“Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?”
The three most important songs in my life bring back early memories of a relationship that many projected wouldn’t last.
It began as puppy love between a boy (13 years old) and a girl (12 years old), which led to a marriage that has lasted for more than fifty-four years.
Song #1 – Rockin Robin by Bobbie Day (1958)
The summer of 1958, I was visiting my grandparents in Mississippi. I was looking forward to rekindling my puppy love friendship.
We were uptown at a restaurant (also called the teenage juke joint) where we hung out. Even though we had been in our puppy love friendship for two summers; I had never danced with him. The jukebox was jumping all evening and up came the hit song of the day, Rockin Robin. He came over and asked for a dance.
We flowed together on the dance floor as if we had danced together for years. I could expect his next move as he led me through the “bop” steps. It was amazing. The few lyrics, I remember are:
- “He rocks in the tree top all day long hopping and a singing his song. All the little Jaybirds on Jaybird Street love to hear the robin go tweet-tweet-tweet.”
Song #2 – Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes (1961)
I was 20-years-old, married, with a toddler and young baby, temporarily living with my mother when this song came out. While waiting for Hubby to find housing for us at his new military assignment in Kansas; I checked the mail twice a day hoping to receive a letter from him. Back then, leading up to the Christmas Holidays, mail was delivered twice a day. Most days, I received a letter and there were days when two came. My girlfriends teased me by singing this song; and, I remember a few words:
- “Oh yes, wait a minute Mr. Postman look and see if there’s a letter in your bag for me. I have been standing here waiting patiently to see if there’s a letter in your bag for me.”
Song #3 – My Guy by Mary Wells (1964)
Our military traveling was over and we were living in Chicago. Hubby’s nickname is Guy. The lyrics expressed how I felt about My Guy in 1964; and, I feel the same way in 2014″
- Nothing you can say can tear me away from my guy. Cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy. I’m sticking to my guy. Like birds of a feather. We stick together. I’m telling’ you from the start. I can’t be torn apart from my guy.”
Puppy Love, Young Love, and Senior Love, wrapped up in one package, what more could I ask for.
At 71-years-old, the lyrics sound a little goofy. But, they were important during this period of my life; and, I am grateful for the past memories.
Writing time for this post was close to the fifteen minutes suggested, but interrupted by several lengthy phone calls.