June 6th, 2019

“Egun on!” “Good Morning !!!” to you all in Basque, a language with no known relatives spoken in northern Spain and southern France.

I think that I have fixed and updated all of the summary pages on UJT. So you should be able to find anything that we provide. I am sorry it took so long.

This week I learned some stuff:
• Today is the day we remember that the Allied Invasion of Europe began on June 6th, 1944 or D- Day. The largest invasion in history was undertaken by the Allied powers to remove the Nazi’s from power. Approximately, 10,000 men lost their lives from the Allied forces (2700, British, 946 Canadians and over 6,000 Americans).

Website Update:
• Last Week for our New Vocabulary Quiz!
• A New UJT Music Trivia Quiz, Again !!!!
• I came up with a new interesting Potato Salad with Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette that is pretty tasty.

Writing, Ceramics and Painting Update:
• I started on a new panting of one of Chris Spain’s wonderful photographs.
• Grandpa Stories is still not re-published.

• Its hard to believe how much I have aged with out maturing much. I am kind of proud of that actually. If I would change any of my behaviors, I think I might target those few things considered, “normal” that I still can be observed doing. Looking back, I can see many opportunities for misbehavior that I just missed out on. But all in all, I have had just a fine time getting this far.

Music Update:

I hope you all enjoy this week’s musical selections. I still haven’t relearn my digital turntable and associate software. But even without the new stuff, I think this week’ selection is worthy of your time.

Go to this week’s UJT Radio program.

• Grover Washington Jr. — Two of Us — I was reminded of how fond I am of this song. I love its soulful jazzy slant and it makes me smile every time I hear it. From his 1980 release, “Winelight”.
• Jeremy Blake — Lost inside — One of my classmates was watching some promotional video on his phone and this guy’s music was the sound track. I liked it and so now I am inflicting it on you all. This comes from his new release this year, “Soft Music to Do Nothing To”. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
• Mike and the Mechanics — The Living Years — Boy we sure got a lot of wonderful music when Genesis split up. Mike Rutherford formed this band and had number of really big hits. I always cry when I hear this song. If I have a regret looking back over my long wonderful life, it would be that I waited so long to build that bridge back to my dad. So please, take an old man’s hard won advice, let go of any anger or grudge you harbor for anyone, because you never get this precious time back. This is the title cut from their 1988 release and one of my personal favorites.
• Lynyrd Skynyrd — Sweet Home Alabama — When I was a young man we had this impression that everyone in Alabama was either black or some redneck that hated anything different. When this came out I was just a little bit more mature and found a smile. I even like the dig at Neil Young. But the guitars and that honky tonk piano are what took me away. It came out on their, “Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd” released in 1973.
• Jewel — Standing Still — A pretty lady singing a pretty song. This one comes from her album, “This Way” released in 2001.
• The Who — Baba O’Riley — This is from their “Live At Leads” album but was originally released on thier “Who’s Next” released in 1971. I was like 40 years old before I realized the name of the song wasn’t Teenage Wasteland!!
• James Taylor – Mud Slide Slim – Its been well over a year since I last spun this magic story song on the UJT Radio. Its a secret weapon song.. subtle to a painful degree. The story goes that when he was very young and not famous he wrote this song and another that became a big deal because someone sent him a picture of a charred tree that had been washed down a hill in a mudslide. And someone had nailed a sign to this tree saying “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain.” Out of that came, Mud Slide Slim and “I’ve seen fire and rain”. Pretty cool photo!

That’s it… Do the best you can;  Laugh every chance you get;  And always remember …  The best is yet to come! 

As always, thank you for being my friend!