Monday, August 8, 2011

ON THE RADIO

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.

DH and I were newly weds living in a basement apartment
in a college town.  I was working full time to help put him 
through school and he was working nights at the
local radio station as a disk jockey.

Do you believe in rock n' roll, can music save your mortal soul,
and can you teach me how to dance real slow?

This meant I often spent the nights alone listening to my
sweetheart's voice sending out dedications and reading
the news and weather to anyone who'd tune in.

He'd signal it was a good time for me to bring him an evening
snack by playing a bouncy little song by the 
Jackie Gleason Orchestra.  I knew when he was
taking a break to walk down the long hall to the
bathroom because he'd cue up "MacArthur Park."
It took over seven minutes for Richard Harris
to finish wailing,

Someone left the cake out in the rain, 
I don't think that I can take it 
'cause it took so long to bake it,
and I'll never have that recipe again.
Oh, no!"

Sometimes I'd go down to the studio and help my hubby 
pick out music from the station's 
huge collection of LP's.  I'd get bored with
the standard playlist and occasionally slip in
something to add variety.  DH thought
he'd get fired when he heard Johnny Cash singing,

I'm gettin' swallered by a boa constrictor...
give me a break, snake!

8 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

LOL! and i've always been puzzled by macarthur park! the lyrics just go over and over the same thing. :)

Debbie said...

sweet memories....you have a very tender side!!!

Mama Zen said...

Wonderful memories! I always knew that my dj friend was taking a break when he put Paradise by the Dashboard Light.

Krazycara said...

LOL that had to be so much fun!!! :)

lizziviggi said...

Leenie, what a wonderful post! Those sound like memories to cherish.

frayedattheedge said...

Music plays a large part in my life - songs that I sobbed to when my teenage heart was broken, songs with special memories of our years together (it's our Silver Wedding at the end of the month) - but I have never had anyone play a somg for me on the radio!!

Linda Sue said...

Too sweet, Leenie! I remember all of the girls in our small town had crushes on the radio DJ- my neighbor married him and everyone was jealous. I wasn't, I was only 8 years old and couldn't see the draw...what's the big deal about a guy on the radio?

Buttons said...

Funny you devil you Johnny Cash :)
This sounds like so much fun I love that, When the music died song. It will be bouncing around in my head all day now. Thank you I will be smiling all day. B