Friday, June 14, 2013

Do you ever have nostalgia...

... for an era before you were even born?

I was born in the mid-seventies, but for some reason, am drawn to my parents' "time" (50's through the 60's). My folks were born in the 30's, between the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers-- technically people born at this time were called the Silent Generation, but I prefer to call them the Dean Martin generation. 

Maybe because the 50's and the before-hippies 60's was a time of such... style and class. A world of great music, of elegant dinner parties with manhattan cocktails, of ladies in pretty, feminine dresses and men in suits. 

A couple of months ago, I and a friend were having breakfast at Denny's. On the cover of their menu, in recognition of their 60th anniversary this year, they had a picture of a 1953 woman sitting in what would have been a Denny's booth back then, and across from her sat a young 2013 man in modern Denny's decor. I actually found the picture online:



Both of us remarked on how neat, beautifully dressed, and well put-together the woman is-- and how scruffy and unkept the modern "man" looks in comparison. But he looks good compared to a lot of people today who walk around like they just rolled out of bed.

Frankly, I'm just so tired of seeing overweight, tattooed people glued to cell phone screens. I bemoan the modern rap-crap gutter trash culture that seems to have taken hold-- the loss of the elegance, grace, and manners of my parents' generation. 

Couldn't we could bring it back? 

Yes, I am overweight and have a smart phone-- but try to dress neatly and nicely, and my phone is not an appendage. I also realize that we can't idealize the past, and that the "good old days" were not perfect (this was, after all, an era in which schoolchildren were drilled to get under their desks in the event of nuclear attack from the U.S.S.R.).

Perhaps this is why the music of the "Rat Pack" has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity: we want to recapture-- at least in part-- an earlier, seemingly happier era.

Years ago, I bought a CD called Donna Reed's Dinner Party, and the music just made me feel so good; the CD's fold-out even included a recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini. 

Here's a wonderful tune off of this album, courtesy of YouTube-- so mix yourself a martini and enjoy.