Name That Tune – #SoCS #JusJoJan

Isn’t it nice to wake up on a Friday when the biggest worry is “I wonder what Linda G. Hill will throw at us today?” Well, Linda did not disappoint and we’re here at the bar to try to work around the some-assembly-required Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt that she gave us:

“Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: ‘close eyes and point.’ When you’re ready to write your post, open a book, a newspaper, or whatever is handy and close your eyes and point. Whatever word or picture your finger lands on, make that the basis of your SoCS/JusJoJan post. Enjoy!”

It should come as no surprise that whatever is handy is Teagan’s first Journey since I only recently finished it. Flipping it open and pointing as directed seems to have left me with a fat-finger choice. I can write about “chestnut brown” or “familiar tune.” I know what Maddie’s choice would be, but I can’t bring her into the bar, so…

If we were having a beer, we’d be unwillingly focused on the playlist.

“Hey guys. Shall I bring you the usual?”

“Yes, Cheryl. A Corona for me, set David up with his assortment, and please change the playlist.”

“I’ll be back with the drinks, but I can’t help you with the music. The batteries are dead in the remote, and I can’t reach the console.”

“Can you reach the circuit breaker? This is disco for crying out loud.”

“Not a dancin’ man, Dan?”

“No, and not a fan of the Bee Gees.”

“It’s almost over, Dan.”

“I know, David, but there’s probably more in the pipeline.”

“Here you go guys. Corona with lime, John Howell’s Bourbon with cherries, seltzer with lemon and lime, a glass of ice and – I think that’s ‘Sir Duke’ – you OK with that, Dan?”

“I’m OK with that song, but it means we’re stuck in the bad part of the seventies, Cheryl.”

“Aw Dan, I loved the seventies. The music inspired dancing, the clothes were cool, the hair was crazy. I mean, I like the eighties better, but the seventies was a good time to be stayin’ alive.”

“Thanks for the bourbon, Dan. And don’t worry, even if we are stuck in the seventies, there was a lot of good music in that decade.”

“Early in that decade, David, the ‘Let it Be’ ‘American Woman’ ‘Stairway to Heaven’ part of the seventies.”

“That would also be the Neil Young ‘Harvest’ album, you know, ‘Heart of Gold’ part, Dan.”

“Ugh. At least that album spawned the best rebuttal song ever.”

“Would that be ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dan?”

“Yes, yes it would, David.”

“Southern rock was kind of the antithesis of Disco.”

“A person could love both, David.”

“Yes, Cheryl, but grungy clothes, not really something you could dance to – perhaps that’s what Dan liked about it.”

“Whoa, whoa, let’s not be talking about Dan like he’s, I mean like I’m not here.”

“Let’s face it, Dan, your beer is better suited to the Allman Brothers than…well certainly better than this song.”

“Oh for the love, Cheryl, ‘Dancing Queen?’ – Abba? Get a ladder, pull the plug, please do something to stop this playlist.”

“Dan, you have to admit, Abba was a pretty good band.”

“I can admit that without wanting to listen to them, David.”

“Maybe you should ease up, you know, let yourself get in a last-half-of-the-seventies mood.”

“You want to trade that beer in for a White Russian, or a Rusty Nail? Maybe a Tequila Sunrise, Dan? I haven’t made one of those in a long time.”

“Thank you, Cheryl, but no. I will have another Corona though.”

“And I’ll have another splash of bourbon, Cheryl. I guess I should stop picking on Dan, I mean, he is buying these drinks.”

“You boys want any food? Maybe I could get the chef to whip up some stuffed tomatoes or avocado halves.”

“Wings, please. Barbeque wings will do nicely. Or, I can always head up the road to Skooter’s for some sixties rock and roll and a burger.”

“Relax Dan. I’ll be back with your beer and David’s bourbon. I’ll put the wings in, and I’ll see if I can get someone to play some funky music for you.”

“That’s not funny, Cheryl.”

“I couldn’t resist. All this fuss over the playlist is just bringing back memories of that music. Then again, I don’t want you to freak out.”

“Stop it!”

“Wow, you really started something, Dan. You maybe should have just ignored the music today and talked about something less controversial. You know, like politics, or religion.”

“Well, it’s nice to let Cheryl have some fun, besides, I will survive.”

“Ha! That’s a good one Dan. I’m going to put this round on the house.”

“Aww, thanks Cheryl.”

“And I’ll ask one of the guys to climb up and change the playlist.”

“Not yet, wait until this song is over.”

“Sister Sledge? ‘We are Family’ – don’t tell me you’re a fan, Dan.”

“He’s a Pirates fan, Cheryl. Nineteen seventy-nine. The team’s theme song the last time the Pirates won the World Series.”

“Willie Stargell turned that team around with that song, David.”

“Here’s to disco, Dan – Cheers.”

“Cheers, David.”

Note: Thanks to Cheryl for answering a few questions during the writing of this post.

102 comments

  1. Ha ha ha. I feel special. Love the leaf!! Now my friend, about disco…That was a wonderful jaunt through my past. Saturday night’s dancing. A big group of us laughing and singing. Those were good times, at the time. And some of that music is still good, well goodish! Loved my dancing shoes!

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    1. We have always had a few around the neighborhood, but their population has been growing in the past few years. We have two regulars in the yard, and up to four that visit now and then.

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  2. C’mon Dan, admit it. You have little signs around your yard noting “Peanuts this way”! That’s the only ‘foraging’ those spoiled cuties do. Lol!

    I like some of the music from the 70’s. But the 50’s and 60’s rule. Having said that, I love everything from the 40’s! On top of all that, I am a diehard country music fan. Yeah, music makes me happy!

    Love how gorgeous Maddie’s hair looks lying on the couch. I’m jealous!
    Ginger

    Think positive. Test negative.

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    1. Hahaha – Ginger, the notion of the sign is funny. We do see these clowns foraging, now and then, and a few have even been known to bury a peanut, but you’re right, they are spoiled. Some days, there’s a bit of a mob scene on the steps when we take Maddie out.

      I had to try and feature Maddie’s chestnut brown hair in the gallery. I almost went that way with the prompt, but disco had invaded the bar’s playlist last week.

      I enjoy a wide array of music, including country, and I can name most show tunes in a few notes. My mother was particularly fond of the sound tracks from musicals.

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  3. Okay, wow. So much going through my buzzy brain right now. Lol. Firstly, while I get the metaphorical implication of We Are Family to inspire teamwork, it seems a bit at odds for the burly players to be humming, “ I got all my sistas with me!”. 😉But, hey, if it worked perhaps they should revive that song.Funny you should mention Play That Funky Music. That came out the year I got my driver’s license and nothing was more fun than cruising the neighborhood with that blaring over the speakers. The thing is, while I am a diehard classic rock fan, I literally love ALL kinds of music (except OD amounts of Cajun or most rap). You just can’t dance to it, meditate to it, make out to it or fall asleep listening to it. I have my standards you know. While the hype and lack of diversity in music during those few years that actually fall into the ‘disco age’ was annoying, it was fun for people who knew how to dance or could follow a good lead. Consider it the warmup show for the 80’s. It was only the last call for the 70’s. I lived those years dreaming to Elton John, Crocodile Rockin and enjoying the Peaceful, Easy Feelin of the Eagles, trying to Save Time In a Bottle with Croce and yes, much wall space devoted to Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Rick Springfield. Hey and Alice Cooper, School’s Out..oh yay! I am an enigma, what can I say? There were as many one hit wonders in the 70’s as the 80’s. It was about the actual music then and not about the star factor. I mean…..Grease, already. Grease. And yeah, disco gets old quick but it does have a niche in my playlist. And oh, don’t be dissing Abba. There’s something special about them, Mama Mia! 😉Love all the photos.

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    1. You are in good company, Cheryl and I really appreciate your answering my music related questions as I was struggling with this post. The last thing I’d want to do is have you say you hated disco, when in fact, you’re siding with the Editor on this one.

      There was plenty of good music in the 70’s. The end of the 70’s was not a good time in my life. Perhaps I’m taking it out on disco, but so be it. I did like Abba.

      One of the ball players felt that “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” (another big disco hit) would have been a better choice, but he added “What Willie wants, Willie gets.” Willie ‘Pops’ Stargell drove that team to the pennant that year. He also hit a home run to win it in the 7th game of the World Series. You can still buy T-shirts in Pittsburgh with “We are family” on them.

      At least I know you’ll be humming along today.

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  4. I kinda like the music you referenced. Kinda liked disco music. Kinda still do. Of course, my musical taste is so eclectic, Spotify is having a nervous breakdown putting together a daily mix for me. You know that Great River Park is now on my bucket list, right? Also: your skies and trees. Amazing.

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    1. More fans of disco (including The Editor) than I imagined I would find at this bar. Oh well, it’s a good thing, I suppose. I miss my almost daily stops at Great River Park, but I get over there once in a while. I have eclectic taste in music, but it doesn’t extend to disco. I like classical, bluegrass and country – I hope that makes up for it.

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      1. Those are pretty much my husband’s tastes, if by “country” you mean “old timey”. Carter Family, Hank Williams, Uncle Dave Macon. Oh, he loved old blues, too: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Muddy Waters.

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        1. Of course, now I;m thinking about the Blues Brothers again – “We have both kinds, country and western.”

          I like the old country stars, and I liked new country back in the late 80’s and 90’s. I’m not a big blues fan, but I like a lot of songs.

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  5. At least “We are Family” beats “Baby Shark” as a rally song, IMHO, although I have to admit the latter is very catchy, even when you don’t want to hear it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Day. “Stayin’ Alive” might be the theme song for 2020.

    janet

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  6. Loved this, Dan! I am a 60’s rock n’ roll girl, but I got my groove on this morning! An old boss made me a CD to celebrate a work anniversary and had most of these songs on it. Abba–oh, yeah!!! I’m still rockin’ out…..!

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  7. What a great job taking us back to all those songs! The disco period was a confusing and not so good time in my life. In fact, I started smoking cigarettes at a disco club. But the dancing was good for me, a harmless highlight even with that glittering ball, so maybe disco served its purpose. I still like the Bee Gees in a nostalgic way, but I would nott seek them out. Mellow rock like James Taylor was, and is, more my style. I’m very much enjoying Teagan’s novella on my kindle.

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  8. You forgot to mention Fleetwood Mac and Journey in your 70’s retro post. Classic rock and not disco. That being said, I am actually very fond of Abba. I guess I didn’t consider them as a “disco” group, although I remember dancing to “Dancing Queen” on the disco floor when I was young and impressionable. It was a decade of bell-bottoms, short skirts, long hair, funky music and some fond memories. Cheers to the 70’s!

    Hope your weekend is fabulous, Dan. Don’t forget to cheer for the good guys tomorrow. ;-)

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    1. Thansk for adding Fleetwood Mac, Mary, they have endured. They are still on my playlist and I passed them along to our daughter. I don’t think Abba was considered disco, and I like some of their songs, but I wasn’t in the mood to hear “Dancing Queen” last week at the bar. Classic Rock is my happy place, followed by southern rock and country.

      As for tomorrow – GoPackGo!

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    1. I had to endure the disco craze, twice, Maggie. Once when I lived in NYC and it was starting to fade and then again when we moved to Seattle and they were just starting to redecorate their clubs with lights and mirrored balls. The 70’s was a 60/40 split for me. The decade started much better than it ended.

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  9. Dan, I’m so psyched! I can’t describe how great it feels to see my book on someone else’s bookcase. And you not only used it for your prompt, but made such a fun post of it too! My eyes are thrilled. My ears have my favorite decade of songs playing, and my imagination took the songs to a fun old miniseries (The Tenth Kingdom… granted the first 2 episodes of that were the fun ones.)
    AND the gallery. Smokey(s) is particularly gorgeous today, and I always love seeing the Colt building. What a lovely morning! Hugs on the wing!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Teagan. The point I landed was weird – a toss up between Maddie and music. But, they did change the playlist at the bar last week to “70’s Dance” and it was not the best background sound. I can always feature Maddie in the gallery (and usually do). I was in the area of Great River Park, so I had to stop and snap a few pics. I do like the Colt Building.

      You can join the others, movin’ to the groovin’ :-)

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      1. I can imagine that. I liked disco just fine at the time, but it doesn’t carry over as well (to me) as the more “sing-able” stuff from the late 60s to early 70s. CCR, the Mac, Neil Diamond. LOL more people would be singing along with Dancing Queen if that high note wasn’t the whole chorus. :D

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  10. Well done on the post, Dan. I like all kinds of music but have to say I like disco the least. Great shots of the city and Maddie too. That leaf needs a home. It is a sad thing to see it covered with snow shower stuff and all.

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  11. Dan, I’m with the group that liked the 70s songs. But, my heart is in the 80s music. I was in college (at age 42) and that music was blasted all over the campus. When I need a mood boost, I go back to Foreigner, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin,’” Queen, ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Gun N’ Roses, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Chicago, etc, etc. Loved your photos. As always, Mattie & the Smokey (s) made me smile. Yep, I’m reading Teagan’s Journey 1 book, and her fantasy world has me spellbound! Emlyn has become a favorite 12 year old character. I’m rooting for her! 📚🎶 Christine

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  12. Hmmm do I start with Frank Zappa or The Great Titanic Disaster ? Or just request another round and take a zen approach to the music? Or should I take this moment to lament the dangers of the touch pad combined with my inherent lack-of-typing skills ? A leaf lightly sprinkled with snow will do. Chalk this one up to well done sir.

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  13. I am so glad I watched the video at the end…’cause that was Mean Joe Greene, who made the best Coke commercial ever. What a great Pirates story! Wait, why isn’t there a baseball movie about the ’79 Pirates and Sister Sledge?

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      1. Yes, that would really be a cool movie! Every music lover would also buy into the movie as well, even if they didn’t like baseball. The only person I know who has anything to do with the industry was the head writer for the TV series Elementary. I will send him an email. Surely he will know someone… I’m sure you do know why that was their last World Series. Like I know why the Patriots didn’t make the playoffs. Hmm.

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  14. How you could come up with songs from the ’70s like the titles just rolled off your tongue is beyond me. I’m not good with titles or band names.
    I do like all the songs mentioned even the Bee Gees. 😀

    The park looks good and the view of the city is still pretty, and your sunrises have been really pretty.
    It got down 16 degrees this week, and it’s snowing now! Like you, my walk is going to be delayed.

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    1. Sometimes I know bits of the song, but not the title and usually not the group.

      16 is a little too cold, unless I get myself one of those buffalo plaid vests 😏

      Great River park is opening earlier. I might be able to stop on the way to my next haircut. They’ve been licking the gates 🙁

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        1. Hahaha – I’m sure someone would take that picture. We are starting to notice the longer days. I think it opens at 7:00 now, but the gatekeeper swings by early. I need it to be open by 6:30.

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  15. Loved the journey, Dan. Brisk and playful. I especially liked how you brought in Teagan’s Journey I. Very clever and so deserving. Hope your Sunday is perfect!

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  16. I really have to hand it to you, Dan. The talent it takes to write something like this up over a prompt. I couldn’t even begin to figure out how I would do it because that is not how I tend to write. You’ve seriously got my admiration! As for the 70’s ….. I practically lived in discos. I danced until the bars closed. Big hair, wild clothes, hours spent on makeup, stiletto heels. Man those were the days! Thinking back brings with it such good memories of when I was young dancing the night away, Your gallery is awesome. I’m with Maddie ….. it’s been downright chilly here. In the 20’s and man! I just don’t like it! At least the winds aren’t blowing lately which makes it extra nasty when it’s that cold. Great post!! I really enjoyed this one! Thank you!

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  17. I did NOT know that about the Pirates, but why would I? I was wearing Underoos and playing with dolls. Interesting tidbit.
    My youth was the 80s & 90s and yet I have WAY more music from the 70s in my library. And yes, a good chunk is disco, Oh how I love disco! But there’s all of Zeppelin, ALAWT of those dudes who were the Beatles before the 70s, Hella Motown, and Fleetwood Mac, Queen, ELO — Pink Floyd!!! Also, the 80s, not so much for me. Very picky about my 80s music. I have considered that music of my early childhood may be the happiest for me, ya know, before one knows what’s goin on and everything seems groovy.
    I loved that show “Name That Tune” — if I remember correctly, my grandmother told me the host was Tarzan? But I was small and she would tell you, in one ear and out the other, Silly Annabelle.

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    1. There was a lot of good music in the 70s, way more that the 80s IMO. There were several versions of “Name That Tune” one was hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford. The original wad in the late 50s. At the end of the 80s, I switched to country music.

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