Rock My World

Music… It’s something that I love but I would not say it’s a passion of mine.  I am not someone who looks forward to New Music Tuesdays or preorders an album.  I do need to have music when I drive and it’s good to have on when I clean or cook. That’s the extent of it. It’s not a constant – I don’t even listen to it at my desk at work most days. I think this stems from growing up in a house where the radio was hardly ever on (unless my sisters let me in the bedroom when they were listening to records) and MTV’s early days was occasionally blocked from cable depending on dad’s mood.  That being said…I AM a HUGE fan of 80’s rock, Hair Bands, Old School Heavy Metal, Grunge, Punk and Alternative. Because of my dad’s influence, I also have some big bands and swing on my ipod. I have been thinking about all this lately.  I have been feeling a bit nostalgic for the good ol’ days. Some of my best memories and milestones revolve around music.

When I was little in the late 70’s early 80’s I had Strawberry Shortcake and Sesame Street records.  The dawn of the video era during the summer of 1981 even at 6 years old, made an impression on me.  Bye bye kiddie records! Here comes the Moon Man and he’s brought Simon Le Bon with him! Who else was scared when they first saw the Thriller Video in 1982? I was scared to DEATH- major nightmares! I clearly remember in 1984 when my sister Ellie came home with the new Bruce Springsteen album. She sat me on the top bunk bed and told me I HAD to listen to this song “Pink Cadillac.” 1984 also had Madonna on the verge of career EXPLOSION with Like a Virgin.  In 1987 Def Leppard released Hysteria ,Motley Crue released Girls, Girls, Girls and I was HOOKED on hair bands from there.  Ellie was also the one who broke the news of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s death in 1990 even though I really did not appreciate or know who she was talking about at the time. It’s something I still remember…. I was in 10th grade in 1991 at the drop of Nirvana’s Nevermind. It seamed like everyone was now a fan of all things grunge except me.  I also did not appreciate this album until a few years AFTER Kirk’s death. I was busy banging my head to Metallica’s Black album. 1995 brought on the birth of my daughter and the Goo Goo Dolls’ A boy Named Goo.  In 1997 I fell in love with the Foo Fighters The Color and the Shape.  Through it all was Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, R.E.M. and a few other classic acts. There are so many more moments that have shaped me into the head case that I am today. But these are the ones that really stick out in my head.  If I think back however, there are really on five albums that’s I still listen too on a regular basis without skipping a single song.  I think I will leave you with that list for now… Because who doesn’t like a good list?

  1. Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
  2. Foo Fighters – The Color and The Shape
  3. Metallica – …And Justice For All
  4. Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up The Girl
  5. Tom Petty & The Heartbeakers – Greatest Hits  ( ok this one should not count since it’s a  but I have played this CD so many times I wore it out and had to replace it. )

Do you have a favorite music memory from your childhood?  I would love to hear about it!


4 thoughts on “Rock My World

  1. I was born at the tail end of the 80s, so I missed most of this, but I did hear alot of 70s music from my dad whenever he drove me somewhere. The music I grew up with (being a 90s girl essentially), was with the pop bands/singers Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears (I did and still do prefer Christina), Backstreet Boys and Nsync. while I don't listen to them much anymore, I am now a HUGE Glee fan in addition to various alternative and pop bands. Mostly alternative though (like Goo Goo Dolls) 🙂 Thanks for sharing your music passions!

    Yep had same thing happen today, but since I am on my computer, I remembered to copy my paragraph so I could paste it without getting peeved at the internet 🙂

  2. For me it was definitely The Beatles. I was 8 when they came to America. Like you Mary, I have a sister Ellie who would invite me in to “the girls' room” to listen to the music. She was (is) a true Beatle Maniac. I remember listening to “P.S. I Love You” with her over and over and over. I bought my first LP “Revolver in '67. I have bought “The Beatles Second Album”, “Sgt. Pepper” and “Abbey Road” at least 3 times each. When my brother Ed, Johnny Preston and I started recording songs back in 2004, most of the songs that I did were by The Beatles. I'm also like you in that I don't listen to the radio when I'm driving or listen to music a lot in general, but when I do it usually reminds me of days gone by.

  3. I listen to the pop bands because of Allyson listening to them when she was little. We found a video of her lip syncing and doing choreography to one of the early “now that's what I call music” CD's. it's adorable – hahaha

    (I watch Glee too even though Al doesn't anymore)

  4. I am so happy that you commented – thanks! Those sound like great memories. There is something about owning an album that you have heard countless times just to have it. No matter how many times to replace it too.

    I hope you still have the recordings you three made. I would have loved to have witnessed those sessions.

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