⦿ Old Blue ~ Byrds 1969

an old Appalachian Mountain classic. . . ‘bye bye Blue, be a good dog, you. . .’
Sweet 12 string finger-pickin’  from Roger McGuinn — the Byrds  – ‘Dr Byrds & Mr Hyde’ 1969

⦿ What Does It Take (to Win Your Love)~~Junior Walker 1969

Another great oldie that’s like a time capsule of emotion. I remember how I felt then,
the things I thought about, and how my room looked in the dawn as I got ready for
school with the radio on.

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⦿Elmer Bernstein – ‘Hollywood & the Stars’ theme

The memorable beautiful theme by Elmer Bernstein for the tv show ‘Hollywood and the Stars’, 1963-64;
also used for a time at the Academy Awards.  A lovely piece of music that so many remember and love.

  To me it evokes a haunting melancholy,  yet at the same time a majestic grandeur..
Bernstein was a prolific composer, with 200+ well-known film & television themes and scores in 50+ years,
for a wide scope of projects : dramas, comedies and westerns — the iconic Magnificent Seven theme, for one.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Bernstein
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⦿Palácio da Pena~Sintra, Portugal

Sintra Portugal-in the forest alt view
 I  love-love-love this photo !  It looks like something in a fairy-tale . . enchanting.

These places are in the hidden gardens of the Palácio da Pena ~ Sintra, Portugal.
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Sintra Portugal-the path   Sintra Portugal secret gazebo
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Sintra Portugal hidden stairs

Sintra Portugal - lake tower

Palacio da Pena Sintra Portugal

   . .              thanks to my lovely Portuguese friend  Teresa !
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⦿ Nazis in the house

 I was remembering the time years ago when I was in France on a 2 month working vacation. A young man we worked with graciously took us to his family’s country home in a town near Paris  for a weekend.  (I’ve forgotten the name of the town).  His lovely mother still lived there, as she had as a young newlywed when the Nazis  occupied France in 1941.  Her husband was off  fighting in the war, it was just she and her mother in the house. 
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She told me that one day 4 or 5 Nazis came along the country road, barging into houses at will  ‘because they could’.  In her house they demanded a meal to be prepared, with the best wine, as they ransacked the house.  They opened books, inspected photos, opened all cabinets and drawers, etc.  They took jewelry, some other small family heirlooms, liquor, and cash, and flicked cigar ashes on her rugs…. just being the a–hole  pigs that Nazis were.  So it was not only Jews who were targeted, it was anyone they pleased to terrorize, including 2 frightened women alone… just ‘because they could’.
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As this sweet lady was telling me about the incident she began to weep and sob.  At that point it had been many years since that day, but to her it was like yesterday.  My heart ached for her.  And  I realized I was in the very same room where  actual Nazis had stood, a living history — that blew my mind !

.no Nazis !

⦿ Buzzin’ Fly -Tim Buckley 1969

A beautiful & sweet emotional love song by Tim Buckley from the Happy Sad  album, 1969.
A sad ending from a heroin overdose in 1975, only 28 yrs old.
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Buzzin’ Fly
I wanna know  everything about you …I wanna know  everything about you…
What makes ya smile, what makes ya wild,  what makes ya love me this way,  Darlin’  I wanna know. . . 
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