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Wednesday Wild Card: This just in…

March 18, 2009

Apparently, my niece has taken up snake handling.



Wednesday Wild Card: Wedding Songs

March 11, 2009


My friend and champion blogger (she loves to be called that), Sarah, is celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary this month and has issued a challenge to her friends to write about the songs that were in their weddings. If we write our stories and link them to her blog she will read them all and then choose a random winner to receive an Amazon gift card. Whoohooooo!

So… now I’m in a quandary. I mean, if she’s going to choose a RANDOM winner, then all I really need to do is write any old half-baked blog post with the songs listed in it, right? But no, that just wouldn’t be right. I must uphold the high writing standards that this blog has strived so hard to maintain. (cough)

Glenn and I got married in December 1992. I did most of the planning, because that is what the girl does. And the wedding day is all about the girl, right? The guy just has to show up.

So. Songs. I am not against tradition, but I remember wanting to try to choose some songs that people didn’t normally hear at weddings. Because heaven forbid the music started playing and someone said “oh, I’ve heard this one, this is boring” and then everyone made a mass exodus out the back door. That would have been embarrassing!

You will laugh, because two of the songs probably fall squarely into the category of “songs people have already heard” although perhaps back then they weren’t completely overplayed just yet. My very dear friends, Rick and Jennifer Dunn, each sang a solo as the service was beginning. Rick sang “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman. I chose that one simply because I liked it. A friend had introduced me to SCC’s music a few years before, and once I had heard that song I knew I would want it played at my wedding.  Jennifer sang “Doubly Good” which I think is an Amy Grant song. I had heard it sung at her wedding (Jen’s… not Amy Grant’s) a couple years prior, and I liked it.

Now, the really sad part about those first two songs is, I never got to hear either one of them. In a sad turn of events which is a mystery to this day, the tape recording that was made of our wedding service was lost immediately after the event, never to be seen or played. Plus, we did not have a wedding video made. Which is a story for another day.

As the bridesmaids came down the aisle, I had Vivaldi’s “Guitar Concerto in D Major,” play to accompany them. And the inspiration for that song? Sesame Street. Yes, the reason I was familiar with that tune was,as a child watching Sesame Street I had seen a video as part of the show… it was a montage of flowers and landscapes and the like… and “Guitar Concerto in D Major,” as the background track. To this day when I hear that melody I first see a close up of colorful flowers with raindrops falling on them. In later years I discovered the song on a record or tape that my Dad had, and I would play it and remember those images from the Sesame Street video.   It’s a lovely, light tune that I thought would work nicely for the bridesmaids. And so it did. At least I think so. I never really got to hear it since I wasn’t in the room at that point!

My processional was Pachelbel’s Canon. A popular tune, yes. But I loved it, and it was better than the wedding march! I first fell in love with the Canon after hearing it at the National Air and Space Museum. Indeed. When the museum first opened, their feature film, “To Fly!,” was the main attraction in their IMAX theater, and I saw it countless times. Pachelbel’s Canon is featured prominently in the soundtrack.

Then in the midst of the service, right after we said our vows, there was a prayer. Immediately following, a men’s quartet from our church sang “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” a cappella. My favorite part! (Well, other than the whole getting married to the love of my life thing.) I chose it because I thought the lyrics and message fit nicely at that point… and also, who doesn’t love to hear four-part harmony?

So there you go! The recessional was just an instrumental piece that my Dad helped me pick out, but it had no particular significance.

Sarah… pick me! pick me!  🙂  And… happy anniversary to you and Randy!


Wednesday Wild Card: Cadillac Man

March 4, 2009


Photo dated 1986. This is my Dad at one of the many car shows he used to attend. Here he is shown with one of his 1949 Fleetwoods (he had two that were identical, I have no way of knowing which one this is).

In case you were wondering, he is wearing utterly typical “Dad” attire. There was a time when he also favored a certain leather flight jacket so much that if he had only had a whip at his side, he could have been Indiana Jones. Except for the lack of daring adventures.

Just thought I’d pull this one out in honor of “Happy Birthday, Dad” week. 🙂


Wednesday Wild Card: Dinner Conversation

February 25, 2009

[Heard last night over a highly praised and rapidly consumed supper of pancakes, sausage and fried apples…]

Aaron:  “I’m going to weigh myself after supper and see if I’m over 100 pounds!”

Brent: “You don’t weigh that much.”

Aaron: “I’m in the 80s…”

Brent: “I’m in the 90s.”

Aaron “That’s because you’re FAT.”

Brent: “I’m not fat. I’m building muscle mass.”


Wednesday Wild Card: I’ll Show You Mine if You’ll Show Me Yours!

January 20, 2009

Here’s a fun exercise that I came up with all by myself. I challenge you to publish in your blog (or, send me via blog comments, or via email or Facebook) a complete list of all the albums you have on vinyl. The rules are simple: you need to list everything. Don’t be selective in order to avoid embarrassment. Just lay it all out there!

When you read my list below, you will note that I am an avid collector of “Greatest Hits” collections.  I guess that means I’m too lazy to get to know many groups by anything more than their top songs.  Shameful, I know.  You will also surely see some odd entries that will make you scratch your head, like, “what was she thinking, buying that album?”  But, that’s the fun of doing this project!

So, here goes… [deep breath] I now present you my collection of vinyl record albums:

  • ABBA: The Singles
  • Air Supply: Greatest Hits
  • History of America|Greatest Hits
  • The Association: Greatest Hits
  • The Beatles: Love Songs
  • Pat Boone: Greatest Hits  (I know!)
  • Boston
  • Bread: Manna
  • Bread: Baby I’m-A Want You
  • Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians: Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
  • Michael Card: Present Reality
  • The Carpenters: Close to You
  • The Cars: Greatest Hits
  • Peter Cetera: One More Story
  • Chicago: If You Leave Me Now
  • Chicago: 18
  • Chicago: 19
  • Chicago: Greatest Hits 1982-1989
  • The Chiffons: Best of the Chiffons
  • Nat King Cole: Best of
  • The Harry Connick, Jr. Trio
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash: So Far
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déja Vu
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash: Daylight Again
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: American Dream
  • The Doobie Brothers: Minute by Minute
  • Eagles: Greatest Hits 1971-1975
  • Eagles: Greatest Hits Vol. 2
  • The Very Best of the Everly Brothers  (I know! I know!)
  • The Everly Brothers: 24 Original Classics
  • Dan Fogelberg: Netherlands
  • Dan Fogelberg: Greatest Hits ** This is the very first album I ever bought!
  • Dan Fogelberg: Souvenirs
  • Dan Fogelberg: Windows & Walls
  • Dan Fogelberg: Exiles
  • The Four Freshman: Voices and Brass
  • George Harrison: Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989
  • Herman’s Hermits: The Greatest Hits
  • The Hollies Greatest Hits
  • Indigo Girls
  • Al Jarreau: Breakin’ Away
  • Al Jarreau: L is for Love
  • Billy Joel: Greatest Hits
  • Billy Joel: The Stranger
  • Howard Jones: Dream Into Action
  • Howard Jones: Action Replay
  • Journey: Greatest Hits
  • Best of Kansas
  • Come Dancing with the Kinks: Best of the Kinks 1977-1986
  • Huey Lewis & The News: Fore!
  • Little River Band: Greatest Hits
  • The Manhattan Transfer: Brasil
  • The Manhattan Transfer: Vocalese
  • Johnny Mathis: Greatest Hits
  • Johnny Mathis: Heavenly
  • Bobby McFerrin: Simple Pleasures
  • The Monkees
  • Then and Now: Best of the Monkees
  • Anne Murray’s Greatest Hits
  • The Great Roy Orbison: All Time Greatest Hits
  • The Platters: Anthology
  • The Platters: More Encore of Golden Hits
  • The Police: Every Breath You Take | the Singles
  • Restless Heart: Wheels
  • Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits
  • Steely Dan: Greatest Hits
  • James Taylor: Greatest Hits
  • James Taylor: Never Die Young
  • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite
  • Best of 3 Dog Night
  • Toto: Fahrenheit
  • Toto: Past 2 Present 1977-1990
  • The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
  • The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3
  • Randy Travis: Always & Forever

And there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my music collection. If this exercise has raised some burning questions in your mind, like why does she have a Randy Travis album? or maybe who are “The Four Freshmen?” … well, I will gladly attempt to answer your inquiries… IF you are willing to share your own list of vinyl record albums 🙂

Now… let’s see yours!


Wednesday Wild Card: The Lobby (a.k.a. Those Were the Days!)

January 13, 2009

I happened across a little homemade video on the web yesterday, and the sound track that the video creator used was Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” from about 1982 or 83.    Wow, did that song take me back to high school and college! It was one of my all-time favorites. I made a comment about the song on facebook and inadvertently started a very small movement among some of my friends (particularly the girls) who felt like dusting off their old Chicago albums and playing them today.

I also received a comment from another college friend, John Reynolds, who liked the song and emailed me a link to the original video. Then he mentioned that some of his best memories from Milligan College were of “sitting on the couch in Sutton watching the early days of MTV 80’s videos with 37 other people, right before we went in to eat.”

So true, John… so true.

I went to Milligan and lived in Sutton Hall from 1985 to 1989. Being the small college that it was (and still is, although it is about twice the size it was in the 80s… but I digress), Milligan had one dining hall, and that dining hall was located on the first floor of my dorm. Additionally, everyone who lived on campus in those days was on the meal plan. All this is to say that pretty much everyone at the school went to Sutton at least a couple times a day, whether they lived there or not… and the lobby was a major hangout location.

Before meals, when we were waiting for the cafeteria doors to open, we sat in the lobby. After meals, when we had put up our trays but didn’t have anything in particular to do just yet, we sat in the lobby. After classes, when we’d just walked up that huge hill with all our books, we would burst through the doors into the lobby to crash on one of the massive couches for a few minutes. People who didn’t live in Sutton sometimes cut through our lobby from the side door to the front, just to see if anything was going on.

As our paths crossed in the lobby each day, we would stop and chat with each other. Exchange class notes. Read the bulletin boards. Wait for the cafeteria to open. But mostly, we watched TV. And what was on TV?  Back then, almost exclusively, on any given TV in any given dorm lobby on that campus, we watched MTV.  We watched videos, and more videos, and more videos. Occasionally someone would change the channel, but that never seemed to last very long.

The lobby was also where many of us witnessed the Space shuttle disaster of 1986. It happened right around lunch time and so many of us were glued to the TV, which for once was not playing videos.  I recall standing there behind the long couch, a crowd of students gathered in front and all around. I was ready to head out the door to class, but kept waiting just another minute to watch that unbelievable footage one more time.

The lobby was where we witnessed the 24-hour “Madonna – True Blue” marathon. Yes, MTV had some sort of contest where people from all over had submitted their homemade videos using her “True Blue” song as the soundtrack. So for 24 hours solid, we heard that song. Over and over and over and over. And over. My husband asked me earlier how the song went, and I’m no Madonna fan, but I instantly started humming the tune and singing the chorus. Because it was drilled into my head 20-odd years ago.

The lobby was also where I found myself alone very late one Halloween night, watching the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movie. By myself. In the dark. It was one of those situations where you start watching, and you get scared, but you are in this big dark empty room and you don’t want to leave your seat because the boogey man will get you. But you can’t get up and turn the TV off, either. Because of the boogey man. So you wait and wait and wait and then finally some random person comes through the lobby doors, and you get up and turn off the TV as though you were just heading upstairs anyway, and you’re all, “yeah, so how was your Halloween? Did you do anything fun?”

When there was a special event on campus — anything involving a banquet — the lobby became a little like your elderly neighbor’s living room: you would want to go sit on the couch, but you couldn’t quite get comfortable. There would be actual grown-ups milling about, wearing real dress-up clothes. The college would adjust dinner hours so that all the students would be out of the cafeteria well before the adults showed up. It was like your parents had a party, but they made you get ready for bed early and told you not to come downstairs. Sometimes I would come bounding down the stairwell on my way somewhere, and see the crowd of fancies, and turn around and head back upstairs until they went away. Sometimes I would sit just out of sight and listen to the jumbled conversations. Sometimes after they were all in the cafeteria with the doors shut, I would go back down to the lobby and walk quietly over to the closed doors and peek in the crack to see what they were doing.

Sutton Hall’s lobby was just a big room with high ceilings and parquet floors. It had clunky furniture that was meant to survive years of beatings before being replaced. But I think back now to how much time I spent there, and I smile. When I visit campus these days, I always like to walk through at least once. Things have changed over the years, but I still remember vividly what it was like to stroll into that lobby after a meal, plop down on the couch, and just sit. Music playing in the background. Friends chattering about the day’s events. The clinking of silverware coming from the dining hall. No real responsibilities on my plate. The biggest decision before me being whether to watch more MTV, or perhaps go for a walk… just as soon as I rest my eyes for a few minutes.

Those were the days!


Wednesday Wildcard: Today’s Post is Brought to You By the Letter “R”

January 7, 2009

I was cleaning out a closet recently and came across a box of college memorabilia. And tucked inside a large envelope with some old papers and photos was this… a “letter” from my brother on my birthday. It isn’t dated to the year but I think I received it sophomore or junior year. It was displayed with pride on the wall of my dorm room.

It’s hand-drawn on an old newspaper layout sheet. He obviously took a while coloring in the black area… the poster measures 18×24 inches.

Just a little peek into the humor I was steadily exposed to growing up. It is hanging in my office now 🙂