I have the first 4 episodes of Late Night on VHS. Very different from today’s Late Show on CBS. As most folks at my college would tell you, I was a huge David Letterman fan and hardly missed an episode. I would say that his show in the 1980s was arguably one of the most creative in television history. Dave helped launch the careers of PeeWee Herman, Jay Leno, and many many others.
So, for some Friday Fun, I present a few classic moments from those days:
The other day I was singing “Long Tall Texan” around the house and was asked what the song was. I said it was the Beach Boys to which the others doubted my accuracy, or at least hadn’t heard of the song. So, I correct that now and present to you this rare video of the Beach Boys singing “Long Tall Texan.” And I’d like to say that the women in my home responded in like manner when I sang it … but that is so not true.
I love music. I majored in it in college. And when I find the good stuff, I gotta’ share it. On a melancholy Wednesday this week, I found myself gravitating toward some flugelhorn jazz. I share some with you here for our Friday Fun post. Enjoy Mr. Clark Terry:
I enjoyed watching Muse on the Grammy’s this week. I like that style of music. It took me back to my college days when a band from Dublin named U2 took the world by storm. And overran my life, giving me music that resonated in tune with my life and faith in Christ. I remember playing the cassette of U2 “Under a Blood Red Sky” over and over until I had to buy a new one. The album was from a concert live at Red Rocks. The remastered DVD is a must-have purchase, the original concert cited by Rolling Stones as one of the top 50 moments that changed rock music.
This week, for my morning readings, Psalm 40 has been the Psalm for the week in my devotional book, A Guide to Prayer (I highly recommend this book to those who are looking for something to aid their spiritual life!). And, it’s funny because I think the first three verses are what God intends for me to learn this year. And waiting patiently has not been a part of my DNA.
I am one of the biggest baseball fans you will find. From age 4 (when Lou Brock had an unbelievable World Series performance) until now, I have been an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. I even spent a significant part of my life writing about up-and-coming baseball players. I remember when we first ‘met’ Albert Pujols. A conversation in the stands with some scouts was interrupted by a repeated bang coming from the outfield. We turned to look at some unknown player was hitting line drives so hard that they echoed off the outfield wall.
The next season (2001) everyone knew of Albert Pujols’ hitting ability when he hit .329 with 37 HRs. And every season since then he’s averaged .322 with 39 HRs. He is arguably the greatest hitter of all time in baseball. And now his contract is up at the end of the 2011.
I was a child of the 1970s, when AM radio played the hot music, 8-track tapes kept the beat going, and we waited until the end of the year to hear what the #1 song was, as revealed by Casey Kasem and his “Top 40″ show. Since I will greet the New Year somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, I thought I would celebrate here a bit early, just like we did in the 1970s.
In the early 1970s, there were few bands as popular as Three Dog Night. And Dick Clark (who is an American icon, for those of you who may not know) had them on for three “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” countdown shows in a row. So, we youth would gather in Lavengood’s basement as our parents were upstairs. We turn off all the lights, except for the blacklights (so that the velvet posters would shine) and listen to Three Dog Night. So, feel free to turn off your lights and join me as we consider how we can participate in bringing Joy to the world in 2011: