Tuesday, February 25, 2020

This post may be about hockey. Or it may be about my dad. Or maybe both

On yesterday's flight to Seattle I watched an episode of Silicon Valley (because the idea of obnoxious IT professionals appeals to me... go figure).

At the end of this episode Jared (aka Gabe from the Office) meets Gwart (played by Nandini Bapat). And as soon as he meets her the song "Easy Lovin'" by Freddie Hart starts playing.

I hadn't heard Easy Lovin for 40 years. But my dad loved it, and loved singing along to it, when it came out in 1970. Oh wait... make that 50 years.

Anyway, three notes in and I have a vivid memory of the song. I didn't remember Freddie Hart's name (but I did remember Freddie...) but I knew the song instantly.

Alas, the song is not on iTunes.

So tonight, I get home from dinner, and I realize that I need 5000 steps to get to 10,000 (slow day).

I went to the fitness center and turned on the Blues / Blackhawks game. And I find a YouTube clip of Freddie Hart singing the song.  About halfway in, I stop watching the game (it was Blackhawks 3, Blues 2) and start watching the rest of the video. 

Two minutes later the video is finished, and I look up and see that it's now Blues 4, Blackhawks 3.

Did I really missed two goals???

I go to my phone and find that, yes, the Blues did score two goals in about a minute.

As I'm reading this, I look up and see that the Blackhawks have tied the game at 4.

I immediately switch to iTunes music, and watch the rest of the game (final was Blues 6, Blackhawks 5).

But watching the video of Freddie Hart left a great impression. He was a guy who sang country music for 20 plus years with little acclaim (I looked him up). Then in 1970 he had his big hit.

The video of the live performance showed a guy who was genuinely happy to be on stage singing, and a guy who gave credit to his back up band.

No wonder dad liked him...

Note: There are about 1,000 other country songs that dad loved and loved singing along with... so this memory could repeat itself for years. I hope it does.


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