Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Okay ... it's a few days before the big ball drops (somehow, that reminds me that I've gotta get my Persian cat Gunnar neutered on Monday), but, in case you're busy on that day, let me wish a HAPPY 2014 TO EVERYONE!

Actually, I think we're all happy "2013" is finally making an exit. But the best part is that we've got a brand-new, unused model (so far, it's still got the sticker on it) coming up that we can make into anything we want.

Most folks have already made resolutions ... and, in about a week, some of them may begin to wonder why they haven't worked out. They think resolutions, like the money that bill collectors hound us for, must be due immediately, and transacted in full!

But it doesn't work that way. Y'see, it's a two-sided word: On the one hand, the noun "resolution" comes from the word, "resolve", which means "determination"; on the other hand,  the computer version of it means "clarification".
So if we can clarify our desire, and work at it with determination, we're there!  But, remember: it doesn't happen overnight ... ya gotta keep workin' at it until that desire becomes a reality!

Sometimes, they're not fulfilled because we tailor our resolutions to fit the little "comfort zones" we live in - the repetitive thoughts or actions we're used to. Remember the old saying, though (it's on pg. 238 of the Old Sayings hymnbook):

"If you always think like you always thought, you'll always get what you always got!" 

I think it means "always".

So, this year, I'm calling for a Resolutionary War! Gettin' out from under the blanket of that comfort zone, taking a few calculated risks, and, even if we're feeling a bit like a fish outta water for a moment or two, going for it if it's honorable!

But we've still gotta be patient while these resolutions take hold. That's the hardest part.

But if you really, really want those rezzies to work, then throw back the covers of your comfort zone, get outta that bed of familiarity and rattle them pots and pans of positive movement!

And you can shake-rattle-&-roll yourself through a dynamic 2014!

With that in mind, I wish for all of you the best for the New Year (and the 364 that follow it). Now ...

C'mon, 2014 - show us what you've got!  We're ready for ya!!

That being said for this special-edition of TMC, I'll see ya on day 1 of the New Year.  So ... stay tuned ...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Readin', Writin', Rockin' and Rollin'

I couldn't have said it better myself ...
actually, a few years ago, whilst I was publicizing a band called The Fore and my amazing mates, Ron Ryan and Mike Lane, it had become more of a "business" than pleasure - until Uncle Lloyd and I had a heart-to-heart about the business.
It was at that time that the old "spunk" returned (but, within minutes, I was able to get rid of that census-taker and return to the business at hand ...).  Today, it's just like the pic up there says (PS it's also my Facebook cover, so you'll know where to avoid ... er, find ... me!)

Actually, I've been away for a while, compiling a new book as well as a script, sorting through songs for a new internet radio broadcast - all the while keeping the Mouse House clean and spiffy, doing some FB/Twitter updates and a bit of Christmas shopping for the zoo crew here. 

Anyway, 'nuff said about that!  Let's get on with a little R&R news, okay?

Hey ... did you see where the inductees for the  Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame (class of 2014) have been posted?  They were announced this past Tuesday - with Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Kiss, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel and Nirvana all getting the nod
(we've gotta get Wenner to stay awake a little longer!  Poor guy ... between this, Rolling Stone mag and the HoF itself, he must be losing sleep at night ...)
They'll be inducted on April 10th of next year. At the same time, Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will receive non-performing awards,  and Bruce Sringsteen's E-Street Band will go in as sidemen.
It's good to see Linda go in; though her career has ended due to Parkinson's Disease, she has touched millions of lives and just about every genre of music through her amazing talent!  Hall and Oates are perennial favorite - and it's no surprise that, whether together or solo, John and Darryl are still knocking 'em dead in venues around the country.

KISS??  Wh ... who are they??  Well, I guess even those small, local bands are good, too.

Actually, we all know who they are .. and congratulate them for a job well done!!

Oh ... and congrats to Marie Osmond, who takes on a new role: that as first-time grandma!  Her son, Stephen, became a proud papa this past Thursday (now do ya feel old??).
At the same time, it's sad to hear that L.A. DJ Rick Dees came home from an out-of-town gig to find his home broken into - and over 100 Grand in jewelry was taken!  Los Angeles police are investigating the break-in (geez ... I hope they didn't take his Disco Duck!  That little rascal was priceless!!).  In all seriousness, Rick: we hope they catch the low-life who did that and get every one of your baubles, bangles and beads back to you soon ...

Now, since I've gotten just about every "t" dotted and "i" crossed, I should be back with more in about 24.  Until then, if you wanna catch me on Facebook, just click this little link and join in the fun there!  Therefore and thuswith ...

Stay tuned ...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

NOTES from the CHIEF (requested rewind)

NOTE:  Since we have quite a few new mousers who wanna come over and see how we clique, I'd like to introduce them to our (sadly) late founder - the Master of Madcap and Munchkin of Music, LLOYD THAXTON.  He was Pied Piper Man to millions of devoted and rockin' fans who tuned in every weekday afternoon to dig the music and laugh at his crazy antics.
Now, some of you might not know that Uncle Lloyd was also an avid blogger.  In fact, you can still read his popular blog, which the love of his life (his lovely wife, Barbara) has allowed to remain online so we can re-visit and remember his wonderful posts..
So why did he blog?  Let me share that with you - in words he wrote me in 2005 - as we  repeat one of our most popular posts.

 Y'know, when my own readers heard me talkin' about my friend, Lloyd Thaxton, their first response (after the obligatory "Soooo WHAT?"  They weren't brushing me off ... they just remembered his famous teaser) was "He's still ALIVE?!?" (and, brother, he'll always be alive in our hearts. Can I get an AMEN?!?)
But, then, I told 'em about Uncle LL's blog, and told 'em that, for the mere price of an imaginary car, they could come on over and join in the fun and memories.

And many of 'em did! And, thus, they did enjoy the verbiosity that emanated from the inner being of one Lloyd E. Thaxton, Esq.

But, how did the original Mr. T. actually start blogging?
Here ... let 'im tell ya in his own words:

"I’m constantly asked why I spend time writing a blog. Who’s going to read it? By last count, there are over 23 million blogs on the web. 23 MILLION! Insurmountable odds? I’m optimistic. I Look at it this way: There are about 300 million people in the United States alone. Do the math. Divided equally, that computes to over 10 million readers for each blog. And, I’m just out to get my share.
Actually, I think my chances are pretty darn good. According to LA Times writer Patrick Goldstein, we are now a nation of niches. “Today’s action is with the country watching cable shows … that play to a specific audience.”
Specific audience? That’s my fans. The Lloyd Thaxton Show was always kind of a “niche.” It certainly played to a specific audience. And that makes me a real “son of a niche.”

It is said that the reason “American Idol” is such a big hit is because there is a huge niche out there that wants to be a member of a group, encouraged by their peers. What the “Idol” audiences love to see are others like them up there competing for fame and fortune. They see how they dance, sing, how they dress, and how they are treated with great respect. They even accept the occasional put-down from judge Simon Cowell as meaningful. “That could be me” is most likely the “Idol” fan’s mantra.

That, if you think about it, is what The Lloyd Thaxton Show was all about. We had our lip-sync contests, dance contests and each show was a showcase for the latest dances and “what-to-wear” on a date. Young people watched because they saw themselves up there joining in the fun. And, everyone was treated with great respect.

Still doing the math, I’ve figured that in the years the show was on the air, we had over 45 thousand dancing and performing teens on the show. And that was just the ones who were actually there, in person, live. Add to that the millions who were watching each show and we had a pretty substantial niche going for us.

According to Princeton University’s WordNet, niche is “a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it.” In other words, a “clique.”
There is no doubt that the 60s represented a very unique period in history. Think about it. Civil Rights demonstrations and legislation, the Vietnam War, the draft, Woman’s Lib, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Flower Children, Students for a Democratic Society, and Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll. The country has never been the same since.

Throughout this tumultuous time, The Lloyd Thaxton Show was there pumping out The Twist, The Beatles, James Brown, Surf music, Motown music, Top Forty and Rock and roll. And millions of kids were dancing to the music. It was the oasis in the midst of chaos; The calm during the storm. And according to the many letters I’ve received from the show’s fans, it gave a lot of people the confidence that everything would turn out OK. I, myself, am completely awed and humbled by it all.
So, back to the original question: why am I writing a blog? The answer is quite simple. I have a niche I just have to scratch. And so far I feel I have only scratched the surface. Judging by the hundreds of emails I have received, there is a substantial niche out there that wants to hash over a lot of cool memories."

So there you have it, Mouskiteers ... and it couldn't've been said any better than that ...

Hey, listen ... if you have any vids, .mp3s or memories you'd like to share about the boss? Just send 'em in to therockrelic@yahoo.com and we'll get 'em on here! Heck ... we'll even pay the postage for ya ...

As the Head Cheese of our Mouse Clique used to say: Stay tuned ...