In A Gadda Da Vida

Iron Butterfly was best known for their song In A Gadda Da Vida which had a short version (3:47 minutes) that you heard on the radio, back in the 70’s, and then they had a long version that you had to buy the album to hear. That version was a bit over 17 minutes and had the best drum solo of all times.

I remember going to a school dance, back when they had live bands that played, not a D.J. playing recorded songs and this particular band took a chance and decided to play this wild song that just wouldn’t have sounded the same using  electronic drums. And I have to say that they rocked the place into a frenzy during those wonderful 17 minutes. That it the only dance that I really remember, the rest are all just a jumble in my memory.

So when I went online and Googled musiscians friend it reminded me of the days when music was a whole different ball game. It’s sad to think that kids these days won’t know experiencing a live band is all about unless they go to a concert. These days the cost of going to a live concert is outrageous and the huge crowds are a real concern for so many safety reasons.

In the meantime, if you have 17 minutes to listen to a true “Golden Oldie” here is Iron Butterfly at it’s finest.

Iron Butterfly was best known for their song In A Gadda Da Vida which had a short version (3:47 minutes) that you heard on the radio, back in the 70’s, and then they had a long version that you had to buy the album to hear. That version was a bit over 17 minutes and had the best drum solo of all times.

I remember going to a school dance, back when they had live bands that played, not a D.J. playing recorded songs and this particular band took a chance and decided to play this wild song that just wouldn’t have sounded the same using electronic drums. And I have to say that they rocked the place into a frenzy during those wonderful 17 minutes. That it the only dance that I really remember, the rest are all just a jumble in my memory.

So earlier today when I went online and Googled Musicians Friend it reminded me of the days when music was a whole different ball game. It’s sad to think that kids these days won’t know experiencing a live band is all about unless they go to a concert. These days the cost of going to a live concert is outrageous and the huge crowds are a real concern for so many safety reasons.

In the meantime, if you have 17 minutes to listen to a true “Golden Oldie” here is Iron Butterfly at it’s finest. Not the best quality video ever put on YouTube but then again we weren’t into videos back then.

Battery Safety

One thing that is for sure about these times is that new technologies are always coming out. That can bring new problems that were as of yet unknown. One problem is button batteries. They have been used in a number of items including cell phones and toys. It has become a safety issue.

Doctors are noticing an increased amount of cases where children have swallowed the batteries. The batteries can lodge in the throat and leach out a caustic acid that can kill. As the batteries are used in more and more products, the problem is getting bigger. Anyone that suspects that someone has swallowed a battery should report to the hospital mat once!

Free Sounds Good

My niece and her husband are tightening their belts since she is pregnant again and isn’t going to be able to work for awhile. So thinks that they will be OK with bills if hey cut back on a few things and if she takes advantage of coupons and free samples by searching online for deals.

We talked about the real math of what she was earning after expenses and she was really shocked to see how little real money she was bringing home in her paycheck. She took 30% off the top for taxes, then had to take off child care, her car payment/car insurance/gas, oil, tires and then a lot more things she hadn’t thought of. Like the true cost of lunch away from home, the cost of convenience foods for dinners when she was too tired or too rushed to cook, the cost of nice clothes, dry cleaning and pantyhose. The actual net cash she was seeing was less than $50 a week.

We all believe that she could save that same net amount by looking for Free Stuff online and using coupons, and being more budget conscious if she stayed home with the kids instead of working outside of the home. Finding Freebies is even fun – it is like a treasure hunt. She gets online in the living room while her daughter plays and finds ways to save money. I wish it were that easy for the rest of us!

 

The Beatles

The Beatles enjoy the reputation of being one of the most popular bands in the world. They are absolutely one of my favorites and have provided me with many years of enjoyment. That’s why I was excited when I heard about the new release of their songs that have been digitally remastered. There are 12 albums total and all will be released. I hope that you are as ready to rediscover their music as I am!

Guitar Center In The Big Apple

I am seeing more and more Guitar Center stores in some of the towns that I shop in as well as more T.V. ads, which I am sure will become more abundant as the Christmas holidays approach.

I have heard so many good things about guitar center in new york, so it’s cool to know that they are popular in other parts of the country as well as the Big Apple. I miss New York City, but I am glad to have relocated to a climate a tad less intense come the winter months.