Today is also the Blogging from A to Z Challenge "Theme Reveal Day".
But first - who are the 4Mers, or the Music Moves Me folks?
The Head 4M'er is XmasDolly. Her co-4Mers are: Callie of JAmerican Spice, and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ And last but certainly not least, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.
I'm not the only 4Mer who is going to do A to Z - I probably won't be doing music (except for the April 2 post) but please check out all the participating 4Mers and other A to Zers during April.
And now, drum roll.
A musical hint.
Anita Bryant was the spokesperson for..well, Florida orange juice. But before that, she had several hits, including this song "Paper Roses".
But why am I blogging about Anita Bryant? Because, to many who grew up in the 1960's, she was one of the public faces of Florida. (I am not getting into the controversy of her political views. We are strictly orange juice here today.)
Florida is a state that so many associate with theme parks. The Disney properties. Universal. But maybe not much of anything else. Oh yes. There are those who call it "(the deity)'s Waiting Room" for all the seniors who move there, or snowbird there.
But before theme parks existed, there was citrus. And sunshine.
There was KC and the Sunshine Band, a Florida group that still tours. Their first album was all instrumental, including this 1974 (live) rendition of "Rock Your Baby". I saw them perform at Disney World in 1975, when Disney World was mainly....Disney World. And Orlando wasn't a megapolis jammed up with traffic and construction.
But I digress.
There was what many (including myself) call "Old Florida". And, for the month of April, Florida is what I am going to bring you (for the most part).
I want to bring you the Florida many tourists don't see if they don't venture out of Orlando Theme Park World. I want to bring you the Florida I grew to love during my time of living in the Sunshine State (1974-1976) and the Florida that still exists, if you take the time to seek it out. And even some of the best of modern Florida, because it's out there.
This past January, my spouse and I visited Florida, and we want to share some of our experiences.
"Florida-Outside the Theme Parks" will be my theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.
I wasn't going to do the Challenge, but my spouse (believe it or not) talked me into it. If I complete it, it will be my fourth time.
Because that Florida sunshine tree is calling, and I can't wait to see what my fellow A to Zers have in mind.