Daily Archives: April 19, 2010

Monday Night Music Byte

Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off is trying out a new look to the blog tonight. We have received some complaints that it was difficult to locate the “Comment” link on the blog. This new theme makes it stand out a bit more at the bottom of each post in blue lettering. Consequently, there are no more excuses for failing to leave a comment. Ladies and gentlemen, start commenting!!!

Oh, and lest we forget, congratulations to the Boston Bruins and their game 3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres this evening. The Bruins now have a 2 games to 1 advantage with the next game at the Garden.

Men at Work are an Australian rock band which achieved international success in the 1980s. They are the only Australian artists to have a #1 album and single simultaneously in the United States (with Business as Usual and “Down Under” respectively). At the same time, they also had a simultaneous #1 single and album in the United Kingdom. The group won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best New Artist and sold over 30 million albums worldwide. The band’s sound is distinguished by its use of woodwind and brass instruments.

Colin Hay emigrated to Australia in 1967 from Scotland with his family. In 1978, he formed a duo with Ron Strykert, which expanded with the addition of drummer Jerry Speiser and Australian progressive rock keyboard player Greg Sneddon. They formed an unnamed four-piece group that would later morph into Men at Work. The band’s first experience in the recording studio was recording the music to Riff Raff, a low-budget stage musical Sneddon had worked on. Sneddon soon left, to be replaced in late 1979 by saxophonist/flautist/keyboardist Greg Ham.

By late 1979, the group took up residence at the Cricketer’s Arms pub. Desperate for a name, they took the “Men at Work” moniker from a street sign denoting construction. Shortly thereafter, the band, who had been performing with Strykert on bass guitar, recruited bassist John Rees and the group was complete.

Please enjoy this video clip of Men At Work performing their hit single “Down Under” in 1983.


HAPPY PATRIOTS’ DAY

Patriots’ Day is a legal holiday observed in Massachusetts as a way to honor the NFL’s New England Patriots. What, that is not correct? What do you mean? That’s what Sarah Palin told me last week on the Boston Common. Oh, I see…

Actually, Patriots’ Day is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and state of Maine (once part of Massachusetts), and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin. Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, (around 6am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts (around 9am). In the morning, a mounted reenactor with State Police escort retraces Paul Revere’s ride, calling out warnings the whole way.

Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend. Previously, it had been designated as April 19 in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is also a school holiday for the many local colleges and universities, both public and private.

The Boston Marathon is run on Patriots’ Day every year so many Bostonians know the holiday as “Marathon Monday”. Maine’s oldest road race, the Boys and Girls Clubs Patriots’ Day 5-Miler, is held in Portland.

The Boston Red Sox have traditionally been scheduled to play at home in Fenway Park on Patriots’ Day every year since 1959. They were postponed due to bad weather in 1959, 1961, 1965, 1967, and 1984 and did not play in 1995 during the players’ strike. Since 1968 the games have started early in the morning around 11:00 AM. The early start to these games usually resulted in the game ending just as the marathon is heading through Kenmore Square. However, since 2007 the marathon has started between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM, resulting in the racers going through Kenmore towards the middle of the Red Sox game.

In honor of Patriots’ Day, Lynnrockets is taking a holiday today. In the meantime, please enjoy this Sarah Palin song parody.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the song parody.

I Left My Heart In San Francisco song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryF9p-nqsWw

I LEFT MY HEART IN OLD WASILLA

(sung to the Tony Bennett song “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”)

The loneliness of Juneau seems somehow sadly grey
The glory that was D.C. is of another day
I’m terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan
I’m longing for my favorite city in A-K

I left my heart back in Wasilla
Convenience stores
and strip malls too
It’s where methamphetamines
are the drug of choice of the teens
You can hunt wolves from in the air,
I bagged a pair

My love waits there in old Wasilla
Todd the First Dude
and snow-machine
When I come home to you,
old Wasilla
Will you accept me
as your queen?