Tuesday, March 26, 2019

SOL 2019 -- Day 26 -- Blazer The Fire Engine Who Was Afraid

SOL story challenge, March 2019
Day 26 -- "Blazer, The Fire Engine Who Was Afraid"

Earlier today, I was thinking of some of the records I used to listen to when I was a small child. One of them had a story and song about a fire engine named Blazer. Blazer was a happy little engine until one day he was called out to a fire, and it turned out that he was afraid of fires. What a problem for a fire engine to have! Of course, the story had a happy ending, because Blazer was able to overcome his fear when it mattered the most. The story was corny, and the music was even more corny, but it contained a good lesson for children to learn. I remember listening to that record over and over and over again, so I obviously must have liked the story, the song, or both!

Here is a picture from the internet which shows what the record looked like.

I haven't listened much to music for small children recently, but I'm wondering if the music these days teaches lessons to children, as they did when I was very young. I'm guessing that they do...or at least some of them. I know there is a recent children's song about a baby shark; I've heard part of it, and the tune is quite catchy...but I have no idea if it teaches a lesson. Maybe I'll ask my grandkids, and see what they think.  ;-)

When I was looking online for information about Blazer, I was able to find a recording of the story/song. I listened to it -- because of course I HAD to refresh my memory! In case you'd like to hear it, here is a link to it:


Watch "Blazer, The Fire Engine Who Was Afraid (Cricket Records 1954)" on YouTube



Now that I've listened to Blazer again....Well, let's just say that I can go a while (a LONG while), before I listen to it again. I think I'd rather take the baby shark. ;-)

JudyK :-)  March 26, 2019


  1. Funny how memories and reality often converge/diverge in unexpected ways. I enjoyed this nostalgic trip with your slice.

  2. Judy,
    I love how the memory of this music touched you, even if it was best served in your memory than in your current day! My daughters were very attached to their Barney songs and when the music would stop I would have to tell them, “Barney needs a drink. He will be right back.” So they wouldn’t cry! Thanks for inspiring this memory!

  3. Judy, your slice brought to mind the old children's records that came with a book that mom used to buy. She'd read the book to my sister and me and then we would listen to the record. Oh my goodness. I hadn't thought about those in years. Thanks for sharing, everything that is except the shark song...lol...now it's stuck in my head! Have a great evening!

  4. What a sweet, nostalgic slice! You made me long for a much more innocent time.


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