‘Spot light on a Song’
I’m back music fans! Been a nice couple of weeks being able to visit and spend quality time with friends and family. Some newer to my life….some from my early days. It’s surreal when I think about it. My journey. And how fast life really moves from my perspective looking back.
I try to live in the present. Don’t we all? I’m a very romantic and nostalgic person at heart. Because the past is what has made us who we are today. The trick is not to get bogged down by that…because the past certainly shouldn’t define who we are or want to be in the future.
Today’s ‘spot light song’ is by an artist that holds great nostalgia and memories for me. I wasn’t even alive when it was a hit. But I will never forget the first time I heard it. I was 17. A time when music really started to have significant meaning for me. I was in my car driving. Those were the days still when you heard a song on the radio, you prayed that the disk jockey would announce the artist and name of the song so you could go to the store and track it down to hear it again! Those millennials have it soooooo easy today! Goodness.
Mary Hopkin. Hopkin was born in Pontardawe, Wales. She released an EP of Welsh-language songs for a local record label called Cambrian, based in her home town, before signing to The Beatles’ Apple Records. The model Twiggy saw her winning the British ITV television talent show, and recommended her to Paul McCartney. She became one of the first artists to record on The Beatles’ Apple record label.
Her debut single, “Those Were the Days”, produced by McCartney himself (holy crazy!!), was released in the UK on 30 August 1968. Despite competition from a well-established star, Sandie Shaw, who released her version of the song as a single that year, Hopkin’s version became a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart, and reached number two in the US Billboard Hot 100.
This special song is credited to Gene Raskin, who put English lyrics to a Russian romance song, composed by Boris Fomin (1900–1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism. This song and style of music is very influential to me as an artist. I give it a special “nod” in one of my upcoming songs I’m currently recording for my 2016 upcoming album release.
Those were the days my friends, we’d hope they’d never end, we’d sing and dance forever and a day. We’d live the life we choose, we’d fight and never lose, for we were young and sure to have our way. La la la la la la…..
Strum a little….