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The time: August 15, 16 & 17, 1969
The place: Germany and Canada
The summer of 1969 is famous for a couple of reasons:
The Moon Landing on July 20 and the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 15-18. For the former, my parents and I watched at my grandparents’ home in Bochum, Germany. (More details in the ‘B’ post.) On August 15, we boarded a military aircraft in Düsseldorf, headed to Canadian Forces Base Trenton, en route to our new home in the Toronto area.
Physically, I was on the plane, but my mind was at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm, in the Catskill Mountains area of New York state. The media had been full of stories about this upcoming festival and the astounding array of musical talent had me salivating at the very idea!
One of the performers was American singer-songwriter, Melanie Safka. The inspiration for her first hit song, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”, apparently arose from the audience lighting candles during her set (although most of the “candles” were matches or lighters). It became a hit in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States in 1970. Even though it was recorded after Woodstock, that’s what I think of when I hear it. Hauntingly beautiful, it still gives me shivers, every time. My obsession with Woodstock continues, from music to books to movies. Wish I had been there!
Are you familiar with Woodstock?
Would you like to have gone there?
Looking forward to your comments!
Woodstock poster courtesy of Flickr.com
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