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Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Okay...I didn't make it to the gym tonight, for various reasons. However, I did manage to get in some exercise.

What I just finished was the Day 1 video from the January Jumpstart Challenge. 8 min of butt-kicking interval cardio! I think my lack of cardio the last 2-3 weeks is showing!

Before that, though, I did some hula-hooping with my Danskin 2.5 lb padded hoop. Thought I needed some music to go with, so I hauled out the boom box and grabbed a CD somewhat haphazardly.

Turns out it was Golden Throats. This is a collection of songs "sung" by famous actors back in the 60's and 70's an attempt to bring them some "cross-over" popularity. Umm...I don't think it worked they way they hoped.

Before the hoop tuckered me out, I made it through:

"Proud Mary" sung* by Leonard Nimoy (yes, Mr Spock of Star Trek);
"It Ain't Me, Babe" sung* by Sebastian Cabot (Mr French, the butler, from A Family Affair);
"Blowin' In the Wind" sung* by Eddie Albert (Oliver Douglas of Green Acres);

"Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" sung* by William Shatner (yes...the original Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise on Star Trek: TOS).

Will you believe me that it's very hard to maintain a steady rhythm with a hula hoop when you're trying to stifle laughter? Honestly, the only thing funnier on this CD thanShatner's "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" is "Mr Tambourine Man", sung* by...guess who? Yep! William Shatner again!

If you're curious about Golden Throats (there are 14 tracks total on this CD, and I think there are additional collections), check Amazon. I think they're for sale there. Maybe even on iTunes for downloads, dunno.

(*any use of the word, "sung", in this blog post is purely semantical...I had to call it something!)

Honestly, some of the stars featured on here CAN sing, but their agents got them into songs totally not fitting their styles, ranges, talents, etc. Here's the list of tracks:

1. Proud Mary - Leonard Nimoy (sounds like Mr Spock's emotionlessness)
2. It Ain't Me Babe - Sebastian Cabot (slang from a British butler???)
3. Blowin' In the Wind - Eddie Albert (wrong style, dude)
4. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - William Shatner (think his agent had kaleidoscope eyes)
5. A Whiter Shade of Pale - Noel Harrison (not terrible)
6. I Can See For Miles - Frankie Randall (who?)
7. Try a Little Tenderness - Jack Webb ("Just the facts, ma'am")
8. Twist and Shout - Mae West (her vibrato is energetic)
9. House of the Rising Sun - Andy Griffith (good ol' Sheriff Taylor sings about a brothel)
10. Mr Tambourine Man - William Shatner (his tortured cry at the end is how I felt the whole way through!)
11. You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Jim Nabors (ever heard this song performed like a dirge?)
12. Like a Rolling Stone - Sebastian Cabot (
13. White Room - Joel Grey (Dirty Dancing's dad)
14. If I Had a Hammer - Leonard Nimoy (yeah...if I had a hammer, too........)
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    I have heard that Capt. Kirk song before. He seems to talk more then sing. I don't know how you were able to keep the hoop up while you laughed.
    2267 days ago
    What fun. Even though I like star trek, not a CD I will be looking up. emoticon
    2268 days ago
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