Whatever happened to the singer of "Brand New Key"? She sings I've got a brand new pair of roller skates and you've got a brand new key in her happy bopper song and my friend Sherry said she lost her credibility with such a silly song. At any rate I didn't hear her on the radio anymore. For me female writers and singers of songs are superior to that of males, the female capacity for understanding and empathy is just greater I've always thought. Melanie Safka inspired me when I was very young and I cannot even explain the hold she had on my imagination. I became a vegetarian for a short while because of her, and I find that strange for no one loves a burger more than me. I thought it would give me her spirituality and artistic ability but all it did was make me light headed. I didn't feel grounded eating vegetables. Is that wierd? It does seem to make one think more and all those higher I.Q. Asians and their rice diets can't be wrong can they? We believe things without proof, we feel our way through life, we emulate those we love just because we like the songs they sing so very much.
Do you have a photograph, when you were still in high school?
Were you happy in it, little reason lots of rhyme,
Were you happy in it at the time
Deep down in your memory do you recall the lines
when your heart was in it but your reason changed your mind
When you would love forever, but your reason changed your mind.
Melanie later in her career sang such songs of disappointment and she seemed so innocent and so full of love at the beginning.
You see she was the actress who played the part of snow
they asked her to play starshine she turned down the role
they asked her to play windsong well she'd give it a try then they asked her to play music,
her own sweet music ah,
they asked her to play music
and she sang 'till she died
So at sixteen I set my alarm for 5 just to watch a baby day be born just like in the song. Art might imitate life but I say life imitates art much more.