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Oh, Oliver!

The radio alarm awoke me recently with a blast from my past.

Frankly, I wasn’t ready to go back to 1969, but the radio station and Oliver decided I must.

As I lay there fighting the urge to sleep, these words jolted me awake…”… Gliddy glub gloopy, nibby nabby noopy la, la, la, lo, lo Sabba sibby sabba, nooby abba nabba, le, le, lo, lo
Tooby ooby walla, nooby abba naba…”

…and I wondered, “What were we thinking?”

I mean really, who came UP with that crap?

The song of course, is from the Broadway musical Hair which debuted off-Broadway in 1967 and made the big time in 1968.

The book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, was a product of the “hippie” counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s.

“Good Morning Starshine” is from the second act of the musical, and is performed by the character Sheila,

Of course, Oliver made it famous.  It wasn’t a one hit wonder, but Oliver’s career was, oh let’s say, a four hit wonder…

William Oliver Swofford was born on February 22, 1945, in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina which is the home of Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, The North Wilkesboro Speedway, and is just past the Tweetise Railroad Amusement Park which my children remember as one of the places I dragged them to back in the day.

Oliver was a recipient of the prestigious Morehead Scholarship and attended UNC Chapel Hill in 1963.

He was a member of two popular music groups — The Virginians and, later, The Good Earth — and was then known as Bill Swofford.

Clean cut, good looking, and with a soaring tenor voice he was perfect for the single and commercial version of the song, Good Morning Starshine.

He brought it to number 3 on the charts, sold a million copies, and won a gold record.

He also performed the song Jean from the movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (which is one of my favorite Maggie Smith vehicles.)

He went on to have a modestly successful career.

He eventually turned to business to make a living, selling real estate and running a Pharmaceutical company.

In the mid 90s he developed Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease and was eventually diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He lost the battle with the disease in 2000 just a few days short of his 55th birthday.

But we, if we do at all, remember him for Good Morning Starshine.

The song was immensely popular.

I don’t know why!

It makes no sense.

But, that didn’t stop nearly every other singer from covering it.

Andy Williams, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Hugo Montenegro!!!, Diana Ross and even Bob McGrath of Sesame Street recorded it.

Is it the frivolity of the song that attracts us?

The nonsensical refrain of Gliddy Glub gloopy?

I don’t get it.

But for some reason, I can’t get it out of my head either!

But, hey, it’s Monday, and we all need to wake UP, so here ya go…

How Far Can You See?

J.P. Morgan was born 180 years ago today.

He was an American financier and banker who domination of corporate finance and industrial consolidation in the later 19th and early 20th Centuries was legendary.

He was of sorts, the first corporate raider.

He facilitated the merger of Edison’s and Thomson’s electric companies and formed GE.  He guided several entities to the realization of US Steel, and helped Theodore Vail create the AT&T we all knew and loved, and now miss.

When he died in Rome at the age of 75, he left his businesses and his fortune to his son J.P. Jr.

The fortune was worth roughly $80 million at the time which prompted John D. Rockefeller to say, “…and to think, he wasn’t even a rich man.”

Morgan was a financial genius, said little in public, but did leave us with a gem I find very profound…

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.”

What will you see today?

Today is Sheb Wooley’s birthday.  He was born in 1921 and died in 2003.

He’s famous for two big things.

He created the Wilhelm Scream which is the standard man scream and has been used in over 360 films.

Which you can hear here

And he’s famous for the 1958 novelty song “Purple People Eater.”

Now, as a 6 year old, I always thought the people eater was purple.

But listening to the lyrics, I found he only eats purple people.

So I guess we’re all safe.

Enjoy the music.

Happy Monday!

Maybe you’ll leave a mark on the world today, or two, who knows?

 

Welcome to April!

We’ve gone a little crazy with the month long celebrations these days, but from time to time when the muses are being difficult, I will rely on societal trends and pop-culture for inspiration.

After all, inspiration is everywhere! (Cecil B. DeMille said that!)

So, today as I plowed through the web looking for inspiration I learned that April is National Internship Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Awareness Month, National Donate Life Awareness Month, National Cannabis Awareness Month, National Fair Housing Month, Month of the Military Child, International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Lawn and Garden Month, National Autism Awareness Month, National Couple Appreciation Month, National Decorating Month, National
Fresh Celery Month, National Garden Month, National Inventor’s Month, National Jazz Appreciation Month, National Soft Pretzel Month, National Soy Foods Month, National Straw Hat Month, National Poetry Month, National Pecan Month, National Welding Month, Occupational Therapy Month, Records and Information Management Month, Scottish- American Heritage Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month Stress Awareness Month, National Safe Digging Month, and Confederate History Month!

So why am I not inspired?

Really, there’s so much from which to choose!

And so many questions too!

Do interns really need a whole month?  And who pays attention to them anyway?  It’s usually, “Go get me coffee!” “Take these to the copy room.” Stuff like that.

Child abuse awareness should get a year; forget that, it should be on our minds 24/7!  And if we only donate life one out of 12, what happens to those in need of an organ?

Cannabis?  Really, are the stoners really aware?

Fair Housing, again year round!

And that military child thing?  What’s that all about?

If guitars get a month, do pianos?  Drums?  The Recorder?  Where do we stop?

And shouldn’t we keep America beautiful all the time, Lady Bird Johnson thought so! And why have a special month for Lawn and Garden?  Just pretty it UP all the time!

Autism  – a month?  C’mon people!  Pay attention!

And shouldn’t we value couples who make it all year long?  Why a month?

National Decorating month should be December if we have to have one, and if you start decorating in April, well, you’ve got too many decorations!

Celery?

Celery?

Really?

And why can’t the Keep America Beautiful, Lawn and Garden, and Garden people all get together; really, the more the merrier!

Inventors, Jazz artists, and Pretzel makers make me happy all year long!  I’d be nowhere without my phone, computer, and micro-wave, Grover Washington, and who doesn’t love pretzels all year long?

And what would Germantown do?  They’d have to have the Pretzel Festival in April!

NOT.GONNA.HAPPEN!

National Soy Foods Month!!  No, just, no.

Minnie Pearl is dead, forget the straw hats!

Poetry – all year!

Welding – well, it’s a skill, a craft, and I’m thinking we’re gonna need a few in Atlanta to fix that overpass, so come on down and feel free to celebrate your profession.

Occupational Therapists work year round, celebrate them every day!

Records and information don’t need a month!  But then, they probably are lonely tucked away in the filing cabinet!

And what’s April got to do with Scotland?

Pecans!  We celebrate them all year long in Georgia!

Should I dig, and if I do should it be safely?  American Heritage, Confederate History?  Where do I go?

So many choices.

Still, I got nothin’!!