Things You Can Do While Listening to a Super-Long Song on LP

You can count 25% of the above stack of cash while listening to this song.

One hub leads to another

Recently, a very talented hubber, Phoenix V, posted a question in the General Forums about some of the longest songs ever released during the "vinyl (LP) album" era. This post was a lot of fun as well as thought-provoking. I loved it for it made me feel alive one more time.

So . . .I thought I would present my take on the long LP song discussion and present a video from that era and a few things one might do while that one song is being played. I guess I do not have a desire to write a five-page hub on a single subject since I have had a heart-cath recently to remove a huge amount of deadly fluid from my heart.

Briefly, what my friends and I would do during one of these super-long songs was one of these important activities:

  • Slow dance with a very pretty girl
  • Sit next to our stereo speakers with eyes closed and really "get into" the song that was playing.
  • Try as hard as we could to memorize each lyric of each song, this fizzled out very soon for none of us could listen as sharply as the bands sang.
  • Try to sing exactly like the Steppenwolf's, Who's of our day.


Read and experience something new.

Now sit back and read my latest submission to HubPages and see if something in this story touches your memory banks.

While you are listening to "Tobacco Road," by Johnny Winter and his brother, Edgar, you would easily be able to

  • Try to impersonate the looks on The Beatles' faces above
  • Drink a half-pitcher of orange juice
  • Enjoy coffee with a friend

While you are listening to "Graveyard Train," by CCR, you would easily be able to

  • Leisurely fill your tank with gas
  • Do a moderately-easy crossword puzzle
  • Take and enjoy a power nap

While you are listening to "Free Bird," by Lynyrd Skynyrd, you would easily be able to

  • Do at least five or six wind-sprints from the 50 yard line to the end zone
  • Do some needed grocery shopping
  • Stop and ask yourself, "was I ever considered a free bird while in college?"

(for the Guys)

While you are listening to "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," by Jimi Hendrix, you would easily be able to

  • Ask for and possibly get the phone number of a super-model like the gorgeous girl above
  • Jog two miles and tell yourself you are 'enjoying' getting in shape
  • Play a festive game of dominoes or checkers with an elderly person

While you are listening to "Hey, Jude," by The Beatles, you would easily be able to

  • Consume enough of these cold soda's to quench your thirst
  • Try to lip sync 'Hey, Jude,' when a pretty girl passes by
  • Reflect on your life and ask yourself why you never attended college

(This one is my personal favorite)

While you are listening to "Money," by Pink Floyd, you would easily be able to

  • Take enough time to thank a serviceman or woman for sacrificing their life for your country
  • Actually there is not anything more important than the first reason

(I like this one too)

While you are listening to "Whipping Post," by The Allman Brothers, you would easily be able to

  • Teach a senior citizen that they can say "experienced" instead of "old," and there is no reason for them to be the least bit ashamed, but hold their heads up with pride for all they have contributed to our lives

. . . and in closing, I would just like to say . . .

"Thank you, Phoenix V, for your hub which inspired this one."

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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

This was a lot of fun Kenneth. Some memorable songs there too. Welcome back to Hub Pages, hope you are doing well.


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word55 13 months ago from Chicago

Hey Ken, You triggered the music man in me where I could just appreciate the listening pleasure of all those classics. What a beautiful break in a crazy day. Thanks a bunch for this fantastic presentation. Wow!


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MizBejabbers 13 months ago

Funny and sometimes practical, Kenneth. I hope this finds you well after your heart cath.

I can tell you what disk jockeys did during long songs because I was one back in the 70s, or at least what I used long songs for.

1. Select music, pull commercials, answer phone calls, and catch up on the logs, which were manually signed in that day

2. Go to the bathroom. Somehow it was always on the other side of the building no matter where I worked. One brand new building had the only bathrooms in the basement. A person needed a 5 or 6 minute one for bathroom breaks.

3. Turn the air conditioning back on. One building wasn't completed when we moved in. For my Sunday shift, I was alone in the building, and I had to walk across a catwalk into another section, go into a utility room and climb a ladder hanging on the wall, up about 15 to 20 feet, and manually flip a switch to get the AC back on. If I had fallen and injured myself, I would have had to lie on the floor until someone sensed that something was wrong and come to the station to find me.

4. Before I met him, Mr. B, an engineer, had to pull an overnight shift which entailed disk jockeying as well as transmitter work. How do you get your repair and maintenance work done while you are spinning wax? Long records. Even more clever, he would put on the long version of Stairway to Heaven, which is about 25 minutes long, and go to the kitchen and cook himself a steak. (A lot of people don't know about that version.)

Thanks for telling us the civilian version of what to do during a long record.


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BlossomSB 13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

An interesting article - takes me back - and back!


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kenneth avery 13 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

BlossomSB,

Thanks, dear friend, for such a compelling comment.

I appreciate it very much.

Have a productive week and peaceful holiday season.


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kenneth avery 13 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Jodah,

Thank you so much for your words about this piece. I would be very miserable without my fantastic followers.

I think that this hub was published before my heart cath, for now, I am very weak, but improving. Thank you.

Visit me whenever you please.


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kenneth avery 13 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Word55,

Hey, bro! So nice to read your comments again. Give God the credit for all of my publications and this one is no exception being that I grew up (more) on radio--WLS, Chicago and WVOK, Bessemer, Al., and I wish I had made a career in this field.

So glad that one of my hubs touched you and the music inside of you. That makes me feel great.

God bless you, my friend, and ALL who commented on this.

And Everyone Here have a musical week.


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kenneth avery 13 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

MizbeJabbers,

Wow! Your comment taught me a whole lot about the radio work that no one ever sees and I am impressed. Really!

As much as I love radio, I never dreamed that "this" much went on behind the scenes.

Thanks, dear friend, for such an interesting comment.

God bless you and all who commented. And feel free to write me anytime.

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