Music Monday – oh, the places!

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!


  • Kim,

    So glad to see you join us on the dance floor with ‘your choice’ picks. Of course, you know themes are really more or less a suggestion as we never deny anyone access to the best party in Blogosphere if they have other mewsic to boogie to, right? I’m sorry you haven’t been well much of the time. There’s been so much goin’ on. People can’t seem to keep the crud to themselves, eh? I hope you’re well for a long time and it’s great having you here again, my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Visit Curious as a Cathy for this all-in-one post…Mewsic, SPARKS, & #AtoZChallenge

    • Good to know! I actually like having a theme, though, since themes tend to give me some direction. Thank you for your sweet words. It’s just sinus stuff for the time being (which is pretty much a constant thing in my life), but it’s been other crud off and on, too. I’m ready for it to ALL be over!

      • Kim,

        I agree having a mewsic theme gives me purpose and direction, too. Oh, sinus troubles! I feel you, girlfriend, I feel you! Now, it’s spring and things are getting worse for allergy sufferers, too. Ugh, I’m there right with you. Thankfully, for now, my allergies are confined to horrible headaches and some nasal stuffiness/drip. But…I’ll take it to get warmer weather because the truth is my allergies follow me all year round. Sometimes are just worse than others. Thanks for dancing with me yesterday and checking out my A2Z post! Incidentally, my April 1 BoTB is up if you’d like to weigh in this round. You’re welcome to drop by anytime this month to see what I sketched with my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Feel better, my friend!

        • Oh, no! I forgot about the battles because I thought they were in the 15th. Iโ€™m not doing so good at this gettin-back-into-the-swing-of-things thing, am I? Maybe next month, then. But I will definitely come by and check out at least a few of the BOTBersโ€™ posts.

          I hope your allergies slack off some, too! Unfortunately, itโ€™s pollen time for most of us for a while.

          • Kim,

            Not everyone is doing the battle twice per month but I am at least for as long as I can hold it up. Some months get a bit hairy and I might have to scale back. Seasonal allergies are a part of life in East Tennessee. I just hope it doesn’t turn into anything more serious. I’ve had a few occasions in the past where I got so run down that I picked up an airborne viral infection. That was awful every time,too. It took a solid month or more to get over that stuff. UGH!

          • Ah, okay. Well, maybe I can jump in on the 15th, then. I won’t ask to be added back to the blogroll over there until/unless I’m sure I can participate like I should. But it’s fun to play along when I can!

            I get seasonal allergies, too, which usually develop into sinus infections if I’m not careful. I got sick again after posting this, believe it or not. I don’t think it was allergy-related, I just can’t seem to stay well this year.

  • I love that song. Thanks for sharing it with us and I hope you feel better.

  • Never heard that one but it was good!

  • Memphis has a great music history but gets overshadowed by Nashville. Love the Stray Cats and this selection.

  • Oh my gosh, I love STRAY CATS! I keep their CD in my car all the time. Finally somebody that likes them…. and hears what I hear. Way ta go girlfriend… I’m in a hurry today, but promise next time I’ll stay longer. I’ve been so busy today aughhhhhhhh is it bedtime yet!! hahaha Thanks for the boogie my friend… you dance divinely… hehehehehe~

  • Hi Kim,
    What part of Mississippi do you come from?

    • Stephanie, I come from the Oxford/Ole Miss area. I grew up in Water Valley and Batesville, then moved to Oxford when I was ready to fly the coop! I still have family there (really close to Sardis Lake), and I sometimes dream of going back. But I don’t make enough blogging yet, and with my pay-the-bills job, there’s no place back home for me to transfer. Yet.

  • Kim! I’m so glad you’re feeling better! Here’s hoping you continue to do so! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your song choice – I’ve been to Memphis once a long time ago…might have to plan a visit in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for the dance!

    • Thanks for stopping by to listen! Unfortunately, I spoke way too soon about feeling better. Well, I really *was* feeling better, but I guess I was just too sure the improvement was for good this time! I hope you get to make it back to Memphis one of these days as well!

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