Friday Favorites 5/30/2014
There’s an old saying … When I Got Busy, I Got Better. I can’t speak to the universal truth of that but I will attest to the fact that most times that I get busy, I feel better. I got all my work done in the morning yesterday, made myself a tuna sandwich for lunch, then took a short nap on the lounge chair on the patio. These days, I accept that at my age, a nap can give me the energy to have a more productive day, a notion I would have rejected ten years ago. It works, really … afterward, I ran a bunch of errands then took a 2.79 mile walk in the park. Yes. Exactly 2.79 according to the Runkeeper app on my Samsung smartphone. Ain’t technology wonderful.
Of course, Android did more than keep track of the distance I walked … it provided musical accompaniment via the Poweramp mp3 player app. Thursday, I selected genre:oldies and mode:shuffle. From my Older Perspective, oldies range from roughly 1956 (Come Go With Me – The Del Vikings) to 1967 (Happy Together – The Turtles). It made for a nostalgic walk. There are 31 songs on my oldies playlist, some remnants of high school dances, others left over from frat parties and the courtship of my wife, Muri, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. But I’m going with the Shirelles 1960 hit, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Written by Carole King and Jerry Geffen (and included in King’s 1971 hit album, Tapestry), it was the first song by an all-girl group to reach Number 1 in the U.S.A. and is ranked as Number 126 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is also one of the most covered songs ever, with hit versions recorded by The Four Seasons and Roberta Flack.
Hearing songs like this make me happy that I grew up in the era I did, when romance was still alive in rock and roll. Ask me next week, I might have a different oldie favorite. But for today, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? is my Friday Favorite. And, yes, I’m feeling better.