I think I have the whole “what’s wrong with this country” thing figured out..
They need to bring back: Rooftop ballrooms, inviting a soldier to dinner, the percussion of high heels across a heavy wooden floor, film noir.
They need to bring back: Lips like crimson art, walking slowly in the rain, Saturday mornings at the barber shop, the buzzing of bad neon.
They need to bring back: The torch song, boats made of mahogany and toy prizes made of tin, pride in appearance, Gene Tierney’s angelic glow.
They need to bring back: Black satin opera gloves, friends that sign your autograph shirt, Lux Radio Theater, riding in the rumble seat.
They need to bring back: The melody in music, handwritten letters from home, halos above street lamps in the rain, Winston Churchill.
They need to bring back: Radios as big as appliances, grilled cheese sandwiches with a dill pickle spear at Woolworth’s, the soul of our nation.
They need to bring back: Stickball, the magic of Fred and Ginger, a silver dollar from grandma, picnics in the park, letting the good guy win.
They need to bring back: Dressing up for the movies, the warmth of Christmas morning, an evening next to the radio, Bogie and Bacall.
They need to bring back: Squeezing into the photo booth with your best friend, kissing goodbye at the train station, Kilroy, the dance hall.
They need to bring back: Sounds of children playing tag, leaning over the fence to talk to our neighbor, meeting a date at the soda fountain.
They need to bring back: The allure born of mystery, riding our bikes in the summer rain, grandma’s medicine chest, searching for four leaf clovers.
They need to bring back: Dancing until your wingtips glow, staring through display windows downtown, glass milk containers, the 1946 Wurlitzer.
They need to bring back: Making flour and water paste, a teen’s jalopy, time standing still, sending box tops for decoder rings, Sunday dinner.
They need to bring back: Hide and seek at dusk, big bands, Hollywood elegance, Superman on the radio, the lunch counter at the 5&10, fedoras.
Thanks for reading.. and Merry Christmas!