22 February 2010

Queen's Meme #26 - Name That Tune

Welcome to the Queen's Tuesday Meme #26
Sometimes silly. Sometimes serious. Always fun!
Step out of the box. Be creative. Use your imagination.
No one's answers are quite like yours.

Mimi Queen of Memes was tagged by the musically prolific Starr who writes Here Comes A Storm in The Form of A Girl for a meme that was circulating on Facebook over the weekend. It calls for 25 answers (!) but not to worry, I have shortened it for our purposes here.

It's a simple NAME THAT TUNE meme with a Mimi twist.

The Rules : Once you have been tagged (or commanded by the Queen) you are supposed to write down the top SEVEN songs you cannot live without. The ones you can listen to over and over and never get tired of. They don't have to be in any particular order. These are the songs that make you laugh, cry, think of an old friend, whatever the reason. I know it's impossible for many of us to narrow it down to seven. There are just too many songs. Instead, make a list of seven songs that move you personally and tell us why. What memory does the song evoke? What emotion? Where were you when you first heard it? We'd like to know what's in your musical memory bank. Name seven songs and tell us about your emotional connection to the song.

Fair enough?
Let's get started!


This one is difficult for me simply because darn near every song I hear has a memory or story connected to it. So with the proviso that these are not necessarily "favorite" songs, but rather ones that have a meaning connected to a person, here you go. I have provided You Tube links so that you can listen to the songs if you desire.

1.  My Funny Valentine Daddy was a wonderful dancer. For all my problems with my dad and his drinking, this song always reminds me that I learned to dance by standing on his shoes. The very last time we danced together was on my 16th birthday at the Balboa Bay Club. He had a girlfriend with a home on Lido Isle which gained us access to the bastion of California old money and a full orchestra to play "Our Song" while it was just daddy and me on a wide open dance floor for that "sweet 16" tradition.

2.  Claire de Lune This was my mother's favorite piece of music. No special story. She just loved it, and I can't hear either the classical version or the pop vocal "Moonlight Love" without thinking of mama.

3.  Kisses Sweeter Than Wine It was the summer of 1957 and I was 13 and madly in love with a handsome older man of 17. There should be a way to preserve the feeling of first kisses so that you can haul them out every once in a while to remind you of love and innocence. This hit song from that year is as close I can get.

4.  There Goes My Baby Well if Kisses Sweeter Than Wine was the first attack by Cupid. This is the song for first heartbreak. Summer of 1959. At that age you think nothing could ever hurt so much. Unfortunately, you are wrong. When someone tells you things could be worse, they are right. Now this song is just a memory of sunshine, Hollywood, and fun.

5.  Lay Lady Lay / Steamroller To this day, I still like my ex-husband. He may not have been a good husband or a good father. The marriage may have been a failure, but it had its moments and his humming either of these songs while strumming his guitar usually meant the mood for fun was at hand.

6. Hello Again "So I'm a hopeless romantic, so what".  I was in my late 30s, and this was an "Our Song".  It is still a beautiful memory. If you must love someone make it your best friend.

7.  The Last Time I Felt Like This This is the opening song to one of my favorite movies, "Same Time Next Year".


Travis said...

Oh my gosh! It's another meme I'm going to miss.


I think I might set this one aside to do at a later date.

Anonymous said...

my mom alwys played Clair de Lune on the piano...good picks.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Jamie, I just LOVE 'The last time I felt like this'. 'Same Time Next Year' is a favourite movie, and would have added it on the list myself.

Jamie said...


Aha,a kindred spirit. Must visit you more often.

Linda said...

"Same Time Next Year" is one of those movies that has always made me cry; I love it but it makes me cry! Even though it isn't the most ideal of situations, I would take that once-a-year relationship over never knowing what happened to someone special. Proper etiquette be damned!

I'm going to have to give this one some thought and like Travis, perhaps do it at another time. There are too many songs and too many memories and it would take too much time that I don't have right at the moment.

Besides, this could very well end up being a stroll down broken-heart lane!

Jamie said...


Same Time Next Year has lines in it that absolutely destroy me. I didn't say that above. It is simply too close to the bone.

I prefaced the whole list with too many songs to fit in, but at least I got the ones that always twinge a bit.

Mimi Lenox said...

I was gone emotionally after reading #1 - the dance with your father and the way you described the scene. Ohhhh.....how special. Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

For VERY personal reasons I love Same Time Next Year as well. Good memories for me, bad ending.
Such is life.

Like Linda and Travis, I'm going to have to give some thought to my own meme. So many songs. So many stories.
I knew you would ace this meme.
It had you written all over it.

The Gal Herself said...

Now I have "The Last Time I Felt Like This" running through my head. Which is very pleasant. It's a lovely song that I'd completely forgotten. Thanks for the reminder.