Music To My Ears


La Flor of Mocha Buzz  has tagged me for a little meme.

It’s all about songs and one’s youth. LOL. Not sure I want to remember that far back, but I’m game. I’m also not sure I can get all nostalgic about the years of high school or even any of the songs during that time. But I did have some favorites that I managed to find:

Lean on Me – by Bill Withers – Aside from the fact that this was one of those sort of post-hippie songs and we were all into feeling the love for everyone (but dah man) – this is to me, a classic. It sounds as good today as it did then I think because it deals with the universal theme that we are not alone – we have friends, we have family and we can lean sometimes when we need to. I’ll admit, that I’m not much of a leaner and when I do, it usually feels a bit odd – but like the man says, ‘we all need somebody to lean on.’ Amen.

I Can See Clearly Now –  by Johnny Nash: There is something about this song that always gets me. It can mean so many things. But to me, it’s about revelations, whether personal or the big picture. It’s also a song of celebration – of being free from chains I guess, whether it be the chains of a love affair, small-mindedness, our own limiting thoughts. It’s all good. 

Let’s Stay Together – by Al Green: Ah, the Reverand Al Green, I could listen to this guy sing the phone book. Have you ever seen him perform? He takes such utter and complete joy in what he is doing, it makes you wish you could sing too. The song is a classic, about the common sense of staying in love, staying together, working it out. That things that are important are meant to last – and that making them last is worth the effort.

Heart of Gold – by Neil Young: I was never much of a Neil Young fan, aside from this song, the only other song of his I liked was Helpless. But again, a classic song that speaks to human frailty and the need to find love. For some reason, it always reminded me of my dad. Maybe it was the twangy voice of Young or the old fashioned theme of the song – but he definitely had a heart of gold.

 Without You – by Nilsson:  This song was so different from songs of its day – lots of big music, for such a little, simple song. And it was the perfect song to play when  your heart was broken. It fit so well with the teenaged angst I experienced most of  my young life and you could just scream your heart out as you sung along.

So… there you have it. The songs of my youth. Plus a cartoon that has absolutely nothing to do with this. 😉

I’m tagging:

These are the rules:
1. Go to the Billboard #1 Hits listings (scroll down and you’ll seen them separated by decades on the left in the sidebar)
2. Pick a year you were in high school
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the songs of that year
4. Pick 5 songs and write something about how these songs affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more people

8 thoughts on “Music To My Ears

  1. Yay! I like this meme. Thanks for the tag. Love the responses you gave!

    Thanks Sam!
    I look forward to seeing your songs. It’s a fun little meme – you get to remember and rock out at the same time. How cool is that?


  2. I love the song, Lean on Me! It’s a great choice. You have some pretty good memories here, Annie. Thanks for choosing me. It’s fun!

    heart. jane. (Kenzie)


  3. Neil Young’s is my favorite on your list. Frailty, treated with dignity by the artist, is one of my favorite topics. I liken it to accepting the edges and the soft spots of our lives. Great list, though, as I now open my itunes…

    Hey Puddlehead!
    Glad you’re taking up the meme. I’ll be interested in your choices too. Yes, indeed “heart of gold” was one of Neil Young’s finest, IMHO. Certain songs just stay with you, don’t they?


  4. i like how almost every song you picked had a positive feeling to you. It says a lot about you.
    My mother is an Al Green fanatic and we listened to his records every Saturday (chore day). My favorite was Love and Happiness.

    Oh love that Al Green. He just oozes with joy. There is nothing more wonderful than watching a person do what they truly love.


  5. Hi WC,
    Not my favorites, but from my era. And here I thought you were a spring chicken 🙂 I’ll be a gentleman and not tell my age.
    the Grit

    Hi Grit,
    Good, our secret is safe then. 😉


  6. Picked my songs and will write them up on the train home tomorrow night.
    That’s about all I seem to have the energy for today.
    Thanks for the meme, kiddo.
    I’ll be in touch.

    Cool, no worries, do it when you can. I just thought since you are a musician you might enjoy it.


  7. Hi WC okay I found 5 songs and I put them on my blog just for you! 🙂 Of course I could have gone on and on you know me talking/writing not a problem !
    Kathy :0

    Great Kath!
    I’ll be over sometime today to check it out.


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