I've just sat in front of the television for two hours watching and listening to a PBS show called "My Music - 60's Pop, Rock and Soul". I was 11 when 1959 turned into 1960, and 21 when 1969 became 1970 so the music of the 60s was the first music I was aware of in a major way. I still feel that the music of the 60s was the best ever and I listen to 'oldies' radio stations whenever I can...although the oldies stations now think the music of the 80s is 'old'. Imagine!
Anyway, back to the last two hours. The show was hosted by Davy Jones (Monkees) and Peter Noone (Hermans Hermits)...much older now than when I used to sit in front of the television with my roommates and watch The Monkees TV show on our 12 inch black and white television which hung on a birdcage holder in our apartment. Davy (I feel I can call him by his first name since I've loved him for so long!) sang Daydream Believer and Peter sang Henry the Eighth, I'm Into Something Good, and There's a Kind of Hush. I'm sure all of you remember those songs...all of you over 50 anyway!
What is it about the music of our youth that makes us wax nostalgic for the 'good old days'? In my case it's the absolute certainty I have that the 60s were the best decade to grow up in. Times were easier then. Schools had a dress code (modest dresses and/or skirts for the girls, no jeans for the boys), we weren't tied to computers, cell phones, and all the other portable electronics that keep us from intereacting face-to-face with people. Fast food hadn't become daily fare found on every corner. It was a decade of change though. Remember the hippies, ironing your long hair, the concept of free love? It was an exciting time to be a teenager...and the music was absolutely amazing. And in 1964 I met the boy who would eventually become my husband.
Back to the music I was listening to tonight. Remember Chad and Jeremy's 'Summer Song'? And such groups as Jefferson Airplane (White Rabbit), The Kingsmen (Louis, Louis), Paul Revere and the Raiders (Kicks), and of course Sonny and Cher (I Got You Babe), my alltime favorite The Mamas and Papas (California Dreaming and many others), not to mention the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals, Cowsills, BeeGees, and artists such as Bobby Vinton and Roy Orbison. Is it any wonder I love the music of the 1960s so much!
What was fun about watching tonight's program was watching the audience - most of them in their 50s and 60s who were young when the performers were singing back in the 1960s. They were all singing along and smiling, some with tears in their eyes as memories were refreshed. They danced in the aisles - the dances of their youth. What fun! I would love to be able to attend a concert like that with the artists of my youth.
Well, now that I've convinced you all that I really am an old fogey, I'll sign off. It's after midnight after all and I need my beauty sleep.
Have a lovely Sunday.