(A2Z) Time for Tunes

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Toto, Three Dog Night, Talking Heads, Train… Tennessee Flat Top Box, Tiny Dancer, Take it Easy, Tainted Love… Tuba, trombone, track, theremin… take this time to tap your toes.

This is a bitter-sweet post for me.  About 30 to 35 years ago, I discovered a area band that blew me away.  It was a four-piece band called of all things, Tasty Nickel.  (You know I never did hear the story of where the name came from) They were a regular in two different bars here in town and I would see them play most every night they were here.

The band consisted of a married couple, his brother and a few different drummers.  The highlight of every time I saw them was a song called “Too Old to Cry.”  The lead singer, who wrote it, did the song so good with such emotion… I would sit and really get lost in the song about a break-up.

The band went through some changes, disbanded and the couple started another band briefly.  But hung up the road life for something more stable.  They completed some college and moved on to different lives.  I lost touch with them when they moved to Virginia, I think it was.

Sadly, I recently discovered the lead singer who wrote “Too Old to Cry” had passed away from cancer.  I do NOT own this song and I do NOT own the pictures, but I put together a video about 15 years ago for the song.  I have debated whether or not to post it, but I still want Craig’s music to be heard.  I really love this song and have always dreamed to hear it on the radio one day.  So, if I can get this to work you will now see and hear “Too Old to Cry.”

Alas… WP does not allow free subscriptions to add video OR audio files without paying. So sadly I cannot share with you all. Trust me it is an amazing song! More videos will return with U tomorrow. SORRY!

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Blogging A to Z April Prompt


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


(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


Hear Me Roar

According to Oxford Languages lionize is to “give a lot of public attention and approval to (someone); treat as a celebrity.”

I also learned there is a rock band called Lionize.

But being my Dad’s daughter I love a good pun or play on words so this is my response to lionize…

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lionize

True Or False

True or false

Do you love me

I need the truth

Do you need me


I saw you first

That summer night

You were in the band

Standing in the spotlight

You sang to me

And gave me chills

You romanced me

Oh all the thrills


True or false

Do you love me

I need the truth

Do you need me


A whirlwind in a week

But the time to leave came

And I was sad and blue

But glad I’d played the game

It is forever in my mind

And close to my heart

But I wonder if you

Felt the same from the start


True or false

Do you love me

I need the truth

Do you need me

True or false

Is this love


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

Keep On Rockin’

She sat alone at a table in the back of the room. The heady scent of alcohol met her as the waitress sat down her drink, a long island ice-tea.  She really wasn’t here for the booze.  She would likely nurse this one all night.  She was here to see the local band perform.

The band played rock and pop music and had only been together a couple of years.  Diane had not been able to see them yet and was excited as she went to school with the bass player.  The band approached the stage.  The room quieted a bit.  And then the lights flashed on with the first note played.  This was going to be a great night.


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

Front Row

“Ladies and gentlemen please welcome, PRISM!” The announcer stepped back from the microphone as the crowd went wild. Taking the stage was Steve, Don, Harry and Craig, better known as Prism.

Lynn and Tracy had seen the band many times before and were possibly screaming the loudest as the band started into their hit song, “Always Yours.” The teenage girls had camped out and gotten front row seats for the first time. They were determined that this would be a night like no other. As Steve smiled and winked at Tracy, they knew it was only going to get better.


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