Many boomers grew up in an era of musicals and variety shows. Songs from those performances became a part of our lives and hearing them now can transport us back in time in unexpected ways.
The Rain In Spain Falls Mainly In the Plain
Get Me To the Church On Time
I saw the musical "My Fair Lady" at a local theatre this week. As far
as I know, I've seen the movie only once, back in the 1960s, and have never
seen this as a live stage play. Yet I knew nearly every song.
I Could Have Danced All Night
Why the hell do I know all these songs? Maybe singers on variety TV shows
sang them. Maybe we had the soundtrack on vinyl and maybe our parents played
it, although I don't remember that.
On the Street Where You Live
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Is this aging or is it me: when I hear these songs, and other songs like them
from my youth, I get teary-eyed. It's almost embarrassing but it happens all
the time. Sometimes I wish I didn't react this way.
Wouldn't It Be Loverly?
Two other musical plays I saw in my 20s are "Fiddler On the Roof" and
"Man Of LaMancha".
If I Were A Rich Man
The Impossible Dream
Those have each played in theaters in my area in the past few years and I made
sure I saw them. I had a similar reaction during each, however I did know those
songs and I know why I know those songs.
My "My Fair Lady" memory remains a mystery. With a little bit of luck … I'll figure it out some day.