As a child of the late sixties and early seventies, I grew up listening to music by the legendary beatles, rolling stones, jimi hendrix, the grateful dead, iron butterfly, Blue’s Image, The Young Rascals, and Tommy James and the Shondells. As teens who couldn’t wait to be all grown up, my girlfriends and I would walk past the house of what we thought were really cute boys, just to get them to look at us. Music was a big thing for everybody at that time, and local boys were always starting up garage bands hoping to attract a following of googly-eyed teen-aged girls.
We had several local musicians in our neighborhood who actually made a name for themselves. One of them was a boy named Mike Pinera who toured for a brief time with the Iron Butterfly and Blues Image. Mike lived near Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, and was friends with Felix Cavalier of the Young Rascals fame. The Rascals were one of my favorite sixties bands. I loved their song “it’s a beautiful morning” and Tommy James and the Shondell’s song “crystal blue persuasion”.
For some reason after I snapped my shutters this morning and looked at the images I captured, I couldn’t stop singing crystal blue persuasion. Then, when I got in the car to drive the hour to work, on the radio came the familiar sound of crystal blue persuasion, a remake version. It was synchronicity!