Songs that take me back

Music is for the soul! Sometimes it makes you feel good, sometimes it makes you sad... and sometimes it fills you with memories of the past!
Music is for the soul! Sometimes it makes you feel good, sometimes it makes you sad... and sometimes it fills you with memories of the past! | Source

Cruising for some tunes

As I was cruising down the freeway a few weeks back, a song popped on the radio that I hadn’t heard in years. It immediately brought me back as I belted the lyrics out in complete tone-defying loud screeches that only I, as the singer, could honestly enjoy. However, it made me realize this wasn’t the only song that would bring me back to an earlier time. There are several songs out there that take me back.

My husband always states I have an eclectic taste for music. One minute you could be listening to Nine Inch Nails and the next minute you could be listening to ABBA. The problem with music for me, is even though I like a variety, very rarely do I remember the name of the song or the artist unless I seek it out. Because of that, the songs that I find particularly engaging, I usually obsess over until I find out who sang it and what the name is. Especially if it is a song I must add to the collection. Therefore, even though I love almost all music, there are few that make it too this level of obsession.

Some of these songs I will mention are ones that I really enjoy. I can’t promise that you will like them. I can’t even promise you they won’t get stuck in your head. However, it may give you a glimpse in the wide variety of music I like.

Note: These songs and videos are listed in no particular order of importance. Each of them holds a special meaning to me. 

Little Arrows

Little Arrows by Leapy Lee

I don’t really remember how I got introduced to this song. However, I was very young. In fact, I remember playing it on my parents record player. It was on a 45, so obviously the digital version is much cleaner. I remember when I was younger I used to love going through my parent’s collection of records, however I really fancied the ones that were on the 45’s. One song in particular was really irritating to my sister. This was not the one. However, the one that always annoyed her was on a warped record that had a crack in it. It eventually got tossed in the garbage. As a result, I had to find an equally annoying song. Personally, I find it catchy.

The music is irritatingly addicting, but it does talk about love. So, how can you really fault me for falling in love with the song each and every time I listened to it. (Bonus because it does irritate others - particularly my older sister!) After all, these little arrows hit everybody every now and then. It just goes to show that love hurts and there is no escape!

Champagne Supernova

Champagne Supernova by Oasis

This is one of my favorite songs that started me on my movement toward more alternative types of music. The first time I heard this song, it wasn’t actually sung by Oasis. It was song by a boy I worked with at my first job. It was a Sunday and our shift was coming to a close. I was the assistant cook at a local bar with a restaurant attached. On Sundays we were so busy we hired a young boy to wash dishes. He was the son to some of our frequent clients, so even though his work ethic was horrible to say the least, at least he had good taste in music. The restaurant had just closed and we had piles upon piles of dishes and lots of cleaning to do in the kitchen. He of course decided he would sing instead of washing the dishes. It wasn’t his voice that drew me to the song, it was the words, and I immediately looked for this song to add to my collection.

“How many special people change? How many lives are living strange?…Someday you will find me caught beneath the landslide in a champagne supernova in the sky… Wake up the dawn and ask her why? A dreamer dreams she never dies!…”

This is the song that made me invest in the compact disc “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” by Oasis. This was the second album put out by this English rock band and it had gone 4 times platinum with a total of 3.9 million copies sold in the United States. So you might say I jumped on the band wagon with this one, but it was well worth it. With other great songs like “Some Might Say”, “Wonderwall”, “Roll With It”, and my personal favorite, “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, it turned out to be a great investment that I still listen to today!

Beep Beep

The Little Nash Rambler by the Playmates

This song is another one from my childhood. It is catchy and a little off the wall. Definitely an oldie but a goodie. The reason I was exposed to this song was because of my aunt. You see, she had a jukebox filled with oldies and when she would have family get-togethers we would all hang out in the garage, play pool, and listen to the songs on the juke box.

This was one of my favorites, and I am sure that the sheer amount of times I requested this song be played was more than enough to drive my family crazy. However, to this day, I still love the song and I have exposed others to this song about a car, the Little Nash Rambler, that outran a Caddilac.

There is a good moral to the story. It is to never judge a book by it’s cover (or more likely a the speed of the car by the type!) Or maybe it is that those with persistence win in the end. Kind of like the story of The Tortoise and the Rabbit. The rabbit automatically thought it would win because of it’s speed, but it just goes to show you should never underestimate the tortoises in your life.

I could never be your woman!

Your Woman by White Town

Now I never claimed the songs I like are preferred by other people. In fact, I am pretty sure if it is one of those love/hate songs that most people start off liking but end up hating, I will be the 5% that continues to love the song. This is one of those love/hate songs.

Personally, I think it is catchy. However, reading some of the comments about this song, it seems everybody has a different interpretation of this song. Some think it might be a man reading a letter from a womans perspective; some believe it is about homosexuality. It doesn’t really matter to me what the reasoning is behind the song. Every person can interpret it how they want. It has a good beat and it is different from other songs. It definitely steps out of the mold to create something unique.

Oh you can kiss me....

Never on a Sunday by The Chordettes

I can’t remember how I got introduced to this song, but it is one of my favorite oldies. Maybe it is because I was a young child dreaming of my first kiss. Maybe it was because it was smooth and melodic. Or maybe it was because it doesn’t matter who you play it to, the person will instantly have it stuck in their head.

I was always a firm believer I was born in the wrong decade. This just goes to show that might be a very true statement, since a lot of the songs I really like are oldies. They are happy and upbeat. They speak of love. It is one of the songs that I like to call happy music.

Now, there are several versions of this song. My favorite is the one done by The Chordettes, however, the one done by Petula Clark is pretty interesting as well. Feel free to search out the different versions for yourself. Just remember, never, never on a Sunday because that’s my day of rest!

a la la la la long... a la la la la long...

Sweat by Inner Circle

I’ve been watching you… a la la la la long… a la la la la long…

Who can honestly say they have never heard of this song. It was introduced in 1992. That was when I was in 7th grade, which meant that it was played at all of our school dances. However, most people are probably more familiar with Inner Circle’s more popular tune “Bad Boys” Personally, I like this song better, even if it is a little perverted (listen closely!) for a 7th grader to really understand.

This is one of the first songs that I bought on a single. Remember those cassettes? The cassettes that cost you less, but played the same song over and over again. Done with the song. Take it out and flip the tape. I am pretty sure I wore mine out.

If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad!

If it Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow

Back in the 90s, I was a big Sheryl Crow fan. She was an outstanding artist, and definitively someone I felt we could look up to. Maybe it was because her music was inspirational to my friends and me. This song, in particular, was one of my favorites. It brings back many memories of my high school adventures.

My friend and I used to take turns driving to school after we got our driver’s license. Whenever we had a bad day, we would play Sheryl Crow’s CD. Well, we didn’t just play it; we blasted it. As the song played, we screamed it at the top of our lungs. It made us feel empowered. Of course, we didn’t just blast this song to and from school, we played it on Friday nights on our way to the mall, we played it at the house while we hung out. It was our go to song. It got out our aggressions and just made us feel better.

The Way by Fastball

As a teenager, we all contemplated if we really knew what we were doing with our life. “Were were they going without ever knowing the way!” Described how lost I felt when I was younger. Life is difficult, and as a teenager, you expect great things, but you don’t know which road to take. Sometimes I wanted to run; sometimes I just wanted to go blindly.

This song to me was inspirational. It still inspires me today. And it was the song that I heard on the radio that actually inspired this hub. There is hope in life, but it is what we make of it.

Do you know your way?

Keep the music alive...

Unfortunatley, there isn't enough room to list all my favorite songs that take me back. The list could go on and on. The more I think of these songs, the more some of the pop up. Such as Barbie Girl by Aqua (yes, I actually like that song and it is on my Ipod); Crash Test Dummies; Radiohead's Creep, Bohemian Rapsody... I could go on and on. I am sure there are songs that bring you back. I would love to here which ones were your favorite and which ones make you think of earlier times! Feel free to leave a comment and let us reminisce together!

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chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

Nice collection of songs barbergirl28. Thanks sharing it with us.

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marellen 5 years ago

BBG...I notice your recently publish hubs have a high score, are you holding back from publishing them unti you reach a certain score? Just being noisy...

I love this hub....I think we all can relate to those certain songs that tigger a memory for us. I like all kinds of mucic too. Enjoyed your hub.

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ohsoamberx 5 years ago from Ohio

Oh man, I am the same way with remember who sings songs or what title is. I can know every word in a song and not be able to think of what those two are. Ryan is like how do you know all these songs and love them but not be able to tell who sings them or what they are called, and I am like because I am special!! Great hub. I love how songs can spark a memory or emotion from years ago.

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sammyfiction 5 years ago from Australia

I do love Aqua also, don't be ashamed! Nice work on the hub, thanks!


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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Great Hub Barbergirl..I love Cheryl Crow..I am the same way I love all kinds of music just depends on the mood at the time..if I am in the truck with my boots on it is Kenny my Christian music..walking..oldies 70 and 80' the shower..well that would just be me singing..thanks for a wonderful hub this morning.


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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

BBG, I have a love for oldies too - I spent half my childhood in northern rural Michigan, and we only got two decent radio stations. One piped in the Westwood One Radio Network shows Supergold and Reelin' in the Years - all music from the 50's 60's and 70's. I listened for four hours every Saturday! Music is just amazing. And, you know what? I actually have NIN, Oasis, Rob Zombie, Abba, Toby Keith, and Celine Dion in my collection...and that doesn't mention ANY of the Christian music I I feel ya on the eclectic music thing! :) Great hub, lots of fun.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is a great list. I am all over the place also with the music I like. Not much of the current playlists catch my attention though. I will listen to yours today. Thanks for a very interesting Hub.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I don't think I've heard of any of those songs except, of course, Sheryl Crow:). I can't wait for the concert!

How about Frankie and Johnny? I like the version where she shoots him! Also Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces. That's an oldie I love!

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

I have to admit, bbg, the only song I know on your list is "Never on Sunday." That was also the title of a very funny Greek movie starring Melina Mercouri who sang the title song. She played the part of a part-time woman of the night, to put it delicately. Pretty song. Thanks for the memory!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@chamilj - Thanks for stopping by. I am glad that you enjoyed the collection and hope maybe you found a new favorite :)

@Marellen - I have noticed that if you wait awhile to publish the score will go up, however, I am not really doing it on purpose. :) It has just been taking me awhile to get them all snapped together, and with it being the end of the school year, I have been getting distracted... lol. I just realized I don't have any links actually in the hub... so because it took awhile to get out, I guess I forgot the stuff that I usually do. However, it doesn't really have any effect, at least that I notice.

@OhsoamberX- My husband thinks I have the worst memory ever. Even if it is one of my favorites I can't tell you what it is. HOwever, my bad memory works really well with movies. Since I don't remember anything, every time I watch a movie it is like I have never watched it before. LOL

@Sammyfiction - Thank you so much for letting me know I am not alone. I usually take a lot of teasing because I like Aqua. (Although I think my husband secretly enjoys them as well :)

@Sunnie - There isn't a single song that I don't give a chance. I like different kinds of country, I like classical, I like some rap, some rock, and of course Christian music as well. My go to usually is Top 40 or oldies, but I will listen to just about anything.

@MO - I think my dad started my obsession with oldies. He used to own a business where he went out and sprayed crops for the farmers. My sister or I would sometimes go with him to keep him company when he ran through the fields. He alwasy blasted the oldies and the air conditioning. So, we learned a couple things from that.... dress like it's winter and get used to the oldies! :)

@Hyphenbird - I hope you enjoy some of the songs. These were just a few that really jumped into my head. However, I will warn you, they may put a smile on your face and get stuck in your head. :)

@Realhousewife - I would love to go to a Sheryl Crow conert.... that would be awesome. However, you need to listen to some of these songs... even if it is purely to irritate your children with embarassement.... "What is mom listening too?" LOL I will have to check out Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces... never heard that one.

@drbj - when I was looking for the song I actually came across portions of the movie on youtube. I never realized there was a movie for that song. I might have to find it and watch it. I am happy to know that someone else has heard of that song... it is such a great and catchy song!

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Jo Frank 5 years ago

Wow... like your mix of songs....i too am all over the place as far as favorite of course is the music i grew up with...jimi hendrix and janis are my favorites and all the folk's always nice too hear someone elses...especially like your last pic, "the way" thanks for sharing...

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Jo Frank - music is very therapeautic for me, as well as many other people I am sure. I like a variety depending on my mood. Oldies are fun because they always seem so happy and upbeat. I enjoy hearing other people's music selections because sometimes it brings up a gem I haven't really thought of!

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

(singing) .."and the little Nash Rambler goes beep, beep, beep" .. Wow, that one takes me all the way back to my swing set in the back yard. Excellent subject, and well put together BG. I know exactly what you mean about songs taking you back. I find myself listening to the radio, and going into a sort of catatonic trance with that blank look in my eyes. I'm sitting there with my mouth partially open, with a little drool running down my chin, re living some great scene from my youth. Then the sound of the horn blowing behind me snaps me back, and I realize the light has turned green. I wipe away the drool, flip the dude behind me the finger, and go about my way. What an ass. He could have sat through one stinking light. The song would have been over, and I could have finished reliving the damn dream. Who knows when that particular song will ever play again, and I can go back?

Oh well, this was excellent girl!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

If you want to hear another fun song... it might save you from the dream like trance will driving... try Wiper Blades! It is from the Bob and Tom Show... I always try to listen to it on nasty weather days. It makes me laugh... lol

If I was in the car behind you and I noticed your trance like state - I would definately let you finish your song. I completely understand... but at least you got the chance to tell them they are number 1 in your book before you headed out! LOL

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

What about the song, "You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille" ? Lol! I know it's not supposed to but it makes me laugh. Daves friend's wife left him - her name was Lucille:) she liked Dave - ALOT;)

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

You know, I may do a hub about the horrible songs that have been billboard classics, like "Horse With No Name" and "Green Tambourine." You can actually get one of these pieces of garbage stuck in your head, and it's impossible to get it out. It's freakin torture. Maybe I'll put in some videos, and get one or two of them stuck in some peoples melons just for fun. Nice aren't I?(laughing)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Enjoyed your hub. My music taste is so all over the place but it is kinda fun when you hear a song that you have not heard in awhile and you know all the words so you just break out in song. Sometimes even dance, unless you are driving that is :)

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Nah, Susan...I dance even when I'm driving. I made some guys in a construction truck crack up laughing once doing that on the freeway. It was fun! :-)

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I had to go and listen to that song... I love Kenny Rodgers.. ha ha .. what is that song - the gambler. How about the song, "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini!" I kind of want one... do you think I should even attempt that... lol

Jim, you need to get on that... however, if please include Teach Me Tiger. My parents used to have that song on cassette and said we couldn't listen to it because it was adult music. I heard it on the radio a few weeks back and almost ran into a car from laughing so hard... LOL it was horribly bad!

@Just ask Susan - you see that girl dancing in the car and singing at the top of her lungs with long brown hair - yept that's me.... ok - maybe not! LOL Since I am not in Canada - but it could be me ;)

@MO - it is awesome when you can groove to a song in the vehicle and people think your nuts. That is my favorite thing to do! LOL People stare - wonder if they should call the cops to arrest the person who escaped the looney bin! It makes my day!

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dearabbysmom 5 years ago from Indiana

very nice, eclectic mix of songs. "The Way" is a favorite of mine, too. One thing--if you have an appreciation of music you will never be bored in life! Always something else new to learn and listen to or play. Thanks for sharing your favorites!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@DearAbbysmom - The Way seems to be a popular one for many people. In fact, I just went to youtube and listened to it again! LOVE LOVE LOVE that song!

Jen V. 5 years ago

I wonder whatever happened to Oasis? There's so MANY things I remember doing while Oasis was playing in the background. (You dime me out and I'll hunt you down in CA...I'm sure you can fill in the rest!)

I've recently acquired a new affection for Dave Matthews - his lyrics draw me the same way Oasis and some of the others do.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - don't worry... my lips are definately sealed... lol... I will have to go back and check out some of Dave Matthews stuff again. Haven't listened to him in awhile! It is so much fun going back to those oldies (and by oldies I am occasionally referring to 90s music) YIKES! :)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini! I love that song! Ooohhh how about the song - I'm getting nothing for Christmas?! (cuz ive been nothing but bad) come on my flat butt friend you have to know that one!

Jen V 5 years ago

Try "You and Me" off his newest album - I really like it. There's also Alligator Pie - that one just makes me smile.

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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Definitely a wide range of tunes here. I like Oasis alot. One of my absolute faves is " Live Forever ". And that fastball song I always liked too. You should check out some of my music hubs. I am a rabid music fanatic.

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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

It's pretty amazing how a song can remind you of something in your childhood. Sometimes songs that remind me of the past also remind me of something that's happened much more recently. They are as close to a time machine as what we'll ever get.

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Daffy, what a poetic and TRUE statement! "They are as close to a time machine as what we'll ever get." Beautifully said!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - how could I not know those songs... funny, I was at the store last night and I saw a yellow polka dot bikini... I tried it on... but there was no way that I could ever wear that in public. For having a flat but... it sure didn't cover nearly enough! LOL And that is definately one of my favorite Christmas songs... as well as I want a hippopotamus for Christmas! LOL Although it is way to warm out to be thinking Christmas right now! LOL

@Jen - I will have to go check that out... I am always up for suggestions on music!

@Tony - I am not familiar with that song... I will definately have to check out that one out... I will check out your hubs and see what I can find.

@Daffy Duck - That is very poetic and beautiful. Music can be a time machine... it takes me back every time!

@MO - I agree - that is beautifully said.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Isn't it sad that the "Ive been nothing but bad" song is good for me all year long? LOL It's not just for christmas!

Yellow polka dot bikini wearing is over rated, I bet. I don't look good in yellow anyhow.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

The top looked good - the bottoms however showcased tree trunk legs... I almost puked. LOL

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

What a great hub idea BBG! Very well written and entertaining.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - thank you so much... just the other day I was listening to the radio and I heard another song that I could have added to the list... Rubber Ball by Bobby Vee... I almsot died laughing. I used to love that song! My husband said he still thinks I was born in the wrong decade!

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Richard83 5 years ago from West Virginia

Yes, I really like this page. Worth coming back to barbergirl. Very well written article and you did such a great job writing it. Very cool.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Richard - thank you very much... I hope you enjoyed some of the songs and either found another favorite or took a ride down memory lane by thinking of other songs! :)

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epigramman 5 years ago

....well when I married the Bride of Frankenstein our wedding song was I wanna be your dog by Iggy Pop and the Stooges - so I know where you're coming from with this hubspectacular hub theme - and ya gotta love going from Nine Inch Nails to Abba - that's like me going from the Residents to Beethoven - lol - love your selections - will come back another time and listen to the videos as I know most of these songs anyway - besides you are talkin' to the resident master musicologist here at the Hub ......and yes I love your taste in music and your writing rocks my free world - sorry Neil - lol lol

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@epigramman - I think you are the first one to admit that you know all the songs that I have listed. Most people know a couple, but not ever single one. I was actually trying to find ones that were favorites that most people would have never heard of... I can see we are two peas in a pod... as you are the first to have heard of everything. Finally, I am not alone in this world! :)

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epigramman 5 years ago

....well ya gotta know that epi being the master musicologist that he is - loved this hub subject and your excellent and subjective selections because isn't that what music is all about - pleasing the id - look to my FACEBOOK page and over the rainbow and you shall see this hub as posted with a direct link back here and warm wishes to you and your family for continued health and happiness into the new year of 2012.

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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

Yikes! BBG!

You took us back without our permission. Cheryl crow is the Bomb! Mature but an excellent singer!Thanks!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada


(laughing) You had mentioned Leapy Lee once when we were talking about Internal CD player. That video is a is this musical trip back to the past!



PS...I could see how that would annoy your sister...

All the traditional Up buttons will be applied.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Epi - Music really soothes the soul and I can really thell that we are on the same page with that one. Thanks for the shout out and for sharing the beauty of music! :)

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@lord - I love Sheryl Crowe.... I am almost positive I could still belt out her songs at the top of my lungs if I hear them on the radio... but I will save you guys the pain and sing to myself! :)

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Thomas - The sadistic part of me believes I still love that song because of how much it irritates others. My husband hates it as well so whenever the Ipod is playing and he is around... I usually try to find it. What can I say - I love the catchy lyrics. Maybe you should get Internal CD player to see what he thinks of it! LOL

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You totally took me back to the Champagne Supernova days! I used to love that song! Funny. Great hub about music.

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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ChristyWrites - Oh my - I was just listening to my Ipod the other day on Shuffle and Champagne Suernova came on... it is just as good as it was then. Still love the song. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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