Friday, March 21, 2014

A-Z Challenge Theme revealed!

This April will be my third year participating in the a-z challenge. In 2012, I didn't really have a theme, but just introduced myself with the letter A and let things go from there. I ended up doing these alliteration posts that supported whatever word I had chosen for the day. I thought they turned out pretty well, as did my mom, but we may have been the only two. Last year I wasn't going to choose a theme, then inspiration hit...angsty eighties songs. I had a great time, and was surprised by the positive feedback as the posts hit a note with others as well. I was a bit sad when we hit the letter z. 

Two months ago when I signed up for this year's challenge, I thought maybe I should switch gears slightly and go with another slightly personal, yet universal theme. In ten minutes I had over half of the letters filled in. In just a bit more time I had all but u and v taken care of. I had some photos I planned to use, but something was missing. I was passionate about my topic, and still am, but was not convinced I could strike a chord with others using it.

Then something happened...I saw trending on facebook (my teens just love it when I say that) that the Captain and Tennille were divorcing. That was some rough news for me to see just sort of hanging out in the sidebar of a page. What would my seventies have been without Daryl Dragon and his dashing wife? How could their muskrat love have failed? They practically taught me what love was, along with a whole host of other artists of course. I longed for the comfort of my childhood living room, my giant brown earphones and those sappy, sweet and soft rock seventies songs. That was it!

I had that other list all filled in though, and I hate to see a good list go to waste. I started to fill in some of the letters with seventies songs, but just couldn't commit. I finally took some time today to fill in the whole alphabet, and while I am sure I will change some around the night before each letter goes up, the seventies serenade is ready. The catalog is much more diverse than last year, as much of my taste in music back then was largely dependent on whatever adults around me were listening to, since this was my first decade of life.

I hope that you will stop in, hum a few bars...and that some of you are old enough to remember the songs as well!

How about a teaser?

38 comments:

  1. Dare I say it .......I love singing along with The Manilow.

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  2. Oh dear, me too…he got me through a tricky divorce with gut wrenching lyrics and sledge hammer endings…he did indeed write the songs.

    Loved the post and the music.
    Erica visiting from A to Z Challenge
    www.ejgoreauthor.wordpress.com

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    1. He made this young girl cry long before she knew what she was so sad about! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Sounds like a lot of fun! All the best.

    http://cmbrown-books.blogspot.com.au/

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  4. Ooooo the 70s was my era!!!! Love the music from back then! I, too, was bummed about the Captain and Tennille breaking up. Very sad indeed. Although I could have lived w/o Muskrat Love.

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    1. I assure you that this 9 year old girl loved those muskrats!

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  5. I was a teenager in the 70s,so you're definitely speaking my language here....and I LOVE Barry Manilow.

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    1. I think far more people love Barry than want to admit it!

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  6. I did the AtoZ challenge in 2012 & skipped last year. I'm toying with joining up again, and trying a theme this time. Regardless, I'll be following along with your 70s Serenade...I love 70s music!

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    1. Come back, sign up, have fun!!! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Oh I'm so excited!!!!! I enjoyed last year's 80's angst so much. I was born in 1965, so I know some of the songs will be unfamiliar as my parents weren't into popular music, and we didn't come to the US until 1974...but I listen to a lot of oldies but goodies. They don't write them like they used to! Oh, and by the way anyone reading this: Andrea is a great minion on my team!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

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  8. LOL!--the person before me is named Tina, and was born in 1965. We're practically related, since we have the same name and were born the same year. YeGods, this will be the BEST AtoZ EVER!!!!!

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    1. The world is shrinking! Hope I do not disappoint in my selections.

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  9. Hi Andrea, thanks for checking out my blog. I love your blog - the Captain and Tennille thing hit me hard too (!), really looking forward to your posts!

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    1. I guess now they will have to Shop Around!

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  10. Seventies Serenade. What a lovely ring that has to it :) Good luck!

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  11. Yes - a seventies serenade! I can't wait - looking forward to finding out what songs you choose as the soundtrack for April. Cheers! :)

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    1. The list was final...and then the list was finalized...now it is waiting to be finally finalized!

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  12. Cool theme! The 70's were my first decade of life, too, so I'm pretty sure I'll remember these. Or most. At least some :D Thanks for stopping by at Life In Dogs earlier, and for the encouragement--much appreciated!

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  13. Andrea! This is great on so many levels. I have played with the Moody Blues and groups like Styx and Queensryche, which gives one the odd feeling of deja vu all over again, primarily because I grew up with so many of these groups, and then, after my own musical career started after college, it wasn't just about the Classics. I played for Smokey Robinson, Bobby Vinton, and Anne Murray (who channeled the Monkees' "Daydream Believer) for years, so I have a keen appreciation and love, for even some of the worst of it. I really look forward to reading your posts and this is just a terrific theme for the A-to-Z Challenge! Mary aka Viola Fury

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    1. Ooooh! Spoiler alert: Styx will make an appearance early on...I think! I did the eighties last year if you wanna check those out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Sounds great - found you on Tina's site. She has been so helpful, and thank you for all your are doing to help make A to Z a success. Your 70s theme with songs sounds perfect. I had a crazy 70s and need some jolts of memory from you to put me back there and find out what I missed while I was in my own zone trying to figure out life.

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    1. Lol...hopefully we can jog your memory a bit!

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  15. This sounds like so much fun! Looking forward to educating myself a little more...

    Lena from http://unwaveringme.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, come back soon! :)

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  16. Nice, this should be very cool. Great theme! Laughing at Life 2

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  17. Ah, the 70s. Looking back , it breezed by so fast, I hardly remember it. But then I remember the music....and I'm back again. Should be interesting, Andrea. Nice to meet you :) Shells–Tales–Sails

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  18. I love Barry. I love Barry. I love Barry.

    -andi

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  19. Sounds like a lot of fun. It will be fun to relive some of those memories! ♥

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  20. Hi Andrea - this will be fun to read, listen to and see .. especially as I'm not the most musical - but I love it .. so reminders always help!

    Cheers and see you there, fellow Tina Minion, - Hilary

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  21. I dont have a theme either. This is my first time doing the AZ challenge. Maybe I do a theme next year, or maybe things will just evolve into a theme this year. Time will show >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  22. OH MY GOSH! SOOOOO glad I found your blog in time! LOVE me some 70's music! (and yeah - how can the Captain and Tennille possibly be divorcing????) Can't wait to sing along with you!

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