I'm not a good TV watcher on the road. On the road, I'll flip if I'm in a hotel room or if I'm at C.I.'s DC home. I'll stop on whatever grabs me. If I'm at home, I'd watch a show religiously if I loved it. There haven't been a great many I loved. One of the first shows I loved as an adult was McMillan & Wife. I had nothing against Rock Hudson but I watched it for Sally. Susan Saint James played Sally ("Wife") and she had been on The Name of the Game, among other things. And she was a hippie-flower child. There were a few on TV. Peggy Lipton (Mod Squad) was another.
Sally was always so funny and so I'd be really happy every third week on Sundays. (The show started on another night, I always remember it on Sundays but you know my memory.) It was a mystery movie. One week was Sally and Mac, one week was Detective Columbo and one week was McCloud who I never really figured out. I didn't care for his show.
With Columbo, we'd get stoned and watch Peter Falk act stoned. Pot was at play when it was a Sally episode but usually we paid more attention -- in part because we knew there was no Columbo to tie it all together. Also because we'd do snacks.
Back then I don't know if you even had nacho cheese as a chip flavor. It was pretty much plain Doritos, Cheetoes, plain Lays, BBQ Lays and Funyons. Oh and pretzels. You'd have generic versions of those as well.
But we'd get Doritos at the store and some California avocados and a couple of tomatoes and a white onion and some peppers (hot peppers, not bell peppers). We'd go back to my place, I'd make my famous guacamole dip. Along with a squeeze of lemon, I also added (my secret!) a teaspoon of pure cane sugar. People would always wonder what that special ingrediant was.
It's too sweet for me today. Or was in 1994, the last time I tried making it that way. (I've made it many times since without the sugar.)
So a boyfriend would bring over a bag (of oregano -- if you're in the dark, just tell yourself I'm writing about a bag of oregano) and we'd roll some up and eat the guacamole dip and chips and drink iced tea and beer if anyone brought beer.
I was taking photos and doing more jobs that I didn't get paid for than I did. They'd tell you -- this was pre-net -- magazines would tell you, after they sent you on assignment, "Oh, look, we can't really pay but we'll give you a credit." No offense, music rags, but "a credit" didn't pay my bills.
So I always served iced tea. If people brought anything else, great. Drink it. But I would buy a box of Lipton tea bags every Sunday at the grocery store and make tea all week.
TV, even now, for me is something you do with people. I will have it on as background noise at home. And on the road. But in terms of watching, I really want someone to watch with.
Rebecca's got a favorite show: ABC's Revenge which returns with new episodes tomorrow night.
I actually like the show and, were I not on the road, I'd be hosting Revenge watching parties at my house.
Okay, you know I love Carly Simon. She's one of my favorites. And tomorrow she gets a really big honor. This is a press release from ASCAP:
Carly Simon to be Honored with the Prestigious Founders Award at the 29th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 18th in Los Angeles
Los Angeles / New York, February 16 2012:ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will honor Carly Simon with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award during its 29th Annual Pop Music Awards, it was announced today by ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. The invitation-only gala will take place on April 18th, 2012 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2011.
The ASCAP Founders Award honors pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music, inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include Ashford & Simpson, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.
Williams commented: "Carly Simon has always poured her heart and soul into her songwriting, and in the process she has helped re-write the rule book on what popular music can achieve and how it can profoundly change people’s lives. She is a true musical pioneer and ASCAP is extremely proud to honor her with the Founders Award."
Simon, whose unparalleled career spans four decades of storytelling in both song and print, has made an indelible mark on popular music. She was part of a new vanguard of confessional singer-songwriters that emerged in the late 60's and early 70’s that helped elevate the pop song to a new level of lyrical honesty and sophistication.
Simon achieved early success with singles such as “Anticipation” and “Coming Around Again,” but her biggest hit came with 1972’s No Secrets album and the song “You’re So Vain.” The album sold millions of copies, occupied the #1 spot on the charts for six consecutive weeks and earned Grammy nominations in six categories. The single still captivates fans not only with its distinctive hook and self-empowering theme, but also with the ongoing mystery of its inspiration – a secret that Simon continues to keep close.
Simon has earned multiple Grammys. “Let The River Run” (from Working Girl) earned her a Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar. She scored (Marvin’s Room, Postcards from the Edge) and authored children’s books (Amy the Dancing Bear, Midnight Farm).
ASCAP will also honor the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs of 2011 at the ceremony. Top awards will be given out for Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year.
The 29th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards is part of ASCAP “I Create Music” Week -- an entire week of events being held in Los Angeles to celebrate the voice of the music creator. Simon will give a featured interview the first day of the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO on April 19th. Visit www.ascap.com/expo for more information.
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