Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review Of Evening With Dionne Warwick

We made a nearly impromptu trip this last weekend to Las Vegas to watch Dionne Warwick perform in Cleopatra's Barge at Caesar's Palace. Warwick whose musical career was launched in the turbulent 1960's, can easily be called one of the greatest entertainers of our generation.  She has a voice as smooth as silk and an electric presence.  Her teaming partnership with musical writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David has given us a complete catalogue of timeless easy listening numbers like "Walk On By" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose"
In the small venue, Warwick played with a 4 piece back up band.  Looking grandmotherly, her voice has also matured like wine.  She displayed a little bit of her famously prickly personality but in a loving way when she said "Good Evening", when the crowd just clapped she said, "When I say good evening, you say good  evening, back" and the crowd was happy to oblige.   She began her set with "Walk On By", a song that had been playing in my head all day.
I won't spoil the finale, or the surprises in the show, but I highly recommend this performance.
Although, I have always been a fan of rock and roll, I have  also enjoyed the middle of the road music of Warwick and the songs of Burt Bacharach.  While much social change has been forged with rock and folk music, it can be said that Warwick worked the middle ground with songs like "What The World Needs Now" and "That's What Friends Are For".

Monday, November 11, 2019

Huge Win On MNF For Seahawks

The Seahawks are in the hunt for a division title as they took down the previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers 27-24 in overtime in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.
  Josh Myers hit a game winning field goal with seconds remaining to give the Hawks the win.  It was after the 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin missed a game winning field goal in the overtime.
It was perhaps the biggest upset of the year, as most observers saw the 49ers as a more well rounded team. The Seahawks remain on half game behind the 49ers for the division lead.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sounders Win

Congrats to the Sounders FC for beating Toronto 3-1 to win the MLS Cup.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Cougars Featured On HBO

WSU is one of four schools featured on the HBO series 24/7.  The show, I guess, is based on Hard Knocks, which is an in depth look at NFL teams.
The WSU episode features  Coach Mike Leach who is shown walking from his house to his office on the campus.   It shows the day by day practices, the coaches philosophy and sits in on the players goofing around.  Specifically, starting quarterback Anthony Gordon.  
Miked up (no pun intended)  football practices are not new to TV,  but this show does a sequential day by day look at each practice, making it indeed unique.
Leach is a natural for this type of program because of his successful but quirky nature.
Also featured is Glenn Johnson, who is the football stadium announcer as well as Pullman's mayor.  He is no doubt, the most visible Pullman resident.  He could be called the "face of the city", however, "voice of the city" would be more accurate.  Johnson says that he has been mayor since 2004 and has not had opposition, quite remarkable when you consider the myriad of different ideas and viewpoints which come together on a college campus.   It is safe to say that Johnson, my old communications professor, known to Glenn by his students can be called a WSU legend.
More info on the program can be found here.

Friday, November 08, 2019

New Medical Clinic Coming

A new clinic is in the process of being built in Maple Valley, not far from our house.

Senator Walsh Will Not Run

One of  Washington's most colorful politicians, Republican Senator Maureen Walsh, has announced that she will not seek a second term in the state senate for the 16th District.  
Walsh, from Walla Walla, started her elected career in the house in 2005.  She had previously been a legislative aide.  
Walla Walla had not received much national notice until her viral video on marriage equality.  It earned her affection from across the aisle and nationwide.  
A second speech on the floor as a senator last spring would also go viral, this time angering many groups by suggesting nurses spend too much time playing cards.  She was actually advocating against shift limits for staffing smaller emergency hospitals. 

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Cowsills - The Rain, The Park, and Other Things - Happy Together Tour 20...

Flashback to a concert we watched a couple summers ago at the Snoqualmie Casino.  Cowsills were one of a number of bands from the 60s and 70s who performed along with the Turtles.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Paul and Mary Hopkin- Goodbye

Mary Hopkin, a 60's sensation, sings probably her most popular song with Paul McCartney, the song's composer.