Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In the Good Old Summertime

I love music and my life definitely has a soundtrack. Les over at Time Out for Mom is having a Summer Music Fest. I cannot resist that! Come join us and bring your favourite Summer songs. I am bringing mine and Bill's, too. These songs may date us a bit, but it is all about Summer, memories, and fun.

The first song is the song that speaks of Summer to Bill. He was taking a Summer School class in Drafting at his high school. The year was 1970 when this song came out. This song was sung by Eric Burdon and War. The song was a unique mix of Latin, funk, and soul. This was new territory in the music world, but a very successful song.  It was also War's first chart hit, rising to #3 on US charts. Bill brought some wine, so Spill the Wine.

Bill's second Summer song choice was popular that same Summer. It is performed by the British band Mungo Jerry. The song hit #3 on the US Billboard "Hot 100" chart. It was also a worldwide hit, coming in at #1 on charts in both the UK and Canada. This song is considered one of the best singles of all time and is still popular. Here is the classic "Hot" Summer song of 1970, In the Summertime.

My first song choice takes me back to happy childhood memories.  My adolescent years were rooted in Texas and are some of my very best memories. My hero, there was Uncle Eddie, who had just come back from Vietnam. I hung around him every chance I got. We built his bedroom addition onto the house. He made me a great tire swing. He taught me about many things including great rock music. Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) was Uncle Eddie's favourite band. It quickly became one of my favourites, too. This song speaks strongly to me of warm Summer memories. Let me take you to Green River.  

John Fogerty, of Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), wrote the song Green River.  He drew on memories from a favourite vacation spot from his childhood. However, the name came from his favourite soda pop, the syrupy Green River. This song was officially certified Gold in 1990 though I thought so back in 1970.

Another Summer song that always takes me there is one that was popular as I graduated high school in 1977. This song topped the Billboard "Hot 100" chart and peaked at #10 on the Easy Listening chart that Summer. This song also went on to win the Grammy Award for 1977 Record of the Year.  Come with me to the mysterious  Hotel California.

Hotel California was written by Don Felder, Glenn Frey, and Don Henley, all who were members of the Eagles. Don Henley is quoted as saying that the song is about "going from innocence to experience". That pretty much sums up our Summer song choices. Here's to Summer...and warm memories. 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

It is Memorial Day.

Let us remember & honour
those served and those who 
were lost in military service.

And let us never forget those who never came home.

S/SGT. James M. Ray
South Vietnam

Friday, May 22, 2015


Among other annoying things this week, the Internet has been out. A road construction crew along with a township crew created a tag team. Apparently they were not in sync because cables were cut that shouldn't have been. This included my Internet connection yesterday. It seems to be resolved, so I hope to be back in business. I have catching up to do, and I hope to see you all this weekend. Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend and a peaceful Memorial Day.

The Internet is still going in and out. I'll be back as soon as the powers that be let me! *sigh*