I was a child of the 1970s, when AM radio played the hot music, 8-track tapes kept the beat going, and we waited until the end of the year to hear what the #1 song was, as revealed by Casey Kasem and his “Top 40″ show. Since I will greet the New Year somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, I thought I would celebrate here a bit early, just like we did in the 1970s.
In the early 1970s, there were few bands as popular as Three Dog Night. And Dick Clark (who is an American icon, for those of you who may not know) had them on for three “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” countdown shows in a row. So, we youth would gather in Lavengood’s basement as our parents were upstairs. We turn off all the lights, except for the blacklights (so that the velvet posters would shine) and listen to Three Dog Night. So, feel free to turn off your lights and join me as we consider how we can participate in bringing Joy to the world in 2011: