by Karen Rose Smith
I'm a child of the 60s. My mom loved 40's music. She also played the piano and so did I. My dad taught himself how to play the guitar and the organ. Music was a part of our everyday lives. My mom and I would sing together as she or I played. When she put 40's music on the radio or the stereo, a twinkle would come to her eyes. When I watched my mom and dad dance together to ballads at weddings, they were in sync and shared something special--mostly memories from the music.
I don't think music is the same any more. I had a crush on the Beatles and had the wonderful experience of seeing them perform at Dodger Stadium. I started writing by listening to their music and making up stories to go with it. SHE LOVES YOU. I SAW HER STANDING THERE. IF I FELL. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND. HOLD ME TIGHT. So it's no wonder that my sleuth, Caprice De Luca, is a fan of 60's music (as well as retro fashion) and always has a Beatles song for her phone's ring tone.
I appreciate most that rock beat from 50's and 60's music that makes you want to dance. It brings back those weekly dances at our high school in summer when our lives were ahead of us. But the lyrics were emotional too. LAST KISS J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers. LEADER OF THE PACK by The Shangri-Las. YOUR HUSBAND, MY WIFE by the Brooklyn Bridge. I DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU BABY by Chad & Jeremy. Just to name a few.
I listen to contemporary music. I navigate iTunes. I watch THE VOICE and appreciate the young talent. I probably lean toward country music because of the emotion behind it. I love Kelly Clarkson's PIECE BY PIECE and STRONGER and IT'S QUIET UPTOWN. But I still have my vinyl albums. And now I can play them. (I hear vinyl is coming back!)
For my birthday last week my husband gave me this turntable so I can play my vintage vinyl 45s and 33s as well as current CDs. (My cat Zoie Joy was examining it for me.) I can also make a CD from the vinyl. I will learn how to do it!
I like vintage. I like original. I like oldies but goodies. And now I can let them inspire me all over again.
Do you like oldies music? What are your favorites?