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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Shawn and Gus Are Psyched To Play Rock Jeopardy! Vol.1: Echoes of the Sierota Sibs Past and Present... and What Led Zeppelin to Sing the Blues?


Hi, I'm Shawn Spencer, psychic sleuth
and boy toy to the stars...

and this is my partner, Nosferatu Smithers,
world's leading authority on whimsical wind socks.





Not true, Shawn!


Recently, Gus and I were celebrity contestants
on the new TV game show Rock Jeopardy
and it went something like this.....


I'll take
Pop Princess Potpourri

for 200, Alex.



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK: The answer is...
This Chino, California, indie pop band, formed in 2009,
consists of four siblings: Graham, Sydney, Noah and
Jamie Sierota. (DING) Shawn...


It's coming to me!
I'm having a vision!
I see it in my mind's eye!
What is S Club 7 Minus 3?


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
No... that's incorrect. (DING) Gus...



Echosmith



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Needs to be in the form of a question, Gus.



Sorry. What is Echosmith?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Yes..."What is Echosmith?" is correct.


 ECHOSMITH 

 "Vindicated" (2010 cover of recording by 
 Dashboard Confessional used in 2004 movie 
 Spider-Man 2 and 2006 album Dusk and Summer) 





ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, you have control of the board.
Select a category and amount.



Pop Princess Potpourri
for 400, Alex.


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
This pop song by Echosmith, co-written by the Sierota
siblings and their father, Jeffery David, released in
2015 as the latest single from their hit 2013 debut
album Talking Dreams, was promoted by a video
in which a now fully grown 18 year old Sydney
performed with her band of brothers in an
empty ballroom. (DING) Shawn...


What is...
"In Them Old
Cotton Fields
Back Home"?


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
No. (DING) Gus...



What is "Let's Love"?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
"Let's Love"... correct.


 ECHOSMITH 

 "Let's Love" (2015 single 
 from album Talking Dreams
 highest chart pos. #36, Adult Top 40





ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, you're on a roll. Pick again.



Give me Female-Fronted
Hard Rock Bands for 200.



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Led by actress/musician/singer Taylor Momsen,
this band drew praise for their chart-topping
Mainstream Rock single "Heaven Knows,"
Chris Payne of Billboard describing the
record as "Queen's 'We Will Rock You'
with Joan Jett vocals." (DING) Shawn...


The spirits are near, heaven knows.
Love grows where my Rosemary goes.

I've got it! Gladys Knight and the Pips!



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
NO! Led by Taylor Momsen? Get real! (DING) Gus...



Who are The Pretty Reckless?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Yes indeed! The Pretty Reckless!


 THE PRETTY RECKLESS 

 "Heaven Knows" (Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014, 
 highest chart pos. #1 U.S. Mainstream Rock, 
 from March 2014 album Going To Hell





ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, the board is still yours.



Alex, I'll take All-Female
Heavy Metal Bands for 200.


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
This all female Canadian alternative rock
and heavy metal band (DING) Shawn...


The Mills Brothers!
I mean...what is the Mills Brothers?
I mean, who are the Mills Brothers?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, I'll start over and read the answer in its entirety
for your benefit. This all female Canadian alternative rock
and heavy metal band has released six studio albums in
the new millennium with titles that include Spit, Oracle,
Until the End and Funeral For Yesterday.



What is Kittie?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Kittie, you betcha!


 KITTIE 

 "What I Always Wanted" (uncharted single 
 from October 2001 album Oracle




ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, I know I sound like a broken record,
but you still own the board. Choose a category.



I think I'll take Female-Fronted
European Metal Bands for 200.


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
This blues song, first written and recorded by husband
and wife Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie in 1929,
was later reworked by the English rock band Led Zeppelin
as the last track on their 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV and,
35 years later, performed by Mexican lead singer/violinist
Marcela Bovio and her Dutch progressive metal band
Stream of Passion on their 2006 album and video
Live in the Real World. (DING) Shawn...



What is "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"?




ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
No...no, I'm sorry. Well, not really.
(DING) Gus?



What is "When the Levee Breaks"?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Yes, that's what we were looking for,
"When the Levee Breaks."


 STREAM OF PASSION 

 "When the Levee Breaks" (from 2006 album 
 and video Live in the Real World





ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Okay, it's time to take a break. Checking the score,
we see that Gus is our leader with $1,200 while
Shawn has yet to get on the board. We'll see if
he can do better in the next round.

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116 comments:

  1. This is another hilarious post. I'm glad you brought the guys from Psych back on the blog for another round of fun. Dule' Hill played one of my favorite characters on West Wing - Charlie Young - and I also loved him in Psych.

    I didn't know any of these bands. You found a fun and creative way to introduce them. They're all good. If this was a voting post my two choices would be Pretty Reckless and Kittie.

    I am relieved to know the Snidely Whiplash mustache you're wearing is not real. : ^ )

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    1. Hi, dear Kathryn! Thanks for check in and checking out the latest from those lovable Psych guys, Shawn and Gus. You and I disagree on quite a few things in the areas of music and entertainment but we matched on those two TV series, The West Wing and Psych. I noticed that Dule' Hill is now a regular on the new HBO series Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson, the gentle giant you liked so much in the movie Pain & Gain.

      I love all of the bands represented in this post. For me Echosmith is a wonderful find. Sydney's voice is like buttah. She and her band of brothers were already polished alternative pop pros by 2010 and they continue to grow. I could listen to Marcela Bovio and her Stream of Passion band all day every day. As you might recall, I presented their single "Out in the Real World" in my Halloween 2013 post "Beauties and the Beasts."

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2013/10/beauties-and-beasts-introducing-leading.html

      Thank you again for reporting in, dear Kathryn, and have a great week!

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  2. That was awesome! How did you know I am a big fan of Psych?
    Shawn really struggled there. I should've been playing because yes, I knew all the answers. And of the bands you featured, Stream of Passion would be my favorite. Their cover of Radiohead's Street Spirit inspired a scene in my first book.
    Well done!

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    1. Hi, Alex J! Thanks for coming over bright and early this morning, good buddy!

      It's so cool that you are a fan of Psych. How did I know? I must be psychic! :) If you guessed all the answers and if you love Gothic European bands like Stream of Passion, then I know you will enjoy the other 9 episodes of Rock Jeopardy. (I can only pay you scale for your recurring role in them :)

      If you have a minute or two, check out my Halloween 2013 Beauties and the Beasts post which featured Stream of Passion and other favorite female-fronted metal bands:

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2013/10/beauties-and-beasts-introducing-leading.html

      I just went to YouTube and listened to Stream of Passion's performance of "Street Spirit." It's awesome. I'm glad you agree with me that Marcela is one of the greatest singing sirens of modern metal. (Too bad she's such a plain Jane :)

      Thanks again for dropping by and for being a good sport and a great friend, Alex! I'll give you a heads up when Vol. 2 is about to drop. Enjoy your week!

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    2. Hey, it was a lot of fun.
      Marcela's sister sings as well. Caught a concert of Stream of Passion on cable when Arjen was still with the band and they also sang some Ayreon tunes.
      Mentioned this post in mine today so hopefully you get a few more visitors.

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    3. Thanks, Alex! Yes, I am aware that sister Diana Bovio joined the tour and sang background with the band, creating a marvelous blend of vocals and accomplished musicianship.

      Thanks for plugging this post in your latest. I'll be over to check it out.

      See you on BOTB day, good buddy!

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  3. Kittie's "What I've Always Wanted" is one of my favorite songs! That was my anthem when I was a 14 year old. :)

    Thanks for the laugh, Shady, I'll have to check out the rest of these bands!

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    1. Good morning, dear Jessica Marie! How're you doing? I knew I'd get you with Kittie since you and I already discussed them. I'm glad this specific track from Oracle brought back memories of your teenage years. I now own most of Kittie's albums and have found a large number of absolute rock nuggets on them. Kittie impresses me to the max and has quickly become one of my favorite bands.

      I'm glad I gave you a laugh to start your day, dear friend Jessica. Let me know what you think of these other bands when you have more time. Have a great day and week, dearie!

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    2. I'm good, Shady! I spent the morning in Philadelphia - I got a little lost on the trolley, then some kind woman showed me where to wait so I wouldn't be waiting in a bad place in West Philly. Got a tour of West Philly via two trolleys and an hour and a half later, made it back to 69th St. Then mom and I went to Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. I'm tired now.

      Next time I make it back to South Street, which will be Friday before I go to the Academy of Natural Sciences, I have to see if Repo! Records have their albums. I only have Spit. My friend bought it for me when I was 13. It was the best Christmas gift that year!

      Have a great evening, dear friend Shady!

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    3. You had another busy day, JM. You're always on the go. I'm glad you got some friendly advice to avoid trouble.

      I now own all six studio albums by Kittie on CD. They include:

      Spit (1999)
      Oracle (2001)
      Until the End (2004)
      Funeral for Yesterday (2007)
      In the Black (2009)
      I've Failed You (2011)

      I promise you there isn't a bad track on any of them and there are many all time classic metal girl gems - loads of them! I urge you to collect them all. Another band I'm currently into (female-fronted) is Eyes Set To Kill. Did you ever listen to their stuff? I have two of their CDs - Broken Frames (2010) and Masks (2013) - both great!

      Thank you very much for making time to return and give the other tunes a listen. I hope you found a couple more to your liking.

      Take care, dear friend Jessica!

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  4. I'm at a bit of a disadvantage as I haven't watched Psych. Beyond the classics of my young years, I haven't watched much American television.

    I did like that cover of When The Levee Breaks though. A completely different feel, with a lot of energy and a sense of urgency to it. That lead guitar player is pretty good and I like the singer as well.

    The beat Bonzo laid down on that song is so simple, yet so heavy. It lays up under Jimmy's guitar perfectly and thickens the sound. I practice about three hours a day and this song is one that I always play along to. I know this song like the back of my hand.

    I may be absent for a little while as I'm to be gone in a couple of days. So if I miss a post, I haven't forgotten you-I will be back.

    Have a great Sunday Shady!

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    1. Hi, dear Anne! Welcome back and thank you very much for coming by, my wonderful friend!

      I'm thrilled to know that "Levee Breaks" is one of your favorites by Zeppelin and that you also enjoyed the rendition performed live by Marcela and Stream of Passion. That band, featuring members from Mexico, Sweden and The Netherlands, mesmerizes me. Their Live in the Real World video, which I have on CD, boasts excellent production and sound quality as I'm sure you noticed.

      Thank you for letting me know that you will be absent for a while. My next BOTB is 15 days from now, on the 28th, in case you can make it over. If not, I will surely understand. I will nevertheless miss you, dear friend.

      Thanks again for popping in, dear Anne. Enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead!

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    2. Dear Shady,

      I shall be back by the 28th so I'll make your BOTB with no trouble. I do enjoy those a great deal as you're one of those people who make me think about who I'm going to vote for. That and your taste in music is so broad. I never get bored when I visit you!

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    3. Hi, dear Anne! You know very well how much I love and appreciate your visits and comments. Battle of the Banned wouldn't be the same without you. I am very happy to know you think you can make it on the 28th. FYI - it will be the first of three BOTB's in a row for me. They will be spaced two weeks apart on Mondays with the voting results posts published on the Mondays between. I know it must be very hard for you to predict which way my vote will go. Most of the competing acts that I present are already favorites of mine, many of them in my personal collection, and my vote is often influenced by a wide range of factors. It will be fun to see if we can continue to match each other but we shouldn't become discouraged if we don't.

      Thank you again, my sweet friend, for coming back and spreading more cheer. Take care, dear Anne!

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  5. OK I did not know any of these but what a fun way to showcase this to the people, like me:) Very funny might I add and the one guy got nadda-I would be like him:)

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit! Thank you very much for coming by this Sunday morning. I'm delighted to see you!

      I'm glad you got a chuckle or two out of this post which kicked-off my new 10-part series in which the dudes from Psych compete against each other playing Rock Jeopardy. The game is lopsided at the moment but there's always the chance that Shawn will mount a comeback and overtake Gus...(or not :)

      Although you weren't familiar with these tunes, I hope you found one or two to your liking. I very much appreciate your visit, dear friend BB, and I wish you a fine day and a happy week ahead!

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  6. Okay, first thing, I don't know Psych from shinola, so all of my comments from here are not truly valid on an intellectual level. Stream of Passion was def my favorite of the set.

    BTW, shouldn't Shawn be $1200 to the negative? Or does this Jeopardy have different scoring?

    I kinda liked Pretty Reckless on a musical level... but the lyrics were a bit disturbing for me...

    Kittie reminded me a little of my guilty pleasure, a Russian band called Alkanost.

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    1. And believe me or not, my comment "published out of order. They way I typed it, the first sentence was right, the second was second to last, third was the last thing I typed, and the next two sat together between sentence one and two. How does that even happen?

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    2. Hi, Chris! WHOA! That's spooky! I don't know how that could have happened. Somebody must have given the Blogger Gremlins food or water after midnight. :)

      I'm surprised you never watched Psych. It enjoyed an 8 season run on USA Network, most of the time paired with Monk. You are right about the scoring system. If Shawn and Gus were playing REGULAR Jeopardy, Shawn would Shirley be in the minus column; but this is ROCK Jeopardy where the rules are different. :) They also include letting the contestant with the low score (aka the one with the most funny lines) have first pick of the board after every break (meaning at the start of every new post in the series).

      I realize you might be sensitive to some of the darker lyrics, themes and images in this series, good buddy. I hope you won't abandon me. Instead, just try to appreciate the songs on a musical level like you said. "Heaven knows," I have always been honest with you when I tell you that the easy listening stuff doesn't appeal to me very much. I don't mind you telling me if you find occult themes disturbing. I'm delighted to know that you enjoy the Gothic symphonic progressive metal sound of Stream of Passion. I love that band!

      Thank you very much for coming over on a Sunday, good buddy Chris. I wish you and Scrappy a very happy week ahead!

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    3. Yep, I just looked it up in the official Rock Jeopardy Rule Book. On page 4 it clearly states, "A contestant shall not forfeit points for an incorrect response if the judges determine that his or her comment is funny enough." So far, all of Shawn's responses have made the cut. :)

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  7. Hi dear Shady, your posts always brighten my day, and this one has me smiling from ear to ear! Thank you, dear friend. :)

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    1. Hi, dear Linda! Thank you very much for coming over today. I appreciate it! (Aren't you glad this post doesn't required you to vote? :)

      If my post gave you a great big smile and brightened your day then I consider it Mission Accomplished, dear friend. Thank you again for your visit and comment and have a safe and happy week, Linda!

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    2. LOL Shady! I had to laugh when you mentioned about your polls, because I have been posting some on my own blog lately. :) I hope your week will be great, dear friend.

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    3. Hi again, dear Linda! I suppose we should both be thankful for the right to vote on each other's blogs and exercise that right whenever possible. When it comes to picking a favorite or preferred song in my competitions there is no right or wrong answer, only your opinion. You are always welcome to express yours here, dear Linda. Have a great day!

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  8. Cool new series Shady! Love the Jeopardy angle. Great way to educate. I was impressed with Echosmith: so young and talented. Was cool to see them all grown up too.
    Liked the cover of When the Levee Breaks too. They did a good job with that.
    I'll look forward to your next Jeopardy installment! Very fun!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, dear Michele! Thank you very much for coming, my dog loving Austin friend! I'm happy to know that you enjoyed my double duty parody of Psych and Jeopardy and that a few of these tunes resonated. I am completely sold on the Sierota siblings. They are one of the most talented family acts I have ever seen and heard. Although still very young, the Echosmith kids are already seasoned veterans and it shows. I hope their fame and fortune continue to grow.

      Thank you again for coming by, dear friend Michele. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and the coming week as well!

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  9. Mark this as the shortest Cherdo post ever!

    Loved the jeopardy round!

    Now, here is a question for you: how much does Gonzo weigh? The scale says 171, but I'm pretty sure it is 371....oh, well...I'll take it.

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    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! I am very pleasantly surprised to see you here today. I didn't expect a visit from you so soon. How are you holding up? I'm glad you enjoyed my take on Jeopardy with our mutual friend (and good sport) Alex. J. Cavanaugh hosting. I'm happy if my post helped take your mind off your problems for a while today and gave you a smile or two. I hope Gonzo is doing better by the hour and that all your lives will return to some semblance of normalcy very soon.

      Thank you again for making time for me today, dear friend Cherdo. God bless!

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  10. I see creativity and fun are still running rampant at the Dell.
    Hope you had a wondrous week, Shady dear.

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    1. Hey Hey Hey, dear Sandra! How are you? Thank you for taking time during your weekend to come over and see me. I appreciate your visit!

      I'm assuming that the American TV series Psych doesn't ring a bell or you would have let me know. Nevertheless I think you can get the gist of the characters from this sketch. I hope you enjoyed it along with at least one of the music selections. Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sandra!

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    2. I've caught it a couple of times and enjoyed it, just never followed it. I did like your post though. It's all kinds of fun.

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    3. PS A lot of thought and energy goes into these posts.

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    4. Hi again, sweet Sandra! Thank you for acknowleding the amount of work that goes into most of my posts. I only publish an average of once a week and try to make every post something special for the enjoyment of friends like you.

      When I was little and Halloween rolled around, I spent hours decorating my room with all sorts of unusual spooky effects. Then I'd invite my neighborhood friends and cousins over for a tour of my haunted house. I guess it's safe to say that I have always loved to show people a good time.

      Thank you again for the thoughtful visit and kind words, dear friend Sandra!

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    5. That's cool that you decorated your room. I bet you and your buds had a lot of fun. You can definitely tell a good percentage of time goes into each post.
      I liked the 'boy toy to the stars.' heh heh

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    6. Hi, dear Sandra! Thanks for the return visit. Yessum, when my friends and cousins came to visit me at H-ween, I led them into my room where they would see things like a large stuffed owl that my parents acquired at a garage sale, pant legs and men's shoes sticking out from under the bed, various scary masks hanging around and spooky blue colored mood lighting. I also had a children's Halloween sound effects album that would play as I led them around my spook house. It was lots of fun putting those displays together, just as it is fun putting these posts together.

      Your post today was very interesting. It demonstrates that even something that appears to be "a sure thing" - something upon which everyone can agree - is bound to be experienced differently by different people. Some will like it and some will see a negative side of it. I think you and I both learned a valuable lesson from that pheomenon.

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    7. Good evening, Shady. Hope you were on the road for fun and not drudgery.
      The trailer post got some interesting responses for sure:)

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    8. Hi, Sandra! I love to watch flash mob videos. If you have a couple of minutes, I'd like you to watch one that was staged a few years ago in my hometown, York, PA. Take a look:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6VRFsSidIc

      Thank you, dear Sandra!

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  11. Is Shawn based on me? I've never heard of any of these. I'll be back to listen.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hi, Janie Junebug! Thank you very much for coming, dear friend!

      I will not confirm, nor will I deny, that the character Shawn Spencer is based on you. Can you read my mind? :) Yessum, I invite you to return and feast your ears on my fine recordings when you have time. If you like Sid Vicious, then there's a good chance you will like these.

      Thank you, dear Janie!

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  12. This was a fun way to introduce me to some new music. Interesting stuff all. And with Alex J. Cavanaugh Trebek at the helm! Not bad.

    That Stream of Passion cover is the best I've heard of this song. I'm also a big fan of rock/jazz violin.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee! Thank you for coming, good buddy! I am very happy to know that you enjoyed the Jeopardy/Psych sketch as well as the music. I was also overjoyed when our mutual friend (and good sport) Alex J. gave me similar feedback. I'm sure you'll agree that this is what we all strive for in blogging - to find an audience and make a connection. I always try to present material in a creative manner and hope to receive feedback from at least a few people letting me know that they get it and like it. It seems so simple but, as a veteran blogger, I'm sure you know how elusive that feedback can be. Over the years I have referenced thousands of songs, recording artists, favorite movies and TV series and have been shocked time and time again by how few people ever heard of them or have anything at all to say about them.

      I am very excited to know that you and other readers appreciate the progressive metal band Stream of Passion. Many people are put-off by the word "metal," but the fact is that the modern metal scene is filled with superb musicians and talented vocalists like Marcela B. who is also a gifted violinist. During the Live in the Real World tour, Marcela brought her sister Diana Bovio into the act as a background singer.

      Thank you again for your visit and generous comment, Lee, and have a great week!

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  13. That was a very entertaining game. The Kittie video, I think is very scary. My voice hurts just listening to the lead singer contort her voice like that. I hope she didn't hurt herself and require vocal chord surgery.

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    1. Hi, dear Sherry! Thank you very much for coming over for an invigorating game of Rock Jeopardy.

      In recent years "harsh" vocals (as opposed to "clean" vocals) have become quite popular in extreme sub-genres of heavy metal. Seems like it would be painful for singers to practice glottal shredding, but those I have read about claim it doesn't hurt to do it. Time will tell and, for some of those artists, might take a toll. I admit that I enjoy a mix of harsh and clean vocals in modern metal recordings.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry. I wish you a happy week ahead!

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  14. Clueless. I am clueless about current music. The only thing I recognized were the Psych guys--LOL!

    First, let me preface by saying that I am more of a content/word/message person. I felt sorry for the eighteen year old singing (with her brothers no less) about wanting sex right now and we'll get to know each other later.

    Heaven Knows was so sad to me I could barely watch to the end. It was so very hopeless--drugs-poverty-we belong in hell--and then preaching that hopelessness to children--OMG! It brought tears to my eyes.

    I couldn't understand a word of What I Always Wanted and heavy metal grates on my last nerve--but it appeared to have a good message about not being greedy? What you want may not be good for you? But I am only guessing by the visual story.

    Honestly, I was grateful for the comedic breaks with the Psych duo or I don't think I would have made it through the post. Different strokes and all that.

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    1. Hi, dear Rita! Thank you very much for coming by and for taking time to express your honest opinion about the songs, even though you didn't like them. (Heaven knows, a lot of readers aren't willing to do that. :) It's true. A lot of today's music paints a bleak and depressing portrait of the world, but then I remind myself that artists have been singing the blues and voicing outrage in the form of protest songs since before you and I were born. I interpret "Heaven Knows" as a song that reminds us that none among us is without sin and that we live in a world filled with sin. I hear it as an honest admission of sin, not as preaching it. I don't know the lyrics to Kittie's songs. All I know is that I like their sound and enjoy tapping into their raw energy. I put harsh music like theirs to use every day, playing it during my evening workouts. You see, when you reach your mid 60s and find it increasingly difficult to muster the energy to work out and stay fit, you need to get yourself motivated. To me, listening to harsh, aggressive metal is like having my own personal trainer - a drill sergeant barking in my ear, spurring me on to greater efforts. Calm and gentle tunes do not produce the desired effect. So that is how I use metal music. It works for me and I reap benefits from it. It hasn't turned me into an evil person. The exact opposite is true.

      In my opinion, Stream of Passion makes some of the most beautiful, melodic, symphonic music in the whole world. The problem is that many people shy away from great bands because that are categorized as metal. Metal has validity and relevance, every bit as much as the bands that came along when you and I were young and our parents freaked out over them. My mother was convinced that the Beatles were Satan's soldiers. Do you see what I'm saying? Every new generation has its own distinctive styles of expression. Modern metal is nothing to fear. I embrace it.

      And the beat goes on...

      Thank you again for your visit and nicely expressed comments and opinions, dear friend Rita. Future volumes of this series will offer more of the same and I hope you will feel free to come over and comment on them. Your honesty and willingness to communicate are always appreciated. God bless!

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  15. OMG! that was a funny round of Jeopardy! Shawn needs to get with the diva program!!!
    Wow! I'm shocked to see how young Echosmith was in the " Vindicated" song. I honestly never heard of them until this year with their hit song, "Cool Kids". I really enjoyed their songs along with Pretty Reckless and Stream of Passion! But, as for Kittie, well. . . you know
    I'm a dog person!!!!
    Congrats to Gus ! Better luck next time, Shawn!!!
    Keep up the great humor Shady (with the fake mustache!)
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thank you for dropping by, my great friend! I'm glad you enjoyed the first thrill packed episode of my new 10-part series, Shawn and Gus Are Psyched to Play Rock Jeopardy. Regarding Echosmith then and now, I agree that people can change a lot in five years. I know their hit song "Cool Kids" and (spoiler alert) plan to include it in a future installment of the series. Stay tuned.

      I'm glad you enjoyed The Pretty Reckless and Stream of Passion. I sense that you didn't like Kittie as much but Kittie just might be my pick of the litter! :)

      Thank you again for making time for a visit and for your wonderful comment, dear friend Toni. I hope you week is off to a great start. Please come back again soon!

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  16. I don't know why but reading this made me laugh and when I laugh it is not a pretty sight just saying

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    1. Hey Hey Hey, dear Jo-Anne! How're ya doin'? Thank you very much for coming all this way from Australia, my great friend. I'm pleased to see you.

      Do you think reading this post made you laugh because... it's funny... maybe? :)

      (Objection, your honor...
      Calls for speculation.)

      I hope so, anyway.

      It's always fun to have you over here, dear Jo-Anne. I hope you enjoy the rest of your Tuesday down under!

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  17. Well...I'll take "I know nothing about music on this post" for 100! I did enjoy Echosmith but I'm not a heavy metal lover and Pretty Reckless was pretty depressing! Everyone in that video looked like they needed to be in rehab and get a bath! Seriously! Other than that it was a quite humorous jeopardy segment! I'm also glad you still sport that fake moustache! Sorry I'm so dang late in commenting too...I've been getting behind in posting and reading lately! Hope you're having a good week and all's well down south!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Thank you very much for coming over, my dear friend! Actually, you are not at all late getting here. This post runs an entire week, through next weekend, so you're in good shape.

      I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed the humor in the post if not the music. I trust that you won't unfriend me for loving heavy metal. Maybe it's just a passing phase, but I am really enjoying learning about and listening to the various sub-genres of metal these last couple of years. More metal is coming in future episodes of this 10-part series and I hope you will give it a chance, especially the more melodic, symphonic music like the kind Stream of Passion performs.

      Thank you again for you visit and comment, dear friend Yaya. I hope you have a great week ahead!

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  18. I don't watch Psych but it didn't matter, the Jeopardy bit was funny. I liked the first and last songs. Echosmith's was fun and she is terrific. Loved Stream of Passion's lead singer. Beautiful voice, I thought. Some I started, but they were a little dark for me.
    Great post!

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for coming down to see me! I'm sorry you aren't familiar with the characters on Psych, but I think you get an idea of their personalities from their witty exchanges.

      I'm glad you enjoyed Echosmith and Stream of Passion. It's so funny, Belle. 90% of the year I post recordings made in the 60s, and most of my readers are too young to recognize them. The 10% of the time when I present modern music, most people still don't know it or like it because it's too recent or too hard and heavy or too... something. It has been surprisingly difficult for me as a blogger to find people who are genuinely excited about the same things that excite me.

      But it's all right now
      I learned my lesson well
      You see, ya can't please everyone
      So ya got to please yourself

      Thank you very much for your visit and kind comments tonight, dear friend Belle. I always love having you here. I hope you are having a fine week. God bless!

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  19. Hi Shady; Apologies for the late response but we just got back from vacation.

    I'm not familiar with Shawn and Gus (Nosferatu? He must be a devil! ☺), but I used to watch Jeopardy.

    Going from the top:
    Echosmith: Good music, annoying vocals.
    Pretty Reckless: Great music and vocals. Best voice of the post, IMO.
    Kittie: Good music, but I would have liked it more without the death growling. I prefer more melodic vocals but I know you love this. ☺
    Stream of Passion: This rocks! Love the music (best of the post, IMO) and the vocals are good too.

    Thanks for this interesting mini-concert. Great way to start the morning. Cheers!

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    1. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady! Thank you very much for coming down to play Rock Jeopardy!

      Thanks for offering a critique of each and every song. I appreciate your thoroughness. I figured you might consider Sydney Sierota's voice too... what's the word I'm looking for.....

      GIRLY!!! (LOL)

      You can't say that Taylor Momsen's voice is too girly and I am very happy to know that you like her vocals. Taylor is the real deal - one of the leading ladies of modern rock - and her album Going To Hell is wall-to-wall greatness, the songwriting as well as the performances.

      Kittie sounds like easy listening elevator music compared to the brutal death metal that I listen to these days. Bands like Cerebral Bore seem intent on stamping out clean vocals in our lifetime:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWE9YmB8reQ

      I'm delighted that you found value in Stream of Passion. I can't understand how anyone would shun beautiful music like theirs simply because it has a metal label on it.

      Thank you again for your visit and excellent comment, dear friend Debbie!

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  20. Hahaha! I was avoiding the use of the word "GIRLY", but yes, that was the issue, exactly, with Echosmith. ☺
    Taylor Momsen has a fabulous voice, for sure and the band was good too.
    Sorry, but Cerebral Bore isn't my cup of tea as far as the vocals go, but I can get into the hard-driving music, like Kittie. (She sounded okay when she was actually singing.)
    Stream of Passion is excellent and I will look for more of their music online. I have noticed a lot of people dismiss the metal genre without even giving it a chance and they don't realize how many sub-genres and nuances there are. Their loss!

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    1. Hi, again, dear Debbie!

      Thank you for reinforcing what I have been trying to express to other readers. It is indeed a shame that people tend to fear, mistrust and dismiss that which is too different. I can't help thinking back to the hippies of our generation, how they were criticized and ridiculed by members of mainstream "polite" society. If a guy chose to wear his hair long, the Archie Bunkers complained "You can't tell if it's a boy or a girl." I also think back to the diner scene in the movie Easy Rider in which the local rednecks remarked that the long haired bikers "Look like a bunch of refugees from a gorilla love-in." Many people disliked the rock music our generation listend to. Heck, my mother thought the Beatles were a terrible influence on young people and tried her best to discourage me from listening to them. It's all relative, isn't it? The music today's young people are making rebels against authority, protests the injustices of society and reflects their feeling of alienation and hopelessness. Every generation has done the same thing in its own distinctive way. In my opinion, metal in all its many forms, has validity. It is an artform. I enjoy studying it and I have cultivated a taste for it. It motivates me to exercise. It keeps me young. It keeps me open-minded and prevents a dreaded condition that comes with aging called hardening of the attitudes.

      Thank you again for your support, dear friend Debbie. Let's keep on rockin'!

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    2. There will be no hardening of attitudes around here! ☺ People have trouble with anything out of the mainstream and the term 'hippie" often gets used in a derogatory manner. Each generation's music was considered "bad" by the previous one. Even Elvis was frowned upon by the older generation. When it comes to music, everyone has their own preferences, but shouldn't shun a particular piece, just because it's a different genre. I even voted for a rap song today, which completely surprised me!

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    3. YESSUM! I saw your comment and vote on Arlee's blog, Debbie! I always read your comments in the BOTB contests and I cheered yesterday when I saw that you joined me in voting for that rap group. I noticed that a couple of other bloggers who shall remain nameless accused us of voting as we did, not because we actually like that version, but simply to show off and flaunt our eclectic taste. To his credit, Lee came to our defense.

      Thank you for eloquently expressing so much of what I am thinking and feeling, Debbie. Every new generation thinks their music is the best, the coolest, the most relevant. Typically, the previous generation doesn't get it, can't relate to it and dismisses it because it's different from what they know and love. People tend to fear and mistrust that which they don't understand.

      In recent years I have had the pleasure of knowing quite a few modern teenagers who are crazy about the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They study mid 20th century music, movies, TV, books and fashion. They dress in the clothing styles of the period, play vinyl records on turntables and listen to the music that I loved in my youth. I am thrilled to encounter young people like them. Why should it seem odd when a man in his mid 60s returns the favor and takes an interest in today's music?

      Debbie, needless to say, I am very thankful to have you as a friend and follower. Everyone has their own preferences. I understand and respect that. Nevertheless it is very exciting to me when I find friends whose taste in music match mine, people who get it without me having to exlain it to them or defend myself for offending them. I admire people like you who retain a youthful spirit, people who are determined to fight the aging process and keep on rockin' their whole lives. Never give up. Never give in. Rock on.

      Thank you again, sweet friend!

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    4. I've met many younger people who love our generation's music, Shady. What's not to love, yes? ☺
      Thanks for pointing out the comment exchanges on Arlee's BOTB post. I went back to read them and left a response.
      I am perplexed why musical preferences lead to animosity. Life is too short!
      Have a good weekend, my friend.
      P.S. We're going to a great concert tonight: Scorpions with Queensrÿche!

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    5. Hi, Debbie! I totally agree with you. Life is too short to attack a person for sharing his or her musical preferences. I am going over to Arlee's to read your response.

      I noticed that Steppenwolf and Foghat appeared on the grandstand at the York Fair the same day (night) that I voted in your BOTB. A friend of mine who lives near the fairgrounds told me she listened to the bands from her porch. Cool! I hope you enjoy the Scorpions - Queensryche show tonight!

      Thank you again for being such a wonderful friend, Debbie. Have a great weekend!

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    6. I'm baaack! We saw both Steppenwolf and Foghat this year, but not together. That's a great concert bill! How nice that your friend could hear it from home.

      Queensrÿche and Scorpions were both excellent and I hope to share some of my photos from the event in the near future. Have a great week!

      P.S. You have one of the most popular blogs I've ever come across, Shady. That's a terrific accomplishment, considering there are millions of bloggers out there. I'm amazed that you are able to keep up with so many comments. Kudos!

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    7. Hi again, dearie! I'm very happy to see you tonight! I was wondering how you and your husband liked the rock show. I certainly would enjoy seeing the pictures you took that night.

      Regarding your P.S. - That is very sweet of you, Debbie. Truth be told, I am not used to getting nearly this many comments on a post. I believe the increase in comments can be attributed to several factors. First, I have been fortunate to add some great new friends and followers in the last few months including you, Debbie the Doglady. (On the pie chart of friendship, you are a very large slice! :) Another reason for the high number of comments is the fact that I publish a new post only once a week on average. A 7-day run allows time for the post to breathe and late comments to trickle in throughout the week. Look at Sandra's numerous pokes and tweets, for example. Sandra enjoys coming here several times a week just to say hello. I appreciate that! The third reason why the number of comments is high is because I love to play with people. The more I like someone the more I tend to tease them and play with them. Look at the long thread put together by our friends Jeffrey Scott and Adrian Monk. Jeffrey and I had a lot of fun doing that and Arlee Bird noticed and joined in. I love the interactive nature of SDMM. It often simulates a real time chat room experience. I like to keep it loose here. Almost anything goes as long as people remain friendly and respectful. I suppose you could say that SDMM has the same ideaology as Outback Steakhouse:

      "No Rules, Just Right."

      "At SDMM, fun is job one!"

      Thank you again for coming, my wonderful friend Debbie. I wish you a marvelous week ahead!

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  21. Blog Comments for 200
    The answer is: He Loves Echosmith but hates the bands that scream at him. He can only take so much of it. However the presentation of this blog post was by far one of the funniest posts he's seen in a long time.
    Q: What did Jeffrey Scott love and hate about this blog post?

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    1. Good one, Jeffrey! I like it when you play along with my gags, good buddy! Well, it doesn't surprise me that you favored the softer sund of Echosmith and were turned-off by some of the other acts. However, you might change your tune when I tell you that the love of your life, Diana Krall, started out shredding her vocal cords as lead singer of the Canadian heavy metal band Kittie.(That's Diana in today's post. :) :) :)

      Anyhoo, I am very happy to know that you got a kick out of Rock Jeopardy, Jeffrey. Does that mean you are familiar with the TV series Psych or just the Jeopardy part of it? This is the first of 10 posts in this series (and I will probably lose all of my friends and followers by the time it's concluded. :)

      Thanks for your comment, good buddy!

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    2. You know, only one person has ever teased me about Diana Krall and made fun of me. One. And he only teased me once, ONCE. Get what I'm saying? That's right, I told him it was not funny so he never did it again. ;) LOL
      See what I did there?
      Just kidding.

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    3. You had me going, Jeffrey! :) Nevertheless, I shall stop teasing you about your favorite artist, the lovely and talented Diana Ross...uh..Krall. :)

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    4. Nah, you don't have to stop. I find it funny actually.

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    5. I'll tell you this. The more I like someone, the more I tend to tease them. You have become a good friend, Jeffrey, and I enjoy our banter.

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  22. How did I miss this blog post? I thought I checked your blog yesterday. Oh well, I found it now.

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    1. You seem to have trouble finding my new posts every week! I don't know why or how that's happening. I think the best thing you can do is to put a sticky note on your forehead reminding you to check back here at least a DOZEN times every day to make sure you aren't missing something. :)

      Thanks again, good buddy, and have a great day! (I enjoyed your BOTB today!)

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    2. I think it's because I reopen from a previous session and forget to refresh. Oh well, I shall endeavour to work on that.

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    3. I think my sticky note idea has merit! :)

      Thanks again for joining the fun, good buddy. I can't wait to find out if you and I matched votes in your latest BOTB. I kinda have a sinking feeling that we didn't, though!

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    4. To be honest, I have no idea how I'm going to vote. Maybe I'll abstain. Can I do that on my own battle? LOL

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    5. If you're asking me, Jeffrey, I would say yes, do whatever pleases you. You need to remember, however, that the leadership of the main BOTB group has a certain set of rules that they expect members to follow. Last I heard, voting in your own battle is one of them. Unfortunately, I didn't fit in with that group and didn't mesh well with those two individuals. There was friction and they unfriended me. Stuck with 30 or 40 unused battle posts in my saved drafts folder, I formed Battle of the Banned as a way to use them up. Alex J. joined my outlaw group and stages his banned battles the same days as mine, on dates that do not conflict with the main group's battles. To me, the freedom to do it my way is the most important aspect of blogging.

      Thanks again, Jeffrey!

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  23. You're so delightfully witty with the way you come up with your posts. I have not heard of any of these bands, but then again I felt like I lived in a cave for years. I mean, I rarely listened to the radio and there wasn't anything like internet radio or streaming music or any of the other cool convenient ways to hear new stuff. Plus, any new music I did manage to hear was what ever my kids played. All that being said, I really enjoyed your fun presentation and it made me giggle. Thanks for the laughs, Tom!

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    1. Hi, dear Cathy! How are you? Thank you very much for swinging over to my funhouse for an invigorating round of Rock Jeopardy.

      I don't want you to feel out of the loop just because you don't know these bands. I made the rounds of the BOTB today and found only a couple bands that were familiar. We are all learning from each other every day. I also want you to keep in mind that every single one of these acts is new to me. I discovered them all within the last two years and in the case of Echosmith, ony within the last two weeks. So please don't feel left out. Feel included!

      I love it when I can make a friend smile and laugh. I am so glad you got positive vibes from the post and left here happy. Thank you very much for your visit and your ongoing friendship and support, dear Cathy. Take care and I'll be connecting with you again soon!

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  24. Hi Shady, You don't have to change how you post just because I don't care for Metal or Hard Rock. I always start the song to see if I will like it. I didn't know how great Meatloaf was until you put his song on here. He was magnificent, and now I know why my sister loved him. Kiss was her favorite band though. She saw both of them in Calgary many years ago.

    No one is going to love all the songs. It is like loving paintings, some you love, others you hate, but it is still fun looking at art! Hugs.

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    1. Hi again, dear Belle! Thank you for coming back down again tonight for another chat. Don't worry. I have no plans to change what I'm doing, to limit myself or censor myself. Freedom of expression is very important to me. If I didn't feel free to be myself and do things my way, there would be no reason to continue blogging.

      The bands that I presented here are made up of young people who deserve that same freedom of expression. I know you agree with that, Belle, because you and I have discussed today's rebelious young people many times and we were both rebellious in our youth. I think too many older people get set in their ways and rush to judgement. They close their ears and their minds at the very mention or sight of the words heavy metal. Don't they realize they are doing exactly what their parents did to them when they dismissed rock 'n' roll? I for one am not ready to become an old man. I am determined to stay young, keep an open mind and give different types of artists a chance. When I listen to the bands in this post, I hear beautiful music. It touches me. It inspires me. It empowers me. It motivates me to exercise and stay fit and trim. The music in this post is tame and very mainstream compared to that of many other bands I could post. I suppose that's what discourages me most. This music is far from extreme and yet a certain percentage of people seem revolted by it. I just wish they could hear what I hear when I listen to it and feel what I feel. See, I am trying to get people of our generation to fight back against the aging process. Learning to stretch and to appreciate new and different things helps keep us young. Clinging to the familiar, the safe and the comfortable has the opposite effect.

      I will be presenting a lot more Kiss in the coming years. I hope Liz can take a look at those posts when the time comes.

      Thank you again for coming by and allowing me to explain to you what I'm trying to do here.

      This is who I am.
      Friends who matter don't mind.
      Friends who mind don't matter.

      Thank you again, dear friend Belle, and good night to you in Canada!

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  25. Sir Shady, you make my heart go pitter-pat with all this cool music. I have a new love: Echosmith. They look as if they are about twelve years old--if you add up their ages--but such talent! Pretty Reckless? Well, yes, sometimes I am, but . . . oh! It's The Pretty Reckless. Again, no shortage of talent. Kittie reminds me the most of the band my son was in, though The 13th Tribe was guys only.Going to their concerts was one of the most fun parts of being a parent. I adore the names Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie. I'm thinking along the lines of Jacksonville Janie and Her Wooters in the Water. I bet you can come up with something better. I like Stream of Passion, too. Willy Dunne Wooters and I go for a swim, and it turns into a stream of passion. It can even be a dip in the bathtub. Thanks for introducing me to all these bands, Sir Shady. This post is fun.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hi, dear Janie! Here I am burning the midnight oil again. It will soon be the 1 am oil! Let's just say it is well past my bedtime. Thank you very much for making time for a folo-up visit.

      I'm thrilled to know you love Echosmith. The band of siblings formed in 2009 when Sydney was 12, I think, and they hit the ground running, coming across as polished, seasoned professionals. As video #2 shows us, they continue to get better with each passing year. I don't know what their plans are for the future but, if they stay together as a recording act, they will surely give us a wealth of great recordings.

      I read that Kittie does not like to be called a "girl" or "all girl" band. Instead they prefer to be called simply a metal band, the same as an all male band would typically be called. I'm glad you found value in The Pretty Reckless and Stream of Passion. Both acts have many superb recordings in their catalogs and I will be presenting them in future installments of this series.

      I'm delighted to know that you had fun here tonight, dear friend Janie. Please take care of yourself and stay in touch. Bless you!

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  26. Yoohoo haha hooray and hey! Oh my goodness I'm so excited that I do not even know where to start.
    ECHOSMITH. WHAT?! Your blog literally just became the awesomest on earth. I first heard their top hit single Cool Kids last fall and have been a fan ever since. Being just a bit older than Sydney, it's been really cool to watch another girl my own age traverse through the music business with her siblings and in such a spectacular genre. Indie pop and folk music is one of my favorites and their high energy band makes me smile all the time. I had never seen that old video actually, so what a cool treat. Putting their very latest single Lets Love right after it made a great comparison. I believe the first made in 2010 was even before they were Echosmith officially. Way back when they were younger, they were a kid pop band by the name of Ready Set Go! Doing covers and such (but still doing really well, as shown).
    So glad your a fan of these Cool Kids too! They've been touring almost non stop with sold out shows around the world and seem to be a great family. We wish them the best.
    And how neat are the other songs too? Though being a bluegrass and old school music chick myself, other forms of music can really help and broaden a musical mind, and create an appreciation for different methods.
    Wonderful wonderful wonderful!
    -A&D

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    1. Hi, dear Abigail and Daisy! I am absolutely thrilled with your response to this post, my great friend! I know your roots and I wasn't sure if you'd be able to relate to any of these bands. It's very exciting to know that you see the greatness in Echosmith that is so very evident to me. It is quite a jolt to see the "before and after" effect, the juxtaposition of their videos shot five years apart. Yet, as I have told other readers and I'm sure you'll agree, Echosmith, or whatever name they went by then, was already a tight band and highly polished and professional performers back in 2010. I am impressed by the fact that their debut album contains all original songs penned by the sibs and their father. They also do justice to their many covers of other artists' songs. I'm so glad you love them, too. I will be presenting more of their work in future episodes of Rock Jeopardy so stay tuned.

      The last paragraph of your comment is key, dear friend, and I hope all of my older friends read it. We all have our main, primary interests, but what's wrong with branching out sometimes and studying and trying to appreciate other styles? Expanding our horizons, broadening our minds, keeps us in the game no matter what our age. You are very wise to understand that.

      Thanks a million for this outstanding comment, dear friend Abigail. You made my day. Take care of yourself and little Daisy and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  27. Do you have anything new posted today? No? Okay, Diana and I were just checking. Can't miss the next exciting adventure with Trebek and crew.

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey! I'll take NBF for 100! (see Urban Dictionary.) Thanks for dropping by again, good buddy. No, I don't have a new post today, but there are plenty of follow-up comments and replies on this one. I'm very happy to see the comment section being used as a discussion board or even as an inbox where friends like you can feel free to pop in and say hello whenever they want. No topic is off topic here as long as you bring a sense of humor and a friendly attitude. The only rules I have here are be nice and have fun.

      I have 10 of these Rock Jeopardy posts scheduled over the next 5 or 6 years. I have two more completed and saved as drafts and will be working on the other 7 as time permits. I don't want to run them too often because I don't want to convey the impression that I have gone over to the dark side. :) I am very happy to know that you enjoy my humor and got a kick of it this Rock Jeopardy idea.

      Have a great day, good buddy Jeffrey!

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    2. I need a sense of humour to be here? Drat! I think that's one of the things the ex-wife took from me in the divorce. Hey Oh!!!

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    3. Hey oh....You are correct, sir! huh-huh-huh!

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    4. Shady, don't look now, but I think a nice even 100 comments is well within reach if you and Jeffrey keep tweeting each other. Just saying...

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    5. You'll have to check with Jeffrey to see if he's up for it, Mr. Monk!

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    6. Kidding obviously. One day you'll "get" my sense of humour.

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    7. Don't worry, good buddy and don't read anything into my long "silence." I appreciate each and every one of your comments and replies. It's just that I am on the road for a few days, living out of a suitcase and needing to borrow Mrs. Shady's laptop every time I want to do some blogging. She gets testy if I hog the comp and prevent her from using it.

      You and I are AOK, good buddy!

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    8. Shady, I feel partly to blame for this misunderstanding because I am the one who suggested that we shoot for 100 comments. It was a silly, foolish idea and I apologize.

      This friend of yours, Jeffrey, seems like a nice fellow. If you don't mind, I would like to get to know him better by directing a few personal questions to him... like... exactly FIVE questions. Yes, FIVE questions and answers would be so..... perfect.

      Jeffrey...let me ask you this. I was just wondering....who's....who's...

      who's your favorite singer?

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    9. That's probably a difficult question to answer. If I were to go by the number of albums I own of a particular artist, I'd have to choose Weird Al Yankovic because I own 14 of his CD's. If I were to go by the artist I've known the longest, I'd have to choose Huey Lewis, as I've been following him since the early 80's, and have gone to several of his concerts. Come to think of it, I've been to a few of Weird Al's as well. But if we were to go by the number of concert visits to a particular artist, and the number of poems, blog posts and collector items I own, it would have to be Diana Krall. But shhhh, don't tell anyone that. I'm trying to keep my love for Diana a secret. I hope no one has figured it out yet.

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    10. I feel the same way about Sharona. She's my-my my Sharona.

      Let me ask you this, Jeffrey, and this is very important, so please concentrate.

      Do you have a favorite Spice Girl?

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    11. I do adore British pop groups. Yes, I do enjoy the Spice Girls, I'm not ashamed to say I own one of their albums. Some day I shall get another one. I am trying to flesh out my CD collection and I've been striving to reach the 500 CD mark. Which is pretty close. As for favourite spice, not sure I have a favourite spice girl. Unless it's a girl serving me Captain Morgan Spiced Rum n Coke. Does that count? Also, I think they will be missing out if they don't do an Old Spice commercial 20 years from now. That's just a joke waiting to happen.

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    12. Of course my favourite British girl Pop singer would have to be Billie Piper for obvious reasons.

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    13. Ginger... or Mary Ann?

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    14. Wait, are you trying to trick me into helping reach the 100 comment goal? I said I'm not going to help.
      But to answer your question, I'd go with Mary Ann, but I'd be thinking of Ginger.
      Oh, that reminds me. Betty or Veronica?

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    15. I ADORE Betty White... and I would never try to trick you into helping Shady reach a nice.... even... 100 comments.

      I have one last question for you, Jeffrey, and then I will let you get back to whatever you were doing.

      Mary Kate... or Ashley?

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  28. Hi Shady! It's just me, bringing up the rear - sheesh. These upbeat songs were just what I needed to kick-start another busy day here on Saguaro Plains...First on my agenda before late summer temperatures reach steaming heights is - poo duty! I know, eew. :-)

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre! Welcome welcome welcome back to SDMM, my wonderful Arizona friend! You aren't bringing up the rear. This post has a long run ahead of it (until next Monday) so I'm sure you won't be the last to visit.

      I'm glad you came and glad you enjoyed these millennial toe-tappers. Poo duty sounds icky, especially in the sizzling hot weather you typically have out there at this time of year. I'm coming over to read your blog now.

      Thank you again for your visit and sweet comment, dear friend Diedre!

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  29. If we're shooting for 100 comments on this post, we're going to pass it! It may have taken some padding, but all's fair in blogging. We can make up our own rules as we go.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Arlee, you made my day. 100 comments it is! I will sleep very well tonight as long as Jeffrey doesn't spoil everything by answering my question!

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    2. Well, it wasn't me. But with this comment, you now have 111 comments. Is that better?

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    3. NOOOOOOOOOO! 111 is a very uneven, unstable, ungood number!

      Natalie, bring me my pills!...and a glass of water. Make sure the glass is clean.

      No water marks...
      No fingerprints...
      No lipstick smudges.

      WHY, JEFFREY, WHY???

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    4. At least it wasn't 113.
      Having 13 in the comment total, I think, would be worse.

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    5. So..... so Jeffrey. You... you never answered my question:

      Mary Kate or Ashley?

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  30. What a fun and creative way to introduce music.

    Thank you so much for your very kind words on my return to blogging. You touched my heart. Many thanks for that.

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    1. Hi, dear Hilary! I am very happy to see you, my friend. You are an asset to the blogging community and it was great to see you back on your site even though it was for the purpose of reporting sad news. I think about your beautiful kitty every day and feel your loss. You gave him a very good life and he is immortalized in your pictures and stories.

      I recognize you as a valuable friend, Hilary, and hope that you and I will have more sharing opportunities in the near future. You are always welcome here. Bless you!

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  31. Your posts are always so entertaining Shady! Thank you for your kind words on my latest post.

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    1. Hi, dear Sarah! Thank you for swinging by today and thank you for allowing me to entertain you these last few years. I admire you, Sarah, and I am very proud of our ongoing friendship. Thank you very much for spreading cheer today. Enjoy what's left of your weekend and have a fine week ahead!

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  32. Hope you've had a great weekend, Shady.

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    1. I did, dear Sandra. I just returned home from a few days of traveling and now I'm ready to reconnect with great friends like you. I hope your weekend has been a great one, too.

      Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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  33. Psyche was a fun show! Some good rocking music in the post and of course some good humor!

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  34. Hi again, Mike! I'm happy to see you browsing my back pages. I hope you'll stay tuned to SDMM because there's a lot more rock and Psych humor coming up in future episodes!

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