It’s almost a compulsion to go see the new movie coming out about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. This is the music of my generation and when I hear it my mind at light speed goes to the times my forever friends, Doris, Darlene (then known as Dondi), and I spent at the Globe and Laurel at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia where we were located for all our training to become officers and gentlewomen.
The Globe and Laurel was THE hangout for all Marines and we loved being there. Located just outside the base, the old wood floors and wood booths were worn with much use but clean at this bar/grill with individual juke boxes at each booth. Through the speakers, we would hear the latest hits played and at that time, most of them were from Frankie Valli. Over the strains of “Working My Back to You”, we would talk, laugh, and plan all the “evil” retributions to whomever had slighted us by word or deed.
There was no MTV, music videos, or such then so the only time you saw a picture of the band was on an album cover. We rocked to the music while working our way through burgers and beer and always there was the unstoppable talking. Or perhaps to the accompaniment of “Who Loves You”, it was a discussion or a dissing of our latest date. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” reminded us that we were grown now and facing the big, bad world as best we knew how and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” kept the promise of meeting “the one” fresh in our minds. We were unbearably young with an exciting life and future ahead and yet, all those future promises evolved into a reality even we couldn’t envision.
It was the ride of a lifetime. Like all good rides it had roller coaster effects with the ups and downs that life always brings. In reflection, I wouldn’t change much and I know that I made my parents proud. They didn’t always agree with my decisions, but allowed that I had a right to make them and to live the life I wanted. That is the best gift I’ve ever been given. As Frank Sinatra sang, regrets I’ve had a few, too few to mention, I did what I had to do without exemption. I suppose a thank you should go to Frankie Valli for the musical accompaniment to my life.