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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Name the Mugshots, Listen to the Music

Today in Music History: September 20

Today we are going to begin our music history with something different. A connection will be made to the yardbirds below and a group that started recording in 1965 under the name The Yardbirds. How cool when history presents itself in an unexpected manner!

I Fought The Law  (but the law won), name the mugshots...

Scroll to the bottom for the answers.

1968 Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of The Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782 with most of the tracks being recorded 'live' in the studio with very few overdubs.
1969 During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.  

1969 Based on the comic-book TV series Archie and his friends, The Archies started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sugar Sugar'. The Archies were the group that performed on the Saturday morning cartoon Archie. The group itself was never seen, just the cartoon characters. 'Sugar Sugar' beat out songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, and Stevie Wonder. It became the longest running one hit wonder in the UK after spending eight weeks at the top of the charts.
1970 "True to his own spirit" Jim Morrison of The Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 (£270), fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971.

1976 AC/DC released their third studio album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States, which means that it has sold at least 6 million copies, becoming the third highest sold album by AC/DC in the US after Highway To Hell and Back In Black.
1980 Queen started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with The Game, the group's only US No.1 album.
1986 Huey Lewis and the News started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stuck With You', a No.12 hit in the UK. 

1994 The Dave Matthews Band released Under the Table and Dreaming, the album featured their first commercial hits ‘What Would You Say', ‘Satellite', and ‘Ants Marching'. The album was dedicated to Matthews' older sister Anne, who was killed by her husband in 1994 in a murder-suicide

1997  Elton John started a six week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Something About The Way You Look Tonight', and 'Candle In The Wind 97'. A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.
1997 Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' video was cited as one of the reasons American teenager Barry Loukaitis had snapped into a violent rage that took the lives of  a teacher and two classmates. Defense attorneys took the unprecedented step of playing the video in a Washington court.
The song takes its main inspiration from a newspaper article about a 15-year-old boy named Jeremy Wade Delle from Richardson, Texas who shot himself in front of his teacher and second period English class of 30 students on the morning of January 8, 1991. In a 2009 interview, Eddie Vedder (lead singer of Pearl Jam) said that he felt "the need to take that small article and make something of it—to give that action, to give it reaction, to give it more importance." (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Of course, this is only part of the music history on this day in September. Access This Day in Music History, then, search September 20th: On this Day.

Now for the answers to the Musicians Mugshots:  
Top: Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash
Middle: Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison (the Doors), David Bowie  
Bottom: Mick Jagger (the Rolling Stones), Janis Joplin, Curt Kobain (Nirvana)

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Cookies, anyone?

Cookies are one of the world's greatest sweet morsels (each bite, that is), sheer deliciousness. Chocolate chip cookies. Sugar cookies. Peanut butter cookies. Double chocolate cookies. Oatmeal cookies. Lemon, apple-cherry, blueberry-and-cream, raspberry delight, any fruit you like cookies! Just the beginning of endless possibilities. Toss in the world's greatest nut, the pecan, and ooh la la! Butter pecan, caramel pecan, orange pecan, maple pecan (just to name a few) become cookies a la oh my gosh crunchy goodness! Let's celebrate!

September 21 is...

National Pecan Cookie Day 
      The fruit of the pecan tree - pecan nuts - have a rich, buttery flavor that makes them a fine ingredient in baking as we all know. Did you know that a handful of pecans a day has been know to help reduce cholesterol? Not bad, for a nut!  
      With National Pecan Cookie Day comes the opportunity to bake a delicious batch of homemade pecan cookies. While preparing the cookies, bits of the tasty little pecans just might find their way first onto the hand, then, into the mouth. And, don't forget the tastiness of the cookie dough. Maybe even stir a spoonful into a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Oops! Getting off track. 
      Pecans are an excellent source of protein, unsaturated fats, and healthy antioxidants. With more than 1,000 varieties of pecan in the world, there is no reason why anyone doesn't eat a handful of pecans daily.
      Check out some of the great recipes below and bake a batch of pecan cookies for National Pecan Cookie Day! While the cookies are baking, read about A Bit of Cookie History right here at Awakenings.

    Aprons ready? Get to work and get them made!




    Pecan Pie Cookies Recipe

     Is your mouth watering yet?

    Teenybopper Sensations

    Today in Music History: September 20

    The Beatles dominated the music industry of the 60s. It is not surprising that many bands tried to fashion themselves after the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. One such band appeared for a brief but fervent period (nicknamed "Rollermania"in the 70s. They were worldwide teen idols. According to the BBC they sold 70 million records.

    Bay City Rollers Biography

    The Bay City Rollers As an enormous heartthrob phenomenon in the UK, the Bay City Rollers had their audience mesmerized. Scotland's tartan-clad teeny bopper sensations every move was greeted with the same hype as that which was encountered during the days of Beatlemania. However, their 'stardom' never reached the heights of aspiration hoped for at the time. Like so many first crushes - here today, gone tomorrow - within 18 months of their television debut in 1975, their unofficial shining as America's most kissable newest stars had dimmed.

    The music of The Bay City Rollers lives on and on with the irresistible stutter-step rhythm of "Saturday Night" never waning. Some songs just have a way of becoming stuck in our heads, then, surfacing at just the right moment as we dance to the rhythm of life.

    1975 The Bay City Rollers made their US TV debut when they appeared on the first broadcast of 'Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell' show on NBC. The show would later become known as just 'Saturday Night Live'.  The heavily hyped Scottish band performance led Cosell to compare this pop group openly to The Beatles.  

    And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...  

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Apple time!

    One of the American Classics - Apple Pie! Or anything with apples for that matter. The apple is good any day any time. Bobbing apples at Halloween. Candied apples at the carnival. Apple pancakes for breakfast. Slices of apple with cheddar cheese at snack time. Apple dumplings at dinner time on a fall evening. Oh, my! The list could go on and on and on. Ready for an apple or apple something?

    September 20 is...
    Eat an Apple Day

      You know the saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away?" Well, it's true. Apples have high nutritional value and are an extremely healthy snack. The peel alone contains antioxidants that help reduce damaged cells and fight diseases. Apples are also fat, sodium, and cholesterol free. That’s almost reason enough to love apples!

      Did you know there are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world? They can come in a variety of shapes, flavors, and colors including all shades of red, green, and yellow. The apple can be eaten raw, cooked, baked, or juiced. Snack on your favorite variety (Red Delicious, Gala or Macintosh, perhaps?) and celebrate Eat a Apple Day! Expand your palette and enjoy something slightly different from the many varieties and types of apples available from around the world.

       Bake a pie, make a tart, enjoy a crumble or a simple, crunchy fruit treat. Why not take enough apples with you to share at work, at school, or with friends?

       GREAT Recipes!

      Apple Pies Baked in Apples
      1 of 8 GREAT Ideas with Recipes!

      BBQ Chicken Apple Flatbread Pizza
       1 of 10 Sweet & Savory Ways to Eat Your Fall Apples

      Is your mouth watering yet?

        yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

      The Cutting Edge

      This Day in Old West History: September 19, 1827

      Blade = 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) long, 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) wide
      The cutting edge on this day in history is the blade of a famous Bowie knife used as a result of a botched duel known as the Sandbar Fight. The fight took place outside Natchez, Mississippi on September 19, 1827 becoming the first time this knife was used in any fight. The duel is quite an interesting story to the amazement of all present, Jim Bowie survived to continue improving the design features of the Bowie knife.

       Norris Wright, Rapides parish sheriff and local banker, refused to make a loan that Bowie sorely needed. In 1826, Bowie met Wright in Alexandria, where tempers flared and Wright fired point-blank at Bowie; but the bullet was deflected. After this encounter, Rezin gave his brother a large butcher-like hunting knife to carry.
      On September 19, 1827, near Natchez, Jim Bowie participated in the Sandbar Fight, which developed at a duel between Samuel Levi Wells III and Dr. Thomas Maddox. After the principals had exchanged shots without effect, two observers continued the affair. Alexander Crain fired at Samuel Cuny, and when Cuny fell, Bowie fired at Crain but missed. Wright shot Bowie through the lower chest, and Bowie, said an eyewitness, "drew his butcher knife which he usually wears" and chased Wright. The Blanchard brothers shot Bowie in the thigh, and Wright and Alfred Blanchard stabbed him in several places.
      As Wright bent over him, Bowie plunged the knife into his assailant's breast, then raised himself and slashed Blanchard severely. All the witnesses remembered Bowie's "big butcher knife," the first Bowie knife. Reports of Bowie's prowess and his lethal blade captured public attention, and he was proclaimed the South's most formidable knife fighter. Men asked blacksmiths and cutlers to make a knife like Jim Bowie's. (Source: James Bowie)

      Of course, Jim Bowie’s name was sealed forever in Southern Memories when he and 187 of his brave fellow defenders were slaughtered by General Santa Ana on March 6, 1836, in the Battle of the Alamo, during the Texas Revolution.  Bowie died at 39 years of age. (Source: Southern Memories)