Does anyone remember dancing to the music of the Average White Band…say in the 60s and 70s? As I explained to my husband enroute to our favorite jazz venue where the band was performing this evening, they seemed peripheral to the music scene. They didn’t draw the crowds like other groups, but their songs had a distinct beat that made me jump up and dance. Still does.
As with other groups from my generation, AWB has undergone a transformation over the years, with musicians coming and going. However 3 who performed tonight were originals, two guitarists and one saxophonist. They were white; the remaining two men were black. Together they melded beautifully into the Average White Band of old.
Why is it that the years seem to fall away when listening to music from the past, allowing us to recapture our youth, if only for a little while? The lead singer/guitarist, one of the founding Scots from Dundee, probably in his mid to late 60s, could still hold the audience as his voice undulated to the rhythm of “A love of your own.” And as I swayed in time to the beat, I felt like a captivating 20-year-old once again. The outer me not at all in sync with my sensual, inner self of long, long ago. More like the young, blonde groupie who giggled giddily after a word with the Scotsman on a brief break. He too eyed the beauty with the smile of a more vigorous alter ego. But perhaps a musician’s lifestyle and daily imbibing of spirits (a fact he offered) are the secret to his vitality. Whatever the case, tonight was for the young at heart…
…no matter the age………hugmamma. 😉
I hadn’t thought of them in years – so cool to be reminded
Love their music…so unique, I think. Love to hear you think so too! 🙂
Ow of course I remember the AWB. Great to hear it again Hugmamma. What would life be without music eh? A dull mess! 😉
You will always be young at heart *hugs*
Music will always be my own “fountain of youth.” Like an out of body experience, the years and markings of time fade away. I’m a teen once again without a care in the world.
Glad I took you back in time with me. Until last night I wasn’t aware the AWB was from your part of the world. That was a nice piece of news.
together…we’ll always be…young at heart! hugs…hugmamma. 🙂