In addition to looking good, the old radio still sounds great. It gets local stations and can be hooked up to a laptop and then we can listen to other music. The state of the art green magic eye showed the strength of the signal. To learn more about our heirloom, the 1938 RCA 811K, visit my post entitled “Biggest Radio News in 7 Years.”
This week the digital photography school theme is music.
When I saw the spiral tubing on the airpump in our garage it seemed to be symbolic of much of my time lately. Things in my days often seem to be going round in circles. As I thought about it I remembered a song from my teenage years. Many things remind me of songs that make me feel better and this is no exception.
I think one of the first times I heard “Will It Go Round In Circles” by Billy Preston was about 1972 when I was at a fair in North Carolina. Lots of people were listening and dancing to it.
If you aren’t familiar with the song watch this 1973 live performance. You’ll get to experience the entire look, feel and sound of the song. Don’t you just love the 1973 outfits and hair?
Our daughter is in a choir at UCO and they had their first concert of the semester tonight. Of course, Keith and I went to show our love and support. There were three choirs singing acapella as well as with the piano, cello, oboe, and a drum at various times. It was a pleasant way to spend the evening and it was made even more special because both my mom and mother-in-law came with us.
Kelsey’s the 4th female from the viewer’s right
Spring Choral Concert
7:30 pm, March 1, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
University of Central Oklahoma Chamber Singers, Cantilena and Concert Chorale perform
Since our daughter asked for an electric skillet Keith decided to give her our’s, which is not very old, and buy a new one for us. Today was the first day to use it and he made a savory roast with onions and carrots. Notice the orange color! Other than a typical day off with activities like laundry, cleaning & putzing on the internet there’s not much else of note to mention. All in all it’s been a relaxing day.
As I was thinking about skillets I couldn’t help but remember the song Skillet Good and Greasy sung by Joe & Eddie. My Mom used to play Joe & Eddie’s albums a lot when I was young. This particular song dates back to early the 1900’s and Dave Mason recorded in 1924. Then in about 1960 Bob Gibson & Bob Camp made it popular again followed by Joe & Eddie’s recording in 1965. There are a number of versions but my favorite is Joe & Eddie’s both musically and because of the humorous references they make to censorship.
Further Reading & Listening
- Bluegrass Messenger — the history of the song
- Uncle Dave Mason signing
- Bob Gibson and Bob Camp’s version — 29 second clip
- Joe & Eddie’s version
Any comments? I’d love to hear from you.
Summer of 1972, when I was still 12, my grandparents gave me the money from the savings account they established when I was born and it had a little over $100 in it. I still have the savings book in my scrapbook because that was a lot of money to me. I wanted a nice stereo and Dad helped me choose it. I spent all of my money on a really cool looking stereo with a bubble type dust cover, 8 track player, AM/FM radio and record player.
Every few weeks I’d ask Dad to take me to the Record Bar where I would buy a 45 RPM vinyl record with my allowance money. I still have most, if not all of those records.
This morning since I didn’t have to be at work until 11:00 I pulled some of those records out and listened to them. I have converted all of them to mp3 but sometimes I just like actually seeing, touching and playing them on a record player.
The songs I listened to this morning (included here with a link to a video and some of the lyrics) were:
Love Is What You Make It by Grass Roots (1973)
Love is what you make it
You can’t make or break it
So don’t you run
Run and hide
I said love is
Love is what you make it
And if you make it with me
We’ll make it all right
Hey hey hey
Beautiful Sunday by Daniel Boone (1972)
Ha, ha, ha, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you said, said, said, said that you loved me
Oh my, my, my, it’s a beautiful day
Oh Babe, What Would You Say by Hurricane Smith (1972)
Just so, Baby I know
I know I could be so in love with you
And I know that I could make you love me too
And if I could only hear you say you do, oo oo oo oo
What would you say
I’m the Happiest Girl in the Whole USA by Donna Fargo (1972)
Skippidity do da
Thank you oh Lord for making him for me
And thank you for letting life turn out the way
That I always thought it could be
There once was a time when I couldn´t imagine
How it´d feel to say
I am happiest girl, in the whole U.S.A
Even though my music interests have changed over the years, I still enjoy listening to these songs and singing along. Each one of them are bascially about choices we make and finding someone to love.
How lucky for me that the lyrics I sang in my room beginning in 1972, as a 12 year old girl, came true. Skippidity do da, thank you, Lord for making Keith for me. And thank you for letting life turn out the way, that I always thought it could be. There once was a time when I couldn’t imagine how it’d feel to say I am the happiest girl, in the whole U.S.A.
The photo: Donna Fargo’s “I’m the Happiest Girl in the Whole USA” spinning on my turntable showing the worn grooves of my 45.