A Music Monday Two-fer – but still out of the 1970s

| March 20, 2017

Interesting photo??? Well musicians can have an unusual beginning and career turns. Before a musical career, John Hall (photo right) was an academically gifted 3-time National Science Foundation summer scholar and University of Notre Dame and Loyola College physics student at the age of 16 and after music, he ran for political office and end […]

Music Monday: Escaping from my 1970s rut with Yo La Tengo

| March 6, 2017

It seems like I’ve been stuck listening to music from the 1970s (and 60s) 90% of the time for quite a while. So in an attempt to move forward and out of my comfort zone a bit, here’s a mellow Indie song from the late 1980s — Yo La Tengo‘s New Wave Hot Dogs album […]

Music Monday: Ketchup, Anticipation and Carly Simon

| February 27, 2017

The Heinz Ketchup commercial from when I was a teen popped in to my head the other day … or at least the Carly Simon music part of it did. According the the Youtube clip (below), it aired in 1979 and I realized that not many born after that time would understand the “anticipation” of […]

MusicMonday: Shocker not to have mentioned American Pie yet?

| February 20, 2017

There’s probably not a more iconic early 1970’s American song than Don McLean‘s American Pie … I’m shocked no to have posted about it before? If you were a kid growing up with music coming from a AM transistor radio when the popular song came on, you knew that the next 8 minutes would be […]

Remembering a couple musicians and the song Drift Away

| January 30, 2017

While admiring yet another song from the 1970s, I learned that the song writer of "Drift Away" was Mentor Williams, brother of popular song writer, singer, composer and actor Paul Williams. While reading a bit more, I didn’t realize just  how many other artist performed the song … not the least Dobie Gray who made […]

Music Monday and thankful I can still hear things

| January 9, 2017

After an episode with excessive ringing and noise in my good ear last month, reminiscent of when I lost most of the hearing in my right ear, I have appreciated things getting back to “my” normal this month. Admittedly it is frightening to think I might lose what is left of my hearing … even […]

Music: Starting 2017 with a favorite song by The Carpenters

| January 2, 2017

With all the music posts and comments through the years on MyDesultoryBlog, it is surprising The Carpenters were not mentioned. As a teen in the 1970s, I thought Karen Carpenter’s voice was vocally near perfect (also because a girl I liked listened to them too). Hey, I think even my parents enjoyed the music? I […]

Testing HTML5 Compact Audio plugin for WordPress

| November 14, 2016

As part of getting a handle on the Amazon S3 costs, it is finally time to move into the 21st century and eliminate the old-school audio player on MyDesultoryBlog. I attempted to go with an HTML5 player a few years ago, but struggled with using it especially with different browsers. A few years later, everything […]

Music: A forgotten (by me) hit from the past – Rock Me Gently

| October 31, 2016

Time for a forgotten classic from my teenage music listening years. Heard this while switching to music in the car this week (burned out on political news) and thought … whatever happened to Andy Kim  or Baron Longfellow… or how about his birth name, Andy Youakim? A lot I didn’t remember… he co-wrote “Sugar, Sugar” […]

A little more music from Gregg Allman please …

| October 14, 2016

In keeping with my monthly habit of sharing music, these last two months I’ve listened to more Allman Brothers Band than usual … although there is at least one song from them in every Pandora set!  Likely the attention was due to Gregg Allman having a "medical scare" and dropping his tour dates at the […]

Phone scams, Do-not-call lists and IRS fraud

| October 4, 2016

Mail fraud and phone scams are ongoing problems if you live in the U.S. unless you are lucky enough to exist under a rock. Throughout the years I’ve been targeted by shady hoodlums looking to make a quick buck using fraud and deceit as a way to access money or more information. Likely these criminals […]

How loud are Honda and Predator inverter based generators?

| September 19, 2016

Good question: By ear, the slightly smaller and far lighter Honda EU2000i inverter based generator is definitely quieter than the less expensive, but larger in dimension, weight and power Predator 2200. Read on for a few more points. I like both of inverter generators and each will serve a slightly different purpose. The Honda is […]

Hanging on to summer with the band Sugar Ray and Fly

| September 17, 2016

The rock band Sugar Ray was not exactly from my era (founded the year my daughter was born), but that doesn’t mean listening to Fly is not enjoyable or appreciated. I’m trying to hang on to what is left of summer weather  with this song … but not happy about the shorter and shorter days. […]

What will another 51 years do for society?

| August 30, 2016

I mentioned Paul Harvey’s broadcast on the 50th anniversary last year, but his 1965 thoughts are worth hearing again in this election year … not that we’re even talking about social issues. I didn’t post it as an audio MP3 format file — so here it is.   Paul Harvey | If I were the devil … – 1965 […]

Relaxing weekend with Mom Howard and music reminiscing

| August 15, 2016

We enjoyed a relatively relaxing weekend marking Brenda’s birthday with her mom and ended up sifting through a few old photos while reminiscing. It was fun looking at cute pics of my wife and her sisters and brother while growing up. I think Mom Howard enjoy it too. I’ll include couple of them above as […]

Sensible economic thinking from business CEO Andy Puzder

| August 11, 2016

There are people who have the ability to communicate and can make "simple-sense" of the usually complicated economic issues facing our country. I’d like to believe that IF enough voters are willing to digest the three minutes of conversation below, that they would be less inclined to "dis" a business oriented pro-growth policy that is […]

The Pretender from 1976 by Jackson Browne never gets old

| August 8, 2016

As has become a habit, I’ll continue to highlight a song or two that appeals to me … this time it is another recording from the 70s: The Pretender the title song from the 1976 album with the same name. Likely it has been heard by all who follow popular music and talented songwriters/performers like […]

Music: Where has all the good harmony gone?

| July 24, 2016

While watching a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young VH1 Legends Documentary (below) from a few years ago on Youtube, I pondered why I gravitate to certain music. I realized it is the harmony that I miss in newer music. Sure it is still around, but it doesn’t resonate with me like many of the old […]

A naval architect and bagpipe accompanied ruckus music

| July 19, 2016

Maybe the term isn’t ruckus, but HARD “rockish” music …  I’m not sure at the moment??? Anyway, one of my Facebook friends Robert Perry, and designer of our first boat Brenich a Baba 30, shared an AC/DC music video probably influenced by his years growing up in Australia? The clip from the Bon Scott years […]

Music: Who was Kent LaVoie? Look at that hair!

| July 9, 2016

While I’m on what has become a habitual weekly music "trip" posting music that goes back a few decades, here one from 1971.  Beside the unique hair style back in the 70’s, his top ten song was a bit on the peculiar side too: "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" by  Kent LaVoie […]

Blue Sky from 1972 – an Allman Brother classic for #TBT

| June 30, 2016

Yes …music post was just made yesterday but I can’t help myself in adding a #Throwback Thursday post another classic song  (I think the #TBT trend is starting to fade?).  "Blue Sky" is a Dickey Betts (band member) song from the Allman Brothers double album "Eat a Peach" (1972) after band leader Duane Allman was […]

Summer Breeze, makes me feel fine …

| June 29, 2016

Although it has been posted on my blog before (6 years ago) in a live version, Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft has been buzzing in my head ever since hearing it on SiriusXM "The Bridge" (that channel — #32 — has become my preferred music station when in the car — although usually I’m […]

Short montage of songs Jimmy Buffett has not played in 10 years

| June 15, 2016

Saw an update on Jimmy Buffett’s Facebook page and sharing a montage of songs he and the Coral Reefer Band have not performed in 10 years. The great part about the old JB music is that I know most of it by heart … so it doesn’t seem that long to me.      Montage […]

A day early … but Happy Birthday to my son Taylor #TBT

| June 9, 2016

Happy 27th birthday Taylor.  Wow … are you getting old … but then again what does that say about me? It is fitting to post this a day early so I can include a TBT photo of him helping me work on the Sonex airplane project I ended up selling a few years ago. I […]

Quirks, Jars and a PC name for Milwaukee Dill Pickles

| June 4, 2016

Talk about "desultory" … who else blogs on Milwaukee Dill pickle "jars???"   Like George Berdes (link), I love Milwaukee Midget Dill Pickles … although I’m not so sure about the corporate conglomerate brand Pinnacle Foods? I add "5" midget dills to my plate at every home lunch and have done this for years with […]

How to get out of a common-cold, runny nose induced funk

| May 17, 2016

After realizing Monday’s topic was a bit depressing, it is time for a "TWO-fer positive" post, besides the sun warmed me up and is baking away my head cold (kept me down all weekend). It’s time to be a little more optimistic. First, here’s a beach scene that can transport just about anybody to that […]

Music, mood, memories … Incommunicado.

| April 26, 2016

Too busy to post today even though I’m just spinning my wheels … even though I’d rather be Incommunicado. (Thanks for sending me the text message with this song, Jeff!) A few Jimmy Buffett .mp3 clips posted around the web … rejuvenating. Jimmy Buffett (MP3)      Incommunicado Jimmy Buffett (MP3)      Treat Her […]

The Bill Envall segment from Dorkfish on African animals

| April 23, 2016

The other day after seeing Bill Engvall on the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, I tried to remember his comedy bit where he used the line, "Bob, he’s a smoker."  I could remember much more so I mentioned it casually to a friend — a few days later he text me the segment from his […]

Americans are giving up independence for dependence

| April 19, 2016

Recorded a bit of audio off the television this week as the intellectual thinker Charles Krauthammer summarized in about a minute and a half just how and why our country move from its independent founding to the dependent populous we see today. Krauthammer’s best comment in the exchange was “the big debate between left and […]

Who is reading what — the top blog posts from the past decade

| April 11, 2016

While cleaning up the MyDesultoryBlog.com WordPress install in preparation for an eventually PHP 7.0 update, I decided it was time to see just what posts were getting the most eyeballs. For years, the top post was the Great White Shark following a kayak … and rightly so. After a few years and a popular Accelerated Medical […]

Replacing parts on Encore and a couple spring break photos

| April 3, 2016

While out sailing with the family on Encore over Easter week, we suffered a halyard block failure — see photo in previous post. There wasn’t a direct replacement in my spare parts bin (shame on me), but Drew and I zipped over to Marine Connection  and found an acceptable "used" halyard block. The replacement is […]

Pianobar — a favorite Raspberry Pi Linux app

| March 24, 2016

Once one moves away from the Windows, Mac, iOS and Android operating systems and begins to use home grown programs available on Linux, you’d be amazed in the few that standout and are used everyday. They aren’t always easy to set up or even use, but offer great features not found in programs that tie […]

Winning the GOP or DEM nomination is uglier than you thought

| March 18, 2016

On Friday morning, Doug Wead a presidential historian, talked with Maria Bartiromo on Mornings with Maria about the confusion most of us have regarding contested, brokered or open political convention. Personally, I only semi-understood the "courting of delegates" process that goes on behind the scenes in party politics. The "sausage making" and cronyism that goes […]

Replace a Keurig One-Cup coffeemaker with a Hamilton Beach

| March 5, 2016

I replaced my one-cup Keurig coffee maker last weekend after attempting to take it apart to find a leak. Unfortunately these plastic parts are made in such a way that getting to the internal tubing are impossible. Last year I considered a Hamilton Beach Flexbrew machine for the boat (never did buy one) and decided […]

Jimmy Buffett made a cameo in Jurassic World–who knew?

| February 17, 2016

Every once in a while, a tidbit of fairly worthless trivia crosses my plate and yet I find it interesting. I heard this week that a long time singer, songwriter, performer, author and obviously actor that I’ve enjoyed my whole life, had a cameo part in last years movie Jurassic World. Hm … Jimmy Buffett […]

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills and Nash from 1969

| December 31, 2015

How about closing 2015 with a 1960s (and 70s) tune and one that I’ve listened to a couple times this past week (unusual for me except this time of year). Suite: Judy Blue Eyes was a “suite” of short songs written by Stephen Stills  in 1969 and performed by Crosby, Still and Nash on the […]

Music: Another day, another song. All for You – Sister Hazel

| October 8, 2015

The warm autumn weather has me traveling this week in my ‘82 Mercedes Benz 300D Turbodiesel as the temperatures and humidity are perfect for windows down driving. With this car comes the option of connecting my iPhone to the car radio by bluetooth and streaming Pandora or a few of the songs I have on […]

Music: Run-Around from the 90s by Blues Traveler

| October 7, 2015

Usually when posting about a song I’m listening to or talking about music, I drift back about four decades … surprise … this time I’m only going back TWO decades! The jam band Blues Traveler recorded the top 40 song “Run-Around” in 1994 which was written by their frontman John Popper … and this pop-like […]

Music: Put a little sugar on it honey, put a little sugar on it baby

| September 27, 2015

My brother-in-law Gary is in the hospital in Atlanta recovering from surgery this past Friday … and while we were thinking about him, Brenda and I laughed at the few odd things that Gary says and does (some funny and some just odd … I smile just thinking about it!) At one of our family […]

Americans often formulate opinions from media sound bites

| September 22, 2015

It may not be politically correct for Ben Carson or any other American candidate running for political office to say “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” … yet the reasons are more rational than most Americans who are NOT religiously or ethnically prejudicial think. After hearing Dr. […]

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.