Monday Monday

Bah-da, bah-da-da-da
Bah-da, bah-da-da-da
Bah-da, bah-da-da-da

(do you know the song yet?)

Monday, Monday (bah-da, bah-da-da-da)
So good to me (bah-da, bah-da-da-da)
Monday mornin’, it was all I hoped it would be ..

All the oldies out there knew the song by the first six syllables. Funny how engrained music is into us. Even when we don’t think about it.

Was trying to come up with a topic, a theme, for this cloudy, cold Monday. But if there’s nothing there there’s nothing there.

Then a slip of lyrics passed through my head.

Monday, Monday (bah-da, bah-da-da-da)

I was a freshman in high school when the Mamas and Papas sang this song. I was escaping the horrors of middle school at that time. Those were rough times, especially for a geeky, smelly kid like me.

Not really stepping back, but I do know that even back then music made a difference in my life. The Beatles were my saviors, the Dave Clark Five my happiness. No one could break the bond between me and Paul or me and Dave. My writing started way back then, too. I used to have a notebook with my first love story written in it, but it is long gone. Perhaps it disappeared when it served its purpose.

Music was an escape when I was young. An emotional booster, an answer for self-consciousness and self-doubt. I didn’t think about doing drugs or getting drunk or having sex back then. (Shows you how backwards my freshman year was.)

But Last Train to Clarksville by the the Monkees and Summer In The City by the Lovin’ Spoonful and Five O’Clock World by the Vogues were songs that wrapped around those hard times and cushioned decisions in my life like why I never had a date Saturday nights or if my girlfriends wanted to have a pajama party or should I try out for the school play when I couldn’t sing.

I wonder if kids today have an inkling of that innocence. If they ever have a chance to be kids. If they ever have a choice to not be a part of the violence and discrimination and hatred that swirls around all of us.

I suppose songs like WAP by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion (I wouldn’t look up the words if I were you) reflects the current needs and desires within a high-school education, the need to be free and understood and in control. Maybe innocence in its banal form is not needed anymore. Better to be smart than be exploited.

These days I find myself wandering back to that innocence I probably never really had. I have had enough of death and prejudice and politics to last a lifetime of discovery. Time for a bit of innocence to return to the world.

Do you believe in magic in a young girl’s heart
How the music can free her whenever it starts?
And it’s magic if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie………..

 

8 thoughts on “Monday Monday

  1. It is difficult for kids and youngsters to stay innocent for long now.. They hear and see too much on tv and on the computer. So sad.

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  2. Aww, that last part made me feel sad for our young people. I don’t want to believe that it’s better to be smart than exploited in this particular context. Hope and positivity must always prevail!

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  3. You have certainly evolved with the times! I know I should give today’s music a chance — and, in rare occasions, I do. And I do have music from Sigur Ros and Manchester Orchestra in my music library. Maybe I’ve just been on a classical/new age jazz kick the last ten years….

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  4. I do love my golden oldies too Claudia … the Beatles and the “Stones”, turned the lights on for me, but I also had a strong leaning towards the singer/songwriter too… Bob Dylan, Donovan, Melanie, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen etc… however these days I listen to singer/songwriters, such as Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Amanda Palmer, Hozier, Milky Chance, and rock bands like, Poets Of The Fall, The Strumbellas, Portugal The Man, Of Monsters And Men, Sigur Ros, Machester Orchestra, etc… and of course for me there is always Nick Cave, who 60 years old is still going strong… At the moment I’m listening to ‘Twenty One Pilots’ and their song “Isle Of Flightless Birds”

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