A place we call home

Amid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like
TRADITIONS HOME

Home Sweet Home

The cold weather, gray and gloomy, still and quiet, got me thinking about staying home, about touching songs and poems about homes.

Home on the Range is popular in Kansas, but it is about being away from home, out on the range, under the stars. Gee Ma, I Wanna Go Home — Kids sang it at summer camp and Dolly Parton gave us a funny version. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver and Our House by Crosby, Stills, and Nash — both warm the heart. Grandmother’s House, we all sang in unison at Christmas time.

Home Sweet Home is the one we love best, the one that makes us cry.

And here are a few more poems.

Far from the city’s dust and heat,
I get but sounds and odours sweet.
Who can wonder I love to stay,
Week after week, here hidden away,
In this sly nook that I love the best–
This little brown house like a ground-bird’s nest?

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A perfect home is heaven’s door,
It’s built of loving deeds,
No angry frown nor biting word
Will sow discordant seeds.

No selfish wish nor cruel act,
Will in this home be found.
No thought of self will have a place,
For each to each is bound
By ties of love so pure indeed,
So helpful, so serene;
That door seems portal of high heav’n,
Rich treasures there are seen…

Ardelia Cotton Barton

…Restore to me that little spot,
With grey walls compassed round,
Where knotted grass neglected lies,
And weeds usurp the ground.

Though all around this mansion high
Invites the foot to roam,
And though its halls are fair within —
Oh, give me back my HOME!

Anne Bronte

There’s no place like home, said three times with feeling.

A line from the Wizard of Oz

Series 7000

Does anybody really know what time it is, does anybody care?

Chicago – Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

1970, written and sung by Robert Lamm.

7000-series-clock

1970

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 838, the average cost of a new house was a paltry $23,450.00, and the average hard-working Joe made $9,400.00. The band formerly known as Chicago Transit Authority changed its name to Chicago and took off.

Stickley Furniture, in Manlius, New York, dwindled down to 22 employees, but it too was about to take off after the purchase by Alfred and Aminy Audi.

Music to my ears

Don’t overthink it, singer and songwriter, Robert Lamm would say. The song “Does anybody really know what time it is?” was meant to be catchy, something that would allow the horns to wail and give trumpeter Lee Loughnane a solo with which to shine. Lamm was happy with the keyboard and vocals.

I am sitting in my living room on my Stickley Series 7000 sofa, listening to the perplexing piano intro by Lamm, waiting, patiently waiting for the multitude of horns to come in, and so they do, blaring away, like a band in a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. My foot starts to tap, my head to sway.

The music takes one back to one’s youth.

Nuff’ said

Some things are timeless, some things are classic, like the Stickley Series 7000, sofas and sectionals, made to order.

“Nuff’ said,” as the marvelous Stan Lee would say, a classic song speaks for itself.