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November 1, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

Boots

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Ah, music.  How just the sound of a song can take you back to a particular time and place.

Yesterday, SS and I were talking about . . . something . . . and it reminded her of the song, These Boots Are Made For Walkin’, and I started to sing the song.  I could hear it so clearly in my head, and I was four or five years old again, in my memory.  I had to smile, and then I downloaded the album, Boots, by Nancy Sinatra.  Go ahead; listen to some of the samples of some of the songs.  If you’re close to my age, that sixties sound will be familiar and I hope will take you back to pleasant memories.  If you’re quite a bit younger than I am, or young enough that your parents are close to my age, you’ll probably be rolling your eyes and laughing.  My sister showed this picture to her husband this morning after I emailed it to her and he made a joke about her stylish clothes.  She said to him, “Hey, don’t talk.  All your childhood pictures have people with beehive hairdos!”

But man, what great memories that album brings back for me.  Sister had it and played it fairly often.  The Amazon page I linked to above says it was originally released in 1966.  This picture is from 1968.  Sister had just turned 11 and I was 4 1/2.  See her boots?  Aren’t they cool?  I grew up following her around like a puppy, adoring her and thinking she was just the coolest human being ever.  She’s still one of my very favorite people.

After I downloaded the album, I played some of the songs and couldn’t stop grinning and dancing in my chair.  I remember, especially when hearing the music at the end of These Boots, after she says “Are you ready, boots?  Start walkin'”, standing in our living room with Sister and doing The Pony and The Swim.  Anybody remember those dances?

I especially remember the part of The Swim, where you hold your nose and raise your other arm above your head and “go under the water”.  I loved that part.  I could really wiggle those hips when I was little.  Or at least I thought I could.

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And in other news, I wrote my first 1733 words of NaNo this morning between midnight and 1:10 am.  Woot!  Woot!

5 Comments

  1. Comment by kate1975:

    Oh my god, your ages are the same distance apart as my sister and I. When I read about Sister I yearn for a sister like her. Mine was nothing like her and caused me a lot of pain and rejection. I’m glad that you had and have someone like her. Good and healing thoughts to you.

    Ready boots…

    Kate

  2. Comment by davidrochester:

    The videos were priceless.

  3. Comment by Strangename:

    What a great song! I smile every time I hear it!

  4. Comment by steppingthru:

    I am the oldest of three girls and graduated from high school in 1968 so I remember these songs very well. We also wore those “crazy” styles, boots, mini skirts, bell bottoms, colored opaque hose, hair straightened with the iron, etc. Gosh those were good times!

  5. Comment by davidrochester:

    You still around?

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