BECAUSE I CAN – RICH PASCHALL

Our recent baseball articles on Serendipity have inspired me to share this story again. Wayne Messmer is our favorite National Anthem singer at Wrigley Field and other locations, and his trip to the World Series stage took an unfortunate detour. Click “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to Serendipity for the rest of this story.

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Wayne Messmer Sings, Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog

Cubs Win

If you are from the Chicagoland area, or follow the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, you may know his name and his face.  You certainly know his voice.  As far as we are concerned here, he is the best National Anthem singer in the country.  There is no fooling around when Wayne sings.  He delivers the anthem as it was written.  There are no variations to the melody or guitar solos.  He delivers it each time in a rich baritone voice, full of passion and conviction. We consider it a privilege to follow along.  There will be no runs for beer or hot dogs when Wayne grabs the mic and takes to the field.

Wayne Messmer is a multi-talented guy.  His Facebook page introduces him as “Certified Speaking Professional, Singer, Storyteller, Live Entertainer. Chicago guy!”  In addition to singing for the Cubs…

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ONE WONDERFUL MOMENT

Last week we had a 50th anniversary celebration for these one hit wonders. In case you missed it, we are having another party and you are invited. “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” over to SERENDIPITY by clicking on “View original post” below.

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1968 Edition, by Rich Paschall

Many musicians toil away at their craft hoping to break through the mass of musical acts and reach success with a hit recording.  Following endless rehearsals and low paying jobs, some of the best, or most interesting, will land recording contracts.  These artists wait eagerly for the day when one of their songs will be heard on the radio and climb the pop charts.  In 1968 there was no shortage of new acts to reach the Top 100.

Success may mean interviews and television appearances.  In an era with many television variety shows and, of course, American Bandstand, a chance to show off in front of millions could be at hand.  After finally having made it, performers looked for the next hit.  For many it would not be.  They would go down in music history as “one hit wonders.”

Just one hit song

Some golden…

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THOSE WERE THE DAYS, MY FRIEND

Fifty years ago some rock icons scored one or more of their top hits. Click “View original post” below to head over to SERENDIPITY to find my top 20 songs of 1968. While you are there, find today’s article on the one hit wonders of the same year, One Wonderful Moment.

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The Golden Age of Rock Turns 50, 1968 by Rich Paschall

Everyone will look back on their youth with the belief that the hit music of their time comprised the Golden Age of whatever genre was on top.  We will, of course, make the same claim. In fact every genre of our time hit the pop charts.  Many of those songs have not lost their golden shine 50 years later.  I know you are eagerly awaiting my top ten list of songs having a golden anniversary. You will be pleased to know I initially wrote down so many (46), that I will have to give you a top 20.

The Beatles

Some iconic rock and roll acts had come to prominence and charted singles and albums.  Rock legends Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Doors, The Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Janis Joplin and…

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Growing Up

I read so slowly,
Falling behind in everything.
My friends are on the next book;
I’m still on Chapter 2.
They say it is about hate, sex, war,
The downfall of society.
I thought it was about love, childhood,
Playing games.
Maybe they taught something
The day I was absent.

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Old friends are no longer close to me.
I thought they were standing still.
Now I meet new people.
Should I move on anyway?

Why do they run when
Walking is much easier?
They are calling for me to catch up.
I can’t turn the pages that fast.

Maybe I’ll buy the “notes.”

 

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 April is National Poetry Month.

 

APRIL LOVE OR APRIL FOOL?

Here are my top April songs. Be sure to hit “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY to view the list.

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April in Paris, by Rich Paschall


One April early in the 21st millennium, I actually was in Paris.  I thought it would be exciting, even a bit romantic.  I am not sure my travel companion saw it in the same light.  Although he had never been out of the country before, he did not seem overly excited about the trip, much to my chagrin.

At the time I was working for a freight company that had acquired a nice collection of gifts for Christmas.  Since they did not have something for everyone, they raffled off the gifts they had.  The top prizes were the airline tickets.  Of course I had hoped to win the Air France vouchers, but doubted it could be so with such a large group.  There were other nice prizes and I would have been happy with any of them.  When they called my name for the tickets…

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CAN’T STOP THE FEELING? – RICH PASCHALL

Do you have any energy left after last night? Then get up and dance. Here’s a top ten list for you. Click on “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY for the rest of the songs and, as the Bee Gees would say, “Keep on dancin’, and a-prancin.”

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Let’s Dance, by Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog


When I was younger, so much younger, we used to go dancing.  Believe it or not, we fell hard into the disco era and found our way to bars and clubs where we could dance for hours.  There was plenty of Hustle as we would slide, turn, spin and merengue across the floor.  The period was brief, not just because we are older now, but because the flood of disco received a quick backlash and we moved onto other styles of music.  That did not stop the dancing.  It just changed the beat.

When I was a young boy,
Said put away those young boy ways
Now that I’m getting’ older, so much older
I long for those young boy days
(- John Mellencamp)

We may not be going down to the Copacabana anymore, but we can still do our Neutron Dance. …

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BOND REBOOT

Bond 25, as the working title is known, is tentatively set for November 2019. Daniel Craig will return along with some of the actors featured previously. Here is a look at the Daniel Craig years so far. Hit “View original post” at the bottom to follow over to SERENDIPITY for the entire article.

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The Daniel Craig Years, by Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog

After 20 James Bond films and 40 years, EON Productions finally had something that eluded them from the start.  They obtained the rights to the first Ian Fleming novel, 1953’s Casino Royale.  The story had been adapted into a 1954 American television drama and a 1967 comedy spoof, but had never been given a serious big screen treatment.  The chance was at hand when Pierce Brosnan declined the opportunity to go on as 007.

The change to a new Bond also meant another change in attitude at the studio now run by the daughter of original Producer, Albert R. Broccoli.  Other studios had given their heroes a new start to great success, so why not Bond?  Comic book characters had moved away from cartoon portrayals to serious action heroes.  It was time to move Bond away from the comic quips and amazing…

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A TALE OF THREE JAMES BONDS

With another Daniel Craig feature somewhere in our future, here’s a look back to the beginning, the very beginning. I guess you could say it’s The Look of Love. Read on and you’ll understand that reference. Be sure to hit “View original post” at the bottom so you can follow over to SERENDIPITY for the rest. You do play baccarat, don’t you?

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Casino Royale, By Rich Paschall


When Eon Productions, maker of all those James Bond movies, finally made a film based on the very first Ian Fleming novel, fans of the super spy may have wondered what took them so long.  The novel, published in 1953, introduced us to the Cold War spy with a “License to Kill”, but why no movie?  In the book as in the films (plural, follow along), Bond’s mission is to bankrupt the evil Le Chiffre of the Russian secret service by beating him at cards at the Casino Royale. Le Chiffre is desperate for the money, but confident he will win.  His own life will be at risk if he loses.

The book was a hit in the UK, but sales in the US were slow and this set into motion events that would keep a serious adaptation of the novel away the big screen for over 50…

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CHRISTMAS YET TO COME

It is time for one more holiday playlist from last year. No dead guys this time, just young artists. Some you may know already, some may be new to you. Click the link below (View original post) to follow over to SERENDIPITY and sing along.

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My Top Ten Christmas Songs, Young Artists Edition, By Rich Paschall

From the time your Halloween pumpkin turned to mush on your front porch until now, you have been hearing Christmas music in the stores, on the radio and television and perhaps on your computer and mobile devices as well.  As we have noted on past Top Ten lists, the airwaves have been filled with familiar voices singing the same holiday hits to us that they have been singing for decades.  Of course, it is not Christmastime if we do not hear Bing, Perry, Andy and Nat crooning to us, but perhaps there are some newer artists who will earn a spot on the radio station playlist some day soon.

It is in this spirit that I come to you with another holiday playlist in hand.  I can see by the tired look on your faces, that you are ready for something fresh. …

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CHRISTMAS PRESENT

While many of the classic Christmas tunes are performed by artists who have gone to the great holiday party in another universe, here are my top ten from artists who are still around.  Click on “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY and sing along.

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My Top Ten Christmas Songs, Living Artists Edition by Rich Paschall


While many of your favorite Christmas songs are done by artists who have passed over the space and time continuum into another existence (that is to say, they are dead), there are still perennial favorites done by performers who are still on the planet.  This week’s hotly awaited Top Ten list will feature those living artists with songs we love.  Well, I love them, anyway.

There are songs that really did not seem to fit on the last Top Ten list of dead artists or this week’s list of Living artists because they are by groups where some of the members have passed and some are still performing.  For example, “Little Saint Nick” by the Beach Boys is a favorite but Dennis and Carl Wilson have passed.  “Please Come Home For Christmas,” by the Eagles is one of my…

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