This very popular ditty hit the top charts around 1945. It ran all the words together (see yesterday’s blog) and says: “Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. A kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?” When I was a young boy, things were much simpler and a great deal safer than today. We had beaten some bad guys on their own homeland and popular music had melody and many were religious in nature. There were tunes featured on a very popular television show, ‘Your Hit Parade’. The regular cast of singers performed the’Top Ten’ countdown each week. All in black and white and most likely sponsored by cigarettes or toothpastes. General Electric and Timex were very active advertisers, along with Ford, Chrysler, Nash, Kaiser, Studebaker, Packard, Cadillac and Chevrolet. There were big winners like, “Don’t Fence Me In”, “Three Little Fishes”,”MairzyDoats”, “a Tisket a Tasket”, “Hutsut Ralson on the RillaRock”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “Nya, Nya, Nya Said the Litte Fox”, “‘Til Then”, “I’d Like to Get You on a Slow Boat to China”, “Mona Lisa” and later, “Counting My Blessings”, “O, My Papa”. Surprisingly,”The Lord’s Prayer” by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was at the top of the charts for weeks. Things moved slower and we could walk alone down a street and play outside well past dark. Door locks were seldom set and people were neighborly. We knew everyone who lived from one end of our street to the other. Today we will most likely not know our next door neighbors. People were nosy, but today we’re invasive. Susan’s nephew says that “when music changes, so to morals”. Think about the moral fiber of our country and how it tears and tatters. I pray that some day soon, our hearts will sing again; our homes with be filled with love and honesty; our ‘no’ means NO and our ‘yes’ means YES. There were some “good old days”, even though some would like to convince you otherwise. We just saw a tribute to Frank Sinatra with some pretty good renditions of some of his hits, but there will never be another who could sing a musical phrase like “Old Blue Eyes”. I don’t suppose he ever recorded anything that was not a hit. Even popular singer/songwriters wrote songs with him in mind. One was by Paul Anka called, “My Way”. Every time I played that record and every time I hear it, I think about how admired folks are when they do things “Their Way”, yet as a believer in JESUS CHRIST, it is more desirous for me to do it HIS WAY, donchaknow. I enjoy listening to those great old tunes that Time/Life does on their televsion infomercials. Each time I watch one, I think that it would be nice to have the collection, but I wouldn’t listen to it much, so I’ll just wait until it comes to the drive-in.
I have a riddle for you. I asked Seth and SaraBeth to solve it. He guessed wrong, but Miss Prissy got it right. You try and let me know.
” You and a friend are standing in front of a picture of a man. He says, “Brothers and sisters, I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son. Who is that man?” Tomorrow, another and the answer to this one.
Regardless of the hubbub surrounding this season, just remember, “JESUS is the reason”, Amen?