R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

Today is a sad day in music and the world.

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul. This video gives me chills everytime I watch it. I had the chance to see her in person when I worked at The Palace of Auburn Hills a couple of times. Saw her sing at Joe Dumars last basketball game. I remember she walked on the court carrying her purse. I’m sure she had people to carry it for her, but she just walked and handled it herself.

And at the end of the song, where she takes off her mink and it drops to the ground… epic diva move!

What a shoe it must be in heaven today.

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Gone But Not Forgotten — Elvis Presley

Today, it’s been 41 years since Elvis Presley died.

I have been an Elvis fan for as long as I was able to watch his movies and listen to his songs. I remember where I was when Elvis died on August 16, 1977. I was sitting in front of my parent’s console TV playing with the radio dial (I wasn’t supposed to playing with the radio dial). I remember sitting there and hearing the news that Elvis died. I don’t think I cried, I just sat there in shock.

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Here is one of my all-time favorite Elvis’ songs — “Suspicious Minds” Live in Las Vegas.

 

 

I had to post another one of my favorites — “Polk Salad Annie” Live in Las Vegas (1970).

 

In case you want to sing along.

Polk Salad Annie
Live in Las Vegas 1970

Some of you all never been down South too much…
I’ gonna tell you a little story, so you’ll understand where I’m talking about
Down there we have a plant that grows out in the woods and the fields,
and it looks something like a turnip green.
Everybody calls it Polk salad. Now that’s Polk salad.
Used to know a girl that lived down there and
she’d go out in the evenings to pick a mess of it…
Carry it home and cook it for supper, ’cause that’s about all they had to eat,
But they did all right.

Down in Louisiana
Where the alligators grow so mean
Lived a girl that I swear to the world
Made the alligators look tame

Polk salad Annie
‘Gators got your granny
Everybody said it was a shame
For the mama was working on the chain-gang
What a mean, vicious woman

Everyday before suppertime
She’d go down by the truck patch
And pick her a mess of Polk salad
And carry it home in a tote sack

Polk salad Annie
‘Gators got you granny
Everybody said it was a shame
‘Cause the mama was working on the chain-gang
Whoo, how wretched, dispiteful, straight-razor totin’ woman,
Lord have mercy.

Sock a little Polk salad to him
Yeah, you know what, yeah, yeah

But daddy was a lazy and a no-count
Claimed he had a bad back
All her brothers were fit for
Was stealing watermelons out of my truck

For once Polk salad Annie
‘Gators got your granny
Everybody said it was a shame
For the mama was working on the chain-gang

Sock a little Polk salad to him
You know what meets a meal mention
You sock a little
Hey, hey, hey, yeah, yeah
Chic a bon, chic a bon, chic a bon bon bon bon
Chic a bon, chic a bon, chic a bon bon bon bon
Sock a little Polk salad to him
You know what meets a meal mention
Sock a little Polk salad to him
You know what meets a meal mention
Chinc, chinc, chinc, chin, ling, ling ling

I would have loved to see him concert. I haven’t been to Graceland in a few years. I think I need to add it to my travel list for next year.

The Facts of Life

I grew up watching “The Facts of Life”. So it was sad to read the Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom The Facts of Life had died. She was 92.

Seems the stars of my youth are passing away. They provided years of entertainment while growing up.

R.I.P.

Happy Birthday, Joe

Today would have been my little brother, Joe’s 50th birthday.

He will be celebrating in heaven with my mom. It’s almost been four years since Joe died.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Joe. The good, bad and the ugly.

I can picture him in heaven, celebrating his birthday with a strawberry cake with strawberry frosting. Eating a box of cereal. Downloading all the movies and TV shows he can. Eating something our mom made just for him. Listening to “Free Bird.” And drinking a Lemon-lime slush with extra fruit from Sonic.

So, Happy Birthday, Joe. I misd you and I love you, as much as one can love a pain-in-the ass little brother.

I’ll have a Lemon-lime slush with extra fruit from Sonic.

Tell mom I love her and miss her too!

Memorial Day

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”
~ Jeff Miller

Words To Live By

I didn’t know this artist until his name was mentioned that passed away. But when I saw his quote, it hit me hard.

Wise words from a young man. R.I.P. Avicii.

Let Is Not Forget

Hard to believe it’s been 19 years.

The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terroristtruck bombing on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States on April 19, 1995. The bombing killed 168 people, injured more than 680 others. (From Wikipedia.)

Let us not forget all those who were effected.

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