www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkgozdtsh_g&feature=related "Groovin'", The Young Rascals
I am not one who views the past as better than today. Not at all. But, have we lived up to the promises the period of the 1940's to 1970 seemed to be moving towards? Are we happier, a better nation than we were in 1967? In some ways, "Oh my goodness, yes." In others....
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(If you are old enough you may get the irony of the next statement: In today's climate Richard Nixon probably would not qualify as a Republican candidate for President. What does that say about these days?).
So why doesn't our art, in any or all of it's forms, express any kind of the positive "feelings" of that aforementioned 30-year span (in spite of a lot of really tough events in the world); feelings that we now seem somewhat embarassed to express ("it's hokey") in 2012? Especially our young generations? The road ahead is no less unknown now, than it was back then (or at any other time in history).
Put this on - www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwQbPgouUYo - and 25 year olds all around the world will start to jump and groove and bob their heads and hands to it (and I dig the hell out of this too!!). But, my goodness, how different are the feelings in these songs from different time periods separated by 25 years (`67 to `92). Not better, not worse, but so different.
Perhaps us older folks will have to keep up the feelings of "Groovin'," while we "Jumpin' Around" as best we can.
"I ain't writin' no obiturary here, Darlin's. I'm just ponderin', is all."
Northerly Island Nature Area, just south of Downtown Chicago, along Lake Michigan.