Today is dull yet warm, I opened the conservatory to let some air through popped a disc on and sat looking up the garden. Suddenly the music was "If I Loved You" from Carousel and memories just flooded back.
On a course near London I got a long weekends leave every weekend, into London stopped with my relatives up Brixton Hill (posh then) and the Streatham Locarno just over the hill Friday and Saturday. An older woman (I thought in terms of my mother but she was probably late twenties old to me) asked me to dance and we danced most of the dances each night most weekends. "If I loved you" was top of the pops at the time and she went all sentimental on me as we danced, but so did the girls in the Nuffield Club at the Sunday Tea Dances, there was something about that tune.
Came the time to move on and I told her it was our last dance together unluckily for me just before they played that tune, she cried the whole dance, to an 18 year old rather embarrassing, I had to crowbar her off and she was on Waterloo Station looking for me on the Sunday night. Oh Dear that song, I got the train with whoops from the servicemen heading back to Barracks as she clung on to the last then Bentley and on to the single track Borden Bullet, badly misnamed and gone on the Monday.
Yet the music plays (I did replay it this morning) memories never fade and I wonder where are they now. I have a head full of tunes all with meaning, it is a wonder I remember anything else? Now what day is it today??