November 22nd 1963

Friday, November 22, 2013
It's my big five oh today. Yes, your blog editor was born the same sad day President Kennedy was assassinated. I don't know if this has anything to do with my morbid fascination with death, but it has always been odd that the day of my birthday receives so much attention. Especially on the milestone dates.

It's not like being born on Christmas, which is likely to be either super fun because you get twice as many gifts or sucky because everyone else gets gifts on your birthday. No, my birthday is filled with somber remembrances of a life cut short by a madman with a rifle. This year this has been especially true, what with the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination.

Some of you may know that I am a follower of conspiracy theories. Not necessarily a believer, but I like following them and my birthday is a day full of them. For what it's worth, I don't think there is a conspiracy involved in President Kennedy's death. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. NSFW Video

A lot of turmoil surrounded my birth and first few weeks of life. My aunt was pregnant with my dear cousin Treasa and gave birth two weeks after my birth which was around the same time my father died in a tragic accident. All these things made for a very shaky start to my life. Of course, I don't have memories of this, but this chaos is revisited upon me every year, from family members and the media.

Now, I am not saying this is the cause of my screwed up nature, but I imagine I was a little neglected as an infant with so many other things going on around me. My mother listened to the radio a lot, finding comfort in music. I am sure that had a big influence on me. To this day, I would rather listen to music than really do anything else. I have written before, my life has a soundtrack and that's a big reason we have this blog. Video has a swear

I know that's a long way to go for this weeks Pick Six. I have six songs that topped the Hot 100 in 1963 which I probably heard as I gestated, as a nation mourned and later when my mother mourned. Of course I still hear these songs a lot these days as Diane's favorite XM/Sirius channel is the 60's on 6.

  1. Walk Like A Man – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  2. Sukiyaki – Kyu Sakamoto
  3. Telstar – The Tornadoes
  4. Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
  5. Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton
  6. Fingertips Part 2 – Stevie Wonder

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