CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. OPEN YOUR HEART.

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"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
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

From Violets to Visions of Heaven


Tom Anderson with you today as we mark another important date on the Shady Dell calendar, the one year anniversary of the death of our dear, much loved old friend Margaret Schneider. At this time
it is an honor to welcome back Margaret's dedicated daughter,
my great friend, author and guest blogger Kathleen Mae Schneider.




From Violets to

Visions of Heaven 


by 

Kathleen Mae Schneider




"In search of my mother's garden,
I found my own."
- Alice Walker

After our long, cold and seemingly endless winter,
the wild violets are back. Their tiny purple petals
pop up in un-mowed lawns and are soon followed
by Lilies-of-the-Valley. The sight of them, along with
their exquisite perfume, evoke gentle memories of my
Mother and the first bouquets that I picked for her every
spring when I was a very little girl. Judging by her
surprise and delight back then, you would have
thought my tiny offerings to her were
expensive florists' roses.


In reality, they had stems so short and petals
so crushed by my 4-year-old hands, that Mother
had to use medicine bottles for vases.


Mother displayed the blossoms with the shortest
or even missing stems in recycled bottle caps.

Setting the flowers in a place of honor on her
kitchen windowsill, she would always ask me,
"Do you remember why I love violets so much?"
I was so proud to answer, "Because you were
born in the springtime at Violet Hill!”

Although larger, fancier bouquets delivered
on special days always pleased Mother, those
imperfect ones I gave her from her garden
symbolized the simple but profound love
she and I shared for over seventy years.

(above) Mother with birthday flowers from her admirers.


As an adult I continued the ritual begun
in my childhood of cutting flowers for
Mother from her garden, this time
with sweet peas in her favorite color!


Tulips and daffodils graced Mother's sidewalk
in front of her house every spring. Even strangers
passing by our house noticed the crowded and
gloriously-colored flower beds and borders.


Oriental poppies spilled over onto the walk from
their flower bed on the side of Mother's house.

Mother possessed a passion for flowers of all
kinds. Growing up, I found them everywhere -
inside as well as outside the house.


As a little girl, I used to reverently touch
this flower-themed scarf that Mother hand-
embroidered as a young woman for her dresser.

Our gifts to her over the years were
often flower-themed as well.


The image above shows a colored-pencil study
that I drew of Mother's petunias and gave it
to her for Mother's Day one year.

The very old booklet below is one that
I found among Mother's belongings.


It contains helpful information about growing
different kinds of flowers, although I never knew
her to get her knowledge of them from books.


The booklet also contained ads such as
the one above. Some things never change!

Flowers figured prominently in Mother’s
dreams, especially in a vivid one right after
her own mother died. In the dream Mother
saw and spoke with my grandmother in
heaven, and she asked Mother to come
be with her in that beautiful place.
Mother was tempted to go with
her because of all the flowers,
but told my grandmother she
couldn't join her yet because
she had to take care of me!
(I was only eight years old.)

Two and a half generations. My pregnant Mother poses
with Almedia Brown, her mother. I am the baby bump
you see, so I guess this is my first portrait!

That is why it was no surprise to hear Mother
describe heaven at the end of her life, based on
more very realistic dreams that were identical
to that first one. I’ll never forget the times
when she enthusiastically told me what
it was like in great detail.

Mother believed in angels and heaven.
Notice the tiny guardian angel on her vest.)

Mother said, "Heaven is such a wonderful place -
always sunny and like a big park, with beautiful
flowers everywhere I look. Your Daddy is there,
and Mom and Pop, and all of my brothers and
sisters. Your Christopher is there too, and my
friends that we used to have so much fun
with when we were young. Everyone
was so happy to see me!”

Her story then segued into the inevitable petulant
question: "Why doesn't God take me home, Kathy?
All those people that I love are waiting for me!"
I struggled to keep my composure whenever this
conversation came up, but eventually thought of
an answer that worked for both of us: “Perhaps
He's not finished with you here on earth, Mom.
He still has work for you to do”. I added that
she no longer needed to stay back to take
care of me, although she had always
done that and I couldn’t imagine
my life without her.

Three-and-a-half-year-old me at the top of my backyard
sliding board, waiting for Mother to catch me at the bottom.
I wasn’t afraid to let go if she was there -
a metaphor if ever there was one!

About a week before Mother died, she brought up
the subject again, but clearly found my response
unsatisfactory. Pointing over her shoulder to the
numerals '105' that hung on the wall above
her chair, she said in a disgusted voice,
"Well, maybe God’s got work for me yet,
but isn't it soon time for me to retire?!"

So here we are, marking one year
since God finally took her home.


I visit her grave regularly and place her favorite
pink and red flowers there. Of course I miss her
terribly, but she is still ‘catching' me when I fall
into sadness. I am comforted knowing that the
essence of my Mother is not really there on
that hill in Manchester Union Cemetery.


From her descriptions, this is
how it looks where she is now!


I imagine her with a healthy young body...


...thoroughly enjoying herself as a “retiree”.

1928 Dell Rats Margaret Brown (ctr.) with two of her sisters and their dates.

Mother is in the rumble seat with a tongue-challenged friend of my Dad’s.


Mother is now reunited with the
love of her life, my father Ralph.


My son Chris has his arm around
his dear Grammy once again.

I know Mother is truly happy and surrounded
by love, sunlight, and flowers of all kinds -
and probably lots of violets!


I find solace in the petals, colors and scents of my own
flower garden. As I care for them as she taught me
to do, I feel her gentle presence and I am at peace.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 5: Try Ruby Flipper On For Size!


Welcome to volume 5 of  

my globetrotting series


BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!



I'm Shady Seaweed, here to bring you more great music performances that originated from TV studios, big halls and nightclubs in Europe and other parts of the world from the 1960s through early 2000s.



Join me now for another exciting

trip back in time as we visit

Bandstands in Foreign Lands!


 TAVARES 

 (RUBY FLIPPER) 

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON, ENGLAND

Our musical journey begins in England with
a dance number by Ruby Flipper, one of the
female Terpsichore troupes that entertained
on the TV music series Top Of The Pops.
The damsels will do their interpretation
of "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel,"
an international disco hit in 1976 for the
American band Tavares. "Heaven" topped
the U.S. Dance Club chart and finished in
the top 5 in the UK. Ready to rumba?
Try Ruby Flipper on for size!

"Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"
Tavares (June/July 1976, highest
chart pos. #1 U.S. Dance, #3 R&B,
#4 UK, from May 1976 album Sky High!,
dance performed by Ruby Flipper
on Top Of The Pops)





 MADELINE BELL 

BEAT-CLUB
BREMEN, WEST GERMANY

New Jersey lark Madeline Bell relocated to
England in the early 60s. There she remained
a little known session singer until 1968 when
her single of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
became a top 30 hit back home in the U.S.
Maddy's promo video was broadcast on the
West German TV music show Beat-Club.

 "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" 
 Madeline Bell (March 1968, 
 highest chart pos. #26 Hot 100, 
 Promo video broadcast on
 German TV series Beat-Club





 KELLY MARIE 

TOPPOP
THE NETHERLANDS

Now let's head over to Holland and the long running
Dutch TV series TopPop where an exciting young
Scottish singer by the name of Kelly Marie is set
to sing her signature song "Feels Like I'm in Love,"
a Hi-NRG disco single that topped the UK chart for
two weeks in 1980 and made the top 10 on the U.S.
Dance Club survey. The song was written by Ray
Dorset, frontman of Mungo Jerry, the Brit band
that scored a chart topping international hit in
1970 with "In the Summertime." "Feels Like
I'm in Love" was originally intended for
Elvis Presley but the King died before it
could be pitched to him. Here now is
Kelly Marie performing her biggie
on the Dutch TV show TopPop.

"Feels Like I'm in Love" - Kelly Marie
(Aug./Sept. 1980, highest chart pos.
#1 UK/#10 U.S. Hot Dance Club,
perf. on Dutch TV series TopPop)





 HUMAN LEAGUE 

COUNTDOWN
THE NETHERLANDS

At Christmas 1981 the English new wave/synth-pop
band The Human League topped the UK chart with
"Don't You Want Me," a single from their third album
Dare. Around Independence Day the following year
the single reached #1 on the U.S. chart and held the
position three weeks. Here now is a restored clip of
The Human League performing their international
smash on Countdown, another Netherlands based
TV series that eclipsed rival TopPop and became
the top music show in all of Europe.

"Don't You Want Me" - The Human League
(Christmas 1981 UK/June/July 1982 U.S.,
highest chart pos. #1, from Oct. 1981
album Dare, live perf. on Dutch
TV series Countdown)





 SHALAMAR 

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON, ENGLAND

Back to Britain we go for an electrifying performance
by Shalamar, one of the most influential dance music
groups of the 80s, on Top Of The Pops. Assembled by
Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and the TV series'
booking agent Dick Griffey, Shalamar scored a string
of hits in the U.S. and the UK and were trendsetters
of fashion and dance moves including the moonwalk,
the body-popping technique popularized by Michael
Jackson. The classic lineup of Shalamar consisted of
Howard Hewett and former Soul Train dancers Jody
Watley and Jeffrey Daniel. The latter, as you might
recall from vol. 2 of BIFL, hosted 6.20 Soul Train,
a mid 80s British version of Soul Train also created
by Don Cornelius. In 1982 the Shalamar single
"A Night To Remember" became one of the
group's biggest hits in the UK reaching
the top 5 on the chart.

"A Night To Remember (1982 Remix)
Shalamar (May 1982, highest chart pos.
 #8 R&B/#5 UK, from Jan. 1982 album
Friends, live perf. on Top Of The Pops)





 ERUPTION 

DISCO/ZDF-KULTNACHT
MAINZ, GERMANY

"One Way Ticket" was originally recorded by
Neil Sedaka and released as the B side of his
1959 hit single "Oh! Carol." The train track
was also included on the 1961 album Neil
Sedaka Sings Little Devil and His Other Hits.
Sedaka's fab flip side reached #1 on the chart
in Japan where it was known as "The Choo Choo
Train Song." FF to 1979 when "One Way Ticket"
was covered and turned into a major European
hit by Eruption, a disco band with African and
Caribbean members including the vivacious
Jamaican lead singer Precious Wilson. Here
is Eruption performing "One Way Ticket"
on the German music program DISCO.

"One Way Ticket" - Eruption
(Mar./April/May 1979, highest chart pos.
#9 UK/#1 Austria/#1 Switzerland, from
1979 album Leave a Light, live perf.
on DISCO/ZDF-Kultnacht)





I hope you enjoyed vol. 5 of

BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!

Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Helen Ettline - Mother of All Dell Rats


 Shady Dell owner Helen Ettline 

 didn't have any children of her own. 

 In a way we were all her kids 

 and she was our mom. 
 Clearly Helen and John loved kids. 

 Why else would they have put up with 

 the aggravation all those years? 

 The Ettlines believed in kids. 

 They enjoyed counseling 

 and helping kids. 


 To remember and honor Helen on 

 Mother's Day I picked three songs 

 that I think she would enjoy. 


 BOBBY VINTON 

Women and girls alike love cuddly crooner
Bobby Vinton. In the summer of 1962,
Bobby topped the chart singing:

Roses are red, my love,
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet, my love,
But not as sweet as you

In the fall of '63 Bobby scored another #1
charting single with a cover of "Blue Velvet,"
a top 20 hit for Tony Bennett in 1951.

"Blue Velvet" - Bobby Vinton
(Sept./Oct. 1963, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100 & Cash Box)





 JERRY KELLER 

It happened every year around mid May
in Central Pennsylvania. After numerous
false starts, spring finally arrived in earnest
to the delight of winter weary locals. Here's
a sound of the season that sizzled in 1959.
 It's one-hit-wonder Jerry Keller here to
remind us that it won't be long now-
here comes summer!

"Here Comes Summer" - Jerry Keller
(July 1959, highest chart pos. #14)





 RANDY AND 


 THE RAINBOWS 

Last, but not least, simply because Helen
loved doo-wop, and because songs of that
genre played non-stop on the jukebox in her
snack bar, here's "Denise," a nugget by the
Queens, New York, doo-wop group Randy
And The Rainbows, a record that was hot
all summer long and into the fall of 1963.

"Denise" - Randy And The Rainbows
(July thru Sept. 1963, highest chart
pos. #10 Hot 100/#5 Canada)





 Happy Mother's Day, Helen! 


 We love you and miss you! 


Monday, May 7, 2018

S.T.A.R. Labs Rocks as Barry Raves!


Barry Allen The Flash

back with you

(from the little boys' room).


Welcome to part 2

of my epic rave party

BARRY'S BASH

"Dance With The Flash"

It's time for you to meet more of my friends
and dance to more cool clubworthy sounds.

IRIS WEST


I'm Iris West. Detective Joe West's daughter
and the on again - off again GF of Barry Allen.
In the summer of 2008, R&B artist Solange,
(Solange Knowles) recorded a song she
co-wrote entitled "Sandcastle Disco."
Just before Christmas that year Solange's
single hit the top of the Hot Dance Club
chart. Solange made her directorial
debut with the following music video.
Watch it as you boogie down!

"Sandcastle Disco" (Freemasons Mix)
Solange Knowles (Aug. 2008, highest
chart pos. #1 U.S. Dance Club Songs,
from album Sol-Angel and the
Hadley St. Dreams)





PATTY SPIVOT


I'm Patty Spivot, forensic-blood analyst
for the Central City P.D. and Detective
Joe West's protégée and partner.


Move over Iris because I'm crushin' on
Barry big time. In early 2006, New York
R&B, hip hop and EDM artist Kelis released
"Bossy," a sizzling single featuring rapper
Too $hort. "Bossy" brushed the top 10
on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart and was
certified double platinum by Christmas.

"Bossy" (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Remix)
Kelis ft. Too $hort (Feb. 2006, highest
chart pos. #11 U.S. Hot R&B-Hip-Hop,
#7 UK R&B/#4 Australian Urban Singles,
from Aug. 2006 album Kelis Was Here)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 2:00 MARK!
(BARRY'S BASH CROSSFADE/MIX POINT)





HARRISON WELLS


I'm Dr. Harrison Wells, the genius who came up
with the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator.
Everything was going swell until I turned
the dang thing on and it killed a bunch of
innocent citizens and saddled others with
super powers they didn't want. My bad.
From Wales comes our next musical act.
Amie Ann Duffy, stage name Duffy, is a
singer, songwriter and actress who topped
the charts in ten European countries with
her first international release, best selling
selling single and signature song "Mercy."

"Mercy" (Gareth Wyn Remix)
Duffy (Feb. 2008, highest chart
pos. #4 U.S. Adult Alternative,
#1 UK & nine other countries,
from Mar. 2008 album Rockferry)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:10 MARK!
(BARRY'S BASH CROSSFADE/MIX POINT)





LINDA PARK


I'm Linda Park, a journalist for the Central City
Picture News ("fake news and proud of it").
I am also a friend of Iris and Barry. This
just in - "Ladies love cool James" (Smith),
hence the stage name adopted by rapper
LL cool J, one of the first hip hop artists
to achieve mainstream success. In 2006,
Cool J teamed up with red hot singer
and actress Jennifer Lopez on the song
and video "Control Myself," a hit that,
to this reporter, sounds like a mashup
of the club classics "White Lines"
and "Born To Be Alive."

"Control Myself"
LL Cool J feat. Jennifer Lopez
(Feb. 2006, highest chart pos. #4
Hot 100/#1 Belgium, from
April 2006 album Todd Smith)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:15 MARK!
(BARRY'S BASH CROSSFADE/MIX POINT)





Barry Allen back with you with the last
FLASH DANCE of BARRY'S BASH.


We're gonna finish strong, go out with a bang
as we dance till we drop to an incendiary song
by Britney Spears. This electro dance-pop gem
sizzled from Christmas 2008 through the winter
of 2009. Ladies and gentlemen. I direct your
attention to the center ring where Britney
is set to perform "Circus."

"Circus" - Britney Spears
(Dec. 2008, highest chart pos. #3
Hot 100/#1 Billboard Pop Songs,
#2 Canada/#3 Israel, from
Nov. 2008 album Circus)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:15 MARK!
(BARRY'S BASH CROSSFADE/MIX POINT)





We hope you enjoyed

our FLASH dance.


Now this is Barry Allen speaking for
The Flash (no relation) saying catch us
if you can, now streaming on Netflix,
and here's a Flash - this just in - we've
been renewed for Season 5 on The CW!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Barry's Bash: "Dance With The Flash!"


CONTAINS SEASON 1 AND 2 SPOILERS,
NOT APPLICABLE TO OTHER SEASONS.

I'm Barry Allen


from the hit TV series

THE FLASH.


Welcome to

BARRY'S BASH

"Dance With The Flash"

...a rave to end all raves
(until the next one comes along).

My friends and foes are here to spin
platters and keep you dancing till you
drop, so let's get this shindig started.

THE FLASH


Hi, I'm The Flash (no relation to Barry Allen),
the costumed speedster superhero who fights
crime in Central City and anyplace else I am
needed in the Arrowverse. Barry's Bash begins
with what is quite possibly the baddest sound
ever recorded. The song is "Touch It" by the
New York based R&B/hip hop artist Monifah.
This low-down dance hybrid samples "White
Horse," a 1983 club favorite by Laid Back,
the electronic music duo from Denmark.

"Touch It" - Monifah
(July/Aug. 1998, highest
chart pos. #9 Hot 100,
#1 Rhythmic Top 40,
#5 Australia)

(COLD INTRO TO BARRY'S BASH)





CAITLIN SNOW


I'm Dr. Caitlin Snow, a scientist
at S.T.A.R. Labs in Central City.


I'm the quintessential good girl next door
but... once in a while when I wanna chill...


I transform into Killer Frost. In a word, she's cold.
Barry Allen's manning the turntables at tonight's
bash and I can hear him crossfading into a hit by
Brandy Norwood aka Brandy. The song entitled
"Right Here (Departed)" topped the Dance Club
chart in the fall of 2008 and for your dancing
enjoyment we've got a super cool remix!

"Right Here (Departed)" (Moto Blanco Remix)
Brandy (Sept. thru Dec. 2008,
highest chart pos. #1
U.S. Dance Club Songs,
#2 Germany, from
album Human)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 30 SEC. MARK!
(BARRY'S BASH CROSSFADE/MIX POINT)





CISCO RAMON


Hi, I'm Cisco. You can call me Pancho.
See what I did there? No? Too dated?
No boomers in the crowd? Anywaaay...
I am totally smitten by this next diva.
She's the future Mrs. Cisco Ramon,
the one and only Mariah Carey, doing
her #1 charting single "Touch My Body." 

"Touch My Body" (Seamus Haji Remix Edit)
Mariah Carey (Feb. 2008,
highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100,
#1 U.S. Dance Club Songs,
#1 U.S. Pop 100/#1 UK R&B,
from Apr. 2008 album E=MC²)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:10 MARK!
(BARRY'S BASH CROSSFADE/MIX POINT)





CAPTAIN COLD
(LEONARD SNART)

& HEAT WAVE
(MICK RORY)


I'm Captain Cold (and you're not).


If you thought my brother and I
were badass on Prison Break...


...wait till you see us unleash our powers on
The Flash. Speaking of badass, check out
Ke$ha, a sassy singer/songwriter with a
ton of 'tude.  In 2010, Ke$ha topped the
pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic
with the dance single "We R Who We R."

"We R Who We R" (Fred Falke Club Mix)
Ke$ha (Oct. 2010, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100/#1 Dance Club Songs,
#1 UK, Scotland & Australia,
from Nov. 2010 EP Cannibal)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 2:00 MARK!
(BARRY'S BASH CROSSFADE/MIX POINT)





JOE WEST


I'm Detective Joe West of the Central City P.D.,
father of Iris and surrogate father to Barry Allen.
In the fall of 2006, soul legend Luther Vandross
had a top 20 Urban radio hit with "Shine," a song
that samples "My Forbidden Lover," a top 3 disco
hit for Chic in 1979. The following year the UK
dance duo Booty Luv covered "Shine" and
scored a top 10 hit in Britain.

"Shine" - Booty Luv
(May 2007, highest chart pos.
#1 UK Dance, from Sept. 2007
album Boogie 2nite)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:00 MARK!
(BARRY'S BASH CROSSFADE/MIX POINT)





Barry Allen back with you. The music stops
at this point because I need to run (not walk)
to the little boys' room.


Don't worry. I'll be back in a flash
with part 2 of my epic dance party

BARRY'S BASH

"Dance With The Flash"

Stick around!