05 January, 2009

Monday, Monday

Such a cool song. "Monday, Monday" was written by John Phillips and recorded by the Mamas and Papas. It was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for May 7, 1966 and stayed there for three weeks. My 16-year old hormones were in love with Mama Michelle - or was it lust?

The previous week's number one song was "Good Lovin'" by The Young Rascals with that hot New Jersey beat that traces its lineage forward from the Rascals, through "Little Stevie" Van Zant, and on up to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. "Good Lovin'" was followed by Percy Sledge with "When a Man Loves a Woman" - powerful blues and soul.

We used to listen to KOMA in Oklahoma City at night - it was AM radio and we could only receive it after dark. With my little 3" tape recorder and microphone stuck up to the radio speaker I would record and transcribe the words to the new songs so our band could get a jump on the other local bands by a week or so. Man, those were the days!

So, what does all that have to do with progress on the guest house? Not one damn thing, other than what I wrote for this post's title sent me far afield. There you have it - a little excursion down Memory Lane for a few minutes on a Monday morning.

Now back to business. Here's the progress as of this morning on the guest house. It's getting pretty close to being ready to start working on the roof. In fact, as I am writing this, the truck is here delivering a whole bunch more rebar and bags of cement for the roof.

Looking Across the Kitchen
Through the Kitchen to a Bedroom
There's a bit more work to do. Not all the walls are up to the final height yet. They're forming the steel for the "chain" as it's called to bind the walls together. Plus, earlier today, they deliverd a load of sticks that will be used to support the roof when they pour that.
Looking Through the Bathroom to the Other Bedroom
The Missing Window is In Place
The Utility Room Almost at Final Height
View From Across the Pool
So, there we are. A successful start to the week. Go out there and make it a good one!


Anonymous said...

I too remember listening and trying to learn the latest songs. Memories are great. Why don't we try to learn the latest songs? Well I just don't get Britney or Lindsey or any of today's artist. The music aint bad but it just doesn't seem like yesterday.

Anonymous said...

I have been a musician all my life . There are so many memory lanes in my mind it gets confusing. Pat

Anonymous said...

Hi David and Dianna!
Missing you two and can't wait to be home soon.
Oddly enough one of the CD's I got here to bring home is by the mamas and the papas.
Don't think I'll make the morning walk on Sunday but count me and the girls in for Monday!
Guest house looks fantastic, love the view from the pool area.
Love ta all,

Mardena Murray said...

Again, let me say, I LOVE your blog! I live in Oklahoma, have for most of my life. I also remember listening to KOMA & a DJ named Danny. Wow, what a flashback! Where were you living when you were tuning in to KOMA in the '60s?

Dave Rider said...

Hi Mardena,

I was living in a suburb of Colorado Springs, Colorado, called Security.

I also used to listen (later at night) Radio Del Rio and Wolfman Jack, the DJ. He was considered really subversive radio in those days. Their transmitter was actually located in Mexico and broadcast at some ungodly power.

Glad you like the blog.