Category: Automobiles

Tell It Like It Is… My #1 throwback Song

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1960s Throwback – a convertible and a song
What’s your #1 Throwback song?

I always have a song in my head. A rhythm, melody or harmony I like (vocal or instrumental) that just pops and I sing!

It’s been that way since I was a little girl, recanting the 5 part harmony of my mom and her sisters and the deep and robust alto voice of my grandmother.

On any given day and time you were in the mist of any one of these ladies, you were hearing a tune, If not the lyrics, they were humming.

When the sisters came together in song… you clapped, dance or sang (quietly) as not to disturb the perfect  a cappella  rendition of the songs they sang for fun or as The Clark Sisters

Today the song that popped and stuck is “Tell it Like it Is”  by Arron Neville (1966).  It’s one of my all time singing favorites. I  know every word and note.

Remembering the times (1966) I recall the lyrics mirroring my life in many ways and I adopted the title and used it like my own…

I used the lyrics to this song like my Keds sneaker collection  I wore back then.  often changing the words to fit a circumstance, situation or decision – weird but true!

The words speak to honesty, love, desire and commitment,  the characteristics I embrace today for myself first…truth!

When I hear the song, the title, reminds me that success is an inside job and I sing… answering question for me.

it’s my way of checking if my thoughts and feelings are in sync with the “who” and “what” I’m pursuing.

 

“Tell It Like It Is”

If you want something to play with

Go and find yourself a toy
Baby, my time is too expensive
And I’m not a little boy

If you are serious
Don’t play with my heart, it makes me furious
But if want me to love you
Then, baby, I will, girl, you know I will

Tell it like it is
Don’t be ashamed to let your conscience be your guide
But I-I-I-I-I know deep down inside of me
I believe you love me, forget your foolish pride

Life is too short to have sorrow
You may be here today and gone tomorrow
You might as well get what you want
So go on and live, baby, go on and live

Songwriters: GEORGE DAVIS, LEE DIAMOND

 

Cadillac Baby…YEAH

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Cadillac Baby
How that woman loves to ride
Yeah, Cadillac Baby
How that woman loves to ride
She’s crazy ’bout that hydromatic
Cause its such an easy ride
She loves her rollin, how she loves to ball the jack
Crazy bout her rollin, how she loves to ball the jack
She’s crazy about that easy ridin, crazy bout that CadillacTurn on the radio and cruise on down
The avenue
Yeah, turn on the radio and cruise on
Down the avenue
She’s crazy about my caddy
And I ‘m crazy for my baby too
Well, long about midnight she came
Knockin on my door
Yeah, long about midnight she came
Knockin’ on my door
Gotta take out that caddy
Baby wants to ride some more
Yeah at night we went riding
Riding in the rain
She was my baby
And I was her man
She said honey ride a long long time
You rock so easy, so mellow and fine
If you get tired of ridin, give yourself a rest
Park it in the spot that your baby loves the best
Cadillac baby
How that woman loves to ride
Yeah cadillac baby
How that woman loves to ride
Crazy bout that easy ridin’
How she loves that cadillac
Go
Let it Roll
I gotta Roll
All night long
Gotta Roll
All night long
Yes we gotta roll pretty darlin’
Roll all night long

Can’t get the song out of my head…I feel a test drive in my future!

Recorded: 1950 Roy Brown; 1993: Colin James   <==Click to hear.
Songwriters: FONTAINE BROWN
Cadillac Baby lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Take Five

Drive Happy
Drive Happy

Five minutes to happier drives! Before driving to any destination I take a few minutes to prepare for the drive.  I’ve learned that taking the following steps really help me to focus and deal with driving situations that become apparent during my trips.

  1. Check the weather – at my location and where I’m going – It may only take a few seconds if you’re staying in your neighborhood; however, if your journey extends more than ten miles, you’ll benefit from knowing.
  2. Check the traffic/road conditions – If you listen to radio or view TV this task can be achieved while you’re getting dressed.  Using my LIVE traffic app reveals results in seconds.
  3. Take a minute to walk around the car to eyeball the tires, lights and any damage from the last parking lot I used.  If I’m not sure of my gas level I check that too.
  4. As I check my mirrors and put on my seat belt, I adjust my attitude to the temperament needed for the place and time I’ll be driving; that way I can keep my blood pressure in check.
  5. I choose my distractions. It’s true, driving is a full-time and attention task. I choose devices and activities accordingly.  I automatically turn on my speakerphone “for incoming emergencies only” if I’m not using my GPS.  My phone is in the bag ensuring that if I need it I’ll have to pull over. I adjust the music level and take a deep breath before pulling off.

Most of the time I can get all this done in less than five minutes, giving me additional time to get to my intended location (stuff happens).  It took me a while to form this routine. I realized that when I didn’t perform these one minute tasks my driving experience suffered.  Since driving is usually the first and last part of most daily activities I encounter outside my home I prefer safe and pleasant journeys.  Maybe you get ready to drive in less time, that’s great! This five-minute routine is what helps me keep my eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and drastically reduce the times when I feel the desire to participate in road rage.  What do you do before you drive? Share a pre-driving task with us, after all sharing is caring!

Safe Travels 🙂

“At Last”

My love has come along..
My love has come along..

My love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
At last

The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you

I found a dream, that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known

You smiled,
Oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
for you are mine…

At Last

Only in my dreams
Only in my dreams

“At Last” is one of my favorite Etta James songs, It popped into my head when I saw this Rolls Royce at a recent car show. Every time I hear the song I think about how beautiful this car is and start singing. Last night the car and song was in my dream so I decided to shared it with you.  Maybe now I can concentrate on getting my Toyota ready for winter. 🙂

Safe Travels