QUESTION | #AtoZCHALLENGE (Q) #MusicalMemories

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Musical Memories #AtoZChallenge 2017
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Day 17, April 20

The time: Spring, 1970
The place: Toronto suburbs, Canada

If you read the ‘N’ post, then you’ll know how much I love The Moody Blues. In April of 1970, their new single, ‘Question’, was getting extensive airplay. I was in love with Steve (from the ‘C’ post) and life was good.

Steve lived across town. Neither one of us had a driver’s licence, so our relationship involved a lot of walking. The warm, sunny weather gave us a serious case of spring fever. We spent many hours picnicking and making out down by the marina, where a large houseboat was moored. We fantasized about living on it and sailing away. This idyll was to end badly several months later (back to the ‘C’ post). Some of the lyrics from ‘Question’ seem prophetic, now:

It’s not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me.
It’s more the way that you mean it
When you tell me what will be.

And when you stop and think about it
You won’t believe it’s true.
That all the love you’ve been giving
Has all been meant for you.

QUESTION | #AtoZChallenge

Have you ever had spring fever?

Looking forward to your comments!


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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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39 thoughts on “QUESTION | #AtoZCHALLENGE (Q) #MusicalMemories

    1. You know San Diego, Tamara? My parents moved down there in 1974. It’s a real paradise, isn’t it? I love it there, too! 😀

        1. What a coincidence! I felt the same way about it or did. Now that my parents are gone, there’s less occasion for me to visit. Never say never, though. 🙂

  1. This is a totally new song to me..But the lyrics have so much of profound meaning and makes one to enjoy it

    Launching SIM Organics This April
    *Menaka Bharathi *

  2. Love this song! I have this album and listened to all my Moody Blues albums last summer….so great! It sounds like there will be a kaboom to this story

    1. The Moody Blues are amazing, aren’t they? 🙂 I still have all of their albums. The ‘kaboom’ for this story was already revealed in the ‘C’ post. (Cherry Hill Park).

  3. This song is unfamiliar to me. I don’t remember ever hearing it before. Fun to hear about young love and making out down at the marina by the houseboat. I liked how you thought of living on it and sailing away. So romantic and adventurous. Too bad it ended badly but that’s often the way in young love. Sniff! Good one, Debbie! Enjoyable as always. I struggled on Q today and just did one of my silly poems that I whip up when I can’t think of anything else. Spring Fever? Oh yes! I do believe I have it now! So glad spring is here! Woohoo!

    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts, Cathy. 🙂 Thanks for your support! I have spring and summer fever every year and an ever-present spirit of adventure. Your poems are always fun and well written. Don’t sell yourself short by calling them ‘silly’.

  4. Spring fever? Yes, every year when I lived in Michigan. I would walk around my house, waiting for the flower bulbs to peek through the snow. My mind would race with ideas of what to do when warm weather returned.
    Thank you for the memories!

  5. Hahahaha I’m surprised I didn’t think of this one myself being as my last name is Moody… hahahaha.. Great choice. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Spring Fever? Definitely yes. And it’s even better (worse?) when you catch it in some other season of the year–like the halcyon days of Summer. Question was one of Russ’ favorite Moody Blues’ songs.

  7. I should have died several times from terminal cases of spring fever, and don’t get me started on puppy love…

    I love Moody Blues!

  8. Same period (wouldn’t you know it), same scenario with a few differences. Lakeside, pick up some doughnuts and a coffee or milkshake, down by the lake with an unmistakable convertible… hanging out, talking about our future, not doing much ( I was more naive than a 12 year old today, wouldn’t you believe it!) except delighting in just being together.
    The memories of those days is poignant–bittersweet. I remember almost every dress I wore ( I also remember making every dress I wore, from remnants from the textile store on Kerr St. (no such thing as maxi Fabricland), and remember making every dress with one goal in mind—to be liked by that one special person.
    My songs were more “bourgeois”–Simon and Garfunkel, a lot of Presley, the BeeGees. Then as now, I wasn’t into the “real” rock. And of course, the Italian pop singers.
    So, there goes a trip down memory lane for me.
    We were “nodding acquaintances” back then, if even that! I think we hit it off just that spring.
    Ah…for the good times!

    1. Yes, we also picked up doughnuts at the downtown Tim Horton’s! Sadly, it has been razed to make way for more bloody condos. 😛 Lakeside Park is still there, at least. The gazebo has been refinished. 🙂 I remember your talents as a seamstress and still have the black maxi cape you made for me. I don’t think we met until that fall when I started going out with Eric. Thanks for the nostalgia blast. 😀

      1. We also spent a lot of time at the lakeshore down from the cemetery across from Perdue. That was a favourite place in winter. Also the water plant at the end of Kerr St. I think it was.
        Our doughnuts came from The Doughnut Shop on Lakeshore! Remember Thula and her beehive blonde hairdo?
        And another accompanying memory is the smell of lilacs and orange blossoms. And the smell of fresh cut grass!
        I must say that the convertible was great for slow rides!
        And I do remember the black cape…I made myself one too, remember? Mine had red lining, I don’t remember yours, though.
        I loved sewing. I made quite a few dresses for friends…including Mary Lou’s wedding dress!

        1. Thula, the lovely, statuesque Greek woman! Of course, I remember her. 😀 That place was like a home away from home. There’s a Harvey’s Hamburgers in that spot now. I remember your cape too and the red lining. Mine is black inside and out. Yes, you told me about Mary Lou’s wedding dress also. The bottom of Kerr Street was a popular place. In later years, we took the dogs down there.

  9. Debbie,

    We never gave thought about using our feet tp get us where we needed to go as a kid. Even when I was in college I relied on city transport and my feet. I never complained. When our kids were at home they hated to take the bus or to walk anywhere. They just had it too good and a bit spoiled, which we certainly didn’t advocate but they picked up these undesirable traits from their friends. Anywho, interestingly enough you’re the third person today to feature The Moody Blues “Question”. Until this morning this was a new-to-me song. Yes, I’ve had a case of “spring fever” on more than one occasion. It’s a condition that plagues me still and the best way to overcome it is to give in even if it’s for a short time spent in the warmth of the sunshine, relaxing, breathing, soaking up the moment before resuming my daily routine. I don’t think I’ll have to worry with this today with thunderstorms and dark skies overhead. 🙂

    1. Yes, walking everywhere was the norm in those days. A habit I should get back into, but it takes too long that way. Spring (and summer) fever hits me every year too. Winter is my LEAST favourite season! 😛 Thanks, Cathy. Hope you get some beautiful spring sun very soon.

  10. One year we had an extremely brutal winter. I was so anxious for spring to arrive. I decided that for Easter dinner I was doing barbecued chicken on the grill with all the Southern trimmings to go with it. Fortunately the weather cooperated. Yes, spring fever had definitely hit me.

    1. Okay, it’s just me again. I’ve been listening to your playlist while reading the day’s A-Z posts, so much lovely music! thought I’d just say thanks for putting it together. Thank you!

  11. I know that feeling of wanting to run away with the one you love (and then being ever so grateful that I didn’t). Question is making an appearance in my post as well today. Q was a bit of a tough one!

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