On My Wedding Day


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It's December 8th...the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's senseless murder by a deranged fan.

Thirty years ago tonight, I awakened Julie to the news...received when Howard Cosell interrupted Monday Night Football for the sad, shocking news...a Kennedyesque moment of remembering when, where, and what you were doing when you heard the news that day, oh, boy.

I've related that story in an earlier edition...

What makes it pertinent to this post is that today's headline was the cause of reminiscing on my part, finally arriving at a much more pleasant anniversary, November 30, 1973...my wedding day.

It reminded me that on this year's anniversary date, I had written a "Point of Personal Privilege" addendum to a CAT Tracks posting. Oh, it wasn't much and, in fact, the first part had already been "reported" in more detail here on julieanewell.com.

However, that day's posting did fill a void, fill a need...


As the anniversary approached, I had once again been straining my brain, trying to think of something worth posting...unable to just walk away. My mind had seized upon yet another song...an oldie that I have worn out since I discovered it a couple of months back. (Can you really wear out a CD?) The song is "For My Wedding" by Don Henley, recorded after the Eagles broke up. (YouTube Video)

It was one of the many songs that I have heard over the past three years that almost fit, but didn't. It's a song though that I can sit and listen to repeatedly (made sooooooo easy by the wonders of the iTunes repeat feature.) I think the attraction for me (other than the fact that I like just about everything Don Henley has ever sung) is the angst-filled tone of his voice. "Angst" appeals to me these days.

Anyway, the lyrics go like this...

So, that was the plan...

...until Cairo School District Number One reared its ugly head.

Evidently forgetting that Cairo, IL is riverboat country and that the high school boys team's name of "Pilots" refers to those folks who navigate the waters at the Confluence of America - where the Mighty Mississippi meets the Ohio River, school district officials scheduled the basketball team to play five games during its opening week of play, near and far. Actually, make that far and farther...the nearest (3 games) 75 miles away, another 135 miles away (on a school night), and the prize-winner 225 miles away (at 10:30 on Saturday morning) with another game to follow at 6:30 Saturday night in another city 155 miles away.)

The "Pilots" really needed airplanes instead of riverboats!

Anyway...

While doing my usual rant and rave on CAT Tracks, my mind wandered...back to the good ol' days when Julie Jones and "Ronnie" road every fan bus near and far...

Below is the link to that flashback posting:

CATty Commentary


POSTSCRIPT:

As I said, the Don Henley song "worked" more for the voice of yearning rather than the words...

...especially the reference to his bad "dark angels".

Although...

As you have noted in my many previous pity posts, I could make it work.

I mean...

On November 30, 1973...I turned my back on the "dark angels" of my lonely past...and walked into the glory and light, side-by-side with this wonderful new "dark angel" who had captured my heart.