That “thing” again.
Never imagined being 45. Knew I’d live past 90 as I have VERY good genes, but still never pictured me @ 45. If I were 40 pounds lighter, it actually would pretty much rock. But, I have to say that this America is nowhere CLOSE to the America of my youth and I MISS IT.
Went to dinner with some work friends the other night and had the best conversation about Television and TV shows from the late ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Lost in Space, Happy Days, Barney Miller, M*A*S*H, Leave It To Beaver, Wonderful World of Disney, and I could go on and on…Just what happened? Days like this cause me to reflect on the past and just how much things have changed since that time long, long ago.
On the other hand, I don’t feel a day over 23 in my mind. My body throws off aches and pains. Bad eyesight, tired ankles, and diminished stamina are pervasive, BUT I still look for fun wherever I can find it. While I am glad to still be here, I’m a bit nostalgic for the “good, old days”. So, the receipt of a most excellent gift today really had me borderline giddy. The Beatles’ remastered #1 album in 1964 of Meet the Beatles.
Can I tell you how absolutely “fab” this is? While the carrier of Lennon-McCartney staples like All My Loving and Hold Me Tight, this sophomore release showcased some of the best covers ever done by The Beatles.
The male version of Please, Mr. Postman is simply superb, while Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven is forever immortalized through this Beatles’ version. Likewise on Smokey Robinson’s You Really Got a Hold On Me and Barry Gordy’s own Money (That’s What I Want). However, the cover song that I simply ADORE from this album is the staple from The Music Man — Till There Was You.
Now, just to understand the brillance of The Beatles’ cover of this song, check out the original version by Shirley Jones…
Now, contrast that with Paul’s deftly poetic version:
So, these “rebels” who caused such upheaval and consternation, were actually conessieurs of fine theatre, poetry, art and traditional show tunes. Who knew?….and it ALL started in 1964. Ah, yes…a VERY good year.