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Belatedly, Happy St. Paddy’s Day
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How’s the craic Widdershins?  (Don’t know if I used that correctly or not!

So according to the link above on Irish slang that’s supposed to mean “Hello”!   Friday was officially St. Paddy’s day but we’ll just celebrate it today.  We’ll  pretend we’re still celebrating from Friday.

Now of course this being an Irish holiday/celebration, it has to have music and indeed there more Irish music than you could shake a shillelagh at.  And the styles do run the gamut.  So I’ll put my selections below and you can, if you wish, add your in the comments.

 

(1) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ~ Irish Celebration

(2) The Dubliners ~ Molly Malone

(3) The Great Big Sea ~ The Night Pat Murphy Died

(4) The Pogues ~ Dirty Old Town

(5) Dropkick Murphys ~ I’m Shipping Up To Boston

(6) The Dubliners & The Pogues ~ Irish Rover

So there ya go Widdershins!  A nice six-pack of songs to help you to continue celebrating the grand day!  Of course it’s an open thread.

 

 

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Good Saturday and weekend to you Widdershins.  By the title I assume you have guessed what the theme will be for our weekend music on the blog.

that there is light despite all of the darkness

We are going to have to keep that in mind my peeps.  Every time we see an incident or thing happening that show how clueless this Prez-elect and his entourage are, we have to keep that in mind.  That whenhope-1024x320 the talking yam wants to bring into the White House a racist, bigoted, supporter of the alt-right, we have to keep that in mind.  That when he appoints as his national security adviser, a man who was in the pay of the Turkish government as a lobbyist, we have to keep that in mind.

So let’s take a look at some songs of hope.

web-page-separator-line(1) Rise Up ~ Andra Day

(2) When You Believe ~ Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey

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(3) Titanium ~ David Guetta

(4) Skyscraper ~ Demi Lovato

(5) Long Promised Road ~ The Beach Boys

(6) The Show Must Go On ~ Queen

web-page-separator-lineOkay there’s a half-dozen to get y’all started.  There are tons and tons of these songs out there so I know you will find some to add in the comments.

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Open thread, obviously.

 

 

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Good Saturday & Weekend Widdershins!

Oh my Widdershins, Fredster has been anxious and out of sorts this entire week.  No it doesn’t have anything to do with politics or the election.  No, it’s the yearly LSU-Alabama football game this weekend.  Like most of the major athletic conferences, the SEC has two divisions:  East and West for the SEC.  LSU is in the West Division.  And so is Alabama.  LSU’s path to anyplace post-season has to involve Alabama.  They have been a cross to bear for LSU at least the last five years.  And that’s the exact number of times they have beaten LSU; it’s been five straight losses to the Gumps.  And, these are not attractive people when it comes to football games.  You may recall that from when I wrote my first guest post here at The Widdershins.  So Fredster is anxious today.

And naturally I’m also on pins and needles with this horrible, terrible election cycle right now.  I truly feel relaxing-scenethat Hillary and her GOTV efforts will end with her being the winner Tuesday night.  Still, I have to wonder what rogue F.B.I. agent in the New York office will come up with some nonsense that he spills to Giuliani who in turn whispers it in Trump’s ear and then the talking yam goes on a twitter rant or runs his mouth to a gullible audience.  Who knows what that clown has planned for the last few days of the election and afterward.

 

Soooo, here’s the deal:  we will relax and calm down.  Let’s put up either some movie or music clips thatrelax-body-soul relax us and just make us feel good.  There is no overarching theme or anything else of that sort.  If you like it and it makes you feel good post it in the comments.

 

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(1) K.D. Lang ~ Hallelujah

(2) Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

(3) Baby It’s Cold Outside ~ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan

(4) Blue Skies ~ Ella Fitzgerald

(5) Mr. Sandman ~ Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton

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Good Saturday and weekend to you Widdershins!

Yes, sadly once again we are going to have to go to our crazy places.  Did we really think we would not have to go here again?  Just yesterday, Trump suggested that Hillary’s security detail should be disarmed.  (Hint, you go first Donald) Then he finally admitted that yes, Barack Obama was “born in the U.S.A.”, but said Clinton stated the birther thing first.  Oy vey ist mir!!  And to add further to the comic, but sad and pathetic birther speech in DC, (which turned out to be more of an advert for his hotel) the backdrop falls apart after he speaks.

And no, you cannot make this stuff up.

Today we need more than a palate cleanser, we need a big ole honkin’ tongue scraper and plenty of eye bleach.  So once again we are going to look at and listen to some crazy songs.  They can be songs about being crazy, being crazy in love, being crazy however.  A quick use of the googling machine yielded three separate websites with lists of crazy songs so they’re out there folks.  I will list a number of them  and let’s see what you all can come up with.

horizontal-line-1d(1) Paul Simon ~ Still Crazy After All These Years

(2) Napoleon XIV ~  They’re coming to take me away

(3) Fine Young Cannibals ~ She Drives Me Crazy

(4) Patsy Cline ~ Crazy

(5) Anthrax ~ Mad House

(6) Dave Matthews Band ~ Crush

horizontal-line-1dOkay Widdershins, that’s a variety of musical genres up there.  Show me some of your choices below.

While this is football Saturday for me I’ll be around between quarters, at halftime and between games.  Have fun!

 

 

Good Saturday to you Widdershins!

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are but once again, we have one of those disgusting heat advisories out until 9ish tonight.  I ventured out one time and the heat was suffocating.  Oh, to have one of those fancy vehicles with one of those thingamabobs that will start the vehicle while you stay in the comfortable confines of your abode.  Of course you have to make sure you have the a.c. on beforehand or it’s all for naught.

In keeping with our lazy weekend idea, I’ve created a slideshow for us to view.  All of these wonderful photos came from our wonderful SM.  Besides working two jobs, and raising a fantastic daughter, SM has also been volunteering for our gal in the Tampa area.  Hillary had a rally in July in the Tampa area and SM decided to share these pix with us.

Sit back. Relax.  Enjoy.

 

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Once again this is a completely open thread so share what’s on your mind in the comments below.

 

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Good Saturday and weekend Widdershins!

If you are a fan of politics, a more-than-curious observer of the art form, or like most of us here, have a dog in this hunt, the next two weeks are definitely going to be your cup of tea.

We now know that the talking yam has picked Hoosier governor Mike Pence as his veep selection.  Whether that’s a good choice remains to be seen but at least it did spare Pence the embarrassment of possibly running for reelection as governor and losing.

As to Hillary’s selection for veep, well we don’t know that quite yet.  Elizabeth Warren was slated to speak to the convention as a keynote speaker on the first night, which would seem to indicate she wasn’t going to be Hillary’s veep selection.  Then suddenly, yesterday, her name wasn’t on the list of speakers.  Tongues are wagging about that news but all we can do is wait and see.

So Widdershins, with all of the hoopla of the conventions going on I thought we might take a a look at some movies about politics and the shenanigans and intrigue that go along with that topic.  There are tons of them out there and I’m sure we all have one or more that are favorites.  These are in no particular order.

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(1) The Manchurian Candidate ~ 1962 version

(2) Advise and Consent ~ scene with Charles Laughton ~ his last movie ~ lots of insider politics

(3) The Candidate ~ Robert Redford

(4) The Best Man ~ Henry Fonda

(5) Primary Colors ~ Billy Bob Thornton scene

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Obviously there are lots more movies in a political vein but you all get the drift.  Please add your contributions below.

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Just gotta cool off!

Good Saturday and weekend to you Widdershins

This time we can truly say thank goodness this week is over!  Yes, the heat is on, and in many ways.

It did not start well with the announcement and statement by F.B.I. Director James Comey regarding Hillary’s use of her private email server when she was Secretary of State.  The good news was that he stated there was no way anyone would make a decision to prosecute her or her assistants over the server.  The bad news is that the Republicans were, to say the least, not happy with that decision and decided to call the Director on the carpet, uh to Capitol Hill to answer some questions they had.  They still didn’t like the answers they got and so the merry go round will continue.

Then, two episodes of dismay and disgust as, once again, two black men were shot and killed for seemingly no reason at all in Baton Rouge and a St. Paul suburb.  After that, a third episode of utter horror as a lone sniper opened fire on Dallas police officers as the officers were present at a peaceful protest of the first two shooting events.  The attack killed five officers and injured another seven.little dog-water

After these events this week, let’s have a “time out” shall we?  I don’t know about the weather where you are Widdershins, but it’s been hotter than, well, it’s been hot this past week. boxer-iceHeat indices in Bama were in the 100° range and in nola there were heat advisories most of the week.  So with that let’s take a look at some songs about summer, heat and the like.  There are tons of songs out there with mentions of heat, fire, summer. I’m also adding in some images of dogs and heat because although we aren’t in the dog days of summer yet, they’re approaching.

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(1) Summer in the city ~ The Lovin’ Spoonful

(2) Hot Summer Night ~ Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

(3) Hot! Hot! Hot! ~ Buster Poindexter

(4) Heat Wave ~ Martha & The Vandellas

(5) Too Hot ~ Kool and The Gang

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Now sometimes when it’s too hot you want to cool off

(6) Ice Ice Baby ~ Vanilla Ice (now don’t laugh too much!)

(7) Rupert Holmes ~ Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

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Okay Widdershins, you get the drift and idea.  I know you’ll be able to come up with some songs and we can take our minds off of shock, sadness and the like for a day or two.

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