When I was a teenager, my sister had this album Best of Bee Gees, with all of the early hits, such as I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You [LISTEN], To Love Somebody [LISTEN], and what I thought was their first hit, in 1967, New York Mining Disaster 1941 [LISTEN], plus a couple B-sides, and this oddity called Spicks and Specks [LISTEN].
It was only later that I discovered that the Barry Gibb (b. 1946), and his twin brothers, Maurice and Robin (b. 1949) had moved with their family, including baby brother Andy (b. 1958), from England to Australia in 1958, where they would achieve some musical achievements; Spicks and Specks went Top 10 in the Netherlands, the UK, and Australia, and went to #1 in New Zealand in 1966. Their return to the UK the next year led to true international stardom.
The brothers had even greater success in the early 1970s with their first #1 hit Continue reading B is for the Bee Gees
When someone significant in my life dies, I like to mention him or her in this blog. They don’t have to be people I actually met, but are usually people who inspired me in one way or another. The late Roger Ebert’s birthday was June 18, and I had a passing recollection of how well he wrote about issues other than movies in the latter stages of his life.
Paul McCartney, who shared a birthday with Ebert – both were born in 1942 Continue reading D is for Death
The Stolen Scream (via Steve Bissette’s Facebook page). Creative theft is a global phenomenon. “The Stolen Scream” is a snapshot of just one such phenomenal, almost spontaneous international appropriation of an artist’s (in this case, a photographer’s) work.
A death that was also a birth. “As a midwife, I’ve spent the last 30 years taking care of women in pregnancy. But nothing prepared me for this.”
It’s a horrible cycle I’m quite familiar with and occasionally adore. After all, anxiety is king, and I am its lowly peasant. Going into public, whether a store, the movies, a restaurant, or a family function, is exhausting. Continue reading May Rambling: Stolen Scream and lots of music
The late Cardinal Jaime Sin of the Philippines.
From Sunday Stealing back in November.
1. Why did you sign up for writing your blog?
An existential crisis of powerlessness.
2. Why did you choose your blog’s name? What does it mean?
Ramblin’ with (John) Gambling, a radio show.
3. Did you ever had another blog?
Not before this blog; a few since.
4. What do you do online when you’re not on your blog?
Limited Facebook and Twitter.
5. How about when you’re not on the computer?
Mostly tend to the Daughter.
6. What do you wish people who read your blog knew about you?
Continue reading Blogging meme about blogging is a Cardinal Sin