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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Music Binge

I'm up later than I should be. I'm binging on music. I am just sitting with my lap top listening to ALL kinds of stuff. You name it. Running the gammut from Blue Grass to Electronica and back again.

I'm belting it out too. Kids and hubby, thankfully, are fast asleep. Actually I am singing quite loud. I know, how rude of me. But again, praise God, they don't seem to hear me. I started out letting just a few lyrics slip out and gradually worked my up. Now it's on! I've got the sweet cover of How's The World Treating You by Alison Krauss and James Taylor going. After that is anyone's guess. Aretha maybe. Or Sinatra.

It's so strange, my relationship to music. My dad is a businessman by day, overgrown high school rock star guitarist by night (with even better musical skills and personal hygiene) I have grown up drenched in his music. I have always loved music. All kinds. There are seasons of my life when all I did was music. I knew that I could never marry my high school boyfriend because he simply didn't love music the way I did. He wouldn't even let me play my favorite songs on repeat if necessary. He just didn't love it the way I did. Dustin isn't musically inclined per se BUT he enjoys me enjoying it. He gets down with me. He enters whatever crazy place I go willingly. He lets me hit repeat 5 times. He car dances with me and screams all the lyrics with me and the girls. What a man!!! I love that guy!! He sings a mean This Little Light Of Mine complete with Elvis like girations (oh goodness, he just may make me delete that!)

There is a huge emotional connection between music and me. I can't explain it. I hear a song and immediately I am transported back in time to the place when I first discovered it. I can feel the emotions all over again. Some good, some bad, all of them real. Some things, no matter how painful, I don't want to forget. Thay are lessons I've learned. Time has a way of making my memory blurry and taking the edge off some of my past but as soon as I hear an old song. BAM. I remember.

Want some examples? Okay,well you are getting some anyway ;)

The Who: Pinball Wizard- I think I was nursing at my mother's breast when I first heard this song. Certainly my father played it EVERY night. I grew up knowing that I would have to wait until dad finished the entire song before I was to approach him to ask him for ANYTHING. Food... anything. (side note: some friends of ours have the most adorable daughter. She's adopted from Ethiopia and has a small vocabulary. She was walking around saying something they couldn't quite figure out until they saw the commercial for Alltel and realized she was saying "WIZARD!" hehe isn't that the funniest!? I saw the word and it made me think of her. .....snapping back from my detour now...)

The Police: Don't Stand So Close To Me; Okay I might have been around 8 or so. Sting looked alot like my dad so that made him an instant favorite. I would sneak into the TV room at my grandma's house to watch VH1 and see my man dancing around in his graduation gown.

The Guess Who: American Woman (No to any creepy teen who thinks Lenny Kravits is the originator of that one!!) Hmm I have to think. It's possible I was nearing Jr. High here. Dad gave me a cassette and told me to listen to them and I did. An entire weekend with headphones over my ears with my dad's approval was cool with me.

( I am skipping huge chunks of my personal music timeline for your sake people. I could GO on and on and on!)

MXPX: Chick Magnet- This is high school youth group written all over it. Oh the fun of driving in the church van on the way to a house boat retreat singing this over and over again thus ensuring this recollection.

Alison Krauss: Oh Atlanta - I fell in love with this song on the road trip to ATL for the Olympics with my dad and Jan. Oh ,now that was a trip. I'll have to blog about that one day.

Okay I think that's all I have for tonight........ OOOoooo. I just thought of something. I have a song I just heard the other day. It's from the movie Beetlejuice (well, that's where I first heard it anyway) You know the words, sing with me: "come mister tally man, tally me bananas! Daylight come and me wan go home." I just heard that.... like, two days ago flipping through the stations. I had fogotten all about that song. It's so fun!! I caught the tail end of it and and squealed for joy thinking it would be a blast to sing with the kids (they need this kind of musical exposure, hehe) but as it was soon over and I was so sad. I just got it from iTunes!! Tomorrow the girls shall dance with me to it. I may have to make video of that for you.

Delight me by sharing some of your life's musicography with me. PLEASE!! It'll be fun ;) Post a comment here or write a full post at your blog and then comment here to direct us over.


shawn and tisha said...

I'm singing along with you....I remember the beetlejuice song, we loved that when we were kids! Sometimes it still pops into my head. :)

The Montee's said...

this is awesome, Jen! Makes me think about my own music timeline. I will post something on my blog after I get it all gathered. Great idea! :)