Tag Archives: 70s

The Sylvers

I just love everything about this: the costumes, the choreography, the hair, the joy.

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“And he left me with a prayer / that I’d find you…”

Nobody has ever asked me what my favorite Elvis Presley song is, but if they ever do, I have my answer in the chamber: “Kentucky Rain, written for him by Eddie Rabbitt in 1970.” By today’s standards, the lyrics are problematic: his girlfriend dumped him, and he’s on a quest to track her down. That’s …

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Doughnuts

I remember when creamer came in a little stainless-steel jug and sugar came in a glass jar with a top that had a little metal flap. and you could take as many napkins as you needed and had a real coffee mug and a metal spoon. Now the creamer is in little individual tubs and …

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Simon and Harrison

Their voices blend so well together. It’s obvious they know a thing or two about harmony.

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Jones and Joplin

I don’t think they’re smiling for the cameras, I think these are two musical soulmates who found someone to play with.

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Ringo and Friend

In every picture of Ringo from the 70s, he looks like he’s fighting not to cry.

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Someone Like You

Reason to Believe was written in 1965 by Tim Hardin (you can listen to his version HERE), and was covered many, many times before Rod Stewart had a huge hit with it in 1971. Full lyrics HERE.

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And a Problem When He’s Stoned

Full lyrics HERE.

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Moments of Transcendence

“He walked slowly down the center aisle, and not wanting to open the door until the very last minute for fear of losing the precious heat, he walked to the window at the left of the door and stepped without expectation into one of those moments that is suspended between time and space and lingers …

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Don’t Cheat on Cher

Two songs about trysts gone horribly wrong:   Full lyrics HERE.   Full lyrics HERE.

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Ooh honey, it’s been such a long, long time…

Oh, that voice! Full lyrics HERE.

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Long Time Ago

The song was written by long-time Fats Domino collaborator Dave Bartholomew in 1955.  It has been recorded many times since by many different singers, but this version by Dave Edmunds from 1970 is my favorite. Full lyrics HERE.  (I like the way he rhymed “ago” and “door.”)

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It’s Only Make Believe

Mona brought this song to my attention, and I’m glad she did.  I had seriously underestimated the range and power of Glen Campbell’s voice! Full lyrics HERE.

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Let the Bad Guy win every once in a while…

This was one of the first songs where I really noticed the lyrics.  A dance with no steps, a song with no melody, a story with no moral; it’s about removing boundries and living a life that’s free. Full lyrics HERE. (If you’ve followed this blog a while, you’ve probably seen me post this song …

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If the thunder don’t get you, then the lightning will…

Full lyrics HERE.

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Data Cube

There is something about this I find very appealing. There are 216 dice in this project, 136 of which are visible.  The dice in the middle and on the bottom might be placed haphazardly and we’d never know, but I can’t imagine the artist would cut corners like that.  

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As Time Goes By…

I love the flute. Full lyrics HERE.

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A White Dove

When I was a kid, listening to this song on a mono AM radio with a half-inch speaker pressed tightly to my ear, I thought this was a song about a white horse– but it turns out he wasn’t saying “Palomino Blanca.” Full lyrics HERE.

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The beat of the rain on the leaves

Full lyrics HERE.

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Well I suppose I’m happy as a clam…

The signature of a Kris Kirstofferson song is really, really long lines. Full lyrics HERE.

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