Hello everyone. This week is my week to write but I am just not mentally in a place to do so. I have family and friends all over the state of Florida where Hurricane Ian is wreaking havoc and I am not in a place where I can write, monitor and respond to posts until I know everyone is no longer under a threat. Lauren has a lot on her plate, too, so we are going to take a much needed week off.
We will be back next week hopefully refreshed and reporting that everyone is safe and sound from the storm.
“Lightnin’ Strikes” was written by Lou Christy and Twyla Herbert. I must say I went down a number of very interesting rabbit holes when I looked into this song. From the relationship between Christy and Herbert to the producer and session musicians associated with the recording, it was all very interesting.
In this Songfacts interview, Ralph Casale explains the bass solo on the song and how it made it into the recording.
Songfacts: Please describe the sessions for “Lightnin’ Strikes.”
Ralph: I was asked by producer-arranger Charlie Calello to play the 6-string bass guitar which sometimes doubles the same line the bass plays. When the track was being played back without vocals I started jokingly improvising a solo on the bass guitar with a fuzz box. I didn’t know what the song was about, but Charlie obviously did. He stopped the playback and said “I love it!” I laughed, and asked if he was joking. He excitedly replied, “I’ll tell you where to play it!”
Lou Christy was extremely popular and quickly became a teen idol – an label that often relegated performers to the ‘oldies’ category as they tried to progress their careers.
Goldmine magazine did a comprehensive interview with Christy which highlights much of his career. I will post the link to that article here if you are interested. I found it very interesting.
“Lightnin’ Strikes” was released on Christmas Day in 1965. By March of 1966 the record reached gold status having sold over a million copies. There lyrics smack of the double standard of what is acceptable behavior for a man vs. a woman.
But for today, try not to over analyze and just drift back to the sixties and enjoy.
“Let Me In” is a particular favorite of mine because it was also one of my dad’s favorites. I can still picture him driving down the road, listening to the radio, and cranking up the volume when this song came on.
The song was written by Yvonne (Mills) Baker and recorded by Baker and The Sensations in 1961. It reached number 2 on the R & B charts and made it to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is almost a forgotten hit of the 60s and is often considered a One Hit Wonder although that is not true.
Yesterday I read an article about things that are facing obsolescence due to the pandemic. I starting jotting down things that have been and gone out of frequent use in my adult life even though some may actually still exist. I know the list could be much larger, but this was just a few minutes of brainstorming.
It made me curious about things I still have lying around this house or things I know to still exist from this list. There are three or four things on the list I still have lying around.
So I ask you:
What could you add to the list?
What ‘obsolete’ things do you still own?
Why do you keep them?
Has anything become obsolete for you because of the pandemic?
I still have floppy disks in a box, a walkman (although it is a CD walkman, and a coin sorter, I think. There may just be a coin purse in a box somewhere.
I wish I had some pant stretchers. I may just go look and see if Vermont Country Store still sells them.