Watch “Partridge Family, David Cassidy, I Think I Love You” on YouTube

I just listened to this song while driving home today; so sweet and innocent. Such a happy love song. It always makes me smile no matter how many times I hear it.

As I’m sure most of you know, David Cassidy died a few months ago. For some reason this made me really, really sad, even more sad than I felt with the death of Prince. It seemed, with Cassidy’s death, I lost a little bit of something, but what? For several days before he died and a little while after, I had no idea why I was so moved. I finally realized that he and this song meant more to me than I thought. He represented the innocence and happiness of my childhood, before lots of stuff happened to me that quickly ended that phase of my life

Every time I listen to it I feel all that promise again, and all the sadness of its loss.

I actually thought I was making too much of this, but I saw that several of my contemporaries posted the same sentiment with almost the very same words I expressed it. We were all puzzled about how sad we were with his death, and we all felt the loss of a little more purity and sweetness of childhood.

Right before he died, his family said his last words were, “so much wasted time.” It made me think about all the time we had in front of us while watching The Partridge Family as 5 or 6 year olds, hearing this song for the first time. It really does seem just like yesterday, but it was so much further back than that.

In the words of the immortal and, still sexy, Rod Stewart, “I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger.”

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