Mike Cope's blog

Thursday, January 13, 2005

CAR POOL I mentioned in August that I had a pretty taciturn car pool -- a bunch of 6th grade boys who would crawl in one at a time on Thursdays and say profound things like "hey, dude." That all changed in the fall though. I found the secret. The Beach Boys. I had tried lots of music: U2, Eagles, Beatles, etc. But it was The Beach Boys that popped the cork on conversation. For some reason, these guys know the BB tunes. "Help Me, Rhonda," "Sloop John B," "Surfin' USA," "Surfin' Safari," etc. And when "I Get Around" comes on it's karaoke time! With Beach Boys playing, there is a buzz of excitement. Now instead of no one talking, everyone is talking. Once they're loosened up a bit by The Beach Boys, we can move on to better stuff: Van Morrison ("Brown-Eyed Girl"), B. W. Stevenson ("My Maria"), Kingsmen ("Louie, Louie"), Steppenwolf ("Magic Carpet Ride"), and, of course, CCR ("Down on the Corner"). Plus, these are still just kids, so anything from Shrek works nicely (think: Smash Mouth's "All Star" or the Monkee's "I'm a Believer"). The reason I'm thinking about it this morning is that I forgot the Beach Boys CD. We were back to contemplative.


  • I am a huge fan of "American Dreams", the Sunday night drama on NBC. I think because I love nostalgia. Anyway, this past Sunday night they played "Last Train to Clarksville" by the Monkees and I thought "man, that is a dad-gum gone song that I haven't heard in a long time!" So, play em some Monkees! If that fails you can always go to "the Archies"! :) If all else fails, give em James Brown.........that will for sure liven them up.

    You can tell we are the generation that was pre-comtemporary Christian music...huh? All we had were the barber shop style quartets on Sunday morning....gag.

    By Blogger David U, at 1/13/2005 07:59:00 AM  

  • "Down on the Corner" -- my kids love that one. (I don't have an official car pool, yet, but I AM usually driving around with three kids 6 & under in the car.) In fact, my boys are turning into big CCR fans. The funniest thing about that is listening to them trying to sing what they think John Fogerty is singing. He isn't exactly "Mr. Enunciation", you know. I can't remember now what Isaac thought "Willie and the Poor Boys are playing" was, but it sure wasn't THAT. And there's nothing like hearing my 4-year old son singing "Bad Moon Rising" phoenetically. I wrote down the other down what a couple of lines sounded like to me:

    I see a bad denga doman
    (instead of "I hear hurricanes ablowing")

    I see bad jenga lightning
    (in lieu of "I see earthquakes and lightning")

    It reminds of being bufuddled as an eight-year old boy trying to mimic the second line from the refrain of "Sweet Hitchhiker":

    "Sweet hitchhiker
    We could make music at the Greasy King"

    And I confess that until I looked it up on the internet just seconds ago, I STILL had no idea that these lyrics existed! The Greasy King?!?

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 1/13/2005 08:58:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    As a youth minister I understand your difficulty with sixth grade boys. And like you I have found that the right music changes everything. (This works as they get older too, I use it on trips with the high schoolers as well.) For Christmas I received a great present that I could use for myself, but it would also solve any problems I would have with music. My wife got me an IPOD for Christmas. I am mentioning this to you because you can upload all of your CDs to it, and then you will always have the BB anytime you need them. Goodbye centemplative, hello karaoke!

    By Blogger Andy, at 1/13/2005 10:14:00 AM  

  • My kids (ages 5 & 3) can sing almost every word to 'Crocodile Rock', even if they're mostly the wrong words!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 1/13/2005 10:17:00 AM  

  • I knew the music theme would get Matt Elliott talking. Anyway, re: CCR, "Bad Moon on the Rise" (a.k.a. Bathroom on the Right) I once heard that "one eye is taken for an eye" sounds much more like, "whoa now, you stinkin' foreigner." The next time I heard the song I checked it out and sure enough . . .

    Not exactly PC, but very funny with the music. Give it a try.

    By Blogger Frank Bellizzi, at 1/13/2005 10:50:00 AM  

  • I am only 19 years old, and I think the Beach Boys are great! I remember when my dad would put on their cd in the car, and when the I heard "Crocodile Rock" I was hooked. Some other bands that I enjoy are: Moody Blues, Eagles, Hewy Lewis and the News, and a few others. There is nothing quite like the classics, although, I am still a fan of some of my gernerations music.

    By Blogger Emily, at 1/13/2005 10:52:00 AM  

  • FRANK!!!!!

    Nice to have you come out and play! Seems like just yesterday we were grilling steaks on the porch of Paul Gray Hall at Freed-Hardeman...

    No, wait -- it seems like 20 years ago. Actually, it WAS 20 years ago.

    Anyhoo, follow the links from my name and send me an email. I'd love to hear from you.

    {Don't mind us, folks. We're just catching up in front of you. Didn't Mike say a while back that this blog belongs to everybody?? But I'll hush now. I don't want any trouble with Grant Boone.)


    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 1/13/2005 11:19:00 AM  

  • My almost five year old can pick out a beach boys song when it comes on.

    On another note,at our house we parent by classic rock. Our favorite is the Stone's "You can't always get what you want". Hard to whine with Mom and Dad rocking out.

    What is up, by the way, with all the songs from the 70's and 80's being used in commercials. They are ruining perfectly good music by attaching products.

    By Blogger Steve Duer, at 1/13/2005 11:26:00 AM  

  • I meant to tell you that Eudaly and I met a man in his 50's a few years ago that was convinced CCR was singing "Down on the corner, Audi in the street" and he let us know he would whip anybody's butt who didn't see it that way! I told Don to take care of him for the both of us. Mistake.

    By Blogger David U, at 1/13/2005 11:33:00 AM  

  • Sorry Emily, but 'Crocodile Rock' is Elton John, not the Beach Boys. Please don't confuse them again! J/K - anyway, I also love the Moody Blues, Eagles, etc. & Classic Rock is by far my favorite even though I was in diapers through most of the best of it!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 1/13/2005 11:46:00 AM  

  • My nephew (4 years old this past December) is a huge (figuratively speaking) Rolling Stones fan -- from birth, apparently. The boy has been singing and clapping to I can't get no satisfaction for as long as I can remember. Though in his extremely southern drawl, it's reduced to something like "Ah caynt git no ...!" Still doesn't make it through the entire line. His first attempt was almost entirely a chorus of "Git no! Git no!"


    My nephew's adorable, dangit. I said so.

    By Blogger Q, at 1/13/2005 01:05:00 PM  

  • David - Remember when Eudaly WAS the music we rocked to? That was good old Harding rock, baby. "Time of Day." Didn't they do some Stones?

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/13/2005 01:30:00 PM  

  • Mike, I wish I could remember that!

    Anyway, thanks for the shout-out. Being remembered on your blog is almost as good as being on the Gong Show. Well, not quite, but you do sort of remind me of Chuck Barris, or was it Gene, Gene, the Dancing Machine?

    By Blogger don, at 1/13/2005 02:11:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    I remember them singing at several club banquets the Crosby, Stills & Nash song: Love The One Your With --"If you can't be with the one you love, love the one your with."

    By Blogger David Michael, at 1/13/2005 02:14:00 PM  

  • doodoot, doodoot, doot doot DOOTOOT!

    By Blogger don, at 1/13/2005 02:19:00 PM  

  • Yeah, it was either them or "The Wright Brothers"! Member them? Seems like they came every year, or maybe twice a year. I would have chosen the "Time of Day" between the two. Guess I was (am) prejudiced. Don and his boys could play ANYTHING....yes, including the Stones. They had a "Time of Day" reunion a couple of years ago and it was REALLY REALLY good. They can still get after it. Only difference was they had to take a lot more bathroom breaks and the lyrics were kinda slurred from to time. :) Oh, and the hair is shorter.....what hair is left.

    Thanks for the memories!

    By Blogger David U, at 1/13/2005 02:19:00 PM  

  • The versoin I have heard of Crocodile Rock has the Beach Boys signing, that is why I put their name with it. Its too bad that all of my dad's cd's are with him, and I'm at college. I miss some of them. My dad told me about one song by the Beatles (I think) that has a title that isnt all that pleasnt. I also think Queen rocks!!!!

    By Blogger Emily, at 1/13/2005 02:43:00 PM  

  • Some songs just plain make me happy and "Brown-Eyed Girl" is one of them.

    "Time of Day" -- I remember them. They came through Beaumont, TX to play at the Christian school I went to. This would have been in the mid-80s. A couple of them stayed at my house, including a guy named Denver Lee that all the girls at school fell in love with the next day. So I was -- at least for one day -- the coolest girl in school since Denver had stayed at my house. OK, I was in love with him, too. I even talked about going to Harding until my ACU grad dad put a stop to that nonsense.

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 1/13/2005 02:55:00 PM  

  • I didn't know the Beach Boys had a version of 'Crocodile Rock' - sorry Emily! I can see them singing that song, but can you imagine Elton singing 'Wouldn't It Be Nice?' I guess it doesn't work both ways!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 1/13/2005 06:00:00 PM  

  • Andy - I've had my IPOD about 6 months. And here's the confession: I have the Bose IPOD speaker. Just in case I need to entertain our whole block. I love the IPOD -- all my favorite songs (Christian and otherwise) and a few messages I like to keep with me ("I Have a Dream").

    Back to "Time of Day." Was it Eudaly, Hicks, and Woodroof while we were there? Can you still do the "Snap, Crackle, Pop" song, Don?

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/14/2005 05:37:00 AM  

  • Beaner, don't feel too bad! I would never have guessed that the Beach Boys did a cover of Crocodile Rock, either. Now I'm thinking I'd like to hear it!

    Just out of curiosity I did a web search and found a list of the songs the Beach Boys have covered. It includes a few Beatles songs as well! (Beach Boys Covers)

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 1/14/2005 05:37:00 AM  

  • FRANK BELLIZZI AND MATT ELLIOTT! I can't believe you two know each other. That completes my CT-GA-TN connection. Hey Frank, didn't you marry Michelle from Manchester? What a sweetie she is. We've got lots of good memories of when she was in our youth group way back when.

    Anyway, blessings to you both.

    MarkS (aka Steve Holt Sr.)

    By Blogger MarkS, at 1/14/2005 06:42:00 AM  

  • Mike, our first two years there the group was made up of Hicks, Woodruff, and Don Miller. The last two it was Ken Pulley, Dwight Erickson and me. Pulley still lives here, and so does Chuck, so we get to pick occasionally, but not much. And yes, that Snap, Crackle, Pop thang is indelibly imprinted. I think it became part of my DNA.

    That was a wonderful two years. We got to travel all over the country and do what we loved and eat a lot of great food and not worry about expenses and all of that. We traveled mostly with Rick Barnes, Admissions Officer Extraordinaire. His neice, Bridget Barnes, is now in her sr. year at ACU and attends Highland. (Her family lives in Comanche, TX) She tells me she loves the congregation and speaks very highly of you, too. If you see her, tell her Don says hey.

    By Blogger don, at 1/14/2005 06:44:00 AM  

  • Don was too humble to include the fact that they were so popular that they had "roadie" chicks that followed them around the country! No foolin! Ken Pulley can still sing like a song bird, and he is the ONLY person I know who can come close to doing any justice to Roy Orbison's "In Dreams". Ken is amazing. And Don.....well they have not invented the musical instrument that he can't play and sing with. They had a state wide acoustical contest a few years ago in Conway, and Don was one of the winners. You gotta hear his original song "I wanta be B.B. King". He brings the house down every time.

    Hey, forgive me for going on like this....but it is not everyday I get to brag on my Brother Figure (in honor of Earnest T. Bass)!! If any of you have any connections, he can still make it in Nashville. If not, he can still always do Bald Knob. :)

    By Blogger David U, at 1/14/2005 07:53:00 AM  

  • My first college crush(I was in highschool)was when Ken Dowdy,Jeff Schlender and the third guy escapes my memory, of the '71 Time of Day would sing "Love the One You're With" in their set. I was just so sure they were staring right at me as they sang it. Also wanted to comment that the radio songs I would turn up and give the history of to my young sons(back in the early '90's) were chosen by same son when he married on the beach last summer--STING'S "Fields of Gold","Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", and "When We Dance". Recessional was "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the BB's. Loved it! Moms do have some good influence on their boys!

    By Blogger annie, at 1/14/2005 02:04:00 PM  

  • I know what you mean about “Love the One Your With.” I, too, had a crush on Ken Dowdy. The CSN stuff rocked. I liked it so much; I just went ahead and married him.

    By Blogger Beverly Choate Dowdy, at 1/14/2005 07:55:00 PM  

  • Mike, hearing that you have an iPod does good things for my estimation of you. However, you're gonna hafta learn how to write "iPod" correctly or Steve Jobs (and, by association, every Mac geek on the planet) will have an anyeurism. Do you want to be held responsible for the spontaneous implosion of millions of heads worldwide?

    If nothing else, think of the mess it'd make... (Better yet, don't...)

    By Blogger Q, at 1/15/2005 08:21:00 PM  

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