Monday, March 8, 2010

Beginnings

"One Hand On The Radio" (Bill Caddick/Pete Bond) is a song by Canadian singer, Aengus Finnan, and the name of this blog.  All my life I've had one hand on the radio, in fact or in mind.  And while nowadays it is usually through the computer and not radio, music is always playing as I go through my days.

My first store-bought record was a 78 by Dean
1916 PACKAGING OF
 SUN-MAID RAISINS
  SHOWING LORRAINE
  COLLETT AS THE
  SUN-MAID GIRL
Martin, my mother bought it for me.  It was 1954 and the record was called "Sway."  The song still holds up but there is better Dean Martin (less background production) –– my favorite, a 1963 album called "Dream With Dean."

In 1954 I was eight years old and "Sway" brought some rhythm into my life.  I knew about the song because I first had heard it on our kitchen radio.  A radio which, in memory, was  cream colored and bakelite.  Years later I came to associate "Sway" with the Sun-Maid box of raisins in our kitchen, in particular with the Sun-Maid raisin girl, who seemed perky and rhythmic herself.

LORRAINE COLLETT
IN 1915
Some years back I read an obituary of the real model for the Sun-Maid raisin girl, Lorraine Collett. She was born in 1892, died in 1983, and lives on in my heart.

4 comments :

Daryl said...

Congratulations Kit! There is always room for one more in this crowded bloggosphere! How wonderful you remember such detail from when you were a mere impressionable eight years old!

J. Austin - said...

Brings back memories of my first record (Catch a Falling Star and Put it in Your Pocket, Save it for a Rainy Day) about 1957. And the old radio too. Welcome to blogging!

Kit said...

So good so far. Where are the dogs?

Dylan said...

Kit, it's lulu on as her son's three toad sloth google account. Love to hear your musings on music, always an inspiration and keeps me young too. love you. xo

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