The first time doesn't count, I was with my mother.
As I think back it is with some regret.
My mom decided we would pack up the car and drive across the country from New Jersey to California!!!
I was so excited to go except for one thing...
I had a boyfriend. The love of my life (I hardly remember his name now). The night before we left he broke up with me.
I think I was 16,completely devastated, and this is the girl who got into the car with her mother to drive across the country!
I did try to get into the spirit of it, but I had a broken heart and it didn't fit into the suitcase. No phone contact no cell phones or texting, nothing just 'I don't want to be your boyfriend.'
What? How? Why?
Maybe I'm not pretty, maybe my legs are too short. I will never eat again, I will diet my legs long.
My poor mother, this was going to be our big adventure. My interest however was peaked when we got to the Southwest.
I was a girl from New York~
Indians! Real Indians yes, no one knew to call them anything else, and certainly nothing derogatory was ever meant.
All my life I wanted to BE an Indian! Princess Winter spring summer fall (Princess Summerfall Winterspring) on the Howdy Doody show.
Those beautiful beaded leather dresses moccasins and BOOTS, boots oh my God - in my life so far I had only seen riding boots.
At a roadside attraction where they sold Indian artifacts and crafts, moccasins, plastic lined canvas water bags that said Death Valley (could be tied to the car in case you broke down). And amongst these souvenirs...
There they were: knee high black suede fringed boots!!!!
Screw Bob whatever his name was.
'Mom oh God please mom get me these boots. I'll be happy I promise’.
I wore those boots every day on that trip and all through the summer till the beginning of the school year where I was instantly sent to the principal’s office for breaking the dress code.Apparently my boots caused quite a commotion.
They looked for a rule that said no boots and couldn't find one. So the principal declared from then on 'No Boots' and it became the new number 10 in the Code of Dress. And in Long Branch High School in 1963 I was the first and only person to ever break that rule.
That was one of the first times I sensed the system and I were not at one.
The second time I went to Santa Fe, I was doing a concert. I remember it was warm and I could swim in the pool at night, under the stars. Sing or swim ~sing or swim. It was quite exotic for me to swim before memorial day in a pool at night. What a lucky girl am I. 'When I grow up I will beat the system’. In 1969 others were thinking the same thing.
Number 10 in the Code of Dress doesn't apply to me!
The next night I sang and played my heart out in Santa Fe.
A lot has happened since then. The system has become highly scientific in eliminating and inhibiting the ones who will beat the system. 'Nuff said.
Now I sing again in Santa Fe and who knows what will happen. Oh, it's almost summer, warm dry winds will blow across the stars and I will swim in a pool under them.
Sing or swim.
Out of my way is where I'm going.
Will you be going too?
Maybe we'll travel together
You me the sun and the moon we'll be coming home soon
SOUTH WEST IN MAY
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May 21 Soundbites Sedona, AZ
May 22 Soundbites Sedona, AZ
May 28 Scottish Rite Temple - HeathSUN Concert Series Santa Fe, NM
MID WEST SEPTEMBER
Sept 16 Greenwood Coffee House Ann Arbor, MI
Oct 03 FRuIT Hull
Oct 05 Robin 2 Bilston
Oct 07 Worcester Huntington Hall Worcester
Oct 09 Sale Waterside Arts Centre Manchester
Oct 11 Dingwalls, Camden London
Oct 13 The Cavern Club Liverpool
Oct 14 LIPA. (Open to LIPA students only) Liverpool
Oct 15 Backstage At The Green Hotel Kinross (Sold Out)
Oct 17 Backstage At the Green Hotel Kinross
Oct 18 Leeds City Varieties Leeds