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Friday, December 2, 2016

songbird salutes the 70's -- it's all about the music

It's been awhile since I've done one of these....

I recently joined a new group on Facebook, a group of people who grew up in the1970's.  And now my Facebook feed is flooded with cultural icons of the decade -- music, TV, toys, magazine covers, posters....

And then there was the conversation I had with a fellow blogger/real-life friend.  He blogged about his favorite music, devoted two days to his all-time favorite singles. All of his choices came from his childhood in the 60's, except for two songs from his college years.  Nothing from high school...he explained that he was miserable in high school, and even the music didn't help. 

That's interesting, because my top  choices would all come from my teen years.  I mean, I like the music of the 60's, but the music I chose for myself in my teens is a huge part of what defines me as a person even now. 

So here are my top songs:

5.  Barry Manilow, "I Write The Songs" 

I had Barry's live album, I played it over and over and over.  I knew all of the songs by heart.

4.  BeeGees, "Stayin' Alive"

Saturday Night Fever was the first R rated movie I saw in a movie theater.  And I was madly in love with John Travolta.

3.  John Denver, "Rocky Mountain High"

Yes, my musical tastes are very broad.  I played Denver's live album almost as often as I played Manilow.

2.  Harry Chapin, "Thirty Thousand Pounds of Bananas"

Harry Chapin lived in Huntington, NY, just a few miles from my home town.  The first time I saw him live was when he did a concert in my high school auditorium, in support of his hunger relief efforts.  And I was in Eisenhower Park, waiting for his performance, the night he died.  I chose this song because it alsways seemed like he enjoyed singing it so much, that he enjoyed making the audience laugh.

1.  Billy Joel, "New York State of Mind"

This song always takes me back to my college years, to coming home on a Greyhound bus...


Jim Bo said...

Thirty thousand pounds of bananas? That song is demented. In fact the first time I heard it on the radio was on the Dr. Demento show. In fact, the only time I ever heard it on the radio was on the Dr. Demento show

songbird's crazy world said...

I loved Dr. Demento. "They're Coming To Take Me Away" was hysterical.

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