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9th-May-2005 12:16 am
For as long as I can remember, I've been a huge fan of music. There was always music playing in my house, in the car, everywhere. We had stereo systems in the livingrooms of every house I ever lived in. There were radios in the bathrooms, bedrooms, and always one in the kitchen. The music I grew up on is the music I still listen to when I need to fill something, some empty space I run across in my heart or in my mind that demands it.

Part 1
  • Allman Brothers Band - Midnight Rider
  • America - Sister Golden Hair
  • Aretha Franklin - Son Of A Preacher Man
  • Billy Joel - Only The Good Die Young
  • Bread - Everything I Own
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Music is sacred to me. That is part of the reason I can barely stand to listen to the majority of the crap that is currently played on radio and MTV - it spits in the face of music that was made as an extension of an artist's soul, something meaningful and honest and meant to be original. It is also why I hate rap/hip-hop music in its entirety, as it is all (in one respect or another) a rip off of someone else and says nothing of any merit or value to me.

Part 2
  • Climax Blues Band - I Love You
  • Champaign - How 'Bout Us
  • Christopher Cross - Sailing
  • Brenton Wood - Gimme Little Sign
  • Dan Fogelberg - Leader Of The Band
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Everyone has music that reminds them of their childhood, and I like to think it is some of the most healing music there is. Even music that you might not have liked as a child, once revisited as an adult, can be some of the most amazing, touching stuff you'll ever hear. It is difficult for me to hear any of these songs and not sing along with them, imagining I'm just a little boy again and I'm in the kitchen with my mama helping cook dinner or playing under the table with toys.

Part 3
  • Elton John - Rocketman
  • Emmylou Harris - Luxury Liner
  • Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
  • Jackson Browne - Tender Is The Night
  • Jim Croce - Operator
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Many of these songs I associate with roadtrips, as we spent a lot of time on the road in the summers of my boyhood. Oftentimes my father would make mix tapes for our family vacations, which is where I learned what a wonderful gift such things were. Some of these songs I associate with sitting in my Daddy's lap behind the wheel, pretending I'm driving and being petulant because I am only a child and not quite as grown as I wished I were. Some of these songs remind me of driving on long, black stretches of road at night, in the backseat of the car and watching the moon through the window as it chased us down the highway.

Part 4
  • Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
  • Journey - Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
  • Jr. Walker & The All Stars - Shotgun
  • Kansas - Dust In The Wind
  • Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good
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I loved spending time in my oldest brother's room when he'd let me. He had a huge stereo system and hundreds of albums and he would play new music for me. I'd listen intently while laying on the floor by the speakers, pretending I could read the liner notes and imagining what the album cover art meant. I remember several that I was completely entranced by, album covers like Kansas' Point Of Know Return, Queen's News Of The World (which always scared the shit out of me), and Styx's The Grand Illusion.

Part 5
  • Little River Band - Lady
  • Otis Redding - The Happy Song (Dum Dum)
  • Otis Redding & Cara Thomas - Tramp
  • Ray Charles - A Song For You
  • Raydio - You Can't Change That
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I have many happy memories of my childhood that I associate with this music. In more ways than I can describe, I am a product of this music, and of much much more than can be posted here. I feel it under my skin as naturally a part of me as my blood and bones are.

Part 6
  • Roberta Flack - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
  • Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer
  • Stevie Wonder - As
  • Supertramp - The Logical Song
  • The Brothers Johnson - I'll Be Good To You
  • The Carpenters - Superstar
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One of the coolest things that has ever happened to me happened when I was about 22 years old. I was living in Atlanta and it was a spring day not unlike today was, and I had all of my windows rolled down. I was on my way home from work, and I had to stop at a red light at the corner of Peachtree and Lindbergh. There was some kind of construction going on, so everyone stopped there was confined for a few minutes. I remembered that in my backpack (I've always carried one, still do) I had an old mixed tape that had no label on it, something I'd found in a box in my parent's attic on a visit home or something. I put the tape in my stereo, and out came the initial 4 drum beats of The Four Tops' "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'". I turned up the volume as high as I could before it became distorted, began seat-dancing and singing as loudly as I could. I looked over to my right, and there was an older black lady waiting at the bus stop, singing along with me and smiling. To my left, there was a lady in her car doing essentially the same thing I was doing. She yelled over to me, asking what radio station I was listening to and I told her it was a tape I'd made a long time ago, but that I was heading to Tower Records to get new CD's. Within a short time, the traffic resumed it's deadly pace that is the curse of Atlanta streets, and I made my way up to Lenox Square (where Tower's first location was) and went in to buy myself some "Best Of Soul" CD's. I barely made it into the R&B section when up comes the woman in the car next to me, looking for the same. We laughed and talked about our favorite songs from when we grew up, then went to the checkout together. She walked with me out to the parking lot, and she started to leave when I asked her to wait for a minute. I ran to my car, popped the mixed tape out of the stereo, and took it to her. I remember telling her I had no idea what else was on it, but I wanted her to have it anyway. She hugged me, something strangers in big cities rarely do, and I hugged her back and then drove to my apartment, completely elated.

Part 7
  • The Commodores - Easy
  • The Four Tops - Baby, I Need Your Lovin'
  • The Judds - Why Not Me
  • The Manhattans - Shining Star
  • The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want
  • Toto - Africa
  • Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
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This is some of the music I grew up on, that many of us grew up on. If you've lost touch with it or have never be aquainted with it in the first place, now is your chance to get reacquainted or introduced. I hope I can inspire others who come across this stuff to recall what they grew up listening to and to do the same thing I've done.
9th-May-2005 04:32 am (UTC)
you have EXCELLENT taste in music, my friend. :)

i will admit that i listen to a lot of "meaningless" music like rap, but i listen to a lot of "good" music as well. ;) the carpenters, simon and garfunkel, journey, america, and billy joel are among my favorite artists of all-time... so i wanted to thank you for posting this... it definitely made me smile. music is a part of my life that i could not live without.
9th-May-2005 11:46 am (UTC)
I'm glad you think so.

You're quite welcome, and I agree.
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9th-May-2005 11:46 am (UTC)
Excellent; you're very welcome.
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9th-May-2005 11:47 am (UTC)
I fully concur!
9th-May-2005 05:59 am (UTC)
I somehow don't think you are old enough to have liked a lot of that growing up, but ok.

Great post, I really enjoyed reading it a lot. I also grew up with music as the center piece of my home and my youth. Your post reminded me of a piece I wrote called "time machine" where I talked about how hearing those old songs can take you back to those feelings you had way back when. ANyway, very touching entry. And Thank you for the music.
9th-May-2005 11:48 am (UTC)
I am, and a lot of it is my parent's influence.

Good - I'm glad. You're very welcome.
9th-May-2005 08:48 am (UTC)
So many of these are landmark songs of my growing up years. Thanks!
9th-May-2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Exactly, and you're very welcome!
9th-May-2005 10:38 am (UTC)
It's impossible for me to see a download containing The Carpenters and *not* download it :P
9th-May-2005 11:49 am (UTC)
I'm picky about my Carpenters stuff, though - but more or less, I agree.
9th-May-2005 11:26 am (UTC)
Thanks it was like getting shot back to my childhood where most of the same stuff was playing. My parents always told me they believeed in giving their children a "classical" education when it came to music.
9th-May-2005 11:50 am (UTC)
Welcome! My father listens to a lot of classical, which I can appreciate as well, but not like old 60's & 70's R&B, Funk, & Soul.
9th-May-2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Dag gone it
i'm reading this first thing monday morning at work (productive as usual)
why did it bring tears to my eyes?
looking at some of the songs, I am flooded with memories from roadtrips with my parents
throw in some bad engelbert humperdink and I am back in the babyshit brown Ford Maverick, driving to a picnic in the mountains

oooh..or Charlie Rich
"Hey. If you happen to see the most beautiful girl that walked out on me. Tell her I'm sorry.
Tell her I need my baby.

Oh, won't you tell her that I love her."
9th-May-2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
"...and if you did, was she cryin', cryin'..."

Yeah - make it either my Daddy's '65 Mustang or my Mama's Buick Riviera, and make the some other choices like Ronnie Milsap (Smoky Mountain Rain almost made this list), Freddie Fender, or Slim Whitman, and I'm headed to those same mountains.
9th-May-2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
wow I am shocked you are pretty young to know this stuff some of my favorites are in there
9th-May-2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh please - you're only 5 years older than me!
9th-May-2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
i had planned on making a 'love of music' post about two weeks ago, and i've been mapping it out in my head since.. looks like you beat me to it :/ i'll probably do it anyway, though.. especially since i grew up on totally different music.. well, alot of it's the same, actually.. eh.. nevermind.. love the post, though..
9th-May-2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see your childhood soundtrack!
9th-May-2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Great post. I love talking about music. I do a semi-monthly music chart now. My Soundtrack songs start in 1971 when I first started to listening to music.
Off the top of my head mine are:
The first 3 Partridge Family albums.
Carpenters - We've only just begun
Climax - Precious and Few
The Beatles - Long and Winding Road
Chicago - Hard Habit to Break
Spandau Ballet - True
Yoko Ono - Walking on Thin Ice
Bruce Springsteen - Jungleland
turn It On Again - Genesis
She's Like the Wind - Patrick Swayze
I Wonder - Abba
Iccing on the Cake - Stephen Duffy
Act feat Claudia Brucken - Absolute Immune
Machine Head - Bush....man I could post about 50 more songs. I will probably have to post my own.
9th-May-2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
I love that Climax song, I was planning on putting Chicago on the forthcoming Part II of this post.
9th-May-2005 03:59 pm (UTC) - All I Need is Loving You and Music Music Music...
I am pretty open about things, but I am guarded when it comes to talking about music I love. It rests that close to my heart. I feel vulnerable when I talk about music that means so much to me. It's hard to explain. I don't want to hear any slagging of the things I hold that close. Music means air to me. If I am in the car, listening to a sweet piece of music, and an argument erupts in the car, I turn the song off straight away because I do not want the song soiled with any memory of a fight or a bad incident in the car. God forbid someone spoils my vibe while listening to Cat Stevens' "Father and Son." Woe betide the person who starts a conversation - or an argument - during Queen's "Somebody to Love." If you wish to sing along, fine. Other than that, SHUT IT!

I miss album art . You just don't get the same thrill seeing a picture on a CD cover. When my band recorded a CD, I painted the CD cover. I wanted something interesting to look at. I doodled all around my lyrics to give people something to look at on the inside. But I missed the size and scope of the album. News of the World... Ahhh... I remember practicing drawing that Queen crest/logo for DAYS until got it right. I miss album art... :C

My all-time favorite band is Queen. When I was a snotty-nosed punk in the '80's, and an artsy-fartsy literature/art college student in the '90's, I never stopped loving them, or Frank Sinatra. I wouldn't let my punk friends in on those two absolute loves of my life because, let's face it, they didn't DESERVE to know.

Thanks so much for sharing your loves with us!
9th-May-2005 04:07 pm (UTC) - Re: All I Need is Loving You and Music Music Music...
You've just illustrated everything I've been feeling about this music, thanks for that!
9th-May-2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
Er... Or is that all I WANT???
9th-May-2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
You managed to tell the memory so well I felt like I was in it...
Thanks for sharing that, to me those moments are what makes life worth living. That random shared experience, that random(or not so random) kindness...yeah.
11th-May-2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
I just realized something

Where's the Barry ...nope...not White

come on ..you kno whe's in there somewhere...

I write the songs that make the whole world sing
I write the songs of love and spe-eh-shull thing ings...
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