What’s up? I know. It’s been a pretty long time. Like the rest of this year, I’ve been sick off and on (mostly on) and just haven’t been able to do all the things I’ve wanted to do and internet time hasn’t been much of a priority. But I’m on the mend, hopefully for good, or at least for a good while.
Every other week, Dolly’s Monday’s Music Moves Me theme is a freebie (any song of your choice). Technically, this week is a freebie. However, last week’s theme was “Places”, and since I wanted to participate in that but didn’t get around to it, I’m going to spend my freebie on a past theme.
Memphis has been on my mind a lot lately. Growing up, and when I still lived in Mississippi, I used to love making the quick trip up the road for shopping, concerts, the now closed Libertyland, and pro wrestling events! There’s literally so much history, good and bad, there, and so much to see and do and be made aware of and pay respects to. That Wikipedia article I linked goes into great detail.
But for me, it was always about the music. As I said before, it’s where I cut my concert teeth. I spent many nights at Mud Island Amphitheater (one of my very favorite concert venues due to its location on the Wolf and Mississippi Rivers), the Mid-South Fairgrounds, Tom Lee Park for the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, and the Memphis Pyramid. But most? Most event nights were spent at the infamous, giant-spaceship-looking Mid-South Coliseum.
I have such fond memories of these places. Kicking off spring with the Beale Street Music Festival. Summer nights on Mud Island, where once upon a time a pair of mesmerized fourteen year old girls (and the chaperoning Mom of one girl) watched a Bon Jovi soundcheck and got a wave from Robbin Crosby of Ratt. Watching a (likely high on drugs) concertgoer climb to the top of one of those really, really tall outdoor parking lot lights and making it sway during Quiet Riot’s (my first concert ever!) performance of “Thunderbird” at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Watching a piece of the Mid-South Coliseum’s ceiling tiles fall during Motley Crue’s performance of “Home Sweet Home” not only once, but every time I saw them.
I’ve been gone for nearly twenty years now and a lot has changed. I have gone back a few times over the years to visit friends who still live there, but I think I’d like to go back someday and view it through a tourist’s eyes. As I said, it’s been on my mind lately. I’m not even really sure why.
But since this post is about places and that place is Memphis, here’s a favorite song from my Junior High years:
Stray Cats – “18 Miles to Memphis”
I sure do hope I’ll be able to participate regularly from here on out!