GMIM#10: Christmas Hangover

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

T’was the morning after Christmas, and all through the house. Not a creature was awake, not even……. I can’t think of a tacky poem for today. I’m not hungover, but sleepy as always on a Monday. Hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and is ready for reality once again. Enjoy the blog to make you forget about Mondays.

Top 5 Songs with the Saxophone

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I had this planned for the blog last week, and then George Michael dies at the age of 53 on Christmas. Would it be bad to say it’s good timing for this blog to showcase the top five songs featuring the saxophone? No, no it wouldn’t. (Yes, I know he didn’t play sax, but Careless Whisper kicks ass.)

This is my choice of the top songs with the sax. I’m not a music buff, nor do I believe I’m the authority when it comes to saxophone-ology. These are my choices based on variables such a duration of sax, quality of accompanying music, sax complexity, and how sexy & smooth the sax is during its playing period. Let’s get to number five…

#5: “Thief” – Ookay

This has become one of my favorite songs of 2016. I’m a sucker for any song made recently that has resemblance to 80’s pop and rock. “Thief” has similar sounds to Katy Perry’s “T.G.I.F.,” but what I like about Ookay’s song is it hits you with the sax unexpectedly and then you want need more. The buildup isn’t too much either, so it all flows well. Plus, the music video features Sexy Sax Man, who we’ll get to later.

#4: “The Impression That I Get” – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

A ska song on a list of top saxophone songs? You don’t say? Ska and ska punk bands have their strong followings, but it’s not exactly the genre that is featured on Billboard 100 all too often. The emergence of Sublime and No Doubt helped put ska punk onto mainstream radio, including The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’s hit “The Impression That I Get.” This song features both a recognizable guitar and sax riff that have made this song so popular since 1997. Alternating from Dicky Barrett’s raspy vocals to the catchy sax riff helps put this song at #4 on Zach’s meaningless list.

#3: “Turn the Page” – Bob Seger

The sax isn’t featured all too much in this song, but when it is…oh boy. Ladies, picture a rugged man unloading his Chevy Silverado, a salt and peppered beard, feathered mullet, a little mud on the high-waist Levi’s, white t-shirt tucked in, and a glisten in his eye. If that man was a sax riff, it’d be the one from “Turn the Page.” The song screams pure American man, and the sax solidifies that. The sax for “Turn the Page” is like the Undertaker’s bell when he enters the ring, except this riff plays whenever a cowboy boot comes out of a pickup and steps foot on the mid-western dirt.

#2: “Silver Bells” – Kenny G

This may be an unfair advantage, because Kenny G is the saxophone LEGEND of our time, and plus, we’re coming off Christmas. I think a lot of us can agree that Silver Bells may be the most boring Christmas song of all time. Slow, out-dated, and the lyrics aren’t all that great. But take away the lyrics and put the master to work, and Kenny G produces the sexiest Christmas song of all time. It’s also one of those songs that could be played at the mall year round and you wouldn’t care, because Kenny G is able to blend the steamy sax with the Christmas spirit. Just an all-around banger of a hit.

#1: “Careless Whisper” – George Michael

The G.O.A.T. of songs with the sax. Put George Michael’s luscious voice, fire lyrics, a smooth jazz/blues rhythm, echoing instrumentals, and the most recognizable sax melody together, and you have a classic. Careless Whisper was #1 in 25 countries and sold six millions copies worldwide in its prime. When Sexy Sax Man Sergio Flores uses this riff to gain worldwide popularity, it’s the obvious number one choice for greatest sax song ever.

Honorable Mentions

“Run Away” – SunStroke Project & Olia Tira (a.k.a. Epic Sax Guy)

Nasim Joon” – O.A.R.

Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen

Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel

Who Could It Be Now” – Men At Work

Super Freak” – Rick James

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Be selfish: take the seat on the subway

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So the other day on the way to work, I’m trying to cram myself into the overfilled subway car. As I’m standing in the middle like a sardine vacuumed packed into a can, I see a half-dozen seats empty and no one is trying to sit in them. I understand the last thing us office people want to do is sit down again after being in front of the computer screen for eight hours. But this is just common sense. I’m not sure if this is a sanitary thing people are paranoid about or what, but please, just take a seat. Be selfish. You’ll get more germs from holding the poles than sitting in a chair.     Rant over.

Am I a lunatic for driving 15 hours to Chicago for a wedding?

I have vacation coming up this week and it’s for a New Year’s Eve wedding. I guess getting married on December 31 has been the trend as of late. I personally think it’s not a smart move. You lose a free off-day from work, a random “holiday” you could’ve established any day of the year, and now you’re celebrating during the biggest party of the year. Just a heads up, everyone out drinking and celebrating won’t be doing it for you. Plus, Chicago in the winter? Can’t wait to freeze. (Bride and Groom, please don’t un-invite me from the wedding, I’m sure it’ll be awesome and I’m looking forward to it.)

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The wedding is aside from the point. Am I crazy for driving out to Chicago for a wedding in December? Reason I’m doing so is flights around this time of year are bananas, even short distance. The cost for gas PLUS a short stay up in Niagara Falls on the way back is still cheaper than the plane tickets. I sit all day at work anyway, so that won’t be an issue. But it’ll be the lady and I for 15 hours straight through wonderful cities like Cleveland and Buffalo. I’m looking forward to it and I don’t regret making the choice to fly, but for my six readers, you need to tell me if I’m crazy.

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