A U.S. Army soldier places an American flag at Arlington National Cemetery.Troops place an American flag at each of the more than 220,000 graves at the cemetery for every Memorial Day.credit: History.com
“Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died Saturday. He was 87. The musician’s son, Danny Jones Penniman, confirmed the pioneer’s death to Rolling Stone, adding that the cause of death was cancer…Little Richard’s influence was massive. The Beatles recorded several of his songs, including “Long Tall Sally,” and Paul McCartney’s singing on those tracks – and the Beatles’ own “I’m Down” – paid tribute to Little Richard’s shredded-throat style. His songs became part of the rock and roll canon, covered over the decades by everyone from the Everly Brothers, the Kinks, and Creedence Clearwater Revival to Elvis Costello and the Scorpions. “Elvis popularized [rock and roll],” Steven Van Zandt tweeted after the news broke. “Chuck Berry was the storyteller. Richard was the archetype.”
His music is from another generation but it had a profound influence on everything Rock-N-Roll that followed. Respect and godspeed sir.
“On May 8, 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine during World War II.”
V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain
Wikipedia – Victory in Europe Day
V-E Day 1945: The celebration heard ’round the world
I heard on the radio today that we are losing U.S. WWII vets at the rate of 300 a day.
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I’ve got a generator that won’t start.
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I hope you are all well and weathering this situation OK.
My wife and I are staying in for a while. The lineup for tonight involves beer and board games.
How are things where you are? Are you and yours OK?
R.E.M.’s ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It’ back on the charts
“Monday, the track continued its upward trajectory, landing at number 39 as of 2:30 p.m. EST.”
““It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” is a song by American rock band R.E.M., which first appeared on their 1987 album Document. It was released as a single in November 1987, reaching No. 69 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and later reaching No. 39 on the UK Singles Chart on its re-release in December 1991.”
My Dad passed away this morning. His battle with mixed Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia is mercifully over. I slept next to his bed the last 2 nights and I was holding his hand when he passed.
He never got over missing my Mom. She was truly the light of his life and he was lost without her.
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Not much going on out there. Life has me busy.
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UN backs Russia on internet convention, alarming rights advocates
“The United Nations on Friday approved a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime, alarming rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom.
The General Assembly approved the resolution sponsored by Russia and backed by China, which would set up a committee of international experts in 2020.”
Netflix – The Kominsky Method
Acting coach Sandy Kominsky and best friend Norman Newlander keep each other laughing as they navigate the ups and downs of getting older.
Starring: Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker
Netflix – The Ranch
Being a pro athlete didn’t pan out for Colt. Now he’s helping his dad and brother keep the ranch afloat, and figuring out how he fits into the family.
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott, Debra Winger
Netflix – Madam Secretary
When a highly capable woman becomes secretary of state, she struggles to find balance between the demands of world politics and those of her family.
Starring: Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth
Netflix – The Blacklist
After turning himself in, a brilliant fugitive offers to help the FBI bag other baddies, but only if rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen is his partner.
Starring: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhof
Netflix – The West Wing (again)
This powerful political epic chronicles the triumphs and travails of White House senior staff under the administration of President Josiah Bartlet.
Starring: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, many greats
Amazon – Friday Night Lights
A drama that follows the lives of the Dillon Panthers, one of the nation’s best high school football teams, and their head coach Eric Taylor.
Amazon – The Man In the High Castle
In a dystopian America dominated by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, a young woman discovers a mysterious film that may hold the key to toppling the totalitarian regimes.
Amazon – Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
An up-and-coming CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, is thrust into a dangerous field assignment as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit.
Amazon – FAT: A Documentary
Health expert Vinnie Tortorich exposes the history behind myths and lies regarding healthy eating, fat and weight loss.
Amazon – Inside Metal: Pioneers Of L.A. Hard Rock And Metal
Inside Metal is an original documentary series dedicated to Heavy Metal music and its diverse array of musical styles and genres. Features Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot, Ratt, Snow), Jack Russell (Great White, Dante Fox), Don Dokken (Dokken), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Michael DesBarres and many others.
Amazon – Inside Metal: The LA Metal Scene Explodes
Inside Metal is a documentary series dedicated to Heavy Metal music and its diverse array of styles and genres. LA Metal Scene Explodes is the second, two-volume title in the Inside Metal series. Featuring in-depth interviews with metal icons such as Lars Ulrich, Stephen Pearcy, Mike Inez, Carlos Cavazo and tons more.
Amazon – The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.
Starring: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper