Music on Mondays (11-30-15)—Smart man….

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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As I listen to music in my collection, certain songs remind me of certain people from my past. I thought it would be interesting to feature some of those songs for today’s Music on Mondays.

“Help” by The Beatles, released in 1965, reminds me of Barbara.

I met Barbara at the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in late 1965 when I had been placed in their “troubled youth” program. Barbara was from Bakersfield, California, also a troubled youth. She was near 18 whereas I was 10. She introduced me to The Beatles, and “Help” was my favorite song. Still is near the top of my list of favorite Beatles songs.

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“Something’s Wrong With Me” by Austin Roberts was a hit in October 1972. Reminds me of Mark.

Mark was the first guy that I had a crush on. I as 17 and supposed to be interested in girls. Wasn’t working. Something was wrong with me….

Mark worked at the Exxon station across from the railroad yards, and since my granddad worked on the railroad, I had no problem hanging around the railroad to watch Mark across the street. I went to Mark’s wedding in 1984 or so…. a bittersweet event.

It took until 1993 before I realized that absolutely nothing was wrong with me. I simply had different interests….

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“Pieces Of April” by Three Dog Night was a big hit in November 1972.

“Pieces Of April” reminds me of Sarita, one of my closest female friends from high school. She lived not far from me whereas Mark lived on the other side of town. One day Sarita walked to my house and the two of us walked to Mark’s house. As we were walking down one of the city’s major thoroughfares, I was singing songs. Sarita asked if I knew “Pieces Of April.” I did (of course; I knew all the hits!), so I sang it for her.

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“In My Life” by The Beatles reminds me of Lynda.

Lynda was the second girl I dated, and I sang “In My Life” to her in high school on Valentine’s Day 1972. In December 1973 I asked her to marry me. Her dad, a Southern Baptist preacher, said no. Smart man………

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6 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (11-30-15)—Smart man….

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge

    So chilly and foggy here that cruise ships are stuck out unable to dock. Typical this time of year – so music is always welcomed. (I found a very old Elvis video to post. Music always gives a smile although more Rolling Stones than Elvis)

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      In my early years, being such a Beatles fan, I could not support the Stones or Elvis. I now have a complete discography of the Stones but only the pop hits from Elvis; none of his albums. Elvis still doesn’t do much for me..

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Haven’t heard it in years………. That is exactly why I listen to my 1,770 hours of non-classical music in chronological order. And since I listen to an average of 10 hours (& 6 minutes!) of music each day, I would say, “I haven’t heard ___________________ in 6 months!”……LOL

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