Erica Scott: Life, Love and Spanking

Ruminations, opinionated observations, darkly humorous blathering and the occasional rant from an outspoken spanko and unapologetic attention wh–, um, hog.

Couple more birthday tidbits

I’d forgotten to mention that, along with flowers and lunch, Steve gave me a gift card. What’s so unusual about that, you might wonder. Take a look at it.

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What, pray tell, is a “Vanilla VISA”??? Does that mean I can’t buy anything naughty with it? So what shall I purchase? Maybe go to the book section of Amazon and buy “The Joys of Missionary”? Or get some nice virginal white granny panties? Oh, I know! I’ll go to the music section and buy “Shades of White: The Pat Boone Box Set”! (snort)

Incidentally, Steve was the one who scrawled KINKY under the No Fees line.

And really, is my birthday complete without a new cartoon from the uber-talented Dave Wolfe? No, it is not. He never forgets, no matter what. ♥ Here is the 2016 Erica’s Birthday Toon:

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Thank you, Wolfie!!

And finally — this part is off topic, but it definitely concerns another topic about which I’m passionate: The Beatles. Yesterday, John took me to see “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years,” the documentary by Ron Howard. It focused on 1962-1966, the years in which they traveled worldwide and performed live for thousands of teenagers. At the end of the film, there was a remastered film of their 30-minute Shea Stadium concert in 1965, to over 55,000 screaming fans.

It was magical. Especially for me, because I much prefer the first half of their career to the second. I loved them overall, but whenever I have my druthers, I choose to listen to the music from their “moptop” days, when they wore identical suits and haircuts, when they were brimming with youth and exuberance and cheekiness. Before they grew tired and jaded, before they withdrew from the public and retreated into the studio. When they could still do no wrong, before that unfortunate throwaway remark by John (“We’re bigger than Jesus”) in 1966 brought the wrath of the Bible Belt on their heads, inciting everything from mass burnings of Beatles albums and merchandise to death threats. Yes, their later music grew more sophisticated and complex, it gained in maturity and brilliance… but it lost something as well, for me: the unbridled joy. The playfulness, the boyishness. Before “She Loves You” morphed into “She’s Leaving Home.”

Some parts of the film made me cry… I’m not sure why. Nostalgia, perhaps, or sadness for days gone by. I thought of my brother, who was a teen in the thick of Beatlemania, who went to see them at the Hollywood Bowl. In fact, when the film showed footage of the Bowl concert, John leaned over and whispered, “Ken was there!”

But most of it made me happy. And I’d like to share just a tidbit, the last song in the Shea Stadium concert. Where the screaming was so loud, they couldn’t hear themselves, so they had to count on each other for musical cues (Ringo said he kept the drum beat by “watching John’s ass”). For me, this little two-minute clip encapsulates everything I loved about the Beatles. Watch Paul gleefully singing at the top of his lungs; John and George singing accompanying harmonies and cracking up; John clowning at the keyboard. I defy anyone to not feel the infectious joy. Indulge me — it’s just two minutes. 🙂 Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

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16 thoughts on “Couple more birthday tidbits

  1. LOL!
    And I MUST see that documentary – lucky girls!

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  2. MrJ — yes, you must! I wonder how many 60-something women are seeing this and recognizing their teenage selves among the screaming masses. The film showed many of them fainting and having to be carried off.

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  3. Happy birthday. Love Wolfie’s drawing and he captured your bottom in panties perfectly.
    Hugs
    Always
    Ron

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  4. Beatles = great music and humour, dunno if you`ve ever seen this Erica but go take a butchers at it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqkKrK-uWK4

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  5. Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire!!

    That must be a fine feature indeed, Erica– T’ll look forward to it! And I’ll forgive Ron for what he did to the Grinch. 😀

    Thanks for that link, Graham; it reminded me of the Christmas bits the Beatles did for the radio stations every year for a while

    Thinking of the past, with such potent and poignant memories, is a little hard for me these days, and yet, there is still such joy in performances like that, and in the music. But I’ve discovered its appeal is not just for those of us who were around at the time! Thanks to my wonderful daughter-in-law, both my granddaughters are huge Beatles fans, too! Their mom has made sure to introduce them to all sorts of music, and they have so much that’s rich and wonderful available to them, and, of course, the cream comes to the top!

    Oh, yeah, the cartoon, Ha! I’m very glad you enjoyed it, Erica! You’ve always been a terrific audience! If someday the roof falls in on me during the third week of September, I’d be very sorry to disappoint you, but I’d try to catch up, and my love will always be there!

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    • Wolfie — you are right; the Beatles have transcended their own time, and have made themselves known to later generations. And I believe they will continue to do so. Perhaps this is a movie you could watch with the girls! Love you.

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  6. Hahaha Lolz amazing gift it was, i wish i too can get something like Vanilla gift card.

    http://forthecloset.co.uk/sex-toys/

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  7. Erica –
    Great varied post.

    Thanks for sharing more of your birthday and your birthday humour.
    Great write up on the Beatles documentary. Is that video from the actual movie or just similar footage? (Oh and Love Wolfies’ cartoon too of course.)

    Best,
    Enzo

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    • Enzo — the clip I posted is part of their Shea Stadium concert. When you see the movie in theaters, there is a special extra afterward — the entire SS concert. Technically, it’s not part of the movie, although the movie does show bits and pieces of it. Make sense?

      The movie is now on Hulu, but without the SS extra.

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  8. Yes, makes sense. Didn’t know the whole concert was shown afterwards. Thanks for the clarification.

    The movie is still showing in select ( ie few & far between) theaters around here, but I may need to see it now based on your recommendation.

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    • Enzo — I would say this is a must-see for any Beatles fan. I thought I had pretty much seen everything Beatles-wise over all these years, but Ron Howard found fresh material and perspectives. Plus, even with the same stuff I’ve seen before, it never gets old for me.

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  9. Elizabeth Jane on said:

    I agree that Beatles clip rocked and so do you, Erica. Happy belated birthday.

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  10. EJ — thank you!

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