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Travelin' Man

Our 60s act this week actually first achieved success on the pop charts in the 50s. And today, coincidentally enough, is his birthday. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was an American television sit-com, airing for 14 years beginning in 1952, following a successful run on radio.

Rock and roll heart-throb Ricky (later just "Rick") Nelson grew up on that show. Nelson was a popular performer in the late 50s, second only to Elvis. Today would have been his 69th birthday. Sadly Ricky Nelson died in a 1985 plane crash. But he left a string of hits behind, including this gem from 1961...

Nelson could have made a living as a rock n roll revival act continuing to sing his back catalogue of hits like Travelin' Man but that wasn't for him. In fact, when he played contemporary tunes at a 50s RnR revival concert at Madson Square Garden in 1971 he was booed off the stage. But Nelson got the last laugh. The incident inspired him to write the hit Garden Party...


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Paroxysm Paradox

The weather was unseasonably warm for October. The sun set around 6:30 but the daylight hours were quite enjoyable. So thought Richard, as he set out for his daily walk in the woods. He marvelled at the turning leaves which exhibited an explosion of colour more significant with each passing day.

But Richard knew the turning leaves would soon start to fall. And the trees would soon be bare with no leaves at all. And then the snow would fly and fall from the trees as the leaves had before it.

Richard couldn't help but think of the sudden change to come as a seizure of sorts. And he wasn't looking forward to it. After all, who would welcome a seizure, he thought, as he rolled uncontrollably among the leaves.

This week paroxysm/seizure was the prompt at Two Word Tuesday.

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Merci Amy