Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Get This Song Out of My Head!

Get This Song Out of My Head!

At the tender age of seven, I was sent away to a summer camp in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.  It was the first time I had been without my parents for any extended period of time.

Every Wednesday was hike day.  Our bunk, consisting of six or seven campers plus our counselor, would usually go for a hike in the mountains, or farmland, or spelunking in a cave.  However, one hike day it was decided that we should be taken into Pittsfield, the largest local city in the area. for a shopping excursion.

We all piled into the ancient olive green Chevy Suburban camp vehicle with a metal floor and no seat belts (no one had seat belts at that time), and bounced out to town, about a half hour drive.  I believe we had gone into a drug store together, and I got involved looking at some shelves. 

When I looked up, no one else was around!  I looked through the store, but there were no familiar faces.  I went out to the sidewalk, but saw none of my bunk mates.  Getting a little worried, I looked up and down the street to decide which way to go.

I decided to turn right, and passed a record store with speakers that could be heard outside.  On the record player inside, a popular song of the day, "Volare", blared out.  I passed by, seeing no one familiar.  I went all the way down the block.  On my way back, "Volare" (Italian , "to fly") was still playing.

Now I went back, to the left of the drug store, and still I couldn't find my bunk mates or my counselor.  I couldn't remember where we had parked.  I didn't have any money for a phone call, and I wouldn't have known where to call even if I'd had a dime.

All afternoon (or so it seemed), I walked up and down that street looking for my group.  Every time I passed that record store, the same song was playing over and over. I began to hate "Volare" more and more.  "Nel blu di pinto di blu" - what the heck did that mean?  I didn't know, and I didn't care! The song became synonymous in my mind with being lost in a strange town.

For years afterward I had nightmares about being lost, with "Volare" as the theme song.  It still plays out from my subconscious mind every once in a while.

Here is a video of Domenico Modugno singing "Volare", the song that made his career, in 1958.

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Comment balloon 20 commentsBrian Schulman • June 16 2008 02:15PM

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 I am sorry you had bad experience at camp at such a young age.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 10 years ago
Hi Brian ... awful expereince but very funny post. That nel blu thing ... I think it refers to the blue of the sky ... not that it matters much when you are lost. Not too long ago I had Volare in my head (Deano's version) ... could not stop singing it (much to the horror of others in my home at the time). However, I have a lot of fun memories from my childhood that I associate with the song. I know getting lost is not funny, but I cannot stop laughing at your post. It's the Volare blasting all over the street!! Oh! Oh! Am I now going to be nel bluing around the house again this afternoon :)
Posted by Marie Meyer, Orange County New York Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Gita, I was pretty close to panicking!  I think I finally found a policeman.  The one thing I don't remember is how I located my group again...

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Marie, you're right about the Italian.  "Volare, cantare" - to fly, to sing.  Nel blu di pinto di blu - something along the lines of "in the blue, painted blue", referring to the sky.  Much as I disliked the song at the time, I eventually had to find out what it meant...

"No wonder my happy heart sings

Your love has given me wings!"

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Brian, I always loved that song....now every time I hear it, I'll think of a little lost and frightened you. It does sound like a very frightening experience and I'm glad it turned out ok in the end.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 10 years ago

Jo, It was a frightening enough experience that half a century later, it immediately popped into my mind when Jason Crouch mentioned songs that we can't get out of our heads!

Brian

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Brian...I resisted the urge to play that tune.....noooo not gona do it!

You must have been so scared! At least you didn't wander off...who found you?

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Brian,
Great post, seems that you have been blogging, am I right? well, I am back again, keep the good work.
ray saenz

 

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) over 10 years ago

Joan, I think I eventually found a policeman, but I don't remember just what happened after that, except that when I was restored to my counselor, he didn't seem nearly as upset as I was, to have lost me!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Ray, good to hear from you, my friend.  Glad you are back.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Brian - I can see how that song would have made an impression on you, can't say I have ever heard it before now.  Glad you finally found your group.  That is the type of experience that somehow never go away.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Jennifer, you're right, experiences like this stick with you.  Volare was a big hit in the 1950s, but as you can see, I have mixed feelings about it!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Brian - Love the song but I can see your point with the experience in which you identify with it.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 10 years ago

Jason, it is a pretty song, but like you said, it's hard not to identify things with our own personal experiences.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Brian,

Congratulations on earning 500 points!  What a great story, however you didn't finish telling us about the happy ending, or are we to think that you are still passing back and forth in front of the drugstore? =)

Posted by Michelle Pimentel, ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging (Empire Home Staging Solutions) over 10 years ago
Congratulations on winning! I remember this song from the car commercials on TV, and it was pretty annoying then, let alone being lost to it!!! I hope you can recover! ; )
Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) over 10 years ago

Michelle, the only thing I can remember about the ending was that my counselor didn't seem to be at all bothered that I had been lost all afternoon!  Quite a difference from the fears over liability that would have been in his mind these days...

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Pam, it took me a while, but I think I'm recovered!  I'm not sure how annoying this song might have been to me if I hadn't had such an experience with it, but of course now I can't help but hear it through the filter of my memory of being lost in a strange town.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Wow, what a scary thing to experience!!  I'll never think of this song the same way again!

Posted by Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales (Davis R. Chant, REALTORS) over 10 years ago

Karen, it certainly was a scary moment for me.  Thanks  for your comment!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

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