One of my Facebook friends noted on his page that this weeks marks the 100th birthday of comedian Red Buttons. Red was known for his “never got a dinner” and “I was there” bits which he did frequently at celebrity roasts. I remembered that last year, on his birthday, I blogged about Red and included many of my favorite “never got a dinner” lines. It was one of the first blogs I wrote when I started this Word Press Blog. It’s hard to believe that this blog is over a year old!
When I began this blog, I really didn’t have any idea of what it would be. In my head, I thought that I might blog about some things I liked. I also knew I would probably write about some favorite memories. I might also write tributes to important people in my life or just random thoughts to help me deal with emotions or life situations.
This blog was meant for me. It was to be a “sort of” therapy for me. I envisioned it as a way to keep track of thoughts, write down stories I didn’t want to forget, and occasionally just vent. I had often joked about writing an autobiography, and in a way, this blog has become “chapters”.
I never thought that anyone would actually want to read these blogs (unless, of course, the blog mentioned them)! Yet, here I am over a year later and I have “followers” – people who actually make it a point to read this no matter what the topic. It humbles me.
The last few years of my life have been full of many changes: job changes, deaths, divorce, depression, stress, remarriage, happiness, bliss, and the rekindling of old friendships. It is interesting to go back and see the variety of topics this blog has covered through it all. It really is a hodge-podge of randomness.
There is no shortage of posts about music here! My iPod selections and the various connections that I make with songs, events, and people in my life are well documented. There are so many great songs! Musical blogs are among my favorite to write. I recently started following another blog (PowerPop) which shares many of my musical tastes and I have enjoyed some great conversations with the owner of that blog.
My love for movies is also represented by blogs I wrote about movies I watched for the first time and movies I have watched over and over. Television is also represented by a salute to the Dukes, childhood memories of School House Rock, TV Catchphrases, and my favorite cartoons. My hatred of movie and TV remakes was one of my very first blogs.
My radio career is also reflected in this blog. You’ll find blogs that include some of my favorite radio stories, about listeners who became friends, my first morning show partner, radio mentors, radio bosses and co-workers, and encounters with famous people I met during my career all make up a good chunk of this blog. One of my favorite blogs about radio is the World Radio Day blog, which thanks many of those people.
My family and friends, who are very special to me, are also well represented in this blog. Tributes to my mom, my dad, my grandparents, my children, and my uncle/Godfather often were very emotional to write. A blog about those teachers who were so influential and helpful to me was one of the easiest to write. As my first wedding anniversary approaches, a long overdue blog about my wonderful wife will appear here. One of my favorite blogs was about the trip to Florida that my wife and I took, which also doubled as our honeymoon. Re-reading that one brings back many happy memories! It still amazes me how we were able to keep it a secret.
The Christmas holiday spawned many blogs. Blogs about Christmas memories, Christmas specials, Christmas characters, Christmas songs that drove me nuts, Christmas coffee, and yes – even a letter to Santa! Christmas remains one of my favorite times of the year. One thing I was unable to really blog about was the Christmas songs I love. My friend, Chris, asked me to do that and I started it … just never finished it. Consider it a head start for next year!
It was always fun for me to write about famous people. As you look over the list of those who I wrote about, it is easy to learn a lot about me and what I like. Comedians Red Buttons, Jackie Gleason, Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, Soupy Sales, and Rich Little give you a glimpse and who and what I find funny. Musicians Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Weird Al Yankovic, Frank Sinatra, and, of course, Dean Martin give you a picture of my musical tastes. Other blogs about Mr. Rogers, Jack Webb, Christopher Lloyd, and Wolfman Jack expose you to other aspects of who I am.
At times, my blog can tackle serious topics, too. Breast cancer is a big one. Cancer, in general, is a big topic. It took many people from me. I foresee a blog about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the future. I’ve been there and they do amazing work. The importance of Music Education in schools is another great cause I will always fight for! I have yet to write about Autism, but that is definitely on my list of future topics.
One of my favorite blogs summed up a lot about the past and the changes that occurred in me and my life over the past two years. The subject was “Negativity, Judgement, and Happiness”. Moving from sadness to happiness and moving from away from negativity and finding positives made a lot of difference! Living with a positive attitude was such a game changer – and life is good.
Not so long ago, I was told my someone once close to me to stop writing. “Nobody wants to read about that crap! It is a waste of time. Stop trying to be creative. Nobody cares about what you like and don’t like!” If I have learned anything from Facebook and this blog, it is that people do care! People do like to read what I write! In the end, I don’t really write for others, I write for myself. The fact that other people read this blog and get some enjoyment out if it is a little bonus.
In future blogs, I will continue to write about things I love. I will write about things that people want to know about. I will continue to participate in Blogathons (I have a few coming up that I am excited to write for) on various topics like movies and music. I will continue to write about things in my personal life. I will continue to write – because I enjoy it. The minute this is no longer satisfying and I feel that I have written all I can write … I will stop. Until then, thank YOU for reading my “various ramblings”. I appreciate you!