These all came out in the mid-fifties and I adored all these three songs when I was a little girl. I thought that Eartha Kitt was fabulously witty and beautiful and I loved the lyrics of ‘Old fashioned girl’. I was just old enough to comprehend the tongue-in-cheekedness; the ‘old fashioned house, with an old fashioned fence and an old fashioned millionaire’ cynicism with its humorous twist.
I think it was even earlier that I listened to Anne Shelton. It was my first inkling of a double meaning, of playing with the English language. I can’t remember the name of the figure of speech, but I’m sure one of you will tell me. ‘Lay down your arms and surrender to mine’ was the height of wit. I thought it was very very clever, and I loved the marching beat. Here you are … Anne Shelton, and the words.
And I fell for Perry Como in a big way. He was my first hearththrob – as a singer, at any rate. I feel absolutely uncool here, but it meant a lot to me (I was only three, remember. I grew out of it). I kept the record for many years and then, when Weeza was a toddler, I played it to her…and, all unknowing, she picked it up and chucked it on the floor and it broke. Years later, she gave me a Perry Como tape to make up for it. I don’t think I ever listened to it all through, actually. It was Catch a Falling Star and (if lesserly) Magic Moments that had won my heart. And here it is. I think it was the voice and the imagery of ‘Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day‘ that appealed to the romantic core hidden deep in my heart.
And LOM has tempted me again. And actually, this is exactly right. isn’t it?
You Are Prancer
You are the perfect reindeer, with perfect hooves and perfect flying form.
Why You’re Naughty: Because you’re Santa’s pet, and you won’t let anyone show you up.
Why You’re Nice: You have the softest fur and the sweetest carrot breath.