Both of us were born in the early 1950's. The Four Seasons was the soundtrack of several years of our lives. In 2012, in fact, I wrote a blog post about the 50th anniversary of the Four Seasons. If you want to hear some of their best songs, click on over.
So when we heard, at the last minute that Frankie Valli was going to appear in Washington, DC for "A Capital Fourth", we sighed. It was too late for us to change plans, so in Binghamton, New York we were staying. And, anyway, we have been to Washington, DC twice for the Fourth of July. Both times, the temperatures were hot and steamy.
Although it is hard to imagine if all you've ever seen is the TV coverage of the Independence Day activities in our nation's capital, it is almost impossible to sit close enough to the live music performances to actually appreciate them. Both times we were in DC, we decided to stick with the fireworks and not even try to get close enough to the music.
Just our luck, thanks to a hurricane in the Carolinas, the weather there on July 4, 2014 was perfect.
So, last night we watched Frankie Valli's performance thanks to our DVR. Thanks to the Jersey Boys Broadway show and Clint Eastwood directed movie, one could say that Frankie Valli is more popular than ever.
Frankie Valli is 80 years old. But, I don't hear it in his voice. He still has that wonderful falsetto.
The fascinating thing about nostalgia is that we all, after a certain age, seem to fit a hazy veil over our childhoods. Everything seems to have been better "back then". The music was better, people behaved better, and things were just as they should have been.
But, in reality, some things change for the better - and some don't. As for music, history will probably be the final judge of which decade had the best music.
Do you have a favorite singer or group from your growing up years?