My Song – Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie

It was the first time you heard a particular note, drum beat or electronically created sound that made your ears tingle, your heart skip a beat and resonated with your soul. This is “My Song” – a series where the music that makes the person is spotlighted. James Bullock writes about a song that became the inside joke between himself and one of his childhood friends.


The air was starting to cool. Leaves had turned from their bright, summer green tint to a vibrant orange as they fell to the ground. And there I was, a nine-year-old kid excited about a first time event in my life – one of my friends was planning to spend the weekend in my house. My friend Kenneth was happy too, helping me nonchalantly plan out weekend’s escapades. During those years, Saturdays were usually the time I’d spend with my dad; riding around with him as he ran errands before or after doing something like visiting a local bookstore so I could buy a comic or eat a breakfast buffet. On this particular Saturday, Kenneth joined my father and I to enjoy some red herring at “Shoney’s”, visit “Books-A-Million” and even check out some local sites. But all of those stops paled in comparison to the simplicity of the ride itself.

During our trip, my dad turned on the radio as he always did – listening to the “oldies” on some random station. Almost immediately did all three of us hear the soulful tunes featuring a man singing about reconnecting with that special someone. The story didn’t grab us, but the chorus about “apples, peaches and pumpkin pie” did. For some reason, those three edible items struck accord with us and would eventually become something of a running inside joke between us for a couple of years. Usually it’d be during some of the most random times when one of us would just say the phrase, “Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie,” before sharing a hearty laugh. To this day I still can’t help but chuckle anytime I think about that song. Thanks to the power of the Internet, I would eventually find out who created and sang the song aptly titled, “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie”.


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