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Music...Sweet Music

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

So today I was in a meeting.

I call it a meeting, but we were really sitting around making ornaments for a party listening to Pandora. emoticon

The first few bars of "Teenage Wasteland" came on, and peeps were wondering what it was. I was like "DUH!" in a nice way emoticon , and told them ( I don't have a treble clef tattoo on my ankle for nothin'! even though according to Pinterest it's a very, very popular tattoo emoticon ).

The elders were surprised I knew it, the youngin's didn't care. But last night I spent a LOT of time looking up Trace Bundy videos, because I heard a naptime rendition of Pachalbel's Canon in D, thought it was AH-mazing, and ended up listening to his covers of U2, Led Zeppelin, and even Eminem! Dude is awesome- check him out. And that led to Beethoven, Bach, etc...

I digress, as I digress a lot. And am about to again...

My first 45, on my li'l red record player was "Song Sung Blue" by Neil Diamond. My dad used to sing "Strangers In the Night" in the shower. My Grandma plays Japanese music all the time, and I know a little ditty about cherry blossoms. My mom was a hardcore Stevie Nicks/ Carly Simon/ anyone who was a feminist -lover, who turned country (Martina McBride, anyone?)

An-ti-ci-pa-tion is making me wait... till the end of the damn song, because I know it by heart, and I don't even like that song! But it's "Independence Daaaaaaay!"

My first (cassette) single that I bought myself was the Everly Brothers "Unchained Melody" because I heard it on 'Ghost' and had to have it, the second being "Giving Him Something He Can feel", by En Vogue (scandalous!). My first cd I owned was The Spin Doctors, my first cd ever was Bryan Adams.

I worked at an amusement park for a few summers, and the bumper car section taught me all about the Beach Boys, Brenda Lee, etc...

My parents- for all their faults, for all their screw-ups, for the fact they weren't here to tell me why babies choose one nipple over the over, or how to choose the best ladder, or how to flip an egg without breaking the yolk...

This was their gift. They didn't tailor their music to fit my age- they expected me to understand it. There was no Selena Gomez ('cuz all the cool kids like it) or Justin Beiber (because he's the epitomy of cool. lol. ). Katy Perry's didn't exsist, because Michael Jackson was like...eight when he was doing his thing. I knew Gwar before Gwar was remotely cool. I know Styx's 'Grand Illusion' album cover by heart. I know what 8-tracks are. I know the sweet feeling when a needle hits a record. And it's way better than pressing 'play'.

Honestly, sometimes it makes me sad, when other people are talking about their families and the strength they get from them, or the knowledge, support. I felt bad when I couldn't really identify with Alzheimer's the other day. I have no experience with that. Not that I want to, but I'm a pretty experienced gal. And yet, as age sets in ( or our families' age sets in) I'm at a loss.

I wish they were here. I even wish I could be dealing with these problems, because it means I had more years with them. The grass really IS greener. It's so weird.

BUT! This is the one thing I've taken away from ALL relationships- music. And so in my mind, I got something out of everything. Even nothing. There is a song in my soul from even the worst relationships that can never be taken back.

Friend or foe, lover or douchebag, Around or not around...I got something from you that made my soul greater for having known you.

I got the gift of music.
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    Hey, I remember the Pokey Little Puppy record! Loved it!
    2062 days ago
    After I read some of the comments, I realized that I hadn't even noticed the word douchebag emoticon

    The first concert I went to was Barry Manilow, with a church group, when I was 15. When I was around 17 I "accidentally" signed up for Columbia Record Club and got some hard rock by accident, as well as Billy Joel (never dreaming I'd ever actually live on Long Island or even NY for that matter). I got into Queen accidentally that way. Bohemian Rhapsody FTW.

    I cooled off on Barry, but still think Queen is one of the best bands ever. I'll even accept Adam Lambert in place of Freddie (as long as the band does). Billy Joel stood the test of time pretty well, at least the first five albums or so.

    My BF is a musician. He takes it for granted; it's nothing special to him because he's always done it since being a child. His sister sings like an angel. They are like touched by God that way. It's really nice.

    I wish your parents were still here, too. Glad you are here, though!
    2064 days ago
    A sound track for our lives. I like that! We have always been able to remember when and where we were stationed when we hear songs play. It's time travel for us when we hear some of the oldies and some not so old. Thanks for sharing such a nice way to think about the "music in me".
    2064 days ago
    Wow, I have liked all your blogs, but I think this is the most beautiful one you've written. Beautiful story, beautifully told.
    2064 days ago
    Music, yup, I agree with everything you've said, it is the soundtrack to our lives and sort of like art I feel it is human emotion externalised, made corporeal (unless it's one direction, in which case it's just dross emoticon ) which is why so many of us can't live without it. I worked for a spell as a music therapy assistant in a psych hospital and it was and remains the best 'job' I've ever had.

    I wanna share this video as I saw it some time ago and don't know if you've seen it but it sure reminds me of the power of music. Music *is* life. Sorry don't know how to make it clicky in comments!!

    I'm glad they gave you that gift, had no idea your parents weren't around. emoticon
    2065 days ago
    What a moving blog! It made me laugh, it made me cry. Beautiful!
    2066 days ago
  • GHK1962
    Comment in list format!!!

    1) While you have a treble clef tattoo on your ankle ... and TWESTEN1 considers herself a music guru, I will have to point out that, "Teenage Wasteland," is really not the title of that particular song, and is really titled, "Baba O'Reily."

    +1,000 pts for Greg for the correct title
    -2,000 pts for Greg for being a snot

    = -1,000 pts. rats.

    2) My first 45 I believe was, "The Pokey Little Puppy." But if you're talking about a music 45 ... I don't quite know, but I do remember having the theme to a Bruce Lee movie. (Sad I know.)

    3) My mom used to have to hide her Everly Brother's LP behind her dresser so my grandfather did not know she had it. I guess back then, the Everly's were too shocking?

    4) Stevie Nicks and Carly Simon both rock ... but not as much as Ann and Nancy Wilson ... or Janis.

    5) All that garbage I said above - it's not about the songs right? But what they represent. What you got ffrom all those friends/foes, lovers/douchebags, and those that have been and are no longer in your life - the gift of music and how they make you feel.

    Good blog Dino Spark.
    2067 days ago
    First time I've seen the word "douchebag" on SP. Nice, and very descriptive. We must know some of the same people.

    I like music too, anything good. Anything at all. And I listen to records (not cds since I don't have any). I come from a very musical family. I played music professionally in the past. My sister still does. We were very lucky to have parents who insisted we each learn to play three instruments, starting with the violin at the age of three. I love this about my parents too, that they made a huge effort to help us to understand and appreciate different types of music. They knew that music provides a constant source of comfort and pleasure, and they passed that appreciation on to the four of us kids. My sisters and brother are raising their children to love music too. I tried to instil a love of music in my cat, but every time I sing to her (usually some Cole Porter tunes) she heads straight for the litter-box.

    My first 45 was Michael Jackson singing "Ben." I was 4 or 5 and I played it non-stop. Found out about the actual movie much later. Hated the movie, still love the song. His voice at that age gives me chills.


    2067 days ago
    I could not exist without music.

    First song I remember was Argent's "hold your head up"... I was 2 and would dance around the living room to it. My dad started making mixed tapes a gazillion years ago and they were mixed! Most of the family hated them bc they were so varied - that's why I loved them.

    Music is balm to a hurt soul, joy to a happy heart, a beat to get the body moving, a kiss to get you in the mood, a force when you need to let out some anger, a caress when you simply need a touch. Yeah, it's definitely a gift & I'm glad your parents gave it to you too!
    2067 days ago

    Hearing a favorite song from my past always brings up memories of where I was or what I was doing when I first heard it.

    2067 days ago

    I love music too.

    When I was a teenager it was the Monkees when I was in my twenties it was Santana and Earth Wind and FIre, in my thirties there was Fleetwood Mac and Prince, in my forties I had a thing for the classics and now in my fifties I love world music. I can understand your Grandmother and her Japanese music, I love Chinese, Peruvian and Native American music.

    When I hear a guitar riff from certain songs I go back to a special time in my life, Jimi Hendrix and All Along the Watchtower, Rolling Stones and Gimme Shelter, Deep Purple and Smoke on the Water, I could go on for ages and go back in time even more emoticon

    2067 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/11/2014 2:53:47 AM
  • _BABE_
    I love how a song can transport you to a time and place...instantly.

    I will always remember helping my brother carpet the basement with some outdated 2 foot sample squares one winter. The local carpet store sold them to him for a song ( get it) as he wanted to make the basement a more livable pad.

    Anyway I digress as well.

    Labelle came on the radio singing Lady Marmalade ....well not having any knowledge of French at the time "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?
    Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?" kept me hostage in the basement helping him before he would tell me what the lyrics meant..... emoticon

    2067 days ago
    I am very apt to hear someone say something, and I turn it into a line from a song and my head starts going with the song. emoticon

    I told my co-workers, "when I lose my mind, remember I like 70's & 80's music" (Studies have shown people respond best to music they like)
    2067 days ago
  • GINGKO711
    "I call it a meeting, but we were really sitting around making ornaments for a party listening to Pandora."
    That is a great line!

    2067 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    As someone told me keep living. Having the gift of music is a gift within itself. Don't let it stop with you emoticon emoticon emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2067 days ago
    Good for you
    2067 days ago
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