What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from one of his books, often a Chet and Bernie. What’ll it be today?

Pete: How about Heart of Barkness?

Mrs. P: The brand new Chet and Bernie? Take it away!

Pete: Well, then, let’s take a look at Lotty Pilgrim, one of the central characters, a has-been or never-was country music singer.

Mrs. P: Country music? Bernie’s a big fan – as are you, I hear.

Pete: True. Lotty seemed like one of those names that hearkens back – kind of an echo of Dottie, as in the great Dottie West. As for Pilgrim, it more than hints at the wandering minstrel, and there are echoes of the old country song I Am A Pilgrim, recorded many times but never more beautifully than by the Byrds on their Sweetheart of the Rodeo album. I hear you thinking: Pilgrim? Maybe too on the nose? But we’re talking country music! That gives us a license to be on the nose. The famous Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard said country music was three chords and the truth.

Mrs. P: And as readers may not know, Lotty sings a Song For Chet. Let’s go out on that, and see you next month for more of What’s In A Name!


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11 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:53 am on August 15th, 2019


    I love “What’s in a Name”, and today’s was especially interesting!

    Good day to all!

  2. B. Stover
    11:17 am on August 15th, 2019

    Yes, it is interesting.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    12:43 pm on August 15th, 2019

    BooBear: Glad your mom liked the movie. I hope there were some tears of joy mixed in with any of sorrow. Also, your mom is in good company, Michael Strahan on Good Morning America confessed to tearing up over the movie too. And a tear or two (or more) may have been shed here in Chevy Chase as well, truth be told.

    Also, for those who like the Donna Ball Dogleg Island series (with Flash), after a long wait, book 4 (Pieces of Eight) is scheduled for release on September 9.

    Lastly, I did get the military dog stamps today at the post office. They are truly magnificent.

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:31 pm on August 15th, 2019

    W’s&T’s Paw: I think the “Teddy” stamp is pretty magnificent too! I am honored to have a couple. :^)

  5. Thieves!
    10:14 pm on August 15th, 2019

    Our Lady is leaving for parts unknown for her day job today. She believes she will be off-grid. As soon as we could start celebrating, Luna informed us our Lady being off-grid doesn’t mean our sins don’t count. Piss!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on August 15th, 2019

    Wait!….Wot!??….My friend came home with Frog Stamps last week…grump!…What the hell! I want Wookie-007 stamps right now!…growl!…Frogs indeed! …wuffle!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on August 15th, 2019

    Vat!…So this means the planned Vat O’ Beer will not be showing up tomorrow???…gruffle!…This day just gets worser and worser. (sorry Stover!) …grunt!

  8. Thieves!
    10:23 pm on August 15th, 2019

    Rio: That is correct. We will not deliver the vat o’ beer tomorrow. We will deliver two!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on August 15th, 2019

    2!….But you will pay my dear friends, you will pay!…snort!…Beau has his paws on your every move. I for one would like to hear how you will pull this keg-party off!…heh!heh!…Wait, Don’t tell me. I do not want to be a part of this crime…yeeep!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on August 15th, 2019

    Knowledge!…If they just show up on my back lawn and I have no Knowledge then I will be free to par–take! Guilt-free!….snorkel!

  11. Thieves!
    12:47 am on August 16th, 2019

    Rio: If we’ve been paying attention in bible study, and there’s no reason to believe we have, some sailor guy liked things in pairs. He built a boat, loaded it up with two by two of a lot of things, and then set sail. We are merely following the teachings of the Bible by delivering two vats.

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