Music plays such a huge part in my life. It's funny that I can correlate just about every age with one or two songs that remind me of something during that time. Here's a glimpse at my age in music:
From newborn to 3: The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Don't know why it was important to know that the spider went up the water spout and in fact, at age 3, I had no idea what a water spout was.)
From 4 - 8: Happy Birthday - It was a song that signaled that the day was a special one. It could be sung off key or with a few added verses like, "Happy birthday to you, you smell like a zoo.." or "How old are you?" Then of course, the song got even longer when the birthday celebratee had to answer back, "I'm 5 years old.." All of this while the candles melted all over the cake.
From 9 - 12 - Oh Happy Day - for my parents benefit. We weren't allowed to listen to anything that wasn't Gospel or Christian related. It was the "law according to Mom and Dad" so that song described my life well. But, also during that time, in the back of select cereal boxes, a free 45 record was given. We snuck and played the Archies, David Cassidy and Michael Jackson's ABC until they literally wore out. Oh! And the song, Mr. Big Stuff (who do you think you are?)…our neighbors would play that over and over. When we were at their house, we'd sing right along and even dance a bit (we weren't allowed to dance either). One day, my mom came to the screen door to tell us to come home for lunch and we didn't see or hear her because we were singing, "Mr. Big Stuff" at the top of our lungs. Talk about being in trouble!!
From 13 - 14 - Atomic Dog, Loving You (Minnie Ripperton), Kool and the Gang, Earth, Wind and Fire, the Commodores…we'd go over to my cousin's house to swim and they'd have the radio blasting. So, thankfully, we got music appreciation from hanging out over there. We just didn't make a habit of singing those songs within ear shot of our parents. Also, Led Zeppelin, the Bee Gees, Kiss…those groups were sung by the kids at school so of course, I knew every word to How Deep Is Your Love. I even pretended to like the Bay City Rollers just because a lot of the other girls did.
From 15 - 16 - Chicago - songs like, If You Leave Now, Saturdays in the Park, John Denver - Rocky Mountain High, Sunshine on my Shoulders, Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill, Elton John, Bennie and the Jets, Daniel, Rod Stewart - Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, Journey, Foreigner.
From 17 - 19 - I listened to just about everything. By then, my parents couldn't "control" my music tastes. I mainly listened to whatever was being played on the radio at the moment. Although, I still loved listening to Gospel and Contemporary Christian music too. I added Prince to my repotoire of music. Also, anything Motown.
From the 20's to now - Throughout the dating years, I listened to groups like Gap Band, Kool and the Gang and Teena Marie. Atlantic Starr, Toni Braxton, Janet Jackson, Toto, and Coldplay, Anita Baker. I began to really love Jazz music as well…Brian Culbertson, George Benson, Euge Groove, Waymon Tisdale. The memories become alive again for me when I go back to those musical eras of my life. When I listen to Earth, Wind and Fire, I'm taken back to long summer nights where my older cousins would have dance contests (while appearing on Soul Train). The song My Girl, reminds me of being in Missouri on vacation where my little cousin used to call me his girlfriend and sing that song to me. For Always, by Atlantic Starr reminds me of when me and my ex were first dating. I just knew it would last forever…not!! Now, Patti LaBelle's song, If Only You Knew reminds me of Boo and I - of the times when we first started dating.
I would love to hear about your life in music. What songs remind you of you?
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