Sharing my stories and memories!

If you don’t have a WordPress account, and can’t leave comments here, you can leave me a comment/message on my Facebook Page. I would love to hear from you! Just go here, to my Folksinger/Storyteller/Photographer Page:

Suspend your expectations!

I write about anything. I’ve got over 150 stories here, and I’ll let them speak for themselves.

I illustrate my stories with original photography, or with appropos stock photos from creative commons. I supply YouTube links, website links, footnotes, “bonus coverage” — anything which will add to your enjoyment or understanding of the story.

Speaking of illustrating my stories, I’m seeking artists to collab with. My words, your pictures. Leave a comment if you are interested.

Just click on a month, or a category. Thank you!

Randy Bowles, March 2017


6 thoughts on “Sharing my stories and memories!”

  1. Robbin R. Wohl said:

    So glad to have found you. What a gift. Thank you for the memories and the links. You spin marvelous word craft. It is truly a joy to reconnect. Now, I hope we make the effort to stay in touch. Someday, if we win the lottery, our ancient souls can navigate a reunion: Yakima, Golden Dale, Sunnyside, Union Gap, Terrace Heights, Selah, Wiley City, Ahtanum, White Swan, Toppenish, Richland, Kennewick, Seattle…anything coming back?


    • Robbin, it’s funny how we remember some people, so well, for so many years. To have made such an impression on each other in grade school…. My goodness. I love the murals in Toppenish, where I played many a country music show; the Victorian homes in Goldendale. Daddy’s (Cowboy Pinkeye) photo on the big metal sign which used to be on the roof of a car dealership in the 50’s/60’s may be somewhere in Union Gap — who knows? Metal lasts a long time!-The Selah Theater was my parent’s favorite place to take us to a movie. I saw a sunset in the Tri-Cities in 1981 which was the best one I ever saw in my life! I lived at Republican and 10th Avenue East for about 3 years in Seattle. And on and on….


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  2. Robbin R. Wohl said:

    During high school I worked for Mike Mercy. He and his dad owned Mercy Enterprises which included all of the theaters in the Valley. If anyone could help you locate your dad’s metal sign it would be Mike. When we were really young, I grew up with my brother’s and sister’s kid – I was an out of generational order child. But my brother would load up his old turquoise station wagon on $buck a carload night – which included Danny. We always had a cooler of sodas and a big box of popcorn from home – cheap entertainment, right? Mostly the wonderful Hammer monster movies and on occasion an Elvis mess of some sort…typically two movies together…Those are great memories. I played an accordion concert at the Selah Theatre…in fact, I have my own recorded LP…Theme From the Muldaur…


  3. Wow, I didn’t even know you were a musician. Where can I hear an example?


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  4. Wow! Your dad was in Lawrence Welk’s band! He must have been really good.
    I read two of Mr. Welk’s books when I was a young musician, to learn the ropes about the music business. Because he knew so much.

    But, I’m sorry you had to go to lessons and play music you didn’t enjoy. Obviously the best way to “grow” a musician is to let the child pick their instrument and go with their interests. That’s assuming they show interest in the first place. You can’t make someone be interested in playing the accordion. Ask Jerry Garcia (well, you can’t but he talked about it). He was given an accordion when he wanted a guitar. He just about died. By hook or by crook, he got a guitar, and look what happened. The Beatles decided the best way to get good at music was to skip the lessons, play all the time, and go for it. Worked for them. (I’m not against learning to read music; I’m against someone being forced to.)

    I jammed several times with the great, and I mean it, Al Maletta, Jr. He played a Cordovox. We were supposed to be putting a really good quartet together, but he had to back out due to politics. We would have made a great team. The guy sounded like the organ player for Santana, or Hank William’s accordion player, or anything else he wanted to sound like.

    I used to sell guitars and amps for Maletta-Deccio music. One of my stories is based on that. I sold an amp to a friend on the condition I would start a band with him. We put together the best psychedelic blues band Yakima has ever seen:

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  5. Hi Randy, do you not have a Facebook account anymore? It seems to have disappeared. I saw one of your 45s (Velvet Illusions) on ebay today for $400!


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