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The 45's

By Bud Lemire

I've loved music, from the first moment I could hear
I'd listen to music, every day of the year
Mom would sing to us, a song that she knew
It played throughout my life, as I matured and I grew

My brother Terry, had an old record player I'd play
45s spun around, I listened to them every day
I bought my first new 45, it was ABBA's “SOS”
Yet, there was a place, where I could pay for them less

Upstairs of B.F. Goodrich, Major Utilities was found
Many days, it's where I was bound
Just a quarter for one 45, or five for a dollar
On my way home, I was so happy I could holler
Out of the Jukebox, and what a good deal
I lived in each song, even if it wasn't real

I heard about someone, selling a big box of 45s at a garage sale
On the south side, in the mid to late 70's, and this is the tale
Off I went, my Dad gave me a ride
A woman greeted me, on the inside
I was short of money, but Dad helped me out
He knew I loved music, he knew what fun was all about

In the year 2021, as it came to be
A Cousin told of, how her 45s were sold to me
You see, those 45s, influenced my musical taste
And to think, they almost all went to waste
These days, I share copies of the music I like to hear
With that very same Cousin, who is a friend and is dear

©May 16, 2021 Bud Lemire

Author Note:

I didn't know her back in the 70's. It wasn't until the 90's
that we would find out we were cousins. Abba's “SOS”
that I bought was at Advanced Electric on Ludington Street.
Major Utilities was on the East side of the building upstairs,
of B. F. Goodrich. A man with the last name of Flath and his
two sons ran the place.


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