Music was an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love music. Is there any living being on this earth who says they DON’T like music?! ANY music?!
As a kid my taste for music was strange, considering my age, and where I lived [Sweden]. I liked Johnny Cash when I was five, six years of age. My brother is ten years older than I, so that was the reason — his taste for music rubbed off on me. He always gave me an album for Christmas and birthdays. Burl Ives was another favorite … Willie Nelson … Peter, Paul & Mary … Gordon Lightfoot …this list could go on forever.
Growing up it got a little strange because my taste for music differed a lot from the other ones in my age group. Beatles came about when I was in my early teens. I liked them alright but I appreciate their music much more now than I did then. We had Swedish pop groups too that were in big demand … like Hep Stars and Shanes, just to mention two of them but I was still more of a Country & Western person.
Then there was … Judy Collins … goes and flows like angel hair, like ice cream castles in the air … I still remember the lyrics by heart!
In the mid to late 60’s when all the flower power was going on, the song I remember the best is «If you’re going to San Fransisco». That song is forever associated with the summer of 1968. I was thirteen.
In the WP-challenge, they had this question … ‘If you’re feeling down, what music do you listen to, to cheer you up?’. As soon as I read the question, immediately as song came to mind: «Walking on Sunshine» with Katrina and the Waves.
I think it was the word ‘cheer’ that brought that on … it’s probably the most catchy, cheerful little song I know. Not to say that I necessarily would listen to it were I ever to feel down. I don’t think I’d even listen to cheerful music if I were to feel down — I’d listen to SAD music, and there we have a lot of choose from! «Whiskey Lullabye» with Nichole Krauss and Brad Paisley is so sad so I can’t even listen to it! 🙂
I can’t name a favorite song but there is a tune that always sticks out in my mind. It does something to me … it touches an inner cord … it’s melancholy … it’s Cavatina — the theme from Deer Hunter. Maybe that says something about me … Deer Hunter being one of my favorite movies.
Then there’s always «Four Strong Winds». The very first time I heard the song was with Neil Young, but many artists have recorded it. From the first time, I loved it and I didn’t even know what Alberta was … that it was a province. I thought it was a place.
This is a post that could go on and on … and on — become a review of my whole life. That’s not going to happen, but once I started to make up a play list in YouTube with favourite songs as they came to mind — no particular order. It’s an incredible mix of oldies and goodies … the are a few ones in Swedish. I might add to this list … so that I get at least 100 favourites — it’s in no way complete.