What is My Favorite Song of All Time

Happy Notes

The notes we sing!
The notes we sing! | Source

We start with lullabies

Without really realizing it we start our interest in music at a very early age....the lullabies our mother sings to us when we're a baby. Regardless of the lullaby or the quality of the voice, music starts soothing the savage beast even when we are just months old. (There is research that says playing music to the baby in the womb also brings results but we'll stick with after birth.)

These lullabies either put us to sleep or soothe us. Next, come nursery rhymes. We listen to them, and now children can watch videos of them, and before you know it we're singing them. Rock-a-Bye-Baby is a favorite with girls and probably Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star for boys. I'm not trying to be sexist just mentioning that even at this early age we gravitate toward certain words and melodies.

Elvis Impersonater

An Elvis impersonator is better than no Elvis
An Elvis impersonator is better than no Elvis | Source

Say Say Oh Playmate

Nursery Rhymes and songs from long ago

We learn tons of nursery rhymes and the songs that go with them. As we get a little older we learn other songs from cartoons, or movies, or maybe even songs we hear on the radio. When I was a little girl my favorite song was "Teddy Bears' Picnic". I can remember thinking how wonderful it would be for teddy bears to be having a picnic! It never dawned on me to think this song was also pointing out how dangerous it was to be there with the bears. Of course that was in the early 1950s. TV wasn't very big and radio was still booming.

As I got a little older my next 'favorite' song was "Playmate". Even though the playmate couldn't come out and play, it was a foggy day......they were jolly friends forevermore! A great song for a little girl.

That was my beginning. My father, however was going to take me deeper into music. My older brother wanted to learn to play piano so my Dad bought a second-hand upright piano. I think my brother took about three lessons before giving it up. Having a piano in the house my father decided he would learn to play. He couldn't read music and he needed someone to guide him as he learned to play some songs. I was the voice in his ear and together we had a ball. He would play notes over and over till he was sure it sounded like what I was singing. I would sing notes over and over until he was sure he was playing it right. After quite a bit of practice we were a really good team. Remember, this was in the fifties.

We did all of George M. Cohan's songs, from "Yankee Doodle Dandy" to "Harrigan". We did "Goodnight Irene", "Bird in a Gilded Cage", and so many more. I loved them all. Whenever a new song came out he wanted to learn we'd get together and learn it, songs like "How Much is That Doggie in the Window", and "Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini."

We did Doris Day songs, songs from the Hit Parade, Dean Martin songs, Bing Crosby, you name it and slowly we moved to a little Rock 'n Roll.

Dance to the Music

Singing goes with dancing which goes with happy
Singing goes with dancing which goes with happy | Source

Sing with a Smile

Singing a happy song
Singing a happy song | Source

Karaoke lover

Everybody loves to sing!
Everybody loves to sing! | Source

Rock and Roll - Oldies but Goodies to Karaoke

I guess because of the age difference my Dad wasn't too interested in Rock 'n Roll except for songs like "Blue Moon" which was a re-make of an old song, we managed to still keep on singing. As time went on, Elvis Presley came along and I was a gonner. Every song he made, every movie he made I followed like my life depended on it. I had posters of Elvis, buttons with Elvis pictures, all of his 45s and albums. I was obsessed. There was no real favorite song of his though if I had to pick one it would be "Love Me Tender".

Over the years I graduated to other singers including the Beach Boys, The Kingston Trio, Simon and Garfunkel, Oldies But Goodies Albums and even a few show tunes albums like "Man from LaMancha" and "West Side Story". Yes, I listened to the Beatles and even bought some of their earlier albums. At the time they first came on the American scene I was jealous for Elvis. I didn't want them taking his place!

I just loved music. I listened to music all the time. There was always a radio or record player going in my house. My children grew up singing my songs until they were old enough to follow their own drummer so to speak. As they were growing up I listened to the likes of Blondie, Sammy Hagar, Skid Row, U2, and more. I did have four kids after all, the oldest being nine years older than the youngest so there was quite a range.

What about Karaoke? A sure sign everyone loves to sing, even those who can't. When the Karaoke starts everyone starts thinking about their favorite songs and which ones they want to sing, whether its in the afternoon or four o'clock in the morning.

Singing

Different songs for different reasons
Different songs for different reasons | Source

"In My Life"

I joined a folk group and sang in Church for 30 years. We had so much fun ... and when you sing in Church you pray twice! Did I mention my fifteen minutes of fame when I was 12? I was asked to sing "Silent Night" solo at Mass on Christmas Day.

Anyway, as you can see, I've always loved music and I love it all.

So now, to the question, with all that music listening under my belt, what is my favorite song of all time...."In My Life" by the Beatles. It was written by John Lennon with some contribution by Paul McCartney, though how much that contribution was has been disputed over the years; it was written and released in 1965.

It is, to me, the ultimate love song, not just to your spouse but to all the wonderful people and things in your life. It's a slow song, but not too slow. It has a hint of sadness, but not too sad. Remembering those who have gone before and those who are still living, "In my life I've loved them all....In my live I love you more." My son surprised me at his wedding, it was the song mother and son danced to. A beautiful song with lots of meaning.

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The Beatles - In My Life

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Voted up and awesome for these memorable songs which I remember singing along with you and our generation. Blessings, Debby


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Debby. They still go 'round in my head every once in a while!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent list of songs! I have so many favorite songs that I could never pick just one or five or ten! Ha! I like the karaoke photo, he looks like he's having a blast!:)


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

You sang in a folk group...so cool!!! Great article with the use of great personal pictures!!! Voted up!!!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

It's not easy picking a favorite but there's just something about "In My Life". As for my karaoke buddy, he's actually a singer in Ireland, and he was having a blast!

Audra, the folk group was cool, we had lots of fun. Glad you enjoyed my pictures, we're a diverse group ;)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Till.....Ah, MUSIC! The universal language. Is it even possible there is a single human in the universe that doesn't appreciate and enjoy music? Even my pets like music!

This is another awesome hub by you. I congratulate you for being able to put out such quality and meaningful hubs even uner the 30/30 gun! That takes real talent Till! and you've proven you have THAT.

LOL.....I shy away from these challenges, GF....I can imagine being near the 25th. hub and banging my head against a wall to come up with a topic! At this point, I'd be writing a hub about the reproductive habits of the Ladybug!!! lmao. You have my admiration!!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

You are so right about music. Soothes the dog and cat and of course makes the bird sing. I haven't tried it on my fish though.

Hmm, the reproductive habits of the ladybug you say...maybe...;) 30/30 is a challenge but I have to say the worst part is my husband getting po'd because I'm always on the computer writing hubs oh, and not having time to read other hubs.


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Chatkath 4 years ago from California

Enjoyed this immensely! Songs have such power in our lives, allowing us to remember certain feelings, special people and times. Celebrate the song in all of us! Good Job!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Kath, I love your "celebrate the song in all of us!" What a wonderful thought. Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh thank you for this gem; I am now listening to the Beatles.Truly beautiful;thanks for haring;takecare and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Eddy. I always enjoy what you write so much I am glad you can enjoy something of mine as well!

Tilly


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

You have picked a lovely song for your favorite - I think we love music because of the memories it invokes, the feelings it brings back, and the warmth we feel inside when we hear it - so much beautiful music has been written, it would be hard for me to pick one favorite - I would waver between 'I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls', 'Danny Boy' and 'Greensleeves' - B.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

You're so right billips. We remember so many things because of association. Those are lovely songs you chose.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Music is the universal language--I am always so glad when I hear that someone sings! I am so glad that you have shared this gift with so many others over the course of the years as well--


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I've loved music for as long as I can remember. It's a wonderful way to relax, remember, so many things. Thanks for stopping by Audrey.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for sharing this beautiful song and hub. I love music. I was always singing or whistling and my neighborhood g.f. would play the piano and I would belt out a ton of songs from her book. Two that stick out in my mind are: That's amore' and 'What the world needs now' In the summer with the doors and windows wide open, we would entertain the neighbors! haha.

When I was 14 I was fascinated with the guitar that another g.f.'s older sister played. I saved up $10 of my allowance, went to the drugstore and bought me a steel wired guitar. I taught myself to play and after two years of listening to this gosh awful sounding guitar my parents realized I wasn't giving it up. They bought me a beautiful Martin, acoustic guitar for my 16th b-day, which I still have to this day. I was a folk music lover and didn't get into Elvis at all.

This song that is your favorite brings back special memories. It was part of my wedding songs (the recession song) from my second marriage. My favorite is 'Someone like you' by Van Morrison. John was a special guy and it was both our second marriage. I miss him like crazy, some days more than others. Thanks for sharing this awesome hub. Rated up and I / A / B


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Denise. As you read I sang with my Dad. I tried the guitar but my teacher never got to chords, at least not before I quit! I loved folk music.

Sorry about your husband. Hope the music helps keep him alive in your heart.


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Ellieface 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I would definitely agree with you on this one. "In my life" has always (and probably always will be) one of my very favorite songs. When I was a little girl, it was the only song that would put me to sleep.

Great hub!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for sharing Ellieface...the words to "In My Life" are just so meaningful.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

This was back before I started following you....love the pictures, Mary.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I couldn't have said it better (and I haven't.) I tried the video but it is blocked, but what a perfect choice of songs.

You have inspired so many with this hub. Nothing is as sweet, or beautiful as a lullaby. I'm so glad that Bill shared this. Music is certainly a "cure-all." All my children are involved professionally in music. My Todd is playing his guitar and singing with the angels - I am sure of this.

Thank you Mary, and unlimited joy to you and yours. ~ Hugs ~ Audrey


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for going back in time Bill, oh and for the heads up. I changed the video. Glad you enjoyed.

Audrey your love of music and talent with anything musical is very apparent. I am truly honored for you to say you liked this hub! I'm sure Todd is leading a chorus. Thank you for always being a bright spot Audrey. God bless.


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Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

Mary, I definitely love your favorite, but I have so many favorites it would be hard to choose, I love all of Elvis and Roy Orbison songs every one and have their albums and 45s I even have some 78s.

I listened to songs from the time I started to walk. My mother played the mandolin, violin, guitar and sang, my dad played the guitar all my uncles played and my cousin played professionally.

How awesome that your dad learned the piano.

I can relate to the husband getting po'd because I'm always on the computer writing hubs, and I can also relate not having time to read other hubs.

I did very much enjoy reading yours.

Blessings and hugs.

Shyron


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Vellur 23 months ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading, it must have been great singing solo! Singing in a folk group must have been cool!! Great photos, thank you for sharing.


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York Author

Shy it was difficult to name a favorite and I had to do a lot of thinking but since my Dad passed away almost thirty years ago this has been my favorite song. Sounds like you were surrounded by music as well and we have a bit in common ;) Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the blessing and hugs which I return to you with love.

Vellur I just love singing and music. Glad you enjoyed. Have a great weekend.

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