I finally caught up reading all my favorite blogs late last night, and three separate bloggers put out the NPR You Are What You Hear challenge. I was then put to the test.
I wasn’t sure I could find a definitive list at first, but late last night, as I was reading, I realized that I did indeed have definitive music. Songs that went to the very core of who I was, who I am, and finally, who I hope to be.
Did I read too much into the list? Of course I did, I’m an over-thinking zealot writer.
It’s kinda what we do.
So here’s the list as NPR published it.
The categories, in the form of questions, are:
- What was the first song you ever bought?
- What song always gets you dancing?
- What song takes you back to your childhood?
- What is your perfect love song?
- What song would you want at your funeral?
- Time for an encore. One last song that makes you, you.
The First Song I Ever Bought.
It was 1966, and I bought this 45 rpm from the Five and Dime in Cambridge, MN. I had saved my birthday money and had a whole whopping dollar, and I think it cost me about 50 cents.
Tommy Roe and Sweet Pea. I still absolutely love this song.
What Song Gets Me Dancing.
I would dance to anything when I was younger (minus disco). As I got older, I danced less and sighed more, but occasionally would grab my young son and make him shake it like Polaroid picture.
I’m amazed sometimes he still speaks to me.
My love for dancing waned a bit, but then a few years ago I had two wonderful 20 somethings working for me, and we discovered this YouTube video. When no one was watching, we danced and danced with Stephen Colbert. Even today, when I hear this song I think of Lindsay and Emily and Stephen. It’s this song, but with this video.
I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by The Scissor Sisters
What Song Takes Me Back To My Childhood
I’ve written about my father many times. He was a musician, a father, a husband, and, in my mind, bigger than life.
I can’t explain why he taught me this song, but he did. I sang harmony with him, and people thought it was adorable. I think he and my mother were going through a “she could be the next Shirley Temple” phase. At the time, by hair was very blonde and my mother would spend hours fixing it into ringlets. To her great dismay, my hair darkened as I got older. I think it broke her heart. My father, however, still sang this song with me.
My father’s and my great duet:
Tiny Bubbles, sorry Don Ho, this is my favorite version.
What’s My Perfect Love Song
I have posted this song before on the blog, but never this version.
It is sung so perfectly by Edie Adams. It’s simplicity says it all. If it’s a true love song you’re looking for to woo the girl gentlemen, these words say everything. Speaking strictly to the men who read this; play this for her, or better yet sing it to her, and if she has any romance in her you will probably become as “lucky” a man as you can be. Trust me dudes……
That’s All, Edie Adams
The Song I Want Played At My Funeral
This was the easiest one for me to pick because I had already decided on it. A simple memorial service with lots of great music, drink, and food. I want a celebration as I go to the other side, and Stevie will get me there. This song is one of his finest, in my opinion.
As. Stevie Wonder
A Song That Makes Me Me
It doesn’t exist.
However, I do know of a song that says what I’m not, and I would like to share that one in this category.
I Am Not That, Michael Nesmith
So I come to the end of this musical challenge. It’s interesting to note that when I talked to son about this today, his take was different. He couldn’t understand the idea of noting just a song. He defines himself by albums, not songs, and he feels most of his generation would agree with him. I found it fascinating that he felt so strongly about the album. The whole concept, not just a part of the whole.
So I put it out there for you, what do you think?
I will now ponder 6 albums.