Paddlin’ on the River

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It was now a number of years ago when Ike and Tina Turner sang Proud Mary with the line “…rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the river.”  The music or vocals weren’t the best, but Tina really put her heart and soul into her music and dancing, didn’t she?

The song was written by John Fogerty for his band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. In the liner notes for the 2008 expanded reissue of Bayou Country, Joel Selvin explained that the songs for the album started when John Fogerty was in the National Guard, that the riffs for “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” and “Keep on Chooglin'” were conceived by Fogerty at a concert in the Avalon Ballroom, and “Proud Mary” was arranged from parts of different songs, one of which was about a “washerwoman named Mary.”[2] The line “Left a good job in the city” was written following Fogerty’s discharge from the National Guard, and the line “rollin’ on the river” was from a movie by Will Rogers.  It wasn’t until 1970 that Ike and Tina Turner recorded their version of the song.  Fogerty and his band had it on their 1969 album, Bayou Country.

All these years I thought it was about a steamboat.  Shows you what I know!!!!

Today’s photo was shot a week ago this past Sunday afternoon while my granddaughters were playing along the edge of the Chattahoochee River in Peachtree Corners.  I liked the colors of the kayak and water and the image of serenity.  It has been a tough winter in the Atlanta area (as Atlanta goes) so this beautiful, sunny, warm day was heaven-sent.

Anyway, I’m really tired tonight and am going to bed early.  I’m hoping to find a tad of that serenity  myself tonight!  I hope you do, too!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1948, the communist-controlled government of Czechoslovakia reported that Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk has committed suicide. The story of the noncommunist Masaryk’s death was greeted with skepticism in the West.

Masaryk was born in 1886, the son of Czechoslovakia’s first president. After World War I, he served as foreign minister in the new Czech government and later as Czech ambassador to Great Britain. During World War II, he again took the position of foreign minister, this time with the Czech government-in-exile in London. After the war, Masaryk returned to Czechoslovakia to serve as foreign minister under President Eduard Benes. It was a tense time in Masaryk’s native country. The Soviet Union had occupied the nation during World War II and there were fears that the Soviets would try to install a communist government in Czechoslovakia, as it had in Poland, East Germany, and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Masaryk, however, was skillful in dealing with the Soviets, assuring them that a democratic Czechoslovakia posed no security threat to Russia.

In 1947, though, Masaryk made a fatal mistake. When the United States unveiled the Marshall Plan—the multi-million-dollar aid program for postwar Europe—Masaryk indicated Czechoslovakia’s interest in participating. When he informed the Soviets, they absolutely refused to give their approval. This was quickly followed, in February 1948, by a communist coup in Czechoslovakia. President Benes was forced to accept a communist-dominated government. Masaryk was one of the few non-communists left in place. On March 10, 1948, the Czech government reported that Masaryk had committed suicide by jumping out of a third-story window at the Foreign Ministry.

The reaction in the West was characterized by deep suspicion. Secretary of State George Marshall stated that Czechoslovakia was under a “reign of terror,” and that Masaryk’s “suicide” indicated “very plainly what is going on.” Despite suspicions that the communists had murdered Masaryk, nothing has been proven definitively and his death remains one of the great mysteries of the Cold War era.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  In The Godfather (1972), John Marley’s (Jack Wolz) scream of horror in the horse head scene was real, as he was not told that a real horse head, which was obtained from a dog food company, was going to be used.

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