It’s Saturday night, as I sit working on new cover designs, pondering and writing this blog, and listening to the radio with my mother-in-law. Spending the evening in front of the radio is something I haven’t done since I was a young girl.
South Africa always seemed to be behind the rest of the world. We only got television in January 1976. I was a teen of fifteen. Before then, home entertainment existed in the form of listening to stories and shows on the radio. It was great! Up until then, movies were only watched at the local drive-in theatre. Those were the days. I remember huddling under my mom’s legs beneath a blanket to get into the see the latest Dracula or Zombie movies—which I’m sure carried a sixteen age restriction at least. No doubt they paled in comparison to what people are exposed to these days (with barely an age limit), and yet, we still found them scary.
And romance? It was sweet, and innocent with not a shade of gray to be seen (unless it was a black and white movie, of course, which was often the case back then).
It’s been fun being sixteen again tonight, listening to the likes of It’s My Party and I’ll cry if I Want To, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, and You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, amongst a myriad of other Golden Oldies. My absolute favorite took me back to my childhood, hot pants and the all-time No.1 song in my books, My Boy Lollipop. I’m so glad I did finally find My Sweet (that’s my term of endearment for hubby, or Sweetheart, or Sweetness), and he sure has made my heart go giddy-up. Gosh, I’d forgotten how much I loved that song.
Do you have a favorite Golden Oldie? My mom and dad’s was Forever and Ever. Noel, my hubby, and my special song is Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield. We listened to it so much while we were dating, so it holds a special place in our hearts.
I asked my mother-in-law what her favorite was. All she could remember was that it was something by Perry Como. I quickly Googled the late artist to get a list of his songs. Many rang a bell with her—with me, as well—but we never did discover what that special song of hers was. Looking down this list, I realized I’d recently been listening to a few of the songs Perry Como had recorded, except it was Michael Bublé who’d entertained me with these songs over the past few months as I penned my Christmas novella, Poles Apart, currently available in the Best Selling box set, Snowflakes and Mistletoe. I think my family thought me certifiable…listening to Frosty the Snowman, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, and Winter Wonderland in JULY!
When Mrs. Brown You’ve got a Lovely Daughter came on the radio as I was finishing writing this blog, I squealed. And then jiggled. They certainly knew how to make music way back when. My brother-in-law and hubby soon joined us and out came the iPad, YouTube, and all their own favorite Golden Oldies—Cliff Richard, Neil Diamond, The Shadows—but it was definitely time to end the evening when Mr. Sandman began to play.
What a great evening we had taking a musical walk down memory lane.