…in a yellow El Camino, listening to Howling Wolf.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: This Is Your Song
Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Turn that line into the title of your post.


I took a line from a song by Lucinda Williams and turned it into an entire blog. I liked the first two series of True Blood, and I bought the soundtrack. One of the songs was Lake Charles. I liked it, and especially the line “We used to drive, through Lafayette and Baton Rouge, in a yellow El Camino, listening to Howling Wolf”.

Source: Autohistorian on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Chevrolet made El Camino’s from the late fifties until the eighties; I saw one or two when I lived in the mid-west for a while.  They were not that common, being something of hybrid between a pickup and a sedan. I just remember liking the name. And I like the colour yellow, so the line in the song resonated.

I was looking to start a new blog, one that was a world away from my business ones. I wanted to experiment with writing for fun, for the simple joy of it. I wanted a name therefore that was different. My friend blogs under the name of a (to me obscure) renaissance explorer.  That sounded cool, and I searched and found one: but that blog took on life of its own and is exploring other territory.

I was back to square one, and the line from Lake Charles came back to me. Excitedly I rushed to the computer. Was the WordPress name taken, could I get the Twitter handle, was the username available. Yes, yes, and no! But El Camino is Spanish, so was the full name available in Spanish, it was. A new WordPress was identity created and the journey had begun. For me a big part of the fun of blogging is the theme. I am convinced that the design and the content influence each other and so I spent ages looking for a theme. This yellow based theme from Anders Noren suited perfectly. Its default header image reminded me of my time in Minnesota and was the requisite colour. I guess the tag line then flowed naturally “Travelling back to blogging university, in a yellow El Camino, listening to Howlin’ Wolf”.

Rather later I found that whilst el camino translates as ‘the path’, yellow, i.e. amarillo, el camino translates to Yellow Brick Road! I knew then that I was going to enjoy my journey in, or is that on, my Yellow El Camino.


Image: Autohistorian on Flickr
(CC BY 2.0)

A Lovely Blog Award

One lovely blog awardI’ve been nominated for a lovely blog award!!

I have seen these awards images on sites and often wondered about them. And now I have one. Many thanks to Terry at Through the Lens of my Life for kindly nominating me.

Quoting from Terry’s site

The One Lovely Blog Award recognizes blogs considered to be lovely, written by bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers. The nominees are chosen by fellow bloggers, and the nominations are presented to new and up-and-coming bloggers. The purpose of the award is to not only give recognition, but to help the new blogger reach more viewers as well.

How lovely 🙂

Paying it Forward

Since I am nominated, in order to “accept” the award, I must follow these guidelines: Continue reading

What was on mind when I started here

“Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.”

I think three things were on my mind when I started this. I had this lyric ‘Yellow El Camino’ on my mind and I wanted to use it somewhere. It reminded me of a road trip many years ago, albeit by Greyhound, and I love the song it comes from (Lake Charles by Lucinda Williams).

Secondly, I want to cultivate a writing habit, and learn how to write more fluently, especially for this medium. Continue reading