"It started with an idea and a commitment."
- Shady Del Knight
old and new.
It has been exactly three years since the
Shady Dell reopened at its new location...
here at the intersection of
Blogspot and Cyberspace...
since I began
to exhort all
Dell rats to
join the fun!
This blog is a catharsis.
It gives me the opportunity to share with
you my memories of the Shady Dell and
of John and Helen Ettline.
It allows me to express how much
the people, the place, and the music
meant to me.
It's been a fascinating three year journey...
filled with surprises, teaching, learning,
sharing and wonderful new friendships.
As we head into our 4th year together...
there are many more memories to share,
topics to explore, and friends to discover
somewhere out there.
To help us celebrate our third anniversary,
let's look back at some of the unforgettable
images that helped to define the first three
years. As we take this stroll down memory
lane, I will paraphrase the monologue from
a popular Kevin Costner movie.
The monologue seems a perfect fit for the
occasion because this blog came about
when an inner voice directed me to
construct my own Field of Dreams.
People will come, Del.
They'll come to your virtual Shady Dell for
reasons they can't even fathom.
They'll turn up your driveway not knowing
for sure why they're doing it.
They'll arrive at your door as innocent as
children...longing for the past.
“Of course, I won't mind if you look around,”
you'll say. “It was once only 25 cents to get
in and now it’s free!”
They would have passed over the money
without even thinking about it, for it is
money they have and peace they lack.
And they'll walk out to the patio and sit in
shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon.
They'll find they have reserved seats on the
benches surrounding the dance floor where
they sat when they were children and
cheered their jukebox heroes.
And they'll watch the game of life...
the game of love, laughter, tears and
uninhibited youth unfold right before
and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in
The memories will be so thick they'll have to
brush them away from their faces.
People will come, Del.
The one constant through all the years,
Del...has been music.
America has rolled by like an army of
It has been erased like a blackboard...
and erased again...
but music has marked the time.
This blog, these memories: they are a part
of our past, Del.
us of all that
once was good
and it could be
Oh... people will come, Del.
People will most definitely come.
And come they did. I never dreamed at the
outset that Shady Dell Music & Memories,
the little blog that could, would grow into
an international network of friends -
real friends who care about each other.
As we begin year four, I promise you that
Shady Dell Music & Memories will continue
to be a place where everybody is welcome,
everybody gets my personal attention, and
everybody is a star if they want to be.
Thank you, my dear friends,
for your continued support of
Shady Dell Music & Memories!
Have a Shady day!