(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)
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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;
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.
The lyrics of some of the songs that I listened to from the mid-1960's - in my opinion - were poetry that I could understand and relate to. The melodies caught my attention, but the lyrics is what I really focused on. I needed an outlet for my pain.
I listened, I felt, and I related - message delivered and kept even to this day.
I'm thankful to a childhood friend of mine, David Springer MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/disraeli_gears.htm for encouraging me to expand my focus away from the Top 40's music to "album/artist" music - music that would almost never be played on the radio because they were either too long, or not of the Top 40 caliber. I do remember though a radio station in Dallas that did, but haven't researched which station it was. In actuality, he probably doesn't even to this day realize, or remember the influences he had on me in this area, but he did.
I'm not sure when the music died for me, but it did not die at the same time that it did for Don McLean - the death of Buddy Holly, Lubbock, Texas from a plane crash on February 3, 1959 - when he wrote and sang that most interesting song (and, on certain lyrics, confusing to me), American Pie. I was way too young at the time that "the music died." But, in an effort to find music that meant something to me I endured the classics until I "developed an appreciation of the instrumentation and melody." The classics was nothing short of "old folk's music." In fact, I dropped a classical music class at UT because I just couldn't stand it. I just didn't get it. Music was supposed to be electronic and "kick-ass."
What can I say, other than, as I found out over 30 years prior - if you are determined to find out what others know that you don't, you have to stay the course. I never thought instrumentation would move me the way that it does. Nobody, or at least in my family, listens to this. They think I'm "old fashioned." I look in the mirror these days and realize that they just may be right after all.
But, I still listen to the rest.
My favorite radio station in Dallas is:
It's not only good (except when they have the city council meetings on), but it has an interesting history. In 1921, the City of Dallas, Police and Fire Signal Department received a "Limited Commercial Class License for Land Radio Station." The license, granted on August 5, 1921, assigned the call letters "WRR." This was the second "commercial" license ever issued, giving WRR the historic distinction of being the second "oldest" commercially licensed radio station, proceeded only by Pittsburgh's KDKA. Photo courtesy the WRR Archive. All rights reserved.
As soon as I have time to figure out what is legal I would like to place the following classical music on this Web site:
Vaughan-Williams: 5 Variants of Dives & Lazarus
American Angels - Songs of Hope, Redemption & Glory
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907326
Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, conducted by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munich, conductor
"The people who run record companies now wouldn't know a song if it flew up their nose and died. They haven't a clue, and they don't care. You tell them that, and they go, "Yeah? So, your point is?" Because they don't give a s---. They don't care. They're actually sort of proud that they don't care.....The current ethos in the United States of America is all to do with surface and nothing to do with substance.....It doesn't matter that Britney Spears has nothing to say and is about as deep as a birdbath. It matters that she has cute tits, and that's all that matters.....Crosby's rule number one, axiom: the bigger a company gets, the less it gives a damn about you. Okay? Crosbo wise.There's a lot of cheating and lying and stealing that goes on in any major business. And the music business is no exception at all." - David Crosby, "The Way the Music Died," Frontline interview, May 27, 2004, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/music/interviews/crosby.html