One Man’s Trash

April 11, 2010

John and I carried the trash to the curb this afternoon for tomorrow’s garbage pick-up. Halfway through this post I rescued a vestige of my youth from the angry jowls of the trash compactor. It’s back in the garage, in all of its “Flower Power” and “Make Love Not Litter” glory.

In the summer of 1970 I was 14 years old. I know it was the summer of 1970 because I can tell you exactly what songs were on the radio. In fact, if you ask me about some date in time, I’m more likely to tell you the song I connect it to rather than the year in which it happened. Call it what you will, but it works for me.

My mother had purchased a couple of metal garbage cans and wanted them painted with Rust-Oleum. A friend and I were happy to oblige, as long as she was agreeable to the following: 1) we could paint in our bathing suits in the back yard under the hot summer sun, 2) we could exercise some artistic freedom, and 3) we could listen to the radio. Summertime by Mungo Jerry was the first song that came to mind this evening.

The fruits of our labor held vast and sundry items over a good 40 years or so, up until the bottoms rusted through. They were never used for trash. The last one sat on the back porch with a stash of bird seed and was finally retired by John and I when the critters made their way in and the seed began to dwindle.

So. I guess when we are dead and gone, this will be one of the strange things the kids find in the garage. I have had a great time writing this post. It’s taken a lot longer than most since I got waylaid in YouTube listening to the Billboard hits of 1970. If you are a music lover like me, and a product of this space and time, you will probably enjoy strolling through the list and rememberings of your own.

At least for now, this is one faded and outdated treasure I’m not ready to let go of.

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  • 25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago (#4)
  • 5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love) – The Presidents (#11)
  • ABC – The Jackson 5 (#1)
  • After Midnight – Eric Clapton (#18)
  • Ain’t It Funky Now (Part 1) – James Brown (#24) (instrumental)
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross (#1)
  • Airport Love Theme (Gwen & Vern) – Vincent Bell & Orchestra (#31) (instrumental)
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell (#27)
  • All Right Now – Free (#4)
  • Always Something There to Remind Me – R.B. Greaves (#27)
  • American Woman – The Guess Who (#1)
  • Amos Moses – Jerry Reed (#8)
  • Are You Ready? – Pacific Gas & Electric (#14)
  • As the Years Go By – Mashmakhan (#31)
  • Baby Hold On – The Grass Roots (#35)
  • Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today) – The Temptations (#3)
  • Band of Gold – Freda Payne (#3)
  • Be My Baby – Andy Kim (#17)
  • The Bells – The Originals (#12)
  • Big Yellow Taxi – The Neighborhood (#29)
  • Black Magic Woman – Santana (#4)
  • Blowing Away – The 5th Dimension (#21)
  • Border Song (Holy Moses) – Aretha Franklin (#37)
  • Born to Wander – Rare Earth (#17)
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do – Lenny Welch (#34)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel (#1)
  • Brother Rapp (Parts 1 & 2) – James Brown (#32)
  • Call Me – Aretha Franklin (#13)
  • Can’t Stop Loving You – Tom Jones (#25)
  • Candida – Dawn (#3)
  • Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel (#4)
  • Celebrate – Three Dog Night (#15)
  • Check Out Your Mind – The Impressions (#28)
  • Closer to Home – Grand Funk Railroad (#22)
  • Come And Get It – Badfinger (#7)
  • Come Running – Van Morrison (#39)
  • Come Saturday Morning – The Sandpipers (#17)
  • Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond (#1)
  • Cry Me A River – Joe Cocker (#11)
  • Daughter of Darkness – Tom Jones (#13)
  • Deeper and Deeper – Freda Payne (#24)
  • Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) – The Delfonics (#10)
  • Do It – Neil Diamond (#36)
  • Do the Funky Chicken – Rufus Thomas (#28)
  • Do What You Wanna Do – Five Flights Up (#37)
  • Do You See My Love (for You Growing) – Jr. Walker & The All-Stars (#32)
  • Domino – Van Morrison (#9)
  • Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) – Aretha Franklin (#11)
  • Easy Come, Easy Go – Bobby Sherman (#9)
  • El Condor Pasa – Simon & Garfunkel (#18)
  • The End of Our Road – Marvin Gaye (#40)
  • Engine Number 9 – Wilson Pickett (#14)
  • Everybody’s Got the Right to Love – The Supremes (#21)
  • Everybody’s Out of Town – B.J. Thomas (#26)
  • Everybody Is A Star – Sly And Family Stone (#1)
  • Everything Is Beautiful – Ray Stevens (#1)
  • Everything’s Tuesday – Chairmen of the Board (#38)
  • Evil Ways – Santana (#9)
  • Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games With Me – Crow (#19)
  • Express Yourself – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band (#12)
  • Fancy – Bobbie Gentry (#31)
  • Fire and Rain – James Taylor (#3)
  • For the Good Times – Ray Price (#11)
  • For the Love of Him – Bobbi Martin (#13)
  • For You Blue – The Beatles (#1)
  • Games – Redeye (#27)
  • Get Ready – Rare Earth (#4)
  • Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine (Part 1) – James Brown (#15)
  • Gimme Dat Ding – The Pipkins (#9)
  • Give Me Just a Little More Time – Chairmen of the Board (#3)
  • Go Back – Crabby Appleton (#36)
  • God, Love and Rock & Roll – Teegarden & Van Winkle (#22)
  • Gotta Hold on to This Feeling – Jr. Walker & The All-Stars (#21)
  • Green-Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf (#3)
  • Groovy Situation – Gene Chandler (#12)
  • Gypsy Woman – Brian Hyland (#3)
  • Hand Me Down World – The Guess Who (#17)
  • He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Neil Diamond (#20)
  • He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – The Hollies (#7)
  • Heaven Help Us All – Stevie Wonder (#9)
  • Heed the Call – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (#33)
  • Hello Darlin’ – Conway Twitty (#1)
  • Hey Lawdy Mama – Steppenwolf (#35)
  • Hey, Mister Sun – Bobby Sherman (#24)
  • Hey There Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman (#2)
  • Hi-De-Ho – Blood, Sweat & Tears (#14)
  • Hitchin’ a Ride – Vanity Fare (#5)
  • Honey Come Back – Glen Campbell (#19)
  • The House Of the Rising Sun – Frijid Pink (#7)
  • I Ain’t Got Time Anymore – The Glass Bottle (#36)
  • I Am Somebody (Part 2) – Johnnie Taylor (#39)
  • I Found That Girl – The Jackson Five
  • I Just Can’t Help Believing – B.J. Thomas (#9)
  • (I Know) I’m Losing You – Rare Earth (#7)
  • I Really Don’t Want to Know – Elvis Presley (#21)
  • I Think I Love You – The Partridge Family (#1)
  • I Want to Take You Higher – Sly & The Family Stone (#38)
  • I Want to Take You Higher – Ike & Tina Turner (#34)
  • I (Who Have Nothing) – Tom Jones (#14)
  • I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5 (#1)
  • I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper – The Flaming Ember (#34)
  • I’ve Lost You – Elvis Presley (#32)
  • If I Were a Carpenter – Johnny Cash & June Carter (#36)
  • If I Were Your Woman – Gladys Knight & The Pips (#9)
  • If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot (#5)
  • (If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can’t I Touch You? – Ronnie Dyson (#8)
  • Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin (#16)
  • In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry (#3)
  • Indiana Wants Me – R. Dean Taylor (#5)
  • Instant Karma (We All Shine On) – John Ono Lennon (#3)
  • Isn’t It a Pity – George Harrison
  • It Don’t Matter to Me – Bread (#10)
  • It’s a New Day (Parts 1 & 2) – James Brown (#32)
  • It’s a Shame – Spinners (#14)
  • It’s All in the Game – Four Tops (#24)
  • It’s Only Make Believe – Glen Campbell (#10)
  • Jennifer Tomkins – Street People (#36)
  • Jingle Jangle – The Archies (#10)
  • Joanne – Michael Nesmith & The First National Band (#21)
  • Julie, Do Ya Love Me – Bobby Sherman (#5)
  • Kentucky Rain – Elvis Presley (#16)
  • Lay A Little Lovin’ On Me – Robin McNamara (#11)
  • Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) – Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers (#6)
  • Let A Man Come in and Do the Popcorn (Part 2) – James Brown (#40)
  • Let It Be – The Beatles (#1)
  • Let Me Go to Him – Dionne Warwick (#32)
  • Let’s Work Together – Canned Heat (#26)
  • Let’s Work Together (Part 1) – Wilbert Harrison (#32)
  • The Letter – Joe Cocker with Leon Russell (#7)
  • Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection (#21)
  • Lola – The Kinks (#9)
  • The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles (#1)
  • Long Lonesome Highway – Michael Parks (#20)
  • Long Long Time – Linda Ronstadt (#25)
  • Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma – The New Seekers (#14)
  • Lookin’ Out My Back Door – Creedence Clearwater Revival (#2)
  • Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse (#5)
  • Love Land – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band (#16)
  • Love on a Two-Way Street – The Moments (#3)
  • Love or Let Me Be Lonely – The Friends of Distinction (#6)
  • Love the One You’re With – Stephen Stills (#14)
  • The Love You Save – The Jackson 5 (#1)
  • Lucretia MacEvil – Blood, Sweat & Tears (#29)
  • Ma Belle Amie – The Tee Set (#5)
  • Make It Easy on Yourself – Dionne Warwick (#37)
  • Make It With You – Bread (#1)
  • Make Me Smile – Chicago (#9)
  • Mama Told Me (Not to Come) – Three Dog Night (#1)
  • Maybe – The Three Degrees (#29)
  • Midnight Cowboy – Ferrante & Teicher (#10) (instrumental)
  • Mississippi – John Phillips (#32)
  • Mississippi Queen – Mountain (#21)
  • Montego Bay – Bobby Bloom (#8)
  • Most of All – B.J. Thomas (#38)
  • Mr. Bojangles – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (#9)
  • My Baby Loves Lovin’ – White Plains (#13)
  • My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (#1)
  • Neanderthal Man – Hotlegs (#22)
  • Never Had a Dream Come True – Stevie Wonder (#26)
  • No Matter What – Badfinger (#8)
  • No Time – The Guess Who (#5)
  • O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps (#8)
  • Oh Happy Day – Glen Campbell (#40)
  • Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (#14)
  • One Less Bell to Answer – The 5th Dimension (#2)
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Neil Young (#33)
  • Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (#30)
  • Out In the Country – Three Dog Night (#15)
  • Overture from Tommy (A Rock Opera) – The Assembled Multitude (#16) (instrumental)
  • Patches – Clarence Carter (#4)
  • Peace Will Come (According to Plan) – Melanie (#32)
  • Precious, Precious – Jackie Moore (#30)
  • Psychedelic Shack – The Temptations (#7)
  • Puppet Man – The 5th Dimension (#24)
  • Question – The Moody Blues (#21)
  • Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head – B.J. Thomas (#1)
  • Rainy Night In Georgia – Brook Benton (#4)
  • The Rapper – The Jaggerz (#2)
  • Reach Out a nd Touch (Somebody’s Hand) – Diana Ross (#20)
  • Reflections of My Life – The Marmalade (#10)
  • Remember Me – Diana Ross (#16)
  • Ride Captain Ride – Blues Image (#4)
  • Rubber Duckie – Ernie (Jim Henson) (#16)
  • Save the Country – The 5th Dimension (#27)
  • See Me, Feel Me – The Who (#12)
  • Share the Land – The Guess Who (#10)
  • She Came in Through the Bathroom Window – Joe Cocker (#30)
  • Shilo – Neil Diamond (#24)
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder (#3)
  • Silver Bird – Mark Lindsay (#25)
  • The Sly, Slick, and the Wicked – The Lost Generation (#30)
  • Snowbird – Anne Murray (#8)
  • Solitary Man – Neil Diamond (#21)
  • Somebody’s Watching You – Little Sister (#32)
  • Something’s Burning – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (#11)
  • Son-of-a-Preacher Man – Aretha Franklin (#13)
  • A Song of Joy (Himno A La Alegria) – Miguel Rios (#14)
  • Soolaimon (African Trilogy II) – Neil Diamond (#30)
  • Spill the Wine – Eric Burdon & War (#3)
  • Spirit in the Dark – Aretha Franklin (#23)
  • Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum (#3)
  • Stand By Your Man – Candi Staton (#24)
  • Steal Away – Johnnie Taylor (#37)
  • Still Water (Love) – Four Tops (#11)
  • Stoned Love – The Supremes (#7)
  • Stoney End – Barbra Streisand (#6)
  • Stop the War Now – Edwin Starr (#26)
  • Sugar Sugar – Wilson Pickett (#25)
  • Summertime Blues – The Who (#27)
  • Super Bad (Parts 1 & 2) – James Brown (#13)
  • Sweet Mary – Wadsworth Mansion (#7)
  • Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (#16)
  • The Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (#1)
  • Tell It All Brother – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (#17)
  • Temma Harbour – Mary Hopkin (#39)
  • Tennessee Bird Walk – Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan (#23)
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone (#1)
  • That’s Where I Went Wrong – Poppy Family (featuring Susan Jacks) (#29)
  • (They Long to Be) Close to You – Carpenters (#1)
  • The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King (#15)
  • Tighter, Tighter – Alive and Kicking (#7)
  • Travelin’ Band – Creedence Clearwater Revival (#2)
  • Trying to Make a Fool of Me – The Delfonics (#40)
  • Turn Back the Hands of Time – Tyrone Davis (#3)
  • Ugena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World) – The Temptations (#33)
  • United We Stand – The Brotherhood of Man (#13)
  • Up Around the Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival (#4)
  • Up on Cripple Creek – The Band (#25)
  • Up the Ladder to the Roof – The Supremes (#10)
  • Vehicle – The Ides of March (#2)
  • Viva Tirado (Part 1) – El Chicano (#28) (instrumental)
  • Walk A Mile in My Shoes – Joe South & The Believers (#12)
  • War – Edwin Starr (#1)
  • We Gotta Get You a Woman – Runt (Todd Rundgren) (#20)
  • We’ve Only Just Begun – Carpenters (#2)
  • Westbound #9 – The Flaming Ember (#24)
  • What Is Truth? – Johnny Cash (#19)
  • Which Way You Goin’ Billy? – Poppy Family (#2)
  • Who’s Your Baby – The Archies (#40)
  • Winter World of Love – Engelbert Humperdinck (#16)
  • The Wonder of You – Elvis Presley (#9)
  • Wonderful World, Beautiful People – Jimmy Cliff (#25)
  • Woodstock – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (#11)
  • Yellow River – Christie (#23)
  • You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – Elvis Presley (#11)
  • You Need Love Like I Do (Don’t You) – Gladys Knight & The Pips (#25)
  • You’re the One (Part 1) – Little Sister (#22)
  • (You’ve Got Me) Dangling on a String – Chairmen of the Board (#38)
  • Your Song – Elton John (#8)
  • Your Time to Cry – Joe Simon (#40)
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This afternoon after work I sat down in the upstairs room to check our e-mail, just like always. There was a message from Al and for a minute I thought he was going to tell me that he had received the wedding card we sent on Monday for Tim and Debbie. But then when I opened it my heart sank. Instead he was telling us that Tim was gone. My heart just hurts so bad.

We found Tim Krekel at the Bluebird Cafe in 1998. He knocked our socks off. We didn’t even know who he was, but by the end of the night we were his. We bought the CD at the door on the way out, and when we got home we hit the internet. We found out where he was playing in his homeotown of Louisville, and began the time honored pleasure of planning our vacations around when we could see him. It was not unusual to hit the road at 4:30 when work was done and head down south to make a late show at Air Devils. And it was always a great show. But moreover, it was Tim.

I remember very clearly our first trip to Louisville to see Tim. We left in the morning to get there early in case we would have to fight for a seat. We settled in the hotel room and then headed over to the bar. I don’t remember the name, it’s changed since then, but we were the first ones there. It was us and the bartender, and he couldn’t figure out what we were doing there so early. People trickled in, and by the time the band started playing the room was full. The bartender must have told Tim about us, because he made his way to our table. He made us feel like we belonged there with him. He asked us where we were from and what we wanted to hear. And then he played the songs we were longing for. And it was always that way. Every single time we went to see him over the years. And tonight my heart hurts.

I asked John how it is that a person that we really only connected with every so often could have such a profound effect on us. He sad that it was because from the very first time we saw Tim, he welcomed us as friends. He brought us into his world for the time that we were with him. And when we were not with him, we had his music. And it became a part of our life together. His message was simple, love everybody. And that is just what he did.

If you have been reading here for awhile you will remember me sharing him with you here, and here, and here. John wrote about him here. Early onĀ  you couldn’t find him on youTube, but now there are three pages full, and MySpace to boot. Already they are saying the music lives on, and there is some solace there, but for tonight my heart just hurts.

He would have wanted us to celebrate his life, and so that is just what we are doing. It’s a little after 11:00 on a Wednesday night, and were sitting here listening to Tim sing. And we’re singing along, and dancing too. Because that’s just the way it is and always will be. Here’s one for Tim, on the all night radio.

On the lighter side…

February 16, 2008

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Christmas Wish

December 24, 2007

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December 1976

December 10, 2007

From the winter of my 21st birthday. Warren Zevon and Jackson Browne, with the soulful strings of David Lindley filling in. Don’t it make you want to rock and roll all night long?