Saturday, June 6, 2009

493. Trying to add YouTube Videos and other things

While reading Paul Hosse's blog Another Opinion the other day, I noticed he has a list of music videos down the sidebar of his blog - you click on the link and up pops a new window with the YouTube video of the song you chose. One song on his list caught my attention, Procol Harem's Whiter Shade of Pale, which I can remember listening to at Charlie Brown's on Euclid Avenue in Lexington back in the early 1980s, while drinking way-too-many Kahlua-Cream-Vodkas and eating Charlie Brown Burgers smothered in Swiss Cheese and Grey Poupon.

But, I digress.

I want to do the music video link thing here on the Left Bank of the Ohio River near Milepost 606 over there on the right sidebar. I've been experimenting, but so far, what I've done hasn't accomplished what I want to do. So, bear with me. At some point I will figure it out and I'll begin posting the videos as I come across them. My goal is to put them on the list in order of preference, such that the video at the top of the list will be, by its placement, my favorite. In fact, I already know which video takes the post. I just wish I knew how the hell to do it.

Whenever I figure out how, at the top of the list will be Jackson Browne's 1971 hit (released in 1972 on his debut album) Doctor My Eyes. I am pretty sure it is my favorite song. Two other Jackson Browne hits are in my top 20 list, Running on Empty and Load Out/Stay, both from the Running on Empty album which came out my senior year of high school.

Other videos I will eventually link will feature Peter Paul and Mary, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, George Michael, Ray Charles, Guns 'N' Roses, The Eagles, Boston, Lynard Skynard, Pink Floyd, the Doobie Brothers, and maybe even George Jones. But, first, I've got to figure out how to do it. Again, bear with me.


Totally unrelated, my friend Preston and I went upriver today to the Preston Plantation landing in Trimble County where we were expecting to see a Civil War battle reenactment, which we didn't. What we did see was curiously interesting, but not so much so that I'll write any more about it. So, we left. From there we went over to Madison, Indiana (ten minutes away) where the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the city is taking place for the next two weeks. We walked all over the city, had lunch in a little diner (burger and fries), checked out the progress on the Court House fire, and visited the wharf along the river. We found out the Cincinnati Orchestra is having a free concert there tomorrow as part of the festivities, so, as both of us are orchestra fans, we will be going back.

As to the Court House, I was very pleased to learn that, as I had indicated in a previous post, more was salvageable that was originally thought to be so. The records are being restored by an archiving company in Michigan which specialises in such work, freeze-drying the records for later restoration, just like Taster's Choice Coffee. The building itself is still a very sorrowful sight, but life and restoration is going on, which is good. A note - in the Art Gallery directly across Main Street from the Court House is a very-recently-painted picture of the fire. Further west in one of the shops are photos made into postcards of the fire. And there are two Special Sections in today's edition of The Madison Courier, one on the Bicentennial and the other on The Day The Court House Burned. May 20, 2009 is a date which will remain in the minds of the citizens of Jefferson County, Indiana for many years to come.

On the way back to Louisville, we took the Indiana side and dropped down into the little town of Bethlehem, Indiana, of which I have written before. My step-great-grandmother, Margaret "Maggie" Church, was the matriarch of the town for many years and is buried in the cemetery up on the hill on the northwest edge of the town.

Then we came home.

1 comment:

Paul Hosse said...

I'll be happy to walk you through Jeff. Just let me know when! If I can do it, trust me, anyone can do it.

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Never married, liberal Democrat, born in 1960, opinionated but generally pleasant, member of the Episcopal Church. Graduate of Prestonia Elementary, Durrett High, and Spalding University; the first two now-closed Jefferson County Public Schools, the latter a very small liberal arts college in downtown Louisville affiliated with the Roman Catholic Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. My vocation and avocation is politics. My favorite pastime is driving the backroads of Kentucky and southern Indiana, visiting small towns, political hangouts, courthouses, churches, and cemeteries. You are welcome to ride with me sometime.