I blame Google Calendar. Yeah.
Sometime last year (?) I started seeing on my GCal the birthdays of other people who I guess are in my G+ circles? Contacts? Who knows with Google/Alphabet/Whatevertheyarecalled now? Stuff just appears. Monday I spotted this in my calendar:
Look at that, Thursday is Maha Bali’s birthday. Wow, it would be nice to do something special for her. So in the back channels of her own chat, me an Autumm hatched a plan to ask people to tweet something to her at 7AM Cairo time Thursday, either remembering, or scheduling a tweet or link to blog post, or a gif, or an image… or just jumping in when others do.
It will be like a twitter storm! (I am sure hoping she is not adverse to birthday celebrations, you know, culture differences and all) (Oh well, too late)
We also found that it’s hard to find a unique hash tag with “Maha” or “Maha Bali” in it, hence, the Official Once Decided By a Lot of Meetings And Research — #HappyBdayMahaBali.
Given my recent Learning Project habit / goofy song song covering spree I knew mine would be a song.
Sometime last week, Maha was asking me about music after I had tweeted some of the Rolling Stones videos I had been watching pn YouTube. She said that growing up she hear little rock; her husband introduced her to Pink Floyd, but from her parents there was no Dylan, maybe some Beatles and … Englebert Humperdink.
I do not even think I can say “Englebert Humperdink”. I looked for Pink Floyd songs; Wish You Were Here was a maybe, and the title of Shine on You Crazy Diamond had a perk of interest. But listening I kind of doubted myself.
But the Beatles, lots of options, and of course, one that leaped out was With A Little Help From My Friends. In fact I knew it, and had a print out of the tabs.
Thus this happened….
I was not sure of the graphic. Autumm suggested photoshopping a whole bunch of people into the crowded cover of Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, but that sounded like too much work, and they are all small.
But then I remembered her posted recap from her trip to the ALT-C Conference, and the great group shot of her, Rebecca, Sara, and Ashley:
But I went back to the Google well once more, and when I saw images of the gatefold (that kid is what the inside of an LP had for art) of Sergeant Pepper, I knew I had the image:
It was almost too perfect. Nothing wrong with that.
And as likely with my rotten singing you cannot tell what I am saying, here are the re-written lyrics:
"Maha A Little Help From My Friends" C D E (2x) Ma ha Bali E F#m What do you think about being virtual B E Can you be real friends, someone you only know E F#m from having talked in text and video B E And she lives way over in Cairo D A E Oh I tweet by with a little help from my friends D A E Mm I slack with a little help from my friends D A E Mm gonna hangout with a little help from my friends E F#m What do I do with conferences far away B E Logistics and travel preventing E F#m What was it I heard Rebecca say? B E She would be there virtually connecting D A E I connect with a little help from my friends D A E Mm DM with a little help from my friends D A E Mm gonna blog with a little help from my friends C#m F#m (Do you connect virtual buddy?) E D A I connect with a buddy on site C#m F#m (Could it connect any buddy?) E D A As long as wifi's alright E F#m (Is it a dream of people you've never met?) B E Yes I'm certain it happens some of the time E F#m (What do you see when you turn on the screen?) B E No difference between real and online D A E Oh I tweet by with a little help from my friends D A E Mm I slack with a little help from my friends D A E Mm gonna hangout with a little help from my friends C#m F#m (Do you connect virtual buddy?) E D A I connect with a buddy on site C#m F#m (Could it connect any buddy?) E D A As long as wifi's alright D A E Oh I blog with a little help from my friends D A E Mm gonna DM with a little help from my friends D A E Oh I connect with a little help from my friends D A Yes I connect with a little help from my friends C D E With a little help from my fri......ends
I think perhaps my favorite line, a nod to my post about Claudia Ceraso, is:
(Is it a dream of people you’ve never met?)
Yes I’m certain it happens some of the time
(What do you see when you turn on the screen?)
No difference between real and online
Happy Birthday, Maha! I hope you enjoy the greetings from your friends on the internet,
The post "Maha A Little Help from Her Friends" was originally pulled charred and crispy from a smoky charred oven at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2015/09/maha-bday/) on September 16, 2015.