Sunday, 5 June 2011
what will happen next?
Wandering around Lord's the last couple of days, I had this thought: how many of these nice old boys, if you asked them, would say that A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square was their favorite song? It was my dad's, and it is quite a lot of my friends' dad's. I bet hundreds of the MCC members would be in the same boat. It's hard to know quite why, good as the song is. It clearly hits a sweet spot.
a) Are me and all my male friends get older, are we going to fall in love with ANSIBS? Seems unlikely.
b) What is going to happen to the song? Presumably it'll just become just another in the canon, without this extraordinary ability to make 60-80 year olds misty-eyed.
c) Is there a decent but not great song that will have a similar status for people like me? Will it be (oh. my. god.) Angels? I have never really been able to bear Angels - something about it bugs me though I can't say what - but lots of people I was students with it lose all touch with sense when it is played.
(I am loving Phil Tufnell and Henry Blofeld on TMS talking about how important it is to let meat rest before you carve it.)