Kahomono - It Means Lucky

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Holy Carp!

Have you ever watched something on TV that was utterly surprising? We just got around to watching a season of America’s Got Talent (thank you Hulu!), and this came up in episode 1:

We were blown away. And just for the record, before Howie’s comments, I turned to Jill and said, You know, I cannot believe this is about to come out of my mouth, but… doesn’t she remind you of— and Jill said, Janis Joplin?

Go catch up with all her stuff on YouTube. Not everything is as clean and refined (!) as this one is, but it’s all got that raw life energy.

And she’s 14, people. 14.

P.S. Howie could not sign her to a record deal but Simon could. And did.

Christmas Lights & Music

This one seems to have started it all

It was built in Mason, Ohio by Carson Williams in 2005.  It was featured in a Miller Light beer commercial, and Williams went on to run a business designing things like this for malls, etc.

It also quickly escalated

Happily for the neighbors, the music is typically not on loudspeakers but broadcast over a low-power FM station at the house.

And now this, which takes the genre to what should be its logical conclusion:

But that’s silly.  Nothing is ever done that someone won’t try to outdo.

On This Day in 1957

Sam Cooke released “You Send Me”

File under Things I Found While Looking Up Other Things.

America

Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together

In a very real way, this song’s lyrics capture the essence of a certain demographic of this country in the ’60s and ’70s.  I know, because I was in that crowd, and it feels like my youth, too.

I’ve got some real estate here in my bag

There is a fun book called, Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike.  It’s illustrated only with drawings because taking photographs of the NJ Turnpike is against the regulations of the NJ Turnpike. 

And you know where the title comes from.

I was skeptical of the covers for this song because most of them on YT are those sad 3:12 clips of someone in their mom’s basement with an acoustic guitar and… anyway… this performance gets a standing ovation.   Well, sort of.  Only one member of the audience stands, actually.  But that’s OK.  Watch and see what I mean.

Live in the Suburbs

Who wants to do that?

 

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