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A SWINGING SIXTIES CHICK

A swinging sixties chick was I dressed head to toe in Biba Miniskirts my mother loathed and free love too, so I was told Music of choice was Motown and Soul that played upon my radio At weekends tuned to Saturday Club a programme never missed Radio Luxembourg each night, though signal crackled and hissed Reception was weak as twilight approached, with my radio under my sheet At the foot of the stairs Mum’s voice could be heard “Turn that radio off, and go to sleep” In ‘62 a pirate ship launched off the Essex coast Radio Caroline was her name, with young DJ’s as programme hosts Innovators of their time, played songs we loved the most Enjoying the challenge, but taking a risk each time they went ashore Deemed illegal ~ no license had they, so were technically breaking the law Trailblazing times enhancing our lives, playing songs never heard of before these songs were the soundtracks of my youth these songs I love and adore... Tony Blackburn their first DJ; a handsome young fella back in the day The first DJ to spin his discs whilst bobbing around on the pirate ships At 77 still playing his songs and boring the nation with corny quips on ‘Sounds of the Sixties’ every Saturday morn he plays the tunes I singalong... I sent a request for his 'Magic Moments' spot feeling sure it would end up in his 'magic melting pot' Our 'Magic Moment' in '63, as we danced the night away at the Regent Ballroom, Brighton, on a floor made of wooden parquet was it love at first sight on a midsummer’s night by the light of the silvery moon... As we danced to the Chiffons 'He’s so Fine' it became our special tune When Tony played our 'Magic Moment' on his radio show I could hardly believe my ears then my eyes filled up with tears for my darling he has gone ~ for he died ten years ago Written on 1st December 2018 after hearing my request played upon the Radio... Contest :NOSTALGIA any form,any number of lines Sponsor: Brian Strand HONOURABLE MENTION

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Date: 3/29/2019 11:26:00 AM
A super piece Ann brings back memories of radio Caroline and Saturday morning ' sound of the 60s'. Congrats on being mentioned on the radio!
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 3/29/2019 11:36:00 AM
Hello Gordon, nice to hear from you and thanks for your lovely comments.Yes it felt quite emotional when I heard it , bringing tears to my eyes and then at the end of the show to get the Nearly Gold Medallion - well what can I say, haha!. Tony B is touring with his Sounds of the Sixties show and will be here in June, so I felt compelled to book a seat and to wear my NGM on the night for a bit of fun... kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 3/27/2019 7:07:00 PM
Ann, I can feel your love for your teenage and young adult years "musical numbers". We grew up in a house that perpetually had music playing on a radio or a stereo or something. I am instantly transported back to the most wonderful memories when I hear The Beatles, Sg. Pepper's Band, Cher, Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Beach Boys, Elvis, Frank Sinatra. Your poem is a terrific reminder of how wonderful music is as a reminder.....
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 3/28/2019 3:59:00 AM
Absolutely Caren, the memories are so vivid as if it was only yesterday. It's also amazing how we always remember the lyrics and can singalong! I will be seeing the Beach Boys in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in June, although sadly Brian Wilson is no longer touring with them, as I think they had a fall out, but I am really looking forward to hearing those songs again. Kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 3/27/2019 9:41:00 AM
Ann, I was never much for music when it came to some music, but I do love classical ... a very good write. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 3/27/2019 1:55:00 PM
Thank you so much Eve for your lovely visit. My taste in music is fairly mixed, as I enjoy motown and soul as well as classical, but one thing is for sure, I could not live without music, as it takes me to another world, often restoring long forgotten memories, sometimes sad, sometimes happy! Kindest thoughts Ann xx