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Music of My Life
Music - Growing up, living and learning
The Music of My Life -- I have very eclectic taste in music. A lot of people do not understand how I can go from Big Band to AC/DC! I just appreciate all types of music, can sing along and it usually brings back memories. When I was making my Curious Facts and Life Experiences About Me article, I realized the memories of moving around usually accompanied songs or singers. Funny how the brain works. I started thinking about each place I lived and songs that were popular or that my parents listened to, automatically came to mind.
So, this article is devoted to some of my favorite music (songs) and the memories it evokes. Sit back, enjoy and re-live your own memories!
I was born mid 1960's...
I don't remember a lot from that time but I do remember, sometimes in the evenings, my parents would put a record on the record player and dance around the living room. Their Song was . Twilight Time by The Platters
They married in 1959. Daddy was an enlisted man in the Navy so money was always tight. These impromptu evening dances were wonderful entertainment and I give my parents credit for teaching me about more than just the popular music I grew up with.
They danced as though they were lighter than air. I loved to watch them and wished I could do that too. Sometimes Daddy would let me put my feet on his and we'd dance. Great memory!
Twilight Time - by The Platters
Music from the 50's
Great Singing Voices
in my family
My dad was an all around talented guy. In addition to his intelligence, he has an awesome singing voice. When he was in high school, his music teacher called him "The Next Frank Sinatra".
Maybe this is where my obsession with Frank started. Today, I still listen and sing along with "Ole Blue Eyes" in my car. The gene for a great singing voice passed me right up but my baby sister (not so much a baby anymore at 36) has an incredible voice. Like dad, she can sing many types of music and sing it well. I have heard her sing Billie Holliday and bring tears to my eyes. Then, she can turn around and sing Bonnie Raitt. I am envious.
Me? In my head I am a star -- in reality I am lucky to carry a tune in a bucket.
**Disclaimer to the rest of my family -- I'm not saying you all can't sing... just not like Daddy and Heather.
Fly Me to the Moon - by Frank Sinatra
Does the following list bring any memories to mind for you? Here are some popular songs and why I remember them:
Being piled into the blue Chevy Station Wagon on a Sunday drive and all 6 of us singing along with the radio bring these songs to mind:
- The Candy Man by Sammy Davis, Jr.
- You are my Sunshine - old family favorite for sing-alongs
- Sing, Sing a Song by the Carpenters
- Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy
- Put Your Head on my Shoulder by Paul Anka
- Puppy Love by Donny Osmond
- That's All by Nat King Cole
- I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton John
Being at my Aunt's (mom's sister) house for dinner in Washington state. My cousin and a I would sneak in and watch mom and my Aunt as they did the dishes standing at the sink, one washing -- the other drying -- and have Elvis blaring on her stereo. They both would be standing with most of their weight on the left leg and then bop their hips up and down to the beat of the music. It cracked us up! However, we would have been mortified if anyone else ever saw the spectacle. Ahhhhh, those were the days!
Late 70's - Driving to ballgames, practices and listening to records at home. Living in 5 towns in Washington State and the island of Guam. My parents always stayed up on the new music and would sing along!
- Let's get Physical by Olivia Newton John - Listening to LP's on Saturdays
- Do Ron Ron by Shaun Cassidy
- Heartache Tonight by the Eagles
- Wayward Son by Kansas
- I Write the Songs by Barry Manilow
- Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstandt
- Reminiscing by the Little River Band
- Funky Town by Lipps, Inc.(Teen night at Club Macombo at Big Navy on Guam)
- Imagine by John Lennon
- Babe by Stix
- Take the Long Way Home by SuperTramp
- Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
Shaun Cassidy - That's Rock and Roll
Awesome Live video of Shaun performing "That's Rock and Roll".
The Early 80's
and songs I remember
Early 80's - I was in high school and a freshman in college. Those were carefree times -- no kids, no husband, just friends and the music!
- You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
- Little Red Corvette by Prince
- Open Arms by Journey
- Keep On Lovin' You by REO Speedwagon
- Tonight I'm Yours by Rod Stewart
- Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones
- Every Breath You Take by The Police
- I want a New Drug by Huey Lewis and the News
- Material Girl by Madonna
- Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles
- Centerfold by The J. Giles Band
- Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp
- Rosanna by Toto
- 867-5309 (Jenny) by Tommy Tutone
- Kokomo by the Beach Boys
- Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top
- Footloose by Kenny Loggins
I could go on and on. Music was VERY important during this time of my life.
My Wedding - 1986
Tim and I danced our first dance to "You and I" a duet by Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gayle.