Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for...

Hopelessly Devoted to You...
Olivia Newton-John, 1978.

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

Did I love the movie Grease? Let's see, I had a pretty substantial sized stack of the hot pink edged trading cards, a well-worn record album, awesome hand jive skills, a fairly certain belief that I would someday meet my first steady boyfriend on a beachy summer vacation, and a fantastic Grease themed party for my tenth birthday.
My black leather jacket transformation was still four years away.
I must point out that super seventies seagull mural that my mom painted in our apartment living room. Yes, my mom is that awesome, but no, she has not touched the walls with that kind of flair in my current home.

On with the serenade...

Guess mine is not the first heart broken
My eyes are not the first to cry
I'm not the first to know
There's just no getting over you

The way for the proper way of handling a breakup was paved here for me. No notion of putting on your big girl panties and moving on, but instead, sing sad songs on somebody's porch. Be hopeless! That ought to draw him back.

Oh Sandy! Ready yourself for the big part...

BUT. NOW. There's nowhere to hide
Since you pushed my love aside
I'm out of my head
Hopelessly devoted to you

35 comments:

  1. Well, I hopelessly played that album so much I don't know how it survived. Or my poor mother who had to listen to it over and over. This may have been when I first discovered my desire to be a back up singer

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  2. Oh my! What girl didn't play that song with some boy in mind? What a melody!

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    1. I can only imagine what fifth grader I had my eye on...lol

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  3. Hold on now. Back up. Trading cards? Oh my . . . ;)

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  4. Grease was the first movie my mom allowed me to go to with my friends. I saw it two or three times at the theatre before it was all said and done. I bought the record and played it endlessly. And a friend of mine and I danced our way through a local talent show to Greased Lightning snagging third place.

    Are you feeling the love I have for this movie???? This soundtrack????

    LOLOLOL to your comments regarding how this song paved the way for your handling of future break-ups. Yep. Why wear the big girl panties when you can sing sad songs? Elton John was even in on this action...Sad Songs Say So Much.

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    1. I am feeling it!!!! Vinyl soundtrack right here on my kitchen counter!

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  5. I loved Grease too! The songs are so fun to sing. It is such a classic!

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  6. Hi Andrea .. Grease certainly gave us lots of fun .. and the songs are forever memorable ... definitely sing-along ones - and yes I'd have loved to have been Olivia NJ or similar! Cheers Hilary

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  7. Oh Sandy!
    I love her character, the era, the music and the movie so much! Even though I've seen it roughly 50 times in my life, I still enjoy it and often find something new in it that I didn't catch when I was younger, like last time I almost choked on my drink 'did he just say PUSSY WAGON?' OMG lol. This movie is relevant for all ages though because at first I loved the clothes, make up and songs. Later it was Danny (what a hunk!) and cars and drive-ins. Now that I get the double-entendres it's like 'hmm, our parents were big hypocrites!'

    PS:Despite the ballad I think Sandy handled the breakup with grace and decorum. Such an inspiration <3

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    1. YES! Greased Lightning also had the chicks doing something I completely missed! And Rizzo! That Kenicky!!!!

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  8. The first movie I went to see w/o my parents!
    Wow.
    HMG

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  9. My husband and I occasionally re-watch scenes from this movie. A true classic. Party on 10th and pic are so sweet, Andrea. Your mom deserves an applause :)
    Shells–Tales–Sails

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    1. The dvd was $4.50 today at Target...I refrained...for now!

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  10. I have a horrible secret. I never saw Grease. :-D

    Love the song, though.

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    1. You're going to change that though, right? ;)

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  11. I think I saw that movie 3 times that summer and I have the soundtrack LP too. I can't tell you how many times I grabbed at that pencil on the album cover, thinking it was a real pencil. lol

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    1. The cover is so very cool! Got mine here!

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  12. I can remember singing and dancing to the soundtrack during CC Club meetings. We all loved the movie!!! GREAT choice.

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  13. I had that soundtrack and played it constantly! Simply loved singing along with it and cheering Sandy on! ♥

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  14. I still have the soundtrack on vinyl. I. Am. That. Hard. Core. Love the Sha-Na-Na poster in the background of your picture! :)

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  15. I never watched Grease, but I love lots of the songs. Good memories for you. :-)

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  16. There's some great music in Grease. I love the bass line to "You're the One That I Want." :)

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  17. Before I clicked on to your post, I wondered what song you would feature. The minute I saw what it was, I started singing along with it. Grease was such a cute movie.

    betty

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  18. One of the best movies of all time. Especially when you consider the fact ONJ was 30 and JT was 24 when they were playing high school seniors. =D

    -andi

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  19. Remember Jonathan Livingston Seagull? Seagulls were on everything, even shoes. I saw Olivia Newton John in concert when I Honestly Love You was #1.

    Love,
    Janie

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  20. classic! I'm visiting from the A to Z Challenge!

    http://5heartsonefamily.blogspot.com/

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  21. I'm super lucky on this one - not only did I LOVE the movie when it came out - but my son has also become seriously addicted to it. It's so fun to hear him belt out all the words to all the songs!

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  22. I LOVE this picture of you! Awaiting your black-jacket transformation eagerly. I toured with ONJ and this is one of her signature songs; she also duo'ed with Jon Secada on some of the tunes that Travolta sang in "Grease". It was one of my more memorable tours as I had very much enjoyed the movie and she was so nice and easy to work with, as was Jon. The first time I ever had a chance to go back and play with a truly iconic band from my childhood, was when I was hired to play with "The Moody Blues" in 1991; it's such a weird experience to go back and play music that you have heard and see the notes and experience it from a performer's viewpoint. As a 10-year old kid in Los Angeles, California, "Days of Future Passed" was my soundtrack. Again, this is music that doesn't age; the arranger, Larry Greene, has now arranged some of the Blues harder tunes, like "Ride My See-Saw" thus earning me the title of Rock 'n' Roll Violist! Thanks, Mary

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  23. I had just graduated when Grease was released, and I looked a little like ON-J and sang exactly like her (really!) and so in college, the guys at the Alpha Sig house called me "Olivia." I $hit thee not.

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  24. That's some mural! And we had the Grease trading cards, too!

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  25. Oh YES, yes, yes, Lordy Yes. How many times did I sing this and wish I were blond!

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  26. Love this soundtrack...though I'm not sure all parents are really sure of what some of the lyrics are! First time I saw this movie a 10-year old girl was sitting behind us and she sang every song loud enough for us to hear. Didn't ruin the movie, but I do get where she was coming from!

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