Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Time of Love and Hate ..... The TWISTED 60'S

Martin Luther King, Jr.
I was born in 1954 and all of my most impressionable memories (21 years later)  revolved around segregation and integration..... and the civil war movement in small town America - a place called Chickasha Oklahoma and later moving to our state capital - Oklahoma City, OK! 
I heard my parents and grandparents talk of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King.... I saw them shed tears over their funeral services.  My five siblings were nurtured, we didn't know we were poor since there was always a plenty.  Fun-filled, easy wonderful transistor radios... and black and white color TV days! 
 
My Twistin 60's project is a hip hurrah to the  LOVE BUG..... my brothers first car purchases were for this VW for a price tag of $1999 (financed over 24 months!)   I learned to drive a stick shift!  Too cool.
 
Two of these same brothers -- served in Vietnam (Army and Air Force).  I knew enough to hope and pray for them.  I knew large numbers of black boys were being drafted and dying..... My brothers served honorably and returned home safe and intact. 


The detailed shot might show the flower shaped love, flowers in the windows, and the pencil pointing to the word...the love tail-pipe.    Local gas wars where you could buy gas @ 0.15 to 0.33 cent a gallon!  I layered and machine appliqued the pillow.... I like directional -- curves and zig-zays of colorways on the groovy green batik background!    Peanuts was also a popular 1950-1970's newspaper and Saturday cartoon!  Finally - strip piece some music and love symbols...and more to the flower power of the decade!
As surely as my family and I embraced the message of non-violence and Christian principles of Dr. Martin Luther King,
during this life changing era -- I recall the lyrics of the song "War"  written by Norman Whitfield on the  Motown label in 1969. Notably, it was a blasting.... loud, attention getting song... fearless as an anti-Vietnam War protest song – Edwin Starr's version of "War" was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970, and is not only the most successful and well-known record of his career, but is also one of the most popular protest songs ever recorded.

I'm offering my thanks to  Madame Samm and Mary Winegar for hosting and organizing a fantastic hop.   I'm onto something really Good... it drives and pushes me with a deadline to be creative....!!!   Visit my other friends on this last day of the Twistin to the Sixties Hop!

October 4


WAR  by Edwin Starr

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y'all
War, huh, good God
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
Ohhh, war, I despise
Because it means destruction
Of innocent lives
War means tears
To thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
And lose their lives
I said, war, huh
Good God, y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
War, whoa, Lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me
War, it ain't nothing
But a heartbreaker
War, friend only to the undertaker
Ooooh, war
It's an enemy to all mankind
The point of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest
Within the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die
Aaaaah, war-huh
Good God y'all
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it, say it, say it
War, huh
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing

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