Life’s Simple Pleasures

My cherished recollections of holiday specific, family fun, undoubtedly, have been indelibly time stamped, 9 December 1965, by the radio and television transmissions, airing on that very day. Stepping into the ol’ time machine…

It had been shortly after our Thursday supper, when my Pop and I had driven off to our small town Michigan’s Mom and Pop grocery store. While he took care of the provisioning, I had wandered off to the 45rpm record display; with one and only one goal in mind.

I just had to snag myself a copy of the rock and roll instrumental, No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) recorded by the T-Bones. This track had first been used within an Alka Seltzer television ad campaign and, next, minus all of the product hoopla, eventually got transmitted over radio stations, nationwide; in my neck of the woods, this (now) classic blasted out over CKLW Windsor / Detroit’s 50,000 watt energized airwaves.

After dad paid for the groceries and I forked over 98¢ for my new record, we headed for home. Once my Zenith monaural record player had spun my new disc (at least a half a dozen times)…

It was time for my family and I to gather in our living room to set up / decorate our Christmas tree. No sooner had our home taken on a far more festive ambience than my favorite comic strip, Peanuts, the brainchild of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, came to life via the CBS network’s debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas; all further enhanced and jazzed up by the Vince Guarldi Trio’s, by and large, instrumental soundtrack.

Returning to the here and now, all of my fond recollections are sure to continue playing out, throughout 9 December 2020, especially after tonight’s supper when, just for the symmetry of it all, I plan to rev up my CD player to track thru that vintage T-Bones track, set up my Christmas tree and, to top off the entire evening, pop into the VCR an ancient VHS tape to re-experience Schulz’s animated Christmas masterpiece.

Considering the past year’s events, which we all wish we could forget, memories of life’s simple pleasures do mean so much.

So much more!

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Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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R.I.P. Trini Lopez (Sunday Song Series)

Singer / guitarist / recording artist Trini Lopez, 83, passed away this past Tuesday, August 11, 2020 (due to COVID-19 complications). His professional career had spanned 1959 thru 2020.

I first became aware of his limitless musical artistry, proficiency and energy… way back in 1963… when radio jocks were playing his lively, chart topper hit interpretation of If I Had a Hammer… courtesy of station CKLW’s (Windsor, Ontario), 50,000 watt, broadcast tower.

Mr. Lopez’s cover of the Manos Hadjidakis compostion, Never on Sunday (first sung by Melina Mercouri in the film of the same name), becomes our Sunday Song Series’ Week #101 selection… now playing out in this BlogCast and beaming all across the www… courtesy of WordPress’ powerful blogging platform.

Although music aficionados, worldwide, feel saddened, we can take comfort in knowing that the vast discography, which superstar Trini Lopez has bestowed upon humanity, will shine on in perpetuity.

You’re cordially invited back for our next Sunday Song… seven days from now.

 

Stay Safe at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3 Minute Instrumental ~ Vid of the Day

Back in the day when Top 40 a.m. radio stations… such as Windsor, Ontario’s CKLW… ruled supreme over popular music of the 1960s, it was child’s play for the listener to zone out on the the 3 minute instrumental… such as Vince Guaraldi’s Cast Your Fate to the Wind… to envision imagery in the theater of the mind… such as what we see in our Vid of the Day.

I’d be remiss not to Cast my Kudos to the Wind to YouTube videographer JamesTJordan1 for so adeptly capturing the wind… and with a montage of still photos, no less! Kinda makes you want to revisit your younger days… to gleefully rush outside to fly a kite, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock and Clay ~ Vid of the Day

I first listened to rock jock Tom Clay on CKLW “The Big 8” as a young boy. That radio station transmitted out of Windsor, Ontario and when Earth’s ionosphere worked its magic after sundown, their 50,000 watt signal could be picked up by AM radios throughout much of eastern Canada and America.

Based solely on Clay’s on-air persona, one could’ve easily deemed him an honorable, admirable guy.

However, when it came down to how he conducted his off-the-air life… well…. let’s just say that when he was wrong he was stunningly wrong.

But when he did get everything right… well… our Vid of the Day is a testimonial to the good side of Clay’s character. Let’s eye / ear witness his film clip enhanced social commentary / musical mash-up of What the World Needs Now Is Love with Abraham, Martin and John.

As for the rest of the story, I’m linking us to both Clay’s Bio-1, Clay’s Bio-2 and the Song Facts.