Monday, November 17, 2008

Gratitude for Music

Because I love music, and in honor of Friday, I posted youtube video (the previous post). This song was popular in about 1958.

I am so grateful for music. I grew up in the 50's--no, that is not a typo ; ) There are a few songs I remember from the 50's--Rock Around the Clock, The Great Pretender, Paul Anka's "Diana", Blueberry Hill (that song ALWAYS reminds me of my dad). You know in Top Gun where Tom Cruise talks about his mom listening to "Sittin on the Dock of the Bay" over and over--that's how I feel about Blueberry Hill.

My sister's and I had our 45's and would listen to all these songs and many more. But like every teenager back then, I learned how to dance and learned what everyone was listening to by watching "American Bandstand". When I saw "Hairspray" oh it brought back memories of American Bandstand--I don't know how often that show was on, but it seems like we watched it every day. I wonder how many times Ricky Nelson was on that show--I loved Traveling Man or maybe I just loved Ricky Nelson. And, of course, growing up in California, I loved the Beach Boys. I was a big Simon and Garfunkel fan.

Well, I guess I can't go through every era and every song I liked, but wow, there was a lot of good stuff. I don't know what my teenage years would have been like without all that music. My sister's and I knew all the words to all the songs. I don't listen to the radio like I used to--but I don't think kids do either--it's more CD's and iPods today. Isn't it great how technology has made it so easy to download music.

Today I listen to all kinds of music--my playlists has music from just about every era. (Well, not so much of the current stuff ; ) I'm grateful that there are so many talented artists.

Do you have a favorite song or artist?

22 comments:

Lauren said...

I am so grateful for music too. I actually really enjoy jazz...it so fits my style. I love the beat and the jazz singer's voices.

Lauren said...

Ummm Michael Buble would have to be my favorite though :)

Suzanne said...

Great memories, Yvonne! Isn't it interesting how hearing a song can take you right back?

My favorite group is U2. And I am a sucker for the 80s! All the hair rock, new wave and pop! Wahoo! But I do love newer stuff too.

My little brother once thought I only liked the 80's and when he found out I like All-American Rejects too, I went up 2 cool points in his mind! LOL! :)

Sheri said...

I love music! It makes me laugh to hear a song that takes me back to my youth and al the memories that go with it! I love all kinds of music, fom the three tenors to some of today's stuff to broadway music and all the in betweens... minus hard rock and most of the beatles and not to big on jazz!

Melissa said...

I'm one who listens to a little of this and a little of that. I can't think of a favorite artist or specific song off the top of my head. It seems to change from time to time :)
But, like you, I have songs that remind me of my parents. Anything from the Moody Blues makes me think of my Dad and stuff from Billy Joel reminds me of my mom!

Chel said...

oh my goodness... music is my friend, my therapy, my mood setter, my energy provider, my emotional side... it's safe to day music is my life.

I have so many songs that represent so many different memories in my life. I love it. I'm glad to hear you have a great appreciation for music too.

You are rockin' on the gratitude posts.

Nancy Face said...

I LOVE music!

My favorite artist is Josh Groban, followed by Michael Buble! :)

annie said...

I love all kinds of music too. It is amazing how different songs can change your moods or awaken a memory.

Chelli said...

I was going to say, "Don't forget the Platters!" then I scrolled down and saw that you had already done a post on them. Even though I grew up in the 70's and 80's, I still listened to all those songs that you did because that's what my mom grew up listening to and she played the albums constantly on our old console stereo. I wax nostalgic when I hear Elvis, or the Everly Brothers....
Sure beats rap, doesn't it?!?!

aurora said...

I sat and listened to the whole Platters song! I love them, the Righteous Brothers and others of that style- I really like loads of music. Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra-- all of the crooners- Dean Martin, Bobby Darrin-- Love, love them.
Then I also have a love for all things Bossa Nova- Astrud Gilberto. Love 80's new wave. Big fan of U2, Coldplay, Keane... the list goes on and on.
Hate rap.

Grandma A said...

I too love all kinds of music and the music of American Bandstand sure take me back too. That was a fun time. However in our home its DH who always has some wonderful music playing. He has to have music on even when he's shaving or working on a project.

Crazy Mom of Four said...

i loved the beach boys growing up, i think more so because my dad really liked them. i was just telling a friend that i am a chamelion when it comes to music, i pretty much like whatever my friends are listening too. i wish i liked music more and was more musical but i am not, but i do cry when i hear someone sing really beautifully and when the primary kids sing "if the Savior stood beside me" can't sing that one with out tears.

Tiffany said...

I know this sounds funny, but Blueberry Hill will always remind me of my daddy. One Sunday, for some reason, before we went to church, he just started singing that song. I started to sing along and he told me I couldn't sing it in church and then he laughed.
I am a listener to a little of everything (minus rap and metal). I'm mostly a country girl, though.

PJ said...

I love good music too.

One of my all time fav's is "Love remains" by Colin Ray:)

I couldn't leave a comment on your grateful for blogging:( I am grateful you are in the blogging world:)

Jodi said...

I LOVE the 50's music! I am also a Josh Groban and Michael Buble fan as well. Yummy voices!

I loved your post that you turned off the comments to!!! Well...I love ALL of your posts! I just love your whole blog!

Suzanne said...

But I want to comment on your Gratitude for Blogging post. Wah! ;)

It was so fun getting to meet you this year, Yvonne! And look how much skinnier our faces look now then they did back then. We rock! :)

txmommy said...

i love music, I love your list :)

BTW, I can't comment on the grateful for blogging one. Is it just me or did you turn off comments?

Nancy Face said...

Ha! Apparently you can't stop us from commenting! ;)

I'm grateful for blogging, and that I got to meet YOU! :D

JustRandi said...

Hey! I'm grateful for blogging too!!
How else would I have met you and been inspired almost daily by your wonderful example!

AND I'm SO with you on TBL. I can NOT believe we had the opportunity to rid ourselves of the evil Vickie and didn't take it! Amy, amy, amy...!!

Tori :) said...

I love music too!! I love Sei's piano playing the mostest!

Liam's Mom said...

I love many kinds of music. It's amazing what live music will do to me though... brings me to tears to hear a live symphony or someone singing on stage.

Even though you turned your comments off on the blogging buddy post... I just want to say it's an honor to have spent time with you in person! You are a joy!

Magirk said...

I love music too. :-) I would be lost without it, especially the piano!

My favorite song is Beethoven's 7th symphony. Not quite a song, more like a composition, or something like that....

That and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.

Those two pieces, I can listen to anytime and come away feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and full of life's beauty.

Otherwise, I have too many favorites to list or even pick just one! ;-)

(You're so cute 'yes, that's a typo' - haha!)