ONJ and a star-struck 5 year old boy

11 02 2009

Let Me Be There

Let Me Be There

Have You Never Been Mellow?

Have You Never Been Mellow?

One of my earliest musical memories is of going through my mom’s record collection, finding these two albums. I’d pull them out and stare at the pretty woman on the covers. Some nights, to unwind, my mom would play them back-to-back.

It’s funny that I can very distinctly remember — almost hear — the two title songs, “Let Me Be There” and “Have You Never Been Mellow.” My mom played both records all the way through, but those are the two songs that I can still hear. I’d have to play the albums to remember the other songs. I’ve not heard either album in over 30 years. Maybe we’re hardwired to remember the best (or the worst) things and those were probably the two best songs on those albums.

Since then I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Olivia Newton-John. I’m not much of a sentimentalist, but those albums made me feel good as a kid. They probably put my mom in a good mood and the mood trickled down to me. Maybe I liked the songs, too. Whatever the case may be, I’d like to find those albums on CD and give them a listen, just for old-time’s sake.




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