The Song “Brandy” by Looking Glass and the Smell of Coconut Oil

While I work I often have music playing through the computer and I've noticed how some songs trigger memories.

The song Brandy by the 70s group Looking Glass is one of those. The song came out in 1972 but it was still getting air play when I was in high school. For me it is one of those songs that instantly trigger memories of summer, blonde girls, and the smell of coconut oil suntan lotion.

Life back then wasn't anything like it is today for teenagers, in some good ways and some bad, but the summers of my teen years are the strongest memories I have, not so much specific times but more of a general, laid back attitude. Politics were polarizing then and bad things were happening all over the world, just like it happens now, but you didn't get 24/7 coverage of it and there were lots of times you could relax, listen to the good music, sneak a cold beer or some cheap wine, occasionally kiss a girl who tasted like cherry lip gloss and smelled the coconut oil on her skin and the strawberry scented shampoo she had used to wash her hair, and enjoy yourself.

Here's the video from Brandy.