Culinary no-no #615

THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!

Had some time off this past week so one day before heading to Oak Creek’s splash pad the family decided to grab lunch. The choice was unanimous.

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Wait a minute, Kev. Have you violated your own Culinary no-no writing rule by giving it away so so early in your blog?

Are you suggesting Chick-fil-A is this week’s no-no??!!


Moms love Chick-fil-A. There are the kid birthday parties,  play dates, simple meals, kids’ play area, free Wi-Fi, sleepover nights with stuffed toys.

Yes, moms absolutely go bonkers over Chick-fil-A.

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE!

YOUR ATTENTION!

WE INTERRUPT THIS NO-NO FOR A MUSICAL INTERLUDE!

WE NOW RETURN YOU TO THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED NO-NO.

The American Customer Service Index (ACSI) just released its survey results for America’s top fast food restaurant.

The ACSI questioned 23,000 consumers using a 100-point scale. Customers were asked to rate fast-food restaurants on the following:

Accuracy

Food quality

Menu variety

Cleanliness

Staff behavior

The top restaurant scored an 86. For the 4th consecutive year, Chick-fil-A was #1.

Bringing up the rear…

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Here are the complete rankings.

The hostile opposition to Chick-fil-A is well-documented because of the owner’s Christian beliefs. But the chain has a strong loyal following. From Twitter:

Say what you will about their politics, you can’t argue with the customer service. I once saw a drive through cashier literally chase a car down in open traffic to correct someone’s order.

If you’re going the fast food route, there are tastier options (they’re still very good) but they beat every other chain hands down in the employee friendliness department. The person taking your order doesn’t act like they hate you and their job.

While on the way to Chick-fil-A the other day our Kyla noted she thought it was better than McDonald’s.

Picking on McDonald’s is so easy. It’s the fast food Goliath with roughly 14,000 locations in the United States. But it’s been struggling to please consumers for decades, failing year after to win them over, no matter how often they make menu or marketing changes.

Think about the criteria the fast food places were judged on and apply them to the Golden Arches.

Accuracy – Has your order at McDonald’s ever been messed up? Probably more times than acceptable.

Food quality – Please.

Menu variety – There’s too much. Chick-fil-A has excelled by doing a very limited menu and doing it well.

Cleanliness – I think for the most part McDonald’s does just fine here. Evening hours are iffy.

Staff behavior – If this was a boxing match between Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s the referee would be forced to stop the fight in the 1st round.

Website satisfaction – All fast food places put forth good efforts I’m sure, but I’m not deciding whether to pay a visit on this.

Let’s not single out McDonald’s (Others have issues, too, like Starbucks. Consumers’ belief that the chain’s prices for coffee are too high has deflated their customer satisfaction score).

My question is why can’t most of these other restaurants that Chick-fil-A beat out be more like…Chick-fil-A?

Why can’t their staffers be trained to be more friendly?

Why can’t they avoid screwing up an order?

Why can’t they smile, be polite, and actually mean it?

Why can’t they ensure their workplace is cleaned up?

Why can’t they settle on a good, consistent menu?

Why?

Certainly this has happened to you at a fast food restaurant. You place your order. You’re given a receipt with a number, and then you, what? Look around and around. Where do I go? Where do I stand and wait till I’m called?

Meanwhile the person who took the order may because of staffing may have to run and bag your order or pour your drink which slows down service as others in line make no move forward.

But the biggest problem fast food places, especially McDonald’s, have is trying to lure, guess who, into their restaurants? Millennials.

They dine out a lot, and like to. But they want higher-quality food, ambiance, and excellent service that they’re willing to pay more for. McDonald’s and the rest don’t supply those.

Because McDonald’s is so big they may never challenge anyone for the #1 spot. They will have to rely on being quick, consistent, and value-driven.

And yet management has attempted every year (they must) to make substantial, noticeable, progress in the qualities listed in the ACSI survey.

Again I ask, why can’t they and others succeed, like Chick-fil-A?

The employees who picket and demand $15 hourly wages surely shoulder some of the blame because they lack simple soft skills. Finding individuals who have them and are willing to show up daily, on time, with a professional work ethic and attitude is a bigger challenge than it’s ever been. Somehow, Chick-fil-A pulls it off.

CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES

Fast-food restaurants represent the best and worst of America

Woman, 25, claims she doesn’t eat solid foods, just ‘breathes’ for energy

Photos of the Week (06/30/19)

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A pictorial week-in-review published every Sunday.

1) A news assistant runs outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the court rejected efforts to reduce the practice of changing electoral district boundaries by turning away challenges to political maps in Maryland and North Carolina, in Washington. Photo: Reuters

2) Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador comforts a woman asking him for help in looking for her missing family member at National Palace in Mexico City. The Mexican government identified thousands of human remains in morgues and mass graves over more than a decade of gang violence. Photo: Reuters

3) A member of Mexico’s National Guard plays with a Honduran girl after she was stopped along with her mother and sister from crossing illegally into El Paso in the US. Photograph: José Luis González/Reuters

4) The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter Angie Valeria are seen in the Rio Bravo river in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, Mexico June 24. The 25-year-old man and his 24-month-old daughter, who had traveled from El Salvador and were seeking asylum in the United States, drowned while trying to reach U.S. soil. Photo: REUTERS/Stringer

5) A Palestinian photographer runs away from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest against Bahrain’s workshop for a U.S. peace plan, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 25, 2019. Photo: Reuters

6) A huge plume of ash rises from Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands, as viewed from the International Space Station on June 22, 2019. The small, oval-shaped island most recently exploded in 1924, and before that in 1778. Astronauts shot this photograph of the eruption as the column of ash spread out in a part of the plume known as the umbrella region—the area where the density of the plume and the surrounding air equalize and the plume stops rising. The ring of clouds at the base of the column appears to be water vapor. Photo: NASA Earth Observatory

7) Democratic presidential candidate, former vice president Joe Biden, left, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speak simultaneously during the Democratic primary debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

8) The fossilized bones of a dinosaur. A hitherto unknown type of carnivorous dinosaur measuring just over a metre and a half that lived 90m years ago has been identified in the Cruzeiro do Oeste municipality in Paraná state, southern Brazil. Photograph: Rosi Rodrigues/AFP/Getty

9) This property being demolished, owned by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, will be the site of Abele’s new home. Another look. Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

10) Yes, that was some storm in SE WI this past week. Photo: Submitted to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

11) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo poses with his NBA most valuable player award at the 2019 NBA Awards show. Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

12) In the Women’s World Cup, the Americans on Monday escaped with a 2-1 victory over Spain to set up a premature dream showdown with France in Friday’s quarterfinal in Paris. Megan Rapinoe scored twice on penalty kicks, the second coming in the 75th minute. Rapinoe targeted the left side and beat goalkeeper Sandra Panos. Photo: FIFA Facebook

13) Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. celebrates scoring her second goal against France Friday. The USA defeated France 2-1 to move on to face England in the semifinals. Photograph: Benoît Tessier/Reuters

14) A fan at the opening show of the Rolling Stones’ No Filter tour in Chicago.  Photograph: Daniel Acker/Reuters

15) The aerialist Lijana Wallenda walks the highwire with her brother Nic over Times Square. Photograph: Eduardo Muñoz/Reuters. Here’s another look. Photo: Reuters

16) In San Pedro Manrique, Spain, a woman walks on burning embers during the night of San Juan. Photograph: Álvaro Barrientos/AP

17) Beekeeper Abdulvahap Semo performs his third attempt to set a bee-wearing record for the Guinness World Records in Turkey’s eastern Van province on June 20, 2019. Abdulvahap attracted 10 kilograms of bees during his attempt. Photo: Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency / Getty

18) Teddy Bonnet poses prior to the competition during the French 2019 Beards Championship in Paris. Photo: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

19) Attorney General William Barr surprises the audience by playing his bagpipes along with members of the NYPD Pipes and Drums at the beginning of the U.S. Attorneys’ National Conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2019. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

20) Japanese grandmothers perform hip-hop and dance to welcome G20 leaders summit in Osaka. Photo: Reuters

21) A boy looks up at the art work called ‘Tornado by plastic waste’ by artists from the social group To He, at the show ‘Plastics Planet’ in Hanoi, Vietnam.  Photo: Nhac NGUYEN

22) A reveler is covered in wine as people take part in a wine battle, in the small village of Haro, northern Spain, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Hundreds of revelers participate in this famous summer battle throwing thousands of liters of red wine over each other. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

23) Brian Vance, a catcher for the Kenosha Kingfish, shows off his flexibility as he does a dance-off to “Watch Me” by Silento. His dancing, which he does during  games when he is not playing, started when a video of him dancing in the bullpen during a game, re-creating Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” went viral. Now the team has him do a dance-off with a fan between innings. Photos: Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘It’s tough to shop locally’

Tell me about it.

“…many people living in smaller Wisconsin communities now have to travel farther to find a wider variety of goods and enjoyable shopping experiences.”

This is not just a Franklin problem. No, this one traverses statewide.

The Journal Sentinel’s page one-above the fold story in today’s paper is a re-print of a Wausau Daily Herald article that examines the impact on WI consumers of thousands of store closings (Here in Franklin the issue isn’t closings, it’s failing to achieve actual openings).

With nearby exception Oak Creek exploding, Franklin NIMBYs on social media have been explicit with their “Who cares” comments, that Franklin doesn’t need all that growth, and we can just hop in our cars and shop elsewhere. As today’s article points out, that’s not  an alternative for many folks in WI.

Here’s some related material I previously blogged about: Franklin is a retail sieve.

But there’s hope, Franklin. We’ve got a new logo!🤣

Week-ends (06/29/19)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Giannis

Pete Frates

This teenager

Police in the UK

Donte Palmer

Kathy Kehoe

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Dalquavis T. Ward

John Roberts

Nancy Pelosi

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“When they said they used Johnny Hetland’s handcuffs to bring him into custody, the crowd just screamed. Thank God.”
Karla Seidenspinner, who has worked at Teezers Bar & Grill for 17 years. The suspect who law enforcement officials say shot and killed Racine Police Officer John Hetland last week was arrested Thursday, one day after Hetland’s funeral. Hetland, a 24-year Racine Police Department veteran, was shot and killed the night of June 17 at Teezers Bar & Grill while trying to stop an armed robbery.

“Mr. Dave Windsor, the (Milwaukee streetcar) system’s manager, told the Committee that his 2020 operating budget is facing a shortfall of as much as $1.5 million. It is true that he said the City was seeking revenues from informational kiosks and other forms of advertisement. It is also true that the City continues to seek corporate sponsorships. The sad fact, however, is that he could put a hard dollar amount to none of these. Far worse, when pressed on what he would do if this new money was not forthcoming and the streetcar’s existing resources ran out, he said flatly that he would turn to the Parking Fund. For those unfamiliar, this is money regularly used for other purposes. This is real City revenue that would be directed to the streetcar.

“How many police officers could we hire to patrol our streets for $1.5 million? How many potholes could we fill? How many streetlights could we replace? How many alleys could we pave? How many homes could have lead paint removed from their walls and windows? By the way, this number will only increase as the grants underwriting the streetcar’s operation expire and the generous contribution of the Potawatomi is spent. How can we, with a straight face, ever complain about not receiving our fair share of state revenue when we are unwisely willing to spend money we do receive on a failed system?”
Milwaukee Aldermen Bob Donovan and Mark Borkowski in a joint statement

“This is a problem that I view as the most significant public safety issue we face and one of the most significant public health issues. Number one is prevention. Number two is we need to expand access to substance abuse treatment, so people that are suffering from substance use disorder are able to get the help they need to get back on their feet.”
Wisconsin Attorney General Kaul

“Opioids often make the (chronic) pain worse. Opioids cause inflammation in the brain in a region that elevates pain levels. They seem to work pretty well, and then they backfire.

“The most important thing I do with a patient is to sit down and pay close attention to what they are saying. Instead of asking patients, ‘What is the matter?’ we should be asking them what matters to you. How is your life? Are you working? Do you sleep well? Do you have joy?”
Dr. Mel Pohl, chief medical officer of the Las Vegas Recovery Center, spoke during the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse at UW-Stout. Pohl is a nationally recognized speaker on pain

“Of course. Don’t meddle in the election.”
President Trump facetiously commenting to Russia’s Vladimir Putin after a reporter asked Trump if he would warn Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election. Trump and Putin traded brief remarks Friday, the first time they sat together since Helsinki, about issues they planned to discuss at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka.

“President Trump is basically giving Putin a green light to interfere in 2020. Putin’s the only one laughing.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

“Former Vice President Joe Biden entered Thursday’s debate with the most to lose. In one powerful moment, it did not go well. Kamala Harris of California, a former prosecutor, invoked race and identity, challenging Biden to apologize for working with segregationist senators and for opposing aspects of school busing in the 1970s. Biden did not apologize, and Harris then made it personal, saying she benefited from busing as a young girl in California.”
The Associated Press

“I just passed a television set on the way here. I saw that health care and maximum health care was given to 100% of the illegal immigrants coming into our country by the Democrats.” The Democratic debate “wasn’t very exciting.”
President Trump

“Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.”
President Donald Trump called out U.S. women’s national team co-captain Megan Rapinoe after a months-old video was posted on social media in which she used profanity when she said she wasn’t going to the White House if the team wins the Women’s World Cup

“We have never struck down a partisan gerrymander as unconstitutional_despite various requests over the past 45 years. The expansion of judicial authority would not be into just any area of controversy, but into one of the most intensely partisan aspects of American political life.”
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion in The Supreme Court ruling Thursday that partisan gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts is none of its business, a decision that leaves state officials free from federal court challenges to their plans to shape districts to blatantly help their parties

“She did nothing.”
Joey Piscitelli on his frustration about Democratic presidential nominee Kamala Harris. In the 2000s when Harris was San Francisco’s district attorney Piscitelli says she never responded to him when he wrote to tell her that a priest who had molested him was still in ministry at a local Catholic cathedral. And, he says, she didn’t reply five years later when he wrote again, urging her to release records on accused clergy to help other alleged victims who were filing lawsuits.

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

“…the whole country now knows we have a full-blown socialist party.”

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Cancer Patient Credits Trump With Saving Her Life

Leaving Illinois for Wisconsin

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The Democratic debate

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Julian Castro

 

The 4th; free college; Trump & the Black vote; CNN; and unplugging the smartphone

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (06/28/19): Bernie’s ‘Free’ College Plan Indicates We All Need College — We Don’t

Today’s highly interesting read (06/27/19): A Lot to Celebrate on the Fourth of July

Today’s highly interesting read (06/26/19): Can Trump Actually Win the Black Vote?

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/29/19)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Early morning clouds give way to partly cloudy skies. A high of 83. “A”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. A chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 81.  “B”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

In our subdivision in God’s Country, USA, the neighbors care deeply about taking care of their lawns. I would say the compliance rate is a proud 99% (Nobody’s perfect).

One front lawn down the street is especially pristine, consistently resembling a freshly manicured major league baseball field. No weed would ever dream of popping up there.

Because the owner is so meticulous he naturally, I’m sure, has a deep sense of satisfaction about what his green thumb has achieved. So his caring includes taking a certain precaution that his spotless grass remains that way.

You know those tiny little flags Diggers Hotline sticks in the ground? This property owner has made similar ones and inserted them right at the curb that read in small lettering:

NO DOG PEE PLEASE

Nothing fancy or expressive. No colors or illustrations. Nothing real big.

He had other options.

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He went for the simple homemade variety.

Can you blame him for his signs?

Dog urine is rich in nitrogen, a definite lawn killer when enough is deposited over time.

“The high concentration of nitrogen, from urea in urine, and associated salts found in dog urine essentially burns the grass it directly hits,” said Theresa Smith, director of marketing for Natural Alternative.

If a lawn has many brown spots around dark green grass that’s probably the result of dog urine.

“The areas surrounding that spot will be lush and green, thanks to the added nutrients not being so concentrated,” said Smith.

Can some dogs be more damaging than others?

“Dog spot damage is more prevalent with female dogs due to the fact they squat in a single place, while male dogs generally leave their calling cards in multiple areas around trees and other upright objects,” Smith said.

Those warning signs you can purchase…are they really necessary? In this day and age, unfortunately, yes.

Here in Franklin I’ve never seen an irresponsible dog walker. But we know not everyone is built the same.

Let’s travel north of the border. A Toronto realtor blogged in 2013 that a great family neighborhood called Riverdale, despite how wonderful it is, has plenty of those signs posted.

The blogger at the time had clients Patrick and Nicole.

The boiling point came one day this fall when he was standing on his front porch, with his two kids, and a neighbour walked by with her poodle.  The poodle stopped, and started to take a poop.

“Nice day, isn’t it?” Patrick said, from his front porch, as this lady’s poodle took a crap.

“Lovely!  And your daughters – they’re so beautiful!  I love those little dresses!” she said.

The lady picked up the dog poop with a bag, the poodle ripped up the lawn with her back legs as dogs do when they finish, and the lady smiled, and walked away.

Patrick told me, “This lady had no shame at all – thought nothing of letting her dog take a crap on MY lawn, right in front of me!”

The problem isn’t that Patrick can’t be on guard all the time; the problem is that many people don’t think this is anything to be fussed about!

And for certain – most dog-owners don’t think this is an issue, and that’s why the poop-problem persists.

I’ve talked to dog owners that say, “It’s a natural bodily function, and we all do it!  You can’t be so uptight not to expect a dog takes a teenie-tiny whiz on your lawn!”

And everybody poops, too, following that logic.

You can read the entire Toronto blog here.

Our grass-loving neighbor (whom I don’t know and have never met) has spent a lot of time, energy, and $$$ to develop a blue ribbon lawn. His signs look fine to me.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer! Me, too.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Proposed dog breeding facility for medical research draws ire of Spring Green, WI residents.

When is a dog not a dog? The answer.

FDA: Your dog may be at risk for developing heart disease based on their food.

BBC host Emily Maitlis drew tabloid scorn for letting her pooch take up a seat on a busy train.

OPINION: Your dog is not a furry human.

Service dog Loki has done it, a first.

He’s a scamp, he’s tramp, he’s the winner.

Groom has his pet dog as his best man.

Even veterinarians were surprised when they X-rayed this dog and it’s bloated belly.

Some time ago a reader chastised me for rating the dog-walking forecast an “A” when temps were in the 90’s. She pointed out how uncomfortable the conditions are and even suggested that I thought dogs were outside wearing Hawaiian shirts. Well…

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

My goodness, there are a lot of ugly dogs out there.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Let’s start with…this.

Next…

ALSO…

Life is good at Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Tennessee, where hundreds of senior shelter dogs find loving, lifetime retirement homes.

Watch the video here.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

Loki joins owner Elizabeth Briggs, McKenzie Johnson and Mel Olson at the top of Mount Rainier, making Loki the first medical service dog to complete the feat.

 

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie/Goodnight Everyone: Jerry Carrigan

Beginners Guide to Buying Drums & Percussion

This week for the first time we’re combining our two Friday music segments into one special feature.

Nashville session drummer and producer Jerry Carrigan died last Saturday at the age of 75 in Chattanooga.

Carrigan played with dozens and dozens of stars and even though his name be unknown to many, he was heard on pop, R&B and country radio. His resume included jingles for 7-Up, Coke, Chevrolet, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, or “Me and My RC”; television soundtracks for Maverick and Simon & Simon; and movies Nashville, Every Which Way But Loose, Six Pack, This Is Elvis, Urban Cowboy, and The Gambler.
He played for Tommy Roe in a live performance in Washington, D.C. where they shared the bill with the Beatles during their U.S. debut.

In 1965 Carrigan moved to Nashville,  the city that exploded into a major recording spot during the 1970’s. Country music was booming with stars galore who demanded Carrigan be their drummer.  By 1977 he was playing approximately twelve three-hour sessions per week with his innovative  “big fat drum sound.”

“I started playing real loose, deep-sounding snare drums on country records,” said Carrigan. “So I started experimenting with different things, different kinds of drums. I bought the first set of concert tom-toms that were in Nashville. I think that’s one reason the producers liked my sound. I had a different approach.”

We’ll  feature just a few of the numerous hits Carrigan collaborated on along with his own accounts of some of the celebrities he teamed with.

Let’s get started.

“I love them (The Oak Ridge Boys).  I did their things back when they were a Gospel group, as well as their pop-hit things like ‘Elvira.’ I’m the one who told them what the bass singer should say: ‘Oom papa, oom pop, oom papa mow mow.’ I knew what it was because I played on Dallas Frazier’s original version of it.”

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Carrigan in center

Guitarist Chet Atkins and the Boston Pops.

“That was…a wonderful experience. We did three concerts and an album. We’d do these tunes, and Arthur Fiedler would stop us and say, ‘You’re not following me.’ Chet would say, ‘He’s not used to following people. He’s used to people following him.’ Arthur just said, ‘It’s going to be different this time. He’s going to follow me.’ That was a wonderful experience. I had always imagined doing something like that, and I couldn’t believe it was really happening.”

“I did a country album with (Henry Mancini) called Mancini Country. He had the parts all written, and he sat down at the grand piano and played and conducted. It was another highlight. That was with a full 40-piece orchestra.”

Mancini did a cover of Floyd Cramer’s #2 hit from 1960, “Last Date.” Cramer was prevented from hitting #1 by a certain side-burned singer from Tupelo.

Mancini added some organ to Cramer’s piano arrangement.

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A positive session is “when the artist knows the material, can sing the song, and can give you a genuine feel for it, instead of just sitting there and reading the lyric off into a microphone. It’s where the artist has it together and the producer tells you, ‘I want it to be this way or that way.’ I like a direction.

“I can play a lot of different things until hands are spanked. I like someone who will tell me, ‘I do like this,’ or ‘I don’t like this.’ So many times, you’ll go in and they might not like it. Then, they’ll go out later and say, ‘Listen to what so-and-so played here. I don’t like it.’ Don’t tell me a month later that you don’t like it. Tell me now and we’ll do something about it, instead of just letting it go. A bad session to me is when you go in and nobody is prepared. The singer doesn’t know the song, so you end up tracking it, a lot of times, without even a scratch vocal. What kind of emotion am I to put into something where I don’t know what kind of emotion this singer is going to put into it? How can I do my job?”

George Jones

He was always my favorite country singer. I think he’s the best pure country singer who ever lived.”

About this country classic Jones said, “Nobody’ll buy that morbid son of a bitch.”

In 1980 it was Jones’ first hit in six years, and revived his dying career.

MONTGOMERY, AL - MARCH 25: Inductee Jerry Carrigan speaks at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame's 13th Induction Banquet and Awards Show at the Renaissance Hotel on March 25, 2010 in Montgomery, Alabama.
Inductee Jerry Carrigan speaks at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s 13th Induction Banquet and Awards Show at the Renaissance Hotel on March 25, 2010 in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

The Carrigan quotes came from an article in Modern Drummer where Carrigan was interviewed by Robyn Flans in September of 1986.

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Carrigan in upper row, far right

“I first worked with (Elvis) in 1970. What a thrill that was! The first thing we did was ‘I’ve Lost You.’ I never was crazy about what I played on that stuff, but he always wanted you to have a charging feeling about everything. He wanted you to push him to the wall. I thought it sounded like I was rushing all the time, but they loved it. He would stand out in the middle of the studio, just like being on stage, and he would face you. He would wiggle and point to you when he’d want you to do a fill or something. The first week I worked with him, we did 35 tunes. We blasted through that stuff. We started at 6:00 at night and worked until 6:00 the next morning. He was definitely nocturnal. He was wonderful. I’ll tell you, when he walked into that studio and I saw him for the first time, there was no doubt that a real star had just appeared. He used to change clothes three times during the evening. It was like a performance.”

At this stage of his life and career Elvis would go into the studio and pour his heart out about the loss of a woman: “Separate Ways,” “You Were Always On My Mind” (Elvis did it first, not Willie Nelson), and “I’ve Lost You.”



Elvis and Priscilla Presley walking out of court after their divorce on September 10, 1973. Photo: LA Times

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BONUS TRACK FROM 1970, ALSO WITH CARRIGAN. ELVIS IS ON TOP OF HIS GAME.

30 seconds of celebrating America = a $3,000 fine?

You decide. Is Frank Markel of Greenfield right or wrong.

“We’re trying to stress patriotism when others are not,” Markel said. “There’s so much crap in the world, can’t we have that little day to be patriotic and be proud?”

Frank Markel (left) and Cary Hensiak, of New Berlin
Frank Markel (left) and Cary Hensiak, of New Berlin (right) prepare one of four cannons Markel owns to fire in the front yard of his house Monday, July 4, 2016, in Greenfield.  (Photo: Peter Zuzga)

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Frank Markel reaches for a hotdog bun he is using as wadding as he prepares one of four cannons Makel owns to fire in the front yard of his house in Greenfield July 4, 2016.  (Photo: Peter Zuzga)

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In 2018…

Normandy invasion veteran Chester Ignatowski fires a Civil War cannon at an Independence Day celebration in Greenfield.
Normandy invasion veteran Chester Ignatowski fires a Civil War cannon at the Independence Day celebration in Greenfield. (Photo: Jane Ford-Stewart/Now News Group)

Army veteran Chester Ignatowski, who was part of the Normandy Invasion during World War II, fires a Civil War cannon at a Fourth of July celebration on Shady Lane Court this year.
(Photo: Jane Ford-Stewart/Now News Group)

The party got a visitor.

Greenfield police arrive at the Greenfield Fourth of July celebration that included the firing of four cannons. The firing was over in less than 30 seconds. Police gave Frank Markel a ticket for undue noise.
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WISN-TV reported on the 2018 incident.

Some people love it. Others? Not so much. I live in Franklin so I know all about the whiners and complainers and NIMBYs and killjoys.

A staunch supporter of law enforcement, I’m not crazy about the common refrain, “Don’t the police have anything better to do?” But c’mon.

Markel plans to do it again this year.

Here’s the latest.