MAGIC MOMENTS!!. The boomer generation years span the period 1946- 1967. These post-war years were challenging as the world recovered from the ravages of war. The love songs of the fifties were poignant as they told us about roses, lollipops, bobby socks, and stockings. However, it was the explosion of love songs by black artists in the 60’s that reinforced all of our dreams of happy ever after. These sweet songs heightened our emotions tugging at our heart strings until we were head over heels in love.
We were young and did not have money, but we believed that love was everything. Looking back through the years we realized how naïve we were, yet those songs still appeal to our hearts today. As we cha cha cha down memory lane let us reminisce on these songs and the magic they brought to our lives. Which of these songs was your favorite?
1 The Glory of Love ( Otis Redding 1967)
I can still hear myself humming the tune as a teenager. Did not have a clue what Otis was singing about but I loved the song. Otis reminds us that tears, pain, frustration, and disappointment are part of the territory. Love is going to hurt; it may shock us or knock us off of our feet. But along the way there is glory, there is the joy of sharing our lives with someone who cares.
- That’s where it’s At – Sam Cooke 1964
Sam Cooke reminded us that hanging out in a quiet place with your baby, was better than swinging at a party. Too noisy and crowded. The intimacy of a quiet room where the lights were low and soft music played promoted an atmosphere of love, caring, and togetherness.
- My Girl – The Temptations (1964)
For the Temptations there was no one or nothing in this world who could take the place of a loved one. Lack of fame, fortune, beauty does not matter. Just being with that special one is enough.
- River Deep, Mountain High – Tina Turner (1966)
Tina insisted that love conquers all in spite of our difficulties and struggles. No matter if our problems are as deep as the river, or as high as a mountain. Love is a powerful force that makes us stronger and better with each challenge that we face.
- When a Man loves a Woman – Percy Sledge – (1966)
Percy reminds us of the reality of being in love. We want to hold on to the good thing that we have found. Unfortunately, sometimes that love is not returned. Misery, hopelessness, and rejection take its place. Although love hurt, there is a sweetness to the experience that makes us want to fall in love over and over again.
- At Last – Etta James (1961)
Finally, we meet that special person of our dreams. The one who brings the magic to our lives. Loneliness disappears. Every day is a new beginning in which we experience a touch of heaven.
- I Was made to Love Her – Stevie Wonder ( 1967)
Stevie reminds us that even though people may disapprove, true love will last through the years if we appreciate each other.
- Stand by Me – Ben E. King (1962)
Standing by each other no matter the difficulty enables us to offer support, comfort, strength, and a shoulder to lean on. His words tell us that crying is not an option because we are stronger and can face any challenges.
- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell(1967)
Marvin and Tammi declare that there are no barriers that can prevent them from getting to the one that they love. High mountains, low valleys, floods, storms, seasons, or other distractions to get in their way.
- You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin (1967)
Aretha expresses the power of love to lift our spirits, renew our minds and help us to face another day. Sharing our love with someone inspires us, gives us peace of mind, relieves our doubts and empowers us to be loving, kind women who can reciprocate love.
Are any of these your favorite song? If not try to recall the one that moves you. You may go to Utube and play it or Google the lyrics. Turn the lights down, and the magic of the sixties is back.