Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Episode 1200 - Arlo Guthrie: Coming Into Los Angeles

Today’s post marks our 1,200th edition of this blog and before we summarize the activity of this blog, we’ll head to today’s musical selection. Not as famous as “The City of New Orleans” or “Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie’s ode to counter-culture activity is probably his third best known recording.

From his 1969 album “Running Down the Road,” “Coming into Los Angeles” increased in popularity as it was one of the songs Arlo performed live at Woodstock later that year. According to Geoff Boucher of the LA Times who got the story from Arlo, the song chronicles a late 60s flight from London to Los Angeles by Mr. Guthrie.

While on the flight, he opened up his suitcase to find that someone from London included a present of a couple of kilos of contraband. Needless to say, Arlo was extremely nervous especially when he was going to go through customs. Apparently, as the song doesn’t record an arrest or any harassment, he was able to re-enter the US with the unnamed illegal substance.

Boucher explained the line in the song about the “Chickens flying everywhere around the plane.” It refers the extreme turbulence the plane experienced on its flight over the Arctic and the stewardesses were dropping chicken dinners in the process.

About two weeks ago a friend and I were talking about Arlo’s music and I remembered this song. I hadn’t heard it in years and it is perfect for our Wooden Music Wednesday feature as Arlo plays an acoustic guitar throughout the tune. The fine electric guitar leads were courtesy of Clarence White of The Byrds.

RBTG’s 1,200th Post Retrospect

Like I had reported with every other 100th post anniversary, I took a look backward on how we are doing visitor wise. I began this blog on September 26, 2009, but did not start monitoring the visits until October 16, 2009. Currently, we have 67 declared followers of the blog – up from 59 in January. There are many others who have visited frequently without declaring themselves as followers. The statistics are listed below:

Unique Visitors113,311
Times Visited125,553
Number of Pages Viewed184,355
People Visiting 200+ Times1,695
People Visiting 101-200 Times790
People Visiting 51-100 Times609
People Visiting 26-50 Times585
Number of Visitor Countries Represented175
Percentage of Visitors Referred from Search Engines63.3%
Percentage of Visitors Referred from Other Sites26.4%
Percentage of Visitors via Direct Access10.3%

The Top Ten Charts

On January 28/29, 2013, Google apparently changed its algorithm on how it counts visitors for sites using its analytics feature. There was a marked drop of page views on January 29 to levels that were lower than two years ago. January 29 also was the date of our 1100th post.

Because of this, we will not be bringing you the Top 10 charts for songs and dates, as these will no doubt remain static because the current numbers are unusually low. The overall numbers are up and we have more dedicated followers; however, this is not translating in the daily page view category. We will only be able to provide the Top Ten Visitor Countries.

The Top Ten Visitor Countries

The rankings remain static when compared to the previous two anniversaries; however, Spain is poised to take the ninth spot soon. Three new countries and territories were added since January 2013. They include one from Europe (Kosovo), one from the Caribbean (Guadeloupe), and one from Oceania (Solomon Islands).

1United States60,629
2United Kingdom10,351

As always, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support of this site and the encouragement to keep going forward. Thanks again for Reading between the Grooves.

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