Gray, Gray

Every once in a while I get a reminder of how many years have passed. Yesterday was one of those days.

I was having lunch in the cafeteria with some of the faculty, three nice people from the math department, and the conversation somehow turned to the first rock concert people had ever attended. And then the best rock concert they'd attended. They really got into it, naming groups and venues I'd never heard of.

They're considerate people, and all at once they noticed I had shared nothing and they all paused and looked my way. "I'm still waiting to attend my first rock concert," I told them. "The closest thing to it was one night back in about 1965, Joe and I and another couple went to the Academy of Music to hear the New Christy Minstrels." Two of them seemed dumbfounded, but Niall, godbless'im, piped up, "The New Christy Minstrels, eh? Did they sing 'Green Green'?" "You bet they sang 'Green Green,' I told him. "And they also sang 'Saturday Night," and 'We'll Sing in the Sunshine' and 'This Ol' Riverboat' and 'Today'" and then somebody else talked about some other group.

Lunch ended and we went back to our respective jobs. I spent the afternoon with the lyrics of "Today" running through my head. And they sounded even sweeter than they did that night 43 years ago.

Today while the blossom still clings to the vine,
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine,
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joys that are mine today.


QuiltingFitzy said…
"Today" is the first *ahem* contemporary song I learned to play on the piano, lol.
Mrs. Goodneedle said…
Oh, I remember...
I think I had that album, too.
atet said… this one. Does Peter, Paul and Mary count as "rock"? If so, that was my first "rock" concert. I won't say how old I was though :0).
Anonymous said…
Nancy... I grew up singing along with the 2 albums my dad had from the New Christy Minstrels. In fact, a few years ago, i ordered my very own 2 CD collection to enjoy! Thanks for the memories!
Susan said…
Yeah, smacks me in the face every once in a while. =) I always loved that song. Most of the concerts I went to, young people today wouldn't even know, except Elvis and Neil Diamond.
The first concert I went to really was a rock concert. The opening act was a local band from Denver named Sugarloaf followed by Eric Burden and War and then the headliner: Deep Purple. Why do I remember this? It was an outdoor concert and I got locked in a port-john. The stories I can tell about rock concerts: hitchhiking, tear gas, picnic lunches. But they are stories best left untold.