Guess what? It's Wednesday not Tuesday. This means that you're getting your Tuesday Tunes on Wednesday. Oops. Hehehehe. As you have all figured out by now, we've dedicated the departing Tuesday of each month to tunes of those that departed in that month. Monday night, being the eve of the departing Tuesday for July, I marched on up to Vera's house and demanded that she provide the songs of the departed for the month of July. (I didn't really march, it was more of a meander, but marched sounds more task-oriented-like.)
Vera, in her usual organized and dependable fashion, provided a CD the next morning. Which means I had all of Tuesday to pass on July's departed to you all everybody. It didn't make it. Did you notice?
I have the excuse of all excuses for my busy Tuesday that was so busy that I couldn't get you the departed playlist. Ready for my excuse? So my sweet mom, monikered "Summy," had a stroke on June 25. That was 33 days ago. She's been in the hospital since. Thirty-three days in a hospital is a lotta days. In dog years that's something like 33 thousand. Yesterday, instead of working on the July departed post, I was helping my mom walk 330 feet! What are the odds of that? Walking 330 feet on your 33rd day in the hospital. Of course, I have a thing for the number three, so naturally these types of things will light a spark in one of my thinking hemispheres.
We're so proud of her progress. The stroke ended up taking her entire left side, but's it's slowing waking up. We couldn't be more grateful. Actually, there's always room for more gratitude (always!), but I don't recall being this grateful, like, ever. Summy's been working with a neurological rehab team that has gone above and beyond. They've stretched her boundaries as comfortably as possible, and more importantly, they've kept her laughing. Rehab rocks, folks. Rehab rocks.
On Thursday, Summy is coming home for reals! We're so excited. She's beside herself and ready for the at-home luxuries that include high-def TV, privacy, and real food. She plans to continue extensive rehab with that same rockin' rehab team, but she's ready to have a real life again.
And so it is, on this fine Wednesday, you get July's Departed. Thanks again Vera for the research!
Azalea - Louis Armstrong (heart failure)
Boat On The River - Styx (RIP drummer John Panozzo, cirrhosis)
Boogie Shoes - KC and Sunshine Band (RIP guitarist Jerome Smith, smashed by bulldozer)
It's All Over Now - Rolling Stones (RIP Brian Jones, drowning)
Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie... - Long John Baldry (chest infection)
Eye - Smashing Pumpkins (RIP Jonathan Mekvoin, overdose)
The Hustle - Van McCoy (heart attack)
Cats In The Cradle - Harry Chapin (car accident)
In The Living Years - Mike and the Mechanics (RIP Paul Young, unknown)
Jungle Boogie - Parliament (RIP Ray Davis, respiratory failure)
Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton (cancer)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 - Franz Liszt (pneumonia)
Puff The Magic Dragon - Mamas and The Papas (Cass Elliot, heart attack)
Slow An' Easy - Whitesnake (RIP Mel Galley, cancer)
Sookie, Sookie - Steppenwolf (RIP Rushton Moreve, car accident)
Ball and Chain - Big Mama Thornton (heart failure)
Come Rain or Come Shine - Billie Holiday (cirrhosis)
Hard Time Gettin' Started - Eddie Boyd (natural causes)
Mother In Law - Ernie K. Doe (liver disease)
Oh Girl - The Chi-Lites (RIP Eugene Record, cancer)
People Are Strange - The Doors (RIP Jim Morrison, heart attack in the tub, I heart Jim Morrison!)
Precious And Few - Climax Blues Band (RIP Colin Copper, cancer)
Smokin' In The Boys' Room - Brownsville Station (RIP Cub Coda, diabetes)
Oboe Concerto in C, RV 447, minuet - Antonio Vivaldi (internal infection)