Song a Day Challenge – Day #1 – The Hippy Chick

Thanks to Danica from Living the Beautiful Life for nominating
me for the Five-Day Music challenge.

The Rules are:

Post a song a day for five consecutive days.

Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional)

Post the name of the song and video

Nominate two (or one) different blogger each day of the challenge

For the challenge, I decided to focus on how I first became aware of music and to describe over the next five days how my taste in music broadened and changed.

The summer of my 12th year was the Summer I met the hippy chick who lived in the same neighborhood in Queens as my Grandparents.

I thought she was wonderful with her waist length hair and bell bottom jeans.

I met the hippy chick the day she asked me if I spoke ‘Southern’.

I was embarrassed because I worked hard to get rid of my Southern
accent when I went  ‘up North’.

I thought I could brazen it out.

“What accent?” I asked.

“The one you just used!” she replied. “Look!  I got a new 45 and can’t make out the words. Maybe you can make out the words. Will you try?” She smiled, “Please?”

“Yes, Ma’am.” I said, and we laughed.

A few minutes later I was in her apartment writing  down the lyrics to ‘Respect’ by Aretha  Franklin.

She read the lyrics and glanced at me over the silver rims of her pink
granny glasses.

“Those lyrics were letters of the alphabet?”

I nodded: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”

She tore the wrapping off a new copy of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
Band’ by The Beatles.

I explored the cover as she placed the album on the turntable.

We’d never heard anything like it.

We discussed different songs and played most of them again.

She was taken by ‘Within You and Without You.’

“Dance music about the meaning of life?” she asked.

But this wasn’t dance music.

This was ‘thought’ music.

The segue from one state of mind to another in  ‘A Day in the Life’ is still magic.

I told the Hippy Chick I thought the Sgt Peppers Album was amazing so she gave it to me as payment for my work.

I thanked her and raced home to listen to it again and again for the rest of my life.

For the challenge I nominate

A Momma’s View

and

Life of an El Paso Woman

I found this cover of ‘Respect” by Otis Redding on the Internet Archives.

Enjoy!

 

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Little Venice to Abbey Road: Sporting and Musical Landmarks

a post from London Wlogger. it’s interesting that a few seconds by the Beatles on a crosswalk infused the spot with so much meaning?

London Wlogger

Welcome one and all 🙂 Last week my walk ended in Italian Gardens, and the theme of Italy continues as this week I start in Venice, well Little Venice! No Italian adventures just yet! I’ll then go along my favourite stretch of water, the Regent’s Canal, before going past The Liberal Jewish Synagogue and St John’s Wood Church. In between that I’ll be passing by Lord’s Cricket Ground and ending at a musical landmark, Abbey Road. So, let’s begin the journey!

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Located near Paddington and Maida Vale, Little Venice is a scenic and very picturesque riverside area. Its history can be traced back to the 1810s when a pool was created where the Regent’s Canal and the Paddington arm of the Grand Junction Canal met. Back then it was known as the Paddington Broadwater.

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There are a couple of accounts as to where the name ‘Little Venice’…

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The Birth of the Princess Phone

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The Birth of the Princess Phone

This post is for Br Andrew EFO. I promised him I’d post a photo of me at age 16.

This abstract above is based on the snapshot below:

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
Bobby, Age 16


I sport a Beatles haircut (fiercely lacquered into place) and a
groovy, mod wide lapel shirt with French cuffs.

I am 16 going on 17.

I don’t remember whose apartment that is but I know I was
 ‘out’ and running with the gay street kids of Charleston.

I call the abstract The Birth of the Princess Phone because one of my
nicknames on the street was Miss Bell Telephone.

As you can see, I’m on the phone.

This photo was shot after one my yearly stays in New York with
my Grandparents.

I got that shirt at a boutique in Forest Hills.

I’m dressed for an occasion.

I wonder if it was my 17th birthday?

RG (c) 2016

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…and all i have to do is think of her…

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…and all i have to do is think of her…

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Photo is (c) Rob Goldstein All Rights Reserved

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