The last song that got stuck in your head / A song your parents would play at parties

Monday, November 21, 2011

Going to do two this week, since there isn't much back story to the first one.

The last song that got stuck in your head

Hmm. Seeing as I haven't listened to any music in some time due to the move and everything, let's see ... it's definitely "Have You" by Jordan Knight. Before I left New York, I made sure I had Jordan's entire discography on my iPod for entertainment on the 22 hour "commute." I guess I didn't have "Have You," because once I heard it, I couldn't get it out of my head.

On the plane ride, I kept pressing the left arrow on my iPod to repeat "Have You" and "Tender Love," both by Jordan. What nice, sweet songs to fall asleep to, which I did. In fact, I missed two rounds of snacks because I had my earbuds in and/or was deep in sleep. I love the conviction in his voice throughout this song.

A song your parents would play at parties

My parents didn't really throw parties, and when they did, they rarely played music. In fact, they'd ask me to play the piano for guests. (That was fun, heh.)

But my parents were late parents, so their favorite artists were quite different from what my friends' parents liked. My father was always really into jazz and oldies. (I think I've written about this before, hmm.) He had tons of Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, some Perry Cuomo,. A lot of old pop music, like The Temptations, Peggy Lee. He also had instrumental stuff, like John Tesh and Kenny G. Then there was Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder.

My mother is ten years younger than my father and her taste is closer to that of my friends' parents. She liked The Carpenters, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, the Bay City Rollers. I used to play her old records on our radio-cassette-record player, especially The Carpenters. She has one compilation, "The Singles: 1969-1973, released in 1973, that I listened to more than the others because I loved the songs so much. My favorites were "Superstar" and "Ticket to Ride." At 9 or 10 years old, I felt like I identified with the lyric "you're not really here, it's just the radio" and "what to say to make you come again / come back to me again and play your sad guitar." I can't remember why I felt that way then, but it's kind of funny now. I was a pretty melancholic child!

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