Saturday, August 03, 2013

Know Your Elvis Lyrics

Wow, it's been a long time since I've written anything here.  Yeah, I know...I write that every time it's been a while, but it's actually been over a year.  Just to keep you updated from what I wrote last time, currently I'm in a holding pattern (is that pilot lingo?) about whatever mystery illness is going on inside my body.  I still feel awesome, but these lymph nodes keep growing.  A few days ago, a surgeon removed the node from the left side of my neck & I'm waiting for the results of the biopsy.  When I get some news, I'll be sure to pass it along.  I'd like to say I'll blog about it here, but my track record hasn't been great with being timely.  Hopefully that will change & I can keep everyone updated.

Since I felt a LOT better today (some neck stiffness, but no pain), we decided to go to the Shade Gap Festival tonight.  This has become a ritual since Holly & I were married (at least I think it's been that long that we've been coming) & I only think we've missed 1 or 2 years.  Friday night of the festival is usually a pretty packed night, but still fun.  Of course, there's the typical fair food, which is the highlight of any day that you can sample it.  I haven't had much of an appetite for most of the week, so tonight was a good night for it to return.  My menu tonight consisted of a bowl of chicken pot pie (the "slippery" kind, to distinguish), a piece of pecan pie, finishing up Holly's cheese fries, mozzarella sticks with marinara (I think they got smaller this year), a scoop of butter pecan ice cream, & most of Bristol's vanilla ice cream.  Healthy, right?  Luckily, I don't care.  If it tastes good, I'm all for it.  Along with the food, there's the entertainment.  Every year we've gone on the Friday of the festival, a band called the Fabulous Flashbacks plays.  Last year they had almost a complete revamping of the entire band (at least, it's the way it seems), so it seemed they were slightly off.  This year, the music sounded great, but the vocals needed some work.  In case this gets back to any of them, it was still enjoyable, but there was room for improvement.  Particularly, I'm talking about the lyrics.  For a band that does cover songs (none original, at least at this gig) that everyone has heard for years, you'd think the lyrics would come a little bit easier, ESPECIALLY when it comes to Elvis.  He's the King of Rock & Roll, one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century, & will probably be required study for music courses in 50 years, yet the lead singer was stumbling over "Burning Love".  Maybe it was an off-night?  I'd chalk it up to that, except that it was the same way last year.  I'm not saying I'm perfect at lyrics, but I tend to be more anal about them than most people...ok, I'm even more picky about them than an American Idol judge during top 12.  IT'S ELVIS, PEOPLE.  I can understand not knowing all the lyrics to one of his unreleased songs, but "Burning Love" is one of the King's most popular.  If you're an oldies band, this should be second nature to you.  I know what some of you are thinking:  "If you think YOU'RE so great, why don't YOU do it?"  I'm willing to do it.  If anyone needs a lead singer for an oldies band, one that doesn't play an instrument, I'm all for it.  Once I get over the initial stage fright, I think I'd be good to go.  But that's for another discussion another day.  BTW, the band played 3 sets of about an hour each, so I do give them props for that.  Most bands would only do two 45 minute sets & be done.  That being said, I'm looking forward to next year.

I spent a bit of time revamping the layout of this blog with some of Blogger's new templates & options, then I wrote this out.  Doing all that while watching Big Brother After Dark makes 1 1/2 hours go by fast.  Usually watching live feeds isn't that entertaining, but there were actually some funny parts tonight.  Plus they showed Aaryn on TV a lot tonight.  Yeah, I know she said racist comments, but she's still the hottest woman in the house.  Watching with the sound off is acceptable, if she starts talking stupid.

Now it's time for bed.  I don't have really anything planned tomorrow, except for watching whatever race is televised tomorrow.  Maybe I'll blog about that...or it could be something else completely random.  Who knows?  Whatever it may be, feel free to comment as you so choose.  That might help me decide if I should keep up with this!

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