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Friday, 19 May 2017

47



I'm bookending this working week with The Replacements. After posting the outtakes on Monday I was listening to a couple of their albums and I Will Dare came on with that little guitar riff at the start and then Paul Westerberg sings...

'How young are you?
How old am I?'

And today, as it happens, I turn 47.

The number 47 doesn't seem to have very much going for it. As Wiki points out it is the fifteenth prime number, the thirteenth supersingular prime and the sixth Lucas prime (nope, me either). It is strictly non-palindromic and in binary is represented as 00101111. A U.S. Maths professor used it to prove something funny to his students about numbers and this led to a long running visual gag in Star Trek. It is the atomic number of silver (my hair may be going that way). Mars has a forty seven year cycle around the sun. The Brooklyn hip hop collective Pro Era used 47 repeatedly because they felt that it represented perfect balance in the world and tension between the heart and brain. They also had a 47 logo that looked a tad swastika-like. It is the international dialling code for Norway. The Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn are forty seven degrees apart. There are forty seven Ronin in the Japanese story of the same name. More up this blog's alley, FAC 47 was the Factory anvil badge.


Frankly, there are more interesting numbers than 47. I'm spending the evening of my 47th birthday watching Jane Weaver play her psychedelic/electropop/folk music at Band On The Wall. I'll let you know how it was.

I Will Dare is a cracking little song off 1984's Let It Be album. The guitar solo was played by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck who was astonished by the amount of alcohol The Replacements could put away. And as he pointed out, R.E.M. were hardly the soberest band in the mid 80s.

I Will Dare

17 comments:

drew said...

Happy Birthday SA. 47 isn't too bad. 48 on the other hand is pish.

charity chic said...

Happy birthday youth and many of them

Dirk said...

Happy birthday, SA, and all the best: I can't remember 48, let alone 47 ....

The Swede said...

47? It was so long ago, that I've forgotten it. Mind you at my age what I had for dinner last night was so long ago that I've forgotten it. Happy birthday SA - have a blast at Jane Weaver, I'm catching up with her in October.

Walter said...

Happy birthday Young man. may you stay forever young

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday SA.
47. I have that all to come. Badger on the other turns 50 later in the year.
The pro eta collective did at least spurn one superstar in Joey Bada$$. I had no idea about the 47 logo thing though.
Swc

C said...

A very happy birthday to you SA, you mere whippersnapper!
Enjoy Jane Weaver - thanks to you and other bloggers here I'm really getting into her - look forward to hearing what you think.

Swiss Adam said...

Thanks to you all my friends.

Echorich said...

Happy Birthday SA! As it has been said above, 47 was some time ago now. In the seven years since my own 47, I've done a damn good job of living life...here's hoping you get the same opportunity!!

Brian said...

Welcome to 47. As a veteran of about six months, I can confirm 47 is nothing special, but I hope you have a great birthday anyway. You chose a hell of a song to celebrate.

TheRobster said...

Happy 47th. I'm a little over a year behind you so I expect it to be nicely broken in when I reach it.

JTFL said...

Happy birthday, youngster! Nice choice on the 'Mats best song, too.

Jake Sniper said...

Sorry i missed this yesterday Happy Birthday SA, hope you enjoyed Jane Weaver, a good gig for your birthday. i'll be joining you at that dull age later this year.

JC said...

The year I turned 47 was the first in which I would experience great personal loss and tragedy in my life....and it was a time over at the now deleted blog when so many folk I didn't know said the most amazing things and helped me through some really tough times. It's one of the reasons I was so pleased to meet you and the others a few weeks back as it allowed me to quietly say thank you to those who were there in person and those who were there in spirit.

A slightly belated very happy birthday Adam. I won't even grudge your team giving you the gift of a trophy in Stockholm next Wednesday (can't believe I've just said that!)


Luca said...

Buon compleanno (I'm late, sorry.)

Swiss Adam said...

Thanks chaps.

Simon said...

Been away from the computer all weekend, my boy's birthday was on Sunday, so a belated happy birthday! Hope it was a good un!