Thursday, March 14, 2013

7443. William G. O'Leary

The music world strikes again! This one is a throwback, an oldie but a goodie that predates even the oldies we hear on the radio. Who plays swing music any more? What DJ says "And now, cats and kittens, it's time to spin some vinyl grooved with the tracks of our main man Glenn Miller, the king of swing, the man who gets us off our seats and onto our feets. In the Mood!"

And we all know how the song goes. Our friend William must have known how it went. He was born in 1926, and the song hit #1 on the charts in 1940, when William was 13 or 14 years old. Think about it! What music defines you? If you're in your early forties like me, you think about the early eighties. Music has major power over us in our teens, when we think deeply about lyrics for the first time and how they reflect and describe our own lives. We later learn it's a bunch of crap, but for the short-term, music can rule us.

I'm a little jealous of William. I've often said if I could travel in time my first stop would be 1941, and mostly for the music. Give me some "Tuxedo Junction" or "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and drop me in a zoot suit (which I think would be a very good look for me, with a little pencil-thin mustache) and I'd be in heaven. Like William.

But no. I get the Eurythmics.


  1. If you get a chance, go listen to the Bo Winiker Band...that will bring you to where you want to be...

  2. Well, if nothing else, the name of the band itself might get me there :)