S is for SNL #AtoZChallenge

Or “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night Live!”

“It’s always something!”

So many talented performers have graced the stage of Saturday Night Live since it first aired in 1975. Gilda Radner was hands down my favorite. She never failed to make me laugh. Roseanne Roseannadanna on Weekend Update was fun to watch. And I was always entertained when she was playing the little girl Judy Miller, who wore the Brownie uniform and acted out all the parts of her own Judy Miller Show. Other favorites were Emily Litella, Baba Wawa and Lisa Lubner.

My favorite Not Ready for Prime Time Players will always be the original group- Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, (George Coe????), Jane Curtain, Garrett Morris, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman

I watched SNL until the early 90’s. Having three kids by 1995, I couldn’t stay awake to watch it and would try to catch it when I remembered. Thank goodness for the internet! It’s nice to be able to see the skit everyone is talking about with a quick search on my phone.

Do you have a favorite Not Ready for Prime Time Player? Or a favorite group?

This post is part of Blogging from A to Z Challenge- S.

Happy Day!

-Kat

A is for Alice #AtoZChallenge

It’s April 1st, which for me means Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme for 2021 is all about growing up in the 70’s. I turned six in 1970 so the majority of my childhood was spent in the 70’s.

I couldn’t resist using this trippy video of Go Ask Alice by Jefferson Airplane.

A is for Alice, as in Go Ask Alice.

Go Ask Alice is a book about a teenage drug addict who runs away from home. Published in 1971 by Anonymous, the book’s authenticity was later challenged and thought to be the work of an author who had written other supposedly real diaries of troubled teens. The title was taken from the 1967 song “Go Ask Alice” by Jefferson Airplane.

Whether or not this book was true, I read it as a young teenager because friends were talking about it and I never passed up a good book. I do remember hiding it from my mom because I was sure she wouldn’t like me reading it. I can’t remember a specific part of the book as being overly memorable. However, it left a lasting impression on me and I can honestly say that this book played a huge part in my fear of drug use. I’m not a big fan of my fear of the unknown but in this case, I have no regrets that fear was bigger than worrying about what other kids thought. 

I spent my teen years dancing around the drug scene, having both friends and boyfriends who dabbled in mild to moderate drug use. I never tried any and at this point in my life, I’m okay with that. 

I hadn’t really thought about the fact that I would be starting the A to Z Challenge with this book… different kind of start.

Happy April!

-Kat

Yesterday Once More

“If you were offered a recording contract, what favourite song would you record and release into the singles charts?”

This is the question posed by Hugh in his post- 51 Weeks: 51 Songs From the Past: Week 38. 

In 1973 The Carpenters released “Yesterday Once More” on the B side of their Now and Then album. This song kicked off an oldies medley that included 8 cover songs from the 1960’s as part of an old time radio show. (This video is 19 minutes long- the entirety of that side. You can stop after the first song, or listen all the way through.)

2017 Kat will be stepping aside to make room for Teen Kat to step up to the microphone.

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Hi! It’s me, (Teen) Kat here. I’m here to sing the song that is going to skyrocket my name into the top selling hit charts of the year….. Okay, not really, at least I sure hope not! Since I first heard this album in the mid 70’s, I fell in love with the B side.

Let me set the scene for you- I’m Kat, I’m a teenager in the late 70’s. I’m here in my parents’ basement holding a microphone, preparing to record my own hit song. My ensemble consists of my favorite (skin tight) Jordache jeans, a tube top- which I have to pull up constantly because I don’t have anything to hold it up, and my platform sandals. When I’m here, safe in the basement away from prying eyes, I am transported to another time and place. As the song “Yesterday Once More” begins, I sing along with Karen Carpenter, walking around the room, pausing to lean against the piano to smile at Richard. I sing my heart out and in my head, my voice is as smooth, rich and beautiful as Karen’s.

As the last note fades away, the revving of the engine kicks off “Fun, Fun, Fun” and the radio segment of this side of the album. Here’s when the real fun begins. I’m working the stage with hips swaying, shaking everything I’ve got and even some stuff that I don’t when suddenly————————–

SCCCRREEECCHHHH!!!!!!!!!– No, that isn’t the phonograph needle skidding across the record album. It’s the sound of my mother opening the door to the basement and as fast as Woody and Buzz fall to the ground when Andy walks in unexpectedly, I crumple into a chair, my heart pounding while I catch my breath and try to look like I was doing something other than putting on the performance of my life. My mom gives me an indecipherable look and heads into the laundry room without a word, while I slink over to the phonograph to turn the volume down.

And there you have my flirtation with fame.

This is where I hand control back over to my older self and wave goodbye, exiting the stage area.

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I might be re-thinking letting Teen Kat come out to play. I suspect she could really embarrass me! Anyway, Hugh asked and I responded. I’m still shaking my head at the tube top and mentally counting how many times I nearly broke my ankle in those blasted wooden sandals!

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Thanks for sharing this time with me! Have a great rest of your weekend!

-Kat

51 Weeks: 51 Songs From the Past: Week 28: Billy Joel- Piano Man

The minute I read Hugh’s post for 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past, I knew which song I would share featuring my favorite instrument. Hugh and I share a love of piano music, so my selection this week probably comes as no surprise:

Released by Billy Joel in 1973, it was his first single AND his first big hit. Talk about hitting the ground running! This song kicked off a successful career by a talented musician. That he plays the piano is just bonus.

I’ve always been a sucker for a song with a strong piano presence and Piano Man fits the bill!

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Have a beautiful day!

-Kat

51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past: Week 16: Van McCoy- The Hustle

I think I might have missed a week but I’m back with my song to share for Hugh’s 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past. 

In 1975 Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony released the disco hit- “The Hustle”.  The song was written after McCoy’s music partner watched people doing the dance by the same name in a New York City nightclub.

A few years ago, CJ who was four at the time, caught us off guard by humming this song. When we questioned where he heard it, he told us that his grandma listened to it all the time. Mystery solved. We showed him a video of what the dance that accompanied the song looked like and he was thoroughly entertained, asking us to play it over and over.

I admit to being a bit of a clutz, so I actually have never done “The Hustle” but if you are interested in learning, here is a video (although a little creepy because the guy’s head is chopped off—-watch it, you’ll see what I mean), it gives you the steps.

And if you haven’t gotten enough of the song yet, here’s an interesting video I came across while looking for one that showed the steps. It’s definitely the 70’s!!!

So, tell me- can you do The Hustle?