To say that my musical tastes are eclectic would be one of the understatements of all time. If you check the CD's on the shelf the range is from old folk songs through early pop to jazz via old time rock and roll to grand opera with just about every musical genre in between except heavy metal rock and rap which I leave to younger generations even if I can't help bouncing up and down to some of the granddaughter's rap things. To be sure the collection is a little heavy on the soundtracks but only because the other obsession is musical theater.
We have a syndicated oldie oldies station in Tacoma KIXI that plays music from the 40s, 50s, and early 60s that they refer to as "Music of Your Life". Even the more modern performers are only represented when they do songs from those eras such as the recent Rod Stewart classic song albums or Bette Midler doing Peggy Lee. Within the past hour have played Doris Day, Harry Chapin, Nat King Cole, keely Smith. Click on the link to listen on line.
My mother was a phenomenal singer. For whatever reason she didn't have the drive or self confidence to give Judy Garland a run for her money, but the voice could have. As a result, I grew up in a world of bedtimes and car rides comprised of standards and a deep appreciation of the emotional power of all music while always on the way to somewhere else. To this day a flat or sharp in any singers performance will make me cringe by comparison. Of course it is one of the jokes of genetics that I got my mother's hips and dad's voice.... Oops!
As a lifelong gypsy, the songs of wandering will always get my attention: It's just the Gypsy In My Soul; Far Away Places; Anyplace I Hang My Hat is Home etc., so it is no wonder that the first "my" record was Gogi Grant's, "The Wayward Wind".
This all started me thinking. What was the first record (for those who remember records)/Tape/CD that you bought with your own money? It can't be gift money. It has to be allowance, babysitting, or special chores, money you had to work to earn. Let's hear some "my first" music.