Okay, I admit. Today’s post is purely for fun, because my 17 year old self has taken over and I’m slightly more out of control than usual. I’m parked here with the headphones on, Napster engaged (LOVE Napster!!) and I have Emerson, Lake and Palmer cranked up as high as my tweedy headphones will go. It’s set to “All Songs”, so I never know what’s coming next. But, it’s quite a sight. I’m singing out loud, no one else can hear the music except me. My singing makes dogs howl!! But when you’re going to be 52 in a day, you don’t care, you’re having too much fun. 🙂
Memory Lane….. “From The Beginning”, “Lucky Man“, “Karn Evil 9, First Impression Part 2″, “Still You Turn Me On”…. Did anyone watch the last season of “Heroes” when the carnival for Heroes used “Karn Evil 9” in one of the scenes? Miss Sue was beside herself!! Okay, I’m ALWAYS beside myself, but you get the point 🙂
To my brother Jon: do you remember the time I went up to CTC with you, (I think it was called CTC then. Cincinnati State maybe?) you were going to college, we were in the cafeteria and I remember “From The Beginning” playing on their jukebox? I don’t remember a whole lot of things, but for some reason I remember that.
Okay, here are a few memories that will have you wondering how Miss Sue ever made it out of her teens alive!
The first time we went to see ELP back in May, 1977; I was quite a Squirrely thing, full of curiosity and courage. The day of the show, I went down to Riverfront Coliseum with my camera, a radio and tape recorder, and decided I was going to try and meet the band. From what I’ve read since then, thank God I didn’t. They had the self restraint of dogs on Viagra, apparently. But back then, such dangers didn’t even occur to me. So, there I am at Riverfront Coliseum by the back doors. There’s all of their equipment, the big dock doors are open and I slipped right in. This was in the days of the original “Charlie’s Angels“. Using the tricks I’d seen the Angels put into practice during their investigations, I decided Carl Palmer‘s drum kit would be the best place to hide without being discovered. It worked for quite some time! But alas, eventually they got to the kit, and I was getting pretty cramped. There I am, roadies asking me, “What are you doing?” and I decided the truth might be the best course. I told them I wanted to meet the band and would like to record the moment with camera and tape. They laughed and invited me to stay. COOOOOL! Can you say, “BESIDE MYSELF”?? I hung out with the roadies wives/girlfriends/whoevers, and was having the best time talking away. The band was just about to come out for the sound rehearsal, when “DARN”, security came along in one of those motorized carts and asked to see my pass. Uhhhhh….. pass? I was unceremoniously shown the door. 😦
That evening we were standing outside of the Terrace Hilton when Keith Emerson came out. Three girls can make a mighty unearthly shriek upon such an exciting event. He smiled. Hey, we were pretty cute in the day!!
That was the concert with the full orchestra led by Conductor Godfrey Salmon. It was a magnificent spectacle, a total treat for the ears.
At their next concert I attended in 1978, we had second row seats. Oh dear! My favorite memory of that show was when we were all standing on our seats dancing and waving along to the music. Greg Lake winked at me! You have no idea how completely crazy I was about that man. 🙂 I was so beside myself; I wildly elbowed my friend Sandy and down we three (Marian was the third Musketeer) went like dominoes onto the floor. I’m guessing Greg Lake was probably used to that sight!
So, I got my box of DVDs this morning and made sure to get out the two I mentioned the other day: Keen Eddie and ELP’s Beyond the Beginning. My viewing material for sometime over the next 48 hours is ready.
Tomorrow will find me alternating between DVD heaven and going down to Fountain Square between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to help Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly pass out carnations tagged with information celebrating Internation Day of Older Persons which is October 1st. Maybe I’ll go to Graeter’s and see if they’ll give an old lady a free scoop of ice cream on her birthday! I have no shame on my birthday. 🙂
I hope today and tomorrow find you enjoying a beautiful day and all of God’s blessings for you. Birthday Girl is feeling richly blessed. 🙂
Back to making a few dogs howlllll…… “C’est La Vie”…… 🙂