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One of My First Lifetime Crushes Died - Melanie


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This is a "Just for Fun!" forum, and mourning a passing of someone I adored seems weird to put here. And hardly a Baconian topic, but I know a few of us older members remember Melanie.

Melanie, Singer Who Performed at Woodstock and Topped Charts With ‘Brand New Key,’ Dies at 76

By the time I was ten years old hearing her music on the radio and seeing glimpses of her on TV my boyhood crush was full on. I have always adored her and her songs. She was like perfect pretty to me. Funny that it wasn't until today that I realized she had a British accent! Maybe she is why I am so attracted to that sweet sound in my ears! I must have heard her on TV when I was a kid.

Seriously she looks like my first wife. Is that why I fell in love in one minute?

RIP Melanie. You touched a lot of us with your sweet voice and beautiful smile.

 

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Fall of '71 my Mom brought me and my brother to visit my maternal grandparents in Bradenton, Florida. I was 11 years old. My grandma and grandpa ran a small senior trailer park. They lived in a little cottage which was also the office with no A/C. They used fans to try to keep cool like many people did back then. At bed time I wanted to sleep by the front screen door that had a fan in the room blowing out muggy inside air to help bring in any cooler air from outside, if there was any. I've always been uncomfortable when its too hot and muggy, even as a kid.

Soon as the lights were out and it got quiet while laying on the floor I heard music from some trailer in the park. "I got a brand new pair of roller skates, you got a brand new key..." Whoever was playing that 45 (for we older folks who don't have to Google that term) obviously had the arm to lift and repeat to the player, as if there were a stack of 45's ready to play. After a little while I realized that song was repeating, over and over, for a while! It is a catchy tune, but I realized that something was wrong, it should not be playing for that long. Eventually I fell asleep and woke up later. It was still playing. "I got a brand new pair of roller skates..."

We didn't have lighted digital clocks back then, but I knew it was the middle of the night and I had heard the same song maybe 100 times or more. I have never done the math. When morning arrived and the sun came up, it was still playing. "I got a brand new pair of roller skates..."

As a responsible 11 year old concerned about old people, I mentioned it to my grandma who had my grandpa go check on the old lady and she was fine, just hard of hearing and fell asleep.

I've never had one song play that many times in my brain over such a long period of time, the same song playing for several hours in the night when the world is sleeping. Funny thing is I never got tired of hearing it. Even later when it became a number 1 hit on the radio I still liked it. Its got a catchy tune. And even all these years later I like it. Any other song would have driven me crazy I am sure! LOL

I just read this that made me smile:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brand_New_Key

Possible sexual innuendo

Melanie has acknowledged the possibility of detecting sexual innuendo in the lyrics, but has denied any deeper meaning:

[The song], "Brand New Key", I wrote in about fifteen minutes one night. I thought it was cute; a kind of old thirties tune. I guess a key and a lock have always been Freudian symbols, and pretty obvious ones at that. There was no deep serious expression behind the song, but people read things into it. They made up incredible stories as to what the lyrics said and what the song meant. In some places, it was even banned from the radio. My idea about songs is that once you write them, you have very little say in their life afterward. It's a lot like having a baby. You conceive a song, deliver it, and then give it as good a start as you can. After that, it's on its own. People will take it any way they want to take it.[4]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, A Phoenix said:

Such a beautiful and distinctive voice and great songwriter - Loved her versions of Ruby Tuesday and Will you still love me tomorrow?

R.I.P Melanie ♥️

I never saw her live. I'm not sure she ever came around on tour.

Today I bought tickets for Bob Dylan who I have never seen either. He is coming to Clearwater in a month and Theresa and I will hear him sing and play guitar live.

We are taking inventory on who is left, and especially if we have not seen them live. Bob Dylan is one of them. We were thrilled to see the Rolling Stones a couple years ago.

I haven't seen Robert Plant. Sadly I never saw Jimmy Buffet and felt like there would be a more convenient time as he was a Florida kind of guy. Theresa was at the bars when he was a two-bit country singer in Key West at first! But I did take Theresa to see Joe Cocker before he died when I had seen him when he was much younger. She was thrilled. We both were amazed by Paul McCartney a few years ago, and saw Ringo a year or two ago.

Thing to remember even among ourselves is that life a bubble.

Little clip from one of my AI friends:

In comparing life to a bubble, Bacon is highlighting its transient and delicate characteristics. Bubbles are known for their fleeting existence; they appear, shimmer with an array of colors and possibilities, and then vanish suddenly. This is akin to human life, which Bacon sees as brief and susceptible to unexpected changes or an abrupt end.

 

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12 hours ago, Light-of-Truth said:

I never saw her live. I'm not sure she ever came around on tour.

Today I bought tickets for Bob Dylan who I have never seen either. He is coming to Clearwater in a month and Theresa and I will hear him sing and play guitar live.

We are taking inventory on who is left, and especially if we have not seen them live. Bob Dylan is one of them. We were thrilled to see the Rolling Stones a couple years ago.

I haven't seen Robert Plant. Sadly I never saw Jimmy Buffet and felt like there would be a more convenient time as he was a Florida kind of guy. Theresa was at the bars when he was a two-bit country singer in Key West at first! But I did take Theresa to see Joe Cocker before he died when I had seen him when he was much younger. She was thrilled. We both were amazed by Paul McCartney a few years ago, and saw Ringo a year or two ago.

Thing to remember even among ourselves is that life a bubble.

Little clip from one of my AI friends:

In comparing life to a bubble, Bacon is highlighting its transient and delicate characteristics. Bubbles are known for their fleeting existence; they appear, shimmer with an array of colors and possibilities, and then vanish suddenly. This is akin to human life, which Bacon sees as brief and susceptible to unexpected changes or an abrupt end.

 

https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/collectie/RP-P-OB-10.227

R.I.P. Melanie

Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky ... beautiful songs and sweet memories !

RIP Melanie.

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