Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for...

Peace Train...Cat Stevens, 1971

A Serenade of Seventies songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.

    
Now I've been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun

Oh, the voice and the stories. There was this kind of world, a wild world if you will, that Cat Stevens created for himself and invited us in. There is something so seventies about this song, but it is also timeless.

Here I am in 1971...


Get your bags together
Go bring your good friends too
'Cause it's getting nearer
It soon will be with you

Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for...

Operator...Jim Croce, 1972.

A Serenade of Seventies songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.


I so loved this song when I was a kid. In fact, I pretty much did my own concerts with the entire You Don't Mess Around With Jim album. 



The way this song unfolds, with Jim's conflicted thoughts on making the phonecall, intrigued me. Of course I believed the story to be true, as I did with all storyteller songs. I could actually picture Jim and his glorious mustache standing at a payphone conversing with the operator.

Isn't that the way they say it goes?
But let's forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell 'em
I'm fine and to show 
I've overcome the blow
I've learned to take it well
I only wish my words could just convince myself
That is just wasn't real
But that's not the way it feels

I usually imagined it raining too, just to add to the dreariness of the situation.

Operator
Oh can you help me place this call?
'Cause I can't read the number
That you just gave me
There's something in my eye
You know it happens every time

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for...

Nobody Does It Better...Carly Simon, 1977.


A Serenade of Seventies songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.

This song rolled a lot of sentiment into its notes, and Carly sang it so well. I had no real thoughts for what "it" was, and just assumed it was a catch-all phrase. As much as I wanted to be told I was the best, by someone other than my parents, I also wanted to find someone who I thought was the best...again, besides my parents.

Nobody does it better
Makes me feel bad for the rest

Really, was it even worth starting a search in my elementary school, or would I just feel badly for all of those boys?



Nobody does it better
Though sometimes I wish someone would...

Although I am not sure I could have done first day of third grade in 1977 any better.
I just want to clear up any confusion you may share with my fourteen-year-old daughter. That is most definitely not a bowl haircut. It is a Dorothy Hamill.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for...

Mercedes-Benz...Janis Joplin, 1970.


A Serenade of Seventies songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.

If I had to pick the top three songs from the "road trips with my father" play list, this one right here shines. (I cannot tell you the others as they may still show up.) My father's cars typically did not have radios, so we just sang what we wanted, how we wanted. He taught me Mercedes-Benz very early on. I don't know what all of my five-year-old friends were singing back then, but I doubt it was being belted out with as much feeling as when we sang Janis.

EVERYBODY...
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
Worked hard all my lifetime no help from my friends
So oh Lord, wont you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?

That's it!

One take to record that song, and she was gone three days later.

Once again, I cannot limit this to one song for this letter. My mom is a fan of Janis Joplin as well, and often played her Pearl album. There were songs that found their way into tiny nooks of my brain. I did not even realize they were there, until hearing the songs years later, and being temporarily puzzled by their familiarity. This is one of those...


Me & Bobby McGee...Janis Joplin, 1970.

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose...

Hey, hey, hey Bobby McGee!

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for...

Lonely Night...Captain & Tennille, 1976.

A Serenade of Seventies songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.



Lonely night
I cry myself to sleep
Tell me what am I gonna do...
Angel Face, what happened? Toni? Daryl? I had to find out the news when I saw it trending, even after all of the days we spent together. 

In the summer of 1977, my mother took me to see the Captain & Tennille in concert. (Awesome, I know!) Daily singalongs with them on our stereo had me more than ready. Can't you turn back the hands of time, to the days when you were mine, and each other's? 


I promise you I'll change my ways

I promise you love's here to stay
Hey, little man depend on me
I'll be yours for eternity

Sadly, that didn't work out quite as planned. Guess someone will have to Shop Around now.


Two hip chicks in the summer of 1977.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for...

Knock Three Times...Tony Orlando & Dawn, 1971.

A Serenade of Seventies songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.

I am going to start right off by admitting that for quite some time I thought these three people were Tony, Orlando and Dawn. I did not realize that Dawn was sharing a name.


I have had this song stuck in my head for at least four days of this month. Finally we have reached the letter to set it free...into your head! You're welcome.

Hey girl whatcha doin down there
Dancin alone every night
While I live right above you

I had these visions of some matchmaking apartment complex...

Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me
Twice on the pipe, if the answer is no

...that must have had an exposed plumbing system.

Friday, April 11, 2014

J is for...

Just the Way You Are...Billy Joel, 1977.

A Serenade of Seventies songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.

When I initially thought about Billy Joel, it was hard for me to remember the days before 1980's Glass Houses. That album, and its lyric sheet, took me completely by storm. I did dabble a bit before then though, as songs like Movin' Out, Only the Good Die Young, The Stranger and Scenes From an Italian Restaurant played as a soundtrack in the background of my life, leaving their indelible mark. Words I did not even know I had committed to memory would come out over the years as these songs stood the test of time.



This song though, Billy telling me he loved me just the way I was, offered such reassurance. It gave that sense of hope that not only was I an incredible eight year old, but also that someday would find someone who shared the sentiment. It was always about that for me, these songs serving not only as some sort of foreshadowing for what I could expect relationships to be, but I fully expected to have songs written about and sung to me. Danger, danger! (I got my head on straight in the eighties though when I gleaned my wisdom about love from John Hughes movies. More danger!! But I digress...)

I don't want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are

By 1979, I was trying some new fashion though...
...and clearly rocked it! (I blame that sassy Julie McCoy and the rest of the fashion forward Love Boat crew.)

Don't go changing to try and please me
You never let me down before

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