Friday, July 25, 2008

Beanbag Chronicles

Ahhhhh! Another week done! Time for the weekend!

It's been a very interesting week...that is for certain!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to kick back and relax, have a glass of wine...or 2 or 3, listen to some music and chill.

Which reminds me:

Time for another selection from the soundtrack of my life when I was in the 7th grade.

Yes blog peeps...time for another edition of the Beanbag Chronicles.

I was going through the old albums gathering dust here in my basement and trying to find the perfect selection for this week.

Let's see...we've already heard from: Helen Reddy, Jim Croce, Bread, The Carpenters, the Captain and Tennille...oh...there are plenty more.

Just by what I've posted can see I lean more toward the teenie bopper pop stuff.

Every once in a while though...there would be an artist of unparalleled talent that would just make my little 12 year old self get all tingly inside.

An artist so wonderful, so phenomenal...I just knew he was destined for great things in his life.

And technically...I wasn't wrong....but....

Well, you'll see in a minute.

I just remember when this album came out...I just had to have it.

I was staying up at my Aunt and Uncle's house for a week during the summer. I had saved up my allowance for like 3 weeks to buy it. My cousin J, who I thought was just sooooo totally cool actually took me to the store to get it. She was about 18, very pretty, very smart, fun, crafty...just like...everything I wanted to be when I grew up.

The fact that she took me to the record store to buy this...sealed the deal on her coolness.

She even let me play it on HER stereo.

I cool is that?

At the time...the artist was really starting to peak in his career. Most folks from my generation will remember his as Vinnie Barbarino from Welcome Back Kotter.

He's the guy sitting on the lower left corner!

Recognize him?

Yup...John Travolta!

Did you know he had an album?

Yeah...he did.

This was BEFORE Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

It was pretty bad.

I think I played it about 5 times. and then never played it again.

I did look at his picture a lot though - he was kind of dreamy back then!

Look at those blue eyes and cute little dimple on his chin.

:::sigh::: wasn't one of my better purchases, but I think I can retain the bragging rights to say that I was one of the 10 people in the United States that actually bought this album.

I just wish I still had's a collectors item now for sure!

So...happy Friday all - try not to cringe too much with this one...I know it's bad but give me a break..I WAS 12!!!


the only daughter said...

Braver souls than me will click on that video. Nuh uh, I can't do it. Not no way, not no how. ;)

Shazza said...


Wise decision OD!

dive said...

Oh, hee hee hee!
He certainly was dishy, Shazza (to use that annoying term that girls used back then when they got crushes on "dreamboats" like Travolta and David Cassidy instead of me, darn it).
Right … Brace myself and click "Play" …
Oh, gosh … Those "Open up" lines just set my teeth on edge. Hee hee. And OW! Boy, did that kid need a singing coach! This is wonderfully cringe-inducing stuff. I love it!

Shazza said...

Dive, they can't hold a candle to you hon. Anyone who can play that guitar like you do is the stuff that makes me tingle nowadays! ;)

Oh David Cassidy and "I Think I love you!" had that 45 and played it to DEATH.

dive said...

Hee hee. Thank you, Shazza. I just wish the girls in small town England felt that way in the seventies.
Hey ho.
David Cassidy. Boy, did I hate him back then!

The Village Carpenter said...

Yeah, not the best song...but he sure is cute!

Vic Hubbard said...

I just couldn't finish the job, Shazza. My stomach got all squishy and I had to leave the room. Even the dogs left. For all the good fame brings a person, I can't imagine how bad it sucks to have this out there for the world to see, FOREVER!!
Thanks (I think) for sharing.

Tom said...

I wanna know where the Shields and Yarnell autographed photo is?

Shazza said...

VC - he had that much going for him I guess!

Vic - I hope I haven't done permanent damage.

Tom - no worries bro...I still have it! You may even see it posted up on here some day!

Poetikat said...

Aaaaaargh! I DO remember this song...OMG, he was so baaad!