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I didn’t think I would have much to smile about this week but I was wrong. This is one instance where it is good to be wrong…the smile scale!

I grew up in the 60s and 70s. The music from those years is what brings all those years back to me. This was a great weekend for music and memories. As most of you may know, this weekend was the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock, 1969 super music fest that lasted three days and changed so much. I didn’t go to Woodstock in 1969. I was thirteen years old. I remember staying in my bedroom with my older sister that weekend. We listened to the radio as much as we could. The station we played gave updates and live reports about who was on stage and what was going on at the festival grounds.

Thanks to Robin at Breezes At Dawn who reminded me, I was able to listen to a lot of the re-broadcast of the festival on xpn.com.  It was truly smile inducing and had me singing a long. I got to hear Joan Baez and CCR. I heard Sly, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. Canned Heat. The Who. Blood, Sweat & Tears. Yeah. If you grew up then, you are smiling now, right?

I missed a lot but I will look up what I missed and listen to it throughout the week. I’m sure I will be smiling right along with the music!

The Weekly Smile is a weekly blog hop hosted by Trent at Trent’s World. Here is his smile from this week. What made you smile this week?

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The soundtrack for today’s drive from Seattle to Portland was provided by The Beatles. I listened to them all the way home. It was a long, rainy, windy, foggy, stress-filled drive but the music made it better.

I keep trying to think of my favorite Beatles song but I don’t think I can come up with one. I love most of them. I like the early stuff…She Love You, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Love Me Do, Help. I also love, love, love the later years: Hey Jude, Let It Be, Eleanor Rigby, A Day In the Life. How about Ob-la-di Ob-la-da? Get Back! Revolution. Back In the U.S.S.R.! The list goes on and on.

Do you have a favorite Beatles song? A favorite Beatle? A favorite Beatle memory? I think they are timeless. There are few bands that reach the level of recognition and timelessness that they do.

Okay, that’s the end of my words of wisdome; I will let it be!

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Earlier today, I read a blog which talked about the Eric Burdon and War song, Spill the Wine. I commented that I recalled the song well and that it was a favorite when it came out in the early 70’s.

“I was once out strolling one very hot summer’s day
When I thought I’d lay myself down to rest
In a big field of tall grass
I lay there in the sun and felt it caressing my face”

I remember walking home from high school (we lived within bus riding distance and we rode the bus except when we manufactured reasons to stay after school and miss the bus), my sister and I, listening to music on the radio my sister smuggled into school every day. Every day we would hear Spill the Wine played by the same DJ. It must have been a favorite of his, too. It’s one of those singable, danceable songs and we would do just that…sing along and practically dance home while it played. Once in a while a car would drive by and they would honk and wave at us while we pranced home singing. Unfortunately, one day one of those cars that honked at us was driven by our dad. He had gone to pick our younger sister up at the middle school so he decided to drive by our walking route and give us a ride. He was very angry that we were “parading” down the street like clowns. That put a stop to our walking home for a long time. We would have to ride the bus or call our dad to come get us. No more prancing along to Spill the Wine or any other song.

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Until recently, I did not ever click links to videos of any kind, especially YouTube. As far as I was concerned, the video quality was just too horrible and not worth my time or frustration. I was not pleased with previous attempts which would yield 3 seconds of video followed by a stutter and 10 seconds of loading more then another 3 seconds of video, etc. Last week that changed.

I blog a lot. Last week, one of the blogs I follow posted a link to a YouTube video as music to accompany a photograph. I don’t know what got into me but I clicked on the link and was pleasantly surprised that the quality of the video was excellent. It loaded promptly and completely and the song was a classic which I had not heard in a long time. (more…)

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