Two Saturdays ago at the restaurant, as soon as I came in and started to set up my equipment, a woman started asking for requests. She said it was her birthday and asked if I knew "As Time Goes By." Then she waited with her partner for 45 minutes while I got all set up, and I started the set with it.
"As Time Goes By" is a gorgeous little song, but admittedly it doesn't fit my overall attitude towards things these days. The song's decidedly affirmative of the status-quo: man and woman, man needs woman, woman needs mate, don't deny the patriarchy, etc..
I don't follow that doctrine anymore. As I sang the song, I couldn't help but question every second line as propaganda; by the time I was finished, I felt like I'd added to the patriarchal ether by performing it even while kids were in the audience. Sigh.
It felt a little icky, but that's how nostalgia works. When I posted this video to my personal Facebook page, a friend wrote,
And I guess that drives it home. It fits the post-war era perfectly. But how we've changed.
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