“Snow’s all right on a fine morning, but I like to be in bed when it’s falling”

When I woke up this morning, I could see snow on the tops of the branches of the pine trees. I checked outside my bedroom window and we’d had a dusting overnight. It is the first snow of the season but not much of a showing by Old Man Winter. Mind you I’m not complaining but a fluffy dusting of snow is just annoying. You can’t sled or build a snowman or even make a snowball. The driveway was clear for some odd reason as were parts of the road. Now, an hour or so later, the temperature is above freezing, and the snow is gone from the branches. The sun even made a short appearance.

Gracie and I are venturing out later. I need some of life’s essentials: cat food, light cream and bread. I might also do a bit of shopping. I need a scoop to form meatballs and a metal masher for potatoes.

I’m thinking of a contest. Similar to a random guess of the number of marbles in a jar, I’m wondering how many unanswered calls will be made here before the caller gives up. The calls are from all over the country: the latest was Texas. The phone rings a few times then the caller hangs up. Names have recently been added to the caller ID, but they don’t tempt me to answer. Most calls are just after 9 AM and 6PM. I called the number. Surprise, surprise, the call could not be completed.

Here is a mystery for you to solve. What three well-known, popular to many people, singers have never appeared here. The reason is because I don’t like any of the three despite their popularity. I change the station on the car radio if I hear anyone of them. I’m sure there are many singers I haven’t posted, but these three are the only ones I deliberately ignore. Mrs. Miller is not one of them-that’s my only hint.

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40 Comments on ““Snow’s all right on a fine morning, but I like to be in bed when it’s falling””

  1. Erin Says:

    I would have said John Denver but you relented on him in the past few years (Yay!) Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin? BTW, I love Gordon and Harry. Not so hot on Bob.

    • katry Says:

      Erin,
      I have played so many Dylan I lost count. I love Lightfoot, and he too has been posted here many times. I’m okay on Chapin too.

      Nope!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Rod Stewart, Bob Marley and Justin Bieber.

    Mrs Miller or Mrs Mills ? …..Welcome on a Thursday, Eric, Ernie and Gladys

    • Hedley Says:

      And let me add that Gladys Mills was a lot cooler than one of your other non guests – Barbra Steisand

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’d add Justin to the list, but I don’t know a single song he has sung. He isn’t even on my radar.

      I never have heard of Mrs. Mills, but she can play one mean piano.

      Knowing what a Petula fan you are I figured I’d post Mrs. Miller’s cover for you:

      • Hedley Says:

        God Almighty, the worst KTCC music ever ?

        Ladies and Gentlemen, the pride of Epsom, Petula Clark

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I totally agree about Mrs. Miller. I was amazed she had a Greatest Hits album. She was a novelty favorite for a while.

      • Erin Says:

        I went my whole life without hearing this. I could have gone the rest of my life without hearing it. The poor thing!

      • kat Says:

        Erin,
        She was actually pretty popular. She was a novelty. There was nothing poor about her-she sold a lot of albums.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I remember that you’re not very fond of Elvis but you’ve played him on KTCC. Hmmm… KTCC-suitable stars not on KTCC… Elton John, Linda Ronstadt and Neil Young? Oh, I know, Iggy is missing 😉

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      The only Elvis I posted was for birthdays. Elvis would never appear here if I had a choice, but I had promised songs for the KTCC family.

      I don’t know a single Iggy song. I went to youtube to give a listen. Honestly I had no idea who Iggy is. I even thought she was a he. After listening I would definitely add Iggy to the list.

      The three other singers are okay by me.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I have absolutely no idea who the three would be so I won’t attempt a guess. I tend not to pay attention to who is popular or not. If I don’t like them, the station gets changed.

    No snow here. The sun is trying to shine but is managing only bright clouds. The news said it was cold out this morning but I took the dogs out without a jacket or any extra layers and it was fine. It’s kind of sad that the weather has been so very cold for so long that 20º feels like a balmy spring day. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I don’t know who is popular or not either. I stopped watching the Grammy Awards because I didn’t know most of the nominees. The songs I do post are ones I like or maybe tolerate.

      The snow is gone from the branches. We have sun and blue sky. It is 38˚ right now, as you said, a balmy day.

      Have fun today!

  5. olof1 Says:

    I had a long comment here and then I accidentally hit somethinbg and closed the entire internet connection 🙂

    My three guesses are Michel Bublé, he annoyes me. Robbie Williams from Take that and Arty Garfunkle because he’s rather bad on his own I think 🙂

    Still snow here on the ground, 4 inches perhaps and that’s not a lot since it has been snowing for almost three days now. It will stay for a while thay say but who knows they are pretty bad in guessing the future weather 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • kat Says:

      Christer,
      Art had one hit song, Angel Clare, on his first solo album. Michel isn’t one but that’s a good guess. I don’t know Robbie Williams. Birgit is correc that Elvis is one.

      All our snow is gone!

      Enjoy the evening.

  6. olof1 Says:

    Not Arty Garfunkle, Art!

  7. im6 Says:

    Hey! I like Mrs. Elva Miller. Even more, I like the fact that, initially, she wasn’t aware she couldn’t sing and didn’t realize her popularity was because it was a source of amusement to her fans. (She caught on eventually). She didn’t corner the market on cluelessness, however. You’ll just have to look up Wing for yourself. Prepare to be amazed?

    But the really brilliant singing act was Jonathan and Darlene Edwards. So many great examples of their “art” on YouTube (look for “Carioca” or “Stayin’ Alive”), but I’ll post one of my favorites. Here’s the background on this team that appears on the page with the song I’m linking:

    Jo Stafford (vocalist extraordinaire) and her husband, Paul Weston (the wonderful arranger and orchestrator) at times transformed themselves into that wacky duo, Jonathan and Darlene Edwards. Jonathan would play the piano quite badly, and poor Darlene would sing either flat (or sharp) according to the moment at hand. Jonathan and Darlene were inspired by Paul Weston’s experience at a real Florida cafe many years ago where he witnessed a singer who sang badly and her piano player who pretty much banged on the piano. This experience became an idea that Paul and Jo would comically perform at cocktail parties together – and they became such a big hit with their friends, that Columbia invited them to make a few records as the die-namic duo. This 45 was their first release, followed by many more albums on Columbia, RCA Victor, Dot and Corinthian labels. They even won a Grammy for best Comedy Performance for their album “Jonathan and Darlene Edwards In Paris”. Listen and laugh!

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I didn’t realize Mrs. Miller was oblivious to how really awful her voice was. She sold a lot of records. Her voice always gave me hope about mine.

      My mother introduced me to Jo Stafford so I know her real voice which makes the one you posted so hysterically funny. She is just so awful as Darlene. Even the choice of her name makes me laugh, and I don’t know why that is. How clever they were!

      Okay, I looked up Wing, and I swear the hair on my arm is still standing straight up from that voice. I hadn’t heard of her, and after listening, I wish I still hadn’t.

  8. im6 Says:

    Oooh, I Iike solo Art Garfunkel very, very much. His “Watermark” album is simply sublime… a collection of Jimmy Webb tunes. I’m guessing you won’t be playing any Manilow. If Elvis is one, then that leaves a third artist. Could be almost anyone. So many eligible candidates. I think Bublé has probably done a tune or two worthy of KTCC — he’s just gotten terrifically overexposed in recent years, but the guy has talent and a voice. I’d nominate Natalie Merchant, but I think you’ve played her before. Don’t know what it is, but her voice just annoys me. Okay, here’s my big guess: Michael Bolton.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      His Angel Clare album I really like. His voice is sweet.

      You are so right. I’d fall on my sword before I’d post Manilow. Nope, not Bolton or Merchant. It is a male.

      We’re down to one remaining on my never play list!

  9. sprite Says:

    Hmmm… I saw Birgit already got Elvis, which was my immediate response. I was going to guess Rod Stewart, but, as with many other incorrect guesses today, that’s mostly from my own dislike.

    How about Springsteen? For my generation, his and Michael Jackson’s are THE voices of our childhood.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      I stopped posting Springsteen because Blogger took it down as an infringement, but I do like him. I like younger Rod better than older Rod.

      Nope, neither one. Keep guessing, sprite!

  10. Erin Says:

    Neil Diamond?

  11. Erin Says:

    I love him. Just downloaded his greatest hits from iTunes. And I love Barry oh and Elvis renewed our vows! LOL! Oh well. But usually Barry haters also hate Neil. You either love them or hate them. 🙂

  12. sprite Says:

    Kat, I’m with you on Manilow. I can take or leave Elvis (in that I’m perfectly happy to sing along if he comes on the radio, but wouldn’t go out of my way to play his music myself). But I love Neil (although I can understand why some people don’t).

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      There are a couple of Elvis songs which I like, his slower songs mostly.

      I was walking on Newbury Street in Boston one day when Manilow flanked by bodyguards walked by me. I wasn’t impressed and said aloud I wished it had been James Taylor.

      I haven’t ever been a Neil fan, and I don’t know why not. I just can’t take his voice.

  13. bob fearnley Says:

    I agree with Sprite about Neil Diamond, but only Longfellow Serenade or before. Time for a hint on the third artist. What about Jerry Lee Lewis or NKOB?

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      The three are Neil Diamond, Elvis and Barry Manilow. I figure I’d have to be tied up before I’d listen to an entire song from any of them.

  14. Jay Bird Says:

    Three good picks, although Diamond’s “Solitary Man” was tolerable. My friend Dick Cerri, host of DC’s “Music Americana” radio for 25 years, refused to play Dylan. He knew Bobby, and thought Dylan was a world-class jerk (or insert proctologic term).

    Switching topics, you mentioned these random callers. Are you on the government’s no-call list (donotcall.gov)? This supposedly feeds state lists (if Mass. has one). Registration is good for three years, and it works! Mainly for unsolicited sales calls. For random, creepy people, your home phone should have some number-blocking capability. Good luck!

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      I am on the no call list but these numbers still call. I even went back and added my name a second time to the list. I don’t know how these numbers get around it. I don’t even know what the calls are about as I never answer them which makes me love caller ID.

      I think they are great picks. What’s horrible is when I visit my friends and they play their iPod lists which are filled with Barry, Neil and lots of country, not my favorite sort of music. Ear plugs were be offensive so I grin and bear it.

      Thanks on the good luck. I really do wish there was a way to call them and let them have it. Curses!


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