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Eleven to Twenty

A couple days ago, I wrote a few thoughts down about the top ten music artists (someone's opinion based on Cleveland Hall of Fame list) and where they fit into my own world... Here is a continuation of the list (judged by influence, quality, etc etc) and where I consider them to be in my overall list (basically judged on importance in my life or musical taste, etc). Anyway, here is eleven to twenty...

11. Fats Domino - Well, this is another '50's star who doesn't really figure into my top 100.

12. Jimi Hendrix - Yes, he's in at 45 on my list. Linda saw him when she was a girl.

13. The Beach Boys - Very very much part of my world, but much more so since I moved to the UK. Seen Brian Wilson a few times in concert and have at times become a bit obsessed with learning more and buying CD's etc... Beach boys are ranked at number 4 on my list.

14. Sam Cooke - nope. Weird how some people just aren't on my radar as much as others, yet are so highly rated on other lists.

15. The Who - Yeah, I have them at 25. Seen THEM in concert, too, in the late '80's I think. At Foxboro, MA. The Tommy album is one of my faves.

16. Stevie Wonder - Yes, on my radar and have a few CD's. Can't say he's amongst my favourites. At 69th place on my list.

17. Michael Jackson - This is one where my wife influences me a bit, otherwise it's not really my type of music. I find him interesting, and would often choose to watch a show about him, tho. My rank is 47.

18. Madonna - Not in my top 100, but I think updates of my list will probably include her. I like a few of her things. Like a Prayer, for instance.

19. Marvin Gaye - Very much like What's Going On album... but not a lot else from him. He's on my list at 66.

20. Buddy Holly - Like some songs, but not a huge fan of Buddy Holly. He's there on my list at 87.

Another family member

We sadly buried Poppy the guinea pig in the back yard yesterday. We've brought all the guinea pigs in for the winter now. I got the big indoor cages in from the shed yesterday and gave them a big wipe down. They're now all in the conservatory and are joined by Rebecca guinea pig (named by Ayla). Rebecca joins Peppa in the girl cage and Buzz and Woody are in the boy cage. Here's a picture of Peppa and her new little friend Rebecca in front of her.

Poppy GP RIP

One of our girl guinea pigs, Poppy, has died today. Found her at the bottom of the run tonight, not long gone, but no sign of life. I noticed last night she had been a bit underweight compared to the others. In retrospect, I should've brought her in to investigate more.

Three guinea pigs left. They've been outside in the hutches but we've decided that we'll now bring them into the conservatory for the winter. There've been a few cold nights. The other three seem nice and fat. It was just Poppy who seemed to lose a lot of weight recently for some reason. She was about 4 years old.

Top 10 Music Artists in Cleveland's HoF

I was looking at a list someone made ranking all the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in order (in their opinion) by the Rock Hall criteria of influence, cultural impact, success, depth of career and innovation, among other things.

I was comparing it to my own list of favourites (which only has the criteria of whether they are important to me)... and I have some initial comments about the top ten from their list.

Their list has:

1. Beatles - my list agrees with this. Always been the top of my list.

2. Elvis Presley - he's in my list at 32. Could go higher with time. But a bit too '50's for my general preference.

3. Chuck Berry - 17 with me. Again, great potential to go higher but I really don't have a lot of Chuck Berry's music in my collection. Seen him in concert tho.

4. Bob Dylan - he's number two on my list. Likely to stay there forever.

5. James Brown - 43 on mine. Not a lot in my collection of music, but I do like him and would like to perhaps get some albums (instead of his hits, only).

6. Rolling Stones - Sort of slowly have come around to them over time. 20 on my list. Lots of songs I like from them, so maybe should be ranked higher nowadays.

7. Little Richard - not on my top 100 list at all, but should be. Not in my DRAHoF personal Hall of Fame either, but probably will be eventually. Only know his hits, really. And I prefer more recent music than from the '50's, generally.

8. Aretha Franklin - again, not on my list at all and not in DRAHoF. I have one hits album but can't say I really like many of the songs. Not my thing, I guess.

9. Ray Charles - and again, not my thing. Not on my list of 100 or in DRAHoF. Weird.

10. Led Zeppelin - only 48 on my list. I prefer their folky stuff to the heavy metal type stuff. Not a huge fan of a lot of it. But important, visually, as I used to watch the "Song Remains the Same" film every so often.

Not much to say

It seems a while since I posted, but I have a few moments spare. Work has been busy this semester... eight classes to do, but only two today with a little break in between. It's a busy time getting people ready for assessments and marking the ones that have been done.

This semester I teach Health and Safety to three classes, two are pretty much the same (electrical and welding apprentices) but the third is a bit different (construction apprentices). I do Electrical Installation with two different classes (mostly theory-based classroom stuff for all of these.... What is a circuit breaker, what size cable is appropriate for various design currents, etc, etc), Electrical Technology (generators, renewable energy, electrical transmission, etc), and Engineering Project (planning, communication skills, etc.). It could be worse, I suppose. Just seems busier than normal lately. Would be a lot worse if all eight classes were different, but there's a little repetition.


I seem to have temporarily misplaced my old iphone. The one I use to listen to music with. I'm sure I had it in the car last night, but couldn't find it. I think it'll turn up, but if not.... I won't be happy.

Last night I drove Adam back home to his house as Linda was tutoring and Andy had a parents evening at school. Jenny had somewhere she needed to go. It was nice as I was able to play a few games with Adam and Ayla.... and watch a couple shows with them.

Linda's getting an endoscopy and colonoscopy next week so I'm taking a day off to help out and be with her afterward. That's partly why this week has been hectic, as I'm missing a day next week and needed to get some extra stuff done.


We had the kids over for a little Halloween party yesterday, with snacks and decorations, etc. Linda is good like that, otherwise I probably couldn't be bothered (but it turned out good, so I'm glad she made the effort... I did a lot too... put spiderwebs and balloons up, etc.) I wore a skeleton shirt Linda bought me. Adam dressed as a skeleton too. Ayla was a witch (a good witch) and Amelie wore a "My First Halloween" outfit with pumpkins on it, etc.


It Was a Very Good Year

To be added to my Song Hall of Fame.... "It Was a Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra

Always liked this song... about aging and different stages of life. Even more so now that I'm getting old. It was released by Sinatra in the year of my birth.... 1965.

Now that Fats Domino is gone...

Interesting fact I read... There are only three surviving inductees from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's inaugural induction back in 1986.

Inducted that first year were: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy Yancey, John Hammond, Alan Freed, Sam Phillips.

Still alive are: Don Everly, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Moving desk

Learners are off this week, but keeping busy here as I am moving all my stuff from one office to another. More room to spread out.

I wanted to mention, also, that lately Linda has been a bit upset about our son-in-law's brother's wedding coming up... as our grandkids are planned to take part (ring-bearer duties, flower girl) so they'll be dressed up and walking down the aisle... but Linda and myself have not been invited to the ceremony (but instead just to the reception afterwards) because of "numbers" apparently. So... this is upsetting to Linda for a couple different reasons. She wanted to be there to share in the excitement and experience of the grandkids, for one thing.

FF back on track

Back on track with Fantasy NFL football as I won this weekend after having lost the past two weeks (after previously being undefeated).... so I'm 5-2 now.

Everybody is a Star

Another for the SHoF... "Everybody is a Star" by Sly and the Family Stone

A song of encouragement.

I'd Love Just Once to See You

To be added to my Song Hall of Fame.... "I'd Love Just Once to See You" by the Beach Boys

It's a very short song. Less than 2 minutes long. And it ends with a punchline "... in the nude".

Cry Baby Cry

To be added to my Song Hall of Fame....   "Cry Baby Cry" by the Beatles

This is the THIRTEENTH song from the Beatles' White album to make it onto my list.  Aside from the fact it's a double album, it is clearly my favourite album of all time, I think, judging from the number of songs on it I like... and have made it on the list.

This song is a bit of a nursery-rhymey song....  and I've heard my share of crying grandchildren over the past several years.  Not excessively, but more than in the preceding 45 or so years anyway.


Wanted to mention...  Jenny and family are on a school-break holiday up in Perthshire and the northeast.  Poor Ayla has a virus of some sort and they had to get her looked at in the hospital up there.

1967 photos

Someone in my extended family in Pennsylvania (New Hope area) posted some pix on facebook I had never seen.

It's my family in 1967, when we visited my father's grandmother.  I'm the one being held by my mother.

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