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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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Three Cheers For Three Years!

"It started with an idea and a commitment."
- Shady Del Knight

That's right, 
Dell rats 
old and new. 

Shady Dell 
Music & 

is three 
years old 

It has been exactly three years since the 
Shady Dell reopened at its new location... 

here at the intersection of 
Blogspot and Cyberspace...

three years
since I began
to exhort all
Dell rats to
join the fun!

This blog is a catharsis.

It gives me the opportunity to share with 
you my memories of the Shady Dell and 
of John and Helen Ettline. 

It allows me to express how much
the people, the place, and the music
meant to me.

It's been a fascinating three year journey...

filled with surprises, teaching, learning,

sharing and wonderful new friendships.

As we head into our 4th year together... 

there are many more memories to share, 

topics to explore, and friends to discover 
somewhere out there. 

To help us celebrate our third anniversary, 

let's look back at some of the unforgettable 
images that helped to define the first three 
years. As we take this stroll down memory 
lane, I will paraphrase the monologue from 
a popular Kevin Costner movie. 

The monologue seems a perfect fit for the 

occasion because this blog came about 
when an inner voice directed me to 
construct my own Field of Dreams. 

People will come, Del. 

They'll come to your virtual Shady Dell for 
reasons they can't even fathom. 

They'll turn up your driveway not knowing 
for sure why they're doing it. 

They'll arrive at your door as innocent as 
children...longing for the past. 

“Of course, I won't mind if you look around,” 
you'll say. “It was once only 25 cents to get 
in and now it’s free!” 

They would have passed over the money 
without even thinking about it, for it is 
money they have and peace they lack. 

And they'll walk out to the patio and sit in 
shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon.

They'll find they have reserved seats on the 
benches surrounding the dance floor where 
they sat when they were children and 
cheered their jukebox heroes. 

And they'll watch the game of life... 
the game of love, laughter, tears and  
uninhibited youth unfold right before 
their eyes. 

and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in 
magic waters. 

The memories will be so thick they'll have to 
brush them away from their faces.

People will come, Del. 

The one constant through all the years, 
Del...has been music. 

America has rolled by like an army of 

It has been erased like a blackboard... 


and erased again... 

and again... 

but music has marked the time. 

This blog, these memories: they are a part 
of our past, Del.

They remind  
us of all that 
once was good 
and it could be 


Oh... people will come, Del. 

People will most definitely come. 

And come they did. I never dreamed at the 
outset that Shady Dell Music & Memories, 
the little blog that could, would grow into 
an international network of friends -
real friends 
who care about each other. 
As we begin year four, I promise you that 
Shady Dell Music & Memories will continue 
to be a place where everybody is welcome, 
everybody gets my personal attention, and 
everybody is a star if they want to be. 

Thank you, my dear friends, 

for your continued support of 

Shady Dell Music & Memories! 

Have a Shady day! 


  1. I wish I could sing like MM: “Happy birthday to you…”

  2. Lady in Black - Hello, dear friend! I have seen you around on Wanilianna and other blogs and I am honored to have you visit mine today. Thank you very much for your generous comment. I wish that I could hear you sing. Bless you and have a delightful day!

  3. Congratulations, Shady! That is quite an accomplishment. I hope you keep it going for many more!

  4. Shelly - Thank you, dear friend! Your friendship and support are greatly appreciated and I hope that you will continue to find value in what I present here. Your comment warms my heart!

  5. Happy Birthday Shady. The one year out of the three has been awesome and helped me to remember happy moments in my life that had almost disappeared. Thank you for the joy and happiness you have brought to us weekly and for all the hard work putting together the best blog ever.

  6. Odie - Thank you, good buddy! Your words mean a great deal to me. You have been with me for quite a while now and I deeply appreciate your loyal friendship and support. I wish you, Linda and the Rockster a wonderful Wordless Wednesday!

  7. Happy Birthday Shady...for such a short time, I feel like you are a very dear friend and always speak to my heart. Your post today was so very touching and telling of how wonderful we had it 'way back then'!


  8. Sush - I have found that it doesn't take very long to form an impression about someone. I found a lot to admire about you right from the start and immediately regarded you as a friend. I am very pleased to welcome you here and I know that you'll be able to relate to much of what I will offer in the future. Thank you very much for your kind words, dear Sush!

  9. ♫ There's a party goin' on
    right here; A celebration to
    last throughout the years.

    So bring your good times and
    your laughter, too;
    We're gonna celebrate your
    party with you ... Shady
    Del Knight! ♫

    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*´¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸*´¨(♥ Happy Birthday Shady Dell Music & Memories!(¸.·´ (¸.·´♥

  10. Cindy - Thank you very much for the anniversary wishes. It was so nice of you to bring Kool & the Gang along. This has been a breakthrough year for SDM&M. Adding friends like you has been extremely rewarding and I deeply appreciate your support. Have a fantastic day, dear Cindy!

  11. Thank YOU Tom, your friendship and comments lighten up my day, everyday Thank you for finding my blog so that I could find you and yours and learn all about The Dell and all the amazing music you have introduced me to. Most importantly thank you for being a wondeful friend and a wonderful person
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Shady Dell Music & Memories. xxx

  12. Kelly-marie - You're tops in my book, dear friend! You and I have bridged the great pond, bridged the generation gap, and have found an abundance of common ground. We get each other and I am elated to have this relationship with you. Thank you very much, dear K-M, for offering such wonderful words and making this day all the more special for me!

  13. Happy 3rd Birthday to the Shady Dell and to you - a wonderful friend and conveyor of smiles! I have enjoyed you and your blog for many months. You have brought back to me the exciting music of my teen years and reminded me how much it meant. Keep the hits comin'.

  14. Belle - One of the greatest blessings of this past year has been meeting and getting to know you. I am so happy that we made this connection and give each other reason to smile so often. Thank you, my very dear friend Belle, for coming by and expressing such beautiful sentiments. They mean the world to me!

  15. Oh dear friend Shady, wishing Shady Dell Music & Memories a very happy 3rd birthday. I wish I was there to share it with you, but save me a piece of birthday cake, won't you?! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you through your lovely and informative Blog, and I agree with Sush, you really do speak to the heart. That was an excellent post, with some super photos for us to look at. I look forward to many more years of friendship with you Tom x

  16. Thisisme - I love for you to call me Tom. It's a little less shady than Shady, isn't it? (LOL) You are such a dear, surely one of the best people that I have come across in bloggy land. I am delighted that you chose to follow me all of those months ago and I look forward to sharing much more music and many more memories with you, my special friend!

  17. Congratulations Mr. Anderson! How very exciting to have hit three wonderful years of blogging!! Everything you write and blog about is suburb, and I know all of us readers truly enjoy your always pleasant words and cleverly written posts. Here's to three years and many, many more! :D

  18. Wow! 3 years! The blogging world wouldn't be the same without you dear friend! I know all of your readers, myself included, appreciate all of the time that goes into your posts and your thoughtful comments. I always look forward to hearing from you and I hope you continue for the next three years and more!
    Emma xx

  19. CONGRATULATIONS!!! 3 years is a big celebration and accomplishment! Your post made me go back and look how long mine has been going - May 15th was my 4 year, evidentally. If you are anything like me - it hasn't felt that long! That is for sure!

  20. Lauren - It makes me very happy to have you drop by with anniversary wishes. The greatest thing about blogging is that it brings together not only those who have a lot in common but those who seemingly have little or nothing in common. It is exciting and rewarding when two people from different worlds find ways to relate, share, help, support, learn from each other and grow. Our friendship is a textbook example of the good that can result when people trust and care about each other. Thank you very much, dear friend Lauren, for brightening my day even more with your visit!

    Emma - Hello, my dear and special friend in Dublin! I am very grateful for your words and for the bond that has formed between us in the weeks since out paths first crossed. It's a small world after all and I am very thankful that you and I have formed a friendship that reaches across borders and transcends the age barrier. Like John and Helen Ettline before me I never forgot what it's like to be young and that's why it's such a pleasure for me to experience life through your eyes and ears by means of your blog. Thank you very much for remembering me this day, dear Emma!

    Kristina - Hello, dear friend, formerly known as Ms. Kanorado! It's been more than four years for you? I'm sure you can relate to what's inside me at this moment. Yes, the time has passed quickly, especially this past year during which SDM&M underwent exponential growth and transformed from a project with a local or regional focus to one with a much broader scope. I am overjoyed to have followers like you who are generations removed from most of my music but nevertheless leave here with something to think about and something to smile about. Thank you very much for stopping by with your words of encouragement, dear Kristina!

  21. Thank you. I’m your follower but I’m just shy :) I’ll try to write more frequently

  22. Lady in Black - I welcome you to write as often as you like. I am aware that you have been following my blog for several months and I very much appreciate your support! Have a wonderful day in Poland, dear friend!

  23. congratulations for your blogiversary, COMPLIMENTI!!i'm really happy i found your blog :)
    and thanks a lot for your nice comment & support

  24. A rather belated Happy Birthday, Shady Dell Music & Memories!! And Congratulations, Tom! :) :)
    This blog has been one of my favourite finds of the year, and I don't really know how to tell you how much your constant support and encouragement mean to me. I'm so glad we met in this big, wide Blogiverse.. :) :)

  25. Katia - Thank you, dear friend! I am very happy that I found Velvet and Old Laces. You are one of the nicest and sweetest people that I have met since I started blogging and I thank my lucky stars that our paths crossed. Bless you, Katia!

    PencilGirl - Your comment means so much to me, dear friend. Knowing how busy you are with so much on your plate I can't tell you how happy it makes me whenever you find time to visit. You are a very special friend and I cherish the connection that we have made across cultures, national borders and generations. Thank you VERY much for what you expressed here today!

  26. happy blog birthday my dear friend! I am so thankful that we found each other in blogland and have been able to grow our friendship over these past months. Your comments always put a smile on my face and I hope that mine do the same for you. Cheers!

  27. Amber Blue Bird - Absolutely! I ditto everything that you wrote, dear friend. You know by now that you are one of my favorite people in the whole world. With a gazillion bloggers out there I feel very fortunate that we wound up in orbit around each other. Your range of talents continues to amaze me and it is extremely gratifying to know that we get each other's humor. Thank you very much, dear and special Amber, for coming by and helping me to celebrate my third blogiversary!

  28. Shady, I'm glad to see you exceeded your own expections and longevity with Shady Dell M&M, especially keeping original Dell rats and adding bloggers from the rest of the country and around the world---especially the pretty ones. I have to chuck at your use of "Shady" because, as long as I've known you you have been nothing but straight forward, considerate, truthful, trusting and trustworthy. I am glad to continue my association with you which dropped off in high school, thanks to that high school site. Since I can't go back in time and take you to some of those shows I used to go to, I can at least share my experiences this way. And you can vanilla-ize me more, regarding a certain period in time. I'm enjoying collaborating with you, and sharing songs and information with other people from back in Pennsylvania and expanding my group internationally. Congratulations on an excellent Birthday piece, and keeping John and Helen's memories alive, along with musical memories.

    Your friend,

  29. Ron - Thank you so very much for writing what you did here. I feel the same way. I'm enjoying our collaboration on blog posts. You help to fill in some of my blind spots and I help to fill in yours. Together we educate and entertain an international audience and give many worthy but forgotten artists their props. We also get many valuable anecdotes out of our heads and onto the pages of the blog where they will hopefully be accessed by the curious for many years to come. Thank you again for the birthday wishes, Ron, and we'll be seeing you soon in your next feature!

  30. Happy Birthday Shady!! Thanks for three years of digging deep into our souls and pulling out memories of a special time and place. I pass the Dell frequently and no matter whatever becomes of the house and barn those memories will live on forever. It is good to hear from soul afficiando Dell Rat Ron as well. I look forward to another year of Dell memories.

  31. Brian - You got it, good buddy! I'm so glad to know that you're still following our Dell blog. Dell Rat Ron will be very happy to know as well. The Dell house will soon be ready for its final unveiling, I'm told. It's a very good thing the place has been in the caring and capable hands of the Deroches in recent years or it might be nothing but a parking lot by now. Your continued support means a whole lot to me, Brian, and I hope to hear from you again soon!


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