“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

Thank God for the newspaper. This morning I learned a ram is a male sheep, and that tidbit of knowledge has cleared up the confusion I’ve lived with for years. Is that ewe or isn’t it ewe? I suppose you’re wondering why a ram in the paper, especially the front page. It seems he escaped from the Islamic Center where he was scheduled to be sacrificed for Eid al-Adha on October 26th. The ram, on the run for two weeks, has been seen in several places but has evaded capture. Be on the lookout for a ram with brown fleece and a black face. Go ram!!

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back tonight, nothing worse than being an hour early. If you are like my friend’s aunt, you’ll stay up until 2 a.m., the official time to turn them back.

The day is dismal: cloudy, damp and cold. Tonight will be in the low 40’s but the rest of the week will have nights in the 30’s. That sounds to me as if fall is hurrying away with winter at its heels. The dog doesn’t linger outside much at night any more.

I survived yesterday.

My mother had singers and songs she loved, and she played them on the hi-fi while she was doing housework. The songs stuck in my head, and I, without realizing it, learned all the words. In a way, I carry on her music. My sister, when her kids were growing up, played the music she loves and the same thing which happened to me happened to her kids. They learned her music. Her kids are fans of Creedence, Dylan and CSN&Y among others. In a way, they carry on her music, and mine as well. I wonder, though, what will happen to my mother’s music. My nephews and niece don’t know Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Jo Stafford or Johnny Mathis, and I don’t hear those singers played much on the radio. The oldies stations I listen to play music from the 60’s on up through the 80’s. My mother’s music is fading, disappearing from the airwaves, but it stays in my head. Johnny Mathis and The Twelfth of Never still gets me every time.

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25 Comments on ““Without music, life would be a mistake.””

  1. im6 Says:

    I hope I’m early and you’re still adding songs. I know how much MDH will want to hear something from The Great American Songbook by Rod Stewart. 😉

    • Kat Says:

      I finished adding songs, but maybe tomorrow can be music cover day and Rod will make the cut. I’m sure MDH will be thrilled!!

      I can call it standard day with current singers!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Cut it out Katmah, you are pandering to im6.. If you are doing Rod, do real Rod like “Every picture tells a story donut”.

        so many phone calls, I am sure Bill Clinton will call again

      • Kat Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        Pandering? Me?

        I have stopped picking up the phone and I mute the political ads on TV. I have had enough!!

      • im6 Says:

        I’ll look forward to it!

        I’m hoping Michael Bublé, Peter Cincotti, etc. will introduce their younger fans to the old crooners your mom listened to. Growing up, I HEARD Sinatra, et al., but they didn’t really register with me. I was too busy listening to rock and roll and top 40 radio. Fortunately, somewhere along the way, I managed to get re-exposed to those early artists and now they’re among my favorites. Sinatra is amazing. So is Ella. And Rosie, Doris, Peggy, Perry and Dean aren’t shabby either. Amazing singing, but even more amazing songs. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say, “They don’t write songs like that anymore.” When was the last time you enjoyed a song that won the Academy Award for Best Song (and will stand the test of time)?

      • Hedley Says:

        Im6, what the hell is a Michael Bubble ? Some back up singer for M Love ? I remember Peter Bonetti but not a Cincotti. I do like “The Deadwood Stage”… Lots of hip slapping

    • Hedley Says:

      Maggie and I have been riding.

      Whether its “kisses in the bottom”, “Covers” or “Thr Rubbish American Song Book”…it screams its over. Then add some STUPID Christmas album that first saw the light of day on HSN and a few live greatest hits and you know it is done, over, finished.

      Gave away my Dylan tickets for the Fox but on the countdown to the Magnetic Fields at the Crofoot.

      Right lets get the snowblower off the shelf and see if I can start the bugger.

      • Kat Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I’m glad Maggie has had her ride. Gracie will get hers shortly. Right now she is snoring far too loudly.

        Sounding a bit venomous there!

        I know, I know, snow is in the forecast. Here it will be the western part of the state of anywhere.

      • Kat Says:

        Boys, Boys!!!

        Behave yourselves.

        Michael Bublé I know but not Peter Cincotti, and I have no idea who etc might be. I have to admit I am not well versed in the music of today.

        im6, you have named the singers I grew up listening to when I wasn’t glued to the radio.

        I can’t even remember any songs of late which have won the Academy Award.

      • Hedley Says:

        Im6 started it Miss Katmah.

  2. olof1 Says:

    We have a billy-goat on the run over here, they have tried to catch it for over three years now but he’s just too smart 🙂 🙂 🙂 He survives on what grows in the area but they think that someone might feed him too 🙂

    We still hear those artists and their music on our national raidio, especially on Saturdays but every now and again on other days too. My younger work friends do know who they are but just barely 🙂

    Music from the sixties and seventies are still very popular amongst people in their twenties oddly enough 🙂 and one pop group, ABBA is popular in all age groups over here.

    Sunny and chilly morning here but cloudy and chilly most of the day after that.

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      WOMR is one of the last remaining community radio stations left, and I will often hear that music played. It is listener supported out of Provincetown, and I love their DJ’s.

      I have to give that goat credit. Three years is a long time to be on the run. People must feed him in the winter when food is covered in snow.

      It even looks chilly through my window!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember all those songs but many were before my time. My parents used to listen to swing and jazz and my older cousins listened to the early rock and roll.
    I’m not sure some younger people don’t know those tunes. A few years ago I worked with someone who was 30 and a huge fan of Frank Sinatra. There was a fad for swing dancing among that age group for a while so some of them know the old songs.

    Go ram indeed. Did the Islamic Center get a substitute? I wonder if the renegade ram would still be considered suitable.

    So-so day up here. Mostly cloudy, a few peeks of sun. Cold.
    All the raking and walnut removal yesterday resulted in a large bruise on the heel of my hand. That’ll teach me to stick with knitting. 🙂
    I’m off to get dog food, bird food and Miracle Whip; the 3 things I forgot to get yesterday. Enjoy your day!

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      They were also before my time, but my mother introduced us to them when she’d play them as she worked in the kitchen.

      It didn’t sat whether they got a substitute or not, but I’m guessing they must have. It is still suitable. The paper did say that a man was hunting it with a bow and arrow and that would make it unsuitable for the center.

      See, work can be very dangerous! Life has taught you a valuable lesson: being a sloth is far safer!!

      I need to get pizza sauce for my Sunday appetizer-I forgot it!!

      Have a great day!

  4. olof1 Says:

    No not yet, for some reason I don’t understand myself I always listen to all ABBA albums I have during Christmas. There’s probably a deeper psychological explanation to that but I’m not sure I want to know 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Hedley Says:

      Perhaps you were hoping to find Agnetha under your Christmas tree ? They did always wear outfits that looked like tinsel.
      Best wishes

      • olof1 Says:

        I’ve always preferred Annifrid so it might have been her 🙂

      • Hedley Says:

        Now there is an excellent discussion….which is the cutest Abba lady? Both super talented but I think Agnetha in my Christmas stocking would be very acceptable

  5. Bob Says:

    My father used to listen to an AM radio station that played the big band era music of the 1940s. It’s no longer playing that format because their audience has mostly passed away. The local ‘oldies’ station used to advertise, the music of the 60s, 70’s and 80’s but somewhere along the way the 60s had been dropped.

    Luckily, the University of North Texas has a radio station that continues to play Jazz. The school has one of the world’s premier music schools that specializes in Big Band Jazz. Time waits for no one and I like to think that the music of our youth will become the classical music of the future.

    • Kat Says:

      That’s exactly what I mean. First the 40’s then the 50’s and now the 60’s have disappeared from the radio. Generations of music are no longer heard.

      A local radio station plays jazz a few times a week. It is a locally owned station which has its own format, and I love listening to all the different genres.

  6. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Yes, go ram. A doe was shot with a bow and arrow ( illegally), and people are trying to rescue it. I think we grew up on musicals, but my mom loved classical music. I am worry mode as the election is so close.

    • Kat Says:

      I want this election to be over. I can’t take any more phone calls or TV ads. Most people I know have already made up their minds and the ads are annoying.

      If a hunter uses the meat, I have no problem with hunting but I abhor it if it is only sport.

  7. Birgit Says:

    I’m late for this music party, yesterday we sang in Cologne and I returned home at 3 am.
    I fully agree with the Nietzsche quote.
    Music taught me what a ram is, when we sang Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho “… and then the lam ram sheep horns began to blow…”. So music can also be educational.

    Who needs daylight saving time at all, it neither saves daylight nor energy. Or at least why can’t the countries agree on a date? We turned our clocks back last sunday at 3am.

    • Kat Says:

      For some reason I have always loved this song, even know the words. I think the song depicts well the battle with its tempo. This is great!!

      Daylight saving time started during WWI. I don’t think we need it now! Two states here don’t even observe it which makes figuring out the time a bit difficult when you travel there. One, I know, is Hawaii but i forget the other.

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