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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site.

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

For a larger image click on the photograph.

I have listened for melody and meaningful lyrics every since I gave Cream's http://en.allexperts.com/e/c/cr/cream_(band).htm "Disraeli Gears" http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6598672/112_disraeli_gears, Release date: November, 1967, to a childhood friend of mine, David Springer. "Sunshine of Your Love" http://www.jackbruce.com/disraeli1.htm was probably the only song played on AM radio and the only reason I bought the album (well, maybe some of it was the album cover MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/cream_disraeli_gears-front.jpg - wow!). The other tracks were just so different to me than the usual "top 40's" I was accustomed to listening to in the fall of 1967.

David was much more sophisticated about what it took to produce the sounds on that album. He had some musical interests already. He could play the guitar reasonably well and had played in a local band for a short while. He pointed out different instrumentation segments of the album. Of course, at the time I did not hear what he did. But, I believed in what he was telling me and I changed my approach to listening to progressive music from that day forward.

Sometime thereafter I purchased Jimi Hendrix's http://www.jimi-hendrix.com/ "The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced" MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/hendrix_experienced.jpg, Release date: September, 1967. Man, it was as much, or maybe more, different. But, I stuck with it on this go-around and discovered in very short order why the word "experience" was used on this album. I kept this one! Never to return to such a shallow approach to music again. Music became a channel for emotional release for me from that point on.

David and I have not seen each other in many years, but his influence on me was positive and good for a number of other reasons, also. He has been in partnership with his brother, Phil for a long time now. They provide banking services from a bank located in Ballinger, Texas (Ballinger National Bank http://www.ballingernationalbank.com/default.htm).

What's the point? A plug for Disraeli Gears and The Jimi Hendrix Experience?

No, not at all. Rather, David was someone in my life that I trusted and would listen to. I knew there was something there to discover and I wanted to know what it was. I believe it has become even much more important today that you become familiar with whom you're dealing with. These relationships of trust lead to communities of common interest for learning new ideas and acquiring new knowledge without fear of being "duped" with false information.

In this case it involved opening up a new perspective on a wealth of lyrics and instrumentation from artists that produced "albums," not just "singles." Music that seemed to have something to say.

Twenty years ago I wouldn't even have considered listening to classical music much more that reading poetry, but I have come to appreciate the depths of emotion exemplified in these art forms. I must admit that personally I resorted to classical music to stay away from the lyrics and melodies of 2 - 3 years past. But, just recently I have heard some very powerful music from some of the new bands. Some of them originating from here in Dallas, Texas.