Friday, March 17, 2017

Young Ears Old Ears

There are songs that sounded one way to me when I was younger that sound totally different now that I'm older.

Let's start with an easy one.

"When I'm Sixty Four."

What was a smooth little ditty when I was a teen has turned into something else. Heck, even Paul McCartney is older than sixty four. Back then the Beatles were guessing what the future would be like but I bet if that song were written today? It'd be a whoooole lot different.

Less guessing, more knowing.

"When I get older losing my hair" is written from a young perspective, one I don't have anymore. And let's not even talk about me "losing my hair."

An issue a long time ago.

Sixty four seemed so far off. I bet Paul would pay money to see sixty four again.

"Will you still need me, will you still feed me?"

That right there is a good question.

"Love and Happiness" by Al Green.

I just saw the movie Moonlight, it's wonderful. What struck me while watching it is that when you find true love that feeling stays with you like, forever. Forever ever? Forever ever.

Here's where "Love and Happiness" resonates even deeper as I get older.

The good Reverend sings that love will "make you come home early." Love will "make you stay out all night long."

It sure will.

When you were younger that was a great song to shake your groove thing to. Now that you're older you know the difference between what you think is love and what really is love.

This song will take you down that difference road.

That's all I'm saying.

My goddaughter Karley had the greatest wedding ever and at the wonderful reception a song reared its' head.

Sweet Mom Doreen, The Groom Sam, The Bride Karley, and the Dad, My Boy Roy
The first dance was with her new husband, Sam.

True love, baby.

The second dance was with her father, my Bestest Friend Tony, to a song that really spoke hard to me.

It was "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac.

"Landslide" came out over forty years ago but have you ever listened to the words?

Let's go back in time.

I don't know about you but when that was blasting out of my car radio I was more inclined to chasing skirts and, as we would say, the partay.

At that reception I almost cried. Okay I cried.

"But time makes you bolder, even children get older. And I'm getting older, too."

Who'd a thunk I'd have tears rolling down my cheeks to a Fleetwood Mac song?

But I did.

I did.

Last one.

"Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin.

 When it first came out I was a young teen and we all were more interested in the fact that the Beatles' Apple Records released it. Those guys were gods in my world. Heck, everybody's world. Cool song, she had a great voice, and the words were nice but didn't hit my bones like they do know.

"'Cause we were young and sure to have our way."

A lot of miles on the odometer since I first heard that.

Now that I'm older, that is a sitting alone in a dark basement, with a glass of wine, head phones on, kinda song.

If you've never heard it, give it a listen.

And if you have I'll bet you if I said,"Those were the days my friend," you could finish the line...

Ahhh, this getting older thing.



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