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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dell Rat Jerre Slaybaugh Takes the "My Life According To..." Musical Challenge!

Hi, dear friend! I'm sure you

can't blot out of your mind

recall my recent post...the

My Life According To... 

Musical Challenge

in which I told the story

using the titles of songs

recorded by Ray Charles.

Good news! My old Shady Dell buddy Jerre Slaybaugh was so inspired by the post that he decided to try his hand at it.

To refresh your memory about
how this challenge works, read this:

Jerre answered the list of questions with song titles
from one of his favorite artists and he's curious to
see if you can name the famous recording act by
the time you get to the end of his life story.

Here now is

My Life According To...?

as told by Jerre Slaybaugh.


Are you a male or female?

"Only Living BOY In New York"

Describe yourself:

"A Most Peculiar Man"

How do you feel?

"We Got A Groovy Thing Going"

Describe where you currently live:

"America" on "Bleeker Street"

If you could go anywhere,
where would you go?

"Homeward Bound" "At the Zoo"
to "Somewhere They Can't Find Me"

Your favorite form of transportation?

They call me "Baby Driver"
taking the
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"

Your best friend is?

My "Old Friends" like "Mrs. Robinson"
and "So Long Frank Lloyd Wright"

Your favorite color is?

I like my
"Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine"

What's the weather like?

The weather man said it was a
"Hazy Shade of Winter" and "Cloudy"
but he never gets it correct
 and "The Sun Is Burning".

Favorite time of day?

Time for the "7 O'Clock News"
when it is "Late In The Evening"
or sometimes it is
"Wednesday Morning 3 AM"

If your life was a TV show,
what it would be called?

"You Can Tell The World"
"I Am A RocK"

What is life to you?

I been Ayn Randed and
branded left handed and
"A Simple Desultory Philippic"
describes my life just looking
for a "Song For Asking"

Your relationships:

"Old Friends" like "Cecilia"
and "April Come She Will"

Your fear(s):

Saying "Bye Bye Love"
or listening to
"The Sounds of Silence"

What is the best advice
you have to give?

"Go Tell It On The Mountain"
because no one is listening.

If you could change your name,
what would you change it to?

I would be "The Boxer"
called "Richard Cory"

Thought for the day:

I would steal from Mr. Dylan and tell you
"The Times They Are A Changin" and that
"Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall"

How would you like to die?


Your soul's present condition?


Your motto?

"Keep The Customer Satisfied"

How did you do, dear reader? Were you able to guess the artist Jerre picked for the story of his life? I struck out after three wrong guesses in a row:

1) Tiny Tim
2.) Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes
3.) The Singing Nun

To help those of us who are still
scratching our heads, Jerre added
the following clues:

This post was brought to you by Tom...

...and Jerre
(pron. "Jerry")


"Hey Schoolgirl," We're just "Two Teenagers"
playing "Our Song" and "Dancin' Wild," so please,
"(Pretty Baby) Don't Say Goodbye."
"That's My Story."



Thanks for taking the

My Life According To... 

Musical Challenge 

good buddy Jerre!

Have a Shady Day!


  1. Kathryn AndersonApril 6, 2016 at 4:11 AM

    I know this artist well--I love their work-- but don't want to be a spoiler and shout out their name first thing. I never heard of some of these songs, however--especially the ones at the end given as clues. It's great to see Jerre back on your blog and I enjoyed reading his answers--very clever! Nicely done--both of you!!!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      I think I should reveal to the readers how we do this. Typically, I show you the finished drafts of my posts days in advance so that you have time to formulate a comment and email it to me. That way I can get it posted first thing in the morning on the first day of the post's run and it helps lead the discussion. When you and I discussed this post of Jerre's, we agreed that we should let the other readers guess the artist instead of having you post the answer right away. I'm glad you appreciated what Jerre put together for this musical challenge. Those song title clues at the end were something I came up with. They represent the little known A and B sides of singles released by this artist at the beginning of his/her/their career.

      Thank you very much for your comment about Jerre's guest post, dear Kathryn!

  2. Hi Shady, I should have known that you would come up with the "Tom and Jerry" attachment. That really added to this post. From the songs you added at the end, I guess you have listened to the CD titled "Early S & G". If you haven't it is worth the listen as it also contains "Tico and the Triumphs". I hope others enjoy this post as much as I did.

    Jerre (Not of Tom & Jerry fame)

    1. Hi, Jerre!

      Thanks for dropping in to see how your musical questionnaire looks in published form. I'm happy to know you don't mind me adding the Tom & Jerry bit at the end. Actually I haven't listened to that CD yet, but now you got me interested. When you think about the limited success of this act in their early Tom & Jerry iteration, you realize that they could have given up and faded into obscurity. It's impossible to imagine 20th century music w/o the tremendous contributions they made later in their career.

      I'm sure everybody will enjoy this post, Jerre, and I thank you once again for contributing to SDMM. I enjoy having you as a special guest. Stay tuned for a new post from our good buddy Dell Rat Ron coming up six days from now!

  3. Oh Oh! Hello darkness, my old friend! Fabulous, dear Shady:-) I just listened to the CD twice yesterday. It tends to dissuade distractions and keeps me crunching numbers :-)
    Excellent choice, Jerre!

    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you for coming over to see what Dell Rat Jerre did with the Musical Challenge. You seem to have correctly guessed the featured artist (and ruled out Tiny Tim, Disco Tex and The Singing Nun). Whenever I hear the song you mentioned, I immediate think of graduate Benjamin Braddock at the bottom of the family swimming pool clad in his scuba suit.

      Thank you again for visiting, dear friend Diedre, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. You tricked me on this one. The entire post I thought it was Simon and Garfunkel.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      HA! Good one, my friend! I am pleased to see you over here today to witness what original Dell Rat Jerre did with this challenge.

      Hey, your A to Z - "E" post has disappeared! I saw it this morning but can't find it now. I hope you noticed my comment.

      Thanks again, Jeffrey!

    2. Must have been a glitch. I see the E post and your comment. I even replied already. ;)
      Have a great day, my favourite rat.

    3. Hi, Jeffrey!

      It was so weird. Your E post was in my reader, but after you bumped it off the front page, replacing it with your IWSG post, I could no longer find it. When I clicked back to previous post from your IWSG post, it went straight back to D, skipping the E! I'm glad you saw my comment and thanks for following up here, good buddy!

    4. I think I know what happened. I may have gone in and altered the time of publication so the A2Z showed up first in my list.

    5. AOK, Jeffrey!

      I really enjoyed your selection of Fury today. It was a great family show, not too artificially sweet - just right.

      Thanks, good buddy!

  5. Tom, I figured out early on who the artist was, but then you stumped with the Tom & Jerry at the end. That's when I asked my ole pal Google about this and learned that Simon and Garfunkel used these names in their teen years. What a fun, fun response from your ole pal, Jerre! Thanks for sharing the music trivia and for your visit.
    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: Elvgren Art #AprilA2Z

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you for coming over, dear friend! I think this is your first introduction to my old buddy Jerre Slaybaugh, an original Dell rat who has been following SDMM from day one. I appreciate you taking time to do some Googling and learn about Tom & Jerry.

      I'm happy to know you had fun here today, dear friend Cathy, and I'll be seeing you again tonight at midnight on the A to Z circuit! :)

    2. Check out the names given for song credit listed on the last record label shown above for the Tom and Jerry song.

    3. Yep, that's more than a clue. It's the answer. :)

  6. Oh now I am singing Cecilia in my head. Love that song and love Simon and Garfunkel. I really want to play along with this challenge one day but most likely not this month.

    1. Hi, dear Holli!

      Thank you very much for coming over today to read "My Life According To..." as told by my good friend Jerre Slaybaugh.

      It's a real page turner!

      I laughed...I cried! :)

      I'm sure you would have fun doing this challenge, too, when the dust settles and you have moved into your new house. I'm pleased to know you have the thumping sound of "Cecilia" stuck in your noggin. I can think of much worse things to occupy your mind.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Holli, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Jerre did a great job with this challenge! I , too, thought it could have been Simon and Garfunkel with "Mrs. Robinson, Hazy shades of Winter, Troubled water and Sounds of Silence"!!! Geez! What copy cats T & J were! But you know what they say, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"!
    I don't really know of Tom and Jerry but I like both of your names coincide!
    Ok, now I feel dumb! before I sent this, I checked out what others wrote but I decided to leave my comment "as is"! No wonder I never heard of T & J!!!! Geez! Tricky, Shady! LOL!

    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      Thank you very much for coming by to see what mischief Jerre and I have been up to. I think Simon & Garfunkel should SUE that Tom & Jerry copycat act for stealing all of their material! :) Looks like this turned into an unexpected brain buster for a lot of people, but the evidence is all there for those willing to look carefully at the clues.

      I'm glad you had a good time reading Jerre's true life story. Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Toni!

    2. It is always a copycat and mouse game with the real Tom and Jerry.

  8. I thought The Eagles for a moment, but I never would've guessed the correct artist.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thank you for coming over, good buddy. At times like this the generation gap becomes apparent, but we all learn something new from each other and that's what makes blogging fun.

      Thanks for coming by, Alex, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  9. It's got to be Simon and Garfunkel.....

    1. WE HAVE A WINNER! :)

      Congratulations, dear Sandra. You correctly guessed the featured artist. Thank you for joining the fun today and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

    2. Thanks, Shady. It was nice of your bud to play along. Fun:)

    3. Hi, Sandra!

      Dell Rat Jerre has been following me since I started SDMM in the summer of 2008 and I have featured him in guest posts quite a few times over the years with more appearances to come. Next week you will meet another original Dell Rat - Ron Shearer - so stay tuned!

  10. Nice to meet you Jerre! Now I feel like a real Shady customer since I knew it was Simon and I love them! Plus I don't feel like a huge loser because I actually knew something here! Awesome! The song "Cecelia" always reminds me of working in the OR many years ago and a few of us would sing that song while setting up for surgery...none of us could sing but we sounded great because the operating room is a lot like singing in the shower..with clothes on of course! Anyway, Dear Shady, you asked me to tell you how our Eddy is doing. He wasn't at our house on Sunday because my Grandson Cameron has an allergy to dogs that Ed. Eddy is just fine and doing really great. He was over the other day visiting us and Chubbs. So all's good here at the Pines and I hope you have a great week!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for joining the party this week as Dell Rat Jerre takes the helm with a special guest post. I'm happy to know you figured out the featured artist in Jerre's true life story and didn't second guess yourself. (I still insist it's Tiny Tim!)

      I thought OR doctors and nurses only rocked and rolled in fictional movies and TV shows. It's so cool that it really goes on where you work and that you guys sang a S&G song.

      Thank you also for reassuring me about my old buddy Eddy the Boxer. I know he can't last forever, but I was hoping his time wasn't up this soon. I am very happy to know Eddy is AOK and that he and Chubbs are hitting it off. Thanks again for remembering my request and filling me in about Eddy today.

      I'm glad you enjoyed Jerre's post, dear friend YaYa. Thanks again for coming over. I'll see you soon!

  11. I'm ashamed to say it took me to "At The Zoo."

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for coming by, good buddy! Don't be ashamed, my friend. I'm still desperately searching for the song title "Dominique, nique, nique s'en allait tout simplement" because I'm still convinced the correct answer is The Singing Nun!

      I hope you enjoyed meeting Dell Rat Jerre. You'll be seeing more of Jerre's posts in the future here on SDMM and next week the spotlight shines on another original Dell rat, Ron Shearer. Stick around!

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Chris!

  12. The Singing Nun ! hahahahahahaha I had her album.
    I thought Simon and Garfunkel till the end and got somewhat confused.This is a very clever post you have started.
    Must say I am a little upset with Jerre ! He looks wonderful and he still has all his hair, the fact I am losing most of my hair I driving me crazy. And he still has the same amount of hair and in the same style ! ! ! !
    arrrrrrrrrrrugh !

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, dear Gayle!

      Thank you very much for coming by and for accepting Jerre's challenge to name that artist. Looks like you guessed S&G w/o any problem. Good for you! I'm sure Jerre will enjoy your comments about his movie star looks and hair. For most of us it's hair today - gone tomorrow, but Jerre's mane hasn't changed since 1960!

      Thank you very much for coming out to play, dear friend Gayle. Please hug and smooch your Square Dog, thehamish, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. The hair is still there, but we won't mention everything else that is long gone. The only movie I could get a part in might be an Aliens remake.

    3. Little known fact: I was Don Draper's stunt double in the love scenes on Mad Men. :)

      You're right, Jerre. "Gone long" is a good thing - "Long gone" is not so good. :)

  13. I am thinking it's Simon and Garfunkel but I'm probably wrong...

    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      You are probably RIGHT! It is indeed Simon & Garfunkel! (They called themselves Tom & Jerry early on.)

      Thank you for stopping in, dear friend BB!

  14. I think it's Simon & Garfunkel but I know I'm probably wrong. Love the answers though:)

    1. You were correct, dearie! S&G it is!

      I'm glad you enjoyed Jerre's post, BB.

  15. Could it's be Simon& Garfunkel??? I know I'm probably wrong. I do love the answers:)

    1. Gosh, and they call ME a doubting Thomas! :) You need to trust your instincts, dear friend Birgit. You got it right the first time, the second time and the third time -


      Thank you very much for taking the test, dear BB!

    2. Hahahaaaaa...last week I had trouble with my iPad. It kept kicking me off blogs so I was writing and then it kicked me off. I thought it didn't take and many, it didn't but yours...3 times! Between that, visitors, my mom and doing crappola, I fell behind on my A to Z

    3. That's AOK, dear friend Birgit. I always appreciate your visits and kind comments. My next post is just a few hours away and in it you will meet another original Dell Rat. I hope you enjoy it!

      Good night!

  16. I actually got this one!!! Simon and Garfunkle. I guess because I loved their music. It was a lot of fun to read and their old recording was interesting. It is hard to believe it is them! Thanks, Tom and Jerre.

    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you very much for joining the fun this evening as we welcome Dell Rat Jerre back to the blog. Jerre is a familiar face to you because you have been following SDMM almost as long as he has. I'm glad you recognized the song titles of Simon & Garfunkel in Jerre's life story and that you also enjoyed learning about their early recordings when they called themselves Tom & Jerry.

      Thank you again for being here tonight, dear friend Belle. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  17. I spent the entire post trying to choose between Simon or Garfunkel. And in the end, I decided it was both. Great selection of music. One day, I'm going to take this challenge. It seems like a lot of fun.

    #AtoZChallenge F is for Fitzgerald

    1. Hi, Mary!

      Thanks for coming by, my good friend! In the end you got it right - S&G. This is a fun blog challenge and I encourage you to give it a whirl. All you need to do is pick an artist with an extensive catalog and avoid those "one-hit wonders."

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, Mary, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  18. How cool to have another participant! Nice to meet you, Jerre. I did guess the artist as well, but some of the titles I wasn't familiar with. Great answers!

    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Yessum, I was pleased when Jerre decided to take the challenge and he did a great job answering the questions. I'm happy to know you guessed the featured artist.

      Thanks for your comment, dear friend Debbie!

  19. I knew it was Simon & Garfunkel right away. Love those guys! They remind me of my college many memories!

    It was a pleasure to meet your friend Jerre! Now I can say I've met two Dell Rats!!!
    This was a fabulous challenge and he did a great job with it...

    Thanks for bringing back that flood of very fond memories!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you ever so much for breaking away from the A to Z madness and taking a look at what Jerre put together for us. You're sharp as a tack and correctly guessed S&G with no difficulty. The famous duo brings back memories of my college years, too, thanks to having their songs used in the OST of The Graduate. I actually studied that motion picture and its soundtrack in a mass media course at PSU.

      Now that you've met Jerre Slaybaugh, stay tuned to meet another original Dell rat, Ron Shearer, in my post next Tuesday. I hope to see you then, dear friend (if not before :)

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    1. Ha! Thank you very much, dear friend Sandra. I wish you a safe and happy weekend, too!

  21. Me here ... me still here ... smiles ... Summer is comin and things will be so much easier, Mr Shady ... ya ... Love, cat.

    1. Hi, dear cat!

      It's good to know you're still following SDMM, my dear Canadian friend!

      "Summertime, and the livin' is easy"

      I hope you're right about that!

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear cat, and please stay tuned. There are two more Dell VIPs that I'd like you to meet and they're coming up in my next two posts!

    2. ... thanx 4 commenting on Serj Tankian ... lookin 4ward 2 Ur posts ... Love, cat.

    3. Thank you very much, cat! I enjoyed this other video that you linked to - the song, the festive dance and the marvelous costumes.

      Have a wonderful weekend, dear cat!

  22. I'm so confused I didn't know Kiss did all those songs! Just kidding, your friend did a super job on this one.

    1. Hi, Mike!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! You must be hung over from my April Fool's post! :)

      I'm glad you caught this one and appreciated the fine job that Dell Rat Jerre did with the My Life Challenge (using dozens of songs made famous by Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes :)

      Have a great weekend, Mike!

  23. Good Monday, Shady!
    Offtopic (again:) Have you seen Ralph McTell's Streets of London trailer? You probably have, but I saw it for the first time today.
    OMGosh, how moving.

    1. Hi, dear Sandra!

      No topic is off topic here at SDMM. Friendship is friendship and I am grateful for yours.

      Do you mean the song and video? I watched one of the videos on YouTube and it is indeed very moving - food for thought next time we complain that we are hungry (or lonely).

      Enjoy your day, dear Sandra!

  24. I'd guess Simon and Garfunkel. That is very cool that your friend took the challenge. It's a fun one! Have a terrific week!

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      How have you been, dear friend? Yessum, you guessed correctly that the artist is Simon & Garfunkel, known as Tom & Jerry in the early years of their career. I was very pleased when Jerre took the Music Challenge and he did a great job with it.

      Enjoy your day and week, dear friend Sherry!

  25. Good to meet Jerra. :)
    Nice choice of songs too.

    1. Hi, dear Lux!

      How are you today? Thanks for dropping in to take a peek at my friend Jerre's guest post "My Life According To...Simon & Garfunkel."

      I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and I wish you a happy week ahead, dear friend Lux!

  26. I was traveling when this post appeared. Now in cleaning up my emails I found notice of it.

    I recognized the artist at question 4. They had a lot of great songs that fit very well as answers to the questions.

    Well done!

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


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