I love blogging. I love music. It therefore stands to reason I love blogging about music.
I've been listening to a lot of music recently and after hearing a song that remind me of being a child I wondered about the type of musical memories I might be creating for my own children. My son isn't the slightest bit interested in music but my daughter loves it. Her current favourites are Jessie J's "Price Tag" and Bruno Mars "Marry You", undoubtedly influenced by me, but in the past she's loved Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings and Girls Aloud. She's a proper pop queen. I wonder what she'll remember of these when she is older?
I've always loved listening to music and from a very early age, probably around the age of 3, my dad used to record Top of the Pops for me. He'd then edit the recording to save purely the songs I loved onto video tape. I believe he still has these after they were transferred over from Betamax to VHS. Of course we have nothing to play them on anymore... Because I listened to so much music as a child, certain songs really make me feel nostalgic and take me back to a time and place long, long ago. (Okay, circa 1984). They evoke all kinds of memories, bringing long forgotten sounds, tastes and smells to the forefront of my mind and I wonder if the music of today will do the same for my little girl.
In the interests of embarrassing myself further with my criminally bad taste in music, I thought I'd share the Top 5 tracks of my early years.
Phil Collins & Phil Bailey - Easy Lover. I think I remember this one so well because my mum used to like the video with Phil Collins mucking about. This song is guaranteed to get me dancing.
Sister Sledge - Frankie. Possibly one of my favourite songs of all time. I even had a dance routine to go with this which I possibly stole of Top of The Pops. Wonder if it's knocking around on YouTube anywhere... I also sang this on karaoke (badly) at a Telecentral roadshow in the middle of a shopping centre back in 1996. EDITED: STOP PRESS I only found the actual Top of the Pops performance....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HThtFKSQikM I wanted to be that woman in the black leather dress
Lionel Richie - Hello. Clearly one of the best ever love songs...with the best video and a nice storyline! Lets ignore the fact that in the light of day, Lionel comes across as a bit of a stalker. I loved this as a kid. I think I may have tried to learn it on the Casio keyboard.
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson - Say Say Say. I possibly remember this so well as I think I bought my mum a 7" of this for Mothers Day. I'm sure she still has it, again, with nothing to play it on.
Laura Brannigan - Self Control. My dad listened to this, a lot. I therefore listened to it a lot. I still love it, and lets face it Laura Brannigan was a fantastic performer.
I'd like to point out, I also very clearly remember the videos to these songs, too clearly perhaps. The dialogue from "Hello" will be permanently etched in my mind forever. I can't listen to it without launching into the whole "I've wanted you to see it so many times..." speech.
I actually could go on and on. 99 Red Ballons, Pipes of Peace, There Must Be An Angel, Time After Time and this iconic Madonna performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPlRkHyu05M&feature=related I watched that concert over and over until I was about 16. Wonder if you can get it on DVD because it was a-mazing. When I made my First Holy Communion I thought I WAS Madonna.
As I love music so much and I am such a nosey bugger, I'd love to hear what songs, if any, remind you of being around 5 years old. Do share here or blog about it and let me know!
Mrs M x
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