I believe there is an intangible soundtrack to my life. Sometimes it may be the music that attracts me, but it is the lyrics that attach me. From very early childhood, there have been songs that I associate with people and events. Even today, I will hear a song and can recall things in detail.
I grew up in the 1960s, and had a succession of babysitters. Since most of them were teenagers, music was always being played, either on the radio or perhaps American Bandstand on TV. This combined with national and world events, my connection with music deepened.
Perhaps one of the songs that most affected me was “Get Together”, by The Youngbloods. Previously released as "Let's Get Together" by other bands, it was a staple at folk music festivals. However, it gained popularity on the heels of Woodstock and the Summer of Love, 1967. By 1969 it became a top hit by The Youngbloods. At that time, it was used in a public service announcement for the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
I was ten years old at the time “Get Together” became a hit single. Not only was I intrigued by the music, but I was even more affected by the lyrics. It spoke to me on a level no other song had before. It became my mission to buy this record. Taking my wagon, I collected pop bottles from around the neighborhood and cashed them in at the grocery store. I immediately purchased the 45 RPM record, went home, and learned the song by heart. (I still have that very record.)
This week, I heard the song while running errands in my car. It affected me just as deeply as it did 45 years ago, actually bringing me to tears. I think that this song is just as important today as it was in 1969. Hearing it, I realized that it applies to current world events, politics, issues, and people, just as it did then.
The song, “Get Together” expresses what we need to do to resolve the issues that affect us all in the world at large, but in our personal lives, as well. I share it with you here. Peace.