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“We thank you for helping to make our 17th wedding anniversary special”

“We thank you for helping to make our 17th wedding anniversary special”

I love e-mails like this one from reader and Cornell grad Jim:

Earlier this morning, you had “A World of Our Own” by the Seekers posted as the Video of the day.

I asked my wife, a folkie in her youth, if she liked this song. After a bit of thought, she asked me to find this Seekers hit and play it for both of us.

We thank you for helping to make our 17th wedding anniversary special.

Glad to help, and congratulations.

Here’s another version which is quite good:

[By the way, I welcome reader suggestions for the various “of the day” entries.]


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Congratulations Jim and wife!!

“[By the way, I welcome reader suggestions for the various “of the day” entries.]”

Well, I’m a little reluctant to make this suggestion. Only the grooviest of hip cats could fully appreciate the ultimate 1960s garage-band song with the bitchinist lyrics (subliminal marijuana reference: “I walked over to her and said, ‘Uhh …what’s your name?’ She said, ‘My name’s Mary Jane … I live down the lane.’ Alright.”

Oh, what the heck. Here you go, you frumpy, dreadfully uncool conservatives …

From 1966, just when you boomers thought there were no more great 60s tunes to be discovered. Canada’s “The Haunted,” singing “1-2-5.”

    TeaPartyPatriot4ever in reply to LukeHandCool. | September 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    What you apparently do not realize, let alone understand, is human sociological behavior, in that young people, of the 60’s per say, of which I was one of, will always be of an independent and liberal free spirit, with their natural tendency to rebel, in nature.. but as time passes, and young people mature, and grow into responsible adults, they tend to go back to the center, or even more to the right, aka, more conservative in thinking, attitude, and actions.. it’s called real life, as in the real world..

I wonder if, in 50 years, people will feel the same way about rap.

You know….. Hate da pigs
Eff da laws
(except, of course, copyright laws)
Hate on da man
Slap da beeitch

Ah…. romance.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Anchovy. | September 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    What hath “I Want to Hold Your Hand” wrought, eh, Anchovy?

    Thought experiment: What if the Beatles had grown up listening to the Plastic Ono Band and today’s vile rap instead of the standards they did grow up with?

    Answer: There’d be about 200 fewer great/good songs from the 1960s.

    I like all kinds of music (except rap and a few other genres). You don’t have to have a nihilistic streak to appreciate some great punk rock from the late 70s and early 80s. The Sex Pistols were great, even though I considered them buffoons when it came to their worldview (and I’d say that for the Beatles in their later years, too).

    Well, seems Johnny Rotten isn’t all vacuous snarl:

    “Johnny Rotten, who is widely considered to embody the zenith of punk music and a former singer of the British band the Sex Pistols, issued the following statement to the Independent newspaper about his planned concert in Tel Aviv:

    “I really resent the presumption that I’m going there to play to right-wing Nazi jews [sic]. If Elvis-f-ing-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he’s suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him. But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated.”

    “The British blogosphere and commentaries in the Guardian are packed full of hysterical tirades against Rotten, who now goes by his birth name John Lydon and sings for his own band, Public Image Limited (PiL). Leftists in the UK are in a state of panic, largely because Lydon rejects their crude and grossly oversimplified views on the Middle East. Lydon, who lives in Venice, California, has breathed real democratic life and fire into a dull and misguided cultural war against Israel.”

    LukeHandCool (who ran into Johnny in a market in Marina Del Rey, and who was tempted to yell out, “You got your holiday in the sun, Johnny boy!” but who, alas, fell victim to decorum once again. Good on ya, Johnny! … Elvis Costello … you made some good music … but you’re a dunce otherwise, and I’ll never pay to see you again … LukeHandCool, who, after an Elvis Costello show in the early 1980s, received a black eye when Elvis was throwing out copies of his latest 45 single to the crowd … one landed on top of Luke’s head and suddenly hands and arms from everywhere were hitting Luke in the face as they grabbed for the record. Animals …)

    Johnny Rotten, Neocon Punk Rocker: The Sex Pistol’s Frontman Stands Up for Israel.

      TeaPartyPatriot4ever in reply to LukeHandCool. | September 18, 2011 at 12:19 am

      Good for Johnny Rotten, who, like many other independent thinking, musical artists, have an actual brain, that is not indoctrinated with BS liberal tripe fill crap..

      It’s the L:iberals who should be saying to themselves- “yeah, why is it bad for a Nation, a whole race of people, to protect themselves, from others, who to destroy them, wipe off the face of the earth, annihilate them in another Holocaust, just because of who and what they are, as a race, nationality, ethnicity, of people, aka, human beings.” Or is that too humanistic and civilized..

Ever since I was a little sprout, I really liked that song, but I’ve never seen this particular video. Thanks!, Professor.

PS: I’m always up for anything ‘Van Morrison’

The song is called “I’ll never find another you”

I hope that the last 20 years will be remembered as the nadir of “pop music” in mankind’s history. Frankly, I can’t imagine the state of music getting much worse. Of course, every time I say that I am proven wrong…

I have always been a fan of the music from the 1950s and 1960s. Of course, the 1970s and early 1980s hold a special nostalgia for me as that was the music of my “youth.”

Thanks again for the great videos. I could spend days watching for oldies. It is a great way to waste a lot of time.


I think you do a great job with your “of the day” features.

Good bloggers find a way to break up the “UGH!” inherent in political blogs with music and humor.

Maybe consider a “joke of the day”, which I know is hard, since libs have no sense of humor, and everything is misconstrued into “hate speech”…

But, I think it can be tastefully done.

Just a thought…..

Thanks so much for so enriching my September 17 (no major occasion). But it has been a while since I listened to The Seekers and Youtube is rich with them. Moreover that sont ‘I am Australian’ I had never heard.

BannedbytheGuardian | September 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Its a long way to the top if you want to rock & roll.

The best version is the original filmed on a truck along Swanston St Melbourne in early 70s complete with bagpipers.

In recognition for their outstanding cultural & immense $$$ export contributions the band was given their very own street nearby.

It is quite somethin wonderful that Corporation Lane became ACDC Lane.

Bon Scott has his own statue on the docks of Fremantle -where he once was a crayfisherman.

Those guys are masters of everything .

For older music played by newer artists check out the work of “Carolina Chocolate Drops”. (not traditional but still a great showcase for their female vocalist)

My wife heard my playing this video, and since she remembers and loves the Seekers, came running to watch and listen.

I remarked to her that it was amazing how good the music was some 40 to 50 years ago, and how poor it is today by comparison. Other comments herein indicate other readers had exactly the same thought.

Paul Anka’s ‘Freedom For The World’ around Independence Day…

    LukeHandCool in reply to atemely. | September 18, 2011 at 1:12 am

    A buddy of mine, who owed me about $10 from playing poker, was in my high school biology class. We had a substitute teacher the day we started the chapter on sexual reproduction.

    I told him, “You don’t owe me anything if you stand up on your chair in the next 30 seconds and start singing “Having My Baby.”

    He did. Paul Anka has been a sentimental favorite ever since.