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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 27: A song that breaks your heart

Life is short. Childhood is shorter. Spend it well.

My early childhood, like so many of my contemporaries, was one spent often in the care of grandparents while my parents both worked to maintain the household. My dad, especially, often worked 2-3 factory-type jobs to help make ends meet. His grueling work schedule, mostly overnights, meant that I really only saw him awake on weekends–those precious couple of days where we would drive into Marietta to pick up his paycheque and have lunch at Taco Bell still stand out as defining moments of my young life at the time.

This song is difficult to listen to for me even today as I find so much of my own life in the lyrics. While my dad wasn’t a traveling musician with “planes to catch”, there were many “bills to pay” and working overnights in a plastics factory was one of the best unskilled occupations in the Atlanta area in the 80s. In the 90s, it was fueling diesel trucks supplementing 24-hour shifts on an ambulance supplementing 24-hour shifts at the fire department. Sometimes I wouldn’t see my dad for days at a time while he worked consecutive jobs. I don’t blame him for this work; our lives–like so many others during that era–were financed through debt. I made the most of it, though, and my friends will oft remember so many afternoons and overnights at “The Yellow House”. When my domestic family fell apart in the 90s (brought on by many factors, but mostly by financial disputes, I’m certain), my friends were there to fill in the gaps. My dad and I had many falling-outs in my later teen years, and just before moving to college, I quietly moved out of the house and didn’t talk to him for months.

We have since, of course, reconciled. Today, those days are long passed and we enjoy a healthy relationship. Dad is nearing retirement (something I’m not sure how he’ll deal with, honestly, as he still manages to work 2 jobs, though he does take more holidays), and I live on the other side of the continent, but we do manage to keep in touch and visit about once a year. That bittersweet ending to the song punctuating a story that continues to this day.

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 23: A song you think everybody should listen to

A classic from “the greatest tearoom orchestra in the world”.

I shouldn’t have to justify this one. If you’ve never heard it, do yourself a favor and listen. You’ll be singing along by the end.

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 16: A song that’s a classic favorite

There’s nothing quite cruising around with The Beach Boys.

So many tracks by this timeless group from Hawthorne, California that it’s hard to pick just one, but for the purest of good times, I’ll go with their summertime classic “Fun, Fun, Fun”.

NBC 1968 Presidential Election Coverage

News coverage of happenings in the 1968 US presidential race. Lyndon Johnson announces his retirement, and an interview with Richard Nixon and George Wallace!

This is a novelty piece in the old “break-in” style pioneered by Dickie Goodman and Bill Buchanan where song clips replace soundbytes from interviews or dialogue.I downloaded this from AOL in the mid-1990’s, and I don’t recall who uploaded it originally.If you or someone you know created this, please let me know so that I may give proper credit.Thanks!

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It’s Fun To Be A Batman

This is possibly one of the oddest novelty books I’ve run across. Vintage 1960s mod humor. Take it upon yourself to flip through the pages (linked in source).

Source: It’s Fun To Be A Batman – Andertoons Cartoon Blog

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It’s Fun To Be A Batman

It’s really sort of hard to explain. Apparently someone took existing photos, painted Batman costumes on people in the photos, and then added funny captions below.

Source: It’s Fun To Be A Batman – Andertoons Cartoon Blog

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Batmobile sighting!