I enjoy old things. Antiques, movies…if it was made before I was born, there’s a good chance I’ll like it. It’s probably why I tend to read from authors who are already dead. But in general, I find us as a society becoming more and more nostalgic. Let’s blame technology.
That’s not what I want to talk about.
With my love for the old, it’s no surprise I love black and white movies (I’ve talked about this before) and don’t have many friends my own age (but that’s another story, isn’t it?)
A while ago I watched the movie Jersey Boys and from that fell in love with…doo wop. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons remained constant on my playlist.
Now, I had a love already for old school country. Give me Hank William Sr. or Charley Pride any day. But other than that from the 50s and 60s all I really knew were Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and The Drifters.
So let’s turn the dial for a second to a simpler time (oh, that was cliché.)
Here are (a few of) my favorite singers and songs from that era:
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Walk Like A Man, Sherry, and Silhouettes
The Everly Brothers – That’s Old Fashion (That’s The Way It Should Be), Bird Dog, Cathy’s Clown…and pretty much all their songs.
Ricky Nelson – Teenage Idol, Travelin’ Man, and It’s Up To You
Dion (& The Belmonts / & The Teenagers) – I Wonder Why
Ritchie Valens – We Belong Together
Paul Anka – Put Your Head On My Shoulder
The Marcels – Blue Moon
The Drifters – Up On The Roof
The Del-Vikings – Come Go With Me
Danny & The Juniors – Now and Then
I’ve even got my niece into it. She’s seven and her favorite is Sherry.
Most of modern-day music is trash. Not all, but most. I’m not saying the 50s and 60s had the most interesting lyricists either.
It’s simply nice to listen to.
Like, wouldn’t it be nice to just go to a diner with your friends and have burgers and fries and cherry pies because it was simple and good back then?
(For people who don’t know Charley Pride, the end of that sentence is a line from one of his songs.)
I think the way that social media brings us together online, distances us in real life.
There’s a reason so many people claim to be born in the wrong time.
Just something to think about – and listen to if you’re up for it.