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Hawaiian Odysseus' Top Ten Baby Boomer Ballads

Updated on July 10, 2013
Sunset Symphony in A(loha) Minor
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From Across The Pond...

The ten songs presented here are in alphabetical order, yet it's only fitting that my first featured group were artists of the first album that I ever purchased at the tender age of 12 and worth every penny of my $5 allowance--Meet the Beatles. I can still recall the adrenaline rush I felt as I pulled the album out from between its siblings on a rack at the old Kress Store in Lihu'e, Kaua'i.

From a subsequent album, the featured song, And I Love Her, was one of the tunes from the soundtrack for the Beatles' first movie, A Hard Day's Night. The clarity and freshness of Paul McCartney's tenor voice is romantically intertwined with the acoustic guitars and bongo-punctuated beat. The Beatles were masterful at demonstrating to the world that they could write and perform ballads as readily as they could do rock and roll.

The song was recorded after the Beatles had made their historic first appearance in America on the Ed Sullivan Show in early February of 1964. Paul McCartney believed that a ballad would provide an effective counter and complement to the groups' predominantly rock sound. He is credited with writing the three-verse melody, and John Lennon contributed the four-bar bridge. Paul thought that a mid-sentence title would be a unique change of pace, and history would prove that his innovative musical choices were brilliant and commercially successful.

And I Love Her was recorded in just a couple of takes and used at a strategic point in A Hard Day's Night. As one enjoys this beautiful ballad, it is amazing to consider that these world-famous and established young men were only in their early twenties at the time of this recording.

Heavy Metals Aren't Always Toxic...

In 1984, I happened to hear an amazing ballad, the lyrics of which were in direct contradiction to its very romantic melody. The delightfully appealing song--complete with a full string orchestra--was unique for the music of the day in that, instead of a protagonist vocalizing an alluring tune to seduce a young woman, it was a universal male justification to his sweetheart for being out late at night with the boys.

History will prove, time and time again, that the most formidable of mistresses that breaks up relationships isn't of the human variety. It's an entity called WORK. As I listened carefully to the lyrics upon hearing the song a second, third, and even fourth time, it became clear to me that there was a deep truth in this song. Stereotypical notions of rock musicians engaged in illicit encounters and heavy drug usage aside, music practice and the accompanying choreography of rock musicians involve hours and hours of practice each night, often into the wee hours of the morning. Certainly, the message of the song comes through as heartfelt and sincere--the frustration of a young man who clearly cares for his sweetheart, Beth, while knowing he has a mission to fulfill.

Of greater irony to me was the fact that this beautiful song was written and performed by the heavy metal, demonically-costumed group called Kiss. It was such a departure from the band's usual fare, and--as such--appealed to the romantic in me even more. Metaphorically, it was like your favorite superhero--Batman, Superman, Iron Man, the Lone Ranger, or whoever--shedding the alter ego cosmetics and, while drowning in vulnerability, stating: Look, this is who I really am. I love you, and there's nothing more I want than to be with you. But first, I have this job to do.

It Was More Than Just A Song--It Was A Lullaby...

I heard an angel singing in 1970, and her name was Karen Carpenter.

A recent graduate from Kapa'a High School, my summer days were filled working for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as an electrician's apprentice, a job I'd earned as part of a collegiate scholarship. In the evenings, I'd travel the ten miles from Kapa'a to Lihu'e to visit my girlfriend at her home or take her out on a date. (They Long to Be) Close to You was an especially favorite tune of the island people. My take on it is that the stars truly are more visible in the ebony sky because there aren't a lot of city lights to block out their natural brilliance. Whenever Karen sang, Why do stars fall down from the sky every time you walk by?, especially under the canopy of the paradisiacal constellations, island romance was enhanced a hundredfold.

Karen Carpenter's velvety-toned contralto voice was indeed ethereal. Years later, as we grieved her premature death, not yet grasping at the time the surprisingly huge number of victims falling prey to this secret epidemic of eating disorders, we appreciated even more the heavenly gift she shared with the world...even if for just an abbreviated season.

Okay, So I Had This Crush...

She had it all...

Blonde hair, green eyes, a lovely figure, and just the right blend of provocative flirtatiousness and delicious innocence. In addition, she had that mysterious hyphenated last name and an alluring Australian accent. Above all, she had this spot on, pitch-clear, wispy voice that had every red-blooded American male wish he had the means to go Down Under.

1975 was a banner year for me.

I was 23 years old at the time, wearing my hair longer than I'd ever dared wear it in high school a few years earlier under the roof of a police officer father, experimenting for the first time in my life with pakalolo, sporting a mustache and constantly getting tagged as either Freddie Prinze or Tony Orlando. Life was fast and fun, and I felt like I was sitting on the top of the world.

In the midst of attending college classes by day and working as a bartender at night in Tacoma, Washington, I often felt burned out. Donning my headphones and plugging it into the gigantic silver boom box that I owned at the time, I closed my eyes and listened to the sweet and soothing voice of Olivia Newton-John.

Because I was taking a couple of classes in English Composition and English Literature, it did not elude me that the title of Olivia's most popular song at the time was grammatically incorrect. Once I heard that delightful whisper of a voice weave its magic, I could care less about the songwriter's choice of adverbs. As far as I was concerned, Olive Newton-John was performing a concert for an audience of one, and I just happened to be the Crown Prince at the moment.

Thirty-seven years have zipped by like thundering Blue Angels accelerating into Mach-5, and suddenly I'm 60. And Olivia Newton-John is 64. But, oh my, she is absolutely gorgeous in her maturity. And a certain Hawaiian I know nostalgically recalls the feelings she evoked whenever her beautiful voice would grace the air waves with Have You Never Been Mellow?

"You Can Check In Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave..."

I marvel at how a drummer can simultaneously perform his percussionist art and sing adeptly...especially when the song in mind is the very surreal and vocally challenging classic, Hotel California.

That's exactly the forte of talented Don Henley of the Eagles. His voice, a vintage study in velvety raspiness, is perfect for this country ballad, and his consistency in singing it live as captivatingly as it was recorded in the studio is a testament to this man's tremendous confidence and disciplined vocal skills.

Eight years prior to the song's release in December of 1976, I was a junior in high school. I'd read an intriguing play by the French existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre, entitled, No Exit. In short, it addressed a kind of hell where three people--a man and two women--are stuck in a room with each other for eternity, compelled to make each other miserable. The poignant theme is indelibly underscored by the male antagonist: Hell is other people.

In similar fashion, the Eagles were making a statement. It was the bicentennial year for America, after all, and with the eagle being the national symbol, Don Henley appropriately addressed the state of the country--"We've been okay so far, for 200 years, but we're gonna have to change if we're gonna continue to be around."

Upon hearing and memorizing the lyrics to Hotel California, I nostalgically recalled the play I had read in high school. It reasonably followed, then, that I would view the Eagles song as a masterful combination of existentialist poetry and a mesmerizing melody. The haunting guitar duet at the end of the song, created and originally performed by Don Felder and Joe Walsh, forever punctuates Hotel California as one of the greatest hits of all time.

An Initiation In Visualization...

At 5' 11" and liberally bejeweled in charisma, songwriter/singer Neil Diamond engaged his audiences with the force of a Mack Truck and the electricity of the Aurora Borealis.

In 1971, I found myself drowning in books, tablets, writing instruments, and a dorm floor filled with crumpled pieces of notebook paper as I struggled with what appeared to be a slippery glass mountain of calculus homework and political science term papers. Every now and then, I'd have to go for a walk along the mile-long U. District adjacent to the Seattle campus, lost in my solitude and soulfully wondering if I had what it took to be a successful pre-law student.

It was during this season of my life, a few months before my 20th birthday, that I first heard the philosophical questions that had been plaguing my own mind echoed back to me in the form of radio air waves in my beige and broken down VW Beetle.

The singer was Neil Diamond, and the song he delivered as my car struggled to navigate the snow-filled hills of the Emerald City was, I Am, I Said.

Instantly, the personal meaning I drew from this song was its obvious contemporary allusion to one of French philosopher Rene Descartes' memorable suppositions--I think, therefore I am.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, Neil Diamond's tune was also perhaps the first song I'd experienced that was also a lesson in Everyman's visualization cry--I Am, I Said. It helped lift my spirits during my situational depression in my sophomore year of college. I am the product of my own thoughts and perceptions about myself and my circumstances. I am as strong as I declare myself to be. Like Diamond's lyrics, sung in his rich baritone, the thoughts I chose helped me survive a very tough time in my life.

To this day, I still get chills through the lumbar region of my spine as I listen--with distinct memory associations of the era--to Neil Diamond's classic philosophical melody.

A Romantic Ballad That Thrilled And Hurt Me At The Same Time...

1972...one of the most difficult years of my life. I was circumstantially separated from my first wife and year-old-son, a separation that I thought would be a temporary one but turned out to be a forever loss.

A song that sustained me during those lonesome days, weeks, and months of my travail was performed by a group with an interesting name, Climax. The song, which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #1 on Cashbox magazine's Top 100 singles chart, sold over one million copies and achieved gold status. It was called, Precious and Few.

Climax virtually turned out to be a one-hit wonder, not unlike the fate of its biggest fan...me.

Three years later, as a lead singer for a makeshift garage-origin band, I sang an unplugged version of Precious and Few. The life lesson I learned at the time was simply this--that the motivation to deliver a song with conviction was directly proportional to the amount of pain and hurt in one's life.

Inspiration From A Passing Truck...

As a former baker, I found the following anecdote amusing.

In the early seventies, a quartet of musicians compiled original songs that were readily labeled as soft rock--contemporary tunes that had an easy listening quality about them. The yet unnamed band was in the midst of deciding what to call themselves when a delivery truck rumbled past them, replete with its savory fresh-baked, yeasty aroma. The guys looked at each other for a moment and then unanimously decided to go for it. From that moment on, the soft rock group was known as Bread.

Personally, I liked the majority of Bread's ballads. Born and raised in Hawai'i, I was accustomed to music where male singers playfully flirted with the elevated ranges of their vocal chords, weaving through the high tenor and falsetto notes as adeptly as a surfer navigating through the crest, fall, and pipeline of powerful waves. Bread's songs--and the voice of its lead singer, David Gates--were easy on my ears and even easier to emulate.

In 1978, for one of my band's gigs, I had the privilege of singing Bread's beautiful and most enduring hit of 1971, If. My favorite part of that song was the second verse that began with the words, If a face could launch a thousand ships...an obvious reference to Helen of Troy.

Ironically, decades later, that romantic ballad and homage to a Homeric epic would have a subtle yet significant influence in how and why I chose my present pen name, Hawaiian Odysseus.

A Movie Scene On A Clear Day Paired With A Song About Rain--Ah, But Who Cared?

Without a doubt, this next song stands alone as an ageless pop ballad and perhaps the most memorable tune produced by the prolific songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

In the fall of 1969, however, a movie glorifying the antics of a couple of bank and train robbers during the late 1800's and early 1900's was released that simply blew away the doors of movie theaters all across America and many parts of the world. The charisma of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the spice and beauty of actress Katharine Ross, and one of the most covered songs ever, by both musicians and meteorologists, combined to present baby boomers with an optimistic conclusion to a bittersweet decade in our country's history.

When you hear the buoyant ukulele strumming at the beginning of Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, you just can't help but revel in a sweet downpour of liquid nostalgia.

"...And The Vision That Was Planted In My Brain Still Remains..."

Once upon a baby boomer time, there was this short dude playing guitar and his partner with the funny hairstyle and even funnier last name...

Ah, but when you heard their simple and folksy blend of unforgettable poetry, acoustic guitar, and perfect harmony, you would know without a doubt that you were awash in a sea of musical genius.

Simon and (the Dreaded) Garfunkel, as one Hawaiian deejay teasingly christianed the group, released a single in 1965. At the time, I was in the eighth grade at the Kamehameha Schools Preparatory Department--a private school for children of Hawaiian descent in Honolulu--and had befriended a chubby, freckled-faced kid named Kapono. We'd often meet in the stairwell of our dormitory to sing a few songs, reveling in the mellow resonance and amplification that the acoustic setting provided. Our voices blended well together, and we soon mastered our adolescent whispery version of our favorite song at the time--The Sound of Silence.

Even at that young age, the compelling image-laden lyrics did not elude me, and I began writing poems that were heavily influenced by Paul Simon's literary style.

Fools, said I, you do not know...silence like a cancer grows, Simon wrote. The sixties comprised a decade of huge anti-war protest--peaceful demonstrations at best, domestic terrorism at worst. It was during this particular era in my life when I first had an inkling that words--whether written, spoken, or sung--could wield tremendous power.

Baby Boomers, Unite!

So there you have it, folks. These are the songs that form my top ten baby boomer ballads. Of course, they only represent a small faction of the hundreds of songs I could have included in this list. And I'm sure that those of you who also lay claim to this same generation had your powers of recall triggered. If so, I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below or, better yet, in your own articles about the ballads that inspired, influenced, and identified who you were back in the day.

Until the next Top Ten list, then, aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Dear Jaye,

    You know, it's angst and pain and stress and all that tough stuff that enables us to be vulnerable and hungry enough to begin searching for whatever lesson it is that we need to learn. It's no accident that you wax philosophical--you're generously sharing what you've so painfully learned. And you're so gracious and compassionate in that sharing. Thank you, Jaye! You never know...you may be on the verge of crafting an entirely new and challenging niche. Dear Abby had to start somewhere...why not Dear Jaye? Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    You're very astute, Joe. Relationship breakups happen to many (most?) people, but sometimes letting go is the wisest decision one can make. Unfortunately, knowing that doesn't make it an easy one to carry through or to cope with after the fact. When a relationship reaches the stage where it creates more hurt than happiness (especially when unjustified jealousy is the issue), it may not be salvageable.

    Even so, there is usually something good to remember about the beginning of that love and about the person. In my case, I knew the man was instrumental in helping me rebuild my self-esteem and self-confidence after a disastrous marriage ended, and I still felt grateful for that support. So, I chose to recall the best parts of the relationship while simultaneously grieving for how it evolved. The good thing about this approach is that remembering the ex's good traits may prevent lasting negative feelings and help to later rebuild a friendship. Does that make sense?

    Gee...thinking about this makes me feel philosophical. I am definitely not a relationship or marriage counselor, unless it's knowing what DOESN'T work! Ha-ha.

    Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ah, yes, Jaye, I love Chicago! Saturday in the Park and Colour My World were a couple of my favorites. I have to wonder, was "You're My Inspiration" linked to a former boyfriend? There were songs like that in my past, and that's why I asked. No need to answer, my friend, if that's something you'd prefer to keep private. You are multi-talented, that's for sure. Have a great day, Jaye, and I'll see you 'round the bend!

    Joe

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    Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Ah, Joe...Sorry to leave you dangling and wondering about that song I nearly played to death! First, let me say that I love a wide variety of music genres, though I'll admit to being hip-hop-challenged, and I don't care at all for rap. Nearly everything else is enjoyable to me, and I have a large CD collection ranging from my faves to doo-wop from the '50s and '60s to orchestrated classical music to spiritual music of several types to easy listening piano to jazz to Gregorian chants to blues to New Age (think Yanni) to Classic Rock. (I probably left out something, but that's a good start.)

    My favorite songs all come from the '70s, era of Classic Rock--which is the major thing that decade had going for it since it also produced the funniest looking clothing and hair styles ever seen. (Think mullet, platform shoes--even for men--and wide bell-bottom pants, though I loved the latter.)

    The songs from the '70s are my "go-to" songs whether I'm feeling good, bad or indifferent. If my mood is good, they enhance it. If not-so-good, listening to this music makes me feel better. Guaranteed!

    This selection may not make any sense at all to someone reading it here, but during a rather depressing patch when I was in my 30s and trying to find my way forward, listening to it over and over was beneficial to my state of mind and determination. (And when I say "over and over and over again", I'm not exaggerating. I steeped my mind in that song, both the lyrics and the beautiful music.)

    The song was, "You're My Inspiration", recorded by Chicago some time in the '70s. It's still one of my favorites (that list is numerous), and I continue to listen to it even now. I also learned to play Chicago's arrangement on the piano and electronic keyboard, so I can have my "fix"of that song in more than one way!

    Later on, I learned to love the songs and gorgeous tenor voice of Aaron Neville, and his "The Grand Tour" album is never far from my CD player. If you haven't listened to it, I can highly recommend it.

    Have a wonderful Sunday....Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Aw, Jaye! I can't believe you left me hanging! What was the name of the song?

    Let me know, okay? Thanks!

    (If you'd rather keep it private, I understand...just send it to me via email. Ha-ha!)

    Joe

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    Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Joe...I, too, enjoyed (and continue to enjoy--because I have the CDs) all the songs you described in this hub, but the Eagles hold a special place in my heart and memory. I completely wore out a "Best of the Eagles" CD from playing it so much!

    Music, in particular songs that saw us through difficult times in our lives, are forever linked to memories of those times. There was one song (not included in your list) that I listened to over and over and over again during a particularly tough period during my younger years. I punched in "Repeat" and it did--for hours at a time. I'm sure I nearly drove my neighbors crazy during the weeks I listened to that song repeatedly, but it helped me weather the storm. Isn't music wonderful?

    Voted Up and everything-but-funny

    Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Mike, thank you for getting to the heart of why I wrote this hub. As much as I love(d) the music, the personal memories associated with those songs helped to some degree shape who I am today and some of the things I hold dear to my heart. Will be working on something similar soon. Thanks for stopping by and participating in the celebration of these songs and memories. Happy New Year all the way from Walla Walla, Washington, to London!

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    Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

    Incredible hub dear friend,, your selecion is amazing but mostly I loved the touching stories woven in these songs..

    Vote up SHARING :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hugging you back, Maria! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your kind comments.

    When I was a gawky, nerdy adolescent, the most frightening thing I remember was the act of crossing the gym floor to ask a girl to dance. My father had told me stories about how his gallant brother would bypass the most popular girls and ask the shy ones to dance. I was A-okay with that but for the wrong reason--mainly, because I was so intimidated by the popular girls.

    Life is funny, and God has a wonderful sense of humor. I never did make it back for a high school reunion, but I have been back to the island of Kaua'i a few times to visit. And what I discovered, invariably, was that the shy wallflowers had blossomed into beautiful women.

    When I wrote this hub, and as I thought about the songs I wanted to include in it, it was with fond reminiscing that I recalled those awkward moments...wishing in a 60-year-old man's kind of way that I could go back in time and whisper in that scared young teenager's ears as he crossed the gym floor, "Don't worry...you're going to be just fine..."

    God bless you this coming year, Maria. I look forward to so much more literary sharing with you and all the other talented writers here on HubPages.

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    HI HO...

    I know, without a doubt, we have identical taste in music...I love each of your ten choices as I also grew up with these fabulous sounds.

    I am looking forward to reading much more of your work in the new year...Voted UP and UABI.

    Hoping you have a peaceful and blessed evening. Hugs, Maria

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    May I say dear friend, you have a way with wordss? This community is richer for your presence and lots of words and fun are yet to come....I will certainly look for that rendition.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Thank you, dear Mary, for honoring me with your lovely comments.

    A young Hawaiian crooner who has recorded a lot of his songs in the island tongue made a departure from his usual niche one day to make a wonderful cover of "In My Life." His name is Keali'i Reichel. See if you can pull his rendition up on YouTube.

    I mention this because I am constantly floored as to the thousands of opportunities we residents of HubPages have to potentially connect with each other. Honestly, ten months into this love affair with HP, I'm making peanuts. But in terms of the phenomenal quality connections I'm blessed to be making with others, I am so very wealthy! Somehow, if I keep plugging away at something that I'm so passionate about, I just know the former will follow the latter.

    Thanks for being a great connection!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Not only great songs but a great story woven in, your personal touch made it that much more interesting. The only thing missing, Crown Prince, is your voice gracing this lovely trip down memory lane.

    I would hope that even non-baby boomers could appreciate the beauty of this music.

    Another Carpenters favorite was, "We've Only Just Begun" and my all time Beatles favorite is "In My Life". For my, ahem, 50th birthday, my daughter took me to see Simon & Garfunkel live...incredible!

    Just as this hub was incredible! Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I found a few things, Tom, but it was my wife who scored with the big Day After Christmas Sale at a local thrift store. Everything with a Christmas theme was being sold for a nickel apiece. For $10, she got a whole wagon full of stuff! I was stuck on finding Starbucks mugs and simply struck out. It was fun meeting a new vendor at a specialty store where estate sale and storage auction "treasures" are being sold at pretty reasonable prices, so that kind of connection made the day worthwhile.

    I want to thank you for telling me about your special and faithful companion, Tanya. I just know you had many quality and memorable years with her, Tom, and that she truly made a huge difference in your life. Now that I know whose beautiful picture graces your every hub, I shall go back when I I have a few uninterrupted moments and read the article you wrote about her. Along with my wife and kids, I cried hard when both our guinea pigs died, and I don't even want to think about our cat, Kona, having to leave us someday...so I truly empathize with you, my friend. I try not to dwell on bad news, but when I think about the crazy things that are happening in this world today, I can't help but think that our pets are sometimes more human(e) than we are.

    I know you know what I mean.

    Aloha, my friend! And, if I have any regrets this late in 2012, it is this--if only Tom Brady and his team could have beaten the Forty-NIners! Ah...oh well, Seattle still made it into the playoffs! : )

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You're definitely an honorary baby boomer, Sarah! Thanks for stopping by to join in on the fun. Just a few more days until Resolutions time! : ) Good luck to both of us!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend, my dog's name is Tanya and she just passed away in March of old age. I have used her photos in all my dog articles and wrote a article about her passing( When my dog escaped to the other side). I use her photo as my profile picture as a tribute to her for being such a loyal dog and friend. Happy hunting hope you find some great items for eBay.

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    I like listening to these songs too, does this make me a baby boomer? hahahha....Great hub as always :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Back at you, Tom! LOL! One of these days, I hope we get to meet and have a couple hours or so to talk shop as well as reminisce about the good old days. I'm minutes away from going downtown to do my eBay thing of picking through whatever I can find at the local thrift shops. The weather's too cold right now for anyone to be hosting yard sales, so the thrift shops do pretty darn well at this time of year. And I love the fact that all proceeds go towards charitable causes. I'm always looking for the win-win scenarios in life. That's why I like you and your style so much! Hub on, my friend, and thanks for posting that very cool photo of your dog. What''s his name, by the way? You motivate me to put up a photo of my fat cat, Kona, on my profile page. Blessings to you, my friend!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend glad to hear that my Zeppelin article got you fired up to write the awesome article. I was amazed at the bands you have written about here, some i had not thought about in years . Your research and writing skills shine through in this article and give it the professional look and feel which made it such a pleasure to read. Rock on my friend !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Millionaire Tips! As much as I enjoy the writing process, I truly love the added blessing of connecting with others. The opportunities to do so in the HubPages literary community are boundless. I'm glad you stopped by to check this hub out. It was fun to write, and--boy!--did I ever wax nostalgic along the way! See you next year! LOL!

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    Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

    I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane, remembering the beautiful songs of my youth. I also enjoyed your explanation and getting to know you a little bit better as well. Voted up.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    That is very interesting about the length of hair the boys in the bands could wear at your former school in Wisconsin. The school I attended in Hawaii for a couple of years was a semi-military academy where we were required to wear uniforms, even in the 7th and 8th grades, and keep our hair reasonably trimmed. Didn't necessarily enjoy it at the time, but it's interesting how a more mature and seasoned perspective settles on the conservative side. I sang a lot of Neil Diamond tunes, but my favorites were I Am, I Said, and Song Sung Blue. Thanks for stopping by and sharing in this baby boomer experience. Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, xstatic! Still reeling over your recent involvement as Sheriff Dan in that short film. It just goes to show that there are many wonderful "outside the box" adventures available to us baby boomers. Writing this hub surely had me waxing nostalgic...I did indeed have a Beachboys tune in mind--In My Room--but I had to pick ten...otherwise, the list would have gone on and on. There's always a sequel in store at some future point, though. Thanks for reading the article and for your kind words of support!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    A wonderful hub about such musically talented people. I love the Beatles. My favorite from who you named is Neil Diamond.

    When I was in school in Wisconsin, the only guys that could wear longer hair(and it hardly touched their shoulders) were guys that were in a band.

    Interesting how you picked your hub name. Thanks for telling us such interesting parts of your life.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    This is outstanding and I agree with your choices too. I Am, I cried, is probably the only ND song that I like at all really. But all those other artists are top notch talents and appear on my IPOD (my daughter gave me one). I was and still am a Beach Boy fan, being from southern CA, saw them here last summer, great new album too. I like the way you tied the songs to the times of your life as well.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Tom, I was so inspired by your Led Zeppelin article that--as Simon and the dreaded Garfunkel would say--"...a vision that was planted in my brain..." began germinating in all that gray matter about a week or so ago. Thinking that it was going to be a cinch to write, I soon discovered how wrong I was...even so, as I did my research, I was blessed to learn so much more about these groups and individuals. Thank you for reading and sharing this hub with others. I'm thrilled that you liked it! Aloha, and may you and yours have a blessed and memorable holiday season!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend where shall i start, Meet The Beatles was the first album i got too, my dad brought it for me. The Beatles are always # 1 for me, even though i have Zeppelin running through my veins i have the Beatles in my heart. Kiss i have seen twice in concert before they were unmasked, still enjoy their music. All the music you have written about here i do or have enjoyed at one time or another in my life. I am also a big Eagles fan has well. And loved the band Climax has well. Your great writing and review of these great song has brought back such memories, thanks. I think our motto here on HubPages could be " You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave."

    Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

    Have a very Merry Christmas my friend !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @twoseven

    Now THIS is quite the blessing...the fact that an adult from a more recent generation enjoys these oldies but goodies....and not only that, but the fact that your son is also a fan of S & G is a true delight! Thank you so much for stopping by to read this fun hub and share your comments. May you and your loved ones have a blessed and memorable holiday season!

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    twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    I'm not a baby boomer, but my parents are, and I grew up on Simon & Garfunkel - I love the Sound of Silence! I'm passing that love on to my son too and it makes me so happy that he already recognizes their songs. Thanks for the fun hub - I will have to check out some of the others that I'm less familiar with!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, KoffeeKlatchGals! I'm glad that you liked this hub tribute to the ballads of the sixties and seventies. If it rejuvenated associated warm and happy images, thoughts, and memories, then these are additional blessings to the joy I experienced in writing this article.

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Music always brings back such stong memories. The music you chose brings back wonderful memories. Thanks you so much for sharing. Up and awesome.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Thank you for being the first of our memorable "Class of Baby Boomers" to drop by, indulge in, and respond to this humble tribute to some of the ballads and balladeers of our generation. It was a fun and nostalgic hub to write, the kind that provides its own intrinsic benefits and motivation when a writer isn't seeing the impressive results other hubbers are enjoying. Like you, I keep plugging away. I am honored and grateful that you shared this article , Carol. Thank you so much! Aloha, and Happy Holidays!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    A most creative approach to sharing this information. I loved the music and still do. Great job..voting up and sharing

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