I grew up listening to “easy listening” music at home. That was back in the day of 8 tracks and 45 and 33 LPs. We listened to folk music a lot~Smothers Brothers, Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary (I HATE Puff the Magic Dragon but that’s a story for another day). My mom introduced me to Elvis, The Beatles, Mamas and the Papas, The Rolling Stones. My favorite Stones song is Paint it Black and I distinctly remember listening to it on one of my mom’s 45s. Those were the days.
When Doug and I moved in together in 1997, we had to combine our musical tastes. His leaned toward the classic rock~Zeppelin, Queen, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd. I came with a classical music collection featuring Mozart, Bach, Beethoven. I have a collection of musical soundtracks too~Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, The Music Man (my all time favorite), West Side Story. It’s not easy to reconcile such differing musical tastes. At the time, my parents had a 250 CD changer in their house. We loved the idea of it, so we bought a 200 CD changer and filled it. The first two sections of CDs pretty much belong to Doug’s genre of music~the first 6 CDs are Led Zeppelin (and if you remember, we danced to a Zeppelin song at our wedding, so I am a convert). I “own” the last two sections of the player and it’s filled with Indigo Girls, 10,000 Maniacs and all my other music.
Owning this CD changer has exposed our kids to quite a variety of music. Sometimes we’ll put the music on a block shuffle, so they’ll hear a ton of different classical music, or enough classic rock to last them a lifetime. Meg now recognizes Ozzy Osbourne by a guitar riff (freaky, I know) and has requested both Ozzy and the Beatles on her Ipod shuffle. The best thing about the changer is that the kids can learn a lot about us by what we listen to. Our musical choices are not mutually exclusive anymore. Doug has taken to enjoy classical music a bit, and I love Aerosmith so much we’ve seen them in concert 3 times. I would kill to see Led Zeppelin in concert if Plant and Page can get their acts together.
I would rather listen to music than have the tv on during the day. I actually put the changer on today and turned to to 10,000 Maniacs. I haven’t listened to them in a year. They were one of my favorites during college.
So, what is your favorite music?