April 20th, 2011

Argument Clinic

All Over But The Shouting

Talked to Dianna yesterday. May 12th is the final court date for the divorce stuff. As of that afternoon, it'll all be over.

I tried being friendly in our e-mails back and forth about it all, and I got attitude in return. *shrug* Not a lot I can say to that, other than that I tried to keep this civil and I held up my end of the bargain. Meanwhile, I still have my copy of the divorce paperwork, so I'm not concerned about getting screwed in any way, not that there's much of a way I could be, anyway.

Just ready for this to be over. I have enough going on right now, and I'm seriously drained. I need some of it to end...and at least I have a definite date for this part.

R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen

Elisabeth Sladen, best known for her years on the original Doctor Who as Sarah Jane Smith, companion to the third and fourth Doctors, died yesterday from cancer at the age of 63. Tom Baker (the 4th Doctor) posted a tribute to her on his website, recounting how she was part of what helped him settle into and fully enjoy his time as the Time Lord. She had returned for several episodes of the new series, reprising her well-known role, and was still popular enough to gain a family-oriented spin-off show.
Rock - Guitar Zombie

The More You Know

'O Sole Mio is a traditional song from Naples. The title translates to "my sun", and the song is a simple celebration of life on a sunny day. The tune of 'O Sole Mio is used for Elvis Presley's 1960 hit single It's Now or Never.

A 17-year-old gang member in South Central Los Angeles named Barry Eugene Carter was arrested in 1960 and sentenced to four months in prison for stealing car tires. While serving time, Carter heard Presley's song on the radio. He was so moved by the music and lyrics that he resolved to change his life and pursue a career in music, rather than crime. Carter kept his life-changing promise to himself, making a meagre living for the next few years as a songwriter and arranger.

In 1972, Carter had a break, discovering a Motown-style girl group and earning the role as their record producer. Within a year, Carter found himself recording some of his own songs, as demos. A good friend of his was impressed with Carter's singing voice and urged him to record more songs, but Carter was initially reluctant to do so. Eventually he acquiesced, and put together enough songs to release an album. Carter planned to release it under the name "White Heat", but was once again talked into changing his mind, this time to put his real name on the record.

Or at least his real first name. Barry Carter adopted the "White" part of his original plan and released the groundbreaking album "I've Got So Much To Give" under the name Barry White.

And so, in this way, that traditional Italian song gave rise to much of the late 20th century canon of soul, funk, and disco music.