Tonight, as I listened to a performance of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on American Idol I was instantly taken back to my childhood home where I enjoyed that tune when it was new. It made me think about all the momentous songs in my life. My young parents had an impressive music collection and music was playing in our home as soon as we woke each morning.
The first songs I recall as favorites in the 70s were Cat Stevens “Moonshadow” and “Let em In” by Paul McCartney. When I was about eight years old I would put on head phones, lie on the couch with the album cover and lyrics and sing along to Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and Barry Manillow. “This One’s For You” was my favorite.
A few years later I fell in love with Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” album. “Off the Wall” and “Lady of My Life” remain two of my favorite songs.
Whenever “Eye of the Tiger” came on the radio I would dash across the room and do a head first dive placing my ear against the stereo speaker. When “Billie Jean” was released I remember listening intently trying to catch all the lyrics.
Music didn’t really become
important however until 7th grade. That’s when I started to buy it and I can still remember nearly 30 years later the songs that were playing at the school dances, most memorably Wham!
In high school I was a big fan of Bryan Adams, Tina Turner, Heart, Cyndi Lauper… I danced to “The Best Was Yet To Come” at my sweet 16. It was an old record of my parents though where I discovered Tapestry and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”
One of the most significant songs of my life is called “Use Me” by Bob Carlisle. I was listening to it in bed one night in college when I distinctly heard God call me into occupational ministry.
When I heard “Betcha By Golly Wow” I knew I was in love with the man I would marry. Barbra Streisand sang when I walked down the aisle. My husband and I danced to Buble singing “You and I” at our wedding.
What songs are significant to you?