ANTHEM is coming: chapter 7

ANTHEM, Book 3 of the Sixties Trilogy, publishes on October 1. Each of the book's 47 chapters begins with a song from the Sixties to set the tone, mood, and scene. Every day between now and October 1, come have a listen and read a snippet from each chapter.

This is Chapter 7 (day 41):

"Good Morning, Starshine"
from the musical "Hair"
Written by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot
Performed by Oliver
Recorded at unattributed studio, 1969
unattributed percussion

"Can you even drive this thing?" were Molly's first encouraging words.
"We're gonna find out," Norman replied. Then he cursed under this breath.
Molly crossed herself, even though she wasn't Catholic.
"Hail Mary full of grace!"
"Shut up!" Norman shouted. He reached for the gearshift with one hand and turned the giant steering wheel with the other. His body bounced on the seat and his legs pumped as he released the clutch and the brake and pressed on the gas. He was a marionette suddenly free of his strings. The bus jumped forward three times and then smoothed into a roll that took them out the driveway and into the wide world.

And they are off!

Tomorrow: first stop along the way. 

I listened to the 45rpm of "Good Morning, Starshine" on repeat, on my blue Zenith record player, in 1969. Also "Hair" by the Cowsills and "The Age of Aquarius" by the Fifth Dimension. That was living. :> Like Molly, I was an innocent about to be plunged into the heady days of the late sixties/early seventies, without a clue how to navigate the changes. 

Far out.

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