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It happened when I was fourteen  

hotdreamer1000 60M
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11/20/2014 12:03 pm

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It happened when I was fourteen

This isn’t the usual love story, but it is true none the less. It started when I was just fourteen years old, at boarding school. I didn’t exactly fall in love with an older woman, and there was no sex involved, but the effect she had on me may have helped make me the sentimentalist I have become.

Ah the good old days, the good old days. Come to think of it, as bad as we think they are, these will become the good old days for our . I was impressionable of course, but as I lay in bed at night listening to her I wasn’t aware that I was laying the foundations for an affection which would last me a lifetime. And in all that time she has never let me down. Sometimes I feel lonely of course, now that I don’t hear from her as often as I used to. But when I do hear her voice it makes me feel warm inside, and I feel like everything is right with the world. And her face – that look on her face when she nods and tells of all the moments she has spent “just loving you.”
Who that “you” is, I don’t actually know – I always knew it wasn't me of course. I expect I could find out but it doesn’t matter. You can see from her face the woman knows how to love. And I’d rather live in her world, than live without her in mine.

Maybe you have figured out that I am talking about Gladys. I used to listen to Radio Luxemboug under the bedclothes at school every night, waiting for them to play “The Way we Were.” (I know some people prefer the Barbara Streisand version - it’s up to them, but I don’t think it has the empathy you get from Gladys. And that voice. )

I know this isn’t a music site. Except that a lot of people write the odd blog about music, because I think music, love, sex and deep emotions all seem to go together. So I don’t expect you all to get it. But if you want to know what I am talking about, and you have the time to spare, watch the live version of “The Best Thing that ever happened to me.” The one with her wearing a weird kind of seventies yellow trouser suit. (Make sure you have good speakers, or your headphones in or you just don't hear the full depth of it. ) Then try comparing that, and her “Midnight Train to Georgia” with the versions of the songs by the original, (and brilliant, ) song writer, Jim Weatherly. Yes, he wrote great songs, but without Gladys they would have remained an obscure footnote to his little known career as a singer. Gladys takes that song to heaven, and her live rendition has a warmth even more intimate than her recorded single. In that video she is so at ease with the audience and her singing is totally effortless. Even if she does occasionally look a bit perturbed by the Pips, mincing about like a trio of camp ice cream vendors in a cinema isle. (No slur on campness intended – I love the Pips, but they do look a bit silly seen in hindsight. )

She’s not classically pretty, but wow is she beautiful! And a smile to fall in love with. Given that I have been flirting with country music recently, I am aware that if you don’t get soul / motown, the gorgeous feel of the music, the horns, the whole way the sound is put together, then the emotional warmth of this recording might pass you by. But somehow a love of this woman’s classics has become part of who I am. Watching her has a bit of a time travel element to it for me. I can hardly imagine what it must have been like to have been loved by her.

And the bass lines. ( Because you know how I’m all about the bass, musically even if not so much bootiliciously. ) Especially on “The Way We Were.” Whoever is playing that bass takes the whole feel of the song to another level. Do anyone understand this? It doesn’t matter if you don’t, I’m just curious as to whether it is only me seeing and hearing this.

hotdreamer1000 60M
11652 posts
11/20/2014 1:47 pm

    Quoting PassionCork:
    Ah yes, the incomparable Gladys, she has a voice as smooth as velvet.

    She could bring me to tears and comfort me at the same time as she does in "The Best Thing That Ever Happened".

    "Midnight Train To Georgia" is the one that inspired me most, her heartfelt and soulful rendition taught me one could give up anything and everything, move heaven and earth and travel to the ends of the earth for the one you love. A lesson I would never forget.

    Now, my absolute favourite is : "If I Were Your Woman ". Love, love, love that song.

    She is a true classic, with a timeless voice, beauty and soul.

    Great post Dreamer, made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Passion - so lovely to hear someone else inspired by Midnight Train. When someone means that much to you, it is enough just to be part of their dreams.

If I were your Woman is lovely too, I agree. But did you try listening to Jim Weatherly's Midnight Plane to Houston? It really shows how amazing Gladys' version is.

tigger678902 53F  
4549 posts
11/20/2014 8:56 pm

hmmm musical homework,...love motown so I'm quite alright with the "assignment"

Good girls go to heaven,....Bad girls go EVERYWHERE!
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hotdreamer1000 60M
11652 posts
11/21/2014 4:05 am

    Quoting rainbowsox:
    Awwww, thank you for having me go look those up! Believe it or not, I really love Ms. Knight! One of my Fathers favorites without a doubt and her and many of her contemporaries were always on the record player (Yes, I know what those are!!!!).

    1. I disagree, I think she is a classic beauty, then AND now!
    2. Oh my gosh, all "want-to-be" Diva's need to take a look and listen and learn how to sing. Zero effort, nothing over the top, just an incredible voice that pulls you in from the first note until the last!
    3. The Pips are absolutely VITAL to the entire charm of the music, the swagger and attitude give a hint to the subtle context of the real social turmoil of the time!!!

    Good stuff Buddy!!!

Wow thanks E, what a great comment. I am so glad to hear you say what you did about the way her voice draws you in. her last note on The way we were is so lovely. Your dad has great taste obviously, lol. Yup, X Factor contestants should be urged to study and learn!

I only said she wasn't classically pretty - I do find her beautiful, and I agree, the Pips are vital. I still think they look ridiculous though, lol.

hotdreamer1000 60M
11652 posts
11/21/2014 4:05 am

    Quoting tigger678902:
    hmmm musical homework,...love motown so I'm quite alright with the "assignment"
Hope you enjoy it even a quarter as much as I do.

Wildfire9600 106F  
6572 posts
12/15/2014 11:02 am

Oh, I so get this, Dreamer! The pop stars of today are empty shells compared to the greats like Gladys and her counterparts. She has a voice like warm honey that envelopes you and transports you into the music. She is a regular in my iPod rotation!

You want to stop the flame from burning. I just want to let it go...

hotdreamer1000 60M
11652 posts
12/15/2014 3:39 pm

    Quoting Wildfire9600:
    Oh, I so get this, Dreamer! The pop stars of today are empty shells compared to the greats like Gladys and her counterparts. She has a voice like warm honey that envelopes you and transports you into the music. She is a regular in my iPod rotation!
Like honey soaking into hot toast.

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