Archive for September 3rd, 2006

Samuel’s Musicians Of The Week

This week the award (the first one for spring) goes to The Mamas And The Papas, and the feature song is California Dreamin’. The story of the naming of the band is an interesting one:

The name of the band was inspired by a daytime television talk show. Before the group recorded their debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, the band was known for a short time as “The Magic Circle.” Wanting a name easier to remember, they were sitting around their house (which all four band members initially shared) brainstorming on a new name. Someone switched on the TV and a talk show was on with a Hells Angel. The first thing they heard was: “Now hold on there, Hoss. Some people call our women cheap, but we just call them our Mamas.” Cass jumped up and exclaimed, “Yeah! I want to be a Mama!” Michelle chimed in that she wanted to be a “Mama” too. John and Denny looked at each other and John said, “Papas? Okay, problem solved.” And the band had a new name.

Anyway, on with the song, California Dreamin’

All the leaves are brown
All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
And the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk
I’ve been for a walk
On a winters day
On a winters day
I’d be safe and warm
I’d be safe and warm
If I was in L.A.
If I was in L.A.
California dreamin’
California dreamin’
On such a winters day

Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees
Got down on my knees
And I pretend to pray
I pretend to pray
You know the preacher likes the cold
Preacher likes the cold
He knows I’m gonna stay
Knows I’m gonna stay
California dreamin’
California dreamin’
On such a winters day

All the leaves are brown
All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
And the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk
I’ve been for a walk
On a winters day
On a winters day
If I didn’t tell her
If I didn’t tell her
I could leave today
I could leave today
California dreamin’
California dreamin’
Dreamin’
On such a winters day
California dreamin’
On such a winters day
California dreamin’
On such a winters day

Samuel

1 comment September 3rd, 2006 at 06:02pm

Questions for 03/September/2006

Good morning Gentleman,

First off, cheerio to Charity who is currently in hospital, adding recruits to the Questionable Trio…we should be the Questionable Trio Plus Half by now.

Q: Who Am I?

In one of my first movies I played a character called Jones (which was uncredited) – One reviewer said "This is a classic Bad British
Movie" so maybe it was just as well I was uncredited. 

My surname is not my original family name.

In another film at around the same time I played a Post Office clerk in a movie that was loosely based on a real incident.  Barry Humphries was another actor in the same movie.

My first appearances were on television in the early 60’s.

I was a writer for a few TV shows in the early 60’s such as "That Was The Week That Was", and "The Frost Report".

I studied Law in College.  

My middle name  is "Marwood".

I reached 6ft by the age of 12.

I have an asteroid names in my honor.

In 2000, I appeared in a film with John Laws.

Answer:
John Cleese
Movies in order mentioned: The Best House in London 1969, The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom 1968, The Magic Pudding 2000

Trivia:  His family’s surname was previously "Cheese" but his father, an insurance salesman, changed his surname to "Cleese" upon joining the army in 1915
An asteroid, 9618 Johncleese, is named in his honour.

Q: Which 1990 movie about encephalitis was based on a non-fiction book written by Dr. Oliver Sacks, and name two of the lead actors.

A: Awakenings, starring Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner and Ruth Nelson.

Happy fathers day to all, and especially to Charity’s fiance Steve

Regards,
The Questionable Trio plus half (some of us absent)
Irene, Samuel, Charity and (we don’t know the name yet)

1 comment September 3rd, 2006 at 01:00am


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