Just some thoughts:
THE FIRST TIME
Recently as I pulled from my drive (top down on Corvette) a Conway Twitty (Harold Jenkins) song came on. For some reason I thought, “I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard that song, Exactly.” It was at a Dog-n’-Suds type place in Spencer, Indiana. (The Spencer Cops) It was blasting thru the outside speakers.
Later as I sat alone at my coffee place I got to thinking about “First Time” and songs. A number of songs and circumstances came to mind. I remember the first time I heard:
*”When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again”–Bert & Finn’s Truck Stop
“Maybelline”–Chuck Berry–Restaurant in Farmersburg, IN
“Peggy Sue”-Wabash Ave.–Mike’s ’56 convertible –a Wednesday night
“The Monster Mash–Mike’s ’56 convertible–Wabash Avenue
“Precious Memories”–A grandmother’s funeral–as a very young child
“Stagger Lee'”–Garfield High School follies–1960
“In The Still of The Night’-At a sock hop Wiley high school–after ballgame
“Travelin’ Man”–Saw this one live-Rick Nelson
“That Will Be The Day”–Saw this one live–Buddy Holly-Buck Lake
“The Stroll”–Wassell Inn–Terre Haute
“Will You Still Love Me”-The college grill-Indiana State-1961–too often
“The Purple People Eater”–Wabash Ave—WBOW
“Dreamy Eyes”–Johnny Tillotson-Wabash Ave.-A Saturday night
“The Twist”–Country Fair–Midway at the carnival
“It Only Hurts for A Little While”-Ames Brothers-County Fair–Cattle Barn
“Fool Number One”–Brenda Lee–ISU college grill
“Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”-Riding in car with my dad
“Lonely Teardrops”–Jackie Wilson–saw live first time
“Tossin’ Turnin’–Rock-n’-roll show-Indianapolis,IN-Fairgrounds
“The Mountain’s High”–Merle’s Highdecker–Indianapolis
“Long & Lonely Nights”–Wiley High School–Sock Hop– after ballgame
“The Old Gospel Ship”–County Fair–Gospel Night- Happy Goodman’s
“Only the Lonely”–County Fair–Riding the Ferris Wheel
Oh yes there are more…but that’s enough memories for now..as I said some of them carry different meanings now…than then.
There is a song from an old Statler Brothers album “That Summer.”The lyrics say “Those songs once made me happy, now they make me sad.”
That can often be my feelings when I now hear some of these songs. In fact there are a couple song not mentioned that when I hear them they make me really sad. I do remember the time, the place and the circumstances.
If you are honest I bet you have a song or two that can bring mixed emotions. Maybe even time, place and circumstances.
November 16, 2019