Throwback Thursday Survey – Please Respond

Lauren and I realized that so many people are participating in the A to Z challenge in April, there may not be any interest in trying to respond to Throwback Thursday until A to Z is over.

Please let us know your thoughts. We will be happy to continue, or take the month off depending on your responses.


Throwback Thursday – Lightnin’ Strikes

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“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.

Lou Christie Goldmine Interview

“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.


Throwback Thursday – Let Me In

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“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.

I suggest you just crank the volume up and enjoy!


Throwback Thursday – Going, Going, Gone

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.




Throwback Thursday – Fashion

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Day 256, The real blog

There was a time in my life I was so interested in fashion. Not high fashion, mind you. Just looking good and feeling good.

There wasn’t a lot of excess money when I was in high school, so I wore the basics and never really thought much about it. Mom had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and the rest of the world just seemed to float by me. What I wore or what I did to my hair did not seem to matter all that much. All my friends were very conscious of their clothes, even though I’m not sure why. It was the early 70’s in central Ohio and let’s just say it was not the fashion capital of the world. I did have a pair or two of ‘hot pants’ but for the most part, I just dressed to get out the door.

After high school, I joined the Air Force. This would be the first time I earned my own money and could spend it on anything I wanted. It was a foreign world. People from all over thrust together in dormitories left to their own devices to find themselves and their tribe. Being in the military meant my daily attire was issued by Uncle Sam as was my food and a place to live. That meant all the money I made was disposable income — at least for me. I was too young and free to be thinking about my future.

Retro Me in the Dayroom – 1973.

Bell-bottoms were the rage as were peasant blouses. I wore my hair long and straight. I spent a lot of money on clothes and shoes. If I wore jeans, I ripped the hems out, frayed the edges, and sewed ‘cute’ (not functional) patches on them. When not in uniform, I was dressed suited for whatever occasion. Halter tops and platform shoes, headbands and arm bracelets, Tabu and crushed velvet, and always blue eye shadow.

Reader’s Digest version of my life follows…

Fast-forward through life a little. Marriages (and not good ones), children, work and of course age takes a toll. My self-esteem was shot and slowly I lost the desire to worry about fashion. Divorce helped, but it would be a while before I came into my own again. I found a nice job and I was good at it. I worked my way up the corporate ladder and I dressed the part.

But outside of work, I wasn’t dating or trying to impress anyone.

I eventually fell in love again and love sure does boost one’s self-esteem. I started caring again about how I looked to others. Eventually, I remarried and found happiness again. The funny thing about love, though, is it is easy to get comfortable and get into a rut with how you dress and how you look. Today I’m a jeans and sweats girl. I like comfort. Years of wearing heels have made me appreciate shoes that are easy to wear — I hesitate to say comfortable shoes but let’s be honest, that’s what I like.

If there is any special occasion in my life, it might require me to either pull out something ill-fitting from my wardrobe or else I may need to make a special purchase.

The funny thing is I am not uncomfortable with this version of me. Since retiring, I have taken more interest in how I look and feel. I am happy with who I am and when I am happy, everything else comes naturally. Well, everything but this hair. That needs professional attention.