Weekend Writing Prompt — Preposperous

I’ll tell you what’s preposterous. It’s that George Santos has been sworn in as the representative for New York’s 3rd congressional district.

Santos is guilty of a series of lies about his qualifications, work background, his claims that he is the descendant of Holocaust survivors, fabrications about his education, and past employment.

That this Republican, who has confessed to lying about his background and qualifications, was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives is preposterous.

(Exactly 75 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt is “preposterous” in exactly 75 words.

Spam Comment of the Week — Week 1 2023

I get some interesting spam comments on my blog, most of which are captured by Akismet, WordPress’ spam blocker. I generally do a mass delete of all of my spam comments after checking to see if any legitimate comments got caught up in Akismet’s spam-catching net.

I thought it might be fun to select a particularly interesting or unique or outrageous spam comment and highlight it each week.

This week, the first week of 2023, I’m featuring three short spam comments, all of which were comments on my “Who Am I” about me page.

Grant Zilla complimented my about me page, which he apparently believes sets the standard for such pages.

This item is the most effective of a standard.

And Graliontorile thinks I’m utilitarian but, at the same time, stylish.

Some truly nice and utilitarian info on this website, as well I conceive the style has got good features.

Finally, Yajaira Copland says I’m faster, better, and more effective than I’ve ever been.

You might locate that you are doing every little thing much faster, much better and also more effectively than ever before in your life!

My back may be giving me fits, but according to these three spammers, I’m doing something right in this first week of the new year.

Anyway, have you read some catchy spam comments that you’d like to share with us? If so, put them in the comments or create your own post and tag it #FSCW.

High School Talent Show

My son was in an a cappella group in high school. He asked me what songs I liked from the 60s and I mentioned “Up on the Roof” by the Drifters. He thought that would be a great song for his a cappella group to perform at his school’s talent show. I was kind of dubious, but I’m no a cappella music guru, so what did I know?

For several weeks, the other members of his group would travel to our house after school and on weekends for their rehearsals. My daughter, his older sister, would needle my son about choosing “Up on the Roof” for the talent show. She thought something more contemporary, a song from the 80s, would have been a better choice. But he argued that the parents in the audience who came to their kids’ talent show, would appreciate a song from “their” era.

And my son was right. His a cappella group’s rendition of that Drifters classic was a big hit, earning his group the blue ribbon for their performance.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One Word Challenge (roof), Your Daily Word Prompt (dubious), Word of the Day Challenge (guru), Ragtag Daily Prompt (travel), My Vivid Blog (rehearsal), and The Daily Spur (needle). Photo credit: Joe Martinez.

Note: this is fiction. My son was not in an a cappella group in high school (although he was in college and in law school), never won a blue ribbon for singing “Up on the Roof,” and the photo at the top of this post is of the University of Birmingham Sons of Pitches a cappella group, of which my son was not a member.

Song Lyric Sunday — Paisley Underground

This week’s theme for Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday is Paisley Underground, yet another genre of music I have no familiarity with, at least by that designation. So, once again, everything I know about Paisley Underground music is what I learned on Google. According to an article in the Guardian, “Back in the early 80s, Los Angeles saw a sudden spurt of young bands all influenced by the psychedelia of the late 60s, and all taking different elements of it. The result was bands that all sounded different, but all of a piece – from the intense, droning, tough Velvetsy rock of the Dream Syndicate, to the sunshiney Beatles pop of the Bangles, to the Byrds-indebted Long Ryders.

As I looked at the different groups that are categorized as Paisley Underground, the only one I’d ever even heard of was The Bangles. And of their recordings, the only one that sounded even vaguely familiar was “Walk Like an Egyptian.”

“Walk Like an Egyptian” was recorded by the The Bangles. It was released in 1986 as the third single from the album Different Light. It was the band’s first number one single, and became Billboard’s number-one song of 1987. The song was written by Liam Sternberg, who said he got the idea when he was on a ferry boat and saw people struggling to keep their balance. The way they held out their arms and jerked around reminded Sternberg of the depiction of human figures in ancient Egyptian tomb paintings. Their movements made it look like they were doing Egyptian poses, and if the boat moved suddenly, they would all topple over.

“Walk Like An Egyptian” gave The Bangles a new level of notoriety, but not the kind they wanted. Formed in 1981, they wrote their own songs and were a big part of the Los Angeles Paisley Underground movement. The band quickly became recognized for their ‘60s sound with lots of clever, well-constructed songs written by their guitarists, Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson.

But then “Walk Like an Egyptian,” a goofy romp written by an outsider that the band didn’t think would get released as a single because it was “too weird,” was released, shot to the top of the charts, and became a sensation. And the group’s rock pedigree took a hit. Suddenly they were known for this quasi-novelty song instead of their own compositions.

Here are the lyrics to “Walk Like an Egyptian.”

All the old paintings on the tombs
They do the sand dance don't you know
If they move too quick (oh whey oh)
They're falling down like a domino

All the bazaar men by the Nile
They got the money on a bet
Gold crocodiles (oh whey oh)
They snap their teeth on your cigarette

Foreign types with the hookah pipes say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian

Blond waitresses take their trays
They spin around and they cross the floor
They've got the moves (oh whey oh)
You drop your drink and they give you more

All the school kids so sick of books
They like the punk and the metal band
When the buzzer rings (oh whey oh)
They're walking like an Egyptian

All the kids in the marketplace say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian

Slide your feet up the street bend your back
Shift your arm then you pull it back
Life is hard you know (oh whey oh)
So strike a pose on a Cadillac

If you want to find all the cops
They're hanging out in the donut shop
They sing and dance (oh whey oh)
Spin the clubs cruise down the block

All the Japanese with their yen
The party boys call the Kremlin
And the Chinese know (oh whey oh)
They walk the line like Egyptian

All the cops in the donut shop say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian
Walk like an Egyptian