Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.
Crystal Blue Persuasion
Summer and the 60's
Up bright and early, scrolling through my news feed; predictable, sad, screwed up, unbelievable, so very wrong!
Onto social media; same old, same old, boring, already heard about that...and then suddenly...a song, shared by a friend, 'Crystal Blue Persuasion'.
- Suddenly, I was back on a lakeshore, this song blaring loudly from two large speakers, attached to the roof of the concession stand
- Suddenly, I was back at the beach, this song playing over the radio of my Dad's Chevy Impala, with my Dad half buried in the sand
- Suddenly, I was back in my childhood neighborhood and this sweet, sweet song, much too significant for the tiny transistor radio hosting it, filled the air, while a bunch of us kids played in the great outdoors
Wow, I was worn out before my first cup of coffee, but, in such a good way!
Thank you my friend for this song.
This is one of 'those' songs!
I've always loved the melody and the happiness it exudes and it makes me smile and takes me back, every single time I hear it.
I was a kid, did not give a lot of thought to the words of songs back then, I either liked it or I didn't. It wasn't just the pop and rock of the time, it was the same with country music. My Parents had country music on, the majority of the time, some of it I liked and some of it, not so much!
But, I've always loved music; all kinds, all genres and I once had the ability to name that tune...within the first note or two, lately, I've somewhat lost my touch.
Over time, I've learned that a lot of the songs I loved (still love) from the 60's, had everything to do with anti-war sentiment and drug use; some of them obvious, some not so obvious and some, such as this one, 'Crystal Blue Persuasion', had nothing to do with drugs or drug use, but, nevertheless, people still insisted it did.
Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells fame, co-wrote this song with two others. In numerous interviews he has done, he says he is often questioned about this particular song, 'Crystal Blue Persuasion', and whether it is about drugs or about being on drugs and he says...
"No, it's about Jesus."
Tommy accepted Christ, while watching a Billy Graham Crusade and discovering a Gideon Bible in his hotel room. Even so, he continued to do battle with drugs, as was the case with many during this time. (He didn't get clean and sober, until the mid 80's)
When you listen to the words, there's a clear, (a crystal clear) positive message throughout and it is such a feel good song, no drugs needed to enjoy!
A Crazy Time
While I was loving the music of the time and loving just being a kid, there was a lot going on in the 1960's.
We moved to Florida in 1967, from South Carolina. As far as I was concerned, we were leaving our life behind; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends...all...left behind.
I wasn't happy and would never be happy again!
My life was over!
By the time school started, I had made many new friends and relatives were coming to visit us, all of the time. After all, we were in sunny Florida, the beach was just down the road.
I remember, very well, us having company, because I was always the one giving up my room. It's okay, I loved most of them...
Life went on, my life was far from over!
It wasn't all sunshine and roses though, there were sad images on our television set each and every night, as my Parents would tune-in to get the latest casualty count, coming out of Vietnam.
Again, I was a kid, I didn't understand what was going on. I never connected the war images we'd see on the t.v. each night with things such as, the older brother of my friends who lived across the street, packing up and leaving (not for college) but for Vietnam.
He had the greatest collection of 45's and LP's, I thought he was cute.... that's what I remember about him.
We moved...again...leaving that neighborhood, those friends behind, I heard through the grapevine, years later, that their big brother never returned home from Vietnam, but I do not know with certainty.
I think some of the greatest music came out of the 1960's.
Another song by Tommy James and the Shondells that stops me in my tracks, every time, whenever I hear it, is 'Crimson and Clover':
Crimson and Clover
Music is therapeutic
While, so much great music came out of the 60's; the music, the Artists of that era, were certainly instrumental in influencing much of the music of my teenage years, which followed, in the 1970's.
Then it became all about skating and dancing music.
Minus the disco era, (sorry disco fans...that was not my thing) some very good music came out in the 70's, as a result of that influence.
Although I have to admit, I've always loved dancing to K.C. and the Sunshine Band! Great beat, easy to dance to and all that jazz.
Music is one of the few things that bring us together, help us to forget...help us to remember....
I hope that you will crank up the music, forget the politics of the day, put your worries behind and simply enjoy Living and Loving Life!
Happy Life All!
My favorite roller skating song
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 A B Williams
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on January 15, 2019:
Love this song.....yep, 60's!
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on December 01, 2018:
Can’t discuss and share the music of the 60s without including the Mamas and the Papas.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 19, 2018:
Hi Jackie, good to hear from you....and thanks, I will take this opportunity to listen to these fine tunes once again! :)
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 19, 2018:
I did not know this story, thanks for sharing. Be hard to choose between his two songs above, I love them both too.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 13, 2018:
Turn it loud!
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 13, 2018:
Can’t neglect The Rolling Stones...have to share a couple at least
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 12, 2018:
Sexy Mama needed a nap...missing out on a compliment...lol! Thank you Paula, the feelings are mutual!
Suzie from Carson City on August 12, 2018:
OH MY!!! Who is that gorgeous Sexy Mama in the picture??!! LOL. (and she's NOT just a pretty face!!) She's one damned smart cookie!! There's your compliment for the week. I know it won't go to your head!
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 11, 2018:
There are so many great songs, I can’t include them all.
But, I’ll try.....;)
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 10, 2018:
Hey Shannon - I came along somewhere there in between those years :) Hopefully, you'll share this article with them, I know they'll appreciate the music. Ask them if they skated to Steppenwolf!
Enjoy your weekend and always...Write On! AB
Shannon Henry from Texas on August 10, 2018:
Well, I am certainly not a child of the 60's, but I can still relate to your reflections here. I'll be 36 on Sunday and my parents are from your generation. My mom born in 1963 and my dad in 1957. In fact, they met at the skating rink where my dad worked. Probably well into my teen years they could still do all the fancy skating tricks that I never really mastered.
Of course, I don't know much about Vietnam other than from history lessons, but there have been other wars and incidents since then. It hasn't changed much in that regard... Kids not fully understanding the gravity of what is going on. And then.... Bam.... Something like 9-11 happens and I wish I had just been a kid then, not just barely 19 years old, not able to recall the details today.
As for music.... I can still recall songs at just a few notes. Music is powerful no matter the genre. I'll do me with you any time.... So no g as you don't mind my two left feet and terrible dance moves! Seriously, I can't even line dance. LOL