Sunday, September 2, 2012
Listography - Cheesy Childhood Music Memories
Music of every kind has always played a huge part in my life, but it wasn't always Arcade Fire and The Heathers. So when Kate from Kate Takes 5 asked for cheesy childhood music memories for the first Listography of the new term, I couldn't resist digging into the archives...
1. In a house with no TV and a radio with the dial permanently turned to BBC Radio 4, there was little chance to hear chart hits. The Beatles were different. Even my parents couldn't avoid them and I remember my Dad singing Yellow Submarine to entertain us kids, especially in the car.
2. My Dad's family introduced me to opera and Mozart and playing the piano, and we had piles of sheet music all over the house which I bashed out when I got fed up with practicing scales, including this one:
It was years before I heard the recorded version..
3. My Mum's parents were more into 'popular culture, and at their house I would hear snatches of Burt Bacharach and classics like My Way, by Frank Sinatra, of course.
4. My first faltering steps into teendom were taken at the local Methodist Youth Club which was open to all religions and none. I was shy and created a role for myself as the DJ who changed the records. That way I didn't have to go talk to anyone, as they would come to me with requests. It also opened my ears to new music and I discovered that there was other stuff out there besides sweet saccharine love songs. Pre-punk, that meant Status Quo and songs like 'Down Down'.
Could they have started my obsession with noisy guitar bands?
5. Then in January 1976 I went to my first disco at the local comprehensive school. I was thirteen and wearing the unfortunate combination of a green dirndl skirt and flowery blouse. Luckily no photos survive. The disco was a a heady mix of loud music, sweaty bodies and raging hormones. I was hooked. This song was number one at the time and it will always remind me of being young...
Click on the Listography icon below for more music memories.