Are You Talking To Me?

Are you talking to me?
Yeah you.
Are you talking to me?
I see you looking at me.
I see your lips moving.
But I can’t hear what you’re saying.
Seriously, how many times must I tell you?
You need to trim my ear hairs.

Written for Cyranny’s One Minute Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Cyranny.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — March 4th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 4th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on March 4, 2018.

Another Trump Quote of the Day


“He’s now president for life, president for life. And he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.

Donald Trump has already revealed that he will be running for re-election in 2020, making clear that he is planning to cling to power for the maximum eight years. But why limit his reign to just two terms?

After hearing that the ruling Communist Party in China announced that leader Xi Jinping was eliminating the two-term limit for presidency, meaning he could rule indefinitely, Trump told Republican donors at a luncheon at Mar-a-Lago yesterday that he thought that was great and actually suggested that we, in the U.S., will have to “give that a shot someday.”

Sure, his surrogates, including his despicable press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will claim that he was just making a joke. But here’s a man who still denies that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections and is doing nothing to protect against further Russian meddling in this fall’s midterm elections.

He has refused to place additional sanctions on Russia even though those sanctions were overwhelmingly passed by Congress. He has his head so far up Vladimir Putin’s butt that he will never say even one negative word about the Russian dictator.

He is breaking all political and social norms, wants his political adversaries to be investigated by “his” Department of Justice, denigrates the FBI, and has given enormous political powers and influence to his daughter and corrupt son-in-law, even though neither can earn a top secret clearance from “his” FBI.

How much clearer can it be that Donald Trump and his Republican cronies on his cabinet and in the GOP-controlled Congress are tearing at the very fabric of our American democracy?

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “fabric.”