April 28, 2019

Man, those colors


We deal with heavy shit at times but if you can still laugh and try not to take yourself too seriously, groovy. Skimming through videos from past eras that give me a chuckle helps to do that. While watching, I'll often think about how old the people in my life were at that time. For instance, this clip is from 1947. My mom was in nursing school and my parents were dating. Was this how it was when my parents got a malted? Bummer about the music but the colors are blowing me away.

I've never seen a color photo of my parents
before the 1960s. My mom would show me a
photo and tell me what color her clothing was
in the picture, but I just saw black and white.
After my mom graduated from nursing school in
1948, she and her school friends rented cottages
at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. My dad
and his buddies went up to visit. My parents loved
to dance and were good at it. I'm sure they did
a lot of jitterbuggin' at the ballroom there.

My mom told me that her bathing suit in this picture was bright red.


My parents are front and center in July 1949 on their honeymoon drive to Canada. Click to make big. It was taken at The Allen "A" Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire while watching fireworks. They stayed in a little cottage. Where's the snuggling?



April 14, 2019

hold me, love me

I received this book for Christmas when I was 15. Most of what I learned about The Beatles came from reading this book and looking at the pics. I used to only imagine the experience that was Beatlemania.

Now with the web, we have so much info available instantly. What I only read in books I can now see. This video of their 1965 Shea Stadium concert really displays Beatlemania for those who weren't present. I truly believe they came at the right time – just after JFK's death. They helped a lot of people cope with their pent-up pain and anquish. Yay!



A dad can't deal with his kids freaking out. Imagine the energy.


Eight Days A Week complete with wonderful imperfections. Watch how the smallest girl cries to the rhythm of the song. You're welcome.

April 6, 2019

I beg your pardon?

I vaguely remember being four-years-old but I definitely remember being five. I would get lost in music as a kid, especially in the car. One of the first songs I remember loving was Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson. She even appeared on Top of the Pops in Britain. Don't you love when the live performance sounds like the record? Check out the audio from this Top of the Pops version. You can hear the studio audience. I'm in love with that thumping bass.

White-suit man is dancing Elaine. A full-body dry heave to music.