April A to Z – T for Tommy or Toto?

There we have it… the beginning of the end! A long month… especially when you realise soon into the month that you’ve gone about the month’s challenge in the wrong way! So… I’m rather confused at this stage. Should I give you this, or should I give you that?? Tommy? You remember Tommy? Most likely you only vaguely remember Pinball Wizard so why don’t I give your memory a bit of a jolt?

OK… you’ve woken up, have you? Good! Now I can put you fully into nostalgic mode… and take you back to Africa… Toto’s Africa! The video is dated yet toward the end the relevance reminds of the current state of affairs in so many African states… burning, both figuratively and in reality…

Reminders of a time gone by!? This photo, at Arklow Rock, reminded both the good lady and me of Africa… something about it stirred a deep memory of a place forgotten…

Happy Monday… may your week be filled with fun and laughter!

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Mother Earth – Wearing a Pretty Spring Dress!

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April A to Z – S is for SSSSS… SUPER!!

Super as in Supertramp! The pinnacle of beach bumming… becoming a super tramp! I was hardly breaking out with my first spot when a friend introduced us to Supertramp. It took me a while… I mean, how can you feed a kid adult food? But… boy, oh boy… by the time the double live Paris hit the scene I was a longtime convert!

How’s that for getting your Saturday going? Delectable! I hope you’re now in the mood to conquer the world! I usually am after hearing this classic! Have fun… play hard and work almost as hard! Love life… that’s how I feel after listening to Paris…

T for trouble? Treble? Tarantula? Or… T for a young lad’s name? Rock royalty opera? Your guess is almost as good as mine!!

PS – If you have the time this weekend or whenever… go find Paris… build a pot of brew… or, find a quiet picnic spot to share the music with the outdoors, pour a mug or glass of red… and enrich yourself!

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April A to Z – My Vinyl – R for Rod… Rodriguez!!

If you’re a South African of a certain age you may really enjoy this post. If you’re not you may equally enjoy this post! Ever heard of Rodriguez? Yes? No? If no is your answer then I hope you’ll indulge my frivolity. If no… then keep going and you may understand why those who do know Rodriguez, love his music.

The seventies was some time to be a spotty faced teen… the hormones really drove a generation of madcap muso’s and their followers. In there somewhere was Rodriguez. He became a household name… an icon of cool. If you didn’t own at least one of his two LP’s you couldn’t hold a meaningful conversation. So… when the rumour began circulating that he was no longer with us we sighed and reflected with heavy hearts… all the while treasuring his music. But… one South African couldn’t live with the idea and went hunting… I’ll leave you to do your own research as I give you a great video for openers…

‘Tis Friday! Whooppee… so, let’s share a bag of fun! This live recording gives you two of his most memorable songs. Yep, I know he drops a clanger to begin with but hey, if we’re not perfect we can’t expect our icons to be perfect, can we?

I believe it’s a great story of discovery and rediscovery. Careful… you may get hooked… or your past passions may be rekindled!

Happy Friday… may you have all sorts of fun this weekend…

PS – S for?? Something to do with a beach bum? Now, that will be super!

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