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Musical Memories #AtoZChallenge 2017

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#AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 30 days, one for each letter of the alphabet, covering a myriad of topics! “Musical Memories” is my theme. Click HERE to see all posts and HERE to view the A to Z Blog. Please support our efforts by visiting, sharing and commenting. We have all worked long and hard on this project. Have fun and thanks for reading!

Day 25, April 29

The time: 1973
The place: Toronto area, Canada

The year 1973 was such a memorable one! I started working,
moved in with my fiancé and then got married, on Aug. 4th.

Excerpts from my article ‘How To Sustain a Love Relationship’:

We had to pay for the wedding ourselves, because of family opposition. Hubby wanted the traditional Italian reception; multi-course meal, live band, etc. I loved the idea, but, being young and foolish, didn’t realize the expense involved. Neither did he, so we borrowed the money, thinking the wedding gifts, (Italians offered cash instead of material items), would cover expenses. Sadly, they didn’t and we started our married life together in debt.

Bad idea, but everyone had a blast! Je ne regrette rien. (I regret nothing)

The years passed quickly, with many ups and downs, thanks to our stubborn “Alpha” personalities. We even came to the brink of divorce a couple of times, but were determined to salvage the relationship. Ultimately, we worked everything out and are now happier than ever.

All month, I’ve been reminiscing about the old days and the music attached to those memories. In the summer of 1973, The Carpenters had a huge hit with the following song. Read the lyrics on screen. This is exactly how I feel about one of my biggest passions. And HERE.

What are your passions in life?

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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34 thoughts on “YESTERDAY ONCE MORE | #AtoZCHALLENGE (Y) #MusicalMemories

  1. Such a great song. I do a lot of reminiscing about yesterdays though I wouldn’t say that I live in the past. Good for you and your husband for working things out through the difficult times. I guess my divorces were for the best as I am in a good place now with my present marriage of 20 years come December.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. I think the older we get, the more we reminisce. 🙂 Sounds like you finally found the ‘right one’, Lee. Congratulations on your upcoming 20th anniversary!

  2. Debbie,

    At least you and the hubby realized the importance of your relationship and willing to fight to make it work despite your differences. That says a lot for y’alls character and loyal to one another. 🙂

  3. Heavy metal, cricket, rugby league and writing. I’m pleased that you two worked it out after coming close to ending your marriage. I used to think if both people wanted to make a relationship work then it would, but I’m no longer sure it is as simple as that.

    1. Relationships are never simple. 🙂 Thanks for dropping in, David. We have heavy metal and writing in common. Hubby’s nephew plays semi-pro rugby in Italy. Cricket is something I don’t know much about. Somewhat similar to baseball, yes?

  4. Love this song. It’s great for reminiscing and reflection. Marriage is not easy. Relationships aren’t always easy. They take work and dedication. That’s not to say they shouldn’t be enjoyed 🙂 my ex and I paid for our wedding. It was a small gathering. If my dad had his way, we would have served popcorn and punch and been done with it. We didn’t spend a lot, but it was still a nice wedding.

    1. The lyrics of this song speak for every music lover, I think. 🙂 Relationships definitely take work to succeed. I wanted to get married at City Hall and have a few friends over, initially, but Hubby convinced me otherwise. Sounds like your wedding was ideal; small and not too expensive. We did go overboard, but, no regrets. Great food, killer band! 😀

  5. Oh yes, Every shala-la-la Every wo-wo-wo still shines. One of my favourite songs and it brings back so many memories. Good choice for Y.

  6. So glad your differences were resolved. Marriage can be a lot of work and sacrifice, but you saw the worth and did what was necessary to not quit.
    Thanks for the musical memory!

  7. My husband and I also paid for our wedding but thankfully we did a tiny wedding (30 guests) and had it almost completely paid for by the time the day came.

    My biggest passion in life is helping others, people and animals. It is a big part of the reason I moved from the US to Ecuador 4 years ago. Your question actually fits in perfectly with my post today, where I talk about my favorite day of the year.

    Emily | My Life In Ecuador | Yuletide at the Olón Orphanage

  8. Beautiful, yet, cheesy song! The Carpenters remind me of our honeymoon in Australia. One of our guides LOVED the Carpenters and played their songs during our ride from Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon, only a 4 hours’ drive 😉
    Congratulations on your anniversary, 44 years soon? 🥂🍾💖

    1. The chorus is cheesy, but overall, the lyrics perfectly describe how I feel about music. I can’t imagine having to listen to The Carpenters for four hours, though. Australia must have been amazing. Nice place for a honeymoon! Thanks; it will be our 44th anniversary in August. 🙂

    1. Not such a gamble, going by how well most of our friends did at their receptions. Unfortunately, we had a bunch of people show up with multiple guests who barely contributed enough for one. 🙁 I’m not familiar with the ‘tuck a buck’ idea, but it might have helped. The Carpenters had some great songs.

  9. Love that song, Debbie! The Carpenters! My favourite! I was able to sing along with that one for sure. I’ve enjoyed traveling down memory lane with you during the challenge. Great that you and the hubs have overcome the many challenges of married life and are even happier. Way to go! I am inspired by you.

    My passions? Hmmm. Guess I’d say doing anything creative like the writing, performing music, doing photography, doing art, watching birdies and Nature in springtime, cuddling cats and Loup, hanging out with family (well maybe not everyone but most of them 😉 ) and also connecting with lovely friends like you online!

    1. I knew you would like this one, Cathy! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the theme. Thanks for your support throughout the month. Your passion shows through in all you create, whether it’s a poem, photo or something else. You inspire me, as well.

  10. You two look lovely together. And your story in many ways is life goals for many others. I still drive to work with ‘The Best of Carpenters’ playing in the car even now in 2017… They’ve definitely passed the test of being timeless 🙂

  11. I like the Carpenters. Listened to them a lot in the 80s. So sing-along-friendly! Carol’s voice was lovely. It has been wonderful walking down memory lane with you. Will you feature ZZTop tomorrow? 😀

    1. Thank you so much, Vidya. I’m glad you liked the theme. 🙂 No ZZ Top, but that might have worked for something else. I appreciate your support throughout the month. Apologies for the tardy response.

    1. Thanks, Hilary. The lyrics really say it all, about the music. I appreciate your support throughout this challenge. Apologies for the late response. The time has gotten away from me once again.

  12. Thanks for the memories. And it’s a nice coincidence that most of them I shared with you!
    My passion in life? I think, and you know me well enough to know that it’s true, that my passion in life is … life!
    I’ve never been lukewarm about anything, not even drudgey housekeeping…I’ll tell you when all is over if that has been a good or a bad thing! 😉

    1. My pleasure, Bianca. Thanks for following along and sharing your take on those memories, as well. 🙂 Passion for life, yes, but housework? Not too sure about that one! LOL

  13. Karen is my favorite singer of all time — male or female. And it would be difficult to find a bigger Carpenters fan than I am. ‘Yesterday Once More’ brings me almost to the point of tears.

    Kudos to you and your hubby, DEBBIE, for working to save your marriage. I love the fact that you did and are still together. Me, I’m an Alpha, a Leo, and an INTJ, so finding a lifetime mate was simply hopeless right from the get-go.

    What are my passions in life? Well, sadly (and I hate to admit this but…), I really don’t have any anymore. The passion ship has sailed, and I’m just kind of dog-paddling in its wake now.

    ~ Stephen
    [Link:) Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews…

    1. No question, Karen Carpenter had a great voice. 🙂 I love the lyrics of this song (except for the chorus – a bit cheesy) because they express exactly how I feel about music. Thanks for the ‘kudos’, Stephen. 🙂 Hubby and I finally figured out that, despite our differences, we couldn’t imagine life without each other. The catalyst for that was frequent, prolonged separations over a three-year period (due to circumstances, not design). It gave us a new appreciation for each other.
      Interesting personality traits you have. Here’s what I found about INTJ:
      INTJs form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population – it is often a challenge for them to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with their relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering.
      Sound about right? I’m an Alpha Aquarius INFP-A (the ‘A’ stand for ‘assertive).
      Thanks for checking out so many of my A to Z posts. I plan on returning to BOTB as of May 15. Cheers!