Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

October 6, 2017

Just Doodling

Filed under: Childhood Memories,Family,Inktober 2017,Music — Janice @ 10:33 pm

I experimented around tonight with humans and faces and more hats and Zentangles tonight. I didn’t have my good pens in here and I wasn’t “serious” about any of it, so I ended up with these two little doodles to post for #inktober2017.  I’m getting lots better at eyes.  The white spot is key, I believe. But it is hard to make them match each other. I don’t know why I keep doodling hats, they are a lot harder than they look like! This one had the right proportions, but looked like a woman’s hat so I added the ribbon and called it good.

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And from the past … this was one of my earliest drawings (of this era, ha). I am proud of it and think it is very cool, but I was emulating another artist so it isn’t my own creative idea, but I was learning. And I like the way it looks. This is probably bigger than you expect…. the page is 8 x 11.


I was appreciating my sister and the sister bond tonight. She texted to ask a question that no one else in this world would be able to answer.  She texted to ask what other songs were on an 8-track tape our family had in 1971. Yes, 46 years ago.

When we bought  our  (wait, “we” and “our”… I was 12 years old, it’s not like I arranged the financing… In 1971 when DADDY bought our family a 1971 Mercury Marquis Brougham, we thought we were really in high cotton. It was the nicest car we had ever owned. Not only electric windows and seat adjustments, it had an 8-track tape player in the car! We had never had any 8-track players and this was amazing that we would be able to listen to “our” music while we drove down the road. It was a new world! I don’t think the car came with an 8-track. I think someone gave Daddy the 8-track my sister is talking about. It was like a car demonstration 8-track or some other sort of sampler. Not a K-Tel record, but truly a demonstration tape. So it had a variety of top 40 hits. She remembered Grazing in the Grass (I am not really sure if it was the Friends of Distinction version or the Hugh Masekela version, but I think Friends of Distinction) and had heard it tonight on a TV show. I think of that 8-track EVERY time I hear that song. When we got that 8-track that was a song we were not familiar with and hadn’t heard it on the radio. I don’t know if we ever did hear it on the radio (there were 2 hit versions of it) but we liked it on the 8-track and sang along.

But she was asking what OTHER songs were on that tape. I cannot think of any of them EXCEPT I knew there was a Jose Feliciano song we just despised.  Then I remembered it was maybe his version of Light My Fire. I texted that to her. She quickly responded with “Light my fire light my Fire light my Fire yeah (repeat incessantly).” Then I remembered WHY we hated that song. He did get into an extended chorus.

I wonder if she remembers this part …  And this would sound like one of those “Oh isn’t it quaint that they didn’t know how to work an 8-track?” stories if anyone today knew how to work an 8-track, but they don’t so it is just for us that really learned to enjoy our 8-track player. We listened to that 8-track a lot, it was our ONLY 8-track for a while. We truly hated that Jose Feliciano song so we’d turn the volume down or bear with it until it ended. Then we were at a family reunion (and this was probably 5 months after we bought the car —— there’s that “we” again) and my cousin Garry informed us that we had the ability to CHANGE tracks on the 8-track. We did not know we could advance with a punch of a button. Once we knew that we punched every time Jose Feliciano came up. But by doing that, we probably skipped about 3 or 4 other songs. I remember a long time after that letting it play through and remembering the songs that we had been missing. But, of course, as it is with the human mind, we remember the things we don’t like more than what we like and we can’t come up with other songs from that tape. Now I will have “light my fire, light my fire, light my fire…” in my head all night (incessantly).

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