People, I have decided that it’s time for me to get you to share a bit about yourselves. Don’t worry, nothing too too personal! Here’s what I want: tell me your favourite song from my growing-up-at-the-Manse years.
That would be between July 1964 (when my dad and mum pulled into the driveway in their 1956 Chev with four-year-old me, two-year-old Melanie, and infant John in tow, to begin their life in Queensborough) and July 1975, when 15-year-old me wandered forlornly through the newly empty rooms of the Manse for what I thought (erroneously, as it turned out; decades later, I of course found out that you can go home again) was the last time, as our family moved to Campbellford, Ont., and my dad the United Church of Canada minister was about to take up a new pastoral charge.
I got thinking about this musical topic as I was chopping vegetables for a stir-fry for dinner this evening. It had been a long day, I was tired, and I needed something to pep me up, so I hit play on the old iTunes playlist. Man, there was some good music to chop leeks and carrots by! But the best – as it always is – was when Suspicious Minds came on. People, I am not much of an Elvis fan, but I love that song. How can one not? It just instantly takes you back to 1969, and what on earth could be wrong with that?
I am not saying that Suspicious Minds is my all-time favourite song from the 1964-to-1975 Manse era; but it is right up there. It invariably makes me stop whatever I’m doing and dance. I just can’t help myself.
Okay, so it’s your turn: what song from that era makes you have to stop what you’re doing and dance? Or just takes you back to a time and place when you were supremely happy? Or is just simply such a great song that you can’t help but smile every time you hear it?
Send in your picks via the comments, and I will do my best to rustle up entertaining YouTube videos of them to share from time to time. So that as winter 2013/14 sets in – as it seems to be doing in earnest tonight – we can all sit back and hum a few bars.
Or get up and dance.
Oh, and P.S.: You don’t have to pick only one song. Given that 1964 to 1975 was probably the best era there will ever be for popular music, there’s an awful lot of good stuff to pick from. Send a few nominations! Here’s one of my own runner-up choices, a classic. Enjoy!