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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Music (03/08/07)

TITLE: That Was Fun
By Paul Potenza




I'll have you know that I am MY FAMILY'S "GO TO" guy on all things musical.

Lest you think that this is no big deal, let me say that I have a VERY musical family. My Father is a champion for the Northeastern District for the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) with at least 4 albums to his credit and my mother has been a church soloist for many years.

I have 12 brothers and two sisters ALL of whom have been granted the gift of music, except for Carl and we don't talk much about him. (Carl has a hard time playing the RADIO for Pete's sake.) (But he's still a good guy.)

I say all that to say this.

A few weeks ago I got a call from my sister Ro. It seems that the siblings had been having an disagreement about who performed the song "Green Eyed Lady". Understand that this argument spanned the entire United States with votes coming in from Rhode Island to California and all points in between. Naturally they decided to call ME in North Carolina. Without a MOMENT's notice I informed them that the band in question was "Argent". I even quoted the album "In Deep". They all agreed that I was a genius and they accepted this truth except for the teensy little fact that I was WRONG. The name of the band was "Sugarloaf". Unfortunately, by the time that I had figured that little tidbit out, my credibility had taken a serious hit throughout these United States.

By way of apology, I wrote the following letter to my sister with the enclosed poem. Since this weeks category is "Music" I thought that you all might like to share in my families good humor and my thankfullness to Our Lord for these gentle souls. See how many songs and Artists YOU can pick out.

Hey Ro.

After our brief conversation tonight I got to thinking that it was FUN to be a short part of your lives tonight. It was almost as if I was there. Then my mind got creative and I wrote this down for you. I hope you like it.

THAT was FUN!!!

My Strawberry Alarm Clock rang before the Delta Dawn...
I crawled out of my Single Bed and put my Glad Rags on...
I still lived in America and not in China Grove...
I ate some Bread for breakfast...
I'm a child of peace and love.

I went down my Spiral Staircase and out into the street...
While Taking Care of Business I encountered some Canned Heat...
Some cabbie cut me off in Traffic, thought that he could linger...
I showed HIM what I thought of that...
I showed him my Badfinger.

A Cat named Stevens had the nerve to try a real Cheap Trick...
He tried to tell me Argent was a band that's really slick...
"They wrote Green Eyed Lady" said the bumbling clumsy oaf...
I said "NO WAY you cretin...
That band was SugarLoaf".

Things got heated when he pulled out his big blue steel knife
He thought that it would frighten me and make me beg for life...
He scared the Bee Gees out of me, I almost came undone...
But he was not prepared when I came up
With Jo Jo Gunn.

I'm back at home now and for dinner I'll have Humble Pie...
And maybe some Hot Chocolate, from that Spirit In the Sky...
Before I go to bed I'll drink a glass of April Wine...
And praise the Lord Almighty...
For sibblings like mine.

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Sharlyn Guthrie03/15/07
Your poem is hilarious, and I have to admit, I recognized most, if not all of your references. Your author's note seemed a little dis-jointed. I wonder if it would have worked to write it after the poem. Just a thought! Keep writing. You are definitely creative!
Jacquelyn Horne03/17/07
What a fun way to apologize. What a wonderful family group this must be.
julie wood03/19/07
This humor piece delighted me! What a fun family! It kind of reminded me of the family of my best friend in high school--they too were large, all musical, and had a lot of fun.

Enjoyed the poem too--I recognized a lot of the music groups in it, at least by name (I was a Cat Stevens fan), and the ones I didn't know I still recognized by the fact they were in written in caps!
Phyllis Inniss03/21/07
Not being American and living away from there many of the references were lost to me, but I enjoyed the writing and the poem and am always happy to get a new slant on things. Thank you for sharing.
Michelle Burkhardt03/21/07
That was definitely fun! I enjoyed the title, the intro and the clever poem. You and your siblings must have a grand old time during family reunions. Nice job.
Myrna Noyes03/22/07
This story and the accompanying poem were certainly FUN! :D I loved the description of musically-challenged Carl and smiled throughout the entire piece! Great job!
Marilyn Schnepp 03/22/07
Ditto! "That WAS fun"...and I didn't find you until today; thanks for the chuckles and the memories - great way to start the day. With such a big family, no wonder you have a great sense of humor! "Go to, Pauly!"