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I’m back! Sorry for the delay, folks.

Greetings, readers. It was a rough couple of weeks for me, but I made it through. June 15th was the anniversary of my mother’s passing; always a hard day for me. As for the KISS top 100, that’s on hold for a few weeks. I want to finish my list before I continue.

Let’s see, what else is new? Well, we’re officially into summer. 😀 It really is my favorite season of the year. I love early autumn, too. I’ve always enjoyed Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday. After the new year, all the trees look dead and it’s freezing outside. I despise winter after January 1st.

I’ve been trying to figure out if Penn State football will be cancelled, or if they’ll play in front of an empty stadium. I can’t see 110,000 fans cramming into Beaver Stadium. 😦

Finally, I’m toying with the idea of keeping this blog open, but switching to YouTube and vlogging new material. I think it might be easier for me to just talk, rather than type everything. As I’ve told Rebecca many times, my favorite key is the backspace key. Lol.

Well, do take care, love one another, check on your family members, social distance, please!!!, and as always, happy reading.

From Rebecca: Joe asked me to do a blog entry today

Joe asked me to write to you, his readers, telling you he plans to have today’s blog entry out tomorrow. He isn’t feeling well today.

It is hard for me to believe that it has been almost six months since Joe and I worked together. There are times when I miss him very much, and times that a busy week goes by and I don’t think about him more than once or twice. The times I miss working with him most are when things come up that I would have taken part in, like when he gets ready for Bear Spring Camps. For many years, by June we would have booked his reservations for a rental car and for the hotel rooms on the way up there, the way back here, and the Friday night before his week there started. This year, of course, everything is so different because of the virus, and Joe decided to cancel. But I still feel something missing when I think of that annual process going on without me. Plus, there are so many world events going on that we would have talked about, and I miss those discussions in his office space.

Yesterday I was reminded how long it has been when I tried to write down something being told to me; I haven’t typed Joe’s dictation in a so long and I am so rusty at it now!

Joe will be back tomorrow with a blog entry. Until then, take care, stay safe, and happy reading.

Well…, my computer is right-out-of-the-box new…, unfortunately

Greetings, readers. For the past day and a half, I’ve had a non-functioning computer. It was caught in loop where in couldn’t start windows. This afternoon, I had to do the dreaded ‘complete restore’, meaning that everything that wasn’t backed up is lost, or will have to be found and saved again. That’s a chore, but it’s doable.

I am so far behind on other daily chores, that this blog entry will not contain any of the KISS countdown. This will continue next Wednesday. I hope you all understand. Next week, I shall try to add 5 songs. 😉

Soon, I have to get ready to have a friend, Smith, over. She’s bringing supper from one of the local churches. It’s our Thursday tradition. Lately, the church suppers have been excellent with meat, potatoes and veggies. 🙂

One small rant. In states where everything was opened up, too soon in my humble opinion, new Covid-19 cases are on the rise. Well who knew?! Of course they are, people! It’s too soon. Please…, SOCIAL DISTANCE!

Ok. Until next week, take care of one another, check on your friends, wear those pesky masks, and as always…, happy reading.

 

KISS songs 78, 77 & 76 + other news!

Greetings, readers. Much news to tell you about this week. Let’s get right into it. First, the area of the blog where I type the drafts is TOTALLY different. When you work with something for 8 years or so, you get used to the format and the look. This is a completely changed template, and for those of you who know me, I hate change.

Secondly, I binge watched the final eight episodes of Fuller House, one of my favorite shows. Yes…, I cried through the last episode where D.J., Steph and Kimmy got married in a triple wedding; so sweet! You know, I wanted the series to go on a few more years, so I could watch the kids grow up more, graduate high school and have prom night, like D.J. did. Oh, and Max and Rose must get married…, one day. Lol. Perhaps another streaming service other than Netflix might pick them up.

Now to my sad news. For only the third time since 1970, I will not be going to Maine this August. With all the fuss and uncertainty of Covid-19, I just don’t want to risk the trip up and back. Plus, once I’d get there, I’d not be allowed off the property; quarantined, you know. I tried to find out how to make an angry face emoji, but I couldn’t find it, so… here’s mine – :-S

Lastly, here are KISS songs 78, 77 & 76 in our countdown:

# 78. Kissin’ Time – [ A fun, fast-paced song from the band’s fist album, KISS. The guys talk about heading around the country, loving the ladies and loving life. It’s a song that I play when I’m down because it’s in my vocal range. After I sing it a couple of times, all my woes melt away. ]

# 77. 2000 Man – [ Okay, I’m not sure if writers, Mick Jagger and Keith Richard were on something the day he wrote this song for the Spaceman, Ace Frehley, because the lyrics are a bit odd. For instance;

“Well, my name is a number
A piece of plastic film
And I’m growin’ funny flowers
In my little window sill don’t you know I’m a 2,000 man
And my kids, they just don’t understand me at all
Well my wife still respects me
I really misused her
I am having an affair
With the Random computer
Don’t you know I’m a 2,000 man……………………………………… {From The Rolling Stone Lyrics page} Anyway, I still love it!!! ]

# 76. King Of The Mountain – [ With Eric Carr’s fantastic drum solo intro to this this song, KotM delivers a powerful punch for the lead-off tune off the Asylum album. Paul Stanley’s “gonna climb the mountain and hit the top…”. The song is about going for for what you want, and not settling. If you want it, go get it and be king…, or queen of your mountain. 😉

Alright, my readers. That’s it for this week. I’ll be back next Wednesday with another blog entry, including song choices #s, 75, 74 and 73. Until next time, take care of one another, check on your neighbors, practice social distancing, and always, happy reading.

Variation of a theme

Greetings, readers. The good news is that I decided to continue the weekly, Wednesday blog going through the summer and beyond. The ‘bad’ news is that the KISS top 100 will go slower than expected. Let’s get #s 80 and 79 done today. 🙂

80. Rock And Roll Hell – [ A Gene Simmons, medium-tempo song from the popular Creatures Of The Night album, it speaks of a musician who is under the gun and wants his time in the limelight. But, it’s been too long with too many sacrifices. He wants out. ]

79. Tossin’ And Turnin’ – [ Peter Criss’ fantastic version of a Bobby Lewis hit from 1961, it talks about a guy who just can’t sleep because he and his girl weren’t right. This song is on the Peter Criss solo album from 1978! ]

Now on to other happenings. I had therapy today, which always helps. This past weekend I ‘tortured’ myself by watching 6 straight hours of YouTube marriage proposal videos. OMG! Yes, I do that to myself at times. 😦

Well, my area of the country goes ‘green’ on Friday!!! Most, if not all restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic will be lifted. I just hope that people continue common sense and self-distance. It just takes one or two cases to spark a flare-up.

Lastly, during a flight simulation for my virtual airline I’m with, I flew the perfect flight and… almost the perfect landing. I hit the function button and the 1 button in stead of the f1 button. One ninety minute flight ruined. Grr! I think I’m not quite in reality just now. Lol.

Well folks, until next Wednesday, when I’ll list #s 78 and 77 and 76, do love one another, take good care and and always, happy reading.

 

A break in the KISS top ten list. I need to vent.

Greetings, readers. The last few days have been extremely stressful for me, especially today. I learned that a good friend of mine [name withheld for privacy] is in dire straights with a family issue. Now my regular readers know me well enough to know that I just want to jump right and save the day. This time, I may not be able to.

I, myself, have been miserably depressed because of the ongoing Covid-19 virus lockdown. The longer, warmer days are helping, I must admit. It has been tough though. I am used to getting out two or three times a day…, not a week! If I get out every third day for groceries at Target, it’s a lot.

With most all of the summer activities such as the Arts Festivals and Fourth of July fireworks, etc., called off for this year, my favorite season of the year [summer], is effectively shut down cold. Plus, my yearly trek to Maine is by no means a certainty. I might get to a hotel and have them say, “Welcome to our place. By the way, you’re now quarantined for two weeks.” Grr!

Yes, this happy-go-lucky guy is holding on folks…, but barely. My motto is ‘one day at a time’, sometimes it’s ‘one second at a time.’ Folks please send my friend good thoughts and check on your friends, love one another, and until next week, happy reading.

Summer top ten list of KISS songs – #90 through #81!

Greetings, readers. Here we are with the week two installment of the top 100 songs from KISS. Today, it’s 90 – 81. So here we go!

90. King Of The Mountain – [ The first song on the Asylum album, speaks to me about going for what you want in life, and never letting anything stand in your way of reaching the top. ]

89. Who Wants To Be Lonely – [ A Paul Stanley song, a medium tempo song talking about not wanting to be alone. Find your love and be with them. ]

88. Exciter – [ The lead-off number to the Lick It Up album, Paul is the man who knows what you desire, and he’s the one who going to give it to you. ]

87. All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose – [ The first song on the second side of Lick It Up, don’t mess with these guys because they’re confident and will succeed in anything they do. ]

86. Not For The Innocent – [ This song is sung by Gene Simmons, again on Lick It Up, mean, dirty and definitely a bunch that you, “better lock up your daughters” from. Even though this song is raunchy, sexual and blatant, I like it because it’s in my vocal range. I can sing to it easily. ]

85. Two Sides Of The Coin – [ In this song from the Unmasked album, Ace Frehley talks about the fact that there’s always two sides to everything, including which woman to choose; popular stud! ]

84. She’s So European – [ Gene sings this song, also from the Unmasked album, and speaks of a woman drinking champagne, looking to snare a man in her web. A great song from KISS’ pop/disco era. Side note, in a Gene Simmons Band show, the were in Australia and changed the title to She’s Is So Australian. 😉 ]

83. Dark Light – [ A super-cool Ace song from Music From The Elder. He treats us to, what I consider, his very best guitar solo…, EVER! ]

82. Escape From The Island – [Only the second totally instrumental song by KISS, It provides us with some fantastic Ace guitar and a drum solo by 2nd. year drummer, Eric Carr. ]

81. Dirty Livin’ – [ This is the only song on the Dynasty album which Criss was a part of. He was basically on the way out, replaced by drummer, Anton Fig. His only other new song, I Finally Found My Way, would come years later on the reunion Album, Psycho Circus. It’s one of my all-time favorite songs.

I’ve added a poll…, a first for me. We’ll see if it works or not.

Well, there they are. Next week, 80 – 71. Until next week, take care, use social distancing, check on your neighbors, love one another, and as always, happy reading.

One day late, the top 100 KISS songs begins!

Greetings, readers. Today I start my spring/summer blog project. Folks tell me to write about what I know. Well, KISS is my favorite band of all time. I’m going to share with you my top 100 favorite KISS songs, from barley passable to top notch. So…, here we go with the first 10!

100. Just A Boy – From ‘Music From The Elder‘ [ A medium tempo song sung by Paul Stanley. It makes the list at last place because of Paul’s horrible falsetto in places. I can’t even figure out some of the lyrics. However it is one of the few good songs on the disastrous  Elder Album. ]

99. A World Without Heroes – [ Another selection from the Elder album. Sung by Gene Simmons, it’s a hauntingly beautiful, slow song. KISS didn’t sing many slow songs, but this one is a winner. Listen to it once and you’ll be hooked. ]

98. The Oath – [Paul’s best effort on the Elder album, it talks about a young boy being transformed into a confident and loyal man and warrior. I think it’s the best song on the Elder. ]

97. Is That You? – [ The first song on the Unmasked album, it’s a Paul Stanley song about girls who use guys to just get what they want. On a side note; even though Peter Criss got the album cover, he was no longer part of the band. Eric Carr would soon join. ]

96. Torpedo Girl – [ The first Ace Frehley song to make our list, it’s a cool song about a guy and a girl having fun and probably have sex later on. ]

95. Naked City – [ A Gene Simmons number which talks about “older women who love younger men”, throwing their inhibitions away and going for it. ]

94. Young And Wasted – [ The title says it all, but it’s interesting that though sung by Gene Simmons on the album, Eric Carr, the drummer at the time, sung it on the video, KISS: ANIMALIZE LIVE. ]

93. Fits Like A Glove – [Okay…, this is as explicit and self-explanatory as it gets here people. Gene talks about how his, “snake’s alive”, and background vocals scream about, “wet dreams”…, it’s a cool song if you’re not easily offended. Snappy beat and good drums. ]

92. Under The Gun – [ 1st. song on the Animalize album, it’s a top-notch, fast-paced song sung by Paul Stanley. In this era, the band just loved writing songs about women, sex and their own impressive packages, and weren’t afraid to be blunt about it. ]

91. I’ve Had Enough {Into The Fire} – [The leadoff song to the Animalize album, a very upbeat Paul Stanley song about going for it, and not letting anybody stop you. It’s definitely my favorite song on this album.

Well, there are the first 10 in this long list. 90-81 will be up for next Wednesday. Until then, take care, love one another, and as always, happy reading.

 

Hear ye, hear ye!

Good news, everyone & greetings, readers. Yes, there is news! With my creative juices flowing more and more now, I have decided to dedicate this late spring and summer to writing. So, here’s what going to be happening.

Beginning Wednesday, May 6th, I am going to begin a 10 segment ‘Top 100 list’ of an as of yet undetermined topic…, perhaps top 100 songs or TV shows and movies. We’ll think of something. I’ll probably ask Rebecca to write one or two of them…, for old time sake. 😉

So, we’ll see you May 6th with the first 10, 100-91! I can’t wait!!! Until then take care, check on your friends, continue social distancing, and as always, happy reading.