Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Music Blog

I've experienced an influx of readers this week in large part due to the Reunion blogs I posted. Thank you to all who read and commented this week, especially those who didn't attend high school with me, and those of you who read some archived blogs. If you are new to this format Friday is a great day to hang around. Friday Music Blogs (FMB) are interactive and are reliant on reader responses. I throw out a musical topic and the reader responds with his/her favorite music, songs, albums, artists, or pieces to fit the topic. There are no right or wrong answers so please leave your selections below!

Today's topic centers around the five (or ten or twenty, etc.) pieces of music that solidified you as a music fan. These works can range from your earliest memories of children's music to your first experience with rock, country, metal, show tunes, or classical music. The music can be spread out over your lifetime, but list each and every song that has a grip on you and made you the music lover you are today.

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Have a great weekend everybody and thank you so much for your continued support!


  1. Back in Black - AC/DC
    Gigue Fugue in Gm - JS Bach
    Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Theme for the Common Man - Copeland
    The Birth of the Blues - Ray Henderson

  2. Thanks, Racer. I always love learning new things about you!

    Here are mine:
    The Sound of Music soundtrack with Julie Andrews
    The Wizard of Oz soundtrack with Judy Garland
    Grease soundtrack with Olivia Newton John & John Travolta
    Annie soundtrack with Andrea McCardle
    Evita soundtrack with Patti Lupone
    Physical album by Olivia Newton John
    Thriller by Michael Jackson
    Arena by Duran Duran
    Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
    Barry Manilow Greatest Hits
    Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell album
    Billy Joel - everything
    Les Miserables soundtrack
    Rent soundtrack

    Obviously my choices are heavily dredged in Broadway or movie soundtracks, but I don't make any apologies for that! There are more but I have to catch my son's bus...

    I hope to read more responses when I return!

  3. YIKES! This is a hard one!

    Sesame Street Fever- Sesame Street
    The album that spoofed Saturday Night Live. With classics such as "C is for Cookie", "Doin' the Pigeon" and "Rubber Duck (You're the One)"

    Jesse's Girl- Rick Springfield.
    If I remember correctly the "Working Class Dog" album was my first "big person" LP.

    Thriller- Michael Jackson
    The album and video changed the world of music as we know it. Including myself. Although, I think the album would have been better without "She's Out of My Life" (darn- i didn't think of this one for the rowdy fmb).

    You Give Love A Bad Name- Bon Jovi
    Introduced me to hair bands, and "hard rock". I never totally got into the whole heavy metal genre, but there are songs that grace my ipod music library...

    Push It- Salt N Pepa'
    This song was mainstream but not all at the same time. My introduction to rap/hip hop, bumping & grinding, and cars that go boom. It was also the first music that I really didn't share with my parents. ;)

    Friends In Low Places- Garth Brooks
    While "Shameless" by Garth Brooks is my #2 favorite song ever, this was my introduction to country- that I liked! It proved to me that it wasn't just all country & western, steel gee-tars and tales of tears in beer and dogs. Oddly enough, "Shameless" is steel guitar! (Listening to "Shameless" right NOW!)

    Shout to the Lord- Various Artists
    I claimed this song when I rededicated my life to the Lord. Its lyrics move my spirit. While I was listening to Christian music long before this song- the music was "mainstream" type music. This is considered Praise and Worship- I really didn't listen to P&W until this song.

    I hope I understood this week's assignment correctly! ;)

    Have a great weekend Chief!

  4. Great stuff, Jules! It was *perfect*!

    Wasn't "Shameless" written by Billy Joel? Just checking - I love that song, too. But I'm only familiar with BJ's version and I adore him!

    Happy weekend to you, too!

  5. Whew!
    Yes, "Shameless" was written by Billy Joel. :)

  6. I need to add the soundtrack of Pippin - originally the one by the 1984 Montville Township High School cast, but also the cast of the Papermill Playhouse I saw in the 1990s.

  7. My mother passed down to me a 78RPM, original Broadway Cast, 8 record collection, of 'South Pacific' with autographs of Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and everyone else who's name is on the album cover. My music interest goes from this, to the Allman Brothers, to Frank Zappa... (A to Z)

    In Memory Of Elisabeth Reed... Allman Brothers
    Steely Dan... Go ahead, name a song, I'm with you
    Sound Of Music... Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer... (My Mother had such a crush on C. Plummer....)
    Europe '72... Grateful Dead
    House On Pooh Corner... ? I forget his name
    Jackson Browne ... Running On Empty Album
    Eric Clapton... The list would be too long....
    Bob Seger
    The Band
    Fleetwood Mack
    David Bromberg
    The Outlaws
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Marshal Tucker
    Charlie Daniels
    All their song would be to many to name.

  8. Oh my goodness, Grumpa, when are you coming over to hang out, eat, and listen to music?! We have very similar tastes!
    I, too, have a HUGE crush on Christopher Plummer! House on Pooh Corner is Kenny Loggins. I adore Steely Dan. Running on Empty is another fave. We'd definitely have a great time together :-)

  9. The 1984 cast of Pippin???? OMG I think we gave stalking its definition :) Memories!!!!

  10. Karen, YES!!!! We were stalkers for sure! I told KP about that during our freshmen year and she and the seniors (who were freshmen for that show) totally remembered the stories of those episodes! We were famous...or infamous rather! I'm still proud of that!!! ;-) So great to have you here to recall that!!!

  11. OK, I'll try to be quick. I was always a music fan I think. Of course, when I was a kid my Mom and Dad used to listed to the soundtrack to Jesus Christ Superstar. At the time I thought it sucked. Now I like it and appreciate the story being told. I'm not a rabid fan, but I DO like it!

    Top five that I can think of at this time (not necc. in chonilogical order, or much order at all).

    One of my first ever records was The Monkees. "I'm gonna buy me a dog" was so funny, and catchy

    The first 45 I bought was Paul McCartney & Wings "With a Little Luck"

    The first album I got as a present was Manfred Mann's "Waiter, there's a yawn in my ear" with the ever-popular "Blinded by the light". I played the heck out of that album.

    I was a big Ted Nugent fan in Jr. High and High school, and the first Nuge album I got was "State of Shock". I used to LOVE the Nuge!

    When my Mom used to go out with her friends and play Bunco or something like that, Dad would crank up the stereo and play Elton John's "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" or Boston's first album. Yeah, you rock, Dad!

  12. J.D., I am so with you on The Monkees, the Wings song, Manfred Mann, and Elton John! You can come hang out with Grumpa and me!