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Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Meandering Connections

A warning... this is a meandering blog. But then again, there are very few of mine that aren't.

The other morning I was listening to NPR in the car. Probably Morning Edition but I'm really not sure. Anyway, they had Kenny Rogers on. I guess he's just published a memoir. I realized that I hadn't heard Kenny Rogers in years. But I recognized so many of his songs. My parents liked him when I was growing up. He was one of a dozen or so cassette tapes (we mostly had records) that I remember (along with Barry Manilow. Copa!!). His songs are very singable. I can't really comment on their musicality because I have such an ingrained association between them and my childhood. It's hard to judge something when you have a strong emotional connection to it. And I do. And I found myself wanting to buy some Kenny Rogers and share him with my kids. And then I wondered whether I'd be scarring any musicality that might be developing in them. I'm still torn. But I'll probably download a few of his songs from iTunes just so when I want to go to a comfy content simple place in my head, I can put those on.
So, I have this friend who blogs. A dash of wisdom and a pinch of sass." She's a great writer. And I don't read her blog as often as I should. But every time I do, I find myself thinking, "Yes!" "Exactly!" So tonight I headed over to read her most recently post, and I chuckled. It's like an extension or a complement to my Kenny Rogers thinking. And part of me thought it would be so much easier to just copy and paste her blog here (cause she's funnier). But then I figured I'd just point you over there.
Miss WiseSass over there has a bit more motivation to reread books than I do. While I love certain books, I find it hard to reread them. But, we both have connections to songs in our past. I particularly liked the way WiseSass talks about how going back to those old books or songs is like revisiting an old self. So so true.
Another friend recently commented on how there are songs she won't often play because she knows she'll cry. I've got those. And there are songs that will always always always cheer me up.
And maybe that's why I'll go buy some Kenny Rogers. ;)


5 Comments
ppike
Yea! DO it!
pegi   Friday, October 12, 2012
lgrant
I feel that way about Perry Como. My parents listened to him and he was big on TV when I was a kid. When I hear him I can almost feel the rug under me and see our living room with the one big console TV in the corner and the trees and large yard and field beyond in the windows to the right. Amazing how music is so tied to memories like smells can be too. Nice blog.
LGrant   Saturday, October 13, 2012
I absolutely agree! There are so many artists that bring back so many different memories from my earlier years. Dare I say I remember sitting and listening to 8 track tapes of Kenny, The Beach Boys and dear old Barry. We've been getting a bit nostalgic here as well since we ditched the TV over a month ago. We've picked up a few CDs of, as Colleen would say, "old people music" for the kids. Just hearing some of those old songs brings me back. I say go pick up some and sing your heart out!
MGilbride   Saturday, October 13, 2012
ppike
Oh, me too, Linda! Perry Como, Dean Martin, Andy WIlliams...wonderful memories.
pegi   Saturday, October 13, 2012
I meant to comment on this a long, long time ago! Thanks so much for the crazy kudos. ;-) I appreciate it my friend! By the way, I just love "The Grambler."
Stef   Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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