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The Claypool Lennon Delirium

Amanda asked me this week if I had heard of The Claypool Lennon Delirium. I have to admit that I had not. Of course, I immediately decided to check them out.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium is an American psychedelic rock band. Members include bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, known for his work on Primus, and guitarist/vocalist Sean Lennon.

The band was originally conceived in 2015. Claypool knew Primus would take a year off after touring. He kept in touch with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s lead singer Sean Lennon. Sean had not planned any musical project for the following year. 

They started with the idea of making an old-school, psychedelic and progressive rock record. Claypool invited Lennon to his guesthouse to drink wine, run some ideas and play drums.

Over the course of six weeks, they wrote and recorded a total of ten songs. They shared various vocal and instrumental responsibilities, going beyond their core instruments of bass and guitar. This session culminated in the release of their first studio album, Monolith of Phobos. The album debuted in the Top 10 of three Billboard charts: Top Vinyl Albums, Top Tastemakers Albums, and Top Alternative Albums.

South of Reality

On February 22, 2019, the duo released their second studio album, South of Reality. They wrote and recorded the LP over two months at Claypool’s home recording studio in California. It was preceded by the release of the six and a half minute long track “Blood and Rockets”. The duo embarked on a brief headlining tour in support of the record in late 2018. They are currently on tour.

Sean Lennon is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I think his voice sounds a lot like his father’s. There are parts of this song that remind me of “Because” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from the Abbey Road album. 

Baby Shark Dance

I was watching NBC news this week when they reported on a phenomenon taking the Internet by storm. As of this week, one of very few children’s songs in history landed on the Billboard Hot 100

This infectious tune about a family of toothy fish made it onto the charts despite being not new. It also scored the highest debut of the January 12 edition of the Hot 100, popping up at No. 32.

The “Baby Shark Dance” video has been a global hit since it was first posted to YouTube in 2016, and it’s easy to see why. For one thing, the shark dance is appealingly simple, something even the youngest toddler can do.

“Baby Shark Dance” is a bona fide YouTube hit. The video currently stands at nearly 2.2 billion views, making it one of the top 25 most-viewed videos in YouTube history.

Baby Shark has become a wholesome internet meme, bringing together people all over the world to do the “Baby Shark Dance”. In fact, as far as wholesome memes go, this is one of the most wholesome, in that it’s harmless and fun. Also, it is directly concerned with bringing people together instead of being cynical or snarking about the world.

Long-Term Friendships: One of Life’s Priceless Treasures

17458240_10208765236148442_6273871062508348761_nHotel room. Check. Fuel for vehicle. Check. Meals along the way. Check. Two days with college friends. Priceless. There are some things money can’t buy, For everything else there’s MasterCard.

Last month two of Linda’s sorority sisters Jean and Debi, came to visit. Husbands Don and John came too.  They drove one entire day to get here from Kansas City. It took them two days to get back. We shared memories, told stories and laughed a lot. We men learned that our spouses are not quite as angelic as they would like us to believe.

One week earlier my friend and fraternity brother Steve and his wife Jana came to visit. Steve and I went to a sports bar to watch March Madness games. Linda and Jana hosted a wedding shower. The bride? The soon to be daughter-in-law of another fraternity brother Marty.

Linda and I are both blessed to have sorority sisters and fraternity brothers with whom we still keep in contact. There is something very special about a friendship that has lasted decades.

You’ve Got a Friend In Me

You’ve Got a Friend in Me is a song written and first recorded by Randy Newman. Originally written as the theme song for the 1995 Disney/Pixar animated film Toy Story, it has since become the theme song for its sequels, Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010) as well as a musical leitmotif throughout the whole Toy Story franchise. The song was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but lost both to “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocahontas