Tonight is The 50th Annual Grammy's and I find myself reflecting on the music that influenced my life over the years.
I thought I'd sit here and just start listing some songs that come to my mind, that I vividly remember. Another words, I am able to recall what I was wearing, who I was with and how I was feeling whenever I hear that song. They will be in no particular order, just whatever pops in my head as I'm watching the show.
The Supremes- I would sing "Lover's Concerto" with Linda and Iris on our way to school every day. Oh that poor bus driver that endured us singing... "How gentle is the rain, that falls softly on the meadow..." over and over.
Lesley Gore- as a little girl I would sing along with that 45 record "It's my Party" for hours on end!
The Lennon Sisters- I loved the song "Sad Movies" so much that I taught my daughter Miranda the entire song while on our way to Wisconsin when she was barely 3 years old.
Creedence Clearwater Revival- "Lodi" and "Bad Moon Rising" and "Have you ever seen the Rain?". Oh, the memories of those songs.
Cute story. My sister Kathy and her three kids drove from Oklahoma City and Randy and I and our kids drove from Phoenix and we camped at Storrie Lake in New Mexico. We layed in our tents that first night WIDE AWAKE because someone across the lake played the Best of Creedence all night long on a real loud stereo! Oh but what a great bunch of songs we had to endure!
The Carpenters- I was in the 7th grade, at my friend Naomi's party and "Close to You" comes on and I will never forget how that song made me feel. Ever.
Bread- the very first album that I bought with my own money. It was my freshman year, in 1972, I paid $3.98. Loved "Make it with You" and "The Guitar Man". Years later, I married me my very own guitar man!
The Rolling Stones- I would go dancing every weekend in high school and every band would cover my favorite Stones song "Gimme Shelter". Oh and another cover favorite- Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water"!
The Turtles- "Happy Together" and "She'd Rather be with Me". Great group, great songs!
Led Zeppelin- I went to two different Proms my junior year and both had "Stairway to Heaven" as their theme. Umm, what school didn't that year!
Bob Seger- "Against the Wind" is a huge favorite of mine.
Olivia Newton-John- "Have you never been Mellow". Loved her!
The Eagles- the very first song I ever learned on the guitar was "Peaceful Easy Feeling".
Loved The Holly's "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" and Alice Cooper's "Eighteen" and Aerosmith's "Walk this Way"!
Barbra Streisand- I performed a medly of songs from "A Star is Born" for a talent show in 1976 and got 2nd place.
Patti Page- "Tennessee Waltz" still makes me cry.
The Grass Roots- "Midnight Confessions" and "Temptation Eyes" and "Sooner or Later". Oh my gosh, I loved those songs, loved this group!
And I love anything Bruce Hornsby and Marc Cohn ever did.
The show just ended and this list has gone on long enough but I know that I have forgotten many.
*** show highlights***
Oh my gosh, Carol King came on the show and I thought, who doesn't have "Tapestry" in their album collection.
Oh, and didn't you just love what Vince Gill said to Kanya West!!! GO VINCE!! Sorry, but Kanya bugs me.
OK, so I cried as Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli sang "The Prayer". How moving was that!
Thanks for letting me share the music that moves me. That was fun for me. And please feel free to comment with a song or two that defined a moment in your life.