A Travelin’ Music homage to trusty Ol’ Blue

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Until this week, I could brag that I was still on my first wife and my first car.

Not any longer. I’m keeping my girl as long as she’ll have me, but we’ve officially parted ways with the 1980 Toyota Corolla — “Old Blue” — that we bought new off the lot more than 30 years ago. Over the years, it had become part of the family, part of the landscape in which we lived. Our two daughters — both off on lives of their own by now — expressed shock and disbelief at the announcement. And when my wife posted the news on Facebook, the responses varied from surprise to melancholy:

“Omg you still had that car!!?!! Whoa!!”

“Ohhh, not the Little Engine That Could! I remember it well…in fact, can’t imagine you without it.”

“WOW! The car I learned how to drive standard with in Oregon. Even Mai is getting teary eyed now and she never sat in it.”

“Jay looks a little sad in that photo, if you ask me. I always liked the beautiful blue color of that car, and I remember the joy of driving it one time when you let me borrow it to go out on a story when my car was in the shop. I understand your sentimentality. Mary cried when we sold our blue van that our kids grew up with and that took us on many a vacation.”

The car has seen a lot of road, some of it rough and some of it smooth, just like the rest of us. And while the air conditioner’s busted, the radio doesn’t work, the headlight switch is fickle and it’s got some dings in it, the engine is sound and she’s got a lot of miles still in her.

They just won’t come with me driving it. She ended up in good hands, sold to a college-student friend in need of transportation who’s willing to give her the care she needs. I’m sure we’ll still see her from time to time, and smile when we do.

So of course, all of that’s just a long-winded way of saying that tonight’s theme is … car songs!

– Jay Bookman

357 comments Add your comment

bill arp

July 22nd, 2011
3:13 pm

round round get around, i get around….

josef

July 22nd, 2011
3:18 pm

Just think, maybe thirty years from now that student will be passing it on…TRADITION…and just think what it’ll be worth then…now that’s investing in our future… oh, yeah, good theme too and have fun with the boys…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-oNIB1INlg&feature=related

SOUTHERN ATL

July 22nd, 2011
3:21 pm

Message from Matti

July 22nd, 2011
3:26 pm

Southern ATL,

BEST EVER! Yeah, I used to be a Mustang Matti.. Heh…

Second best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN_YjM4V4fc

Jefferson

July 22nd, 2011
3:27 pm

Now I’m prayin’ for the end of time…

hell yea, come on

josef

July 22nd, 2011
3:29 pm

matti—
great choice…on on the other screen!

and if “you’re living right…take a ride in my machine…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip_pjb5_fgA

bill arp

July 22nd, 2011
3:30 pm

Not an American made car, Jay? what were you thinking….

Granny Godzilla

July 22nd, 2011
3:30 pm

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

July 22nd, 2011
3:34 pm

Well, Bookman’s about off to go fishing. It’s a old problem: the missus or fishing. Brad Paisley’s got something to say about it, and I agree with him. Have a good weekend everybody:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CddnsHSlMw

josef

July 22nd, 2011
3:34 pm

midori

If and when you check in…had this one ready for ya and, bam, it’s the theme! Were you able to get DDR to up the mauve boa…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NkgiFHEm0Y

AmVet

July 22nd, 2011
3:35 pm

Jay, you do look a little droopy in that pic.

But if I “lost” an old friend like that, I’d be a tad morose too.

Have a great time out there in god’s country and we’ll try to soldier on without you, beloved host…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnKWFykkyns

Dave R.

July 22nd, 2011
3:35 pm

OK, maybe it’s me, but based on that picture of Ol Blue, shouldn’t Jay get his blog picture updated?

To put it mildly, there’s a lot more frost on the pumpkin in THAT picture than what we see everyday. ;)

Message from Matti

July 22nd, 2011
3:35 pm

Well I was rollin’ down the road in some cold blue steel; I had a blues man on the back and a beautician at the wheel…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96K6Fvpbk3Q

SOUTHERN ATL

July 22nd, 2011
3:36 pm

AmVet

July 22nd, 2011
3:39 pm

And Matti’s right, that little song about a little pony is sure hard to beat, SOUTHERN ATL.

What’s a hoot is that version is not Wilson Puckett, it’s that jawdroppingly great cover from that film The Commitments

http://ticketsthere.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/pic_the_commitments_lg11.jpg

AmVet

July 22nd, 2011
3:41 pm

Granny, that oldie @3:30 reminded me of…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9QpDvhshOQ

Message from Matti

July 22nd, 2011
3:42 pm

AmVet,

Every time I see that movie, I am overwhelmed with the urge to quit my day job and become a backup singer playing smokey blues bars every night. It takes weeks to shake that off and get back to the suckage of reality.

Jefferson

July 22nd, 2011
3:44 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 22nd, 2011
3:44 pm

Well since its a car theme…. I got a 69 Chevy with a 396….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnx3CUHHkrE

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 22nd, 2011
3:45 pm

SOUTHERN ATL

July 22nd, 2011
3:45 pm

Jay, have a safe and fun vacation….AmVet Wilson Pickett ruled with that song!!! I have got to crash early but….back at ya…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ses7Y4oaxY

BADA BING

July 22nd, 2011
3:46 pm

I guess that is one Toyota that didn’t have a problem with runaway acceleration. Zer0 to 60 in…………….still waiting.

Curious Observer

July 22nd, 2011
3:47 pm

A classic car song from the days when I had hair and could see my feet when I stood up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4yqWPVjA80

Schrodinger's cat

July 22nd, 2011
3:53 pm

A not so great song about the greatest muscle car ever built…mine will be road worthy this summer :o )

Schrodinger's cat

July 22nd, 2011
3:54 pm

Granny Godzilla

July 22nd, 2011
3:55 pm

Peadawg

July 22nd, 2011
3:55 pm

1980? I wasn’t even born then. BTW you look reeeeeeaaaaally old in that picture, Jay. Just sayin…

Anyways, here’s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqgM240GoU4&ob=av2e – Hinder’s cover of ‘Born to be Wild’

Henry Ford

July 22nd, 2011
3:59 pm

Bookman, why do you hate America? Jap cars are “job killers”. Just think of how many UAW jobs you could have “created” had you bought and retired three or four Escorts or Tauruses during the same 30 years? Not to mentioned the lost revenue on the ExxonMobil balance sheet due to the fuel efficiency of Little Big Blue? Or, as Joe Strummer and his Clashmates demanded; “…gimme Honda, gimme Sony; so cheap and real phony…”

BADA BING

July 22nd, 2011
4:01 pm

Zero to 60 is not so much a time period for that car, as an aspiration.

BADA BING

July 22nd, 2011
4:02 pm

Theme song for ‘Old Blue’…….”Born to be Mild”

out of the blue

July 22nd, 2011
4:03 pm

A blast from the past…Great motion pictures of ITALY’S coast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOklqGI_82M&feature=fvst

Peadawg

July 22nd, 2011
4:05 pm

Henry Ford, make better cars and we’ll stop buying overseas (Toyota, Honda, Kia).

joe the paleo-neo caddilac

July 22nd, 2011
4:05 pm

Jefferson

July 22nd, 2011
4:07 pm

Henry Ford : “Hell, I’ll give em’ the car if they will buy parts” :)

BADA BING

July 22nd, 2011
4:07 pm

Jay, there are lots of reasons to buy that car, MPG, reliability, low purchase price, etc. Just tell me you did not buy it because it matched your EYES!

Paul

July 22nd, 2011
4:09 pm

Jay

Condolences. It’s tough to leave old friends.

I trust tonight you will have a toast to Old Blue. I’ll join you.

Friends & Memories and all that -

AmVet

July 22nd, 2011
4:09 pm

Matti, yeah that flick completely blew me away. One of a kind with a soundtrack and story that kicked major league ass…

Keep, in 1974, I was stationed in Tampa and met this stewardess (remember Eastern Airlines?!) who was moving and needed to sell her car. She had babied it and didn’t drive it all that much. I bought it:
http://chevroletcamarocar.us/wp-content/uploads/1969_camaro_convertible-4e0593fad0ee8.jpg

I ran that thing for all she was worth, but had to let her go when I got sent to Europe. I still miss that hot rod.

Great choices Curious and Jefferson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ainIBDO6a8E

Union

July 22nd, 2011
4:10 pm

no wonder you dislike anyone with money.. i would be angry too if i had to drive a derelict around

Henry Ford

July 22nd, 2011
4:11 pm

Peadawg, if I were to build better cars, I’d have to charge more, and lay off hundreds, if not thousands of Americans; lest I not be able to afford my life. What are you, some kind of some wealth envy socialist? I have the right to manufacture and sell inferior merchandise; just as the American consumer has the right to shop around and… oh, nevermind.

Joe Pa

July 22nd, 2011
4:14 pm

I remember 1980… We lost to Bama in the Sugar Bowl.

carlosgvv

July 22nd, 2011
4:15 pm

I wonder how many 1980 Chevys, Fords, Oldsmobiles, Buicks, Mercurys and Pointacs are still around. Oh wait? I forgot!!! It was the high quality of the early Hondas and Toyotas that finally forced Detroit to up the quality level of their cars. Looking back now, that should have been a warning of the bad times to come.

Peadawg

July 22nd, 2011
4:15 pm

“I have the right to manufacture and sell inferior merchandise” – Yes you do. So don’t piss and moan when nobody buys your inferior merchandise. :)

poison pen

July 22nd, 2011
4:16 pm

Dear AJC, Please give Jay a raise so he can buy an American car and keep our money here.

Peadawg

July 22nd, 2011
4:18 pm

That car reminds me of the blue Preist that Jeff Dunham/Peanut talk about in his comedy skit.

poison pen

July 22nd, 2011
4:20 pm

Carlos, I suggest you watch Mecum Auction or Barrett JacksonAuction and you will see thousands of American cars from 1980 and much earlier.

josef

July 22nd, 2011
4:22 pm

Too bad Hillbilly’s forsaken us, but here’s thinking of ya, Buddy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKcFluunDtg

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

July 22nd, 2011
4:24 pm

Now if the government was as cheap as Jay we wouldn’t have this deficit problem.

Logical Dude

July 22nd, 2011
4:24 pm

Poison Pen, “I suggest you watch Mecum Auction”

I tried, I really did! I tried to watch one of these auction shows and it was SOOOOOOOO boring!
I’d rather just go out and shop for a car than watch this type of show.
:)

Logical Dude

July 22nd, 2011
4:25 pm

Hi Jay, the car looks very weepy in this picture.

carlosgvv

July 22nd, 2011
4:35 pm

poison pen

Do you not know that almost all of those cars have been rescued from junk yard and restored? Jay bought his car and it kept running all these years. This is more than you can say for 1980 Detriot iron.

Paul

July 22nd, 2011
4:36 pm

Not sure about the video but it’s one of the earliest car songs I remember.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-h27xvUGbo#t=00m25s

md

July 22nd, 2011
4:39 pm

“Now if the government was as cheap as Jay we wouldn’t have this deficit problem.”

Or if folks had been satisfied with as much house as they needed vs what they were told they could afford……..

Just What I Needed

July 22nd, 2011
4:42 pm

Jm

July 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

Have a good vacation jay. We all need one. I’m reading another great Theo Roosevelt biography on mine :)

Paul

July 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

out of the blue

I see roads like that and I think, my gosh, how did those crews ever build it?

josef

From downstairs: “Say, you’re in Texas. How firm IS “the liberal control of education?””

Well, ever since that left wing progressive George W. Bush pushed thru achievement standards for students, not that long after that other socialist H. Ross Perot led a commission that said if kids didn’t pass their classes they couldn’t play football, it’s been on a downward spiral. (get it? football – spiral?).

Now back to the car songs -

Paul

July 22nd, 2011
4:48 pm

One of the most beautiful cars to come out of the 60s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_FSicQWimU

Finn McCool

July 22nd, 2011
4:48 pm

Jay will be spoiled by the AC?

Paul

July 22nd, 2011
4:49 pm

and back to my southern Cal growin’-up days

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pYU0p6WZhU

josef

July 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

josef

July 22nd, 2011
5:03 pm

wet wiccan

July 22nd, 2011
5:04 pm

they were long and low and sleek and fast
they were classic in a word…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CW5GRilRyE

josef

July 22nd, 2011
5:10 pm

PAUL

“…the terror of Colorado Boulevard….”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUlH09TMKgQ

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:11 pm

JamVet

July 22nd, 2011
5:12 pm

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:12 pm

Paul:

The 1966 GTO was the biggest single year muscle car seller of all time. The record was never beaten.

I had one !

Fred

July 22nd, 2011
5:13 pm

Josef: It just ocurred to me, when you posted that, that I have not seen HD since I came back. Where is he?

Anyway, since we are talking songs, we can’t forget drivers and here’s a song about one of the greatest ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb31ThC4fLE&feature=related

And of course here’s the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnUS8lndlzg&feature=related

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:14 pm

josef

July 22nd, 2011
5:16 pm

Some things worth having are worth waiting for…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sIm_kFOXCE&feature=fvst

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

Good Fight:

After I got out of the service I also had a ‘69 Plymouth GTX 440 four-speed 3:73 rearend …………. no air or power of any kind ……… and as they say, “it would jump a beer can” ……………………. :o

Red, black vinyl top and K&E mag wheels. Air shocks for the back and “cherry bomb” glasspacks and I was ready to cruise the square in Gainesville …………… !!

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:21 pm

Fred

July 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm

So what are we gonna do for a whole WEEK? Hell, if Jay would have let me know I would have done some columns for him…………

Paul

July 22nd, 2011
5:24 pm

josef

That was hilarious.

scout

You lucky, guy. I had a ‘64 Malibu SS. Brosephus NOW has a 67 Impala!

Dad got a car for me and my brothers to drive while we were in HS. ‘63 Bonneville convertible. He figured we were so broke and the car sucked so much gas we couldn’t get far. Had real walnut inlay on the dash. I used to lemon oil it to death -

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:24 pm

Gordon

July 22nd, 2011
5:26 pm

Reminds me of my favorite episode of “The Wonder Years” where they had to finally let go of the old family station wagon and it ended with Neil Young’s “Long May You Run”. It really is hard to walk away that last time.

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:26 pm

Paul:

I was lucky as a young teenager too.

Dad had a ‘57 Chevy 2 Dr. Hardtop (white with red interior) 283 cubic inch 4 barrel.

I took my driver’s test in that and also used it for all of my early dating ……………………….. :o

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:27 pm

Gordon:

I watched that one with tears in my eyes !!

josef

July 22nd, 2011
5:27 pm

FRED

HD has been blogging elsewhere…haven’t asked him why…figure if he wanted us here to know, he’d've told us…

Paul

July 22nd, 2011
5:29 pm

Scout

Had a friend who went to ‘Nam. Marine. All he talked about was getting back and getting a chopper. Anyhow, dad had a great friend, Carl, who was a car salesman like you wouldn’t believe. Marine friend returned stateside, go discharged. He pulled up in this beautiful Barracuda. Dad said “I thought you were going to get a chopper?” Friend said “I stopped by to see Carl and the next thing I knew I was driving this…..”

pogo

July 22nd, 2011
5:30 pm

Though I love my Toyota’s, I must offer the following. It is one of my favorite ditties. If it has already been presented I apologize.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDGWABal_fs

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:34 pm

Paul:

440 Barracuda’s were bad !!

1811/0311

July 22nd, 2011
5:35 pm

Fred

July 22nd, 2011
5:38 pm

Pogo, it has been played but there’s no reason to apologise for that. What you SHOULD apologize for is the version you picked, (unless it’s you singling and then it was GREAT!!!!!!!!!

godless heathen

July 22nd, 2011
5:54 pm

My gawd, Jay. I can’t believe you let anyone you know drive the highways of Atlanta in that POS. When your O-man had the cash for clunkers program, he was talking to you. What did you get for her, like $400??? Old blue should have been taken out back and shot about 15 years ago. That’s a death trap. This one is for blue’s new owner.

http://youtu.be/KOTcP1JVaes

out of the blue

July 22nd, 2011
6:02 pm

After I returned home from “The Nam” in late ‘66 I had accrued a good amount of money (Where you going to spend your paycheck in Vietnam)? And, the next day it was off to the car lot to find just the right vehicle… a 61 Corvette egg shell blue with white in the receding panels. A thing of beauty, and, for sale for the princely sum of 2,750.00.

The first thing I tried out was the “Wonder bar” and this is where I
first heard this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tmqyC89dV8

wet wiccan

July 22nd, 2011
6:15 pm

JamVet

July 22nd, 2011
6:21 pm

All this talk of muscle cars take ya right back to some Jimi…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClQgkOoY1do

Alabama Communist

July 22nd, 2011
6:22 pm

Do you plan on shooting your wife when she uses up her 30 years motor life?

Jm

July 22nd, 2011
6:27 pm

OBama killed the debt deal. After previously agreeing with boehner to a certain amount of tax increase, he presented the plan to dems yesterday. They said no way and they moved the goal line when reconfetencing with republicans today.

If this all falls apart, Obama and dems are to blame.

Coming out of lurking for this one. :D

July 22nd, 2011
6:27 pm

Best chick lit ever. lol…sing it, Kathy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQZV6q00sUc

out of the blue

July 22nd, 2011
6:29 pm

Did I just hear a song about a pink cadillac? I’ll see your pink caddie and raise you a red one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZALUuCrubNY&feature=related

Doggone/GA

July 22nd, 2011
6:32 pm

“If this all falls apart, Obama and dems are to blame”

Nope. Since raising the debt limit should NEVER have been tied to anything related to the budget or the debt, it will ALWAYS be the fault of the irresponsible Republicans if it falls apart. They should have done what has been done 75 times in the past, including during the administrations of both Bushs and that of Reagan.

JamVet

July 22nd, 2011
6:34 pm

A song about those halcyon days of our youth before MADD…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1HywI5tlFU

out of the blue

July 22nd, 2011
6:37 pm

JM as usual you’ve got it backwards.

“OBama killed the debt deal. After previously agreeing with boehner to a certain amount of tax increase, he presented the plan to dems yesterday. They said no way and they moved the goal line when reconfetencing with republicans today.

Gridlock stubbornly held the high ground in the steamy capital Friday, as Republican House Speaker John Boehner called President Barack Obama to announce that he is withdrawing from the debt ceiling talks.

Obama, also had this to say “”What we’re not going to do is continue to play games and string this along,” said the president. “I’ve been left at the altar now a couple of times.”

BRW

July 22nd, 2011
6:40 pm

Don’t think that qualifys exactly as a little deuce coupe but I still like the song. I lost my older Beach Boys / Jan & Dean lovin’ brother this month and a tear still wells up everytime I hear Brian Wilson crooning. By the way, giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up, four oh nine!

Normal

July 22nd, 2011
6:40 pm

Just watched the Presidents speech(noticed that NONE of the local stations carried it). He is frustrated, but he has called the GOP’s bluff. But all in all the only song I can think of now is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUpBSvN1a50

Doggone/GA

July 22nd, 2011
6:41 pm

Congressional Oath of Office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

As far as I’m concerned, every Congressperson who signed that pledge against raising taxes has violated their oath of office and should be impeached.

Normal

July 22nd, 2011
6:42 pm

josef

July 22nd, 2011
6:45 pm

wet wiccan

July 22nd, 2011
6:47 pm

Bruno

July 22nd, 2011
6:49 pm

I haven’t had time to link all the selections yet, but I’ll be SHOCKED if JamVet hasn’t put this one up yet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR47-4UoLPg&ob=av3n