It is the first day of the A-to-Z Blog Challenge of 2016! My theme is The Music of My Life.
My mother took me to a Neil Diamond concert before I was born. When I was still in her womb, she discovered that the singer was coming to Johnson City, Tennessee—the next town over from my small hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee. She told me she had hopes of meeting the man himself and hung out after the performance (groupie-style) with that end in mind. In actuality, he never showed, and my mom and her friends ended up hanging out with the roadies instead.
I have always viewed this backdrop as the introduction to my love of music. All of my life, music has played a crucial part. Some of my earliest memories are connected with music—all kinds of music. My tastes have always been varied and eclectic, and music has played different roles at different stages of my life. There are some artists and song selections, however, that will always remain ageless.
As Maria sings in The Sound of Music, the beginning is the very best place to start, so I will start there.
One of my earliest memories involving music: me standing in front of my grandparents’ fireplace in their living room, holding a candlestick like a microphone, and belting out the tune, “You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone.
After that, my mother played music on her stereo turntable and in the 8-track cassette player in the car. As Mom drove me to preschool in the mornings, I remember singing along to Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen” from A Star is Born (still one of my favorite albums of all time).
My mother had every, single Barbra Streisand album ever sold, and her flawless, powerful voice shaped my love of powerhouse singing.
A couple of years later, we were in the car on our way to Jackson Elementary School listening to Donna Summer’s “On the Radio” and Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana.” Staple tunes of my childhood.
Although marked by style and era of music, these are tunes I consider ageless in their capacity to move me (sometimes with tears, other times with smiles of joyous nostalgia). But I never tire of listening to them.
What tunes are ageless for you?