SoCS – Fizzies!

Linda schools us in the alphabet in this week’s  Stream of Consciousness Saturday:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “zz.” Find a word with double-z in it and use it in your post. Enjoy!

The first thing that popped up in my mind was Fizzies! A flavored tablet which when dropped into a glass of water fizzed and made a flavored drink. Imagine, no bottles to buy, no pitcher required, just a cold glass of water. Heck, you did not even need sugar! And that, my friends, would be it’s downfall.

Those readers of a certain age might remember the word cyclamates! One of the many artificial sweeteners that would be found to cause cancer in laboratory mice. This was the sweetener (along with saccharin – also deemed cancer causing) that gave Fizzies their sweet taste.

I remember Fizzies but we did not have them often. We were more likely to have Kool-Aid sweetened with good old fashioned refined Dixie Crystals sugar!

There is some disagreement about who created Fizzies in the beginning, but it was in fact created by the same company that made Bromo Seltzer as a way to recover market share lost to competing products like Alka Seltzer. Revenue is often the great motivator in our culture!

Although Fizzies were taken off the market and reintroduced again only to be removed again, you can still buy some version of them, most likely pre-sweetened with the latest not yet determined to be deadly artificial sweetener!


Music Time Machine — The Moody Blues

Who knows why I woke up with this song in my head this morning, but there it was, playing in a loop. It left me with a feeling of a lovely melancholy although I am not quite sure why.

The single ”Tuesday Afternoon” was released in 1968. I was still in high school and would not become familiar with the Moody Blues until 1973. I was stationed at Lockbourne AFB (later Rickenbacker AFB) in Columbus, Ohio. US involvement in Vietnam war was coming to a close, but the sense of a country at war was still looming for many of us.

I thought perhaps this song was used in a 1970s era movie, but in my quick research that did not prove to be true. Perhaps it is simply the overall feeling of the song.

According to an interview Justin Hayward did with Songfacts, he was high when he wrote the song. In an interview with Ed Bernstein Hayward said he wrote the song on a Tuesday afternoon, with his dog named Tuesday, in a field on the grounds of Lypiatt Park.

So what is it about this song? It gives you a certain mystical feeling. The musicality of the song, especially the version with the tracks recorded by the London Festival Orchestra has a very ethereal feel. Perhaps I recall the entire album “Days of Future Passed”, which I played rather frequently back in 1973. I love the piano and the flute; They all come together to create this rather angelic feeling.

I still cannot decipher the puzzles of my mind that would draw this song out of a distant memory bank over 40 years old. Perhaps some questions are best left unanswered.

Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.
Edward Bulwer Lytton