Saturday, February 23, 2008

Your first musical memories

What do you remember of the music from your early years?

Prompted by one of those wistful, nostalgia trips circulated by email.

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end -- it will blow you away. One evening an American grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The Grandma replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born, before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet walked on the moon.

Your Grandfather and I got married first-and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, 'Sir'- and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir.' We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege. We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey. If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk. The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam. Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

And so it went on and wrapped up by saying …

We were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.....and how old do you think I am???....

I bet you have this old lady in are in for a shock! Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

This Woman would be only 58 years old!

I thought, have they got this nostalgia kick right?

Hmmm, this 60 year old doesn't remember Tommy Dorsey as a kid, rather it was the likes of Jim Reeves - Bimbo and Hank Thompson - Blackboard Of My Heart, then later in my teens; Dinah Lee, Gene Pitney and the Beatles and Rolling Stones. I did pick up on some Bing Crosby and Glenn Miller on vinyl in the La Gloria Gramaphone at home.

And I'm not even a Grandfather.

Diana came back to me saying ....

Aha ..... I picked up on them, cos that's what my Mum & Dad listened to, so I heard them all the time. The wonderful music of the 50s.

The Gene Pitney & Beatles were my listening choices of the 60s. I still have the very first vinyl LP that I bought as a teenager..... Gene Pitney.