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Thought of the Day 6.18.12

“Love is all you need.”

–Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney was born today in Liverpool, England in 1942. He is 70 years old.

McCartney is a singer/songwriter/musician who, along with John Lennon, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Pete Best formed the Beatles in 1960. The fledgling band did a tour in Hamburg, Germany and performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, but it wasn’t until Sutcliffe left and Ringo Starr replaced Best on drums that the Beatles popularity really began to take hold. In October of 1962 they released “Love Me Do”  (… and we did.)

Working as a song writing team (at least in name) Lennon and McCarney produced an unprecidented string of hits that became the soundtrack of a generation with “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Paperback Writer,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hey Jude,” “Get Back,”  “Let It Be,”  “The Long and Winding Road” and, of course, “Lovely Rita.” McCarney’s “Yesterday” is the most recorded cover song in history.

When the Beatles broke up McCartney started a new band with his wife Linda McCartney and Denny Laine. Although not as wildly successful as the Beatles, WINGS had a strong run in the pop charts from 1970 – 1981. Some of the band’s hits include  “Uncle Albert,” “My Love,” “Live and Let Die,” “Band on the Run,” “Mull of Kintyre,” “Silly Love Songs,” “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Coming Up,” and “With a Little Luck.”

His solo work includes “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Here Today,” “Another Day,” and “No More Lonely Nights.”

Paul McCartney live in Barton, England on June...

Paul McCartney live in Barton, England on June 13, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Thought of the Day 6.11.12

“The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.”

Jacques Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau was born this day in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac, France in 1910, he would be 102 years old.

Cousteau was a famous researchers and conservationist who brought the wonders of the “Undersea World” to life to millions through his books, movies and television shows in the 1950s and 60s.

He co-developed the Aqua-lung and was the captain of the Calypso  research vessel.

Picture of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

Picture of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thought of the Day 6.10.12

“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.”

Judy Garland

Judy Garland was born today in 1922 , she would have been 90.

She starred in dozens of movies from 1929 to 1963, most for MGM.  She won an Academy Award for her Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and a nomination for the award for her roles  in “A Star Is Born” and “Judgement at Nuremberg“. Other Garland favorites include “Meet Me In St. Louis“, “The Harvey Girls” and “Easter Parade.”


re-cropped screenshot of Judy Garland from the...

re-cropped screenshot of Judy Garland from the trailer for the film A Star Is Born. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thought of the Day 6.9.12 Cole Porter

“Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it, let’s fall in love.”

–Cole Porter

[“Let’s Do It”]

It is Cole Porter’s Birthday he would have been 119 years.

Porter was an icon of the Great White Way, and wrote both the lyrics and music for hundreds of songs including “Night and Day”, “Begin the Beguine”, “De-Lovely”, “You Do Something to Me”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”  “In the Still of the Night”,  “I get a Kick out of You,” and “You’re the Top”. His musicals include Anything goes and Kiss Me Kate (a take on Taming of the Shrew.)  Are you singing yet?

Cole porter smiling

Cole porter smiling (Photo credit: Lord Mariser)

Thought of the Day 6.8.12 Frank Lloyd Wright

“I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools.
Let’s start with typewriters.”

–Frank Lloyd Wright

Today is Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday, he would have been 145 years old.English: Frank Lloyd Wright, American architec...

English: Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, portrait, head and shoulders, facing right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[As a writer all I can say to that quote is “ouch.”]

Thought of the Day 6. 7.12 Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni (Photo credit: Tulane Public Relations)

I’m starting to post the Thought of the Day in the main section of the Blog (as opposed to as a Widget). What do you think?

“I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do.I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.”

Nikki Giovanni
(Today is poet Nikki Giovanni’s birthday)

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