Day 3 of the 25 songs in 25 days challenge – and today, I’ve got to share a song that reminds me of one, or both, of my parents. Well, a couple of days back, I had to reach for a song from childhood, and I came close to sharing today’s song then. My Mum and Dad are music lovers from a distance; I never remember them as having a large record collection, though what they had was always song based
Mum often carried a tune as she worked around the house
[singing along even when she didn’t know the words]
and my Dad, though never much of a singer, was a rampant whistler – always, always whistling whatever tune was on his mind. He also appreciated the art of a great song – and we would often discuss songs like they were literature.
Here are the artists that were prominent in my Mum and Dad’s record collection
[or at least those that I remember]
- Elvis Presley
- Perry Como
- Neil Diamond
- Frank Sinatra
- Charlie Rich
- John Denver
- Ray Charles
- Burt Bacharach
- Barbara Streisand
Long before I became interested in pop/rock music in the late 70’s, these artists and their songs formed the foundation of my musical sensibilities. While my own path diverged away towards rock, I still hear snippets of these melodies and harmonies in my own songs.
I could have chosen any number of songs by artists listed above, but if there’s one song that can immediately take me back to listening to my parents’ record collection it’s this one:
I have Mum and Dad to thank for SO much in my life – yet, if you asked them, I doubt they’d know that I’m thankful for my grounding in melody, harmony and hook that I took from their record collection.
I am a very lucky boy.