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Anticipation: Keeping Me Waiting (to be Carly Simon Cool)

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Carly Simon album coverSioux Roslawski’s blog post (read it HERE) stirred up a lot of memories. She talked about Carly Simon’s memoir, “Boys in the Trees,” and about Cat Stevens, James Taylor…you get the drift. In my comment on Sioux’s blog I told her I didn’t know whether to kiss her or strangle her, because it’s amazing how songs take us back.

When the familiar chords and lyrics of Anticipation materialize in my brain I’m eleven again—tall for my age, awkward, boobs struggling to hatch through the baby fat, dreams of being a grownup daily on my mind. I wished desperately to be sixteen, because as everyone knows, sixteen is all grown up. A girl can drive at sixteen and date at sixteen. A girl will be oh-so-sophisticated at sixteen and pretty, with clear skin and a shape like Sunset Malibu Barbie. She might even be transformed to look like Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, God willing, brown eyes turned blue and bushy brown hair straightened to sleek blonde glass by the magic of sixteen. And surely my figure would follow suit and melt off its unfortunate lumpiness. Wouldn’t it? Well, wouldn’t it?

Oh, Anticipation...

I saved my allowance and asked my dad to drive me to the record store so I could buy the album. My excitement for “Carly Simon/Anticipation” rivaled my purchase of “The Partridge Family Album,” the release of which left me breathless. My adoration of David Cassidy as top idol was immovable, so Carly Simon was no threat to David, but she stood for other things that proved more enduring—the sure knowledge that a woman could be sexy and talented and in charge of her life all at the same time; that she could have less than perfect features and still be beautiful and strong. Compelling. Interesting.

My first thoughts upon seeing the album cover were that I wanted my legs to be long and lean like hers so they might one day fill out boots as hers did, and that Carly had forgotten to wear a slip, bless her heart. Grandma might have been proud of that observation but not of the thoughts that followed, which involved my desperate desire to be as casually cool as Carly Simon appeared to be on that album cover. She wasn’t afraid to stand tall and thwart convention. Her skirt was see-through, for God’s sake!

Sixteen came soon enough, and I learned that while age brings experience, sophistication is not guaranteed. I’m fifty-five and still wondering if I’ll ever grow up, and I gave up on sophistication long ago dahling. Some days I ponder what it might be like to be that kind of Carly-cool, but the opportunity for that passed me by long ago. Sixteen turned to eighteen, turned to twenty-one, and then one day I woke up and cool was no longer an option. I was too busy shuttling kids around, working, building my life and my marriage. All of that is a different kind of wonderful, and I don’t regret those choices. But it’s in my mind that one day, when I’ve grown much older and way cooler than I am now, I’ll don heeled boots and a calf-length gypsy skirt of translucent silk—purple, of course—without the benefit of a slip. I shall walk in public dressed just so, singing Carly Simon songs at the top of my lungs, scandalizing my children and grandchildren. I will leave them all wondering, “What’s gotten into her? And, dear God, what’s she going to do next?”

Oh, Anticipation…



What song or songs bring you back to your childhood? Which performer was the epitome of cool for you?


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25 Responses to "Anticipation: Keeping Me Waiting (to be Carly Simon Cool)"

  1. Comment by Steph
    January 27, 2016 at 8:24 am  

    We already wonder what’s gotten into and what you’ll do next! It’s that sassy hair! 😉

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    January 27, 2016 at 8:54 am  

    Haha! Just wait. You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet, kid!

  3. Comment by Rob
    January 27, 2016 at 9:02 am  

    1971 was a tough year. I turned 18 in March, went to boot camp in May, my mother died in June, and by November I was in “A” school not looking like David Cassidy and wishing I was Carly Simon’s boots.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm  

      Well, first off, thank you for your service. I know I’ve said that before, but I’m still thankful. As to the rest…whew. ’71 was a tough one for you. But if I had to guess, I’d say you weren’t the only man who wanted to be Carly’s boots. 🙂

  4. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    January 27, 2016 at 10:59 am  

    Oh, so many…but I’ll go with “Both Sides Now.” I listened to it a hundred times so I could write down all the words to the lyrics. (So much easier now to find lyrics! Thank goodness.)

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm  

      “Both Sides Now” was one of the songs my cousin JoJo and I used to harmonize on. We both played guitar, and singing with her was one of my greatest joys. That’s a great song.

  5. Comment by Samantha
    January 27, 2016 at 11:24 am  

    Backstreet boys… 😳 and of course Brittney spears was the idol to be.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm  

      Ahh…the Backstreet Boys! I took the girls to one of their concerts. It was actually pretty good. 🙂 As to Brit, well…I never understood the draw there. Her voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. *shudders*

  6. Comment by Samantha
    January 27, 2016 at 11:27 am  

    I remember jumping on my bed to Brittney spears despite my mothers warnings to not do that and getting a kink in my neck. My head was stuck sideways and it was the first snow fall i had seen but i had to watch all the kids play in it through my bedroom window because i didnt listen and hurt my neck 😂 saddest day of my childhood life!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm  

      Aww…well, m’dear, that’s what we in the parenting business call “instant retribution.” lol

  7. Comment by Claudia
    January 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm  

    What a wonderful essay! Ah, looking back…it becomes more meaningful all the time as I finally begin to get the puzzle pieces to fit…well, some of them as some are still whatelse, a puzzle!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm  

      Winston Churchill said, “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” The older I get, the truer that becomes.

  8. Comment by Sioux
    January 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm  

    Oooh, Samantha has stolen my strategy (leaving multiple comments to increase the chance of winning). Tell her “No fair. Sioux’s got dibs on that scam!”

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 27, 2016 at 4:36 pm  

      Haha…I think it falls in the same category as creative accounting. 🙂 No worries. I did say “for every comment…”

  9. Comment by Sioux
    January 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm  

    Are you tall now? Is that ANOTHER reason I should dislike you? 😉

    And can you STILL sing Partridge Family songs when they (so rarely) come on the radio? I imagine we could do a duet…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 27, 2016 at 4:42 pm  

      Five-feet five-and-a-half inches, so I think I’m safe from your stink eye. 😉

      Can I still sing to the Partridge Family? Oh, baby, every song. And David’s “Cherish” album? *swoon* I used to borrow my dad’s headphones, close my eyes, and listen to those albums for hours. HOURS. Yeah, I’m betting we could duet. Maybe one of these days…

  10. Comment by Sioux
    January 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm  

    It’s amazing how fast a single song can send us flying back to a specific moment or phase of our life.

    (I’m wearing a turtleneck these days, in the attempt to thwart your strangulation attempts.)

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm  

      No strangling. I promise. 🙂 Yes, songs are like scents, the way they take us back in an instant. Funny story—my son texted my husband one day to tell him that he, my son, was in the grocery store and feeling old. Why? Because he was enjoying the music playing over the store’s speakers. Hahaha…

  11. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    January 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm  

    There’s something about being 11, isn’t there? You feel like you’re SO close to growing up, but no one else agrees. I’d have to say my song is The Final Countdown. I have no idea to this day what it’s about, but I could fall asleep to it! 🙂 Lisa, I’m soooo excited for you and the release of your second book! Keep up the awesome work!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm  

      Yes, Deb, that’s it exactly. At 11 you’re not yet a teenager, but not still “little one” either. It’s a very in-between age that I remember well. :-/

  12. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    January 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm  

    I love this post, Lisa, as I do all your writing, but this post really has such a nostalgic quality to it. I loved Carly Simon, for many of the same reasons you listed, but I would have to say my favorite female singers were Melanie (Brand New Pair of Roller Skates)and Olivia Newton John (I Honestly Love You). As for the boys, of course there was David Cassidy and Davy Jones, but I really loved Glen Campbell, not because I liked Country music, because I don’t care for it all that much, but because my dad loved Glen Campbell and the songs somehow connected us. I can hear one today and still get teary-eyed.

    I’m so excited for you about Love to Believe. Will it be out in paperback or only on Kindle? I went to Amazon to pre-order and could only find the Kindle version. That gorgeous, gorgeous cover has got to see paper! I know I already said it on Facebook, but just want to say it again: congratulations, and I can’t wait to read! Also: would you tell me again the title of the book by Terry Thomas you posted about the other day? I went back to look for the post and can’t find it. Wanted to check out her book as well. Thanks, my friend. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 28, 2016 at 6:10 pm  

      Thanks so much, Theresa! Yes, Love to Believe will be available in print. For reasons I don’t understand, Amazon won’t allow pre-order on the print version, only the eBook. You’ll be able to order a print copy on Saturday 🙂 The book you’re asking about is The Spirit of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas. If you love gothic mysteries a la Victoria Holt, you’ll love Terry’s book.

      • Comment by Theresa Sanders
        January 29, 2016 at 6:24 am  

        Thanks so much, Lisa. I will look for The Spirit of Grace then, and of course go back to Amazon when I can order the paper version of Love to Believe. 😊

        • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
          January 29, 2016 at 8:24 am  


  13. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    February 8, 2016 at 8:05 pm  

    Not sure how I completely missed this post. I definitely have too much stuff in my inbox!

    When I turned 16 my mom let me have a huge birthday party. I still remember one of the presents I got and who gave it to me. Carole King’s “Tapestry” album immediately became a favorite and I wore it out playing it over and over again. I now have the album on CD. More than 40 years later I got to see her in concert with James Taylor. It was wonderful!

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