Monday, April 23, 2018

Yesterday Once More

Some of you may know that's the title of a song by the Carpenters from the '70s. The title--and the lyrics--fit today's post.

 
Last time, I wrote about revisiting the past, going back to the home I loved so much and recalling the memories of leaving that home and what happened in the years that followed. When I was a kid, Dad was almost obsessive about open doors. If there was an emergency, he reasoned, he could get to us and, if necessary, get us out of the house. 

That explains the small fortune he spent on fire alarms. 

Anyway, I used to fall asleep at night with the light on, listening to the radio. I listened to AM radio back then--KXOK. The radio host at night was known as Johnny Rabbitt. I never knew if that was his real name or not, but I listened to his show until I fell asleep. Mom would come in before she and Dad went to bed and turn the radio and the light off.

That was the mid- to late sixties, mind you.

In recent years, I started listening to the radio at night again. Collin and I got each other Amazon Echo Dots for Christmas year before last. One of the features of the Echo Dot is that it can play radio stations, not just local but from around the world. Collin discovered that another AM station, KMOX, runs old radio shows from the thirties and forties on Saturday nights, so I decided to check it out. 

The old radio shows air from 1:00am to...I'm not sure when. Anyway, one night I instructed Alexa to play KMOX. I couldn't believe what I got--Johnny Rabbitt, still playing music from the fifties and sixties! At first, I thought it was someone else, using the same name--but when I checked it out, I found this was indeed the same Johnny Rabbitt I listened to all those years ago.

So every Saturday night, I have a short trip back to those days, falling asleep listening to that voice, those songs from a past I still miss after all these years.

Do any of you ever feel a yearning to revisit the past? 

 

12 comments:

  1. Yes, but I try creating an alternative universe that's happier and more carefree. I start with Big Band and also play Sixties music because it's fun too.You reminded me of my DJ during high school. His name was Adam and I thought we had to meet. But, we didn't.I met Rick Dees once. Thanks for the memories!

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    1. Big band? Yikes! That's too far back for me. I do remember Rick Dees, though.

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  2. I know one of the radio stations here broadcasts Casey Kasem's top forty, from the seventies, at some point on the weekends. I occasionally stop at a shop here that has that running whenever I come in.

    Which is odd. For whatever reason, the sound of Kasem's voice bugs the hell out of me.

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    1. I used to listen to Casey Kasem, too, back in the '90s. His long-distance dedications could be real tear-jerkers.

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  3. I think it was KNX in LA it had all the old radio shows on the evenings. Mysteries to Westerns. When Daughter was in High School and taking classes at the Junior College at night I would drive her and sit in the parking lot and listen to the radio till she was done. I can see the lot with the Eucalyptus trees and the light so lovely. Memories are sometimes lovely.

    cheers, parsnip



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    1. A lot of the old radio shows were before my time, like Superman and Burns & Allen--but I really enjoy them.

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  4. I once got to listen to an episode of The Shadow, dredged up from the vaults. "Who knows the evil that lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows."

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    1. The Shadow was one of my mom's favorites. Some years ago, I came across boxes cassette tapes of all the most popular shows. She loved it.

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  5. The 60/70's was such a music, fashion, attitude changing era that I bet there are many who retreat back there now and then Norma ☺

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    1. As a tennager, I was into bell bottoms! I had a pair that were red, yellow and blue--really bold pattern. They were my favorites.

      In the '70s, I discovered palazzo pants--I still wear them. I just bought three new pair.

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  6. I love all kinds of music and this sounds fun.

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  7. By fun, I mean the many genres of music.

    Alexia herself, freaks me out.

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