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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Our Family Music


I was raised with good music.
Differing styles and tastes.
But all good music.
Let me tell you about it . . .
When Mom got up in the morning to start breakfast, the first thing she turned on was the radio.
Her music of choice?
Country.
I grew up on the sounds of Jim Reeves, Hank Snow, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr. and The Carter Family, interspersed with the daily beef market prices.
Did you know that the rhythm of nearly all of their music suggested riding a horse?
And that you could wear out the patch of carpet between Dad's armchair and the end table in pretending you were riding?
In perfect time.
Well, you could.
And I did.
I did a lot of riding to music.
When I wasn't actually on a horse.
Dad's music of choice was classical.
Oh, and some nonsense.
We'll go with the classical.
On Sunday mornings, we would inevitably be awakened by the beautiful strains of strings and horns, perfectly, hauntingly played.
His stereo could hold a large stack of LP's. One by one, they would drop and play.
The working mechanism in his stereo was shaped like a snake.
It would settle slowly over the next record, never taking its white, staring eyes off us kids.
True story.
My little sister enjoyed her little children's albums.
And Christmas music.
Both of which began to be played on the first day of school in the fall.
Ad infinitum. Ad nauseum.
My older siblings and myself preferred rock and roll.
The Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly gave way to The Beatles, CCR and The Who.
Oh, and the Monkees were in there somewhere, though their album suffered a rather tragic end.
Moving on . . .
My little brother, who was sandwiched between my little sister and myself, had no say.
Because.
To say our home was filled with music would be an understatement.
It was crammed full.
Moving ahead many years . . .
We raised our family in the same way.
Country, Classical, Rock and Roll, and even some Celtic and Folk.
I can hear the stereo going now.
Summersong by The Lettermen was followed by Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. An all-female Celtic group is now singing, “A Place for Us.”
Husby has obviously put in his usual mix.
Let the music roll.

5 comments:

  1. The first music I remember was a big band version of String of Pearls.

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  2. When I was a teen I would get ready each morning to music. Now I'm so busy I don't think about it, except for at Christmas time when I play Christmas music.

    Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  3. It's interesting how much we've gone full circle in music. While C&W is what we listen to much of the time, I find myself listening to the 40s channel on satellite radio whenever I'm working out in the shop. Then I'll switch to the 60s. For some funny reason, I've turned to the 70s channel and the 80s and find myself turning back to country or 60s because the stuff playing on the 70s/80s is garbage I didn't like at all but put up with in order to hear the good stuff. Interesting that the DJs on those channels go for the stuff I hated...

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  4. While growing up, our home was filled with music as well... I think since the world has gone more digital that we seem to share our music less. I listen to it as much as I have always listened but mostly through my blackberry to and from work.

    I think my little Valya is missing out... I need to let her hear the music as well :)

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  5. My mom still has music playing all day long but I've not picked up on the habit for some reason. I find I cannot think with music in the background so maybe I need a deliberate time of no thinking and just soul soothing music? You got me thinking.
    Thanks for linking up with us at No Ordinary Blog Hop. Every blessing, Kelly

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