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Friday, September 04, 2009  

FIRST KISS

I WAS ASKED RECENTLY BY A DELIGHTFUL TADPOLE FRIEND IF A FIRST KISS AT 60 YEARS OLD IS ANY DIFFERENT FROM A FIRST KISS AT 16. THIS IS CERTAINLY A QUESTION THAT MERITS CONSIDERATION.

BUT FIRST, JOGGING THE MEMORY TO REFLECT THE FEELING OF BEING 16 WAS NOT THE EASIEST ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR A WOMAN WHO IS ON THE VERGE OF HER 67th YEAR.

WHO WAS I AT 16? A GIRL ADDICTED TO MUSIC. I'VE COME TO BELIEE THAT THE INFLUENCE OF SONG LYRICS IS GENERATIONAL. I DON'T MIND SAYING THAT TODAY'S POPULAR MUSIC IS A BIT DIFFICULT TO RELATE TO. IT'S "STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS" STYLE REMOVES A GREAT DEAL OF THE FANTASY AND ROMANCE FOR ME. OUR YOUNGER GENERATION, I'M AFRAID, HAS NEVER MASTERED THE ART OF THE METAPHOR. ALAS, THE SONGS DON'T CONTAIN PLACES FOR THE IMAGINATION TO RUN AMOK. IT'S ALL A BIT TOO SPECIFIC. WHAT IS LEFT TO WONDER WHEN THE SINGER CLAIMS "I WANNA GIT WIT CHOO" ???

SO, AT 16, THE ANTICIPATION OF THE FIRST KISS WAS HEIGHTENED CONSIDERABLY BY AN INNOCENT MUSICAL ROMANTIC NOTION. ARE WE TOO JADED AND CYNICAL IN OUR SIXTIES TO THINK THAT IT'S STILL POSSIBLE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE FIRST KISS? IT MIGHT HELP TO TURN THE RADIO OFF.






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