Hello dollies…thanks for joining me for this month’s Where Bloggers Live 10.2021: Do-Re-ME. Can you tell from the sing-songy title of this post what today’s prompt might be? Yup, you’re right…my favorite music. Get it? Do-Re-Me, not mi but ME as in my favorite music. Welcome back to those of you who stop by regularly for a few minutes here with me. And for those who are new, the Where Bloggers Live series is kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! Last month’s episode had us sharing all the places we’ve lived. If you missed my post, you can check it out, here.
Soooo, I am having blogging issues. This post should have gone live with those of my sweet Where Bloggers Live girlfriends, but my blog is not cooperating at all. I am unable to see my HTML and I am having issues adding any pictures or graphics. Struggling to edit at all. Had most of the post written when the problems came up. Just wanted to go back in to add images and some songs from YouTube. Apparently, that ain’t gonna happen. So, here it is, such as it is, a day late.
WHERE BLOGGERS LIVE 10.2021: Do-Re-ME
My relationship with music has run hot and cold most of my life. I grew up on a hearty diet of classical music and sound tracks from Broadway musicals. When other kids were listening to music on the radio, I was playing “Oklahoma” and “West Side Story” and “My Fair Lady” on vinyl.
Finally, when I was in 6th grade, I asked for an AM/FM clock radio so I could set my own alarm for school each morning. Felt so grown up when I got it and could wake up to music. For a long time I only listened to AM radio – easy-listening AKA elevator music – because only ‘druggies’ listened to rock on the FM stations. And I was certainly no druggie.
My Own Boom Box
As a freshman in high school, I saved my $1 a week allowance and little bit of babysitting money for what seemed like forever. Until I could afford to buy a sound system. Not just any old stereo but one with an AM/FM radio, 8-track tape player, turntable and two detachable speakers from none other than Sears & Roebuck. Sears being the ultimate place to shop for quality home stereo components.
Oh, the hours of pleasure I derived from that sound system. Alone in my bedroom. Listening to the Carpenters, John Denver, Carole King, Carly Simon, James Taylor on vinyl. Over and over and over. Placing a penny on the arm of the phonograph to help the needle glide over the occasional scratches on my most played records. Buying my stereo was probably the first big purchase I ever made and it was worth every penny. And at some point, I decided FM radio wasn’t as diabolical as I originally thought and succumbed to listening to soft rock on the FM air waves.
A Song for Everyone
I have always had a songs that I associate with special people or special times in my life. They might not be my favorite songs but because they represent people I love or a time in my life, the songs are especially meaningful, if not favorites. Would love to share the YouTube videos here with you for each of these but my blog won’t allow me to embed them today. Sooooo, here are some songs for my loved ones and links to them on YouTube, should you care to listen.
Any piece of classical music. I wish I could remember specifics but I didn’t pay attention to the names of the music or the composers.
My Sister Valerie
For I don’t know how long, my sister thought the ’70s song “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone was “The Family of Bears.” So, whenever I hear that song, I giggle and think of my sister. But I also think of her when I hear songs about angels. Songs like “Angel” by Sarah Maclachlan and Not a Day Goes By by Lonestar.
My Brother Kevin
When my baby brother was a teen, he was quite the dancer and could imitate about any singer. Kevin really liked Prince and especially “When Doves Cry.” He would climb up on the coffee table and do his best Prince while belting out the lyrics to that song. Good times.
My Daughter Brennyn
The first song I associate with my oldest baby girl was one I danced to for 9 months while pregnant with her. “Gypsy” by Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. I was delighted to be pregnant with my sweet first baby. Other songs that remind me of Brennyn include “I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis, “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer, and the country song “What Was I Thinking?” by Dierks Bentley. She is also songs Alanis Morissette for me. Most of the songs I associate with Brennyn are from her slightly tumultuous teen years.
My Daughter Lauren
The songs I associate with my youngest daughter Lauren reflect her life as a young mother. Two of them share a similar title. “American Girl” by Trisha Yearwood and Carrie Underwood’s “All American Girl.” Lauren has a quiet spiritual side that I glimpse now and then. Alison Krauss’s “Down To The River To Pray” and “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood reflect that.
My Prince Charming Paul
Any song that mentions baseball automatically reminds me of my sweet prince. But he loves Alison Krauss and Boston so much, too. PC says his walk-up song for baseball would be Boston’s “More Than a Feeling“. He has had a pretty fortunate life in a lot of ways so the song “The Lucky One“ by Alison Krauss is probably my favorite song for him. We listened to it together on one of our first dates, driving around the backroads of far northeast El Paso with the radio cranked high. As I type this, he is laying beside me singing the song as it plays on YouTube. He absolutely loved and adored his paternal grandfather and the song “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley reflects that love.
My Favorite Songs
So, there are some songs I associate with family I love so dearly. But you might be wondering what songs are my favorites? Well, any of the ones above because they warm my heart with sweet, sweet memories.
I also love most ’90s country songs…Carrie, Alison, the sometimes unpopular Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson. Love Journey and Foreigner, the Cars. And all things Dan Fogelberg and Harry Chapin. Of Carole King, James Taylor and Carly. As I have often mentioned here, the theme song of my adult, single-mom, 2-3 jobs-working days will always be Carly’s “Coming Around Again.” And all things John Denver.
Have had to go back in and try to rewrite this post over and over because of all the issues I am having with WordPress. It slays me how one day all can be right in my blogging world and **blink** and all of a sudden nothing works right. Absolutely frustrating and ever-so-maddening. Hope you have stopped by to enjoy the blogs of my friends. But if not, grab my hand and we can go visit them together.
I have a wonderful life. I am so blessed. But it took a lot of stumbling and hard knocks to get here. The lyrics from Rascal Flatt’s “Bless the Broken Road” speak to that so well.
“Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart, they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
Thank you, sweet Where Bloggers Live friends for putting up with my butt. Thank you, friends, for finding something here that brings you back to visit now and then.
Hugs and kisses,