This morning I caught the end of a 1968 'Rock N Roll' movie starring Herman's Hermits! Called, wait for it, Mrs Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter.
In a surprising twist, the Mrs Brown in question was a dog. I don't know, it was the 60's, what do you expect?
The bit I caught included this song called "The World is for the Young", and I found to be a rather touching little ditty, especially since I've been feeling my age a bit lately.
The song is sung by "Gloria" who was Herman's Grandmother or something. He called her Gloria, but the otehr lads called her Gran, so I was a bit confused. Tulip is the blond next-door who I suppose had an unrequited crush on Herman, and Mr and Mrs Brown...well, I am not sure what their role was in the movie, but they were comfortably middle aged people in a posh house.
Anywhoodle, here are the song lyrics: ( the world is for the young )
And now the people who wrote that song are the elders looking back on their own youth, hopefully with a nostalgic smile rather than longing and regret.
I keep wanting to do a book of stories of people who live where my parents live - it's one of those active adult communities, and whenever my mom and dad talk about their friends, I think about how many stories they must have, and how easy it is to forget that old people were young and stupid once, too. I'd call the book 'Well Seasoned' (because the place they live is called The Four Seasons...get it?) and I thought I could break it down into sections - dating, first jobs, unusual accomplishments, embarrassing memories, etc.
I'm just not sure how to go about it. I'd like to get a publisher or someone interested first, so I could tell people it was actually happening, because they'd be more apt to talk if they thought it was actually going to be a book, rather than a pipe dream.
Meanwhile, I've got Herman's Hermit songs stuck in my head now.