sixstr stories was born on Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Somerville, Massachusetts.
I was visiting my daughter and casually mentioned to her that I was thinking of starting a blog. (At the time, she had a blog.) Before I knew it, she’d opened up her laptop and gone into WordPress.
She asked me if I had a name for my blog.
Fortunately, I did.
“Sure,” I replied.
Click, click. Tap, tap.
“There you go, Dad. You’ve got a blog!”
Here it is, eight years later, and sixstr stories is still up and running and, I believe, going strong. I may not be prolific, but I’ve never missed a month. And I still enjoy it immensely.
In my very first post, I established the sixstr stories motto: “Good music doesn’t get old.” That quote comes from Mr. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMothe (1890-1941), the man who invented Jazz.
As of today – April 18, 2018 – sixstr stories contains 353 posts and has been viewed 32,432 times. I know that’s a far cry from viral, but I’ll take it.
An added bonus: it seems that the nice folks at WordPress have protected my site from 43,149 spam comments.
But, hey! Enough with the stats. This is a birthday party, isn’t it?
Well, I cannot think of a better way to celebrate sixstr stories 8th birthday than with my favorite (and probably the first) Psychedelic Rock song!
So… “Ladies and gentlemen, The Byrds.”
“Eight Miles High” by The Byrds was released as a single by Columbia Records on March 14, 1966. The song was written by Gene Clark, Jim (Roger) McGuinn and David Crosby.
The line-up of musicians on that recording was: Gene Clark, vocals; Jim (Roger) McGuinn, electric 12-string lead guitar and vocals; David Crosby, electric rhythm guitar and vocals; Chris Hillman, bass guitar and vocals; and Michael Clarke, drums.
“Eight Miles High” was included on The Byrds’ third album, Fifth Dimension, released by Columbia on July 18, 1966.
The album pictured above, The Byrds Greatest Hits, was my first Byrds album. It was released by Columbia on August 7, 1967. (Don’t you love David Crosby’s hat?)
Finally, to each and every one of you who visit, read, follow, listen to, like and/or comment on my random musings and enthusiasms here at sixstr stories, please accept my heartfelt thanks. I am sincerely grateful for all of your support; past, present and future.