Do you know what some of the top songs that were being played 40 years ago? I do.
Here's a listing of the ones I loved that came out in 1971.
John Lennon - Imagine
Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Santana - Black Magic Woman
Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Three Dog Night - Joy to the World
Marvin Gay - What's Goin' On?
James Taylor - You've got a Friend
The Doors - Riders on the Storm
Cat Stevens - Moon Shadow
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
The Carpenters - Close to You
And Michelle Leigh my sweet baby girl, my best accomplishment and my partner in all crimes since, was born at 1:27 am on February 20, 1971.
The morning after having given birth to Shelley in the hallway all by ourselves with no help from another human being, I was in my room waiting to see my baby and on the radio Karen Carpenter was singing Close to You......."on the day that you were born, the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true.". So the song goes. After finding the glasses that the gestapo army nurse had put in someone else's room and a very long 12 hours after she was born, I got to see my angel up close. She was (and is) the most amazing human I had ever seen. Long beautiful fingers, a tiny turned up nose and she smelled like heaven on earth. There have been times when I have lost track of that feeling but not for long, I assure you.
Shelley, I adore you, always have, always will.....Just you and me kid....just like Helen Reddy sang only a few years later.
So I guess it was worth it to leave Capt. James T. Kirk and the adorable Mr. Spock to figure out the end of that nights TV dilemna to go to the Army Base hospital and have the most remarkable experience of my life. Giving birth to an angel.
Happy Birthday sweetheart.