Thursday, February 2, 2012


I've mentioned before, that I love music (and that the Handyman is much older than I am.   He really isn't THAT MUCH older---only 7 years---but I like to tease him), so  it was sad for me to hear of the death of  Don Cornelius, creator and host of  "Soul Train" yesterday. 
The show ran from 1971 -1979 --so while I was a Jr High and High Schooler listening and dancing to Soul Train, The Handyman was married and  working hard to make a living.  He remembers Soul Train, but his love (music variety show love, that is) is still with this little remembered show called "Where the Action is."

Has anybody ever really heard of it?  I vaguely remember it....the  'houseband" was Paul Revere and the Raiders. Anybody?

According to Wikipedia:
Where the Action Is or (WTAI) was a music-based television variety show in the United States from 1965–67. It was carried by the ABC network and aired each weekday afternoon. Created by Dick Clark as a spin-off of American Bandstand, Where the Action Is premiered on June 27, 1965.

But again, I digress, I remember  Soul Train, because it was during my time. My time as a young rebellious teenager.  (my parents were still watching  Lawrence Welk and I veered off the path to Soul Train and American Bandstand!   But guess what?  I LOVED  Lawrence Welk---those Lennon Sisters?  WOWZA!  To be able to dance and sing and twirl around in those flowing gowns---sigh)

I am sharing two videos from the 70's.  One from  American Bandstand and one from Soul Train.  Notice anything?

There is no diversity.  In either show.
It's good that things are different now.  In most ways anyway.  I hope.

I am being nostalgic.
I just heard a quote about nostalgia...
You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.

Hmmmm..... I also know that in Nursing Home therapy they use  "memory' techniques sometimes.
NOT that I'm ready for a nursing home, but what's wrong with  reliving good memories sometimes?
(do I do it too often?  Is it too much?   I do it a lot, I know.  YIKES!!)

But I'm smart enough to know that:
Nostalgia is a seductive liar.

I was just saddened and wanted to remember Don Cornelius and Soul Train.

I am open minded enough to want  grow and to know what music is popular and what  my grandchildren are listening to. I don't ever want to be an old curmudgeon!!
So, I've thoroughly researched and investigated what my grandchildren are listening to today.  I will never be one of those gramma's who makes them turn the channel....even if I have to suffer thru today's music.  Today the popular music is:

As all my grandchildren love it!!


bermudaonion said...

I actually remember all three of those programs! Watching those videos brought back a lot of memories.

Irene said...

We didn't have a tv when I was a teenager, but my handyman was right into all three of those shows. On the other hand I love itsy bitsy spider too.

Kate said...

I love the gal sitting in the car behind the Turtles....she has the Marilyn Monroe look going on! (Even if she isn't blonde!)

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