Flashback: “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me” by Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons

Had to get this song with a “17” in before 2017 goes into history. This was a minor hit for Frankie Valli and his Four Seasons, hitting #13 in the charts in the summer of 1966.

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Don’t Go Messing With A Classic

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I didn’t discover “A Christmas Story” and how great it was until 1999, the first and only Christmas where I wasn’t living in Florida. Until then, it really wasn’t on my radar. But at least once during Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, I’m watching it on TV or I whip out the DVD I have of it. It’s my “go-to” thing to do for Christmas ever since.

Next week, the FOX TV network is re-making the movie, and doing so on live television. Not too happy about this on either front. I think some movies shouldn’t be remade, and this film was enough of a “cult classic” in my mind where I felt it should have been left alone. Modernizing a song is different, at least to me. Modernizing a movie just shows how faltering Hollywood has a lack of original ideas, although it’s something that’s done all the time.

I probably won’t watch it live, but if someone waved a copy of it in my face over the next couple of weeks, I don’t think I’d mind watching it too terribly.

Flashback: “Valotte” by Julian Lennon

I’ve been singing this song a lot in recent weeks in the house as of late. Just one of those songs that sticks in the “filing cabinet” brain of mine, and has for years.

Julian Lennon (yes, John’s son) took this song to #9 in early of 1985. One of those songs that I’m surprised hasn’t been remade into a hit for someone else with time.

Distrusting The Process

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Another way of deciding a national champion in the realm of college football has caused controversy, leaving fans of various regions wondering if there will ever be a process that can be concocted that does NOT cause controversy.

Many (including myself) believed the final four teams that would advance to the national championship playoff would be Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Ohio State, the four college conference winners with the highest rankings. Instead, the committee chose Alabama, a team that didn’t even play in the SEC Championship game (Georgia beat Auburn for that title), and left the Ohio State Buckeyes on the outside looking in.

The move renewed controversies that have existed for decades regarding collegiate football. I wondered what a non-conference winner like Alabama, who played a weaker schedule than the Buckeyes or the USC Trojans, was doing having been selected. Were they looking at Alabama’s 11-1 record, as opposed to USC and Ohio State losing twice and going 11-2.

Yet again, we have another broken system to decide the best team in college football, never mind the fact that the University of Central Florida went 13-0 and wasn’t even remotely in the running for the playoffs. Only in college football can you go undefeated and yet not make the playoffs in your sport. Yet, the fans put up with this B.S. every year, or so it seems.

I’d be in favor of an eight-team playoff, rewarding the eight best conference winners. Yet, the current college football playoff format runs for several more years. It took a long time to get to a playoff, so it (unfortunately) makes sense that it’ll take a while to get to an expanded playoff.

Reckoning

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Matt Lauer. Charlie Rose. Al Franken. Joe Barton. John Conyers. Kevin Spacey. Harvey Weinstein. Maybe Geraldo Rivera by the time you read this.

Look at the news every now and then, and you will see it. A reckoning. A shaming of those who have misbehaved sexually in some way, shape, or form.

In some way, it is overdue. In the media and entertainment industries, I think it is more of a ruse than anything else, a way to chew the economic fat. I have a hard time believing that those in these industries are taking the matter seriously. For instance, NBC had to have known something was going on a few years back, as they nearly didn’t renew Mr. Lauer’s contract as a Today show host. All of the sudden one day last week in the middle of the week, boom! Lauer was out of his $25-million a year job which will likely now pay the salaries of scores of more media talent in NBC’s universe.

My guess is that in the political arena, you will see a greater, lasting change, because politicians have to eventually answer to the American people. Take this “hush money” fund Congress set up. I don’t care what your political philosophy is, sooner or later, the taxpayers deserve to know who is doing the harassing, and to whom, and I think that eventually that information will get out.

By the way, I see a lot of my social media friends say that if you support Trump, or if you support the Democrats, they don’t want to know you. My advice, for whatever it’s worth: STOP DOING THAT. Be inclusive, not exclusive. Love, don’t hate. It still is a great country, and there’s plenty of room in it for all ideas.

Back to topic: men aren’t perfect, and we’re not going to be totally perfect in our lifetime if we’ve already messed up. I’m not perfect in my lifetime conduct with women. I’ve made passes or advances at women that have gone wrong. I’ve grabbed the buttocks of women that were girlfriends, and one of my fellow high school friends that wasn’t, but that was back in the late 1980’s before most of us knew what sexual harassment was. All we can do is be perfect gentlemen the rest of our lives.

As UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said, discipline yourself, and others won’t need to. Good words to live by.