Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
After the Prom - Norman Rockwell

First Love

John Clare

I ne’er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and so sweet,
Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
And stole my heart away complete.
My face turned pale as deadly pale,
My legs refused to walk away,
And when she looked, what could I ail?
My life and all seemed turned to clay.
And then my blood rushed to my face
And took my eyesight quite away,
The trees and bushes round the place
Seemed midnight at noonday.
I could not see a single thing,
Words from my eyes did start—
They spoke as chords do from the string,
And blood burnt round my heart.
Are flowers the winter’s choice?
Is love’s bed always snow?
She seemed to hear my silent voice,
Not love's appeals to know.
I never saw so sweet a face
As that I stood before.
My heart has left its dwelling-place
And can return no more.
Scholarly Pace - Norman Rockwell
“No, this trick won't work... 
How on earth are you ever going to 
explain in terms of chemistry and physics 
so important a biological phenomenon 
as first love? ”
Albert Einstein

“Falling in love is very real, 
but I used to shake my head when 
people talked about soul mates, 
poor deluded individuals grasping at 
some supernatural ideal not intended for 
mortals but sounded pretty in a poetry book. 
 Then, we met, and everything changed,
 the cynic has become the converted,
 the sceptic, an ardent zealot.”
E.A. Bucchianeri
Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

At the Soda Fountain - Norman Rockwell
 Always there are firsts and lasts.
Good fortune has shone lovingly on you
if the first deserves to be the last.
Often, you are alerted by the first to
 qualities you seek in the last, because 
the first did not have them. 
All hearts dream of and desire 
a last that will become first.

“In the darkest hour of winter, 
when the starlings 
had all flown away, 
Gretel Samuelson fell in love. 
It happened the way things are never 
supposed to happen in real life, 
like a sledgehammer, 
like a bolt from out of the blue. 
One minute she was a seventeen year-old 
senior  in high school waiting for a 
Sicilian pizza to go;
 the next one she was someone whose
 whole world had exploded, 
leaving her adrift in the Milky Way, 
so far from earth she was walking on stars.”
Alice Hoffman
Local Girls 

Bobby Sox to Stockings
Charted at #8
Frankie Avalon appeared on television
playing his trumpet by the time he was 11.
1980 film The Idolmaker, was a thinly-disguised 

biography of Avalon as well as 1950s
teenage star Fabian Forte,
 along with songwriter/producer Bob Marcucci.
Fabian sued, Frankie denied...
Frankie Avalon - 1959

“Something about first love defies duplication.
 Before it, your heart is blank. Unwritten.
 After, the walls are left inscribed and graffitied. 
 When it ends, no amount of scrubbing 
will purge the scrawled oaths and 
sketched images, but sooner or later, 
you find that there’s space for someone else, 
between the words and in the margins.”
Tammara Webber

Where You Are

Venus in Blue Jeans
Peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts.
Jimmy Clanton's records charted in the 
U.S. Top 40 seven times.
 He wrote many of the songs that he recorded.

“That first love. 
And the first one who breaks your heart.
 For me, they just happen to be 
the same person.”
Sarah Dessen

  Along for the Ride 

 Hats off to Larry
  Peaked at #5 (Billboard) and #2 on Cashbox
Del Shannon learned ukulele and guitar and
Listened to country and western music, 
Hank Williams, Hank Snow, and Lefty Frizzell.
Shannon was inducted into the 
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
Del Shannon - 1961

“One's first love is always perfect 
until one meets one's second love.”
Elizabeth Aston

The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy 

Lipstick on Your Collar
Became the first uptempo Connie Francis 
single to reach the US Top Ten, 
peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
"Frankie", the flip side, 
also became a Top Ten hit 
with a #9 peak making the 
 "Lipstick on Your Collar"/ "Frankie" single 
the most successful double-sided
 hit of Francis' career.
Connie Francis - 1959

“My first love. 
He was my first favorite mistake.”
  Lauren Blakely,  

Caught Up in Us 

Buttercup - Norman Rockwell
 “Did I think he was “the one?” 
Iʼll never know. 
At sixteen, everyone is “the one.”
K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths 

“I trust the red sun setting,
the leafless November trees.
On Monday morning I look foward
fearlessly to Friday’s eve.
But humans are not as reliable
as nature, as trees.
I wonder if you’ll come back;
I trust only that you leave.”
Ellen Wittlinger
Hard Love

Flowers in Tender Bloom - Norman Rockwell

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Rockabilly Teenagers - Doris Zinkeisen
Upon Julia's Clothes
Robert Herrick
When as in silks my Julia goes,
Then, then (methinks) how sweetly flows
That liquefaction of her clothes.

Next, when I cast mine eyes, and see
That brave vibration each way free,
O how that glittering taketh me!
“It is ever so much easier to be good 
if your clothes are fashionable.”
L.M. Montgomery
  Anne of Green Gables  
“Clothes make the man. 
Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
Mark Twain 

In our preteen and teen years, a half century ago, we probably did a lot of primping. We cared what we looked like to others and wanted to make the best impression we could. Clothes and how we looked in them mattered as much, or more, than any test on Friday.
The songs we listened to often mentioned articles of clothing or a specific part of a piece of garb. Clothes can make the man (or woman) or the song.
What would Blue Suede Shoes have been as Blue Head Scarf?

Well, it's one for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, cat, go.
But don't you tie on
my blue head scarf.
You can do anything but lay off
of my blue head scarf.

Oh, yes, straight to the top of the charts it would have gone!
Would A White Sport Coat have made it as White Sport Socks?
White sport socks
And Dr. Scholl's powder
I'm all dressed up for the game

No doubt it would have been number one on all the charts!

Would Pink Shoelaces have gotten any attention as Pink Necktie

He wears tan shoes and a pink necktie
a polka dot vest and man, oh, man
Tan shoes and a pink necktie
A gold tie clip
With his own monogram

Another chart topper, for sure!

(That churning and rumbling you might be feeling and hearing is Dick Clark trying to turn over.)
Catherine -
Blue Suede Shoes
The first song to hit the US Pop, Country,
and R&B charts at the same time.
  No. 1 on Billboard magazine's country music charts 
(the only No. 1 success he would have) 
No. 2 on Billboard's Best Sellers
 popular music chart. 
Perkins became the first country artist
 to score No. 3 on the rhythm & blues charts.
Carl Perkins was called 
"the King of Rockabilly"
He was inducted into the 
Rock and Roll,
 the Rockabilly, 
and the 
Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame; 
and was a 
Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient.
Carl Perkins - 1956

A White sport Coat and a Pink Carnation - Caron  -Dann -
A White Sport Coat
Words and music written 
by Marty Robbins
Reached number one on 
the U.S. country chart 
 (his third number one)
Reached number two on 
the Billboard pop chart 
Marty Robbins - 1957

Pink Shoelaces
Made Dodie Stevens a star when
she was only 13 years old.
Reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 
and it sold over one million copies, 
awarded a gold disc
Dodie Stevens - 1959

“I can spot a polka dot dress 
from hundreds of circles away.
Jarod Kintz  
The Merits of Marthaism, 
and How Being Named Susan Can Benefit You
 "If men can run the world, 
why can't they stop wearing neckties?  
How intelligent is it to start the day 
by tying a little noose around your neck?"
Linda Ellerbee

"Stretch pants - the garment that made
 skiing a spectator sport." 
Author Unknown

Monday, April 28, 2014


The Flower Sellers - Abbott Fuller Graves
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
William Shakespeare

  A Midsummer Night's Dream 

"I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! 
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one."
Edna St. Vincent Millay 

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
Claude Monet 

“This is the spot where I will lie
When life has had enough of me,
These are the grasses that will blow
Above me like a living sea.

These gay old lilies will not shrink
To draw their life from death of mine,
And I will give my body's fire
To make blue flowers on this vine.

"O Soul," I said, "have you no tears?
Was not the body dear to you?"
I heard my soul say carelessly,
"The myrtle flowers will grow more blue.”
Sara Teasdale

“But how nice it would be to know that some good Yankee woman - And there must be SOME good Yankee women. I don’t care what people say, they can’t all be bad! How nice it would be to know that they pulled weeds off our men’s graves and brought flowers to them, even if they were enemies. If Charlie were dead in the North it would comfort me to know that someone - And I don’t care what you ladies think of me,” her voice broke again, “I will withdraw from both clubs and I’ll — I’ll pull up every weed off every Yankee’s grave I can find and I’ll plant flowers, too — and — I just dare anyone to stop me!”
Melanie from 

"Gone With The Wind”
Margaret Mitchell

Chicago Tribune, April 28, 1964
The English and the French captured our listening ears with their instrumentals in 1959 (and some Americans, too). Though they didn't hit it big on the charts again, they had other good music to offer. A YouTube search will find them. It was a good year for instrumental One Hit Wonders, a good year to be twelve years old. 


 Petite Fleur (Little Flower)
An English Jazz Band
An international hit as a clarinet solo by
Monty Sunshine with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.
Charted at #5 
Chris Barber Jazz Band - 1959

“I'm on the side of whatever 
keeps the flowers growing.”
  Marty Rubin

 Petite Fleur
(with words and in French with 
English subtitles - ummmm nice)
  Known to have recorded the first 
French rock and roll songs in 1957,
 but he never ceased to claim that he 
disliked Rock and Roll and even refused
 to talk about it later on.

Little flower
Should all the flowers
by the side of the roads
wither tomorrow,
I would keep in my heart
the one who
bloomed in your eyes
when I loved you so,
in the wonderland
of our sweet sixteen.
Little flower of love,
you will always bloom
for me.
When life
betrays me now and then
you remain my joy,
little flower.
After twenty years
I ponder for a while
and breathe in
this scent I loved so. 
Within my heart
you will always bloom
in the great garden of love,
little flower...
Within my heart
you will always bloom
in the great garden of love,
little flower...

The Little Flower Girl - Edward Lamson Henry

"The rain to the wind said,
'You push and I'll pelt.'
They so smote the garden bed.
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged -- though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.”
Robert Frost
The Poetry of Robert Frost

Little Girl With a Spray of Flowers - Renoir
 “Certain girls deserve lots of flowers. 
You are one of them.”
  Dan Pearce 
Single Dad Laughing
  Manhattan Spiritual
Reg Owen was an English conductor and arranger 
who played both saxophone and piano. 
 Manhattan Spiritual was a Top 40 hit in the U.S.
 Peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100
On the Billboard charts for 13 weeks.
His only release to hit the U.S. charts.
Reg Owen Orchestra
- 1959

“People who want to make a million
borrow a million first.”
Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
Manhattan - Karen Tarlton
“Manhattan can act as a giant suction cup,
sucking you into its folds.
The city breeds no wimps and
makes no apologies.”
Kate Rockland
Falling Is Like This 

Central Park South - Jason Gluskin

 “Movement was the essence of Manhattan. 
It had always been so, 
and now its sense of flow, energy, openness, 
elasticity as Charles Dickens had called it, 
was headier than ever. 
Half the city’s skill and aspirations seemed 
to go into the propagation of motion.”
Jan Morris 

Manhattan '45
 Guitar Boogie Shuffle 
 Known as "Guitar Boogie"
First recorded in 1945
 Frank Virtue and the Virtues
recorded it as "Guitar Boogie Shuffle". 
Reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 
and #27 on the Billboard R&B chart
Also became a sheet music smash,
 selling well worldwide
"became one of the most popular
 and influential instrumentals of its era".
 Frank Virtue and the Virtues

I don't do up. 
I do downs.
 Sit down. 
Lay down. 
Blackjack, I'll double down. 
Give me a cheeseburger, I'll wolf it down. 
Put on a little music, I'll boogie down.
John Pinette

New Orleans Boogie -Diane Millsap
“Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you'll see the world
If I'm not mistaken...

Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure...

Face your life
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.”

Neil Gaiman
  The Graveyard Book
Ch' Boogie - Connie Williams
“To be creative means to be in love with life. 
You can be creative only if you love life 
enough that you want to enhance its beauty, 
you want to bring a little more music to it, 
a little more poetry to it, 
a little more dance to it.”

Cowboy Boogie - Connie Chadwell
 “Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the disheveled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”
W.B. Yeats 

The Land of Heart's Desire
In the Mood
Peaked at #4 on the pop chart
and #7 on the R&B charts.
sold over a million copies
Ernie Fields and his Orchestra - 1959

“You keep me going when I feel 
like a flat tyre 
you do my head right,
 like a hair dryer
can I call you my mechanic since 

you change my mood and get me 
feeling like I have got a spare tyre.”
Mohlalefi J Motsima

Horse in Jolly Mood - Unknown
“I suspect that I’m not alone 
when it comes to altering my 
surroundings depending on how 
I feel at any particular moment:
 diving into a specific book, 
immersing inside a particular movie, 
devouring certain foods or 
 humming to just the right song.”
Barbara Brooke

In the Mood - Carol Burgess
“The problem with having a sense of humor
is often that people you use it on aren't
in a very good mood.”
Lou Holtz

Crazy Mood - Leonid Afremov
“If you're in bad mood, take a deep breath.
If you're in good mood, give thanks to God.”
Toba Bet

My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut 

Tango Mood - Connie Chadwell

Only You
French conductor of Popular and Classical music 
Charted at #9 on Billboard Hot 100
and #18 on R&B chart.
Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles -1959

"Time is the coin of life.
Only you can determine how it will be spent."
Terry Mark
Only You - Mark Spain
When I text you it means I'm missing you. 
When I don't it means I'm 
waiting for you to miss me.
 If only you knew.

The Letter - Jan van Beers

Oh if only, if only you knew, 
everything I do is for you.
Sunday Boredom - Nordfeldt
 Why bother putting your guard up? 
We're all going to get hurt,
 no matter what fake persona you wear. 
At the end of the day there's only you.
Victor-Gabriel Gilbert - Le Marche aux Fleurs - The Flower Market