It's All About the Music
November 30, 2017 3:07pm CST
When I was born in 1950, the hit song of the year was a tune called "Music, Music, Music," by a female singer named Teresa Brewer. As I got older, I became familiar with the kinds of music my parents liked that dated way back to the 1930's and 1940's and the years during the Second World War. My mother liked old-fashioned country-western music, while my father loved the Big Band Era. So it wasn't unusual that "The Lawrence Welk Show" was a big favorite of theirs. As a kid, I had no choice but to sit through it on Saturday nights. But when the 1960's came around, I started getting interested in the more popular music of the time, which included tunes by artists like Elvis Presley, Del Shannon, Leslie Gore, and Bobby Darin. Then, in 1963, the British Invasion hit American shores in the form of bands called the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Dave Clark Five, to name a few, and I never looked back. From there, I moved on to the psychedelic bands of the later '60's, such as Iron Butterfly, the rock-and-roll of the 70's, the Big Hair bands of the 80's, the hard rock of the 90's, and even some of the heavy metal bands of those years. Some of my favorite groups were Led Zeppelin, The Who, Billy Squier, Metallica, ACDC, and Kiss, again to name but a few. While I've come to appreciate a much broader range of music, I still love the music I listened to while I was growing up with my kids. And now, I tend to choose my music depending on what mood I'm in. If I feel like reading or writing, I play Classical or New Age. If I feel like moving around, I put on some Hard Rock. If I'm feeling mellow, it might be Jazz or Easy Listening. If I'm feeling nostalgic, I'll turn on something from the Big Band era and imagine my parents dancing to it in the living room. And if I'm driving, and a good fast song comes on, I crank it up and get some pretty interesting looks from other drivers as I drive along pounding on the steering wheel. (I've been known to blow speakers that way.) My grandkids can't believe that their Nanny (which is what they call me) still likes that kind of music. I simply tell them this: some of us grow up more slowly than others. And then again, when it comes to music, some of us never do! (Public Domain Image)
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• Saco, Maine
@JolietJake I used to wear rings on most of my fingers. And I wore wide grooves out of the arms of a wooden rocking chair I'd sit in up in my room my drumming on them. My mother's voice would cry to me from the wilderness.....turn.it.down. Turn WHAT down? Didn't hear you.
• Rochester, New York
I listen to classic rock all the time. When I'm at work I have iHeart Radio on Kansas radio. Kansas is one of my favorite bands that I grew up with. I like just about all other kinds except for rap. I won't listen to that.