Jefferson Airplane | Music Monday 1967

Jefferson Airplane - Courtesy

Of course any tribute to 1967 MUST include White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane. It may seem a bit cliche, but sorry – this is an amazing tune.

Released in 1967, Surrealistic Pillow was Jefferson Airplane’s first album with Grace Slick. White Rabbit and Somebody to Love were both written by Slick and, in my opinion, are the definitive tunes from the Summer of Love.

One other thing.


I was a little surprised to see it ranked as #483 of Rolling Stone’s top 500 songs. Really? Nothin’ But a G Thang is ranked higher with their panel of 165 experts? They should have asked me.

Jefferson Airplane and Grace Slick Links (Yes – I Always Get Sidetracked)

PS. What is a surrealistic pillow anyway?
Clearly, I haven’t had any of those pills she sings about, so I don’t get it.


What do you think is the
most representative song from 1967?


More Music Monday Tunes from 1967

Jimi Hendrix Motivation | Music Monday

Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced

Clearly I was in a SOUL mood for the first two 1967 Music Monday posts ( Otis Redding at the Monterey Pop Festival and Aretha Franklin’s I’ve Never Loved a Man).

Well, it’s time to ROCK this Music Monday.

Are You Experienced is a perfect album.

You know, the kind that you play from beginning to end and there isn’t a bad track?

Brilliant debut.

AND WHAT ABOUT THAT COVER? Yep – I still have mine – from my folks – I just can’t give up the vinyl yet.

Purple Haze. Hey Joe. Manic Depression. The Wind Cries Mary. Foxey Lady. Are You Experienced.

GREAT Album.



Favorite Hendrix tune.


Great tune to go with your coffee – turn it up!

Move Over Rover – Let Jimi Take Over


What’s your favorite Jimi tune?

Wanting to procrastinate on this Monday? Check out these other Music Monday tunes.

1967 Monterey Pop Festival | Music Monday

Otis Redding at the Monterey Pop Festival (Courtesy Pop Matters)

Of course any talk of 1967 music must include the Monterey Pop Festival. With nearly 90,000 people in attendance on Sunday, it was the first large outdoor music concert representing the first major appearances by the signature musicians of the time.

There are so many great performances to choose from, so picking has been tough. There are 3 days of music magic during this epic concert and many historic moments: Janis’ Ball and Chain, Jimi lighting his guitar on fire during Wild Thing, The Who My Generation, Buffalo Springfield singing their definitive For What It’s Worth, and so on and so on….

But it’s Otis Redding, in his sharp green suit, singing for the first time to a primarily white audience, who LIT IT UP. This performance – backed by Booker T and the MG’s – was his crossover catapult, and if it weren’t for his untimely death 6 months later – well…. who knows?

He’s always been one of my favorite male performers of all time, and Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness at the Monterey Pop Festival is widely considered as one of the greatest live performances ever.

Enjoy the groovy footage, sharp green suit, and the Otis finish – unlike any other.


More Monterey Pop Festival Stuff

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Why 1967? We’re celebrating my birth month, of course!

Happy Birthday Lucille Ball

Stunning Photo of Lucille Ball

I’ve always been quite proud of sharing a birthday with Lucille Ball. Of course I grew up with I Love Lucy, and enjoyed the show like today’s kids are hooked on video games. But as I got older, I learned to appreciate the Lucy Ricardo character along with Lucille Ball the woman. Today is Lucille Ball’s 100th Birthday – Happy Birthday Lucy! <<and happy 44 to moi>>

What is not to love about her spirit, humor, and determination? I just finished her autobiography, “Love, Lucy” and could not put it down! It was so interesting to learn about her upbringing, early career, relationships, family, later career, and quest for love and balance. I was really struck by what a tenacious, brilliant, ahead-of-her-time powerful woman she was, all while remaining very humble and human.

She’s full of generosity, kindness, vision, and tenacity. And while Lucy Ricardo was often misguided by a deep need for love, acceptance and attention, she always followed her heart. This is not unlike Lucille Ball herself.

I related as a kid, and I relate now.

Great Lucille Ball Quotes

  • I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.
  • I’m not funny. What I am is brave.
  • If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.
  • It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.
  • Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
  • One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
  • The more things you do, the more you can do.
  • The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

My Birthday Plans

I want to workout! I think I’m going to trick the BF+ in joining me in the 44-workout. Yep, 44 burpees, 44 inverted rows, 44 squats – you get the idea. It just seems like the right thing to do ;) And yes, I may even swim for 44 minutes (practicing my new technique and drills from my first swim lesson this week). Or maybe I’ll wog or bike for 44 minutes – so many choices! Let me know if you’d like to join me in any of these workouts.

Also, I’ve decided that EVERYONE who wanted a visit from Fit Stanley will be getting one. I couldn’t choose between the 100 mile rider, warrior dash, toddlers, embarrassed spawn, or weight camp – those were all fabulous propositions!

Don’t Forget Rick’s Birthday

This is also the birthday of someone you may know – Rick Bakas (@rickbakas) of Bakas Media. We’ve crossed paths in social media circles through our wine work – and of course we are deeply bonded from our shared birthday **winks**. He’s a super cool guy, with a deep love for bacon, community, family, branding, lovely food, and wine. I’m sure that he and Mrs. B are having a lovely time for his R&R Birthday Weekend. Happy Birthday Rick!

More Lucy Stuff released new photos of Lucille Ball this week in honor of her 100th birthday.
These shots are LOVELY!  Make sure to check them out.
Lucy Fest Happening Now at the Lucy-Desi Center in Jamestown, NY
Finding Lucy – PBS American Masters

What are your plans to celebrate Lucy’s birthday? Chocolate? Dancing? Vitameatavegamin? Any favorite Lucy moments? Which is your favorite quote?

100th Post, Birthday Month, and Music Monday

Lucy and Me - Makes Sense, Right?

That’s right friends, it’s the 100th post of the Heart and Humor of Being Human! I had some posts scheduled, but when I saw that little 99 up on the dashboard, I panicked! Clearly, my next post was not worthy of this krazy milestone.

And just to top it off, today marks the beginning of my birthday month. That’s right – I celebrate all month because I can. And since I share a birthday with Lucille Ball, you can expect some Lucy inspiration this month.

Since I was born during the summer of love (for those of you that don’t know, that was 1967), Music Monday all month will celebrate one of the greatest years in music.  (Of course I’m a little biased, but I’m old enough to have earned my bias).

SO MANY GEMS to choose from – soul, hippy music, rock – many perfect debuts –  yes, this part of the post required much time and thought.

But today’s Music Monday 1967 tune has to go to Aretha Franklin. Enjoy this BRILLIANT live version of I’ve Never Loved a Man.


And about this 100th post milestone….

THANK YOU! I know I’ve said this before, but I SO APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU! I love my tribe! Your generosity, sense of humor, support, and honesty have enriched my life and made me a better person. You’ve helped me survive my teen spawn and his leaving the nest, you’ve coached me in the kitchen, you’ve laughed with me on my wickedly awesome bike rides, and you’ve gotten this reluctant exerciser off the couch.

I thought about doing a 100 list – but I’m in the woods and my body and brain are soooooo relaxed and tired.

So I decided to do a 100 list but to break it up into pieces…

But for a theme? SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM!

Drumroll please…..

100 Things that Make Me Smile (in no particular order)

100. My favorite hat of all time – sweat stains and all.

When all else fails, give people "the look", and point to the hat.

99. Chobani Greek Yogurt and Uncle Sam’s Honey & Almond Cereal for Breakfast (mmmm)

98. Bike Coach (aka BF+) Practicing MUCH Patience With Me

97. Spabettie (All Things About Her Make Me Smile)

96. Coffee – any time, anywhere – but especially lovely at dusk on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

After 6 hours of adventure and drinking a boatload of water, the splurge was all mine!

95. Pretty Restaurant Dishes in My House – They Spruce Up Anything I Concoct

94. Being Able to Do Pull Ups

93. An Afternoon Nap

92. Twitter

91. Fit Stanley

Fit Stanley's waterproof (laminate) attire worked out well in the kayak.


So that’s the first installment of my little list (note: BF+ is skeptical that I can come up with 100 – ha!). Be sure to stay tuned – besides the rest of the list – there is a LOT on the horizon!

  • Fit Stanley Will be Moving On (His time at Kamp Krazy Kris has come to an end and we’re figuring out his next adventure)
  • Lake Tahoe Recap (I bet BF+ didn’t know that I know EVERY WORD OF EVERY SONG TO THE GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD DOUBLE ALBUM – he was so patient and never once complained during our drive while I sang the lyrics AND accompanied with the occasional guitar/piano solo)
  • More Lake Tahoe Recap (yoga under the trees, slightly bloody bike injury, kayaking)
  • Even More Lake Tahoe Recap (yes, as requested, there will be funny  bike video)
  • Finally, the update on my July Experiment of 20 minutes of ANY TYPE OF MOVEMENT, every day – you might be surprised how it turned out!