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  1. Steel2Velvet

    The Jokes Thread - Relaunched

    Eight-year-old Mohammad had just moved to Ireland and entered his classroom on the first day of school."What's your name?" asked the teacher."Mohammad," he replied."You're in Ireland now," curtly replied the no-nonesense teacher, "so from now on you will be known as Frankie."Mohammad returned home after school."How was your day, Mohammad?" his mother asked."My name is no longer Mohammad. I'm in Ireland now and my name is Frankie.""What?" she said. "Are you ashamed of your name? Are you trying to dishonor your parents, your heritage, your religion? Shame on you!" And his mother beat him.Later, she recalled this activity to his father, who also beat him.The next day when Mohammad returned to school the teacher saw all of his bruises."What happened to you, Frankie?" she asked."Well, shortly after becoming Irish I was attacked by two Arabs."
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    So much more than Random Thoughts

    I revised a former website. The resistance to change is a real lesson in human nature. I suppose we all fear the unfamiliar. But this is simply a forum, no more, no less. Write and read. How bad can that be?
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    Cynthia Lennon - John Lennon's first wife dies

    I always felt sorry for her as a recipient of less than loving treatment by Lennon. As much as he was lofted and loved by the world, personal John could be a real jerk.
  4. There's sad news to report as Bob Burns, a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at the age of 64. Burns was the band's drummer on their first two albums and perished in a car crash that took place in Cartersville, Ga.According to Patch, George State Patrol listed the incident as a single-car crash that occurred around 11:56PM Friday night (April 3). The musician was driving northbound on Tower Ridge Road and his vehicle left the west side of the road while approaching a curve. "After leaving the roadway, the driver struck a mailbox and a tree with the front of the vehicle," stated patrol spokesperson Tracey Watson. Burns was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident and was the only person in the car.Watson added, "It was raining heavily at the time of the crash" and suggested there was no probable cause to suspect that Burns was under the influence at the time of the crash.Burns was one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd along with Gary Rossington and Larry Junstrom. The band would later add Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins, taking on the name The Noble Five. He temporarily left the group in 1969 when his family moved, but rejoined the band in time to be part of their debut disc. During his time with the band, he played on such classics as "Free Bird," "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Call Me the Breeze" and "The Ballad of Curtis Loew."In 2011, Burns told The Examiner that he suffered from unexplaned and severe mood swings during his early days with the group. "They found that I was Bi-Polar," stated the drummer. "They gave me medication and I've been a free man ever since." Burns eventually left the group in 1974, citing that he was "overwhelmed by life on the road." He did return to the group for their 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Guitarist Gary Rossington stated on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Facebook page, "Well, today I'm at a loss for words, but I just remember Bob being a funny guy. He was just so funny, he used to do skits for us and make us laugh all the time, he was hilarious! Ironically, since we played Jacksonville yesterday. Dale, my daughter and I, went by the cemetery to see some of the guys in the band and my parents grave sites. On the way back, we went by Bob Burns' old house. It was there in the carport where we used to first start to practice with Skynyrd. My heart goes out to his family and God bless him and them in this sad time. He was a great great drummer."
  5. Steel2Velvet

    New Top Ten List Game

    Top Ten Movie Bad Hair Extensions 10. Brad Pitt (Troy) 9. Mel Gibson (Braveheart) 8. Rip Torn (Dodgeball) 7. Kevin Costner (Waterworld) 6. James Franco (Pineapple Express) 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.
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    Heartbeat Songs

    I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James and the Shondells
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    New Top Ten List Game

    Top Ten Movie Bad Hair Extensions 10. Brad Pitt (Troy) 9. Mel Gibson (Braveheart) 8. Rip Torn (Dodgeball) 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.
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    New Top Ten List Game

    Top Ten reasons only 2 Songfactors participated in the last Top Ten List game. 10. All other songfactors were hungover for the past month. 9. Probably because there are alot better places to eat than McDonald's. 8. I felt compelled to complete it, so I participated. 7. Canadians are always polite & lovable so McDonald's didn't run that campaign here in fear of going bankrupt. 6. The others were too busy standing in line at McDonalds 5. I prefer the In N Out burger. 4. I never post anything on Songfacts as I'm new here. 3. Sometimes I get writer's block. 2. All others were too busy posting selfies on facebook. :cuttie: 1. Two words: Massive Ego ___________________________________ Top Ten Movie Bad Hair Extensions 10. Brad Pitt (Troy) 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.
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    A Winter Walk

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    A Winter Walk

    Nice, Ray. I like the trick ending.
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    A Silhouette Now Vanquished

    The imagery is strong. My visual interpretation would be of an album cover of some death metal band.
  12. My first thought, as well, CanAm. Ford's voice is indeed a gift that he has cared for well over the years.
  13. One of my favorite classics "Reflections Of My Life" was recently covered by Marmalade's lead singer, Dean Ford. This is significant in that Dean is nearing 70 years old, which adds a poignancy and depth to the song that it might have lacked with 25 year-old youngsters singing it. The video accompanying Dean's singing is rather telling, as well. You can give a listen here. Edit add: video includes guitar and vocals of Badfinger's Joe Tansin, who is also producing a new album in which he collaborates with Dean Ford.
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    Lesley Gore "It's My Party" Singer Dead

    Had a crush on her when I was a 13-14 year-old. RIP
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    Gospel giant Andrae Crouch dead at 72

    Andraé Crouch, a gospel musician who bridged the worlds of church and mainstream music for more than 50 years, died Thursday afternoon. The 72-year-old singer, songwriter and choir director had been hospitalized since Saturday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area after suffering a heart attack. Crouch, sometimes called "the father of modern gospel music," led the choirs that sang on such hits as Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror and Madonna's Like a Prayer. As a songwriter, he wrote several gospel favorites, most notably The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon, a song sung at Jackson's public memorial service. A San Francisco native who grew up in the Church of God in Christ, Crouch wrote his first gospel tune at age 14. By 1960, he had formed the Church of God in Christ Singers, a group that featured Billy Preston on keyboards. He started another group, Andraé Crouch & the Disciples, in 1965, eventually signing to a contemporary Christian label, Light Records. Crouch brought a contemporary pop and R&B melodic sensibility to gospel, making him uniquely suited to appeal to both black and white audiences during the early days of the countercultural "Jesus movement" and also bringing him attention beyond the church. Elvis Presley recorded Crouch's I've Got Confidence for his 1972 gospel album He Touched Me, and Paul Simon recorded his Jesus Is the Answer on 1974's Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin'. Crouch also became the go-to vocal arranger for Los Angeles recording sessions that needed a gospel sound, working not only with Jackson and Madonna but also Elton John, Quincy Jones, The Commodores, Diana Ross and Ringo Starr. Crouch's gospel albums often featured guests from the R&B and jazz worlds, including Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, Wilton Felder and Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey. Chaka Khan, Sheila E. and vocal group Take 6 appeared on his most recent album, 2011's The Journey. His recordings brought him seven Grammys, and Crouch also received an Academy Award nomination for his arranging work on the 1985 film The Color Purple. Throughout his life, Crouch struggled with dyslexia, sometimes memorizing words by the shapes of their combination of letters. He often drew simple pictures to help him comprehend words and write songs. Crouch's sister, Sandra Crouch, served as his spokeswoman, and the siblings were pastors at the New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, Calif., carrying on a work begun by their parents. Crouch survived multiple bouts with cancer and also suffered from diabetes. In early December, Crouch was hospitalized with pneumonia and congestive heart failure, forcing the cancellation of his Let the Church Say Amen Celebration tour, which had been scheduled to begin Dec. 6 in Philadelphia. He was re-admitted to the hospital Saturday with what his sister characterized in a statement as "serious health complications."
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