Songs That Make Me Smile: “TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN” by ALICE COOPER (1986)

…I Can’t Walk In The Day…

…I Must Walk In The Night…

…Stay In The Shadows…

…Stay Out Of The Light…

…Are My Shoulders Too Wide…

…Is My Head Screwed On Tight…

…I Spend My Whole Life…

…Burning…

…Turning…

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TEENAGE FRANKENSTEINIs Off Of ALICE COOPER‘s 1986 AlbumCONSTRICTOR

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…I’m A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN

…The Local Freak…

…With The Twisted Mind…

…I’m A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN

…These Ain’t My Arms…

…And These Legs Ain’t Mine…

…NO! …

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TheTEENAGE FRANKENSTEINSingle Album By ALICE COOPER

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You Have My Nephew To Blame For This One.

I’ve Been Spending A Lot Of Time With Him During His Stay Here…

…And He’s A Major Fan Of…

ALICE COOPER

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I Know, Right!

The Kid Cracks Me Up.

I’m Sitting Here With Him.

He’s Playing The 360…

("NINJA GAIDEN II")

…And I’m Watching Him Play It…

…All The While Jotting Down Notes…

(In LONG-HAND)

…For What I Wanted To Included In This Bloggin’ing Blog Post.

I Think Better On Paper.

Always Have.

So I Take My Notes Using…

…A PEN…

…And PAPER.

I Know, Right!

WILD CONCEPT!

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I’m Sure It’ll Catch On Big After This New “World Wide Web” Thingy Stops Working.

(hehehe)

ANNNNNNNYWAY…

…Moving On, Moving On.

So When I’m With The Nephew…

…And He’s Playing His Games…

…I Just Get To Watch.

Every Now And Then He Lets Me Play…

…Though He Usually Ends Up Frustrated With My Lack Of Skills.

Then He Suggests I Just “Drop-Out” Of The Game And Let Him Continue Onward…

…Alone…

…With Me WATCHING Him Do It.

(HAHAHAHA)

Uncle Brad’s Failing Is His Stomach.

All The Fast Movements On The Screen…

…And All The Colors…

…And The Shakynessness That Goes On…

…It Literally Makes MeΒ NAUSEOUS.

Uncle Brad Can Get Very Dizzy AND Sick-To-His-Stomach At Times.

BUT…

…I Still Sit With Him…

…And Watch Him Play…

…And I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way.

So…

…Today…

…Is…

TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN

by

ALICE COOPER

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It Played During My Little Brainstorming Session…

…And So…

…Here We Are.

πŸ˜€ Β  <—See Me Smiling!

πŸ™‚ Β  <—And There!

πŸ˜‰ Β  <—And Even A WINKING SMILE!

Yeah.

It Put Me In A Good Mood.

I Haven’t Felt Good All Day…

…BUT…

…Hearing That Song…

…Knowing It’s One Of Ari’s Favorites…

…And Watching Him Have Fun…

…I Do Feel A Bit Better.

That’s PERFECT!

And Since I’m Now In Trouble With Him Because I’m Taking A Break To Work This Up…

…I’m Going To Finish-Up…

…Publish…

…And Go WATCH More “NINJA GAIDEN II” !!!

Enjoy Your Day, My Peeps.

Hope This Helps.

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First Off, My Peeps…

…I Wanted To Say I’m Sorry.

I’m Sorry That All I’m Really Putting Out Are Quotations.

That’s Mainly Because My Young Nephew Is Home (Here) For The Next Month Or So.

He Brings The Spark Back In Everyone.

I Know For A Fact That, Even Though He Boarders On Genius (in comparison to other 9yo), He Also Has Zero Attention Span, Just Like His Dear Uncle Brad.

I Was Born With, And Later Was Diagnosed With, ADD In 1984.

It Changed A Tad, And By The Time I Was 10yo, Said Diagnosis Became Being Called ADHD.

And It Does Worry Me Some About My Nephew.

I Don’t Want Him Being Me.

I Don’t Want Him To Go Through All The Shit I’ve Gone Through.

Period.

I Don’t Want Him To End-Up Being Told He’s Crazy By A Bundle Of Doctors Who Don’t Honestly Know A Thing About The Psychology Of Any Human, Let Alone A 9yo Boy.

He’s Special, By Far AND Fo Sho.

He Just Needs Special Attention AND Understanding.

Lucky For Myself…

…I Have All The Time AND Patience Needed To Help Him.

So…

…My Peeps…

…Please Excuse My Lack Of Posting As Much As I Should Be.

It’s Simply Been Much More Difficult To Find The Time.

Don’t Get Me Wrong…

…I LOVE MY BLOG…

…But…

…I Easily LOVE MY NEPHEW Even More-So.

And If There’s Going To Be Any Reason At All For Me To Slack A Bit On This Thing…

…He’s Said Reason.

I’m Gearing Up To Go On A Walk…

…And He’ll Be Awake And Ready For Uncle Brad To Play LEGOs By The Time I Return.

Please PLEASE Take Care Of Yourself, Kiddies.

I Promise To Work On This More As Time Will Allow.

For Now…

…For Right Now…

…Just Accept My Sincere Apologies In This Particular Matter.

I’ll Be Back In Full Swing In A Day Or Two, I’m Sure.

Until Then…

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Songs That Make Me Smile: “DOWN ON THE CORNER” by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL (1969)

Early In The Evenin’…

…Just About Supper Time…

…Over By The Courthouse…

…They’re Startin’ To Unwind…

…Four Kids On The Corner…

…Tryin’ To Bring You Up…

…Willy Picks A Tune Out…

…And He Blows It On The Harp…

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…Down On The Corner…

…Out In The Street…

…Willy And The Poorboys Are Playin’…

…Bring A Nickle…

…Tap Your Feet…

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DOWN ON THE CORNERIs Off The 1969 AlbumWILLY AND THE POOR BOYSBy CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

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…Rooster Hits The Washboard…

…And People Just Got To Smile…

…Blinky Thumps The Gut Bass…

…And Solos For A While…

…Poorboy Twangs The Rhythm Out…

…On His Kalamazoo…

…Willy Goes Into A Dance…

…And Doubles On Kazoo…

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…Down On The Corner…

…Out In The Street…

…Willy And The Poorboys Are Playin’…

…Bring A Nickle…

…Tap Your Feet. …

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Alright, My Peeps…

…I Know I Could (likely) Just Say…

"This Song Makes Me Smile Because It's By CREEDENCE."

…And A Great Many Of You Would (likely) Say…

"Well, He Does Have A Point. It Is By CREEDENCE. So The Smile Factor Already Exists."

…Or Something To That Effect.

HOWEVER…

…I Have Other Reasons As To Why This Song…

DOWN ON THE CORNER

by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

…Pops A Smile Upon My (generally) Cold Exterior.

You See, My Peeps…

DOWN ON THE CORNER

…Reminds Me Of My 9-Year-Old Nephew, Ari Grey.

Even At Just 9yo…

…He’s Already A HUGE Fan Of C.C.R.

And WE…

…He & I…

…Have The Songs WE Enjoy Listening To The Most.

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN?

BORN ON THE BAYOU

LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACK-DOOR

BAD MOON RISING

COMMOTION

etc etc etc

All Major League CLASSICS, Fo SHO.

But This Song…

DOWN ON THE CORNER

…Reminds Me Of Him A Hoppin’-Bundle For One Major Reason…

…WE Actually Took The Time-Out To Try And Figure-Out Exactly What They Were Singin’-’bout!!!

I Knew Some Of The Words.

Ari Grey Knew Some Of Them, Also.

But Neither Of Us Knew Much More Than The Chorus…

…And Even That Was Hazy, At BEST.

So We Listened To It Over…

…And Over…

…And Over And Over And OVER…

…Until We Were Pretty Sure We Had It All Ferreted-Out.

THEN I Decided To Look-Up The Lyrics…

…Ya Know, Just To See How Right We Were.

In A Total “Sheesh!” Moment…

…I Was Humbled To Find My Nephew Was Much Closer To What Was Actually Sung Than I Was.

It Shouldn’t Have Surprised Me…

…As He’s Exceptionally Intelligent AND Perceptive.

I Suppose I Was More Shocked At Being Shown-Up By A Man Of Just 9-Years.

BUT…

…I Wouldn’t Trade That Moment For Anything.

And That Moment Has Created A Very VERY Lasting Impression On Me.

Now I Can’t Listen To A Single Song By…

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

…Without Thinking About My Nephew.

I Shake My Head…

(in a good way)

…And I Smile…

(in a great way)

…And I Reflect…

(all the way)

.Period.

Isn’t That Was Great Songs Are Supposed To Do?

I Use The Term “Infectious” A Lot When Talking About Music I Love…

…And I Do So Because That’s EXACTLY How It Seems/Appears/Feels To Me.

Great Songs Can Dig Themselves Into You Very VERY Deeply…

…And Create Very VERY Lasting Impressions.

DOWN ON THE CORNER

…Does This So Very VERY Well.

It’s A Great Song…

…That Comes With A Lot More Attached To It.

At Least…

…It Does For ME.

And THAT Is EXACTLY Why This Song Makes Me Smile So Very VERY Much.

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We’re Goin’ For The Ole DOUBLE SHOT: “TWO SONGS Of VITAL IMPORTANCE” Edition

Some Of You DO Know Me.

Some Of You Know Me PRETTY WELL, Actually.

So Some Of You Know I Have A (now) 9-Year-Old Nephew.

And For Those Of You Who Know HIM…

…I’m Sure You’ll Back-Me-Up When I Say…

…He’s VERY Unique.

He Has His OWN Tastes In Things.

He Doesn’t Care About What “EVERYONE ELSE” Is Into.

And His Taste In MUSIC Is Rather Remarkable, Honestly.

Today…

…I’m Going To Mention…

THE TWO SONGS

…That ALWAYS Bring HIM To Mind.

There Are MANY Songs That Make Me Think Of Him.

Sure Sure.

HOWEVER…

These Are THE TWO That Make THE MOST Impact Upon ME.

The First Is…

“TNT”

By

AC/DC

"CAUSE I'M TNT! I'M DYNAMITE! TNT! AND I'LL WIN THAT FIGHT! TNT! I'M A POWER LOAD! TNT! WATCH ME EXPLODE!!!

!!!

HAHAHA

Yeah, I Know.

He’s 9!

But That Boy…

…LOVES HIM SOME AC/DC

…Fo SHO Fo SHO!!!

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And Second Is…

“HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN?”

By

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

"Someone Told Me Long Ago, There's A Calm Before The Storm. I Know, It's Been Comin' For Some Time. When It's Over, So They Say, It'll Rain A Sunny Day. I Know, Shining Down Like Water. I Want To Know, Have You Ever Seen The Rain? I Want To Know, Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Comin' Down A Sunny Day?"

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Yeah…

YA HEARD (or read) ME RIGHT!

The Boy…

LOVES HIS CCR, ALSO!!!

No Foolies, My Peeps.

NONE. AT. ALL.

PERIOD.

I Can EASILY SAY…

I’ve NEVER Met ANY CHILD Like HIM, EVER EVER EVER.”

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I Am Sad That He No Longer Lives In Our Area…

…And That He Comes To Stay For A Month At Time…

…Every Three-Months, Or So.

But I Hear HIS Voice A LOT.

And I Hear HIS Tunes ALL-THE-TIME.

So He Is NEVER Far From…

My Mind

…And…

My Heart

…And I SMILE SMILE SMILE EVERY-SINGLE-TIME…

…FO SHO FO SHO FO SHO!!!

Good Times. Gooooood Tiiiiimes. πŸ™‚

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Happy Birthday, Ari Grey!

Since Today, January 1st, Is My Nephew Ari Grey’s 9th Birthday, I Sincerely Wanted to Do Something VERY Special For Him.

I’d Been Promising Him For YEARS That, One-Day, He Would Get My Collection of “Command Coins” from My Ole NAVY Days.

I Had 5 of Them.

The Most Important One, to Me, Was My “Secretary Of Defense: William Cohen” Coin, which was Presented to Me When He Came Aboard My Ship (The U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln CVN-72) in 2000, and I was able to have a Quick Sit-Down-And-Chat with Him.

I’m Always Telling Mr. Ari Grey that He Is MUCH MORE Mature AND Responsible than Any Child I’ve Ever Encountered.

So, Tonight, I Decided to “Make-Good” on My Promise, and I Gave Him The Coins.
I Told Him I KNEW He Was Old Enough AND Mature Enough to Keep Them AND Take Good Care of Them.

Honestly, I Will Miss Having The Coins For Myself…
…But I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER That They’ve Been Passed-On to Someone Who Can Love Them Just The Same.

And He’ll Always Have Something VERY Special to Look At And Say, “These Were My Uncle Brad’s, and He Gave Them To Me For My Birthday. Pretty Cool, eh?!?!”

In My Mind…
…That’s PRICELESS.
PERIOD.

Love You, Ari Grey…

…And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

-BRAD