Archive for February, 2009

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Feb
09

Get Right Back To Where We Started From

I was listening to an oldies station recently, and the song “Get Right Back To Where We Started From” by Maxine Nightingale came through, and I suddenly found myself transported back to the 70’s of my childhood along with a big lump in my throat.  Strange how music does that.

More than the music, though, the very simple sentiment of that song is what really got me.  If you don’t remember those bouncy, happy lyrics, they go something like:

Love is good / Love can be strong / We got to get right back to where we started from

With bleak news all around us, it’s especially important for all of us to pull together those we love, and be good to each other!  It shouldn’t take a tragedy like 9/11 or an economic downturn for us to treat people with kindness and respect, but it’s in times like these that remind us of us what is important.

When I hear the words “get right back to where we started from,” I am not wishing to go back to the time that song was made, but I am reminded of how love was much more a part of our music vocabulary in those days  — I suppose we can thank the 60’s flower power for that.  We’ve become a cynical lot in this country over the last couple decades, and I think we often delude ourselves into thinking love needs to lose out to sophistication and “world wisdom.”

I have to admit I have a soft spot in my heart for bell-bottomed jeans, big afros, black lights, lava lamps, belt buckles and psychedelic posters.  Yeah, they’re hokey as hell.  But whenever I see pictures from those times, I find this huge grin spreading across my face.  So what is that all about?  There’s a reason why “That 70’s Show” is such a big hit, but what is it?

I think I know — it’s the messiness of that time.  The crazy hairdos, the bad clothes, the sheets drying on the clothesline.  The absence of cell phones and the internet.  Things are so neat and organized these days, and so often we just cocoon ourselves into our homes or our cars or our cubicles that we just don’t get out and socialize anymore.  Facebook and blogs are certainly no substitute for human contact and interaction.

So, this Valentine’s Day, get out with your loves ones.  Go see a movie, read your kids a book, go bowling, see a concert, say “I love you.”

Happy Valentine’s Day all.

Gil

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