(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

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The Neighbor

There was a loud crash outside and I ran to see what happened. At the corner is a mangled mess of metal. I see the neighbor’s car, the one that their teenage son drives. I reach for my phone, dial 911 and go outside to see if I can help.

I reach the car, recognizing Sam through the blood on his face. I realize he is unconscious and try to find a pulse. Another neighbor walks up looking in the window and asks, “Is he ok?”

“There seems to be a strong pulse still.”

We both walk to the other car and look inside. A middle age man lay slumped over the steering wheel. My neighbor asks, “Can you hear me?”

He moves his head slightly and lets out a moan. “I tried to hit the brakes but he was so close.” the man said.

Just then someone let out a scream. It was Sam’s mom running towards the cars. “Sam, are you alright?”

I approached Sam and his mother and reminded her not to move him. Just then an ambulance turned the corner. I put my arm around her and pulling her back said, “Let them do their job.”

 

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

The Outdoor Rules

Johnny and Mark were playing catch in the yard. Mark had signed up for little league and was hoping to be the team pitcher. When Johnny missed the ball they cringed, hoping it would not go into the neighbor’s yard.

Sure enough Mr. Paulson swung open his front door and hollered at the two boys, “You better not be coming onto my lawn! Don’t want no kids ruining my lawn!”

Mr. Paulson had turned into quite a cur the last few years. The boys both replied as Johnny stopped the ball just shy of the yard, “We won’t Mr. Paulson.”