Wednesday, August 25, 2010

15 Albums

My cousin just sent me a 15 Albums meme.

Okay, I'm thinking...

Let's start at the beginning.
My parents got me  little black tape recorder/player when I was 12.
It was accompanied by the latest Association cassette, with the song Cherish featured. You know, "cherish is the word I use to descri- ibe, all the feelings that I have, hiding here for you insi-ide"
While I was wild about the recorder, I wasn't, even then, a fan of soft-pop. As soon as I could save up my babysitting allowance money, I went out and bought Fresh Cream. I had a crush on the wildly red headed drummer,Ginger Baker. " I feeeeeel free!"
Deja Vu soon followed and Niel Young's Harvest, my folks said they thought Harvest was "a little too hippy.,"

During that same time, my parents were buying albums. Carole King"s Tapestry, The Tijuana Brass and Henry Mancini was always playing on the big stereo console as we readied the patio for a big family b.b.q.
1972, a boyfriend gave me Sticky Fingers for my birthday, you know, the one with the pants that unzipped and revealed a tighty whitey clad package!! Tea for the TillermanEvery Picture Tells a Story, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and Summer Breeze was the soundtrack of that summer along with Let's Stay Together and Close to You.
Out of high school, Peter Frampton ALIVE!  Then the great period of California country rock began! All  Linda Rondstadt albums of the time and the Eagles, they count for 5, at least!
College years:
Homesick- listening to Court and Spark
Discovering Jazz- Touch, Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano
and I began my love affair with Steeley Dan.
I could go on and on, don't worry I won't!
What great memories these albums bring back to me! It's funny to think that this music still appeals to my essence. My tastes havent changed much in 40 years. As time goes on, I discover new sounds that I enjoy, none of them particularly "age appropriate". I really enjoy music and like to keep up with what's current. That will be harder once the last kid has left home.
Let me know what music soundtracked your earlier years!


nana_ang_poppaphil said...

OMG!! Your post has brought back some great memories. Crosby,Stills,Nash & Young, Ginger Baker...
Carole Kings Tapestry I knew all those songs off by heart...

Tea for the Tillerman,Cat Stevens who has just done a concert here a few weeks ago, which I sadly missed.

I could go on and on and on and on...

I love music, although I have a dreadful voice. Nothing like the Eagles up full volume while dancing with the vaccum cleaner hose on a Saturday morning.

lifeinredshoes said...

Cathy, reading this post has been like opening a floodgate to my past.
Music, it has always been so influential in my life.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and sometimes Young. Wooden ships on the water...
Neil Youngs Harvest spoke to my heart.
James Taylor, You've Gotta a Friend, even when you felt like you were alone.
Carol King, My Life Has Been a Tapestry of Rich and Varied Hues...

The Beatles, Cat Stevens, The Who, Elton John etc. all played a role in becoming who I am.
I remember listening to The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and feeling so...cutting edge.
Herb Alpert, Whipped Cream and Other Delights, the cover was absolutely scandalous!

Another time, another place, another lifetime.