If I could travel through time… Boy, this one was actually pretty tough!! I thought that I had an easy response at first but the more I thought on it, I second guessed myself. Should I travel to the future to help prepare my daughter for the world to come? Should I go back and spend more time with my mother when she was happy and healthy? I ended up taking a rather selfish and much different approach to the challenge… I am o’kay with that. I think…!!!
Let me first begin by saying that I have always had a strong connection to the years between the 1920’s and the 1940’s. I am incredibly fascinated by this time. Everything from the radio shows, theatre, music and to the fashion – the entertainment and stylings have always pulled at me in. Even the family unit seems to be so much stronger and important. I have often said that I was born in the wrong era because I would much rather listen to Glenn Miller or Billie Holiday than what’s out there now. …um what IS out there now?? Those who know me will also say that I am a bit old fashioned in some of my thinking. Just a bit…
Of course, it also goes without saying that these were also very difficult times, which is why I would not want to stay. A quick visit to soak up the much romanticized pieces of these times and I’ll gladly slip back to now. With issues around around the political climate (because, we have none of that today!), the Great Depression, prohibition, women’s rights (still kinda a thing…), wars (ummm… yeah, that too)… Ok. So, some things have improved and other things are newer versions of the same problems. But still… I like my wine and I’m not cut out to be a bootlegger, so here we are.
Now, onto the things that draw me to this time…
Radio shows, entertainment, vaudeville comedy, silent movies and George!!!! I would LOVE to visit the late 20’s and experience George Burns and Gracie Allen starting off in vaudeville theatres. I have adored George Burns for as long as I can remember (thanks to 18 Again!) and I have listed to the radio shows with him and Gracie. They had an unmistakeable love and chemistry.
The music of the 1920’s -1940’s just makes me smile and think and feel. Now, I am not usually a fan of jazz and especially modern jazz but the jazz of this time is pure perfection. The Big Band, Swing, those crooning voices, that bluesy style… music has been and will always be an experience and an emotion. The music of the 30’s, especially the 30’s, is where my listening heart belongs.
The clothes. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the cloche hat from the 1920’s!? I happen to have one and I lurve it!! I would wear it every day, except it just doesn’t work with my yoga pants and sweatshirts that mom-life has designated as my new uniform. But really… the clothing of the 1920’s all the way through the 40’s is so much more “me”. Clothing, at that time, was going through a big transformation to more comfortable and “modern” styles. Yet, there was something very feminine, modest (in comparison to today’s standards), and fun about the clothing. After 1925, you see the shift dresses becoming a thing. Can I wear those, please? Just allow me to summon the gorgeous Doris Hill and steal her style!
I suppose I could always just wear these things today. It’s not like styles of various kinds are not accepted all over. Fashion is a strange celebration of so many things, so why not!? The mood. The mood is what is essential and the mood of those times was different. The mood was part of the makeup.
Ahh, this all sounds just too good! Maybe, this weekend I will put on The Great Gatsby, sip a French 75 and get cozy with my fella… Let’s see if I can capture the mood for just a moment.