I'm going to sing a song now, and I'm not going to say the name. I'm just going to sing it.

If it doesn't mean anything, then you might not get the rest of this column. At least I've given you fair warning. Here it is:

I don't wanna say good-bye

for the summer

But darling, I promise you this

I'll send you all my love

every day in a let-ter

sealed with a kiss.

Those of you who are thinking, uh-oh, he's lost his mind, he's singing into his columns now, well, come back next week and we'll make more sense. But those of you who read those lyrics and hear the soft, plaintive voice of Bryan Hyland and are transported back to a warm night at summer camp when you kissed your first girlfriend or boyfriend good-bye, well, I'm talking to you.

I'm talking about music that we slow-danced to, music that we kissed to, music that we kids, cover your eyes "made out" to. I don't mean sex. That came much later, and carried many more complications.

I'm talking about the awkward kisses and gropes of our teen-age years. There was almost always music playing, I recall. I think it relaxed us. Or gave us an excuse to tap our feet while we worked up our courage. These are songs that come across the oldies station now and instantly warm us, even on our coldest, most grown-up days.

No music can ever match these songs. They are magical. Remember that movie, "Witness," when Harrison Ford is hiding among the Amish people, and he's in a barn with Kelly McGillis when "What a Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke comes over the transistor radio and he can't help it, he starts dancing with her, right there in the barn. And people are trying to kill him! And he still has to dance!

That's what I'm talking about.

"Sealed With a Kiss," the song above, is a classic of this genre. So, too, is "So Far Away" by Carole King. And "Just My Imagination" by the Temptations.

Each day through my window

I watch as she passes by

I say to myself, you're such a lucky guy

Of course, it all depends on how old you are. Many readers have told me that "Chances Are" by Johnny Mathis was the soundtrack to their first romantic tussle. Or "In the Still of the Night" by the Five Satins. Or "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by the Platters.

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