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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award

My lovely friend Kristina at

A Perfect Dose of Life 

has surprised me with 

The Versatile Blogger Award! 

Kristina is the type of blogger that I admire most. She presents a wide range of topics and even when she's discussing life's inevitable challenges she always radiates positive energy.

The love that Kristina shares with her husband Ryan and her family of dogs and cats comes shining through in her posts.

Kristina's generous heart and upbeat writing style make you happy for her and make you care about her.

Here are the rules of 
The Versatile Blogger Award: 

1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you. 
2. Share seven facts about yourself. 
3. Pass the award along to 7 new-found blogging buddies! 
4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them. 

I have already listed dozens of personal facts in previous posts. Rather than bore you with more of that trivia I would instead like to use this opportunity to list seven music acts that changed my life. These artists and their albums had a profound influence on me during my college years.  They enabled me to break free of the confines of top 40 AM radio and, for the first time, expand my mind with new and different types of music on the FM dial.




1. LOVE (Arthur Lee) 

"Can't Explain" (September 1966) 

(Tom Rapp) 

"Uncle John" (October 1967) 


"My Mirage" (August 1968) 


"Girl With No Eyes" (September 1969) 

5. COLD BLOOD (Lydia Pense)

"You Got Me Hummin'"/"I WIsh I Knew How 
it Would Feel to Be Free" (November 1969) 


"That Same Feelin'" (March 1970) 


"Old Man's Song" (April 1970) 

Now I would like to pass along 

The Versatile Blogger Award 

to nine very special blog friends. 

Joan at Anything Fits a Naked Man 
Lenore at Lenorenevermore  
Kelly-marie at and so on, until_ _ _  
PencilGirl at Conquering the World 
Emma at Ol' Green Eyes 
Cindy at Cindy Ellison 
Amber at Amber Blue Bird 
Leanne Elizabeth Manning at Ramble On  
Ashton at Journalistic Musings 

I was only required to choose seven recipients but I picked nine because at least two of my new friends have already received this award and I still felt the need to acknowledge them for the quality and diversity of their blogs. I tried to select for this award bloggers who don't already have a ton of awards and are deserving of this specific honor. If anyone on my list has already received this award you can decide whether or not you want to post 7 more facts about yourself or simply accept the award as a token of my esteem.

Thank you again, dear friend Kristina, 
for sharing this wonderful award with me! 

Have a Shady day!


  1. well arent you just the sweetest thing ever :) Thank you heeps for the award! It means a lot coming from you. Hope you have a great Monday.

  2. Thank you so much, Shady, for the Versatile Blogger Award! I will be coming up with a list before too long! I am honored.

    A great way to start a Monday morning, Shady, listening to your favorite music. Such thought provoking lyrics in 'Uncle John' and 'Girl With No Eyes' Something to ponder today. Oh my, those haunting faces in 'Old Man's Song'. (These are the faces I say silent prayers for when I see them on the streets)

    Iron Butterfly has always been a favorite of mine. The other two top favorites are Savoy Brown's 'That Same Feelin'' and Cold Blood's 'You Got Me Humming/I Wish I Knew How to be Free'.

    P.S. Left a belated comment on your great Mother's Day blog.

  3. Amber Blue Bird - You are very deserving of this award! Your blog is consistently fun and interesting and I love to visit. Believe it or not there are very few bloggers with a keen sense of humor. You're one of them and I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to know you. Have a fine day, Amber!

    Cindy - I read and replied to your comment on my previous post. Thank you so much, dear friend! I'm happy to know that some of the artists I presented in this post are new to you. They were all exciting discoveries for me back then and I still become energized by listening to these albums today. Enjoy your award, Cindy, because it is well deserved. You practically invented versatile blogging! Have a great day and week in your new home!

  4. Many congratulations Shady on your award. Totally well deserved if I may say so! Congratulations to the other recipients that you have passed this Award on to. Thank you for some good songs to start the week with.

  5. What a great list of songs! Your words are far too kind! Congrats to all your winners! :)

  6. Thisisme - Yessum! I am honored when someone of my own generation recognizes what I'm trying to do but it is especially rewarding when somebody like Kristina, who is part of a younger generation, can relate to it as well. Thank you very much for your well wishes, dear friend!

    Kristina - No words are too kind for you. I am thrilled to receive this honor from you! Have a wonderful day and week, dear friend!

  7. Congratulations Shady my friend and it is so well deserved. As I have said before you have shared some groups I don't think I have ever heard before but feel blesed to have heard them today. Have a super great week my friend.

  8. Odie - Yessir! I appreciate your words and hope you found value in some of these bands and songs. Please pet Rocky for me and have a great day in Carolina, good buddy!

  9. Shady thank you so so much! :)!! I feel very honoured for it to have come from you! x

  10. Congrats!
    You are so sweet to think of me again, dear Shady! Thank you so MUCH!
    You always make my day more beautiful! Sincerely!


  11. Kelly-marie - You are very welcome, dear friend. Your abundantly illustrated blog is beautiful as well as educational and I always enjoy visiting. Have a fine day and week in London town, Kelly-marie!

    Lenore - Your superb blog takes me around the world and gives me a closeup look at architecture, dining, and shops filled with all sorts of interesting treasures. Enjoy your award and have a wonderful week, dear Lenore!

  12. Congrats on your award, Shady. You deserve a shelf full of them for your wonderful blog and warm personality.
    I listened to all the songs, but if you were my hubby, I would have to tell you to put your earphones on! (I hope that didn't hurt your feelings?) Just not my kind of music. I always like some happy little tune like: Groovy Kind of Love. I know, I know, I'm a vanilla listener!

  13. Belle - Not to worry, dear friend. Vanilla is my favorite flavor! (LOL) I know you well, Belle. Beatles, Sinatra, Ray Charles, Simon and Garfunkel... nothing too radical. That's quite alright. We all have our likes and dislikes. I am honored by your visit and grateful for your friendship. Have a wonderful week in Kelowna.

  14. Gasp! Thank you, Shady! What a supreme honor to have received such a kind honor, from someone I admire so much! And I LOVE your take on the seven songs! Think I might just put my own twist on this, too!

    Thanks again, my Dear. Now I'm DEFINITELY going to have a Shady Day!! xoxo

  15. After I wrote the above I thought, "Oh dear, I love Shady and what if I hurt his feelings?" You do understand my tastes and I'm glad vanilla is your favorite flavor.

  16. Joanie - I admire you every bit as much, dear friend! I have seen other bloggers list 7 favorite songs, bands, albums, movies, etc. rather than a list of personal facts. I think it's a great idea and I can't wait to read yours. Your blog is way up there among the very best for offering a variety of thought provoking topics. Have a splendid week in Nashville, dear Joanie!

    Belle - I was just going to leave a comment on your blog thanking you for your honesty. Do you realize how refreshing it is? You didn't hurt my feelings at all. Your candor is endearing. I always know that I can rely on you to speak your mind. In that respect you remind me very much of Helen Ettline, a woman that I loved. Thanks again for coming by, dear friend Belle!

  17. I'm bad at collecting awards. I generally forget that I've won them and find them a couple months down the road when I can't remember who gave them to me or why.

    But thank you :) I'm not sure how versatile my blog is, but I try not to be boring.

  18. Congratulation's!!! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your amazing knowledge.

  19. Ashton - That's quite alright, my good friend. As far as I'm concerned it's mission accomplished. I sent you the message that I like and respect you and appreciate the quality of your blog. You completed the circuit by accepting the award and thanking me for it. It's a win-win. The good has been done and now we both have something to celebrate. Thank you very much for dropping by, dear Ashton. Have a great day and please come back soon!

  20. Gingey - I'm not quite the film historian you make me out to be, but thank you for your kind words! A few years ago I took a sudden and unexpected interest in films from the silent era through the 1950s. I watched hundreds of them for the first time and got to know many fine actors and actresses. You are to be applauded for profiling a great number of them on your site. Thank you for your comment and have a wonderful day in England, dear Gingey!

  21. Cold Blood WoW one of my all time great groups. I am proud to say I have that album on vinyl.Any one remember another group from around that same time called Ten Wheel Drive, I saw them open for Rare Earth At the Farm Show And they Blew Rare Earth out of the building. Cold Blood and Ten Wheel Drive put out a wall of sound. Both had great horn sections. They just don"t make them like that any more. A Dell Rat All WAys

  22. Greg - I'm glad you dig Cold Blood as much as I do. I owned their 1969 debut album and their second one, Sisyphus, released in 1970. My favorite track is "If You Will" the killer bee of "You Got Me Hummin'". A couple of years ago I bought a CD that contains both of those great albums. Lydia Pense reminds me of Janis Joplin but with a more refined, accessible style. As you pointed out, that Stax inspired horn section is other worldly! Led by the soulful Genya Ravan, Ten Wheel Drive KILLS! As AMG describes the band, it was like having Ronnie Spector fronting Blood Sweat and Tears. I owned the first two Rare Earth albums as well but that band was a little too commercial for my taste. You would probably agree with me on that point. Thanks for reporting in, Greg,and have a great day!

  23. First of all, congratulations!! And thank you so much for the award, Shady! :D :D
    Sorry I couldn't leave this comment yesterday, but my internet was acting up.. :\
    I loved your idea of mentioning songs in place of the random facts. It perfectly compliments the theme of your blog too! :D :D
    Here in India, we address almost everyone we meet, whether he's the bus conductor, the fruit vendor, random stranger on the street, as 'uncle' (if he's an older man) or 'bhaiyya' (which means elder brother, if he's younger in age..) When I read the title of the second song you've posted, I realized that I would probably have addressed John Ettline as 'John Uncle'. After listening to the song though, I realize that the song could not possibly describe John Ettline in any manner. :\

  24. PencilGirl - It's wonderful of you to come by. Congratulations on your award because it is well deserved! I have learned more through your blog than any other I could name. Thank you for the interesting explanation about the generic use of "uncle" in your culture. The PBS song, "Uncle John" is an antiwar composition written by Tom Rapp at the height of the Vietnam conflict. You are a very special person, P-Girl, and I value your friendship! Thank you for your comment and have a delightful day!

  25. I couldn't help reminiscing the days in State College and at Penn State New Kensington Campus while listening to those songs. I've occasionally heard songs by Love, still not that familiar with them, but likeable. Cold Blood, Lydia can give Sam & Dave a run for their money, more free and more fun interpretation. Thanks for using a different song than "White Bird" because I've never heard the whole album---sweet song. Tom Rush, beautiful song and, at 62, felt a little empathic there. Savoy Brown, got to see Kim Simmonds around 1990 with a reformed band at the Peppermill in Reno, Nv. Great concert----"Train to Nowhere's" still my favorite but haven't heard a bad song from them yet. FYI, Savoy Brown advertised a new studio CD released in January 2011 on their website. Haven't heard it yet!

    My kudos to you and to your other bloggers you pay tribute to so well. I'm lousy at organizing time, and take on too much, but I will find time to check their blogs. I feel I'm getting to know them. I love the ladies' and guys' inputs on your blog, and really would like to know more, based on your descriptions or compliments of their blogs. (Sometimes I have to reach an occasional blog of yours a week later.) Had you not included a link to Israel's blog, I wouldn't have had a chance to sample some of his stuff.

  26. Ron - All of these albums bring back memories of Penn State. I first heard "White Bird" on the campus radio station and liked it so much that I bought the album by the new age psychedelic group It's a Beautiful Day. It's great meditation music! Pearls Before Swine is an album that I bought on impulse at the State College record store. The Hieronymus Bosch Garden of Earthly Delights cover art grabbed my attention and I went for it. Glad I did! I first heard Savoy Brown's Raw Sienna and the Tom Rush album at an off campus party and was instantly hooked! Thanks so much for your comment, Ron, and have a great day, good buddy!

  27. Thank you so much for your kind words and for the award! It definitely helped to cheer me up! Thank you for sharing this list of music with us, I'm learning more about music every day and I'm always finding new and exciting music so thank you for telling us about your favourites!


  28. Emma - You are so very welcome, my dear friend! I'm getting quite an education listening to the music presented on yours and other blogs along with song lists submitted to my blog by people across the country and around the world. It's exciting! I sincerely hope that this award cheers you and that your circumstances improve dramatically effective immediately. Good night to you in Dublin, dear Emma!

  29. It's so wonderful and refreshing for you to recieve this award. You oh so truly deserve it for the kindness you spead throughout the blogging world, and not to mention the creativity of your posts. Congrats Mr. Anderson! :)

    Hope you are doing just lovely and taking fine care of yourself in these beautiful spring days...

  30. Lauren - So nice of you to visit, dear friend! Thank you for the words of encouragement. What goes around comes around and nobody spreads more joy and love than Someone Like You! I'm delighted to know that the Ohio weather has finally taken a turn for the better and that your prom was a night to remember. Thank you very much for coming by, dear Lauren!

  31. Still have 2 Cold Blood albums. Loved their wall of sound and Lydia is awesome. Never got to see them in person.

  32. Brian - I agree! Cold Blood still sounds fresh today. I never get tired of listening to those albums. Thanks for your comment, Brian, and please stay close and visit again soon!

  33. Greg's comment tripped me out! I just stumbled across songs from "Contruction #1" yesterday afternoon with Ten Wheel Drive and Genya Ravan. I never saw her during the time I lived in Hollywood, although she played in clubs frequently---and it wouldn't have been expensive. I had the album on 8-track. Yes, she and Lydia Pense have Janis type voices, and Genya was recording before Janis. I had forgotten Genya recorded Lorraine Ellison's song "Stay With Me" and had to check it out, as well as reminisce "Eye of the Needle", "Tightrope", but couldn't find "House in Central Park". Did you know that Lorraine recorded that song by accident, all because Frank Sinatra didn't show up to do it? I believe that's in the liner notes on the "Loma Records Story". Bette Midler couldn't come close, and Lorraine's my #1, but Genya & Ten Wheel Drive come closer than anyone to Ms. Ellison. I wasn't aware of it because it was from their "Brief Replies" album.

  34. Ron - Looks like we got a nice thread going here, good buddy. If you read Brian's remarks you'll see that there's praise aplenty for Ten Wheel Drive and Cold Blood, acts that featured powerful female lead vocalists backed by musicians who paid their dues and earned their chops. You're right about the story behind Lorraine Ellison's recording "Stay With Me." I have the full story coming up in a future post. Thanks for reporting in, Ron, and goodnight to you in Tulsa town!

  35. Shady I have missed you! Congratulations on the award, you deserve it. I enjoyed your song picks very much, particularly My Mirage and That Same Feelin. And I'm always happy to hear more Pearls Before Swine. Hope you're well good friend!

  36. And you, dear Alabee. And you! Welcome back to blogging! Many of your friends have missed you, none more than I. I'm glad you remembered One Nation Underground and I hope you will sample It's a Beautiful Day and some of the others because I believe you will enjoy them. Bless you, dear friend!

  37. It looks like Blogger lost your last post, although they will probably find it. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Johnny Nash. He was a great singer and loved his songs.

  38. congratulations you deserve all the awards in the world!

  39. Belle - You are so sweet and caring. Thank you! I took the bull by the horns and republished Ron's piece. I'm glad you had a chance to listen to Johnny Nash before the crash. Hopefully Blogger has all the bugs worked out by now. Thanks again for leaving this comment, Belle. You're the best!

    Katia - What a beautiful comment! Thank you so much! I hope you didn't permanently lose any of your blog posts in the Blogger shutdown. Have a delightful weekend in Rome, dear friend!


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