Final Tirade for 2018

Twitter Magazine’s Latest – Happy New Year!

Two more days are left and another year falls by the wayside. Can’t say 2018 was a stellar year for me; although, I’m still alive and kicking. That’s a good thing. “Always look on the bright side of life,” as a silly song by Monty Python about death proclaims.

Just re-wrote and recorded a cover tune penned by Sonny Bono, called “The Blah Goes On.” That’s my version. His was called “The Beat Goes On.” Surely you must have heard it. The tune was recorded and sung by Sonny and Cher back in the Dark Ages.

For making it relevant to today, I picked Twitter and Social Media in general to lampoon through the lyrics of this old chestnut, which was recorded originally in 1966 and hit the Billboard Top Ten in 1967.

Lots have changed since then, especially myself; but I’ll spare you the details. What hasn’t changed, however, are the idiosyncrasies of youth and how the elder generation looks at them. Funny how the roles reverse before you know it.

Allow me to share the re-written lyrics:

The blah goes on; the blah goes on.
Tweets keep pounding rhythm to the brain,
La de da de de, la de da de da.

The Funky Chicken was once the rage, uh huh.
History has turned the page, uh huh.
Selfies are the current thing, uh huh.
iPhone is our newborn king, uh huh.

And the blah goes on; the blah goes on.
Tweets keep pounding rhythm to the brain,
La de da de de, la de da de da.

Amazon-dot-com’s the super mart, uh huh.
Social Media still breaks their hearts, uh huh.
People keep preaching all their politics;
If you don’t agree you are a heretic.

And the blah goes on; the blah goes on.
Tweets keep pounding rhythm to the brain,
La de da de de, la de da de da.

Babyboomers sit in chairs and reminisce.
Millennials play hashtag games and live in bliss.
Generation X,Y,Z, can’t put their smartphones down,
While scrolling through their news feeds going round and round.

And the blah goes on; the blah goes on.
Tweets keep pounding rhythm to the brain,
La de da de de, la de da de da.

The blah goes on; the blah goes on;
And the blah goes on, and the blah goes blah, blah, blah, blah, blah (to fade).

After recording the various segments and instruments, I posted the ditty to my Social Media timelines. Of course I got no response. OK, a retweet and a couple of likes on Twitter, but no comments. People are clicking on the post. It’s evident as seen in the stats for both Twitter and my blog’s page on Facebook.

Guess they are all too much into their own blah, blah, blah, to acknowledge my blood, sweat and tears.

One thing I noticed on this blog’s page at Facebook, A Part of My World, is a comment that reads, “100% response rate, 46 mins response time.” That refers to my responding to comments made on posts by visitors there.

The notation also stipulates, “Respond faster to turn on the badge.” How much faster do I have to be in order to get bragging rights about that icon’s being switched onto my page?

According to the powers that be: turn on the badge by having a response rate of 90% or more and a response time of less than 15 minutes.

Right…, like I’m going to turn myself into one of the fanatics I sung about in my latest cover, and be sure to check my smartphone every other minute so I can be jolly on the spot.

Happy New Year and best wishes for all the good things you deserve. Thanks for stopping by on occasion, and for your continued support in 2018. Hope you’ll be returning in 2019.

By the way, here’s the bit of nonsense I wrote about in this last tirade of 2018. Please don’t take it personally. It’s just a spoof. Scroll back up to the above lyrics after clicking on the tune, and you can sing along.

About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at
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