Monday, July 14, 2008

"Be sure to wear ... some flowers in your hair ..."

I remember very clearly one day when I was in elementary school and Mom was looking through the ads in the paper. "Oh, look! There's that album by that new band, The Beatles. I hear they're good!"

I can still see the ad in my mind's eye, an album cover with a price on a page filled with other album covers and their prices. Always into music, Mom bought that album ... and I began my love of 60s music.

There's an undercurrent throughout much of the music of that period, an undercurrent of peace, love and harmony, of the world being one.

"Everyone is a part of everything anyway."
- Happiness Runs, Donovan

"... and the world will be as one ..."
- Imagine, John Lennon

Lovely ballads like those of James Taylor, beautiful harmonies like The Mamas & The Papas. The Youngblood's Get Together is one of my favorite songs ever: "C'mon people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together and try to love one another right now." These are the songs that make my heart smile.

I found this fun, happy video of Donovan on the Smothers Brothers Show (another fave of my youth). I play Lalena on my piano very often; it reminds me of simple, happy times and hopes for a world of peace and harmony. Enjoy!


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dec0r8or said...

Rose, you're just so....what's the word I'm looking for?..."woo woo"...hee! I'm just bustin' on ya'. I love all that music too. I remember my sisters and I used to sing Get Together with my sister accompanying us on her guitar. We were a big singing family and all of that sixties stuff was my parent's (well, I guess it was ours too) music. Thanks for the memories! (Hey, that's a song too! LOL)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Rose, thank you for all your very sweet comments, again. You're just heartwarming!

Oh, I love 60's and 70's music. My taste in music stopped somewhere in the 70's and I hardly like anything out there today. I'm so out of it on new music. You just can't beat those old songs, they STILL sound great after all these years.

OK, about boiled peanuts. They are green peanuts that are freshly dug and not roasted or anything. Green peanuts are then boiled in salted water. The peanuts are soft and salty when they come out all done. Best eaten when warm (although cold is fine too), they are delicious. It might be an acquired taste though, since I grew up eating them. You can find them at roadsides stands in the south, cooking away in a big black pot.


Mike said...

Thanks for your comment and the Youtube link. Great! He is not known here in the UK but has a beautiful and powerful testimony!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rose,

Always a relaxing visit at your blog. You've reminded me of a 7th grade teacher I had. She told us all about James Taylor and the story of the song he wrote for Suzanne. I've always been a fan.

lynn said...

I love you, Rose. Your comments, your blog, your essence, your encouragement and love.
THank you so much for your abundant blessings in my life.

Anonymous said...

Loved the Donovan youtube clip. Lightened my spirit this morning. almost didn't hang in there for the whole thing...glad I did and glad for your blog Rose.


Kat said...

Mama always loved you best! lol Rose you brought back a few memories with this post. I grew up without TV but we had The Smother Brothers records. I remember we listened so often that we knew the routine by heart. Simple pleasures and happy times. Thanks for bringing back some memories.