The impetus for this blog was a conversation I had over lunch back in July. My dear college friend Judy teaches English at another institution of higher learning here in KY, about ninety minutes away from me; the last three years we’ve made a point to meet over a meal sometime during the summer months. This year we did Mexican in Danville and followed up with some ice cream at DQ.
Toward the end of our chat, we discussed writing, particularly my interest in creating what I called “pseudo-memoir.” I’d been creeping toward this in some of my Facebook posts over the previous year. We wondered if FB really was the right venue for such a thing, and Judy asked, “What about a blog?”
The idea clearly resonated, because less than 24 hours later, my first four posts were up.
Earlier we’d talked about a tape I made and sent Judy back in the late 80s. It featured several female artists, I believe with three or so tracks from each. I remembered I put Basia, Jane Siberry, and Sinead O’Connor on there, but Judy reminded me about one I’d completely forgotten: Cindy Lee Berryhill.
I first encountered Ms. Berryhill on the 1988 Rhino CD compilation Don’t Read While You Listen! (which features this classic as a hidden track). She piqued my interest enough to rescue her debut disk Who’s Gonna Save The World? from a cutout bin soon afterward. Today’s song is World’s lead track. It’s probably been 25 years or more since I listened to it with any frequency, but it’s a good one.
I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve wanted to write these past three-plus months, but ideas have kept popping into my head. You helped create a bit of a monster, Judy, but I’m most grateful!
Before I started this blog, I posted about songs from old AT40s on Facebook, January-July 2017. I’ll be moving them here over time. This entry has been edited somewhat from the original.
In early June of 2012 I started listening regularly to AT40 rebroadcasts on terrestrial radio stations. At first it was just the 1970s shows on WWRW in Lexington but over time I’ve found via the TuneIn app a number of stations from literally around the globe on which I can hear both 70s and 80s shows. Now I most often listen to WTOJ (Watertown, NY), KCPI (Albert Lea, MN), KOKZ (Waterloo, IA), KZOY (Sioux Fall, SD), KWVF (Santa Rosa, CA), CHNS (Halifax, NS), CKWW (Windsor, Ont), and KLFM (Bendigo, Victoria, Australia). One of the nicest features for me about catching shows from the first half or so of the 70s is that I’ve been introduced to lots of tunes I don’t remember from back in the day.
I was a big fan of Melissa Manchester’s “Midnight Blue” in the summer of 75. She made the top 10 two other times but also scored a number of minor hits. One of them, at its peak position of #27 here, is one of those songs I don’t know that I’ve heard outside of February/March 76 rebroadcasts. It’s very, very nice.
This is my son Ben’s 17th birthday. I’m excited about the memories we’ll generate today, but here’s a look back ten years ago, when he turned seven.
It was a three-day event. His birthday was on Thursday, which he spent going to school and being with Martha and me. His three grandparents and Auntie Ruth visited on Friday, and then on Saturday we had a party at the now-defunct local bowling alley with neighbor friends and classmates from his combined 1st-2nd grade primary class.
Martha did quite a job with this cake!
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