Hot Business Idea: Piñatas of Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi and Other Hated Dictators

Does anybody currently make piñatas of hated dictators like Hosni Mubarak and Muammar al-Gaddafi?

Piñatas are brightly-colored decorations made from a cardboard shape covered with papier-mâché, in case you don’t know what one is. Inside are candies or little gifts which children can get by beating the piñata with a big stick until the piñata breaks open, usually while blind-folded. Each kid takes his/her turn until the piñatas is completely opened up and nothing remains inside.

It’s something I imagine a lot of people like to do to those dictators!

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Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for Beautiful Sunday (Daniel Boone)

Daniel Boone

This song was used around 2005 for a Claritin commercial, but it was actually from 1972. For those people who cringe at commercials using songs out of context, or that artists “sold out” by letting the songs be used in commercials, this is a reverse benefit. I’d probably would not have known about this song, or at least not for many years later, if I had not seen that Claritin commercial. I still haven’t heard it anywhere but in that commercial and that has gone off the air for many years now.

Beautiful Sunday was written and performed by Daniel Boone and is a great example of a happy pick-up sort of song. You could even substitute “Sunday” for most other days of the week you like to make it for your pick-up song for that particular day. It works for all days except Saturday. I guess you’ll have to remained depressed that day or look for another song. 🙂

You can even change the line about taking a “walk” in the park to taking a “run” in the park as I do, being a runner. I love playing this song on Sunday morning runs if I go through the local park and take music with me.

I liked the song a lot from the moment I heard it and I got chords and notes for guitar. I have since added a ukulele version. The PDFs for them are below.

Beautiful Sunday, Daniel Boone Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF

Beautiful Sunday, Daniel Boone Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

Beautiful Sunday, Daniel Boone Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF

Beautiful Sunday, Daniel Boone Ukulele Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

These tabs all fit on one page to avoid the inconvenience of page turns. However, the letter size tabs (8.5″ x 11″) may be too small for your eyes. If so, you can either enlarge to tabloid size (11″ x 17″) using an automatic enlarge feature on many photocopiers, or download the tabloid sized versions for printing. The tabloid size tabs can be inserted into a typical letter sized binder on the 11″ size, and folded almost in half to fit. You just open each tab to use it.

These tabs should be fairly easy to use. They are on single letter sized pages that fit nicely unlike tabs on web pages that are all over the place. Chord fingerings are included and the chords are right over where they should be for changes. I also have the notes for the tune written out so you can play them to sing the tune right. However, in this multi-media age, tabs should not be without an audio version to further help the user perform them correctly so below, I have the a video of the song as tabbed. I tabbed it pretty much the way it was originally recorded. I just chose a fan video with sites of the city of Sai Gon in Viet Nam because that’s where I was born. The images were from before the end of the Viet Nam War, after which time it got renamed to something crappy.

I hope what’s here is sufficient for you to learn the song and enjoy it.

By the way, how sad for Daniel Boone he has a more famous namesake in North America… but good to know he stuck to his name and did not change it.

Please click here for guitar and ukulele tabs and chords to other songs on this blog.


Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.9

Blue Sky, a Feel Good Song by Jason Collett

I was out at the movies recently and ending up hearing a great song, Blue Sky by Canadian Indie rocker Jason Collett. The video below is from a fan, not official video.

I heard this song from a bit of a strange feature before the films started. It was insinuated to be a movie, like a trailer but not a trailer. The concept and cinematography was quite moving, so it was better than a commercial. The song suited the images well, at least for feel. I’m not going to sit and analyze the lyrics for suitability to a theme. However, at the end, it flashed some text about heart disease being the biggest killer in women today. That really just spoiled the whole thing for me because not only did it catch me by surprise, the rest of the content had no relevance to the message. I’m not going to analyze whether that meant it “worked” on me or not. I just thought it was poor “marketing” or “communications”. And to be honest, it flashed the song credits so fast I was intent to catch it the next time I heard it rather than pay attention to the heart disease message.

A little research showed that heart disease message was about Facebook campaign called Love Your Heart. I see the “red dress” is the symbol of the campaign and I “get it” a bit about the red dress in that movie/commercial now. But it was just bad communications, in my opinion, if I had to go research it and didn’t care for whatever it had said on-screen after the thing was over.

Anyhow, I just loved how the whole Blue Sky song felt. Nice and simple, with an ultra-feel good chorus that goes right with the beat and lilt of the song. That’s as far as I’m going to analyze it cause sometimes, it just to go with da flow, ya dig?

Bring on, blue sky, bring on, blue sky!

Maybe they should write a customized version with a chorus of wear a red dress instead of bring on blue sky.

I must have a listen to more of Jason’s music!


Jason Collett, from his MySpace site

Blue Sky

You tried to make good
Hiding out in the neighborhood
Getting by and it’s understood
There’s no time like the time right before the flood

You get high to feel your love
It’s alright, so you need the crutch
Step aside, wonder what’s up
You close your eyes
You see you’ve missed so much

Bring on the blue sky
Bring on blue sky
Bring on the blue sky
Bring on blue sky

You can fly in your dreams
Floating by the black and white scenery
Take a drive where lovers leap
Only to arrive dead on your feet

Bring on the blue sky
Bring on blue sky
Bring on the blue sky
Bring on blue sky

Oh, this stiff heart of mine (stiff heart of mine)
If ever there was a time (there was a time)
Only you must leave these things behind

The paint is peeling off
The hood of this old truck
As you drive into the West
Where the eye of God is sinking fast

Bring on the blue sky
Bring on blue sky
Bring on the blue sky
Bring on blue sky

Bring on the blue sky
Bring on the blue sky
Bring on the blue sky
Bring on blue sky.



Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.0

See Dave Carroll’s New Success With The Cable Song Video

Dave-Carroll1Just a few months ago in July 2009, Nova Scotian musician took his music success to a new level with a YouTube viral sensation, United Breaks Guitars. It changed his life, as he said during a little concert in Halifax for the Tunes at Noon series in August. However, he was going to follow through all his previous commitments before taking on new ventures in October, like a true professional.

Well, it’s October and I just saw a song commercial featuring Dave Carroll protesting the proposed hike in cable fees in Canada, in the Local TV Matters campaign (FAQ). The full version is below, though I can’t find lyrics online at time of posting. It seems someone recognized Dave’s talent to write a good song to tell a story, as demonstrated in United Breaks Guitars. The story of how this all came about is below, courtesy of Dave Carroll on MySpace.

In July, after UBG (United Breaks Guitars) had hit, I was introduced by a CTV representative to the issue of supporting local television in Canada.

In a nutshell Cable TV does not pay for local programming like the local news and broadcasters don’t earn enough from advertising to continue to operate at a loss.

Sons of Maxwell built their career with the help of local television and for a lot of other reasons I believe in the project, so I agreed to write and produce a song in support of a great cause. It aired tonight (Wed Oct 7) for the first time following the 6pm local news across Canada and may do so again for the rest of the week.

It was a pleasant surprise for me to see Dave and his new success in more traditional media.

Congratulations to Dave and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of your success in the future!


Watch Us Weekly’s New Video of Michael Jackson’s Hair Catching on Fire During 1984 Pepsi Video Commercial Shoot

US Weekly has just released never before seen footage of the 1984 accident where Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire during filming of a Pepsi commercial.

The story goes something like this, extracted from text in the video at bottom. I typed it out because you’ll probably want to be looking at what happened rather than reading the text. It is stunningly tragic!

On January 27 1984, Michael Jackson filmed a Pepsi commercial at LA’s Shrine Auditorium in front of 3,000 fans. On the first take, the pyrotechnics exploded as planned after Michael descended the stairs. The sixth take went horribly wrong. The explosion went off too early. Michael suffered second and third-degree burns on his face and scalp.

According to Michael, the recovery from this was what led him to be addicted to painkillers. You see, he had no idea his hair had caught on fire. He just went on with the script and danced with his brothers after descending the stairs while his hair burned and people suddenly jumped all over him to douse the fire. I’m sure he knew it then, but it was a little too late. Stuff in his hair would definitely have fueled the fire more aggressively.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

It has been argued by some that this event and Michael had to do to recover from it was the start of a lot of his troubles in life, and equally arguably to be the start of his downfall. I would buy some of that. Put that much heat near your brain for a while and see if that doesn’t damage any brain cells! Detractors of the connection just seem to have think it was burns to any other part of the body and had no influence on Michael’s state of mind afterward.

Whether there was any causality or not from the accident, Pepsi settled the suit for $1.5 million dollars with Michael. To his credit, he donated it all to the burn unit of the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, CA (

Michael Jackson was also prescribed to some painkillers during the surgery and recovery, which some sources also told US Weekly started his addictions to, both, painkillers and plastic surgery. If he were addicted to painkillers, and he got it from surgery, might additional surgery have also been a convenient excuse to fix a little imperfection as well as get a little more without raising any alarms?

Rest in peace, Michael.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.3