9.14.2019

Slow Down


All these years
I’ve held on to a memory
of being 15 
standing alone in a room
practicing singing
the 59th Street Bridge Song
groovy a cappella
over and over until
I could sing it just right
    whatcha knowin’
but I have no memory
of actually performing it
for anyone
maybe I should take a lesson
and sing it now
as the morningtime drops
all its petals on me
here in my kitchen
for myself


Just One Word in the Imaginary Garden: GROOVY
(With gratitude and apologies to Paul Simon)

9 comments:

  1. I have a YouTube recording of "Feeling Groovy" on my post to your prompt. It was my favorite in 1950, I was a senior on high school.
    I sang it too because then I did not yet that I cannot sing well at all. A church choir director told me that after I auditioned for his choir. But I WILL sing in Heaven.
    Thank you for this nice prompt and for sharing your feelings towards the song. Obvious I hope, that mine does not tell, on its face, is not telling of me.
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  2. Why not? Life is too short not to sing your heart’s desire😊

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  3. One of my all-time favourites.. I never see the word 'groovy' without hearing this song.

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  4. I also heard it (a long time after it was playing...) this is the only use of the word groovy I really knew about...

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  5. I've always believed that we are (or can be) our best audience, our most important audience... So, I say to the speaker, "Sing for you!"

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  6. Try not to regret anything in life. Fulfill your wishes but always apologise for errors you have made.

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  7. Songs are meant to be sung. And as long what comes out pleases you, you ought to sing it as loud as you can!

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  8. "for myself". I think that would make kitchen chores all the more fun!

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