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Uncle Miltie, the Automat, Dr. Benjamin Spock and Levittown

Automat

Automat

Do you know?  I’d forgotten about the majority of this and didn’t even know about Levittown.  There were so many things that passed through the popularity zone during the “golden oldie years.”

What was there before McDonald’s?   What is that magic box with those strange aluminum branches doing in my living room? Did you hear what the Dodgers did?  What are they doing on Long Island?  Have you read Baby and Child Care yet? Have you heard who Joe is accusing now?

Not only did Doo Wop music have its pioneers, there were revolutionary changes taking place in our neighborhood that would forever change the face of America.  While the Mills Brothers, the Ames Brothers, the Andrews Sisters, the Ravens, the Soul Stirrers and the Orioles fought for the air waves, our country was taking on a completely different face after World War 11.

The Automat opened in New York City in 1912 – thus the birth of “fast food.”  It remained popular through the 1950’s and paved the way for our fast food society. In 1955, the first Golden Arches of McDonald’s  rose to be the major contender in providing meals for Americans on the go. 

Milton Berle

Milton Berle

1948 brought the beginning of the end of the family gathering itself every evening around the radio. We quickly  fell in love with the elastic face of Milton Berle whose voice on the radio made us laugh. Back then restaurants would close and movie theaters were empty on Tuesday evenings when the Texaco Star Theater brought Uncle Miltie to life on that funny new screen.

Soon after the end of World War II Levitt & Sons built more than 17,000 single-family “ranch” homes that sold at under $8,000.  Levitt provided a piece of that American dream for those who could afford the payments of less than $60 a month!  The potato fields of Long Island are now a thing of the past.  Housing developments and tract homes became sought after by those who desired suburban life.

The Brooklyn Dodgers took a chance in 1945.  They signed Jackie Robinson who had, until then, played for the Kansas City Royals in the American Negro League. That single event went down in the record books as the  most important change in sports world  history.

Dr. Benjamin Spock burst onto the scene in 1946 with his philosphy of more love and less discipline in child rearing.  He believe in mutual respect between parents and their children. This man was given the distinction of contributing to the influence of the 1960’s world of hippies and flower children.  Could he be held responsible for anything else?  He was against the war in Vietnam and the development of nuclear energy. 

Who could forget the Red Scare of the 1950’s?  Joe McCarthy rose to power in the Senate and started the crusade to uncover the hidden communists, many of whom were famous while America watched helplessly.  He single-handedly ruined the lives and careers of many before he was stopped in 1954.  His abuse of American can never be forgotten.  We must be involved in our government. American cannot stand by passively and let misguided power ruin what was built on the blood of committed patriots.

Sen Joseph McCarthy

Sen Joseph McCarthy

Yes, doo wop changed popular music forever.  But as you can see, music was not the only changing taking place.

The Beginning of Doo Wop

Wop wop a do wop, ba bang a dong ding/bome……..

 

The Marcels

The Marcels

We attribute the beat, the sound, the rhythm, and the emotion of Doo Wop with the 1950’s. We also liken it to one particular deejay  from New York City – “Cousin Brucie” Morrow.  This one person helped shape rock ‘n’ roll music almost as much as the groups who sang and danced their ways into our hearts and memories.  According to him “all the basic elements of music as we enjoy it today existed in African music over four-hundred years ago.”   Take that history steeped in the church pews of black America and stir it up with a dollop of the blues and what you have is what we fondly call Doo Wop.

Doo wop artists emerged out of the swing-jazz era.  Big bands became, quartets and quintets.  Many of these new artists borrowed songs that had been major hits for jazz artists – adding their particular spin to the classics.  “In The Still of the Night” (Five Satins and Billy Eckstine); “Blue Moon” (the Marcels and Glen Gray) and “Stormy Weather” (the Spaniels and Lena Horne) are just a few.  Over the next few weeks, we will be visiting some of my favorites.

Five Satins

Five Satins

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Where are You, Gosinta?

That question seems to be echoing through an empty canyon……..No, I haven’t disappered; just kinda was on hiatus.  Watch out, cuz she’s back!!!

News from the …com world!  Gosinta  is going through a total makeover.  Yes, I’ll still be old, but the look will be way new!  My eBay store Gosinta is going through a complete makeover – new colors, new look, new products and lots of cool stuff.  The biggest annoucement is Gosinta is launching a website!  This will include my WordPress blog and and opportunity to sign up for my newsletter. The newsletter will keep you informed of all the changes, new happenings, special newsletter subscriber only offers and discounts, early bird specials, discussion groups and contests.  Please sign up  for a free subscription to my newsletter when you visit my eBay store Gosinta.  I will send you a special alphabetical list  (26 total) of oldie artist/groups along with the names of the hottest hits.  Until later days……

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Measuring Success

How do you measure success?

Success:
To laugh often and much,
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded!
Ralph Waldo Emerson

  I don’t know about you, but I have fallen short  in the definition of “success” as shown above.  Life can be simple or we can fill it up with all kinds of “things” that keep us distracted  of its true meaning.  I consider myself an entrepreneur, work online from home and have a love and passion for what I do, but that doesn’t always measure up on the yardstick of success. 

I am just getting acquainted with one of my fellow Rock Stars JanieRuth.  She is one of those infectious people who exude ultra personality, energy and care for anyone who crosses her path.  While in Chicago at eBay Live last week, JanieRuth suffered a 10-foot fall at the Art Institute of Chicago  and  suffered a serious head injury.  When she awakened from her coma, the first thing that struck her friends was her smile.  That beautiful enveloping smile shone throughout the ICU room and touched the hearts of all those around her. 

I’ve never met JanieRuth – only online.  Her vitality, strength and now, her courage impacts me greatly.  If only I….

Please pray for JanieRuth and her family over these next 4-6 weeks.  Let us uplift her as she has done to so many others.  Take note and take care to touch someone else’s life.  Set that example, as has JanieRuth , in your personal life as well as in your business.  Remember, it isn’t all for naught.

Gosinta has all vinyl records on sale through the end of the month.  Go now!

Re-Birth of the Vinyl Record

I live in Oregon, the home of Fred Meyer one-stop shopping.  This company (now owned by Kroger) hit the national news last week all because an employee marked the wrong box while ordering the new REM album “Accelerate” – and that’s what he got…..vinyl record albums rather than CD’s.  The warehouse shipped the albums out and some of the stores put them on the shelves.  The rest is history, and you know it.  What happened before is happening again – albums sold and sold well. Fred Meyer is now really testing the market.  They are placing 20 different albums in 60 stores.  These albums range from The Beatles “Abbey Road” to the new Raconteurs 180 gram vinyl. The response thus far has been what some of us expected – they are selling.  The public loves records, always has and always will.

Being a child of the ’60’s, seeing this resurgence thrills me as I reminisce my way through decades of what is now musical history.  Both digital downloads and CD sales are experiencing a down turn.  Shoppers want to buy an experience.  Buying vinyl provides that sensory experience: sound, touch and feel and seeing that black vinyl spiining on the turntable. 

Visit my store Gosinta for vintage vinyl and wax plus a great selection of new Crosley turntables.

Is Love Really the Thing for eCommerce success?

Do you really love what you’re doing?  That word is sooooooo overused and so misunderstood.  I could go into a discussion of the Greek words for love and how each one described a different type of love, but that really won’t do any good here. 

So many of us are going to work each day just for the pay check.  While there’s nothing wrong with that, we can miss out on so much of life.  For example, I really loved my job working in the arts and entertainment industry……excited every day to go to work.  There were new people to meet every day, different problems to resolve between acts, promotors, the house and the public, different hours every day, different days off every week, longer hours, longer days, shorter nights, less sleep, less time for my husband and family, less time to kick back and relax with friends….and on and on.  While I really loved the job, it took its toll on not only me and my health, but also on all of my loved ones. 

The decision was made to retire early so that I could do what I wanted.  Only what was it?????  Finally, at the age of 55, I realized I wanted to work from home, have quiet time for myself, time with my husband and children who were now grown with children of their own and sell on eBay.  After 3 more years of messing around,  I found my niche, a catchy name and really started to work.  The most recent results are in:  providing a safe marketplace for those who listen and collect vinyl record albums and 78rpm’s; becoming an eBay PowerSeller; and most importantly, understanding and experiencing that “Love is the Thing” just as Nat King Cole said. 

Ramping it up a bit,  I was a “Ramblin’ Rose,” searching for that impossible dream and not finding what I was looking for.  Like “Mona Lisa” I couldn’t seem to grasp that “Unforgettable” experience I so yearned to have.  Nat had all the answers.  It is all about love.  So many of us get caught up in that whirlwind of life and can’t see because of the dust storm.  Selah….pause and think quietly about what it is you really want to do when you grow up.  Love is the  Thing – giving, receiving and providing an experience for the buyer when you sell online.  Build that trust relationship; provide something that your market loves and stand behind it because you love what you are doing!!

Check out these Nat King Cole albums in my store, Gosinta.

 

 

We All Need an ‘Air Supply’

As we think (deep thoughts, of course – LOL) about what is most important in keeping us alive, an air supply better be real close to the top of the list.  Without a constant supply of air their is no lung action, oxygen in the blood, etc., etc. 

When the English guitarist and vocalist Graham Russell and Australian vocalist Russell Hitchcock met in May 1975, the first day of rehearsal for the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar, they isntantly became friends and formed a five-member group namedhttp Air Supply later that year.  Their 1980 album Lost in Love contained three top five US singles.  They followed it up the following year with “The One That You Love.”  The title song released as a single hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  The ablum also contained two other top ten hits.  Their third album, Now and Forever, released in 1982 featured another top ten hit and two top 40 hits.  It was evident that this “Air Supply” was close to the top of everyone’s list!

Taking this a little deeper, let’s take a look at the air supply in our business.  It is vital to success.  The breathing in of new and fresh products, ideas, sources and marketing will bring about success and satisfaction.  Take that step back, breathe deeply and come back renewed and refreshed.  Clean off your desk, make a list, read a blog/newsletter and take some action.  Your business will thank you!

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