Category Archives: PopCulture

Music Monday – “Remember me/Don’t let it make you cry/For even if I’m far away/I hold you in my heart/I sing a secret song to you each night we are apart”

One week until we go to Mexico and the preparations are heating up (you’d think staying for two weeks instead of one simply means you pack twice as many bathing suits but unfortunately, that’s not the case!) Plus we’ve got a busy week ahead of us with a variety of appointments, meetings (though I found […]

Music Monday – “Border guards they waved us through/’Andele ninos’ they cried/Love was a Mexican pony/You and I would ride”

Happy (legal) wedding anniversary one day early, Shea! I look forward to celebrating our (ceremonial) wedding anniversary with you in a month in Mexico and then our reception/party wedding anniversary later this summer! This song has a lot of religious imagery and considering we specifically requested a non-religious officiate who only slipped up once at […]

Music Monday – “Down through Durango, Colima, Almiera/Then in the Manzanillo/Where I slept in the sunshine on the seashores of old Mexico”

Less than a month to Mexico… (And it’s like a time machine working through the versions of this song – from the original Hank Snow to the 80’s era Haggard-Willie duet to the more modern George Straight version with a video shot in Tulum – aka the only place that I have ever got really […]

Music Monday – “But I’ll miss you when you’re gone/That is what I do, hey, baby/And it’s going to carry on/That is what I do, hey, baby”

Prince and David Bowie and Gord Downie’s deaths all made an impact on me but Dolores O’Riordan is the first musician I remember dying who was almost exactly my age (she was 46, I’m 44 going on 45.) The Cranberries were a fixture during the late 80’s/early 90’s for myself and a lot of people with […]

Music Monday – “Here we are now/Entertain us”

I’ve seen this new version of Nirvana’s biggest hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit” described a few different ways – changing all minor keys to major keys, the original being auto-tuned but, as noted in the edit on a Kottke.org post about the new version, it’s a bit more complex than that – the chord progression and […]

Friday Fun Link – Year End “Best of” Lists

Here’s a few year end “Best of” lists for your reading pleasure.

Music Monday – “All the lights are shining/So brightly everywhere/And the sound of children’s/Laughter fills the air”

I was a bit surprised to see which was my most played song over the past month, narrowly defeating a handful of songs that I thought *could* be my most played. Anyhow, since I’ve ended up doing a month-long series of posts about cover versions of popular songs, why not finish off on Christmas Day […]

Friday Fun Link – Sad Jingle Bells

This video takes one of the happiest Christmas songs and turns it sad by playing it in a minor key… I’ve also long believed that you can make this popular jaunty carol into a pretty sad one, simply be reworking the lyrics from present to past tense, changing the odd word and singing all verses […]

[SPOILER ALERT] 10 Things I Liked (And 10 Things I Didn’t) About “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

I didn’t get a chance to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on opening day like I have for many of the other recent releases in the series including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. But after seeing enough quasi-spoilers on social media over the weekend (including one picture which showed Luke Skywalker and evil Lord […]

Music Monday – “I am a poor boy too/I have no gift to bring/That’s fit to give a King/Shall I play for you/On my drum?”

Continuing our December Music Monday theme of re-imagining well-known Christmas songs, let’s go to the ultimate fitting cover – Ringo Starr doing “Little Drummer Boy” (Hmm, I also unintentionally ended up featuring Christmas songs/covers by two of the four Beatles.  Perhaps that should’ve been the theme as well?) “The Little Drummer Boy” – Ringo Starr