Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
You turned out in droves to vote in the August 15 Battle of the Bands. The song was House at Pooh Corner, written by Kenny Loggins as he faced the prospect of his high school graduation and leaving behind all that was familiar to him.
It might seem to be a children's song, but it if you listen carefully, it has more of a loss of innocence vibe, as does the last chapter of The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne when Christopher Robin's carefree days of childhood end.
Christopher Robin was going away. Nobody knew why he was going; nobody knew where he was going; indeed, nobody even knew why he knew that Christopher Robin was going away. But somehow or other everybody in the Forest felt that it was happening at last.
Of course, Christopher Robin will go away to school, and he tells Pooh, "I'm not going to do Nothing any more." But we're left with the knowledge that "in that enchanted place on top of the Forest, a little boy and his bear will always be playing."
Personally, I'm not ever going to reach that silly point of not going to do Nothing. I shall always do Nothing in my enchanted place.
I have promised Penelope and Franklin.
Now for the winners of the Battle of the Bands:
Loggins and Messina 23
The Nitty Gritty Dirty Band 6
I didn't vote because it's quite a decisive victory.
Loggins and Messina were a successful pop/rock duo from 1970 to 1976. After they split up, Jim Messina pretty much disappeared, while Kenny Loggins became a huge draw during the '80s. Didn't we all cut Footloose?
Thank you to Mr. McCarthy for hosting our Battle of the Bands. I enjoyed all the other battles.
I'll be back on September 1 with another battle, but I hope to see you before then so we can learn new grammatical skills together. And perhaps we'll get in a book and a movie review here, there, and everywhere.
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina, will you please sing us out with something cheerful?
Infinities of love,
Janie Junebug, who remains in her Enchanted Palace, guarded by Franklin and looked askance at by Penelope