‘Feeling Groovy’ troubadour entertains in Blacksburg

By Lynn R. Mitchell

2As we pulled into the parking lot of the Food Lion on North Main Street in Blacksburg Wednesday afternoon, the musical sounds of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s 1967 “Feelin’ Groovy” wafted across the parked cars:

“Slow down, you move too fast, you got to make the morning last, just kicking down the cobblestones, looking for fun and feelin’ groovy, Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy.”

It was this musical troubadour, a hippie-looking throwback to the 1960s in a colorful Dr. Seuss-type hat — entertaining to watch and actually he sounded pretty good.

3The real name of the song is “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” and it was short and whimsical with good harmonies. Actually, it was kind of out of character for two singers who were part of the 60s anti-establishment war movement who were usually associated with much harder-hitting lyrics than “feeling groovy:”

Hello, lamppost, what’cha knowin’? I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’. Ain’t’cha got no rhymes for me? Doot-in doo-doo, feelin’ groovy. Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy.

I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep, I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep, let the morning time drop all its petals on me. Life, I love you, all is groovy.

4And then this troubadour stepped out of the shadows of the 1960s into the present to check his cell phone. That’s something they didn’t have back in the days of peace and love and landlines.

1On the sidewalk behind him was the obligatory money-catcher and a glimpse of the personality of our anonymous entertainer: “Dr. Moon”? “Love one another.” “Peace.” “Smile.” Inside were all the symbols of that era: psychedelic peace signs, smilie faces, yin-and-yang … it was a traveling museum. We left him there, his voice becoming more distant as we drove away — the feeling groovy Haight-Ashbury,  Woodstock reminder who entertained on the streets of Blacksburg on a late summer afternoon.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 16, 2015

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One thought on “‘Feeling Groovy’ troubadour entertains in Blacksburg

  1. Chris "Dr Moon" Saunders says:

    A special thanks from Chris “Dr Moon” Saunders! Art and entertainment in the New River Valley has unfortunately become more limited to individuals who have the money and the time to see live performance events. Even when events are free to the public they are often so crowded that there is little interaction with the artist and there are individuals that can not deal with large groups and miss out. There are people who are on oxygen and have to sit in their vehicles while their family members shop. My focus is to bring art and music to public forums where you would least expect to see it, to parking lots like the Goodwill or grocery stores, to the promenade downtown. That way music just happens to you unexpectedly and for free. No tickets or standing in line and if you have multiple children they can dance around and actually touch the guitar, sing along and then go on about your day! I believe that we as a community need the human interactions and I urge others to join me in openly and freely sharing their gifts and talents. My big hat is to make you smile and many of the items in my case were gifts from children. A big thanks to Lynn Mitchell for the interest and great pictures and here is a student made project that tell a little more about who I am! Thanks Again, Peace Dr Moon

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