Yes, loyal readers of this lofty blog no doubt recall that I seriously love living in the past!
Not necessarily my own past, which, for the most part, sucked continuously for about 56 years. No, I refer more to an overall cultural past, or perhaps a “societal” past. Surely, I also refer to a past that didn’t actually exist but, rather, exists more in my imagination of the past.
A couple of cases in point: I’ve been streaming a British TV show from 1967 called At Last the 1948 Show, and loving it. This show featured soon-to-be famous members of Monty Python (and, in my opinion, is a funnier show than Do Not Adjust your Set, which featured soon-to-be famous other members of Monty Python.) It’s a really silly show, and the sketch I love most is called “The Chartered Account Dance.”
If you’re old enough to remember the popular dances of the 1960s (the twist, the frug, the swim, the hitchhike, the Watusi, the pony, etc.), as well as shows that instructed you in how to dance those crazy dances, you will totally get the humor of this sketch. And not simply the humor, but also how great the actual dance is! It’s too funny! (The clip is below, with French subtitles. Be sure to watch the whole 3 minutes, in order to see the actual dance.)
Another thing I am enjoying the heck out of is tootling around in my sporty Honda Fit while listening to my Rudy Vallee CD!
Yes, I said Rudy Vallee! How’s that for living in the past? (He is pictured at the top of this post, and in case you can’t even imagine anything as far back as popular music from the 1920s- 1930s, here’s a link to Rudy’s wiki page.)
I used to stream this specific collection of Rudy Vallee hits on Amazon but discovered recently that it was no longer available, so I was forced to buy the CD. However, I quickly discovered that it is super-duper FUN to be able to play it in my car!
My favorite song from this collection is “Page Miss Glory,” which is the title song of the film Page Miss Glory. Once in awhile, you can catch this movie on TCM. The movie was made in 1935, and starred the wonderful Dick Powell, the cunning Marion Davies, and the always dependable Pat O’Brien. It is a totally silly piece of musical fluff, but I always loved the title song of the film, and that led me to Rudy Vallee’s version of it a number of years ago.
Here it is below. I defy you to listen to this 2-minute ditty and not get into a ridiculously happy mood! (It really works, folks!)
Okay, on that happy front… Life continues to be really, really good around here, although I’m still awaiting the final report from the bank’s appraisal of my soon-to-be new house. I did take a drive out to see the house the other day and the harsh winter weather we had a few weeks back, did take a toll on the old fence around the backyard (meaning that it is now scattered, hither & yon, around the sidewalk). But other than that, the house is just sitting there, waiting for me to call it home! It’s taking forever…
All righty! Thanks for visiting, gang. Enjoy your Friday, wherever it takes you and have a great weekend. See ya!