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What is My Favorite Song of All Time
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.
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
Sing with a Smile
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.
"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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