It was a cool, fall evening as we drove up the hill from our home, just minutes away. A huge tent awaited the performance as we made our way into the castle for a tour and dinner. Dinner among the paintings and the other memorabilia was perfect. After dinner we walked to the tent finding just the right seats.
Lannie Garrett, a well-known pop and jazz singer here in Denver, was introduced along with her accompanist/arranger. And then magic, as she began to sing songs Frank Sinatra had recorded or sung publicly, from what she called, "The Great American Songbook."
"Once upon a time, the world was sweeter than we knew. . ." so timely now.. I suppose every generation feels this looking back. Another, "Last night when we were young, love was a song, a song unsung. . ," "Strangers in the Night," "Summer Wind," "They Can't Take That Away From Me." On and on through the evening as the memories of my younger years washed over me. The coming election, the burning of the American flag, the murders of our embassy personnel, the political rhetoric, the sad pictures of the hatred of young men storming our embassies, all vanished into the nostalgia of my younger world of my boys, school, work, and of the time when I had all those years ahead of me.