Linda asks a question about the music we listened to in our youth.
My family has always been a singing family. My mom played the piano by ear and both of my parents had great voices. Whenever we drove in the car, either my mom or dad would spontaneously burst into song and we'd all join in.
"I've Been Working on the Railroad" was sung in three part harmony. I loved when it got to the part about "someone's in the kitchen with Dinah" and "fee fi fiddly i-o".
We also sang "You Are My Sunshine". To this day, I often sing it to my husband Greg when he is just waking up. It always brings a smile to his face.
We sang many Norwegian songs. I may not be able to speak fluent Norwegian but I know the words to many Norwegian songs from my childhood.
My brother Steve and I used to sing onstage at church. If we'd visit another church, we were always asked to come up and sing a song. My mom told me that one year we started singing a Santa Claus song and everyone laughed. It's funny because today neither my brother or I have great voices. In fact, I always laugh and say the Lord loves a joyful noise.
As a teenager, I worked in the record department of Billy Blake in West Babylon, New York. Billy Blakes is no longer in business but it was like a Target. I could play any album I wanted while working. Notice I didn't say CD's. Those were the days of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John and Billy Joel. The Carpenters and Sonny and Cher were famous then too.
It was the 60's and a time of rebellion. I remember being invited by a coworker to go to Woodstock in upstate NY but I had to work. I remember Sly and the Family Stone and going to Madison Square Garden to a concert. I lost my flip flops as the whole crowd joined hands and were dancing. My feet got so dirty walking around New York City in bare feet.
I loved Carole King and James Taylor. They performed in Central Park for free! Can you believe it? There are so many more to mention. But I always remember my parents didn't mind my music. We had a record player in the living room and music was always on.
I used to go to all of the school dances and even those at the Knights of Columbus. It seemed like every weekend was a time to go out and dance to live bands. I've reconnected with many high school friends from Lindenhurst on Facebook and even some who often played in a band at all of our high school dances.
I'll end this post with a song I loved sung by James Taylor and Carole King in 1971.
Love and peace,