This Apple Didn’t Fall Far…

MP900383005Sunday was Mother’s Day (Hugs to all the moms!) and I am blessed with one who loves me unconditionally, who kept me safe, and who let sleep fall by the wayside in order to work and support us for too many years.

I wish she didn’t live on the opposite coast, but we’ve found interesting ways to stay in touch, like relaying cyber hugs via this lovely pond.

You may think I’M the music nut of the lagoon but that’s only because you’ve never met my mom.

Vegas. Legs. High Heels. Midnight. Live Music. Warm.  My Mom.

There was scarcely a weekend that she wasn’t out dancing with the girls when I was a kid. Cleopatra’s Barge inside Caesar’s Palace was a Vegas hot spot and Santa Fe was the local band who kept that floating dance floor rocking most nights. I know because I was there. Yep, at the tender age of ten, mom would plant me just across the way from the barge at a little Japanese restaurant with seating where I could see her and she could see me. The cocktail waitresses all knew me and kept Shirley Temples with extra cherries on tap. This is no lie and something I clearly remember—in addition to mom’s short shorts, high heels and long, feathered blonde hair—it never failed, at some point during the night, the barge/dance floor would lean severely to the right and stay like that.

One guess why?

The loads of female fans crowding to be on the side of the stage of this one particular band member. I guess there’s just something magnetizing about a bass player…

Be sure and come back this Friday for a very special Guy Day…

Our special guest is a bass player…

You may have seen him last month performing live on Fox’s American Idol 🙂

Mom will be here because like I said, this apple didn’t fall far…Mermaid Carlene

So I’m curious to know, who’s your favorite member of the band?  Singer? Drummer? Keys? Bass?

19 thoughts on “This Apple Didn’t Fall Far…

    1. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Mom used to drag me to softball games…when it was her favorite band’s team playing. No sleep in Vegas 😉

  1. Carlene, I love all your stories about growing up in Vegas. I could sit and listen to stories like these for hours. Tell me more sometime? Your mom seems like she loves you so much. I think it is so sweet that she found a spot where she could see you at all times, even while she was dancing up a storm. Happy Mother’s Day yesterday!

    1. Hi Pintip! Thank you so much. Growing up in Vegas in the 80’s was a great adventure and I’m very grateful my mom found ways to keep it positive and keep us together. Happy Mother’s Day yesterday to you too!

  2. I’ve thought about each member in my favorite bands and have come to the conclusion, whichever one has the longest hair is the one I usually focus on !

  3. Thought your fave nite spot was Benihana’s in the Hilton where we’d have dinner. Then we’d dance the DJ’s booth where we could see & hear the band play in the lounge! You loved the singing tree full of birds as much as you loved the bands. You were our tiny dancer & the best! You were always in my sight. I loved visiting my father in TX as a kid and watching him sing & play guitar on stage with my aunts & uncles and seeing everyone dance! Music is family & I love you my little apple! The bass man is the beat for all the dancers! 😉

    1. Hi Mom! Yes, Benihana’s was my favorite because of the singing tree but I just couldn’t get the sight of the barge rocking and with our special guest coming up this Friday out of my head. Had to give some major props to bass players everywhere 🙂

        1. My pleasure! The singing tree was an animatronic tree filled with these birds who would sing and talk to the diners at Benihana’s at the Hilton. At the end of the act, they would all sing “Sayonara” together. It was the best and I cannot even begin to guess how many times I watched that same show. But it never got old. 🙂 They don’t have it anymore I don’t think. 🙁

  4. Hi Diana! Oh, there was plenty of homework, for sure. Love, love, love that you said RINGO! If you’re gonna love someone, may as well go for the best!

  5. Your mom’s awesomesauce, Carlene. Some might call her a HERO! 😉

  6. Carlene,
    Your mom is awesome! I remember as a kid watching my friend (who is more like my sister) getting ready to go to the discos with her single mom. I would dance with her in the living room, but I never managed to get to a disco (I was 8 years younger). I remember the hair and the makeup and the bell-bottom jeans. Man, was I so jealous! LOL. But they would go off together and dance the night away.
    Unfortunately, as cool as I remember that being, my kids get dragged to soccer games. 🙁

    1. Kim, that was a lifetime ago, wasn’t it? I love that you drag your kids to soccer games. I do the same to mine but every now and then, I sneak in live music shows. Kiddo has been to a few big shows but time remains to be seen whether rocking out to Gwen Stefani or Toby Keith is something he’ll see as cool or something his mom drug him to 🙂 You keep being the awesome mama you are my friend 🙂

  7. Sorry, but I do have a love for lead guitars, and for guitar playing folk musicians. *lesigh* McCartney, Croce, *all* of the Monkees, and anybody remotely cute to an awkward, short, chick in glasses.

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