Todd Remembers Glen Campbell. :(

Aug 9, 2017 82

Getting the news that Glen Campbell had died really socked me in the gut yesterday. I knew it was coming, and inevitable, but still… Years ago, I got the chance to record a phone interview with him, as he was in the process of promoting his then-current album. I started by telling him a story about when I was living in Colorado Springs for a year, and instead of an ice cream man, we had a Sno-Cone man. Instead of the tinkly music you hear from ice cream trucks, our Sno-Cone guy would play Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” relentlessly from an 8-track player. Not the whole album, though: just program 3, over and over and over, the one that had the title track. I told Glen that as a result, I have a Pavlovian response: every time I hear the song, I suddenly crave a coconut Sno-Cone. Glen was greatly amused by that little story. We had a great chat, one of the truly great ones, but the moment that... ...

Stay at Home Chef Has Beautiful and Epic Response to an Online Hater.

Aug 8, 2017 276

image credit: screengrab from Viral Thread’s Facebook Page Early warning that you will probably want to grab some tissues for this. And for any of you reading who may be down on yourselves, for whatever reason, THIS. The woman speaking in the attached video is Rachel Farnsworth, also known as the Stay at Home Chef. Her website is here. As for the video, it’s her response to someone who decided to be catty to her online, about her and her appearance. Rachel’s reply is one of the most amazing things I’ve witnessed. And it’s also heartbreaking. I admit that I might be identifying with this a bit too much, for my own unnamed reasons, during different times of my life…but I get it. The big lesson here, at least how I interpret it, is YOU BE YOU. I don’t care what your bugaboo is – or whoever gave it to you. They’re ALL WRONG. Know that you are a creature of light, you are invincible and eternal and also perfect exactly the... ...

Lay’s Releases the New “Do Us a Flavor” Winners. I Subject Myself to Them.

Aug 3, 2017 880

And BOY, do I mean subject. (When I tried the Greektown Gyro chips a while back, a friend of mine described them as tasting like “drainage” – as in what you deal with during cold season. The assessment wasn’t inaccurate. I’m still scarred.) My guess was that Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese would be pretty amazing, that Fried Green Tomato would have some potential, and that Crispy Taco would be no more rare or wonderful than your average Dorito. A couple of my trivia pals from Wednesdays brought in bags for us to try during the game last night. (Hi, Emily and Ethan!) Well, well, well: my expectations were almost exactly reversed, as the Bagel one had this odd aftertaste and seemed to emphasize the seasonings less. The Fried Green Tomato just kinda laid there on my tongue, not really insisting on being present or interesting. As for the Crispy Taco, though…wow, now THAT was surprising, tasting more authentically like what it was named than the other two. (One pal,... ...

If a Famous Author Wrote a Pop Song.

Jul 25, 2017 48

Say, maybe an author known for his book about the green hills of a particular continent. That book predates the song lyrics this references by almost five decades, but this little piece makes you think, well, maybe he COULD have done this… Take a look, and then go take a listen to the actual song. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 No Joke Here, for Once. Lucky, Lucky YOU. ...

Keep Your John Travolta. I’ll Take THIS Guy.

Jul 17, 2017 94

image credit: screenshot from YouTube Someone brought this video to my attention recently, and MAN was it worth it. In a nutshell, Fred Rawicz was attending a Scottish music festival a while back, heard a favorite song and hit the moment like he’d been waiting all his life for it. Watch the video, seriously. It’s a kick and a half. ...

A Movie Todd is Enthusiastically Looking Forward to Seeing…

Jun 29, 2017 84

image credit: screen capture from ew.com This is the movie that was being made a few months ago in Columbus. And, no lie, I was completely moved to tears by seeing locations I’ve known for YEARS represented in this trailer – for example, the gravel-covered alley that one main character was down, in this clip? That’s the way I used to go to get to trivia, from my old apartment. If you’ve grown up in Columbus, or just love the town, you’ll find a lot of pleasure hiding in these two minutes. Take a look, and remember that the movie will go into wide release in August 2017. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Can’t Decide Whether to Invest in Puffs or Kleenex Stock   ...

Under the Heading of “Todd Had a Boxer That Did This with Coldplay…”

Jun 26, 2017 96

image: screen capture from rumble.com We present to you the rescue dog named Honey, who apparently decides to holler along to an old Michael Jackson favorite. Check out the video here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 By the Way, in Todd’s Case, the Song Was “Lost!” ...

When Alphabetizing…Doesn’t Seem Like Such a Hot Idea.

Jun 12, 2017 116

(image credit: screengrab from avclub.com) This is what happens when some evil genius takes a beloved and familiar movie and turns it into sheer chaos. Matt Bucy, with a lot of patience, re-edited The Wizard of Oz so that all the words are in alphabetical order. During sections where the same word appears several times (like “the”), you can almost follow the hyper-compressed version of the plot. Take a look, and have a chuckle, here. – Berryman Todd Middays on WIN 104.9   ...

Manchester. A Fine Moment Against All the Tragedy

Jun 5, 2017 83

Image credit: video screengrab/BBC With all the tragic aspects of a couple weeks ago, and then the amazing triumph of the benefit concert in Manchester this past weekend, there’s also the amazing triumph of humanity at large. Like in this video. 🙂 – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 ...

JCB Neighborfest series for 2017 starts TONIGHT!

Jun 1, 2017 172

The first Thursdays of each of the summer months always promise to be good, with the by-now annual tradition of concerts in front of the Commons. Tonight is the beginning of the JCB Neighborfest, with My Yellow Rickshaw as the opener this time around. Show starts at 5:30 tonight…and you can find more right here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Will There Be Boogieing? YOU MIGHT WANT TO COUNT ON IT. ...