Although I don’t participate every week in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, I’ve found that some of my favorite posts from the past have been ones that I’ve written in response to one of her prompts. So today, this is the prompt I’ve chosen:
*What was your favorite song when you were 16 years old…is it still a favorite?
I was 16 in 1969. And I refuse to believe that was 45 years ago. As I’ve said before, that was back when music was MUSIC. It would be nearly impossible for me to choose one song from that year as my favorite. So I thought I’d take some liberties with the prompt, and just write about my memories of some of those songs.
Although there were many, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Box Tops, The Beatles and The Grass Roots were all popular artists that year, some with numerous hits.
If you were fortunate enough to remember that era, you recall what a big hit Zagar and Evans had with their song, In The Year 2525. In fact, that was at the top of the charts when our astronauts landed on the moon. I can’t really say that it was one of my favorites, although I certainly listened to it enough. A guy that I had a crush on, and went out with a couple of times, DID like it though. I remember cutting an article about the song out of the newspaper to give him. He wasn’t really interested in reading about it, however….
Our Glee Club (music) teacher at school ordered the sheet music to Good Morning Starshine, by Oliver, for us to learn. She said her main reason for ordering it was so she could see what the lyrics actually were:
Gliddy glub gloopy nibby nabby noopy
La la la – lo lo
Sabba sibbi sabba nooby aba naba
Lee lee – lo lo
Tooby ooby wala
Yeah, they certainly don’t write ‘em like that any more….
The silly song, Guitarzan, by Ray Stevens, brings back another memory. My mom and I were sitting in our living room one summer evening with all the windows and doors open (no air conditioning in those days). Suddenly we heard a strange, loud noise and, at first, we were at a loss to identify it. We soon realized that someone was driving down the highway (apparently with all their windows open) with Ray Stevens blaring from the radio.
Another silly song from that year was Polk Salad Annie, by Tony Joe White. We thought it was a cute song, but for a long time, thought it was “Poke Salad Annie”.
Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Simon and Garfunkel, was the class song for my graduating class of 1971, although it was a hit in the spring of 1970. (It does, however, qualify for this post: I was still 16.) I was a Simon and Garfunkel fan, but that wasn’t my favorite of their hits.
On a sad note, Kenny Rogers’ 1969 song, Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town, included a lyric that struck too close to home, following my sister’s murder that year. “And if I could move, I’d get my gun and put her in the ground.” Needless to say, it wasn’t a favorite song of mine or my mother’s.
I was, and still am, a big CCR fan, so if I were forced to choose a favorite song from 1969, it would probably be Bad Moon Rising. And no, I never misheard the lyrics as “bathroom on the right”.
Isn’t it amazing how listening to an old song can instantly take you back to that time in your life? And what a fun, inexpensive way to travel.
~These Days Of Mine~