Random October Day 1979


Wanna play ‘Questions?’


I’ll start us off….


What’s your name and sign?

My name is Gwin and I’m a Capricorn.

What’s your nickname?

My Daddy calls me Doola Bug.

Nobody else calls me that though.

Only my Daddy.

Do you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend?

No, but I like a boy named—-

Actually, I like another boy named —- too.

I can’t tell you who they are because they might see this.

They don’t know.

I want it to stay a secret.


What’s your favorite color?

My favorite color is blue.

Do you have any sisters and brothers?

I have one little brother who gets on my nerves.

He always in the way!

Where are you from?

I’m from here.

I was born at the old University Hospital.

Do you have any pets?

I have two Dobermans, one name is Princess and one name is Demon.


Princess is the meanest.

Demon is the nicest.

I bet you didn’t guess that right!

Who is your favorite singer?

My favorite singer is Michael Jackson.

I want to marry him but Daddy say he too old.

Daddy say he’ll be using a walker by time I’m old enough to get married.

Oh and I like another singer name Prince.

He sing that song “Soft and Wet.”

And, he kinda look like a very pretty lady.

But not Michael, he look like a real man.

Oh yeah, there’s one more singer I gotta tell you about.

Her name is Teena Marie and I love her.

She white but she sound like she black.

Ain’t that crazy?

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to climb trees and look at the stars at night.

I also like to go to the golf course with my Daddy and eat sandwiches and chips at the clubhouse.

Sometimes, I like to walk the fairway, look at the trees and put my feet in the sand trap.

The only thing I don’t like is you have to be quiet when they trying to putt or T-off.

Anyway, I’ve seen lots of deer and jack-rabbits out on the course.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a meteorologist.

It didn’t take me long to learn how to spell that word because spelling is one of my best subjects.

Did you know that a meteorologist is just a fancy word for weatherman?

To me, it sound like somebody who studies meteors.

But it’s not.

I know all about the topic because I looked it up in an encyclopedia.

And because of that I already know how to look at the clouds and tell what the weather gonna be.

What’s your favorite cartoon?

My favorite cartoons are Looney Tunes, The Peanuts and I love Scooby Doo.

Oh yeah and I like Pink Panther, The Archies, Sabrina the Good Witch and I like Felix the Cat.

What’s your favorite food?

My favorite food is pizza, hamburgers, tacos and I like popcorn shrimp.

When we go to Red Lobster my Mama let me have a Sprite with cherries and an orange slice.

Sometimes they put a little umbrella in it.

It look like a grown person drink.

One time Daddy let me drink some coke he had in a cup.

Only it wasn’t just coke.

It was something else in it.

It tasted terrible so I spit it out.

He started laughing real loud.

Mama don’t know nothing about that.

Who is your favorite teacher?

My favorite teacher is Mrs. Scott.

She got the longest hair you ever saw but she keeps it back in a bun.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I like to watch Flip Wilson, Sanford and Son, Bewitched, Jeannie, and I like to watch Wonder woman, Bionic woman, Electric Company, Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers.

Oh and I like Mighty Isis and Shazaam.

Sometimes Mama let me stay up and watch Carol Burnett.

Harvey Korman is my favorite one!

I like when he dress up like a lady named Mother Marcus!

If it ain’t nothing else on TV, I’ll watch Hee-Haw.

Here’s a secret:  I like to watch The Lawrence Welk Show.

Don’t tell nobody about that.


Last night we watched the Great Pumpkin!

I love Charlie Brown.

But I can’t stand Lucy.

Do you play a instrument?

I play violin.

I made it as an alternate for all county Orchestra.

At the audition, I forget the rosin for my bow so my bow kept sliding off the string sounding like a cat.

That was dumb.

Uh oh…

I gotta go because me and my brother have to rake the grass so we can go to the fair tonight.

It was nice to meet you.

Don’t forget to write me back and tell me all your answers to my questions.

Before you go I want you to hear some of my favorite Michael Jackson songs:

And I like this one too:

Video Credits:

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My Jams: ’69

1969 jams
Diva of Soul toasts  1969

“Come here quick and look at this little boy singing!”

That’s exactly what my mother said to my father in the year of our Lord 1969 as she watched a 10 year old boy with his brothers singing up a storm on TV!  Surely you’ve already guessed who she was talking about right?

And with that…

Welcome to 1969 baby! The year that man first stepped foot on the moon, or so they say!  Truth be told, the old folks around these parts still have their doubts 😉

In the music world, the year 1969 brought us the 10 year old that I just mentioned; Michael Jackson.  He and his brothers were the cutest party of five to ever hit a stage.

Even today, most folks will agree that it’s nearly impossible to fathom all of the ways in which MJ influenced music, dance, style and entertainment.  And to think, his mother and my folks came from the same little patch of southern woods.

At any rate, here are my jams for the year that closed out the 1960’s!

I Want You Back by The Jackson 5

I don’t give a damn where I was or what I was doing, when I heard the intro to this song I started screaming!  God help you if you were anywhere in the vicinity.  Eyewitnesses will tell you that I repeated my version of the Michael Jackson spin until the song ended.

Believe it or not, all these years later, I still respond just about the same way. Only now, I spin three fourths the way ‘round—one time.

Someday We’ll Be Together by Diana Ross and The Supremes

Yeah, by now Ms. Diana had acquired top billing!

Based on personal experience, I’ve noticed that a lot of people don’t remember this song.  For me, it is very special because my mom, who passed away a few years back, used to sing it when I was little.

My loves, it is very difficult for me to listen to this one now so I simply opt to admire it from afar.

My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder


Honestly, I think that every girl has dreamed of being the topic of this song.

Incidentally, from what I understand, Stevie’s mother was also from the same place that MJ’s mom and my folks are from.  I know, right?

Hot Fun In The Summertime by Sly and The Family Stone

This song is one of my favorites of all time!  The piano intro is so haunting; it hits me smack dab in the middle of my brain’s wistful zone; but strangely enough, I love that!

I live for the way Sly likens summer days to a magical lady that appears at the “end of the spring” and goes away before the “first of the fall.”  What a powerful metaphor!  When I listen to this song, I imagine ‘her’ twirling in and out of my life, bringing and taking happy summertime memories with her.

“…and everythang is cool!!!”

Baby, I’m For Real by The Originals

 If you want to write a love song, use this one as your template.

Okay, true story, when I was taking Taekwondo, I met a girl whose father was a member of The Originals.  She confided that she never really mentioned it because most people were unfamiliar with the group.  Well, needless to say, I was NOT unfamiliar so I must have asked her a thousand questions about her dad’s experiences.  During our conversation, I shared that ‘Baby, I’m For Real’ is one of my favorite songs.  She laughed and said, “I think dad was the one who sang the part ‘I see the little tears in your eyes about to fall, you are wondering if I’m for real….” To that, I screamed with delight!  What are the chances?

Anyway, nowadays I can’t help thinking of her whenever I hear that song.

What Does It Take by Junior Walker and The All Stars

 There is no way that you can listen to the sax in this song and sit still.  If you have any amount of soul in your body, you will at least sway! “I’m gonna blow again for you!”

Baby Baby Don’t Cry by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

Ladies you know how it is when your man done messed up and you got somebody else in your ear talking all sweet.  Nobody does the ‘sweet talk’ thing better than Smokey! His soft angelic voice can atone for any man’s prior relationship devilment.  Believe it or not, devilment is a ‘real’ word that means exactly what it sounds like it might mean.

Hey fellas, when your lady cries and it’s your fault, you might need to heed the words of this jam.  The last thing you need is a dude like Smokey sweet talking your baby.

It’s Your Thing by The Isley Brothers

 This jam is so funky that even old folks were singing it!  Most of ‘em probably didn’t realize that it advocates free love!  Ha Ha!  It’s hilarious to me that really good music can make you sing lyrics that are diametrically opposed to everything that you believe you stand for.  Truly, I say to you, the funk here cannot be denied.

Now if you think this jam was tight, wait until I post “My Jams: ’73.” That’s when we start studying math and how them three younger boys added themselves to the original Isley brothers!  I’m talking about Ernie, Marvin and Chris y’all!

3+3…’nuff said!

Well folks, I really hate to say goodbye to 1969 because it was a very special year for me!  I’ve told you my favorites from the last year of the stormy sixties.  What are your ’69 favs?

****Coming up Next Thursday:  My Jams: ’70