In Georgia we have five
seasons: Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall, and Pollen seasons. In Maine you have
Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall, and Mud seasons. The pollen season here in
Georgia will begin in a couple weeks or so. There was an abundance of snow up
in Maine this winter, therefore the Mud season may be delayed a little. I don’t
know which I prefer, pollen or mud.
I do remember the mud
season well though. Once we’d broken up all the leftover ice patches with our
boots we ended up with huge puddles and lots of mud to go along with it. One
puddle in particular, on Water Street (aptly named), was deeper than I thought.
I went to wade through it one time and sank to my hips. Seems there was an open
manhole under it. Probably the last fall’s leaves had stopped up the drain and
the city had removed the cover temporarily. However, they failed to tell us
that or to put up any kind of barriers to warn us. I did manage to get out
without any help but it was a bit scary at the time.
We were pre-school age
when we made wonderful mud pies during the Mud season. The best places to find
the ingredients for mud pies were on the sides of our streets where all the
dirt had built up. Street sweepers weren’t common in the South End when I was
growing up; therefore there was always an abundance of dirt if you needed it
for something. I’m sure at least a few of us decided to take a bite out of our
creations only to discover that it was not so tasty after all.
Rooms and Boardwalks
I don’t know if folks up
home still have mud rooms attached to their houses, but if you’re my age you
certainly will remember them. Our mothers would have had a worse time during
mud season if they didn’t have their “mud rooms.” I can hear my mother now,
“Take those muddy boots off before you come into this house. I just washed this
In some cases a house
would also have a wooden walkway laid down over the muddy driveway in case you
didn’t have a crushed rock drive. My grandmother’s house up in Rockville had
I tried to find old
pictures of mud rooms and boardwalks but this is the best I could do. It seems
that mud rooms are becoming popular again when building a new home in New
England. Some are even heated. I can’t imagine a Yankee now or then wasting
money to heat a mud room.
This first picture is a
modern version of a mud room from katyelliott. Basically, the old rooms might
have a bench to sit down on so you could take off your boots; maybe a cubby to
store them in; and perhaps a few hooks to hang outer wear on which would
usually be a muddy mess too.
Here’s a picture of me
sitting on the back steps of the Mcloud Street house, circa 1943. The room
behind me was a small room that served as a storage room, a mud room, and a
play room all rolled into one. Our dog Humphrey was allowed into this room
only, never into the house itself.
As for boardwalks, they
had them on Main Street before there were cobblestones and brick sidewalks.
This picture I found on the Rockland History Facebook page. The scene is Main
Street looking south in 1877. The picture comes from the James L. Burns
Collection-Shore Village Historical Society.
Have fun up in Maine
when all that snow melts into slush and then into mud. I’ll be thinking of you
as I sneeze through the pollen season here in the south.
This blog will study the
music of the Beatles as a continuation of the first Beatlemania blog which can
be found in the February archive.
The music of the Beatles
defined the Beatles. In fact, the music eventually took on a mind of its own.
It gave us mystery; sparked controversy in more than one case; led to tragedy
in at least two murders we’d rather forget. What happened to the Beatles from
the first time they left their home country of Great Britain and their home
town of Liverpool? It’s a story of great success and at the same time of great
Would we like to hear
the Fab Four on stage one more time? You betcha. The question is…what version
of the Beatles would we like to hear? For myself, I prefer the “early Beatles”
as most people of my age do rather than the music influenced by the Marharishi
Mahesh Yogi and others who came later on. Some may say that some of their music
may have been influenced by whatever drug they were on at the time such as the
most popular drugs of the day, LSD and marijuana.
I will focus on a small
part of their music, those albums that mostly influenced Rock ‘n Roll at the
time as well as the music that impacted our society the most. By society, I
mean the world society because they surely did have a world-wide influence.
in the Catalogue
The Beatles catalogue
includes 27 studio albums; 4 live albums; 57 compilation albums; 21 EPs
(Extended Play); 55 singles; 10 video albums; 37 music videos. Remember that
they also made three movies: “A Hard Day’s Night”; “Help”: and “Yellow
Submarine.” Most of their work was done in Mono. Remember that stereo music was
just beginning to come into use. In those days we didn’t have stereos, we had
“record players.” The stereo mixes of their albums were done later without
their supervision. “Abbey Road” and “Let it Be” were the only two albums that
were mixed and released in stereo only.
The albums were made by
both Capitol Records in America and later mostly at their own studios, Apple
Records in Great Britain. They were mostly written and co-written by the
dynamic duo of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
When the Beatles broke
up John and his wife Yoko made their own music and of course Paul had Wings for
his own music.
White Album and Abbey Road
I will only discuss
these two albums because of space reasons and because I believe they made the
most impact on the Rock ‘n Roll scene at the time and also sparked the most
Probably the Beatles
most notorious album, the White Album, was not liked when it first came out.
People were expecting Sgt. Pepper Number
Two, that magical, whimsical album that preceded it. But like the world at
that time and especially the world of the Beatles, everything was constantly
changing and they were always trying to shake things up in the music world of
the day. Eventually, though, it climbed to number 10 on the Rolling Stone list of “The 500 Greatest
Albums Of All Time.”
The White Album was a double
album and contained 22 songs. You may remember some of the most popular ones:
“Rocky Racoon,” “Sexy Sadie,” “Revolution 1,” “Revolution 9,” and “Helter
in a Song
The song “Helter
Skelter” probably became the most hated song to come from the Beatles because
of the notorious Charles Manson. He and that song could make a whole new blog
and probably a book. In fact, the prosecutor in his trial, Vincent Bugliosi,
did write a book about the murders with the same title. Look to Vincent if you
want further information.
I will try to hit on the
highlights of those tragic murders, including Sharon Tate, which was carried
out by that psycho and his band of followers which included Squeaky Fromme. I
do not wish to give him any more ink than I would give any other murderer and
despot such as Hitler.
The Beatles were prone
to “Peace” music; often war protest music. I’m sure that these four Brits who
came to the U.S. and protested our participation in the Vietnam War were not
liked by either the returning Vietnam Vets or Veterans groups as a whole.
Manson thought there were coded messages and hidden meanings in their music and
believed that the Beatles were evil and part of the apocalypse. As for “Helter
Skelter,” Manson believed it signified an apocalyptic race war he believed
would arise between blacks and whites.
To quote the monster:
“Look at the songs: songs sung all over the world by the young love. It ain’t
nothin’ new…It’s written in…Revelation, all about the four angels programming
the holocaust…the four angels looking for the fifth angel to lead the people
into the pit of fire…right out to Death Valley. It’s all in black and white, in
the White Album – white, so there
ain’t no mistakin’ the color.”
Here are some of the
words to Helter Skelter. Read them and then I’ll tell you where the words may
have come from in actuality.
“When I get to the
bottom I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and I turn
and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom
and I see you again
Yeah yeah yeah hey
Do you, don’t you want
me to love you
I’m coming down fast but
I’m miles above you
Tell me tell me tell me
come on tell me the answer
Well you may be a lover
but you ain’t no dancer
Now helter skelter
Helter skelter yeah
Helter Skelter means
confused or disorderly. The words may also have come from other artists on
other albums; or an amusement park ride. It sure sounds like a kids’ playground
slide to me. There was also a 1949 British romantic comedy directed by Ralph Thomas
of the same name.
Paul wanted to go off in
another direction and be more of a heavier rock band. Helter Skelter is
considered to be a key influence in the early development of heavy metal.
Manson said of the song:
“Like, Helter Skelter is a nightclub. Helter Skelter means confusion.
Literally. It doesn’t mean any war with anyone. It doesn’t mean that those
people are going to kill other people. It only means what it means. Helter
Skelter is confusion. Confusion is coming down fast. If you don’t see the confusion
coming down fast, you can call it what you wish. It’s not my conspiracy. It is
not my music. I hear what it relates. It says ‘Rise!’ It says ‘Kill!’ Why blame
it on me? I didn’t write the music. I am not the person who projected it into
your social consciousness.”
A complete manic to be
sure. I can’t see how he still alive.
Or maybe Manson saw
other meanings such as in “Revolution.” Listen to these words from YouTube.
Besides Helter Skelter,
other Beatles songs were used during their murdering spree. “Maxwell’s Hammer”
was referred to by a follower after the murder of two people and the injury of
another in an attack on a beach in Santa Barbara. The fictional story of the
song talks about Maxwell Edison who murdered his girlfriend, Joan, with a
hammer, then his teacher, and finally the Judge during his murder trial.
I never remember hearing
Helter Skelter sung by anyone after the murders. I was surprised therefore when
I found Paul singing it in what looks like present day with another band on
YouTube. He had a tee shirt on which read “No More Land Mines” which probably
referred to recent times when children were maimed by land mines in an ongoing
conflict in a third world country I believe. Still protesting after all these
There were so many other
songs with supposedly hidden meanings in them. John got fed up with all the
insinuations so that he finally tried to squelch some of the talk by writing
this song “Glass Onion.”
You can hear for and
decide for yourself what the implications may or may not have been with the
White Album by bringing up the songs on YouTube and listening to them. I’ll
leave the White Album now.
This video was just posted by my Facebook friend, Robin Robinson and I had to share it with you.
You can find this series
at Lincoln County TV if you live in that area of Maine; on their Facebook page
which gives you a direct link to the YouTube site; or go directly to YouTube
and type in Cowshit Corner. I plan to check it out when I get homesick for
Maine and need a good laugh.
(Some excerpts from
Ted’s column for March 10, 1972)
Five members of the
Rockland Fire Department are pictured in the 1971 Maytag annual report with
their 1929 Maytag washing machine. A copy of the report was sent to the
Rockland station this week.
The color picture shows
the firemen surrounding the machine in front of the fire station. In the
picture are assistant Chief Fred Beal, Leroy Morey, Dick Ellingwood, Monty
Davis and Albert Hutchins.
Firemen use the machine
to wash rags. According to the caption in the annual report it was given to the
Rockland Department by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bell, who had used it themselves for
A photographer came to
Rockland from Chicago to take the picture, and was here last summer when the
weather was a little nicer.
Never let it be said
that a Downeast Yankee will not take advantage of a bargain if he can save a
buck or two.
Our friend Lewis Johnson
recently went into the seafood trucking and vending business. He takes a pick
up load of fresh seafood to a stand he maintains in Vermont every week.
It seems that Lewis had
just purchased himself a new truck for his business and was in need of a sign.
Now as we hear it there
was a sea foods dealer who went out of business and who had just had some signs
painted denoting “Eddie’s Fresh Seafood.”
Well, Lewis knew a
bargain when he saw it and he bought the signs for his new business and they
are displayed on his truck when he sets up business down country. Of course he
is now affectionately referred to as “Eddie” by his regular customers.
We would like to offer
our congratulations to the 1972 Rockland Tiger basketball team on their opening
round victory over Stearns Saturday night and for continued success the rest of
Wonder if maybe George
Wentworth, former long-time Stearns coach might be having some second thoughts
over the remark he made on a pre-game television show Saturday. He stated that
he was glad that Stearns had drawn Rockland as an opponent in the tourney
because in his opinion “Rockland was one of the weakest teams in the
Rockland fans are
optimistic that that “weakness” will result in another trip to Bangor Saturday
By the way, the Rockland
Booster Club drive to install lights in South Field for night football next
season is in the home stretch. Letters have been sent out to Rockland alumni
for donations. If you didn’t receive a letter and wish to contribute to the
drive, you may send them to David Ramsdell at 62 Warren Street.
The cost of the booster
lighting project is estimated at $8,000.
Included on the agenda
of the Rockland city council meeting Monday night will be two resolutions.
One commends Central
Maine Power Co., and its related crews in the manner in which they handled the
power failure crisis caused by the severe ice storm last weekend. Virtually all
of its 8,000 customers in the mid-coastal area were affected by the storm.
The second resolution
commends the Telephone Company on its efforts in handling the situation during
and after the storm.