If You were to Choose

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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 2:18pm

A type of music or a group (or Band)that reminded you of the days of your courtship (for whom it is pertinent-of your first and second time 'round)-what would it be?

I'm asking this because last evening, Mike & I sat to watch the DVD of the Beach Boys 50yr Reunion Concert. And before he entered my life-I must confess, I was more a fan of the Beatles & the whole British scene-but Mike was an avid Beach Boys fan. My kids skated to the Beach Boys-he set up the rinks on the lawn (with appropriate hockey markings in fluorescent orange)but also with the 8-track constantly playing the Beach Boys through our living room window. I remember taking DD#1's boyfriend with us somewhere, along with the 5 children we had at the time & the BB's playing & the 3 kids who were ours belting out all the words. The girl who was living with us as an 'unofficial' foster child looking confused, Adam looking happy & Steve not sure where to look. Susan just said to him "Hey-it's the music of my childhood" (he must have decided she was harmless-he married her!)

Last night, Mike knew all the gossip (Mike Love-married 7 times? Really?)-as we sat & bee-bopped on the couch & remembered. The Pugs sat with us-trying to get the popcorn & finally deciding that we might be happy but we weren't about to share-so they went to sleep while we laughed & reminisced. What music do you connect to those days of young love & little responsibility?

Nora

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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 2:47pm

Well for starters, Ian & I would never sit & listen to music together with the exception of maybe Abba if we are both in the right mood. He enjoyed the hard rock groups of the late 60s & early 70s - Black Sabbath, Chicago, Led Zeppelin, etc. which I hated. I was soft rock but most of the time but my friends & I were also listening to the hits from the 50 & 60s as they came back into popularity in my teens for some strange reason. I enjoyed the Carpenters, Oliveria Newton John, and yes I will admit it, Donny & Marie. I went to a 3 Dog Night concert which I enjoyed but it wasn't anything great. The following night I was forced to take my young cousins to see Donny & the Osmonds in concert & let me tell you I was very angry about this.  How uncool for a 17 yrs old! It was definitely an eye opener. Their concert was amazing & I had a great time.

I have always been a fan of Paul Anka which started as he was an Ottawa boy & I was born about 50 miles from Ottawa plus Diana (close enough to Diane) was on of his major hits. Ian & I always felt that "let me get to know you" was our song as the words expressed our feelings for each from the beginning. When I finally got pregnant after 3 yrs of trying & major drugs, Ian surprised me by taking me to concert by Paul Anka knowing he would sing "Having My Baby". I can't say it's a song I really like but the sentimental moment hits when I hear it.

Music is such a universal language & holds so many memories. My Mom chose the words "To know him was to love him" for my Dad's grave stone as she loved the song originally released by the Everly Brothers.

Dee

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 10-28-2013 - 2:48pm

Probably The Eagles and Jackson Browne. As you know, we didn't have a conventional "courtship", we were roommates so I am thinking of the music that we played in the house a lot and both enjoyed. I'm also thinking of a time a few months before we got married, we were driving to somebody's land to gather firewood at the break of dawn on a country highway and as the sun rose we sang "Old 55" and then "Take It Easy". I wonder if Enrique remembers that?

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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 2:56pm

DH & I started going out 31 years ago this week.  The soundtrack to our early days was New Wave & late punk, especially the Clash.

Hearing Modern English singing "I Melt with You" still takes me back to a specific walk down a specific street between my apartment & DH's back in college.

DH was the first person I met who really liked Lou Reed - as in the whole of his work, not just "Walk on the Wild Side" which everyone said they liked, mostly because they could snicker over a certain line.  DH had all his albums, the good and the truly awful.  Lou died yesterday. . . too early, at 71.

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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 10:32pm

What music did we listen to??  What DIDN'T we listen to!  The radio was our constant companion, and it truly WAS the "soundtrack of our lives".  We were as happy listening to Frank, Deano, and Elvis as we were to Motown, heavy metal, Jefferson Airplane or Fleetwood Mac.  We were ParrotHeads before the rest of the world.  We saw Waren Zevon, Tom Jones, Ike and Tina, Pink Floyd, Steppenwolf, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Styx, and of course, Jimmy, (among others) live.  I would STILL die to see Billy Joel, and the Eagles.  About the only music we didn't listen to "back then" was country, and Ed HATED Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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Tue, 10-29-2013 - 10:11am

We didn't meet til we were 29 and 30 ('88) but I'd still go Beatles, Beach Boys, Clapton (dh's idol)...  I was into 80's music (Talking Heads, Modern English, REM, etc.)  but he wasn't.  He likes Motown and a lot of classic rock and I don't care for some of it.  I liked Windham Hill, he called it Boredom Hill.  As we were older not sure we could claim little responsibility!

DH started a radio station in Chicago (his license, at age 14, now it's pretty big - Sabr might know WXRT) so he got to go to a million concerts to record or listen. He got albums on his front porch for them to play on the station early on.  His license put on a station here in St Louis and one in Memphis so he's always been into music.

Sue

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Tue, 10-29-2013 - 12:18pm

OMG!!  We listened to XRT from the BEGINNING.  We grew old together with Terri Hemmert, even tho we were never that excited by the Beatles!!  And MANY of the other DJ's have been with them 20 or more years.  Altho the music has changed somewhat since they were bought by CBS, they still are the the only station that isn't dedicated to "only" one type of music.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 12:56pm

Do you Chicago ladies remember a band called The Freddie Jones Band? I'm pretty sure they were from Chicago. They had a song called Tuesday Morning. There is an independent radio station here that plays rock and pop from all eras. I happened to hear them play that song one day some 15 years ago and loved the guitar riffs...but I think the song came out in the 80s. Does anybody know if they were very popular, did they have more than one "hit"?

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Tue, 10-29-2013 - 3:38pm

Have I got a list of band names for you!  Thanks to Dh who is a bigger fan of music than I am, but whose music I got to love with the albums he bought and played from our dating years and onward, we have a lot of bands/music - too many to say we  have a favourite one.  Now Dh has been buying a lot of DVDs of concerts of these bands.  Permit me to list them.

1) Crosby, Stills and Nash should be on the top of our list - certainly my Dh's and any of their concert DVDs are enjoyable. 

2) The Eagles - We have the "Fairwell Live in Melbourne Tour (2006, I think) which is fabulous.  We were actually surpised at all the songs we recognized since we haven't really listened to their music as much over the years, save for what we've heard on the radio mostly.  This DVD is fun to see and listen to and if you can play the Blu-ray version and great speakers..all the more so!

3) The Bee Gees - The DVD "One Night Only" - Another fun DVD of a concert of theirs - who doesn't love to sing along?

4) Fleetwood Mac - The DVD "The Dance".

5)The Beatles - "The Beatles Anthology set" - great to learn/review their history and their music with lots of interviews with them and film footage of the past and their music played throughout.

6) Paul Simon - the DVD which I believe is titled "Under African Skies -Graceland Documentary"  It involves old film footage of how he got together with musicians in South Africa and the singing group "Lady Black Mambazo" to creat the Graceland album and also new footage of a reunion of these musicians and singers more recently for the 25th anniversary (when this DVD film was made).  We recorded and saved it  from a PBS special onto our cable box but Ray says that it's available from Amazon.ca (or com)..  This is a great DVD - story and music...and oh my doesn't Paul Simon look so young in the old footage and so old in the new one! 

7) Ray is a fan of Pink Floyd - I can appreciate their music but am not a big fan.  He has a recently made DVD featuring the group's guitarist David Gilmour "Live at the Royal Albert Hall". Great guitar playing.

8) Led Zeppelin - A 1973 concert "The Song Remains the Same" - better than the more recently made DVD concert according to Ray.

9) We both enjoy the music of Steely Dan but don't have any concert DVD to recommend.

10) The Rolling Stones...no particular DVD to recommend of them either. 

11) I am a fan of James Taylor  - loved to see some PBS specials but otherwise just like to listen to his music on CD.

Shirley

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Tue, 10-29-2013 - 4:14pm

We still have some of the reel to reel recordings...obviously not used for anything commercial and very dated now but quite entertaining when dh sets up his RTR player (not recently!).  He went to a TON of the Un-Concerts to record.  He left Chicago in '78 when he was almost 19 so it's been a while since he was involved but he loved it.  And yes, he knew Terri.

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Tue, 10-29-2013 - 4:42pm

I left in '81 for grad school and dh left in '78 to come to STL, so no, neither of us do...might've been gone by then.