#140 – Hang On

Photo taken: February 4, 2016

The very lower limbs on my backyard oak tree are not in the sturdiest of shape.  So I was quite surprised to see a couple of squirrels involved in a chase where they were jumping between these rather skimpy twigs and somehow not managing to come crashing down to…. oh dear.  I almost spoke too soon.  Seriously, how are either of these squirrels not causing those frail limbs to snap off?  Well, it does appear these chases are mostly in fun since there does seem to be some look of concern from the trailing squirrel over his buddy’s situation.  “You OK, dude?”  This is one of three photos I took of this sequence, all of which can be seen in this post

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Dancing On The Ceiling

No, that’s not Buddy Holly and Mary Tyler Moore.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled countdown to bring you some old school Monday muzak here at The Nest.  Since the first MM post on June 2, 2014… we have featured something new on this day every single Monday of every single week since then.  And due to the next entry in my Novelty Song countdown being a repeat of a past Monday song, I’ll be postponing that post until tomorrow.  In it’s place… a true blast from the past, Mecca Muzak Monday!  Yes, here is another new school song I have come to know and love due to its frequent airplay over the speakers at work… and I really think a lot of you will like this one.  It’s a great combination of 2000’s indie rock and circa 1970 pop…

Sounds real groovy, man!

The Black Keys is a duo that formed in Ohio about 15 years ago and who slowly climbed their way up the ladder from a bonafide garage band act to the A-list of artists who are critically acclaimed while having exactly zero Top 40 pop hits due to the tone deafness of Billboard and the music industry as a whole these days.  With the help of one of the best damned producers of the past decade, Danger Mouse…

No, not THIS Danger Mouse…

…The Keys spun pure gold with this cut from their landmark 2011 album El Camino…. fittingly titled “Gold On The Ceiling”…

Yeah, the lyrics are mostly nonsense…. but that music!  The beat… the crazy guitar breaks… those harmonies on the chorus!  This is three and a half minutes of pure awesome.  My favorite summary of the song listed in its Wiki page came from John Soeder of Cleveland’s newspaper The Plain Dealer… who described it as a hybrid of “Spirit in the Sky” and “Rock and Roll Part II.”  I can definitely hear influences from both songs in “Gold,” particularly the drumbeat and handclaps, which are almost signature Gary Glitter…

Gary would know what’s on the ceiling of Vietnamese prison cells… and I’ll bet it’s not gold.

Here’s a Black Keys fun fact that made me laugh when I discovered it.  Their first record contract came with a label by the name of Fat Possum Records!  Among the prestigious artists who have also released albums under the Fat Possum umbrella are groups like The Heartless Bastards, Bass Drum of Death, Soccer Mommy, Yuck, and Fat White Family…

Awesome logo and slogan!

And that concludes this extra edition of Mecca Muzak Monday.  There will be one more MMM before my Novelty Song countdown ends…. see you in 12 weeks!

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#141 – Heehaw! Heehaw!

Photo taken: September 16, 2017

Nothing compels us to whip out our picture taking machines quite like oddballs.  So when I came home from work one morning and there was a cute, but definitely odd little donkey lawn ornament sitting in one of my neighbor’s yards, I had to capture it for perpetuity.  And it’s a good thing I did since it was gone that evening and never appeared again.  I have no idea what the story behind him is, but I’d have gladly taken that stubborn ass home and made him a part of Shelf Critter Theatre… once I’d made a unicorn out of him, that is.

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#142 – Oceanfront Property

Photo taken: August 15, 2016

When it rains, it pours.  And man did it pour all night and morning long when this photo was taken in one of the worst single storm floods we’ve ever had.  This view of my street suddenly being turned into one of Venice’s famed canals is actually pretty tame compared to the flooding this storm caused in other parts of the city…. even in areas that don’t normally flood.  I was at work that night and had literally nowhere to go to get around places that had flooded between Mecca and The Nest.  I chose one of the few routes the city hadn’t closed off yet… and apparently my Neon had some Yellow Submarine in its DNA since it managed to wade through water a foot or more high for long stretches at a time without stalling.  Sheesh, and to think Rainy Skunk missed out on all of this…

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Under The Rainbow

Send Nutty right over!

Remember those long ago days on the school playground?  All of those silly games you and your friends would play during recess… like freeze tag, kickball, handclap chants and of course Red Rover?  Squirrels like to play games with each other as well… and I’d imagine they might look like something you see in the photo above.  One squirrel makes an arch out of his tail, while his friend runs underneath it.  Hours and hours of fun, I tell you, for those days when there just aren’t any nuts to bury or tulips to dig up.  I hope you enjoyed our version of the Saturday Squirrel limbo…

(The school bell rings)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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