Hi there – hope this finds you well in your here and now as you visit. How are you? I’m doing pretty good. Got some Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack music playing as I write. I’ve been traveling aboard the musical time machine the past couple of days – going back beyond the 80’s to some highlights in music for me in the 1970’s. This version of me got here in 1968. A year some serious shit hit the proverbial fan!
1968 in the United States
The year began with the Tet Offensive in the midst of the Vietnam War, which reached its climax after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation allowing for an increased maximum number of troops on the ground at one time (549,500). Likewise, it was the most expensive year of the war, costing $77.4 billion. Antiwar sentiment continued to grow after the occurrence of the My Lai Massacre (though the public did not learn of this until the following year) and an increasing number of Americans considered intervention in Vietnam to be a mistake. Nonetheless, the war persisted.
Following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, the country erupted in violent riots, the most severe of which occurred in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Baltimore. More than 40 people were killed during the month of protest, which led to greater racial tensions between white and black Americans. Despite this, a landmark piece of legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, was passed in April, effectively prohibiting housing discrimination based on race.
The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June led to uncertainty in the race for the Democratic nomination for the presidency. After Hubert Humphrey was declared the nominee at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, another wave of violent protests emerged, this time between antiwar demonstrators and police. The tumult within the Democratic Party helped launch Richard Nixon, a Republican and former vice president, to the presidency in November. A particularly strong showing by segregationist George Wallace of the American Independent Party in 1968’s presidential election highlighted the strong element of racism that continued to persist across the country, particularly in the South.
In culture, 2001: A Space Odyssey was the most profitable film of the year, earning $56.7 million, while Oliver! won the Academy Award for Best Picture. “Hey Jude” by the Beatles was the hottest single of 1968 in the U.S. according to Billboard, demonstrating the continued popularity of bands associated with the British Invasion that began in 1964.
Climb aboard the musical time machine!
Number One Songs of 1968 – Billboard Hot 100
Atlanta Rhythm Section – So Into You (original) – (Another one for my jump rope microphone lol! This time back in Tea SD, first house my parents lived in after they got married)
Published on Nov 13, 2013
This was the first major hit from the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The group, which is considered one of the pioneers of Southern Rock, was formed in 1970 consisting mainly of former members of Classics IV and The Candymen. This song first appeared on their 1976 album, “A Rock and Roll Alternative”.
Gary Wright – Love Is Alive
Published on Jun 21, 2011
Opening track from Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver” album. Released: 1975 Warner Bros. Records
Gary Wright – DreamWeaver Official Video (One of my favorites I have on my Ipod shuffle – sing along with it almost every day lol)
AND we’re back! Where did you go when you heard these songs?
I made more progress on my painting yesterday than Kyle did but that’s ok! I had an idea spark this morning from one of my favorite shirt paintings so I’m going to add that today.
The air quality this morning on the walk was horrible. The air was brown and I could almost chew it so it’s probably best to stay in some today. They say the sand from dust storms in Africa’s deserts have arrived here in Texas:
Second helping of African dust on its way to Texas
The cross-global dust delivery lands on our doorstep periodically, especially in the summer — and according to The Weather Channel, could have the added benefit of preventing tropical storms and hurricanes from developing.
Either way, the dust isn’t much cause for concern, though it could be annoying for those with allergies.
It could also bring hazy skies and lift the Air Quality Index into the “moderate” range, meaning people with respiratory or cardiovascular issues might want to reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.
But chances are, you’ll want to avoid being outdoors anyway with temperatures expected to climb back into triple-digit range.
The weekend will bring plenty of sunshine and highs close to 100, says Rick Mitchell, meteorologist for KXAS-TV (NBC5). And a streak of triple-digit heat is expected for much of next week.