Tag Archives: 60s

Spring 66

The little one is me.  It was 1966, and I was three years old.    I’m sitting on the back porch steps in Marion, Ohio.  Beside me is a little jar of solution for blowing soap bubbles. Grampy is sitting beside me.  I don’t think anyone, not even my parents, ever loved me as much …

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Deep Purple

This song was in my head, and it was really hard to find.  There’s a rock group named “Deep Purple,” and this song has been covered dozens of times since it was written in 1933.  That resulted in a lot of red herrings popping up in my search results. This version, by siblings Nino Tempo …

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That’s Life

Frank Sinatra heard O.C. Smith’s version of That’s Life on his car radio, and was so impressed he tracked down the publisher to record his own version. His version is very different.  Smith’s version is mellower, more bluesy, while Sinatra’s is more motivational-speakerish. The final line fits seamlessly in Smith’s version, but is a little …

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Surfin’ Bird

I’m pretty sure I sat next to this guy in the third grade.  😉 That’s not the group, by the way, that’s a comedian mugging to the lyrics.  I have no idea who he is, but somehow the dance moves at the end seem British. The full lyrics are available HERE, in case there is …

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The two best slang words to come out of the 60s were “drag” and “groovy.” We should use those words more.

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Time is Tight

I didn’t recognize this until about the 1:00 mark.

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The Sunshine and the Shadows

Full lyrics HERE.

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It is not he or she or them or it that you belong to…

It really reads better as a poem than as a song.  Full lyrics HERE.

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Yakety Sax

I feel like I should be chasing someone around.

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Swap

Excerpted from Fates Worse Than Death by Kurt Vonnegut, ©1991: I was willing to believe back in the 1960s that deep meditation as practiced in India might be a way to achieve happiness and wisdom which had not been previously available to people of European and African stock. The Beatles also believed this for a …

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Masters of War

I had never heard of Pearl Jam, never heard of Eddie Vedder, but then I saw him perform this on television– and never forgot it, or him. Full lyrics HERE.

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I Think…

I don’t hear a guitar in there.  It seems to be just a bass, a tambourine, a drum, and a sporadic keyboard. That’s a little different.

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