Saturday, November 2, 2013

And Now For Something Completely Random

There was some beauty in the 60s.  
    I just heard Different Drum on the radio by the Stone Poneys.  Or, more precisely, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys.  Or, let's be real, Linda Ronstadt.

"Damn.  What is it about those guys from Liverpool?
Oh, right.  Talent."
  Written by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees (yeah, no kidding) and released in the late 60's, Different Drum is a beautiful melody sung by a beautiful lady.  I tried to downlink the You Tube video here, but no luck.  That's okay, though, because none of us usually has the time to click on a link on Blogger.  But, trust me, type in Linda Ronstadt and Different Drum on You Tube.  You'll be glad you did, especially if you were around back then.


   So, it's sad to learn that Ms. Ronstadt is suffering from Parkinson's Disease, that terrible affliction which also torments Muhammed Ali and Michael J. Fox.  So, in addition to aging (which happens to us all), this beautiful lady can (according to her) "no longer sing a note."

"I can probably still carry a note better than you, Penwasser.
Plus, even in 1978, that shirt sucked."
   What's the point of this, you ask?  Well, not much, I suppose, except the melancholic (probably not a real word) observations of someone who didn't look near as good as she when she started.
 
And, yet, Mrs. Penwasser married me.

And who doesn't look near as good as she does now.

And Mrs. Penwasser is still married to me.

    And that one of the Stone Ponys was, in reality, one Stone Cold Fox.
      
"Thanks, Al.  But, if you think anyone is going to post a picture of you at 20
and say it was a good look, you're terribly mistaken.
Ditto the one of you at 55.
That shirt you had in 1978 was hideous, but you at least still had brown hair."
Have you seen your shirt?"

36 comments:

  1. Are you wearing white pants in that old photo? Must have been snapped after Labor Day. Or is it the other way around when it comes to wearing white?

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    1. You betcher butt they were white and, if I remember correctly, the picture was taken in August.

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  2. Too bad for Linda that she didn't snatch you up you before Mrs. Penwasser did.

    xoRobyn

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    1. We were never properly introduced.
      But, in all honesty, I still have no idea why Mrs. Penwasser said yes to even a second date, let alone marriage. She was beautiful (still is, I always have to correct myself).

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  3. Somebody from the Monkeys actually wrote a song? Wow! I loved the song though, it's sad how looks fade over time, fortunately you've gone the Clooney Silver Fox route however and wouldn't know!

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    1. Clooney, after a horribly disfiguring accident.

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  4. I had forgotten all about Linda Ronstadt. A blast from the past.

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    1. She'll always have a place in my heart. It was a Linda Ronstadt song which was playing on the radio when I flipped my car in 1980.

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  5. I absolutely love Linda's songs, especially when she sings Blue Bayou! Gives me chills. It's so sad how a person can go from the top of their game to practically an invalid from this horrid disease. Everytime I see Ali I just want to cry. While the Stone Poney's were from LA, I always think of the Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ. A great place in the 70's.

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    1. Ali visited our ship when we were moored in Dubai. Very, very sad. He looked so frail.

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  6. Never heard that one before, guess I am not old enough. Sucks she has that awful disease. Stupid health crap. Were you going scuba diving in that last one?

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    1. Actually, I was busting up the tile from my kitchen project at the beginning of the year,
      My looks haven't improved.

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  7. To be fair, everyone looked weird back then. My dad's yearbook picture is proof of that.

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    1. The 70's: When Good Fashion Sense Took a Holiday.
      If you want a good idea of that whacked-out decade, "That 70s Show" really nailed it. It started in 1976. I graduated high school in 1976. It was a perfect depiction of those days.

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  8. I'm not sure how to feel that I like your shirt from back whenever that was. It sucks she can't sing anymore. I want to say those were times when talent counted when it came to being a singer but as you pointed out...the Monkees were around at that time.

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    1. I think Davey Jones was the only actual singer. The rest were TV creations to stave off Beatle-mania. Granted, I liked quite a few of their songs (and Nesmith did write Different Drum), but they were "created."
      But, at least they weren't the Partridge Family. I think the only ones of THAT group who actually had talent were Shirley Jones and David Cassidy.
      Although I bet Danny Bonaduce could kick the crap out of me.
      But, I don't think that's talent so much as bulk.

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    2. Nesmith was an excellent singer/songwriter. Try Joanne or some of the other songs he did with the First National Band.

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  9. It begs the question as to whether it's better to have a wonderful talent, and then lose it to disease, or to never have that talent at all. It must be painful for her not to be able to sing any more.

    And hey! There was a LOT of beauty in the '60s! (Not that I want to go back there...)

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    1. On a similar vein, would it be better to be blind at birth or lose your sight somewhere along the way...?
      I think better to not have had the talent in the first place. But that's my
      opinion.
      But, it IS way sad.
      As far as beauty in the 60's, you apparently never went into my backyard in the summer when my father had his shirt off. No WONDER people took psychedelic drugs!

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  10. That is one gut pile of a shirt. Sure would look good on my scarecrow in the garden.....but then again I wouldn't go near the garden!

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    1. I think it has some jungle creatures on it somewhere.

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  11. I didn't know she had Parkinson's.
    She's right about the shirt though. Did you burn it? I think I burned mine...

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    1. I think I outgrew it. And that's a good thing.

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  12. I can't believe how many people commented on you when Linda looked so beautiful back then...

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  13. I have always loved Linda Ronstadt she had such a lovely voice

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    1. I've been going on You Tube all weekend.
      You're right.

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  14. Mickey Dolenz also sang in the Monkees. I never knew that Mike Nesmith was a songwriter. Very sad about Linda Ronstadt's illness. It's also sad that Davy Jones died. As for your shirt, all you needed was to wear it under a leisure suit to complete the look. At least you weren't wearing several gold chains.

    Julie

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    1. As was Peter Tork. Good golly, I know all their names. I was a little surprised that Mike Nesmith was a songwriter, too. As far as my shirt, I HAD a leisure suit and I WAS wearing one gold chain (it was an anchor). Oh, the 70's.

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  15. The Linda story further emphasizes the importance of living in the moment and enjoying life when you can - or perhaps I'm getting all profound!!

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    1. No, you hit it right on the head. We had this boy in our class who was non-verbal and capable of doing little more than placing wooden pegs in baby food jar tops. Two months ago he was as lively and energetic as any teenager. Until a side-view mirror flew off a pick-up truck and smashed his skull.
      Life as we know it is fleeting, my friend.

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  16. I agree that Linda Ronstadt was a major hottie! It makes me sad that she is struggling.
    I think I had that shirt also. Somebody gave it to me as a gift and then wondered why I never wore it.

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    1. You had this little thing which was lost in the 70's: good taste.

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  17. Having been born in the 80's. I never listed to Linda Ronstadt but you're right...she was a beauty! And, those white pants would be a fashion statement again today so dig them out of your closet and start wearing them again!!

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    1. I think I gave them to a Bee Gees impersonator.

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