Saturday, June 16, 2007

Folk Groupie?Me? I would have never thought

One of my favorite memories as a kid is being in the backseat of my Grandparents' car while they were driving me to Dairy Queen. This memory sticks out because there are four kids in my family and I have tons of cousins there so whenever I was visiting, we were always all together but this time I was alone with them. I was about 8 or 9 and we were driving down the hilly, winding road where they lived. It was a beautiful West Virginia summer day and the colors in my memory are yellows and greens. There was a folk song from the 60s on the radio and they were singing it together and I remember being so happy because they were singing. Even though it was the first and only time I had ever heard that song(at the time Madonna was the end all and be all in music for me) I always remembered it because it was such a happy moment for me. Skip 10 years later and one of the women in the group who recorded that song ended up being my neighbor and became one of my closest and dearest friends. She's not one to brag so I knew her for a long time before I even figured it out. Even then I didn't want to come out and say, oh my Grandparents are huge fans! I did end up telling her about that and she was proud that she got to have a small part in one of my favorite moments of my life.

I'll find any excuse to tell everyone who she is because it embarrasses her. (in a good way) One day at Costco I saw a folk music compilation cd and I knew her group would be on it and when we saw the name I got really excited and said, really loud, just to embarass her really good,"Dee, Let's check if your song is on here. Look! It's you! Everyone in the music section stop and observe! This woman's voice is on thishere cd! When you guys go home, you can tell all your friends you had a moment with greatness. This a damn compilation cd, folks, this means it's important. Here she is at the very Costco you shop at buying pretzels!" The whole time she was mortified(in a good way) and trying to run away from me but there were only 3 people there- one looked at me like I was an idiot(which didn't offend me since I was acting like one anyway) and the other two laughed at us. (I do this to everyone. I once ran after my sister at the grocery store yelling,"Hello, you forgot your Preperation H! Don't you need it?"If I were at Costco with one of you, dear readers, I would do it to you-not the Preperation H thing but something more appropriate for the situation, of course. I expect and invite reciprocation, it's funny.)
A few years back, her group had a reunion concert thingy. When she got back, I bothered her and bothered her to let me watch the video because it was going to be on PBS and I wanted to see it first. I had never seen her sing and had only heard a couple songs before. She wasn't really that excited about the whole thing so I had to really pester-something I'm very good at(in a good way). While we were watching it, she told me during one of the songs, for her part, she had to hit a high note. So every time they had to perform that song, she was always a little nervous. And when she would hear a recording of it, she cringed a little just before that high note, even though she knew it was a recording and of course the high note was just right! I have a couple of the group's songs on my ipod, including the high-note song, not because I love it so much but just to have it, you know? The funny thing is today, while I was listening to my ipod, I had it set to shuffle and that very song came on-and right before the high-note, I found myself cringing a little too. In a good way.


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

So who is she? As an old folkie myself, I most probably know her voice.

MsLittlePea said...
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MsLittlePea said...

Do you know the Serendipity Singers? She was the blonde one.

thailandchani said...

Aaah, yes. I remember the Serendipity Singers.. but I'm old that way! Don't let the rain come down.. a hu!

Don't forget to pick up those condoms!




whiskeymarie said...

What a sweet story, my dear.
You are a good friend for her, it seems.

Laurie said...

How cool! What a neat story, thanks for sharing it.

thethinker said...

That sounds like something I'd say to my sister in public. We're always out to embarass one another.

Blondie said...

I'm enjoying the PH joke. I might try that on Dorothy the next time I see her. (rubs hands together)

Hel said...

I love the story of the drive. And then you meet the singer.

And the way you wrap the post up said so much without saying too much.


heartinsanfrancisco said...

What a charming and fun story. I have an idea you can really embarrass someone when you set out to, (in a good way, of course.)

I've heard of them, but can't remember what they sang. I'll check it out now.

While you're getting Chani's condoms, remember to pick up Depends, too. (In a good way.)

Magpie said...

Funny story. But I don't think I want to go shopping with you!