Kennedy's 'Postcards from
This suggested to me an insight into why I'm so enamored with easy-rock "love songs" despite my philosophical rejection of "romantic love" as a foundation for living. The "love" in the love songs may be a metaphor for seeing the positive side of life, and in promising a fulfilling love that's usually beyond the ordinary person's reach, at least the subtext of every such song is, "hang in there, there is something to live and wait for." It's a promise of a "blessing" that's not realistic but which does suggest something that is more realistic, because hoping in hope itself is to hope in God and His salvationfor whatever ails usand His best gift is His love, and all love, truly, metaphorically, comes from Him. Make sense? Maybe.
Moving on...Rich also mentioned that one of his old-time favorites was "Wake Up, Little Susie" (1957), and wondered if it was by the Everly Brothers. Yes, it was, and it was also a "novelty" song which, to me, like "Nobody" ("Your Nobody Called Today"), always struck me as so charming I couldn't help liking it.
And moving on even farther...on Wednesday night a local PBS station reran the network's biography of Bob Newhart followed by the program at the Kennedy Center presenting Newhart the 2002 Mark Twain Prize for Humor. Newhart certainly was one of my favorite sitcom personalities of all time, in both of his long-running series, "The Bob Newhart Show," and "Newhart." But my first encounter with him is a slender thread of a Nanty Glo story worth telling, I hope, in the service of filling today's word quota. The biography included clips of "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart," the long-playing record album of Newhart comedy routines that was Warner Bros. Records' first major money-making album. When it was still new in 1960, Bill Martin got it and invited me to visit his Lloyd Street home and listen to it. Hearing major clips from it in the programs on Wednesday brought back the delight of such original comedy skits via the long-playing record format. And it was one of the "Nanty Glo moments" that's endured the ravages of time. On the PBS special, Newhart said the marketing people at Warners came up with the album title and when he first saw it, he asked, "What's that mean?" Ah, for the good old days!
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