I once heard that if you really want to know how much you’ve spent on an article of clothing, divide the price by the number of times you wear it. It’s an intriguing formula, and it shows you how much value you get for, say, a pair of jeans — and how little value for a wedding dress (other than the sentimental factor, of course).
If I were to apply this idea to my CD collection, then the denim blue jeans award would go to Dino: The Essential Dean Martin.
I dig Dean. He’s got a mellow effortless voice, he sings with obvious relish, and every now and then he launches into a little Italian … sigh. It’s great background music to normal life — and totally toddler-appropriate stuff, so I don’t have to worry about the boys picking up any bad words. (That said, a few of the tracks have a little bit of 1950s-era sauce. The song “Standing on the Corner Watching All the Girls Go By,” which is a song about doing exactly that, actually contains the line, “Brother, you can’t go to jail for what you’re thinking.” Well, we’ll just leave that one alone, shall we?)
Anyhow, these songs always put me in a great mood. They make me feel like I should have a big pot of spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove: you know, homey and comfortable. And the CD (Track #3) contains what is perhaps the best song ever about marriage: “Memories are Made of This.” We used it as the background song for the Powerpoint video we made for my parents’ 40th anniversary a few years back.
One man, one wife,
One love through life
Memories are made of this.