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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, July 25, 2014

$1 to view a whiskey-soaked severed head...

Today in the Old West: July 25, 1853

Petty larcenist, horse and cattle thief, bank robber, rapist, murderer, brother of Zorro or Robin Hood of El Dorado? Such is the mystery surrounding frontier bandit Joaquin Murrieta...in life and death. The truth surrounding history is often elusive with facts becoming distorted dependent upon their source.

Joaquin Murrieta legends are shrouded in mystery where Murrieta has become one of America’s most interesting examples of myth creation. Today's date in the old West focuses on the killing of Murrieta and the gory exhibition of his severed head.
Early on the morning of this day in 1853, Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff Harry Love and his rangers attacked the outlaw camp where they were told Murrieta was hiding. Caught by surprise and badly outnumbered, eight of the bandits were killed, including Murrieta and his right hand man, Tres Dedos (also known as Three Fingered Jack). To prove they had indeed killed Murrieta and deserved their award, the rangers cut off the head of the outlaw. They also took the distinctive hand that gave Three Fingered Jack his nickname. The rangers preserved the gory body parts in whiskey-filled vats until they could exhibit them to the authorities in Stockton. Source: History.com
It is questionable to this day whether the severed head was actually that of  Joaquin Murrieta. At the time, a party or gang of robbers guilty of cattle rustling, robbery, and murder were commanded by five different bandits all carrying the name Joaquin. Harry Love and his rangers did claim the reward however. Love further profited from the deal by taking Murrieta's head on a tour of California mining camps, charging $1 to see it. Eventually, the head ended up in San Francisco Museum, where it was destroyed in the great earthquake of 1906.

 (ca. 1832–ca. 1853)

Such was life in the Old West. Can you imagine an exhibition of punishment for crime being of such gory nature today?

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Electrifying Dylan!

Today in Music History: July 25, 1965

Bob Dylan plays a Fender Stratocaster at the 1965 Newport Festival
On this day in 1965, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan rocks the world of folk music when he performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island and abandons his acoustic guitar for an electric one. By going electric, Dylan eventually moved rock and folk music closer together. He also infused rock and roll, known then for its mostly lightweight lyrics, with a more intellectual, poetic sensibility. Source: History.com
When one is accustomed to a performer's music style, that is what one expects given the opportunity to hear favorite tunes performed live. At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI, most attendees of the concert expected the same from Bob Dylan as experienced a year earlier at the annual event that had given him his first real national exposure. Even the introduction by Ronnie Gilbert, a member of The Weavers, failed to enlighten the audience of changes they were about to witness. In Gilbert's words, "And here he is...take him, you know him, he's yours." The fact is...they did NOT know the Dylan they were about to hear!
It had been only five days prior to the Newport Festival when Bob Dylan recorded the single, 'Like a Rolling Stone', that marked his move out of acoustic folk into the idiom of electrified rock 'n' roll. Most of those attending the festival were completely unaware of what lay in store for them. Neither did the festival organizers. Bulging eyes were the signs of surprise as Dylan's crew set up heavy sound equipment during sound check.

When Dylan took the stage along with guitarist Al Kooper and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band backing him, he launched into an electrified version of 'Maggie's Farm'. What happened next was a shock to Bob Dylan...jeering, yelling, even booing! The music was overly loud in general mixed so poorly that Dylan's vocals were unintelligible. The downright booing stemmed from Dylan's style change since most were totally unprepared for the singer's new artistic direction when he electrified the audience with the now classic 'Like a Rolling Stone'.
It is well known regardless of Newport, Dylan's popularity continued to soar as his musical style continued to evolve. He became known for his innovative, poetic and sometimes cryptic lyrics. Bob Dylan, who has a reputation for being reclusive and mysterious, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Today, he is a music icon whose successful career has endured for over 40 years.


And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Just Fudge It!

Oh, my! Another chocolate celebration and this time it's one of the all-time favorites most often used as a topping for ice cream! Since July is Ice Cream Month it is the perfect dessert (or treat) on a hot summer day or night.

July 25 is...

Yummy, It Is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

For all you lifelong chocoholics and incurable ice cream addicts, this just might be your favorite day of the year. Start with some cold (really cold) tantalizing vanilla ice cream. Pour a generous portion of warm, 'fudgie' goodness all over the top. Slather with fresh whipped cream, toss on some chopped nuts and top it off with a maraschino cherry. What you have is nothing shy of delightful, delectable and delicious! You may not want to stop there...add some crushed pineapple and maybe sliced fresh strawberries.
Several record-setting sundaes have been documented in the Guinness Book of World Records. Serendipity 3 is renowned as the home of New York City’s most expensive hot fudge sundae: the Golden Opulence Sundae carries with it a pricey tag of $1000.
 The $1000 Golden Opulence
In 2013, White Bear Lake, MN broke the previous Guinness world record of the longest ice cream sundae set by Cavalier, ND.

To celebrate National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, you don’t have to go to such great lengths. Just treat yourself to a scrumptious hot fudge sundae with all of your favorite toppings! 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eye of the Tiger

Today in Music History: July 24, 1982

 It's the eye of the tiger.
It's the thrill of the fight. 
Rising up to the challenge of our rivals. 
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night.
Survivor  started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eye Of The Tiger'. This hit was written by band members Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik for the second Rocky sequel. Filmmakers often depend upon certain passages of music to produce specific emotional reactions in their audiences. This one was a smash hit, not only from the perspective of the film but also from reviews of music lovers whether they viewed the film or not.

The tone is raw power, the beat is brute force!

Survivor was hand-picked by Sylvester Stallone to write a song for the second Rocky sequel after he heard their minor 1981 hit "Poor Man's Son," a mid-tempo number in the vein of Foreigner or .38 Special. For the Rocky III soundtrack, Stallone told songwriting band members Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik that he wanted "something with a strong beat...that would appeal to the rock crowd." What he got was one of the most effective and popular soundtrack hits of all time as "Eye Of The Tiger" raced to #1 on the pop charts and remained there for six consecutive weeks—five weeks longer than the theme song for the original Rocky.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm, of the changing times...

Musical Acts & Trivia Facts

Today in Music History: July 23

OOPS! Because of an incorrect date yesterday July 23 music history is being published today. This is preceded by New Vibes and Memories, which actually occurred July 24.

On any given day, music surprises us with new melodies, upcoming recording artists, nostalgic musical acts and interesting trivia facts. Today's journeys span from 1955 to 2013. Some are still going strong today while others have faded into the sunset but the music lives on and on and on...

1955 Slim Whitman was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rose Marie'. The single stayed at the top of the charts for eleven weeks. Whitman held the record for the most consecutive weeks at No.1 (11 weeks), until 1991.
1964 The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Hard Day's Night', the group's fifth UK No.1.
1966 Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Strangers In The Night'. The LP would be the most successful of his career, being certified Platinum for 1 million copies sold in the US. The title track would earn him two Grammy awards for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance.
1969 The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Honky Tonk Women', the group's 8th and last UK No.1.
1977 Barry Manilow went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Looks Like We Made It', his third US No.1. Not a hit in the UK.
1983 Paul Young had his first UK No.1 single with his version of the Marvin Gaye song 'Wherever I Lay My Hat, (That's My Home)'. The song title was parodied by the UK indie band Super Furry Animals with their 1999 song 'Wherever I Lay My Phone (That's My Home)'.
1988 Richard Marx went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hold On To The Nights', his first US No.1 single.

Few Tidbits of Music Trivia...

2005 Queen's 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best rock concert ever by over 7,000 UK Sony Ericsson music fans. Radiohead were voted the best festival act for their 1997 Glastonbury performance and Bob Dylan's 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig won the best ever solo gig.
2013 OUCH! Beyoncé soldiered through a concert in Montreal, Canada after her hair got tangled in the blades of a fan. The singer was performing 'Halo' from an audience pit when the incident happened. She continued to sing her encore while security guards tried to extract her from the fan, which was mounted on the edge of the stage.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm, of the changing times...