Fish and Frogs

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The pandemic has altered a lot of plans… those for last year certainly and a big portion of this year already.  This could be the family down the street…

Mother – “Your father and I called you all here for an impromptu meeting about our summer vacation.  I know last year you were all disappointed we couldn’t go anywhere because of the pandemic.  This year we may leave our options open.  It will not be anything extravagant but cheap doesn’t have to mean no fun.”

Father – “Your mother and I want you to know we are trying to plan the most bang for our buck with this vacation more so than we normally do.  One option we were thinking about is renting an RV and going to a campground close by.  There could be swimming, fishing, hiking and lots of sitting watching nature.”

Oldest son – “Dad do we really have to?  I was hoping to get a summer job.  A ton of places are hiring.” 

Daughter – “Yeah, and Mrs. Everhart already asked if I could watch Janie this summer while she was back at work half days.”

Youngest son – “Awesome!  Can I catch a frog and keep it?”

… are you planning a vacation this summer with the possibility of being vaccinated by then?

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – impromptu

One of the Boys

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Otis Redding, Olivia Newton John, O Jays, Ozzy Osborne… Only Women Bleed, Off the Wall, Ode to Billie Joe, One of These Nights… Organ, overture, octave, oboe… only the obvious ones.

I must apologize, I will probably babble on too much.  This is something I have a deep connection with as it is something I have done for about 40 years.  Granted I have gotten older, they have gotten older but there is still a rush when I get the chance to attend an Oak Ridge Boys concert.  Overall if my count is correct, I have been to thirteen concerts, two baseball games they played in, an Open House for their fan club members, and a few encounters at the bar after a show.

I can’t help but get a little teary-eyed thinking about them now as 3 of the band members (not the four singers) who have been a part of most of those live shows are now gone from this earth.  But I have some good memories.

One of the most memorable times was when we had front row seats at the state fair and I flirted big time with the guitarist Steve… at the end of the show he handed me his towel from off the stage (you know, the one he wiped his sweat on… *sigh*).

That particular band member also sang.  There was a shake-up in the organization that put Steve into the spotlight, and he recorded at least 3 or 4 albums at one of the four singers.  One of these songs became the first song my ex-husband and I danced to after our wedding, “One Love, One You.”

As a teenager I was so taken by this group of people… I had one of my senior pictures with an Oak Ridge Boys coffee mug.  Like I said they were a part of my wedding reception and I have requested an ORB hymn at my memorial service when I am gone.  They are great entertainers and wonderful people with their fans.  Hope you enjoy this song as much as I still do…

Blogging A to Z April Prompt


Mumbles… Tobacco

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Believe it or not I have never had a single drag on a cigarette, and I am so thankful for that.  I grew up in a home filled with smoke… both parents smoked; my mom was a heavy chain smoker.  I remember going on car trips in the winters encased in the car with all the smoke my parents produced.  Every once in a while, they would crack a window for a little fresh air.

As I got older, I had allergies flare and they took notice of when I was having issues and did stop smoking as much.  Then one day out of the blue my Dad just up and quit.  He never had any tobacco until the day he became a grandfather and then he picked up a pipe again.  Mom was a different story.

I recall many times she tried to quit but would last only a matter of hours before she was getting frustrated and short tempered and would demand Dad go to the store to get her a carton.  That all changed when she landed in the hospital for stomach problems, and they discovered emphysema… she was put on oxygen 24/7 and never smoked again for the rest of her life.

My sister smoked, my in-laws, my boyfriend… I should have enough second-hand smoke to make up for never having a single drag.  I will admit to a couple of hits of nicotine when I tried a vape a couple of times.  Having watched so many people struggle with tobacco, I am happy I never did have that habit.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – tobacco

(A2Z) Need the Night

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Norah Jones, Nat King Cole, Night Ranger… Nashville Cats, New Kid in Town, Naughty Naughty, Need You Tonight… nocturne, Native American flute, natural, notes… need to narrow it down.

One of my all time favorite songs is rarely fully played on the radio.  It is the Moody Blues hit song Nights in White Satin.  Of course my favorite part is the poem at the end that is rarely included with air play.

Breathe deep the gathering gloom

Watch lights fade from every room

Bed sitter people look back and lament

Another days useless energy spent

Impassioned lovers wrestle as one

Lonely man cries for love and has none

New mother picks up and suckles her son

Senior citizens wish they were young

Cold hearted orb that rules the night

Removes the colors from our sight

Red is gray and yellow white

But we decide which is right

And which is an illusion

Written by Hayward David Justin I used to not like it as the music during the poem is a little unsettling and as a kid I thought it was creepy sounding.  But now I love it!

Blogging A to Z April Prompt


Over Weight

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Like an airplane

With too much weight

You need to remove

Some of that dead weight

Jettison some of those

So called friends

Who weigh you down

Never call

Never visit

Never seem to have

Time to care

… never mind

They have let themselves out

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – jettison

(A2Z) Many Musical Moments

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Manhatten Transfer, Monkees, Meatloaf, Moody Blues… Mony, Mony, Maple Leaf Rag, Mad World, Make You Feel My Love… Major, movement, Music Man, melody… many more musical mentions. 

About the time I was 9 or 10 years old, my sister was really into music and would let me listen to records with her.  One she often played had come from a recommendation of our neighbor.  He introduced Mason Proffitt to my folks and my sister really enjoyed them too.  I became hooked on the song they did that made the radio airplay.  It was a song called “Two Hangmen.” 

I grew older and embraced all of the songs.  They were from the 60s and 70s and had messages about freedom, no war, peace, Native American rights… they were very reminiscent of the time.  One of the lines I recall the best is “Flowers beads a good disguise but don’t forget the shades that cover your eyes to keep your mind tied down.  If you’re real, you’ll learn to think as well as feel,” from the song “Walk on Down the Road.” And I know all of “Two Hangmen” by heart.  “… It seems the folks were up in arms, a man now had to die, for believing things that didn’t fit the laws they set aside…”  

One of my favorites is a song called “Buffalo.”  It talks of a Native American upon a buffalo nickel that gets up and looks around seeing things that were wrong.  “… this reservation’s wrong, who’s this white man, my people never smile, where is my brother, my children ignorant, where is my squaw…”  It still sends chills every time I hear it.  

I never thought I would be able to see them preform live, but a few years ago my sister and I got to attend a concert at the Surf Ballroom.  It was magnificent, they sounded as good as the albums even all those years later.  You can also find some of their songs on YouTube from the Wanted and Moving Towards Happiness albums.  Here is another one of my favorites… 

(if this works right… it is part of a playlist, but starting at the song Old Joe Clark)

Blogging A to Z April Prompt


(A2Z) Listen To This

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Lady Gaga, Lindsey Stirling, Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz… La Bamaba, LA Woman, Love Will Keep Us Together, Love Shack… live music, lyrics, largo, lyre… listen to the music.

Ok, I have a confession.  I was once young, foolish and reckless.  Another confession I was heavily into country music in the early 80s – the time of “country rock.”  This is how the two met one day.

A very small county fair had a concert my friend called me about.  It was Louise Mandrell.  You may recall her sister Barbara as the more famous sister, but Louise did ok for herself too.  Anyway, my friend and I went to the fair in a small-town west of us.

Louise put on a great show.  We didn’t have the greatest seats, but we were not blind, she had a cute band member or two.  So, the time in the show where she introduces the band came and my friend and I were very vocal about each introduction.  Finally, Louise said we should come on up stage and meet them.  Oh – my – goodness, we did!  My friend took the lead I ran to catch up and a third girl ran up on stage with us.  We started on the left side of the stage and went around to each band member to get hugs and handshakes. Then we hopped down and went back to our seats.

After the show we got autographs of most of the band.  And it was a night we will never forget… besides we can’t there were pictures taken.  Ha, ha!

I am guessing videos were not big in the career of Louise, as a search came back with few choices.  Here is one of her covering a rock song originally by Dave Edmunds.

Blogging A to Z April Prompt


Know This One?

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Kiss, Kenny Loggins, Kid Rock, Katy Perry… Keep Pushin’, Killer Queen, Kiss You All Over, Katmandu… Kettle drum, Koto, Key, kazoo… Keenly awesome collections.

I struggled a little with a K artist, song or music term to use for this one.  I have decided since on occasion it happens to be on late night television and I do love her singing I will go with Kelly Clarkson.  I am still not so sure I like her for her interviewing skills.  But I love the energy she brings to every performance, 

I will admit we had the DVD To Justin From Kelly in our movie library for a time.  Whether my daughter will admit it or not, she, as a kid, thought it was a good movie.  I barely remember it actually, but want to say it had some good music in it for a “teen movie.”

Here is one of Kelly’s songs that I enjoy…

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