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As I Recall It Ended Much Too Soon

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Dear Ann,
Some people go to hear cool new music. Some people go to hear cool old music. Hubby is decidedly in the latter camp. There is nothing he likes better than a nostalgia act, especially if the name of the group ends in ‘ettes’ or ‘elles’ or has the word ‘Teenagers’ in it. There are plenty of things I like better, but I can only say ‘no’ so many times before he gets hurt feelings (“Rod Stewart?” –“NO!!!”). So the night before Thanksgiving, while you were still trying to get that buzzing sound out of your head and the smoke out of your clothes, our little fambly was ROCKING OUT to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
I’m guessing that at no point during that Raconteurs show did Jack White hold out his microphone and invite the crowd to sing along. In falsetto. (If I’m wrong about that, don’t tell me. Although I would love to hear a Jack White version of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’. Wouldn’t that be awesome?)
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I’m also guessing Jack White was not wearing a sparkly jacket. Frankie’s jacket? I think it was made of Kid Silk Night. Really a cute jacket.
Fairly early in this most enjoyable evening, though, I got an uneasy feeling. You know me: sharp as a TACK. Intuition up the ying-yang. Something didn’t seem quite right. That Something was:
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The Seasons.
The Seasons seemed way too–how do I put this–active, for an act that has been cranking out the hits since 1962. The Seasons’ parents were not even born in 1962.
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Here are two Seasons: Springtime, and Younger Than Springtime. See what I mean?
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Not only were they active, they were synchronized. It was like boy Rockettes, in black slacks. (I Heart Black Slacks.)
I love it when dance moves are keyed to the lyrics.
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Here is ‘I swear to God.’ I swear to God, every time he sang it, they did it.
The kids had never seen anything like it. Me neither. Extremely refreshing, and afterwards? We smelled GREAT.
In Other News
This never happens, but my knitting has actually gotten ahead of my blogging.
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I’ve been dishragging up a storm.
Why yes–this is a new dishrag pattern. It’s called ‘Lobby,’ and it’s my humble submission to the 2007 Dishcloth Calendar! (The calendar is a new project from the folks who bring us the Monthly Dishcloth Knitalong. Stay tuned for details on how to run right over and order one.
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There has even been the sewing-up of the knitting, always postponed as long as possible. This is the blanket for Baby Abe, which was started when I fell in love with Katia’s self-striping “Jamaica” cotton yarn last summer. Abe has been growing all this time, so after Thanksgiving I got down to business. I’m knitting the corner miters into it right now. Film at 11.
Can I Get an ‘Aw’?
OK. One of the bennies of blogging is you can tell cute stories about your kids and pets, am I right? On Thanksgiving morning, I was waiting on a bench for the A train so we could go downtown to a Balloon Party. (Fun NYC fact: if you look carefully at the real estate ads, you will see that apartments on the 7th-9th floors of buildings along Central Park West, below 77th Street, are advertised as having ‘balloon-lvl vus’. I am not kidding; it’s a selling point, the fact that once a year your home is mobbed for bagels and lox.)
So anyway, I was sitting between the kids, knitting a dishrag (needless to say). A young woman approached and asked, ‘Are you the famous knitter?’ I was a bit confused. Maybe there is some famous knitter at the 181st Street station that I don’t know about, you know? But we figured out that she lurks here sometimes and recognized me (the dishrag helped). This gave me a lovely glow as I went about my dishcloth.
A few days later, we were out walking, and Joseph asked Hubby if he had thought about running for President of the United States. (Aw!) Hubby said, well, he kind of likes the job he has. Carrie chimed in and asked wouldn’t he like it, though, to be famous? Not so much, said Hubby; he prefers the quiet life. We walked on a bit and then Joseph said, ‘But Dad, at least you’re married to a famous knitter.’
Double AW!!! Eight years old is a beautiful age.
Hope you had a grand Thanksgiving weekend with the assembled Shaynes From All Over. I would have loved to be there when baby Molly toddled up to the karaoke mike for her first crack at ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’.
Love, Kay
P.S. All the cool kids are putting up You Tube links. Check out this Beech Nut Gum commercial from 1966, and don’t let it go, girl!

30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. Up to the minute palette on those Lobby dishrags, Kay. Fresher than, um, springtime. Love ‘em.

  2. triple AWWWW!

  3. Okay….
    So the next time Hubby wants to go to a concert, tell him to call me. Rod Stewart? Sure! Frankie and the younger than old 4 Seasons? Sure! (kinda sad tho, huh? Well, it is, if you went thru adolescent angst with the orginals.) Crosby Stills and Nash? Sure (altho that was a bit sad too, and I am so glad Graham Nash wasn’t electrocuted walking around barefoot.) (Can you tell I am a mom AND a teacher?) I even said, “Yes” to my Hubbster when we were dating to see Tony Bennett and Lena Horne.
    So that means, knitters and others, that yes, I am an Old Fogey and PROUD of it, and my dying wish is to be as physically fit as Tina Turner when I reach her age. Which means I have to get off the computer *right now* and on the elliptical trainer.
    Truly the best music year ever was 1967, maybe ’69.
    I would also love a dish rag calendar. I am an eclectic Old Fogey, if nothing else.
    Janet

  4. Okay….
    So the next time Hubby wants to go to a concert, tell him to call me. Rod Stewart? Sure! Frankie and the younger than old 4 Seasons? Sure! (kinda sad tho, huh? Well, it is, if you went thru adolescent angst with the orginals.) Crosby Stills and Nash? Sure (altho that was a bit sad too, and I am so glad Graham Nash wasn’t electrocuted walking around barefoot.) (Can you tell I am a mom AND a teacher?) I even said, “Yes” to my Hubbster when we were dating to see Tony Bennett and Lena Horne.
    So that means, knitters and others, that yes, I am an Old Fogey and PROUD of it, and my dying wish is to be as physically fit as Tina Turner when I reach her age. Which means I have to get off the computer *right now* and on the elliptical trainer.
    Truly the best music year ever was 1967, maybe ’69.
    I would also love a dish rag calendar. I am an eclectic Old Fogey, if nothing else.
    Janet

  5. aww, sweet..loving the knitting as well

  6. maybe you read the headliner line wrong:
    “and the not as Seasoned”

  7. There’s a special place in my heart for Frankie Valli and his Four Seasons. You see, my siblings and I were each born in a different season – so my dad called us HIS Four Seasons. AND, if that’s not enough, we spent one very dramatic 4th of July downtown in Philly with Frankie and his boys. We’d go every year for the fireworks and festivities and this particular year, FV&TFS were giving a free concert. About halfway into the concert, huge storm clouds began to gather and eventually the skies opened. Welp, lightning actually hit the stage and I think it collapsed. One of the musicians was very badly hurt. Needless to say, the concert did not continue – but it was INTENSE. I’ve never forgotten that.
    Also, Frankie was very fun on the Sopranos.

  8. Kay, the sparkly jacket reminds me of your Mom’s shawl yarn–perhaps it is the “vintage”. Love the blankie though. Katia calls. Thanks for the post, I laughed my way through a conference call.

  9. Dear Famous Knitter,
    Another big AWWWW.
    If only you could freeze him like that.
    ps Love the new miters color scheme.
    Lucky Baby Abie!

  10. dayum – time to go back to dishrags. alas i’m not making 10^6 of them for gifts, as i don’t know anyone who would truly appreciate the art of the dishrag. and i want to keep them all.

  11. I was born in 1962. I didn’t know I was so old. Dang. The last concert I went to was the Riders in the Sky summer concert in Grand Junction, CO. It was easy to hear but not so loud your ears would ring for hours later. It was awesome.

  12. Ok I hope this isn’t blasphemous or anything but those pictures of the Seasons totally remind me of the guys in Yatta. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6616479032362244465&q=yatta
    Please don’t hate me when this gets stuck in your head for a week ;-)

  13. I like cool old music too…and I never knew that about NY apartments…guess I’ve been away too long

  14. Neil wants to know if he can still do the high notes…. give me Duran Duran anyday if we’re after youthful nostalgia, but like Ann, I have moved on to more contemporary listening generally.
    And onto more important stuff, Oh Famous Knitter, is that some Black Denim (worth more than gold) in that blanket? Looks fab, as ever…..

  15. The famous knitter and her cute kids… Awww. And her black denim! Nice blankie!

  16. Your kids are awesome. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons? I will always hold a special place in my heart for them. When my kids and I go to Johnny Rockets (do you know this place? it’s actually good for a chain restaurant, and the kids really love it), they always play “Walk Like a Man” for me on the jukebox. So sweet. On a semi-related subject, did you ever see the Rolling Stones’ Rice Krispies ad on You Tube? It’s from ’64, I think, and while the band doesn’t actually appear on the ad, they wrote and performed a song for it. It’s very cool indeed.

  17. This whole post made me long for the days when we lived in NJ/worked in NY. We’ve always said that if we could have afforded Manhattan real estate and private schools we never would have moved away but commuting did us in! The concert sounds like such fun (I would love to see “The Jersey Boys,” too). I remember them from the first time around! Knitting content great as always. New York content stellar!! Thanks.

  18. kids and dishrags….this is what the good life is all about!

  19. Oh for heaven’s sake, have mercy on me. I’m busting a gut over here. Jack White’s going to be producing Frankie Valli’s next album YOU MARK MY WORDS.
    We’re clearly going to need to find some common ground when we go clubbing together. I think this is how people end up at Rod Stewart concerts.
    Famous Knitter, your latest dishrag leaves me a-wishin’ for a Howard Johnson’s clam roll. Truly, orange and turquoise has to be the greatest corporate color combination in history.
    RAWK ON!

  20. This whole post made me long for the days when we lived in NJ/worked in NY. We’ve always said that if we could have afforded Manhattan real estate and private schools we never would have moved away but commuting did us in! The concert sounds like such fun (I would love to see “The Jersey Boys,” too). I remember them from the first time around! Knitting content great as always. New York content stellar!! Thanks.

  21. What kind of increase did you use in Baby Abe’s blanket? I love the way it looks. And I’ve fallen in love with that yarn as well.
    The colors in your Lobby dishrag are fabulous.

  22. Well, you are famous! I’m very new to this whole knitting scene and even I know who you are. I never heard of Jack White, but I have heard of Frankie Valle and the Four seasons. I was born a few years after 1962… They are before my time. The 4 Seasons do look too young. But I imagine the original Seasons might be overly seasoned…

  23. wow-I’m haven’t you tubed yet on the blog must get on that.
    and no one noticed or commented on my doobie brothers reference in my last post. . . am I getting old? I think so.
    great concert recap-feel like I was there (that’s good, right?)

  24. Awwwwww! ; )

  25. That’s so sweet! If we could only see ourselves through our children’s eyes!
    (during the nice years, not during the teen years!)

  26. Oh my goodness! Not only has my building been featured on MDK, not only have I now MET the Famous Knitter (albeit briefly) — but now I myself have appeared (literarily speaking) in the Famous Knitter’s Famous Blog! I’m feeling thoroughly honored and practically a celebrity myself. Thank you, Kay. I’m going to take this opportunity to highjack said blog and see if I can spark any interest in a local snb up here in wash heights — I’ll even volunteer to bake some cookies for the occasion. I’m thinking some not-too-early time on a weekend, but I’m flexible. Locals — write me! -Esme (aka the Subway Celebrity Hound) esmejoy@earthlink.net

  27. seriously. y’all have permission to put me out of my misery (and yours) if you EVER see me at a frankie valli OR rod stewart show. jack and meg white are even old school in my book because they’ve been on the indie circut so long…..but i’m very happy to see their success has stuck.
    xoxox
    waasabi

  28. seriously. y’all have permission to put me out of my misery (and yours) if you EVER see me at a frankie valli OR rod stewart show. jack and meg white are even old school in my book because they’ve been on the indie circut so long…..but i’m very happy to see their success has stuck.
    xoxox
    waasabi

  29. as husband of a Famous Knitter, Hubby could consider writing a book, something like ‘Fostering Support for Spousal Craft Activity– the Dishcloth Years.’ Now that’s a christmas present i would totally give my SO.

  30. The knitting is great (but we expect that from you girls), & kids do say the coolest things sometimes. But OMG! I remember that commerical! But then, I remember Bucky the Beaver too. The 4 Seasons didn’t change a bit from the commercial to the concert you attended. Very odd, swear to God.