Blue Monday

Monday, Monday, so good to me.

It’s not just the sky, mind you.

Every Monday, rain or shine, sickness or health, the blue trash and recycling trucks that work our cul-de-sac toot their horns for the two little girls next door, who jump up and down in the driveway, shrieking with delight.

The drivers don’t have to do this. It’s not part of the job description. But they do it anyway.

So in case you’re starting to wonder whether any hope remains … I’d say yeah. It rolls by twice every Monday in a big blue truck.

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16 Responses to “Blue Monday”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    The blue truck is tooting us
    The blue truck is tooting us
    Driver, where would you be taking us?

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    And, good news Monday, John Prine’s condition appears to be improving.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/singer-john-prine-stable-condition-wife-69878185

  4. khal spencer Says:

    I’ve always loved Prine. Flag decal was the first song of his I ever heard. Then the haunting “Hello in There”

    • khal spencer Says:

      And of course Sam Stone. And other stuff.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I heard Bonnie Raitt doing “Angel From Montgomery” while I was in the grocery store years ago. Bonnie Raitt on grocery store music? Times they are a changing. Anywho, that was my introduction to John Prine. That song is in my song book.

      By the way, Arizona is on stay at home orders starting at 5PM tomorrow. Join the crowd I guess.

      • khal spencer Says:

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Welcome to the Big House, new fish. I hope you can sing in tune.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          Donald “Duck” Dunn and Steve Cropper are in a league of their own. The bass line in that song is amazing.
          Tune? I need a lot of work there. But, I ain’t quit yet. Alan and I keep working on “Sitting on Top Of The World” and “Last Thing On My Mind” trying to perfect them. He’s got it; I’m reaching for it! Next challenge is “Deep River Blues” E, A, and B7 goes a long, long, way. Some I day we will do a Facetime with you when we are practicing. Having Alan help me is like Andy and I having you and Khal helping us along last May. It’s always better with buddies.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I don’t remember quite how I got to John Prine. It was in Greeley, for sure, and may have been via Bonnie Raitt. Prine led to Steve Goodman, of course, and Emmylou Harris snuck in there somehow too. And Leo Kottke, whom we saw on a double bill with Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin). And Jonathan Edwards! Man, what a voice.

      But Prine. Damn. “Dear Abby.” “The Accident (Things Could Be Worse).” “Illegal Smile.” “Donald and Lydia.” “Sam Stone” has one of the best lines ever: “There’s a hole in Daddy’s arm where all the money goes.”

      And I don’t know why, but “Come Back To Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard” has been stuck in my head forever. According to Wikipedia, Prine said he started writing the song during a 1973 tour of Colorado ski towns with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

      Sez John: “What I had in mind was this girl who left home, did drugs, did religion, did husbands, and ended up doing diddley.” I believe Ms. Raitt sang the harmony on that one, and maybe played the slide guitar too.

      Finally, for anyone who wants to play along with John, you can find a ton of chords at The Prine Shrine.

  5. khal spencer Says:

  6. Dale Says:

    One more from John, and I hopes he makes it as well.

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