I wanted to grow up like Doris Day
just walking in the rain with Johnny Ray –
whatever will be will be.
My dad was the great pretender and, for me,
there was only you, Mum, singing to Sinatra and Nat ‘King’ Cole,
loving me as though there were no tomorrow.
Granddad had the mellow voice of Bing
and you, as pretty as Grace Kelly, could really sing.
Memories are made of this.
But that’s all that’s left when you lose the one you love,
strains of the happy whistler blowing on the wayward wind.
I promise, if I could have you back, I ain’t misbehavin’.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics Oldies But Goodies
Lillian is hosting dVerse one more time before she’s off on a transAtlantic cruise and then cruising through the Norwegian Fjords, Ireland and Iceland.
Lillian’s reminds us that she loves music, tap dancing, and all things positive. She’s not in retirement but rejuvenatement! She has also confessed that, like many of us, she’s a Baby Boomer, a child of the 50s, who grew up listening to music on a radio and an old-fashioned record-player. Which is why she wants us to find the top songs from the year in which we were born or from the years we were 5 – 10 years old, then pick one and weave the words from the title into our poems.
I got a bit carried away on this one and included the following song titles from 1956 and a little beyond (my Mum loved Frank Sinatra, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Johnnie Ray; she also loved Harry Belafonte but I couldn’t find him in the charts for 1956):
Doris Day, ‘Whatever Will Be (Que Sera)’
Johnnie Ray, ‘Walking in the Rain’
The Platters, ‘The Great Pretender’/’Only You’
Nat ‘King’ Cole, ‘Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow’
Dean Martin, ‘Memories Are Made of This’
David Whitfield & Mantovani & his Orchestra, ‘When You Lose The One You Love’
Don Robertson, ‘The Happy Whistler’
Gogi Grant, ‘The Wayward Wind’
Johnnie Ray, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’