Friday, December 21, 2012

Mind. Terrible thing. Waste. Yadda Yadda.

On a courtesy bus to go to just above the Bronx to film a TV show.

The production assistant is checking to make sure who's on the bus so far.  Apologizes in advance if he messes up any names. Which he does. Many times. Gets to my name.

"Jeff Snerry?"
"Do you mean Jeff Siperly?"
He then looks at list again and says "Jeff Spierly."
"It's Jeff Siperly and I'm here."
"I told you I was going to mess up names. Sorry about that. Mom told me to go to college. I should have listened." and laughs.

Um, reading (and sounding out letters)
was taught in elementary school.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

From my iPod - Christmas in the 2010s (so far)

Alphabeat - X-Mas (Let's Do It Again)

EuroPop goodness.

Not the greatest of voices but I think this is a really beautiful song.

Love this guy's voice!!!

Fred Schneider's (of the B-52s) band. Just a weird
and fun song. Weird video as well.

Mojochronic - Rudolph (You Don't Have To Put On The Red Light)

Best Christmas Mash-Up EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MchaelJacksonesque goodness.

Timeflies - Christmas Freestyle

Yes, please. Minus the f-word, of course.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

From my iPod - Christmas in the 2000s

Because I love Matchbox 20. Because I love New York City.
Because I love Christmas.

One of the best Christmas movies to come out in the last 10 years.
I watch it religiously. Also love When Christmas Comes To Town.

Horrible movie. Beautiful song.

Dutch Christmas treat. Gets me moving!

Great album. Definitely recommend.

Seriously, get this album.

I'll be back.. gonna light me a few candles. And get a bubble bath going.

Nice piece for a light show.

Love when my Dolly and the whores do this song
but I need this version in my life as well.

I like that this version is a little harder.

This woman knows how to sell a song and a feeling.

I have like 10 versions of this song. Her voice and the choir make it my #1 pick.

I cry every time I listen to this version. I like that.

DJ John - The Christmas Massacre of Charlie Brown

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! The proper mood, indeed.

And I'm done for this post... I need to dance!

From my iPod - Christmas in the 70s, 80s and 90s

Maybe I just haven't looked/listened hard enough but kinda sad that aside from The Carpenters Christmas albums I really haven't felt a lot of Christmas songs from the 70s to the 90s. 
Lots of middle-of-the-road stuff.

That being said - these stick out on my iPod:

Bing Crosby for the most part bores me - puts me to sleep even.
That is unless he's being remixed. This, though, is bouncy.

Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas - one of my top 5 holiday shows. 
NEVER shown on TV it seems. I don't know why. Yet Pac Man Christmas still exists.

Best-Selling Christmas Album of 1971. 'Nuff said.

Big country music fan in the 1980s. I wore this cassette OUT.
Mostly rewinding to this and Christmas Everyday

Love Taylor's voice. That's why.

Darren Hayes - Last Christmas

Love Darren's voice. That's why.

Video tries too hard. I karaoke the hell out of this song
 - in my apartment. Alone.

Monday, December 17, 2012

From my iPod - Christmas in the 50s & 60s

Was able to recoup all (7,700+) songs I lost in November on our iMac. They were all still on my iPod. Alas, pictures that weren't posted on Facebook are all gone as well as my writing from the last year and a half or so. Holidays were coming up and it dawned on me I had NO Christmas songs on my iPod but instead in a folder on the computer.  Lost. Then I remembered I had a good deal of them on CDs I made for road trips thru the years. Whew. Talk about ups and downs. I'm a material person in the sense I like to hold onto certain things for memories and my writing. BUT I'm really a material person when it comes to music. Even if a song hasn't popped up on my iPod in 5 years I just like to know it's still there. Music is that important to me. 

Anyway, Christmastime so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite holiday songs of each decade. While I love me the classics - you know what they are - I'm only highlighting the odd/different stuff you don't hear on the radio or in department stores often. Of course there are some classics thrown in because I love them that much  :)

Here goes:

Phil Spector did no wrong with this album but THIS gets me moving.

Burt Bacharach - Just one of the few main reasons I wish I lived through the 60s

Ah, Free Design puts me in a very good place.
Listen to this and Bubbles. Where's my sun and fluffy clouds?

Moog? Tuba? Blaring horns? Jazz? Yes, please!

JJ Barnes - Snowflakes

This needs a Soul Train line dance.

Have A Merry Chess Christmas is a great album all-around
but Minnie Ripperton makes this song stand out big time.

These are my people! Plain and simple. GREAT medley.

Seriously, these are my people! Lady in pink, high-pitched lady, 
lady in green snapping, all the snappers. I watch this on a daily basis. Imperative.

C'mon. Being one of the biggest Peanuts fans out there I have to include this.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I'm the waiter - at 22 seconds

This played on ESPN First Take June 13, 2012

My first commercial gig!! And I got paid! And I got some serious face time!!

Having a "feeling-really-good-about-me" day. Only because of having many recent years feeling anti-me. Lost the old Jeff. It feels like I'm finally getting my stuff together. This acting thing might actually work out for me. 

Fingers crossed.

PS - To get a better understanding of above here is what the commercial is spoofing.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Toot Toot, Beep Beep, RIP

Just woke up from a much-needed nap to another RIP - Miss Donna Summer. Waaaahh!!

1) Saw her 2 summers ago performing here in Brooklyn. In spite of the trashy, are-you-really-fighting-in-public-while-Donna-Summer-is-singing public (of course this what happens when concerts are free) she put on a great show. Voice was in fine form. While I had most of her greatest hits already on mp3s already, immediately bought up 4 of her songs from Crayons on iTunes upon arriving home.

2) 7th grade. I was in a church youth group. We were on an outing in December to I forget where (I'm thinking it was a street in Pennsylvania (?) with elaborate Christmas decorations) but it was raining so we went to a mall instead. Everybody else is buying clothing, jewelry from Claire's and who knows what else. Me, I had to feed my addiction of music. Everyone's showing their purchases to the youth group leader. As usual, quiet me is last. I first pull out a little wooden plaque describing what the attributes of a Taurus is. Oops. Apparently a Non-Denominational Christian isn't to be believe in astrology. Um, okay. So, what else dod I have in my bag? Ahhhh.. Donna Summer's Bad Girls album. The one with DS as a hooker on the front and assorted other hookers on the front and back. Ooh, did I get chastised on that bus. Non-Denominational Christians really don't approve of this. And I should tell my parents when I get home of what I did and then destroy the record.

Whether I just didn't understand or the fact I really have never cared for authority telling me how to live my life I went home and played the hell out of that album. Excuse me, double album! Hot stuff, indeed! Oh, and I told my parents as well and my mom, being a lover of good music played the hell out of that album as well. 

That's all. Just 2 great memories of a great singer. I shall dim all the lights but there will be no more tears.

You will be missed. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

In the Shallow Pool with: The Bob Newhart Show

  • Another show I watched pretty much faithfully as a child, which I now question why. Didn't find it as funny this go-around.

  • Bob Newhart's acting was subpar. Or maybe I just found his character unlikeable after all these years.

  • Why in the hell was Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) married to Bob? He always had this superiority complex. Also came across as having a permanent stick up his ass.

  • Love the theme song. One of my top 10 faves.

  • Would have been a very happy camper living in both apartments but preferred the one they occupied the first 5 seasons.

  • Didn't care for most of their furniture, except for their bookshelves and wall units.

  • Jerry (the dentist) was a weak character and got probably the worst lines of the show.

  • Howard Borden (next door neighbor) on the other hand, was a really funny character. Well played by Bill Daily. Knew how to play dumb/aloof perfectly. I aspire to be like him.

  • When I was young I had a thing for Suzanne Pleshette/Emily. Loved her voice. Now? I realize it was a serious smoker's voice going on which is soooo not attractive or sexy. An almost Eillen Heckart quality to it. IMDB'd to see how she died. Surprise, surprise: Respiratory failure as a result of lung cancer. Ugh. Still loved the character of Emily, though.

That's all I have... on to the last season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In the Shallow Pool with: Anna Karenina

  • This book was 819 pages. Could have been 600, if that.

  • Never have I read a book that made me so angry. So I guess it was a good book.

  • I pretty much hated everyone.

  • This story would have been a lot different if Zoloft was readily available back then.

  • I have reached my capacity of hearing the word “magnanimous/magnanimity” in my lifetime.

  • The book's called Anna Karenina. Not Levin. Get rid of Part 8. Or cut it down by 20 pages.

  • I couldn't wait for Anna to die. Was let down that other characters didn't die as well.

  • It seemed like the majority of characters were always blushing. Even the men. I'd say that was gay but that's not PC. Oh screw it, it was gay.

  • The characters were always pitying each other. That shit got old really fast.

  • Don't tell me in the introduction that Anna's going to kill herself. Not everyone knows the story.

  • I can't wait to see a film version of this. Will be interesting to hear the dialogue spoken without the venom I was reading it with. Although I really don't see Keira Knightly as Anna. Too damn skinny.

  • I felt no compassion for Anna at any point in the book. Woman, YOU had the affair. Yeah, Vronsky pursued you but you could have said No! Of course people are going to look down at you.

  • Reading about rich people (high society folk) makes me sick.

  • I'm glad I wasn't around during this time. Really glad I wasn't a woman during this time.

  • I hate that I identified with Anna in some ways. That kind of disturbs me.

That's all I have... now on to Madame Bovary.