The Manhattan Project--2016 A to Z Theme

Always a work in progress--welcome to my blog...

Monday, May 14, 2012

First Love


First Loves Blogfest - on May 14, post your first loves – first movie, first song/band, first book, and first person. Four loves, one blogfest!   Alex Cavanaugh does it again!   How could I resist?


          First loves?  I think Alex has listed them in the right order.  Love is a complex subject.  I'll keep it simple so as not to delve into philosophical interpretations of what love is.   Maybe these are merely infatuations or perhaps passions, but I'll call them loves. 


wikipedia
          Before I could read there were music and movies.  Since I grew up in the 1950s we didn't have too much opportunity to watch movies on television.  It seemed like nearly every week my parents took us to the movie theater to experience the magic on the big screen.  The first movie that made a big impact on me was Godzilla.  I would have been 5 or 6 years old at the time.  The rampant destruction caused by this radioactively mutated monster fascinated me and filled my dreams and imaginations from then on, leaving me with a love and curiosity of all things related to nuclear destruction and mutations.  Sci-fi became my genre of preference after seeing Godzilla, King of the Monsters!.


wikipedia
          There was always music in my house as I was growing up.  I grew up with my parents' music and I loved it dearly, but I was somewhat of a snob when it came to the current pop hits. The Beatles and the English Invasion started warming me up to the sound.  The first song that really grabbed hold of me was "The House of the Rising Sun" by the Animals.  After that I was hopelessly hooked on rock and roll music.  


       






The Way, the Truth, and the Life:  Ralph Pallen Coleman's Paintings of the Old and New Testaments
amazon
           Books were also prevalent in our home.  I had many of the Little Golden Books when I was in early childhood, but in second grade I was given the two books that made the biggest difference in my life.  Reverend Frank Van Valen gave me my first Bible and this led to my life interest in this book.  At about the same time my father gave me an art book The Way, the Truth, and the Life: Paintings by Ralph Pallen Coleman.  I have often spent time studying these paintings.  The books were given to me in 1958 and I still have both copies as treasured books on my shelves.










                    Annette was a bug-eyed frail little girl with dusty brown curly hair.  In fourth grade she was about the cutest thing I'd ever seen.  She was quiet and shy.  I don't think we ever said a word to each other, but my imagination often ran away with her.  I'd had little crushes before, but I began thinking about Annette more than any girl I had ever known before then.  I don't ever recall her last name--for some reason I thought it was Italian, but it may have been Spanish.  She and her family used to drive the thousand miles from San Diego to La Paz, Baja California in a jeep.  Our teacher Ms. Kingston had her tell about the trip once and it sounded like an adventure worthy of the pioneers in their Conestoga wagons.  The story made Annette seem all the more interesting to me.  I don't remember Annette after fifth grade.  I wonder what happened to her?


          There they are.  Four first loves.   Memories of long ago.   Parts of who I am now.


           For more First Loves visit Alex Cavanaugh's site for the list.










.


Enhanced by Zemanta

48 comments:

  1. Despite being a long time ago, our first loves really do have an impact on our futures and an impact on the people we eventually become. I'm loving this blogfest!

    ReplyDelete
  2. That's true Angeline! My post is coming out in a few moments, just some finishing touches. Thanks for the blogfest, it's a great journey down memory lane :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. LOVE The Animals! They were a little before my time, but a great band, all the same!

    ReplyDelete
  4. That's a great story about Annette, I'm pretty curious as to what happened to her now, it's a shame that we'll probably never know. Great post as always anyway Lee, the Animals version of House of the Rising Sun is truly a work of art, I love that song so much.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Godzilla - haha! I was just talking about this with some of my friends this past weekend.

    Little Golden Books is a great choice. I know they influenced me. I still have a huge set of them for my kids. Won't ever get rid of them.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I've never seen the original Godzilla movies; only the cruddy remake they did a few years back. Excellent choice of song too :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is a really good blog fest! There are some really interesting choices out there! Arlee the Animals is a good choice and I must also admit that I too liked certain Little Golden Books.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great posting on the first loves. The Godzilla has to be a guy thing. When I met my now hubby I asked if he had seen any good movies and his answer was "Godzilla."

    ReplyDelete
  9. The geek in me could've also selected Godzilla! Grew up watching all of the monster movies. I'll look for that Coleman book.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest. Knew you couldn't resist!

    ReplyDelete
  10. How fabulous was that. Oh to be Annette and come across this post. Just reading your tale makes me wistful.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great first loves, although I didn't imagine Godzilla on anyones list. Lol

    ReplyDelete
  12. House of the Rising Sun was one of my favourites too.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Got to admit I was more of a Beatles fan (they were cuter) but I had a couple Animals albums in my collection, too. The House of the Rising Son is a classic.

    You're the second one of this blogfest I've read that remembered a childhood romance/crush. I find that funny since we all had them.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I've always loved House of the Rising Sun.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Lee, this post is a great example of the sorts of posts which first drew me to 'Tossing it Out.' You blog with such an irresistible sensibility about your childhood experiences and the culture of that era. I eat it up.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Yes, to the House of the Rising Sun. Loved that song. Still do.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love The Animals - the intro to We've Gotta Get Out of this Place is probably one of my all-time favourite places, along with Paradise City.

    ReplyDelete
  18. we are clearly coevals.
    I was totally into Western movies as a child, and my favorite was "Tonka" the story about a star crossed horse that belonged to an Indian boy and also to the US Army.. in the end the boy and his horse were reunited.
    First love, Easy, Michael O'Hara.
    when we were 6, we "got married" in a little ceremony complete with a kiss.
    First song? "I want to hold your hand!"

    first book? "The cat in the hat!!"



    Mimi Torchia Boothby

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks for the visits and comments.

    Yes, Godzilla may be kind of a guy thing, but it also represented the awareness of the atomic age and the fear that ensued. Maybe all the air raid drills we used to do in school helped pique our curiosity.

    The Animals represented the more rebellious side to rock music, where the Beatles were endearingly rebellious while embracing much of the more traditional music styles. I became more of a Beatles fan, but I could always appreciate the raucous sound of groups like the Animals or the Stones.

    Lee

    ReplyDelete
  20. Awww, maybe someday you'll reconnect with Annette and find out if she did have pioneer-like adventures :).

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love that your imagination often ran away with her. Great story and post, Arlee.

    xoRobyn

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love your lists and the memories attached to them~ I love the song, "House of the Rising Sun"!
    You should write about Annette...how fun to relieve these precious memories~ I enjoyed you list! :D

    ReplyDelete
  23. House of the Rising Sun was the first song I learned to play on the guitar. "There was a house in New Orleans..." Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  24. It's funny, I notice now that it's so different for my kids having the ability to watch a movie at home pretty much any time they want to. I loved going to the movies as a kid and feel like we must have also gone quite often. I'll bet it didn't cost $75 for a family though! Great first loves reflections.
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love that song, but I grew up with the Dolly Parton version. :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. House of the rising sun is brilliant! The melody is haunting.
    - Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
    @thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

    ReplyDelete
  27. Annette might be finishing up a blog right about ow and in it, she's said, "There was a little boy named Lee. He hung on my every word in 4th grade and to this day, I don't think I've ever met a man who listened as intently."

    ReplyDelete
  28. godzilla rocks... that's it!

    We all love something...right!
    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

    ReplyDelete
  29. Are you sure you just don't remember Annette further than forth grade because she was just replaced in your mind by a second love, maybe something completely different such as baseball, lol? Funny how our minds can work sometimes. She sounded very sweet and a little mysterious.

    ReplyDelete
  30. oh the animals and that song--one of the greats!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I'm glad so many of you enjoyed hearing about Annette. I wonder if she ever even noticed me? I think the reason why I don't remember her past 5th grade was that she may have moved away. She came into the fourth grade after school had started and I pretty sure she moved somewhere else during the course of my 5th grade school year. There were more "loves" later and they just sort came and went in my life. Then of course my family moved as well.

    Lee

    ReplyDelete
  32. Not a summer goes by when I don't hear my husband and Uncle playing House of the Rising Sun at least a dozen times on the guitar (since it is among one of the few songs they can play :)Great song.

    ReplyDelete
  33. I may have to youtube the animals (not sure who they are)

    ReplyDelete
  34. The House of the Rising Sun is a classic. I never saw Godzilla in the theater but I bet he was impressive on the big screen to a five year old.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Godzilla is totally awesome... I still love it.

    ReplyDelete
  36. "The House of the Rising Sun" continues to be one of those songs that I can listen to all day without ever getting tired of it.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Siv-- "House..." was one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar as well. It had that classic arpeggio that was pretty simple to play.

    baygirl-- You'll probably recognize some of their songs when you hear them.

    Susan G-K--Not only was I impressed by the sight of the destructive powers of Godzilla, but I was fascinated by the way Raymond Burr was inserted into the action among all the Japanese actors and providing his narrations. I think even as a kid I recognized that the American actor had been added into the film. This influenced my storytelling style later on.

    TF -- Godzilla is modern legend. Totally awesome.

    Lee

    ReplyDelete
  38. I find that "House of the Rising Sun" track to be rather haunting after I saw it in some creepy TV episode in recentish times. Maybe a Supernatural episode?? But it's still a classic song, of course.

    Love the story about Annette. I think we all have those people in our pasts that we still wonder about, even years and decades later.

    ReplyDelete
  39. A perfect ending to this story would be if Annette signs up for next year's A to Z! A wonderful blast from the past! Julie

    ReplyDelete
  40. I love the House of the Rising Sun. It has such a haunting quality to it...

    ReplyDelete
  41. Dear Arlee, . . . thanks for sharing these four firsts. I'm new to your blog and found this posting evocative. It led me back to my own firsts. Thank you. Peace.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Trisha -- The minor key of the song does make the tune rather haunting and the story line is pretty dark--it could actually be used as the inspiration for a screenplay or the like. I wonder about many of the people in my past.

    Julie -- That would be pretty cool. Of course if I could remember what her last name was that would probably make things easier.

    Wordsfrom...-- Haunting is a good description for the song.

    Dee -- I'm glad you stopped by. Welcome to TOSSING IT OUT.

    Lee

    ReplyDelete
  43. This was fun, Lee. I love getting to look into people's past. Helps me know how they became the people they are today.
    Red.

    ReplyDelete
  44. These "first love" posts are wonderful. A great blogfest idea.

    ReplyDelete
  45. I love the House of the Rising Sun! Great group. And what a sweet first love story.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Red, Patricia, and Shannon-- Thanks for the visit and comments.

    Lee

    ReplyDelete

Go ahead and say something. Don't be afraid to speak your mind.
I normally try to respond to all comments in the comment section so please remember to check the "Email follow-up comments" box if you want to participate in the comment conversation.

For Battle of the Bands voting the "Anonymous" commenting option has been made available though this version is the least preferred. If voting using "anonymous" please include in your comment your name (first only is okay) and city you are voting from and the reason you chose the artist you did.

If you know me and want to comment but don't want to do it here, then you can send me an email @ jacksonlee51 at aol dot com.

Lee