This week’s theme for Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday is “free for all”. Basically, I can put on any five songs I want. They can have a theme or not. It’s entirely up to me.
A few weeks back, I did a Mix-Tape Tuesday of my favorite Duran Duran songs. My 25th high school reunion stoked the nostalgia and it hasn’t really gone away. My free-for-all is 5 Favorite Songs from My Childhood.
And no, The Wheels on the Bus isn’t on this list. Who do you think I am, anyway?
Recently, there was a study done that said that young adults are emotionally connected to the music they heard in their early childhood. I can totally believe this. My favorite songs from childhood were 1970s pop songs. I was born in 1970 and I have both vague and clearer recollections of the hits of that era being played on the radio. My mom used to always have the radio on.
Radio back then is not as niche-oriented as it is now. It was not all that unusual to hear The Carpenters followed by Black Sabbath or hear the disco version of the Star Wars theme followed by some Bad Company.
I loved this song because of the hook. I also loved this song for other reasons. While some kids played house, we sometimes would play our version of “1970′s Variety Show”. Jump ropes with plastic handles became microphones and we imagined ourselves all grown up with long, lustrous hair that had been carefully styled with hot rollers and a blow comb. We appeared to float on gossamer wings in our ethereal and diaphanous gowns of…polyester as we danced and performed to this song.
Seriously. We really did this.
2. Me and You and a Dog Named Boo-Lobo
This song was popular in 1971, but it was my favorite song when I was three years old (which would be 1973). This was a favorite song because “Me” and “You”‘s dog was named Boo. Nothing more, nothing less. Now, I do a double take when I hear the line I can still recall, the wheat fields of St. Paul. I hope he’s not singing about St. Paul, Minnesota because I don’t recall seeing any wheat fields during the times I visited there.
3. I’m a Train-Albert Hammond
This is a favorite childhood song because it was heavily featured on the show Captain Kangaroo during a little film about trains. I have no idea what a chicka-train is, but for over forty years, I thought that at the end, he was singing “I’m flying” instead of “I’m a train”. Amazing how your hearing improves when you get older.
4. I’ve Got the Music In Me-Kiki Dee
In the aforementioned game of 1970s Variety Show, this was the “showstopper”. Instead of floating on gossamer wings of polyester, this time, I’m rocking sequined, bell bottomed, sleeveless jumpsuit while five year old me brought down the house with my imaginary band and back-up singers.
I still like this song.
5. Listen to What the Man Said-Paul McCartney & Wings
I was born about three months before the Beatles officially broke up. Up until the age of eight or nine, I did not know that Paul McCartney had been a Beatle. I knew there was a band called the Beatles, because my mother had their records and sometimes I’d hear their songs on the radio. But I never connected that Paul McCartney was one of them. To me, they were completely seperate entities. And no, I have no explanation for the fact that some Beatles songs and all of Wings’ songs were sung by the same person.
The way I view the Beatles is the same way I tend to look at the Lombardi Era Green Bay Packers. Both happened right before I was born and I have no memory of them. What I know is from old black and white film, and when I became old enough to remember things, I mean really remember, black & white was the exception and color was the rule. Paul McCartney was that guy in Wings and Bart Starr was the head coach of the Packers. But then I realize that, even though both the Beatles and the Lombardi Era Packers seem like ancient history, I’m really not that far removed from them.
I was in kindergarten when this song came out. For some reason, I always associate it with summer.
6. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey-Paul McCartney
I think this song was made to appeal to little kids. I have fond memories of singing HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDS across the water (water)/HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDS across the sky at the top of my pre-school lungs on more than one occasion. It also contains funny voices, which is guaranteed to appeal to little kids.