Saturday, July 23, 2011

♪♫ Georgia, Georgia...♪♫

Because of this post, I have only one song on my Playlist today: "Georgia"

In the early 1960's I was introduced to Mr. Ray Charles. It was by way of record albums being played on our big, blonde, wooden hi-fi. (That thing weighed a ton. Saturdays were cleaning days, and I only dusted around it because I couldn't lift it, and besides.....there were records being played on it....mostly Ray's.)

My older sister, Jo Ann, loved his music. I mostly didn't. I was into The Beatles and MoTown. And I swooned whenever I heard Johnny Mathis, even though my crushes were only that....unrequited love.

As I got older, I first learned to tolerate, then kind of like, then enjoy, and finally love Ray's music, whether they were ballads or the ones you just couldn't sit still listening to.

Little known fact: For years, I thought "Georgia" was about a woman named Georgia. ☺

Why am I writing about this today? Because I just returned from the beautiful state of Georgia. Because some of my family and I had lunch at Wolf Mountain Vineyards on July 16th, which would have been Jo Ann's birthday. (It was also my niece Kate's wedding anniversary.) And because Jo Ann loved Ray Charles so much.

For years after Jo Ann's death, I couldn't listen to any of his songs, especially the ballads, without shedding tears. If one came on the radio while I drove to work, I usually changed the station right away. Other times, I felt the need to go ahead and let myself grieve.....Oh, the healing process...

I took this photo from the window of the plane.

Once I got started on this, I wrote more than I'd planned. SO, I promise that tomorrow my post will be about meeting my Georgia Blog Buddies...and the one I didn't meet!

**Oh, and what famous author did I see on the plane to Atlanta......Maya Angelou! I didn't get the chance to speak to her, but she was lovely and stylish and chic and unpretentious.

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" -- Maya Angelou


  1. "Georgia" makes me think of Designing Women.

    I'm quite impressed with your brush with greatness: Maya Angelou on a plane!

  2. I tell you were 'lifted'.
    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~

  3. I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip. I can relate to your feelings about your sister...I've lost 3 brothers!
    MAYA ANGELOU!!! She is one of my all time heroes. I would seriously break into tears if I got that close to her! Of course she's lovely and chic and unpretentious and stylish...that's why I love her!

  4. How exciting to see Maya Angelou. Wow!

  5. I love Ray Charles and Georgia! Glad you could have nice memories of your sister while visiting here. Oh cool to see Maya Angelou.

  6. When your post comes up on my blog, it shows the music you're playing...gosh, how weird this all is. How does the computer know all this, does it know what I'm eating for supper, and that I'm wearing a Willie Nelson t-shirt with a big old spaghetti stain from lunch? I'm getting spooked now. But your plane pic is great.

  7. Oh my gosh! You saw Miss Maya in the flesh...on your plane...on man, I can't believe it. I would have fainted!!!! She is who I want to be when I grow up!!!

  8. Hi Val ~ Yes, I think of Designing Women sometimes, too. And yeah, how neat to see Maya!

    Hi Marydon ~ Thank you!

    Debora ~ I'm so sorry to hear about your brothers. Wish you could've seen Maya with me!

    Hi Sioux! Yeah..Maya!

    Hi Linda ~ Thanks! And yeah..seeing Maya was really cool.

    Hey Cactus Country ~ You are too funny! Glad you like the clouds picture. I thought it was awesome!
    (My head IS up in the clouds a lot, ya know!) :D

    Hi Claudia! Yep, I saw her! I didn't even try to speak to her, though. I didn't want to invade her privacy, ya know?

  9. I love this post. Wow. I've never seen a celebrity like that. How nice for you.

  10. "Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." -- Anais Nin

    My world was expanded wonderfully when we met. It was an honor and privilege and a whole lot of fun!


  11. Hi Myrna! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. And yeah...seeing Ms. Angelou was wonderful!

    Hey Sandie! Had you read that Anais Nin quote on my other post, or is it just one of those cosmic coincidences?!

  12. Neat to see Maya Angelou.

    And I love Ray Charles.



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