09 March 2007

Music of Your Life

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.


Morgen said...

Mine would be
"just Sylvia" by Sylvia
Her #1 country hit "Nobody" was on the top of the charts back in 1982


By the way, this was one of the few records I ever purchased on vinyl... in my teens, cassette tapes became the IN thing.
I think that I ran out and bought a Sylvia cassette to go with my first cassette player! Ha!

As Sylvia said, "I can love you like Nobody can. Even better."


Jamie said...

The 78s were just passing out when I started paying attention. In fact, I would sell my soul for the Elvis recording of "Heartbreak Hotel" that I sat on. So I've been through 33s, 45s, EPs, 8 tracks, tapes, and now CDs. How many times can you replace the same recording? :0(

Brian said...

Dream A Little Dream Of Me by the Mommas and Pappas

vanillabirdies said...

I can't remember for the life of me if it was Tommy by The Who or Revolver by The Beatles.

Either one of those though, that much I do know.

AlanBoss said...

I bought two records (45rpm singles.)
"War (What is it Good For?)" by Edwin Star and "Spill the Wine" by Eric Burden and (ironically) War.

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Dan B (no, not Bennett, think harder) said...

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Linda said...

The very first album that I bought with money that I earned was "Face The Music" by the Electric Light Orchestra in 1975. The whole album was great but on the first track "Fire on High" (at least I think it was that one), if you played it backwards you heard "music is reversible, time is not, turn back! turn back!".

Beat the heck out of "Paul is dead" because there's some truth to that at least!