I recently signed up for Sirius XM and it was wonderful! I kept changing the channels on the radio from the 1960’s to the 1950’s because, you see, I am old enough to remember both eras of music.
As I listened, I felt like I was back in time … back in the ‘60’s sitting in the backseat of my Uncle Bob and Aunt Esther’s car on Thanksgiving Day. The song by Nancy Sinatra came on and my Aunt Esther started singing: These Boots are Made for Walkin’. I thought she was so cool for an adult! My own parents told me to turn off the radio when they heard the cool music of the ‘60’s. They said, “Turn that off! That’s not music.”
To be fair, my mom and stepdad both played a lot of classical music. He played clarinet and she played violin and viola. I grew up with classical music and music from the ‘40’s being played in our kitchen almost every night. So I’m not complaining, because it was a rich experience.
But for my Aunt to be singing a popular song…. That was a very cool thing! When I heard it today, I immediately went back to that Thanksgiving Day, sitting in the backseat of their car, listening to Aunt Esther sing that Nancy Sinatra song.
And then I heard Sonny and Cher singing ‘I Got You, Babe.” I was suddenly back in the car with my boyfriend, Glenn (my first true love). He was singing Sonny’s part and I was singing Cher’s part, except sometimes I couldn’t tell which was which and I would sing Sonny’s part and Glenn would say to me: “You’re singing the wrong part!”
I heard it today and sang along and, once again, I had a hard time discerning which part was which and I know I sang at the wrong time. Sorry Glenn! Don’t want to steal your thunder.
Glenn and I sang a love song together at the Junior Prom. It was the song “Always.” (I’ll be loving you, always. With a love that’s true, always …”
I guess we took singing together pretty serious.
I also heard The Righteous Brothers singing “Unchained Melody.’ That was the first concert Glenn and I went to in Tulsa, OK. His parents dropped us off as his dad (a Methodist Minister) went to a meeting. It was awesome and forever became the song that connects me to that time in my life.
There were so many songs played today that took me right back to the 1960’s. So many places and people I remember. Isn’t it amazing how music – a little song – can transport you to a place in the past? Suddenly, you are right back there in that place and time! Someone called in and said that he had just bought a brand new 1965 Ford Mustang. He pulled out of the car dealership and started down the street when a Four Top’s song started playing. It was playing today when he called in and said that every time he heard that song, he remembered that special day.
Music has a way of taking us to special places in our lives. It was a great day for me … just driving and singing at the top of my lungs. I’m sure people passing me thought I was a lunatic. The nicest part of it is that, besides the great memories, I also got to feel young again. For a little while.