Friday, August 15, 2014

Oldies but Goodies

By Jay Goodwin, Barber's Point:

Reliving the oldies but goodies - we associate the songs and music with events in our lives. In Hawaii, it has coming to pass and been recognized very clearly in the past decade. There is gold in those special memories for all of us.

"The secret to getting ahead, is getting started."

We fondly remember the songs that were playing when we went to our first dance, the songs the school band attempted to play during half time at the high school football games, the songs that we heard on our first date, or the songs we heard on the radio while driving our first car.

"Three Coins In The Fountain" by the Four Aces

Then the music that came right after WWII is probably the most impressive and most recognized of any era. The artists of the last half of the 20th century provided us with numerous songs we loved to dance to and sing along with.

You remember how we used to listen to the music then? Vinyl records had always been the most popular way to listen to our favorite music. But things changed and we went along with it. First we had eight track players in our cars, then we moved upward to cassette players. Now, they are mostly CD players.

"Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" by Perry Como

Of course, there was always the radio to listen to - most of the popular channels were on AM radio and the portable radio set in. We had many styles of music to listen to and the nostalgia of the last half of the 20th century music lives on today. We can listen to it on our local radio station, on CD's, on mp3, download it on our computer, and burn it onto CDs.

Some bands in Hawaii are still performing after more than 30 years. Many dancers still think there’s nothing like seeing your favorite performers live in a dance emporium of any size. The oldies but goodies music is still popular with people of all ages – not just those who grew up with it. It never grows old. It only gets better with each passing decade. Now if they could just invent a dance place that did not have 90% of its income based on Alcoholic Beverages, somebody could make a fortune. May come to pass in the Kapolei Area, these are future thinkers.