Melancholy Serenade

26 Sep

Yesterday, a feeling of melancholy washed over me. I was sitting in a chair and watching the rain through the window.

The rain could have been the reason. The garage sale could also had been the reason. I have always had a hard time getting rid of stuff. I can remember thinking as a kid that when I threw away the bubblegum wrapper I would never see it again. Yep, I was a strange child and am probably a strange adult. When the sale was over, I walked into the closed garage and looked at the remaining items. It was quiet, and I was alone. That was when the wave hit me, and my staring at the rain was the result.

While watching the rain, I knew that a blog post had entered my brain. However, the title hit stronger than the content. From somewhere in the back of my mind, the words “Melancholy Serenade” shot to the front. Usually, titles come to me while writing the post. Something in the text will lead me to it. This was completely different, and I knew that these words came from something that I had read or heard. It was something that I knew but forgot that I knew.

To figure it out, I went to Google. What did we do before Google? I guess we had to go to the library and look up stuff. Anyway, there it was. “Melancholy Serenade” was the theme song for The Jackie Gleason Show.Gleason

I have read about Gleason’s life and career, and I guess that something about those words stuck. Of course, I may have realized that those words matched well, and I could not have been creative enough to think up a title like that on my own.

Oh yeah, there is also “Melancholy Serenade” by Tchaikovsky. However, he was nowhere near the music man who Jackie Gleason was.

5 Responses to “Melancholy Serenade”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong September 26, 2015 at 17:58 #

    We also used encyclopedias. I had three sets. Sometimes, I read them just for fun.

    • Rick September 26, 2015 at 18:02 #

      I wonder whatever happened to encyclopedia salespeople.

      • Marilyn Armstrong September 26, 2015 at 18:31 #

        I have a assume they are selling something else. Maybe vacuum cleaners?

  2. jcalberta September 27, 2015 at 16:45 #

    Interesting Rick.. We all have these things that touch us like this. You were recently lamenting the decline of Flintstone’s Park – and this seems to tie in here. How? The Flintstones characters were based on the. Honeymooners. Not sure if the Rubbles plays into that, but Fred and Wilma were definitely taken from Ralph and Alice. Anyway …. yeah. Gone into the sunset.

    • Rick September 28, 2015 at 01:31 #

      That’s definitely true. The Flintstones are a remake of The Honeymooners. Barney Rubble seems a lot like Art Carney.

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