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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Remember

Okay, so I must defiantly (or is it definitely?) be growing older.

I currently seem to find myself more fascinated by music, which years ago, inspired me only to try.

And, it seems, I now find artists, who once only encouraged me to go forward and experience new things, just staggering.

First, few remember the title. But most all of us, no matter what the age, recall the tune; a little song called Wheels, first recorded by a group called the String-a-longs.

They hit the charts in 1960. I remember it well, because the band hailed from my hometown of Plainview, Texas: population, abt 20,000. Imagine that.

All of the members of the band were two years older than me and the gang I ran with at the time, but everyone around town felt proud: somebody from our area had actually made it big in the world.

Now, give a listen to Jimmy Torres as he plays the lead guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maRHBwtY1Qo and see if you remember.

Then, take a look at the current artwork of Henry Casselli at: http://www.henrycasselli.com/.

I met him when he was a combat artist for the Marine Corps, during the Vietnam era.

And yeah, we were both young, back then.

21 Comments:

Blogger The Fractal Cat said...

Ahhh, 'Back then'! I have less 'back thens' than you Way. Nevertheless, I have a few. And it is true to say that I love to find music that 'inspired'.
Keep up the good work. Only by trying can we know...

AFC

6:15 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Ta.

12:13 AM  
Blogger sweetpea said...

Hey Harry........was that the quitar you used to have ?......ahhh what memories !!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Janus Torrell said...

The only folks that I kinda know from near my town that made it is the guys in Cheap Trick. I sold pizza to the lead singers mom, and that was my brush with fame.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Pea, I managed to locate Torres and asked if he did record Wheels on that Gibson Byrdland I owned -- he replied, no; it was performed on a Fender.

But still, what a good story.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

That tastefully beats my story of getting a hair cut from Jimmy Dean's mom, Janus.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Ned said...

You knew Jimmy Dean's mom?

Well, Brad Delp (recently deceased)who was lead singer for the band Boston was from my town and I worked with his niece and played bingo once with his mom. So there's my six degrees to fame. Trouble is, I never really liked the band Boston but I did like his more recent musical venture "Beatlejuice" - playing only Beatles' music.

I liked Cheap Trick better than Boston, but didn't know any of them.

I like Jimmy Dean's sausage.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Clive said...

I remember the tune - I guess that dates me. However, I have the distinction of knowing nobody famous, not even their cats or dogs, never brushing shoulders with anyone distantly related to a guy who once shook hands with Elvis (even then it would be Costello, not the other guy), not even hailing from the same town as someone who had a song reach #38 on the charts. Does this get me a mention in the Guiness Book of Records?

The artist is excellent. Pity the galleries are so full of tripe that he'll never get the recognition he deserves.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Let me make you jealous, Gone. I got to see Willy Nelson live in a concert. And when I held up my hand a foot away from my face, the man measured less than a quarter-inch tall, as viewed between my thumb and forefinger, and if that bit is not true, I will buy you more than one Guiness.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

I did, Ned.

Well, barely, since she stood behind me while snipping and quipping abt her famous son.

Here is a clip for ya, with Jimmy and the first Muppet to ever appear on the teevee screen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-dHo7sIIb4

1:16 AM  
Blogger Clive said...

Gee, I knew Willy Nelson was little but...

6:48 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Yo' me!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Ned said...

They still use that muppet.

Jimmy looks so young and trim in his tight pants and stylishly short jacket.

Ah, times change and so do we.

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Anonymous Ned said...

I like the last comment, the way they work the names of pharmeceuticals seamlessly into the narrative. And the stream-of-consciousness style lends just the right disjointed dream-like quality. It's very much like a nightmare I had after a supper of some grease-laden beef. Or, did we have Spam?

6:00 AM  
Blogger Harry said...

Ooey gooey, Ned.

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Blogger Harry said...

That is called overkilt.

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