G is for Gang…The Sugarhill Gang #AtoZChallenge

“Now what you hear is not a test, I’m rapping to the beat…”

In 1979 I was fifteen, which means I was just reaching my stride as a teenager. “Rapper’s Delight” was my favorite song. It was performed by the Sugarhill Gang and it was the first rap song to make the Top 40 list on the Billboard Hot 100. The Sugarhill Gang was comprised of Michael “Wonder Mike” Wright, Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson, and Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien. The group broke up in 1985 but went on to reunite in 1999 and perform again in a 2016 world tour.

Back in 2014 I participated in a song challenge and I featured this song. Looking back at the post, I liked it so I decided to dust it off and share it here.

Today’s song is “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang. This is an American rap song from 1979. It was hard to come up with a song that reminds me of my most recent ex-boyfriend when I’ve been married forever and a day. I consider the song a classic- the epitome of everything rap music should be. (I can already hear my friend, John, groaning loudly…) I can’t help it. This song gets me singing rapping every time I hear it.

The guy this reminds me of is Rob. This song was popular at the local hangout where I met Rob. He wasn’t necessarily a fan of the song, but it was one of my favorites and he knew that. We remained friends all these years and a few years ago he called me when it was playing on the radio. I could barely hear his voice over the music he had turned up to its loudest volume. “Can you hear that?” he shouted.

“Yes!” I yelled back even though I don’t think it was necessary. I heard a few seconds of music until it suddenly cut off. Then Rob’s voice was back in my ear. “I had to call you when I heard that song.”

My curiosity was piqued. “Why?”

“Every time I hear this song, I think of you.”

I smiled and I’m sure it showed in my voice. “Is that a good thing?”

And as always, I was sure he was grinning to accompany the sincere, “Yeah!”

It warmed my heart. This was a glimpse of the Rob I had fallen for as a teenager all those years ago. And since that day, every time I hear this song, I think of him, too. 🙂

Working my way through my 1970’s has brought back many long-forgotten memories. Each day bounces me to a different age, my own personal time machine. Today’s Kat was the always awkward shy girl but she was growing up and changing. She was no longer a child but a teenager. A gawky skinny teenager who had just cut her long hair to her shoulders!! Skin tight straight leg jeans were the thing. (Now they are called skinny jeans and boy does spandex help!) Makeup was new and exciting. Way too many hours spent curling hair with a curling iron and plastering it with hairspray only to have it fall straight within a few even shorter hours. But what fun!

Oh, and Rob? Our kids have grown up together. We’ve shared weddings. And now we are at the grandkid stage. Maybe not boyfriend material, Rob is an irreplaceable friend.

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

Peace and love,

-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

O is for Oliphant

…as in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor is one of my few adult female fictional characters. She might be the only one who is not part of a series. I was hesitant to read the book. Belonging to a number of reading groups online, I had read some mixed reviews. Finally I gave in and read it out of curiosity and mostly because the people who loved the book seemed to really love it.

And I really loved it too.

Why do I love Eleanor? Who better than Eleanor herself to show you-

  • “If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”
  • “I felt like a newly laid egg, all swishy and gloopy inside, and so fragile that the slightest pressure could break me.”
  • “I took one of my hands in the other, tried to imagine what it would feel like if it was another person’s hand holding mine. There have been times where I felt that I might die of loneliness.”
  • “I’d tried to cope alone for far too long, and it hadn’t done me any good at all. Sometimes you simply needed someone kind to sit with you while you dealt with things.”
  • “…when you took a moment to see what was around you, noticed all the little things, it made you feel….lighter.”

If you haven’t read the book, you should give it a try!

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-Kat

N is for Nancy Drew

“NANCY DREW, an attractive girl of eighteen, was driving home along a country road in her new, dark-blue convertible. She had just delivered some legal papers for her father.”
― Carolyn Keene, The Secret of the Old Clock

When we outgrew playing Laura and Mary, my sister and I progressed into being Nancy Drew. We devoured her books and only dreamed of being as cool as she was! I think we felt more like Bess and George at times but we both wanted to be Nancy. We solved mysteries after searching for clues everywhere we went. Yes, we were that nerdy.

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N is also for Not going to complete the A to Z Challenge on time!

-Kat

 

M is for Madeline

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How could I not choose Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans? Mischievous, passionate and lovable Madeline. And of course, she joins the list of redheaded girls who make my list of favorite fictional characters.

My favorite is Madeline and the Gypsies. Madeline and Pepito join a circus. Miss Clavel, with all her little girls in tow rushes to save them, while they are hidden in a lion costume. Even as an adult reading these books to my grandson, I still get a kick out of Madeline’s adventures.

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Stay safe-

-Kat

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