Tidbits -April 11 2019

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY



OH, CAROLE...

  My sister Dibbie treated my sister Elizabeth and me to tickets to see “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” at the Koger Center last Wednesday. It was for our March birthdays.
  I knew in advance I would enjoy it, because Carole’s “Tapestry” is my all-time favorite album. I’ve owned it in all iterations, vinyl record, 8-track, cassette, CD and digital. Whatever comes next, I’ll get one of those, too.
  Even though she had been writing songs since the late 50’s, I don’t think I had ever heard of Carole until “Tapestry” came out.
  It was then I found out she wrote all the great songs on her album, including “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Natural Woman,” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”
  The play is her life story up until “Tapestry.”
  I’m glad we made it to see it, for you see I turned the wrong way down a one way street off Assembly Street by IHOP.
  Fortunately, the street was not crowded, and the drivers of the few cars saw me and slowed down. I went only about 50-feet, before I turned into the restaurant.
  I’m pretty sure that street wasn’t one way when I was at Carolina 50-years ago!
  I haven’t eaten at IHOP in years, and I had been envisioning pancakes topped with six inches of whipped cream and strawberries.
  I gave up sweets for Lent, and I questioned on Facebook if an apple was considered a sweet. Many told me an apple was a fruit and its sweetness is natural, so I could eat fruits.
  With this reasoning, I deduced whipped cream is also made of natural ingredients......
  When I looked at the menu, however, I decided to go with the chicken  fried steak, two eggs, hash browns and two pancakes. On the pancakes, I poured blueberry syrup. Natural.
  Dibbie got pancakes and got a bowl of whipped cream! Oh, my!
  We had about an hour to kill when we got out of IHOP, and after circling the block several times without going down another one way street, we parked and walked to the Koger Center.
  We passed the USC School of Music building, which features railings that have musical notes on them, like sheet music.
  We wanted to know of the notes had a tune, so I opened the piano app on my phone and played a section. I didn’t recognize a tune.
  If you were a music major at Carolina and know what song the notes represent, please let me know. Google has not provided anything.
  Not long after we got inside the Koger, we saw Owens and Marcia Shealy, and I yelled, “Two more Saluda red-necks!”
  A few minutes later, I saw USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner.
  The “gates” didn’t open until 7 p.m., and as the crowd built up, I was amazed that I was among the youngest people there!
  Then I thought about it. Carole King was a star in the 60s and 70s. Young people don’t know who she is.
  Our seats were about ten rows from the stage. I’ve said this before, but the Koger Center, as beautiful as it is, has one major design flaw, the are no aisles. You either enter from the right or left.
  Our seats were near the end of the left side, so everyone with seats in the middle passed in front of us.
  “Sorry, Excuse me, Forgive me.” It wasn’t their fault!
  The play begins when Carole was a teenager in Brooklyn. She wrote her first hit song when she was 17!
  Often we don’t think about stories behind songs.
  Carol’s first husband, Gerry Goffin, was the lyricist for many of her early hits.
  In the play, he told of having a rough childhood, and in order to get away from his home life, he would go up on the roof and dream of better days.
  From that experience he wrote the words to “Up On The Roof.”
  The great thing about the musical is when a song was discussed, representations of the hitmakers, “The Drifters,”  “The Shirelles,” and “Little Eva,” suddenly appear on stage and sing the song.
  Carole and Gerry’s best friends were also songwriters, who wrote “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, and, boom, the Righteous Brothers start singing.
  It was a great show. If you get the chance to see it, go!
  My only complaint was I wish they would have had an audience sing-along to “You’ve Got A Friend.” That would have topped it off.
  Of course, I had the “Salute to Tapestry” CD  in my car, so we sang it going home!

AGAIN!

  How unusual is it that in two important games this sports’ season, a no call by referees has affected the outcome of a game?
  In the NFC title game, refs not only missed an obvious interference, they also missed a targeting call. Had New Orleans gotten the call, the Saints could have gone to the Super Bowl. We assume the Saints would have scored to seal the win. We’ll never know. We do know the Saints did not go to the Super Bowl.
  Saturday in the Auburn-Virginia game, three refs missed an obvious double dribble. With the no call, the Cavalier player drove to the corner and threw up a prayer with only .6 of a second left. The Auburn defender committed the Cardinal Sin of  fouling the three point shooter, giving him three foul shots.
  He made all three and Virginia got to play for the National Championship.
  Miracles do happen, but you have to figure if the refs had called the double dribble, Auburn could have run off the few seconds remaining on the clock.
  I was hoping Auburn was going to win the national title, so we Gamecock fans could say our team beat the champs during the year.
  Bruce Pearl has said many times, “Frank Martin owns me.”
  With Virginia in the title game, local fans came claim the Cavs since they played in the Colonial Life Arena three times this season, once against the Gamecocks in the regular season, and twice in the regionals.
  I’m writing this on Sunday, so I don’t know who won the title, but I’ve said during “March Madness” Texas Tech was playing better than anyone, so that should bode well for the Cavaliers if I said that.
  This is the first year since brackets have been available that I didn’t predict at least one team in the Final Four. This has been an exciting tournament. The Elite 8 games were as good as I’ve ever seen.
  I’m also writing this before Baylor and Notre Dame play for the women’s title. I’m pulling for Baylor since the Bears eliminated Carolina. That should ensure the second straight title for the Irish.

SAD WEEK

  Last week was incredibly sad.
  Mrs. Grace Harmon was loved by all who knew her.
 She died last week at the age of 93. Her husband John is still climbing over fences in he pasture at the age of 99. They were quite a couple.
  Tony Merchant and his wife Carolyn were regulars at Saluda High football games.
  At away games, Wayne Grice, Danny Bledsoe and I get the field at 6 p.m. I have to sit near the 50-yard-line to keep stats. At 6 p.m., we have no problem getting prime seats .... unless Saluda is playing at Abbeville!
  Usually, Tony and Carolyn would arrive a few minutes after we did. Sometimes they would beat us!
  I was stunned a few weeks ago, to hear that Tony had been diagnosed with liver cancer.
  I was even more stunned when he died over the weekend. His  battle only lasted a few weeks.
  Gone too soon.
  Friday morning I heard a fire call  to a house on the scanner.
  Within minutes, an officer or fireman said there was a child in the yard, who said there were more people inside he house.
  I didn’t hear anything more after that, so I knew something bad had happened.
  Later in the day, I learned the former Karen Metts, who I’ve known since she was a little girl had died in the fire, as did her grandchild.
  How devastating. Her parents Winfred and Eleanor had already lost a son, Layne, to cancer. Now, this.
  I wrote about the legacy the late Don Hancock left for Saluda County students last week. Karen was Don’s cousin.
  I extend my sympathy to all the families who have lost loved ones this past week Many prayers have been lifted by your friends.

CLOSE WITH JOY

  After all the sadness this week, we had some joy at Emory Church Sunday.
  Fulton Winn was recognized for earning the Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouting’s biggest honor.
  Fulton is quite a story.
  He was diagnosed autistic when he was a little boy, but what a year he has had!
  You’ll recall during the football season, Fulton caught a touchdown pass against Ridge Spring-Monetta. When the word got out a kid with autism caught a touchdown pass, the story went nationwide!
  And now, Fulton has earned the Eagle Scout Award.  Believe me, as a former scout who didn’t get past First Class,  becoming an Eagle Scout is not easy.
  After Sheila Shealy presented him with a special gift from the church, Fulton thanked all those who made this accomplishment possible.
  One person he mentioned was his former scout leader, Don Hancock.
  That’s another notch to add to Don’s legacy belt!