Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I wonder if Otis Redding and Steve Cropper knew that Sitting on the Dock of the Bay was going to become an instant classic. It's such a feel good song. Since it was recorded shortly before Otis passed away, only Cropper has been able to see its success. I love this quote from Cropper during an NPR segment about Otis:
Otis was one of those kind of guys who had 100 ideas. Anytime he came in to record he always had 10 or 15 different intros or titles, or whatever. He had been at San Francisco playing The Fillmore, and he was staying at a boathouse, which is where he got the idea of the ship coming in. That's about all he had: "I watch the ships come in and I watch them roll away again." I took that and finished the lyrics. If you listen to the songs I wrote with Otis, most of the lyrics are about him. He didn't usually write about himself, but I did. "Mr. Pitiful," "Sad Song (Fa-Fa);" they were about Otis' life. "Dock Of The Bay" was exactly that: "I left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay" was all about him going out to San Francisco to perform.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
The BBC has a fantastic section dedicated to quizzes and surveys on the Human Mind. The Senses Challenge is my favorite. It's filled with tough mind games that test your nervous system - it's cool because it has a mini explanation for why the human mind thinks the way it does. Have fun with it!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Have you ever ventured to the AMC website and checked out the Mad Med Official Site? You'll love the features even if you don't watch the show. Take the Quiz, "Mad Men Yourself" and whip up a tangy greyhound from the cocktail guide:
2 oz Vodka
5 oz Grapefruit Juice
Pour vodka and grapefruit juice on top of the ice in a cocktail glass. Stir well. Enjoy!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
On the Garage Station last night I heard an oldie that I hadn't come across in a in a while. The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You is such a classic hit. It reminds me of the school dance scene in Milk Money (a closet favorite). What a great surprise!