Why were Glenn & Pat teary eyed after listening to a classic song from the ‘70s?

Glenn and Pat shared a nostalgic moment on radio this morning after they coincidently both listened to the same song on their way into work. Listening to the 1978 Ambrosia classic “How Much I Feel” had Glenn a little misty eyed for no discernable reason.

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“I was driving in today and I was listening to an old song from the ’70s. And it’s called ‘How Much I Feel’ by Ambrosia,” Glenn said. “I was sitting in the front of the car, and I’m getting misty-eyed. And I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is the dumbest thing ever. I’m pining for a time that wasn’t all that great.’”

“I pulled into the parking lot listening to that song,” Pat added. “What the hell am I pining for? My life is great right now. I have great kids. I have a fabulous wife. I got a great job. What am I thinking about 1979 for – when I made 500 bucks a month?”

Glenn came up with two reasons he looks back so fondly on that time: Life was simpler and the weight of the world wasn’t quite so overwhelming.

“We can think of is two things: It was a simple time, and we didn’t have the weight of the world,” Glenn said. “When you’re 19-years-old, you think that the world is still your oyster… Everything is a possibility. It’s the best part of youth. Everything is a possibility. The older you get, the more you’re like, ‘That’s not going to happen.’”

With less than a week to go until he turns the big 5-0, Glenn found himself thinking a lot about ways to stay aware, engaged, and impassioned.

“Maybe I’m feeling this way because next week I turn 50,” Glenn said. “Don’t let anybody tell you that your future, no matter how old you are, is set in stone. It’s not. I was 35 years old [when] I joined AA and I started to change my life. And I remember thinking: I’ve made far too many mistakes in my life. I have treated people so poorly. Nobody is going to work with me. I’ll never be able to change any of that. That’s not the image that I have now.”

“I urge anybody who is under 30, think of this: It doesn’t matter what you’ve done before. It doesn’t matter what’s happened to you. It doesn’t matter how much your life has sucked or any of the mistakes,” he concluded. “You could have gotten out of jail yesterday. Good. Start all over again. You have time. You have plenty of time. Start all over again.”

Listen to “How Much I Feel” via a You Tube clip below:

  • landofaahs

    Even people who grew up in crappy families sometimes opine for those days because we forget the bad and remember the good. Not in all cases but in most. We do this for 2 basic reasons. First as a mechanism to protect ourselves mentally if for only temporarily. Second is because the past is knowable. Even though it may not have been rosy it was known and the unknown can be more frightening than a worse known. If that makes sense to anyone.

  • Mike

    There are lot of old songs from the ’60s and ’70s… as well as movies and TV snips, that remind of how it once was. We had a pain in the ass in Nixon but our society was stabilizing, outgrowing racism and learning how to get along and work for a better tomorrow.

    Can anyone from this era think about what would happen today if that old movie ‘Blazing Saddles’ were to appear in the theaters? It ran roughshod over racism but… it never once demanded that anyone bow down to any agenda or political correctness. In fact, it was a signal we were trying to outgrow our old beliefs and work together.

    How times change.

    Where once we worked for a day when people would be judged by character and not skin color (MLK), today’s standard is to judge by skin color and ignore character. I think the Reverend King would take Obama and… honestly? He’d kick his ass if he were still around.

    Peace… love and the happiness of Liberty.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Revan

    There are a lot of good songs from that time but sadly now we are stuck with Bieber mania. God please let their be a cure.

  • Beth Aston

    A beautiful, timeless song. Takes me right back. Maybe the 70s weren’t great in a poltical sense, but we were YOUNG, we had the future ahead of us. The music was sweet and romantic. I am going to be 50 in a few years too, and this song brings tears to my eyes still. As most all 70s songs do. Don’t forget Dr. Hook!!:)

  • Fat Lip

    When times are simple time makes the heart ache when time is no longer on your side simple seems to whined back into your life if only for a moment then you realize time was never your friend nor was it ever on our side .
    70′s were tough but we had one thing in common back then we all new in our hearts we were all in this together , not so much anymore .
    I wrote this song for the times we live in now . I hope you see in the lyric’s were we went wrong.
    Back then we new it was about all of us in the U.S. then we change in the 80′s we poked holes in our bodies and forgot who we were and here we stand with a device in our hands and all we can hear is ME,ME ME,ME,ME ME,ME and now we gnash our teeth and try to forget but ME is never enough .

  • Fat Lip

    Amen that’s all I got bro Amen .

  • Anonymous

    Not only were the times a bit slower but maybe you and Pat are looking back to when you were the ages you were back then because you miss the feeling of doing things you now take for granted for the first time. Like the novelty of being able to stay up as late as you want on a “school night”. Or the first time you were responsible for making life go the way you wanted without having to answer for anything.. Or , like in Pat’s case earning 500 dollars a month and believing that was wealth beyond compare. Yeah, people can start over again at any age but the biggest problem about being older is there are no do-overs for novelty feelings. Only nostalgia.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe lost youth??????

  • landofaahs

    Did you ever find the irony in Blazing saddles that at the same time it mocked racism on one end it promoted it through stereotypes of Germans?

  • TEXAS PATRIOT

    I watched that clip playing the song. I got teary eyed, too, I thought about the girl I was then. I am going to find her passion for life again. And Glenn, 50 is not fatal. I survived it. You will, too.

  • landofaahs

    If he keeps up the way he’s been going, he may be cured for good.

  • landofaahs

    My favorites go back a few more years. I still think Jo Stafford had the most beautiful voice.

  • Mike

    It had fun with Germans (the Nazi Soldiers in line to sign up) and of course, Lili Von Shtupp. But it also made fun of gays (the Dom DeLuise dancers), red necks (Slim Pickens & company), politicians, (Mel Brooks), preachers (Liam Dunn), old ladies (Carol Arthur) and stoners (Gene Wilder).

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    GENERALLY SPEAKING when you’re 18 years old, ideology is your politics and you don’t even know it. first of all, you’re horny and you think you know everything that’s important; you’re always gonna look great; the whole world is always going to point to you and you’re going to live forever and so no other opposing thoughts are considered.

    i often get a longing for that innocence too, but we’re older and realize the same yearning sentiments are cyclical. i wasn’t paying attention when carter was president so i really had no barometer. BUT, there is clearly a difference between the guy in office now and every president we’ve ever had and it ain’t a good difference.

    just as the cbo applies the information it’s given to make financial and economic assessments, if i had the facts when i was 18 on carter (no one was teaching civics in my school and my friends were not talking about it) i’m sure i’d come to the same conclusion about him as i have come to now.

    i gotta say that the cheesy rock videos of 80s were awesome. there was a silly sense of humor about them. yes, the women were scantily clad — perhaps that was a misstep — but overall we had fun.

    remember the saying it’s never too late? thanks for the reminder glenn.

  • Three Friends

    There’s no material difference between today’s liberals and their socialist, marxist, and communist ancestors.

  • kanakattack

    Keep working on that english grammar. You’ve almost got it down! *sarcasm off*

  • K.G. Smith

    The band Ambrosia should get the lion’s share of the credit — great songwriting, great musicianship and an especially great vocal from David Pack — just like their other hits — You’re the Biggest Part of Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzMPakMNOC0, and You’re The Only Woman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2wTC9NQ1lM Give yourself a treat (esp. for Valentine’s Day) and listen to these plus How Much I Feel linked in the article.