Sunday, July 14, 2013

Dear Daughters: My IPod


Dear Daughters:
An important part of your genetic history
is archived,
not in scrapbooks or photo albums but
on my
You have proven a million times over
that you are smart enough and cool enough
to not
place music into generational categories,
thereby ignoring it,
if it is not a product of your generation.

That makes me very proud.
So here is a starter list 
of award winners,
not of the experts,
but from me,
from my IPod.

Best Male Voice……..Michael McDonald
originally of the Doobie Brothers, and to date as a single artist.
I know his hair is white, which may not fit your esthetic, but aside from that,
his covers of Motown are some of my favorites.
And his voice.  Oh my.

Best Intro to a Soul Song…….. Shotgun, Jr. Walker and the All-Stars
I can’t tell you how many times I hit replay on this one.
Even in my 45 record days,
in my lavender bedroom,
in front of the mirror.

Best Male Lead Singer of a Band……..Steve Perry, Journey
His second award should be
Most Recognized Voice.
Don’t Stop Believin makes me want to drive fast.

Best Soul Group/Best Album…….. The Four Tops
The Four Tops Greatest Hits
This album was the soundtrack to
my freshman year at boarding school.

Best British Soul Voice Period…….. Steve Winwood
Do not play Roll With It while driving.
Texting has nothing over dancing while driving.

Best Creative Band……..Fleetwood Mac
Favorite Song……..You Make Lovin Fun

Best Marvin Gaye Dance Song……. Got to Give it Up
Best Marvin Gaye Friendship/ Family Song……..Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Best Song to Get Your Dad to Dance………Taking Care of Business, Randy Bachman
It works every time.
Best Driving to Work Song…….. Start Me Up, The Rolling Stones

Best Soul Sounding Female Country Singer……..Bonnie Raitt
plus from Bonnie Raitt
Best Female Heartbreak Song……..I Can’t Make You Love Me
Best Easy Listening Song……..Nick of Time

Best All -Time Album for The Time It Was Created…….. Tapestry, Carole King

Best 70’s Band…….. Creedence Clearwater Revival

CCR was all about country and soul and protest.
When I hear them now, I think of James Lee Burke novels.
Favorites:  Born on the Bayou, Green River, Fortunate Son.
Proud Mary is just a little too stereotypical CCR for me.
Fortunate Son makes me think of Viet Nam and
the draft.

Ask Dad about his memories of the draft.


Tomorrow I am posting Summer hits 2013.

What are your favorites?


NanaDiana said...

Ahhh...Laura- You just took me on a trip down Memory Lane. I am so thrilled to have come here today. Doncha love Tapestry by Carol King...and Creedence Clearwater Revival...and Bonnie hit it on the head, girl! Hugs- Diana

Unknown said...

All Right Now...Free!

We feel about our 'library' the way you do about your music Laura. One of the most revealing things husband I have are our books...speaks volumes (bad pun) about the two of us. Hubby thinks it's the best thing we can leave our girls.

Lisa said...

Great list Laura! (from a fellow soul sister!)

TexWisGirl said...

Yup, you've opened a can of musical worms now! :) Love all of the above!

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, how I love Motown music!


Pam @ Frippery said...

Smokey is smokin'. My dad's favorite bands were CCR and the Stones, he would have been 83 this year. My kids have wonderfully eclectic musical tastes. I think it comes from easy accessibility. What a great world we live in with so much at our fingertips. I met Bonnie Raitt way back in the stone age when I worked part time in a record store while in college. Remember record stores? Oh what memories music brings!

etphonehome21 said...

It's not on your iPod, but it was in your tape deck when I was a kid - the Top Gun soundtrack. Anytime I hear "Highway to the Danger Zone" I can remember Mr. Harrison flying down the canals to drop us off at school.

Kellie Collis said...

Wonderful play list! Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

Theresa said...

Love your list! Sounds like a CD could be made of all of these and SOLD to friends like ME!

Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Deb said...

now I know why I love your blog so hit it on all the above...I may listen to your blog all day....we are going dancing tonight...will have to remember to request some of these songs....

Olive said...

We used to listen to CCR all the time...must resume right away.

Karen said...

Oh my gosh! I had to stop reading three times so I could dance around my kitchen!! This is better than Curves.

(pause to dance to Creedance Clearwater)

I have decided to record a dozen good dance songs that I will play each morning.

(Ahhhh---- Fleetwood Mac! My fav!!)

Gosh... here comes David to see what is "wrong" with me...

Karen's got her groove back!

Ladybug Creek

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

I've now added a few new 'old' tunes to my playlist! Thanks for the memories! LOVE CCR!

trash talk said...

Yep...definitely soul sisters, although I would challenge you with Delbert McClinton, Heard It Through The Grapevine and John Fogarty for those first three!
Still have my Tapestry album and still listen to it. It'd have to be the sound track for my life.
I bet you can still polish the silver off a belt buckle to a bunch of those.

DeeGeeRN said...

Oh my, swoon.. We must be the same age or era...
I love those songs. Tapestry is an all time favorite. Carole King is timeless.
Thanks for the recall of soooo many memories!!

Sandra said...

Just to add a tidbit from my experience as a lover of many of your favorites - there is a positive correlation to my driving speed and my music selection. So watch out when I'm listening to the O'Jays and we're getting on that "Love Train". Great Post!! :-) xoxo

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Carole King was the first album I asked for for Christmas when I was young. Great list!!

Jayne said...

Grinning here....
Was there any album that defined my early years more than Rumours by Fleetwood Mac?

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Michael McDonald *sign*

Steve Perry *oh my ~ oh my ~ on my*

Such memories!!

Privet and Holly said...

Laura, you've got
me dancing in my chair
and strolling down
memory lane....And what
you say is so true about
the current generation.
My sophomore in HS love
some of the old disco
hits as well as Elvis,
Bono, classical, etc. etc.
I've always thought how
wonderful it must be to
have even ONE hit record;
to be immortalized that way,
entertaining others for
always. Fun post!
xx Suzanne

Made In The South said...

Awww, what a great list. Can you believe I don't have an Ipod, but I think tomorrow I just might have to go pick one up. Love all those great songs!
Thanks for Sharing!
Have a great week.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

OMG! We are twins separated at birth! Your list is tops, woman!

Steve Perry ... I melt (and completely ignore his nose and those tails he always wore). Carole King ... memories of Gerald and his El Camino. CCR .... high school sock hops with my first love.

Thanks for so many memories. And keep rockin' sista!

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Karen said...

Love, love, LOVE this!! You wild woman, you!! Ooops! Your daughters read these posts... So fun. We need to have a listen-to-music-and-drink-adult-beverages-night on our street.
Ladybug Creek

Donnamae said...

Love your playlist...we must be about the same age! And I do agree with you that dancing can be just as dangerous as texting! ;)

Bliss said...

It ain't me.... it ain't me....


Jan Hebert said...

This is a great list of songs - I do believe our generation had the best music! Wish I had an iPod! Would download all of these...

Jan Hebert said...

This is a great list of songs - I do believe our generation had the best music! Wish I had an iPod! Would download all of these...

Entertaining Women said...

We could so share iPods. Cherry Kay

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Great memories. Love the songs and artists you have listed...right there with you.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Miss Laura, I've not been anywhere near blogland lately and decided to drop in! What a great post! Now, how did you know those are my favorites too?? Please keep your wonderful blog going, I get tickled by your thoughts, I love your ideas and all of your treasures!
Love you, sweet friend.

Sharlotte said...

Hi Laura!
I'm glad you're back! I love reading your blog, it's one of my favorites. I like how you write to your daughters...are you planning on turning your blog into a book? I think that would be a neat idea for them, something else they will treasure from you!!!
I loved this post, music transforms, doesn't it? It always takes me back to the exact time...and the great feelings of my youth!
I love the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald has such an amazing,unique voice. I would also add Earth Wind and Fire to my list, reminds me of the carefree days of college! Oh my!!!
Have a great week!
PS...thanks for dropping by my site!

Tiffany {A Touch of Grace} said...

This list makes me smile. And you are right on with Tapestry; my mom used to belt out Carole King when I was a kid. Love her. Music really does span generations.


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