Mildred Ratched's idea of Musical Monday is an excellent way for me to chronicle my younger years in Maine. My first selection for Musical Monday is a song that has stuck with me since I wrote Where Have All The Flowers Gone. Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations reminds me of the hours I spent with friends doing our own version of American Bandstand. Instead of rating the song, we'd rate each other dancing ability. Now, that's a hoot because I cannot dance, but I thought I could then and I guess that's all that's important. Of course, we all gave each other high marks for all those dance moves we had perfected. We weren't shy or self conscious while shaking our tail feathers...I guess all those insecurities come later when a person finally gets out of their comfort zone and around strangers who might not give them the high marks their friends did.
My mother had bought me a portable record player when I was young and that thing got sacked around everywhere I went. Most of us had collections of 45's because they were cheaper than buying albums. Besides, albums in those days seemed to have only a few good songs on them at best. My cousin, Debbie had a collection of 45's to die for. I think I might have stolen a 45 or two from her (sorry about that Debbie) to supplement my own puny collection. I believe that might have been the start of my days as being a light-fingered Louie (another story for another time).