A Day Of Dougie
Hear ‘n Aid, Wendy & Lisa & Sand Castles
Janaury 6, 2020
Good Monday morning (as if anything can be good about a Monday morning) and welcome to another Day of Dougie. This is a little thing where I do some random writing, no prep at all, with the topics drawn our of what I call the “Magic Bag” and it’s here’s the subject… write. Of course, some might say that none of my writings and musings have any prep to them and it’s all straight from the hip around here. And to that, I must say… “true!”. Or most specifically, “Cha-Rue!”. It’s just the way I work best. Can you imagine if I actually gave time, effort, preparation and thought to these things? It would be, as Matt Hardy often says, “WONDERFUL!”. But that not me and I have to be true to who I am, what I am and how I am. I’m here, I’m queer and… Damn, I forgot how that was supposed to go. No wonder I have no gay friends and have kicked out of the club. Oh vey!
So time is a’wasting and I still have a couple of extra things to do this morning before I head to work such as breakfast, brush the teeth, check the fluids on the Blazer and stop on the way to work to put some air in my front right tire on the truck. It’s looking a little slack as of last night. So what’s next. Let’s find that bag, draw some topics and get to stepping. So are you ready? And away we go.
The topics from the Magic Bag, the topics of which we will be discussing today are, and I quote, “Hear ‘n Aid”, “Wendy & Lisa” and “Sand Castles”. Okay, not what I was expecting and a little more odd than the usual, but we’ll roll with it and see what happens. I sense a lot of YouTube and Wikipedia this morning. So alet’s do this.
Hear ‘n Aid…
Remember back in the early 80’s when everything was about Famine Relief in Africa and all of the pop music stars, led by Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie and Quincy Jones did the USA for Africa album and the song “We Are The World”? And over in Europe, Bob Geldof of the band Boomtown Rats got everyone together for a one time super group called Band Aid and the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas”. And this all led to the big Live Aid show and later on down the line, Farm Aid and almost every other kind of aid possible. Well, the pop stars did their thing and the country stars did their thing and the European stars did their thing and the heavy metal acts and hard rock talents of the world were feeling left out so they did their thing. Ronnie James Dio got a few of his heavy metal friends, forty of them to be exact, and they put together an 8-track album called “Hear ‘n Aid” to contribute and do their parts. The single released was called “Stars” and was produced by Dio. It was released on January 1, 1986 and peaked on the U.S. singles charts at #26.
Here’s the video for the song, “Stars”. Let’s move on.
Wendy & Lisa…
These were the sultry sirens of Prince’s band The Revolution and featured heavily on the Purple Rain soundtrack and in the movie. Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman were also known for a time as “Girl Bros.” and are still a writing team, writing songs for soundtracks and horror flicks, at least according to Wikipedia. As a duo, they’ve released five albums so far, the most recent being in January of 2008. And yes, they were (and are) a couple and in a relationship together. And time is running out on me so I’ll move on. Yes, I’m getting skimpy and cheesy, but it happens and my drive has quicky vanished. Guess who’s awake, up and in the room. Now you understand why. Let’s wrap this up.
Here’s Wendy & Lisa with their song, “This Is The Life” from the Dangerous Minds soundtrack…
You make the sand wet with water. You use buckets and your hands to stack mounds of sand and mold it into the shape of a castle. And there you go. You’ve created a sand castle. All kids have done this at some point (or should have done this – building castles in the sand is part of a childhood right of passage). When we were kids, my family used to travel to the beach at least once a year and I’d make many a castle. I should have been a king. And then we’d come home and I’d make pillow forts from the couch cushions. Those were the days. I should make a blanket fort again someday and invite all my friends to come over and hang out with me in it. So me, my cat and …? It wouldn’t have to be a big fort. I”m getting depressed.
And I’m ending this here. Enjoy the music video and thank you for reading. Any comments, thoughts or questions, drop me a line and let’s talk. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. Have a great one and to all the cats out there, get off the table. Bye.