(I wrote this piece a couple of years ago, and since I am at this moment moved by a swoony version of Eric Satie’s Gnossienne No 1… very very swoony in any of its versions. In fact I just this morning found a great version of the tune in a Buddha Bar version… erik satie gnossienne no.1 (buddha bar remix) I’m not sure if that’s the right link.)
If there were a movie about my life, there would be a certain song or instrumental for each segment.
Childhood: Itty Bitty Fishie in the Itty Bitty Pool
Mares Eat Oats and Does Eat Oats, and Little Lambs Eat Ivy
Teen: Vaughan Monroe, Ghost Riders in the Sky
Bill Haley and the Comets, Thirteen Women…on the flip side of Rock Around the Clock.
Third Man Theme
Peg O’My Heart
Work Era: Bizet, Carmen
Mario Lanza, Song Angels Sing
Be My Love
David Carroll’s band, In a Persian Market
I Love Paris
Song of India
CCR, Heard it on the Grapevine
CCR, Bad Moon Rising
CCR, Green River
Stevie Nicks, Edge of 17
Knights in White Satin long version
Roberta Flack, Sometimes…all I need is the air that I breathe and to love you
I Think I love you
Juke Box Hero
Neil Diamond, Holly Holy
I’m Saving my money to Buy You a rainbow
Johnny Horton, Battle of New Orleans
Beatles Yellow Submarine, Eleanor Rigsby
Rock Music…come by that obsession honestly, the Beatles hit the stage in 19whatever along with Elvis Presley. Then the kids came along and when they were teenagers (in the 1970s and 1980s the house and car were filled with pop music of those years.
Sing, Sing, sing (Jimmy Dorsey, I think)
These are some of the songs and instrumentals that I love. Some, like Grapevine and Knights in White Satin, the long instrumentals that I would sit in the car listening in rapture until the song ended. That was in the days when the car radio was the only portable music maker we had, and unless we had the music on a record (45 rpm, or 33 rpm) at home, and a phonograph, that was about it.
That list dates me, I suppose. But this is my list of favorite music.