This is one of my more unusual Music Monday features. Yes, it’s David Hasselhoff. Last week I heard him in a radio interview promoting his Netflix showHoff the Record. I honestly know nothing of his music career other than the video below, which is his iconic moment singing “Freedom” on top of the Berlin Wall. What I do know about is Hoff the Record. Hoff the Record is a mockumentary, a faux reality show, about David Hasselhoff going to England to try to revive his career with a questionable agent and a hilarious cast of characters. In the radio interview The Hoff talked of how funny his show was and insisted that the interviewer watch it. I thought to myself, “I’m sure he’s not nearly as funny as he thinks he is.” I was right. He’s funnier than he thinks he is. David Hasselhoff is a man who doesn’t take himself too seriously and is a much better comedic actor than you’d ever suspect. The writing is brilliantly funny. Go watch it.
That tiny picture is Patricia, otherwise known to fellow bloggers as The EnglishProfessor at Large. My best recollection of the meaning of the phrase “at large” is that it is used to describe someone who is on the run from the law usually due to some nefarious doings on their part. Patricia hardly seems the type, but who knows what kind of past that kind smile hides.
I’ve been a follower of Patricia’s blog for quite some time and almost every post is a surprise. If you read her About section you’ll find that she is an English professor who now offers her expertise to help others with all manner of writing. Behind and beyond that, Patricia is a fascinating font of stories from the golden age of Hollywood. Some days you’ll read of her travels, other days you may find a re-blog of a post from some goofy guy who think’s he’s funny and then out of the blue she drops a story of her life before being a Professor. Her father worked in Hollywood with all manner of stars from the time when there was no Entertainment Tonight or TMZ and the movie stars stayed on the pedestals upon which we put them. Patricia herself even lived with and worked for a famous Hollywood family.
Her stories and anecdotes show you the human side of and add color to people we’ve only seen in black and white. In addition to her beautifully told stories Patricia is a wonderful re-poster of blogs from others, introducing us to interesting folks we might not have found on our own. If you’ve got the time I highly recommend stopping by The English Professor at Large. Let’s hope that Patricia stays at large and keeps her wonderful blog going.
For those of you new to me or who just haven’t read me the last few Mondays, this is my regular feature where I highlight a blog from someone else that I enjoy. Why the #MondayBlogs ? By hashtagging, when this title appears on Twitter Rachel Thompson of @BadRedHeadMedia and @MondayBlogs retweets hoping to spread the blog love far and wide every Monday.
Do you like music? Steve Says…is a blog that’s a lot about music and a little about Steve’s cats and Dr. Who. You don’t have to like cats or Dr. Who to like Steve’s blog, but you do have to like music. His most popular weekly feature is the weekly Monday Music Mix where Steve posts three questions and then commands his readers to:
1) Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle
(2) Say the questions aloud and press play
(3) Use the song title as your answers
(4) NO CHEATING
Title your post “Steve’s Music Mix – Week…” and link back to that week’s page.
This feature is tremendously popular across the blogiverse as I see many of my peers posting their Steve Says.. question responses every Monday. Steve may wonder why he never sees my Monday Music Mix responses. The answer is that my iPod is out in my car, so I never have it handy when I’m online, but I think I may have commented on every Doctor Who reference I’ve seen.
You don’t have to participate in the Monday Music Mix to enjoy Steve’s blog though. Many of his posts are about music. A lot of them are about the Eurovision Song Contest, which is an annual song contest held amongst the European countries. Each country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for other countries songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The contest has been running and on TV every year since 1956.
So enjoy the fun and spread the musical mania far and wide by visiting Steve Says…today and participate in the Monday Music Mix.
My new feature, in case you missed it last week, is #MondayBlogs, inspired by Rachel Thompson of Bad Redhead Mediaon Twitter. We all want people to read our blogs, but that’s a little self-centered isn’t it? On Twitter Rachel encourages people to tweet the twitter handles of their favorite bloggers every Monday with the hastgag #MondayBlogs and she and hundreds of others retweet, spreading the blog love far and wide. I’m trying to do the same thing here.
What I love every time I go to her page is that at the right on the top instead of the usual “About Me” tab she has a tab titled “Who the hell is Marissa Bergen?” Gives me a little laugh every time.
What can you expect when you visit Marissa’s blog? Snarky, sarcastic poetry. She’s kind of like Shel Silverstein after a bad day in rush hour traffic. It’s not always poetry. Sometimes it’s her musings on anything that comes to her mind, but it’s always funny. If you’re not familiar with her, go check her out. One my recent favorites of hers is Passover for Dummies. Instant classic.
Self-proclaimed grand poobah of leisure and author of humorous suspense novels The Sneaker Tree & White Picket Prisons, the humor essay book Fifty Shades of Phil and the long running blog The Phil Factor.