P is for Pink Floyd ~ #AtoZChallenge

As I write this post, it is a rainy day.  I am waxing philosophical and remembering the past.  Or mis-remembering as the case may be though I think my memories are solid here.

I grew up in a blended family with lots of kiddos.  Having money for the extras was never a problem as far as I could tell.  But illusions exist and I am sure my parents spared us from any money struggles.  How they managed to pay the tuition for 13 years of Catholic school education is beyond me when you multiply x 7.  We took vacations every year.  B and I couldn’t even afford annual vacations with only two kids.

Back then I was a bratty brat who wanted to stay in a motel not a trailer and eat in restaurants instead of food cooked over a campfire.  I remember saying when I grow up, I am gonna!!!  Anyhoo I am rambling but soon I will get to the point and pick a damn song.

One way to vacay on the cheap is to agree to listen to a sales pitch … like those selling time shares and the like.  My parents did that often.  One Spring, my family and I went on one such sales pitch to Lago Vista TX on the banks of Lake Travis.

While my parents went with the other adults to see the land for sale, us kids stayed behind at the Bar-K clubhouse.  We ate hamburgers and watched a movie.  We played bumper pool and shuffle board.  In the game room, there was a jukebox that took slugs so that we could pick songs to play for free!!  We ended the day in the swimming pool right outside the game room.

I will never forget floating in the pool when my parents came back to get us.  “Time to go home” daddy said.  As we were drying off they asked us how we liked it.  All of us clamoring about how fantastic it was.  Free hamburgers and sodas.  A movie!! Bumper pool!!!!  Swimming!!!!!! Then daddy asks if we’d like to come back next weekend and announced they were buying land!  Squeal!!!!  YES!!!!!!  The plot they purchased was not fit for building on, it was just a strip of rocks with a culvert straight through the middle but it was a way for us to get privileges.  That was the beginning of our Bar-K days.

Now the song.  Memba that jukebox I mentioned.  The tunes were from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  One of the first things we’d do entering the Bar K was to set up a game of bumper pool and play Pink Floyd’s “Money”.  To this day, when I hear those coins dropping I feel a sense of wonder.  And while “Comfortably Numb”, “Us and Them”, or “Brain Damage, Eclipse” are my favorite Pink Floyd tunes, “Money” wins for the nostalgia of it all.  I hope you enjoy!

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As always, more to come.

 

 

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O is for Ozzy Osbourne ~ #AtoZChallenge

We saw the Diary of a Madman tour in February of 1982 when it rolled through San Antonio TX.

At the time, we were not huge fans and the show was rather grotesque.  I won’t go into detail but let’s just say my friends and I walked out of the Convention Center Arena wondering if the show was fake or if someone really did die.  Or maybe it was us drinking too much??  But I digress.

This was not Ozzy in his Black Sabbath heyday.  This was Ozzy pre-ban for pissing on the Alamo.  Even though all the transients were doing the same somehow Ozzy’s peeing garnered more attention.  He was already off the rails on his Crazy Train.  He has been pardoned and he came back.  In fact, I took Pony and some of his friends to OzzFest in 2003 for Pony’s 15th birthday.

The song I picked is I Don’t Know because … I don’t know.  I love the lyrics y’all.  Not your cuppa tea perhaps but “Everyone goes through changes looking to find the truth.  Don’t look at me for answers.  Don’t ask me, I don’t know.  … Nobody ever told me, I found out for myself.  You gotta believe in foolish miracles.  It’s not how you play the game, it’s if you win or lose.  Don’t confuse, win or lose.  It’s up to you. Go, go, go”. And to the wiki 

I also found this way too long video of the concert I actually attended.  I am adding here and will click back any time I want to stroll down memory lane.

As always, more to come.

N is for Neil Young ~ #AtoZChallenge

Hard to pick just one song by Mr. Young.  That’s my theme y’all.  Everything is my FAVORITE!!  Since I have used “Heart of Gold” in my Song Lyric Sunday, today I went with “Harvest Moon”.  Such a talent.  No need for zany stage gimmicks.  Just a man, his guitar, and a harmonica.  Priceless.  Here is the Wiki for more.

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M is for Metallica ~ #AtoZChallenge

I almost picked another band since narrowing down to just one song is a chore.  Well if you consider listening and reminiscing a chore.  Maybe labor of love is a more apt explanation.  Pony knew all the words to “Enter Sandman” as a wee lad.

Shame of us for allowing him to listen to Metallica.  Maybe we should have censored him but we were almost hippies and censorship is not in our vocabulary.  And now after all these years, proof is in the pudding so to speak.  What a perfectly flawed young man he turned out to be.  Get it … perfectly flawed.  Aren’t we all?

Okay, time to pick.  Enter Sandman with a twist.  Rock on my friends \m/

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L is for Lady Gaga ~ #AtoZChallenge

The kids gave me her CDs The Fame and The Fame Monster for Mother’s Day one year.  I kept the CDs in my car and I’d only play them there.  I did not keep up with her stuff but lately, she is back in the spotlight (maybe she never even left) with her work in the “A Star is Born” remake.  For more on Gaga check this out

Writer(s): BLAKEMORE ANDREW WYATT, GERMANOTTA STEFANI J

K is for KISS ~ #AtoZChallenge

Ha!  Picture it.  1970 something.  St. Margaret Mary’s school gym.  The talent show.  All the acts are done.  We are lining up to go but instead the lights go out.  Sister Teresa tells us to sit back down and we do.  We hear sounds … a siren.  Then bam! Spotlight! Shining on JS as Peter Criss seated at the drums.  We hear danananananananananana.  The lights come back on and the crowd goes wild!! Sure it was lip sync but to us, that act was pure gold.  Hats off to the Felcian Sisters for being open minded enough let the act get passed tryouts.  The wiki is here

Writer(s): EZRIN BOB, STANLEY PAUL

I is for Imagine Dragons ~ #AtoZChallenge

This song and this first part.  ‘Nuf said.

If that was it, I wouldn’t be Jilly.  I really do like the part where you can hear the lead singer breathe/sort of stopping to catch his breath, hold it and then exhale. Whenever this song came on in the car, Lulu and I would wait for that part.  This was a sing along song for us for a brief time.  Now all I have are those memories.

The video is strange I must admit.  The Lou Diamond Phillips cameo is bonus.  My former boss went to high school and ran track with Lou … two years older and before he was famous … Lou … not my boss.  Hehe!!

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Writer(s): ALEX DA KID, GRANT ALEXANDER JUNIOR

G is for George Harrison ~ #AtoZChallenge

Are you surprised that I didn’t pick the Beatles for B?  I’d never be able to pick only one song.  Instead I’m going with my favorite Beatle … the quiet one Mr. George Harrison.

Help me cope with this heavy load” we all can use some more of that.  Here is the Wiki for more deets.

As bonus here is my “Sweet Lord”.  Mentioned in the wiki deets above.  Knocked Sir Paul and Wings from #1 spot.  How cool is that to have both former Beatles in the top 100 at the same time??? Answer: VERY.  lol

As always, more to come.