This song was first in the British charts when I was 14 years old. I remember sitting at my desk in my bedroom doing my homework. Well I wasn't actually doing so much homework. I had just had my hair cut from very long into a bob with side-parting and no fringe. The hairdresser had blow-dried it to a sleek, straight, shiny finish. This lasted precisely one week - I could never achieve the look myself and, sadly, I have no photo of it. I was also enjoying a thin phase - I have had a wide range of weight throughout my teenage and adult life.
On this particular evening, owing to the coiffe and the slim figure, I loved myself. I thought I was the bee's knees. I could hardly tear my eyes away from the mirror on my desk. And then this song came on to admire myself to. It was a perfect three and a half minutes. I had no idea where I was going to but, on that evening, I liked the things that life was showing me. I was full of hope for the future. And then back to the maths - or whatever subject it was.
BTW, I always wanted to see this film, 'Mahogany' that gave me it's theme tune - but I've never seen it anywhere and have no idea what it is about. I should google it I suppose. Also, if I try to remember a time that I was happiest with my self-image this is one of two pictures that always spring to mind. The other was aged twelve, wearing a short green skirt and skin-coloured tights, emptying the dishwasher and singing songs from The Carpenters. I don't know why I was so happy - emptying the dishwasher was the worst job - but I was.
This post was inspired by Jen at Mum In The Madhouse who has a regular Tracks of My Years post. And thanks Jen for teaching me how to embed a YouTube clip in the blog.