23
Aug
12

roses in the house (be sure to wear flowers in your hair)

the death this week of scott mckenzie, the singer whose recording of john phillips’ san francisco (be sure to wear flowers in your hair) defined a generation, has left me adrift.

the whole hippie movement didn’t really touch down in rural south dakota where i grew up until about 1970 and then in only the merest of ways: flourishing sideburns and mustaches (and then that even an appropriation of a long-held cowboy tradition), floral shirts and striped pants for men; granny dresses and yes, flowers in their hair, for the women, but the essence of the hippie movement may have proved too elusive for even the most liberal among us. for sure, none of us considered moving to san francisco.

and yet, the wistfulness of that song, the promise of a purer, freer life, still resonates with me and i expect with many of my readers as well. i will always wish for that idyll (ideal), even though i made different choices, lived in different cities, loved differently, and chose a different path.


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