9 to 5 #Musical Monday

One year while I was in college, my parents gave me a singing machine for Christmas. This was an eight-track player with a microphone that could be connected to a stereo system. It came with specialized cartridges containing the accompaniment to popular songs. It was possible to order more cartridges when I ran out of songs to sing. I could also record, on cassette, myself singing the songs with the accompaniment provided.

I had fun with this for a while, making several such recordings and sending them to friends. One of the songs I sang was the one I’m featuring today. I no longer have that recording, and frankly, I don’t do the song justice. So, to commemorate Labor Day, here’s Dolly.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

8 thoughts on “9 to 5 #Musical Monday”

  1. Good morning Abbie.
    Great Musical Memory this week.
    Those “Singing Machines” were the first Karaoke machines, and how fun.
    I didn’t have one of those, but do you remember the old clunky 4-track cassette recorders we had back in the mid 70’s?
    I got one of those from Voc Rehab for recording class notes in school, and I quickly learned that I could also create multi-track recordings with it and so could record both the tune and harmony parts of a song.
    Oh, we’re dating ourselves today.
    Today’s youth has it easier in some ways, but when we were kids I think we were more inventive.

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      1. Hi Abbie. It took some doing to make those recordings.

        I would record each voice track, and then using another tape recorder which I had patched into the four-track I would mix them together.

        It took a lot of time and work. I would spend hours a day doing it.

        My parents loved it because it kept me busy and encouraged my creativity.

        Patty L. Fletcher

        Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

        Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

        Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

        Food For Thought

        We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

        -John-Roger, DSS

        Source: New Day Herald website

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  2. This was the first message I opened this morning – Labor Day! What a way to begin my non-9 to 5 day.
    Dolly is jut the best – love her. She has done, and still does so much for her community and her family – her project for books for children in the entire county is remarkable.

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    1. Good morning, Lynda, Abbie and all.

      I met Dolly once a very long time ago.

      When I was about 7 years old, I took swimming lessons that were specifically geared toward working with the disabled. They were provided by the Red Cross.

      I have no idea what caused Dolly to be in town but while she was here, the special education teacher from my school, who also worked with the swimming lessons arranged for us to meet her.

      I’ll never forget that. It was so great to be able to go to school the next day and tell all my friends I’d gotten to shake her hand and talk to her.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

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      1. Hi Lynda and Abbie.

        I forgot to mention that the free book program she has covers all the TN counties.

        Patty L. Fletcher

        Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

        Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

        Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

        Food For Thought

        We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

        -John-Roger, DSS

        Source: New Day Herald website

        Liked by 1 person

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