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By gadgetgirl ·
As we all seem to be on a musical tack this week, I thought I'd put in my 2p-worth, too.

So, here is Musical Milestones. What musical milestones played a part in your life? I know I can definitively mark times in my life that a certain song/tune has made me recall instantly. What about you?

I'll start!

Some of these I'll explain the reasons they are milestones, some I won't - hey, there are some things/dates/times you really don't need to know, believe me!

Magic Moments, Perry Como - first song I remember hearing....
High Hopes, Frank Sinatra - Pa's theme tune!
You were made for me, Freddie and the Dreamers - the first time I went on a plane
Tired of Waiting, Kinks - first single bought
Bridge over Troubled Water - first LP bought
Build me up Buttercup - my first "Our Tune"!
Angel, Jimi Hendrix - loss of my fave cuz
Bright Eyes - September 75, you don't need to know
Sailing, Rod Stewart - honeymoon (wish the ex HAD gone sailing instead!)
Frog Song, Paul McCartney - our mother and daughter song (and yes, it still is!)
Rocking all over the World - general good times
Days, Kirsty McColl - you don't need to know
Last Night, Az Yet - you don't need to know
Love the Way you call my name, Charlotte Church - you don't need to know

and finally:

Penny Lane, Beatles. Played for my grandfathers birthday on the radio, requested by my grandmother, and was the only radio request we ever got played. Gran was born just off Penny Lane, and when my sailor grandfather got to Liverpool, they met on Penny Lane, and were together the rest of their lives. (Awwww.....)

So, that's my (abridged) starter for 10. There are loads more, but most either aren't that well known, or I can only remember a few words, not whole tunes or artists.

So that's the challenge - what are the musical milestones in YOUR life?

GG

(Enjoy the reminiscing.....I did. Sorta!)

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by jdclyde In reply to I remember the very first ...

is what I meant when I said "single".

The second was "Aquarius" by the fifth dimension!

and I had to save up as well and buy my own. It was the only thing saving me from Ma's MAC Davis and John Denver.

Dad on the other hand got me into the deep purple, uriha heep, Sabbath, Zepplin and more.

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Ktel Albums

by JamesRL In reply to 45

Before I bought for myself, we would get KTel albums for significant events as gifts.

They were played over and over and we would never skip a track. I was exposed to some music that we didn't normally hear on AM radio in Ontario, like Soul, Motown etc.

My brother bought the soundtrack to Hair - loved it.

James

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Here are a few....

by JamesRL In reply to Making me think on a frid ...

My childhood was filled with wonderful music memories.

Just about any christmas hymns are nostalgic for me - starting singing in the choir at age 5, soloed that year for Chritsmas service -"Away in a manger".

Beatles Hard days night, and Yellow submarine, Let it Be - saw the movies when I was a kid - happy times.

Rolling Stones -Satisfaction - memories of Ed Sullivan show, and how the Rolling Stones were so unlike the Beatles - remember the dicsusion with my parents.

Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel - listening to AM radio on a brand new transistor radio with the great girl next door. She died of cancer 4 years later.

Long and Winding Road - heard that in the car right after they announced the Beatles were breaking up.

25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago - memories of playing in Band, when the 70 year old conductor thought he'd throw something modern in for the kids. I'm sure he never read the lyrics. Later in my political life some friends of mine and I would gather at someone's house, drink beer and listen to Chicago albums (early ones only).

Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson - every band percussionists dream. I loved ringing the sleigh bells, or using the thing that made the whip snap sound. For those concerts my "junior" band joined the adult band for concerts - great memories.

These eyes - The Guess who - My uncle owned a restaurant/diner and this was on the jukebox - we'd visit and I would plunk money into it to hear this song over and over.

Conquistador - Procul Harum. First 45 I got with my own money.

We've got tonite - Bob Seager - lets just say, once upon a time, in band camp....

Tubular bells. We just got the new hi fi system at high school, and a bunch of had a free period and a copy of tubular bells. I think we warped the art students across the hall, and almost broke glass by testing the limits of the output.

Anything from the Mikado or Anne of Green Gables, the Musical - played in the orchestra for Mikado(percussion and sang backup on chorus when needed), was stage manager for Anne of Green Gables and sang from the wings.

Handel's Messiah - I stopped singing in church at 17. In university I was dragged into a sing along messiah, which was really an ad hoc concert. I was hooked and that lead to my choir career.

Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers - wedding song. I sang it to my wife on our first dance, including the falsetto.


I could go on and on.

James

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Okay, if you insist

by maxwell edison In reply to "Musical Milestones"

Precious and Few by Climax: Just before one-too-many precious moments.

Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf: For the line, Praying for the end of time, so I can end my time with you!

Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis: For the one that promised forever would really last forever.

Promises by Eric Clapton: For the line, How could we know that promises end.

You are the Sunshine of my Life, by Stevie Wonder: For the one who once brought sunshine into the room.

Positively 4th Street by Bob Dylan: For the lyrics, I wish that for just one time, you could stand inside my shoes, (then) you'd know what a drag it is to see you.

Watermelon Wine by Tom T. Hall: For the lines, Women think about themselves, when men-folk ain't around ..... And friends are hard to find when they discover that you're down ..... Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes ..... God bless little children while they're still to young to hate ..... Ain't but three things in this world that's worth a solitary dime, But old dogs and children and watermelon wine.

Bottle of Wine by the Fireballs: Just because it segues in so well at this point.

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Okay..

by maecuff In reply to "Musical Milestones"

Dizzy by Vic Reeves - first record I ever owned. I think I was 5 or 6 at the time.

The Clancy brothers and Tommy Makhem (sp?) at Carnegie Hall - my dad listened to the album about a trillion times.

Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd - my best friend's parents were complete stoners and they listened to this all the time. I can't hear a song from that album without remembering my childhood.

Walk This Way by Aerosmith - when I officially switched from pop music to something else..

Don't Change - INXS - reminds me of breaking up with my boyfriend of 5 years (this is a GOOD thing)

Stray Cat Strut by The Stray Cats - My one unrequited love used to sing that to me. (age 19 - 20)

In Dreams - Roy Orbison - My husband has been singing that to me for 11 years now.

I've Got My Mind Set on You - George Harrison, my 18 year old son used to light up and giggle every time he heard that song when he was a baby.

Creep - Radiohead - No reason, it's just a good song.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (I have no idea who did that song) - I remember that song was playing when I learned that the brother of one of my friends had drowned. I think I was around 11 years old then.

Were these supposed to be chronological? Oh well..

There's probably many many more.. I'll be thinking about this for a while.

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Concerts

by maxwell edison In reply to "Musical Milestones"

The Guess Who: My first live concert.

The Moody Blues: The best live concert, bar none.

Fleetwood Mac: The best concert I don't remember.

Spyro Gyra: Most fun live concert -- several times.

Rolling Stones: Loudest live concert.

Rolling Stones: Only live concert I left early.

Bob Dylan: Most disappointingly bad concert times.

Lyle Lovett: Most surprisingly good concert.

Dolly Parton: The absolute nicest performer I've ever met at a concert.

Tony Bennett: The absolute nicest performer I've never met at a concert.

The Beatles: Shaped and influenced my childhood, but never saw them in concert.

Almond Brothers: The concert that started my ears ringing.

Willie Nelson: Saw the most times in concert, including several times at Gilley's (circa BUC)

Manhein Steamroller: Most amazing audio at a concert.

Blue Man Group: Most amazing visuals at a concert.

Red Rocks: Best venue for a concert

Red Rocks: Venue attended most often for concerts.

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I would love

by maecuff In reply to Concerts

to go to red rocks for a show. I only know it by the U2 video.

My first concert was Aerosmith in 1977. The last concert I saw was The Cramps at a little club in Cleveland. There are so many in between, I don't think I could possibly remember all of them. Tom Petty is very good in concert. And the times I saw Bruce Springsteen, his shows were always good.

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Then do it

by maxwell edison In reply to I would love

Plan a trip around a concert at Red Rocks. You'd love it. Plenty of musical tastes to choose from.

http://www.redrocksonline.com/index.asp

(CSN&Y are there next week. I saw CSN at RR last year.)

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You know

by maecuff In reply to Then do it

that's not a bad idea. My husband has a college friend who lives near there and I would love to go and actually meet her in person. We've talked on the phone to each other for years now but have never met. It's funny, because she'll call and talk to my husband for two minutes then ask for me and we talk for two hours.

I think I'll call her this weekend and see if we can arrange something. I'll look for you in the crowd. <insert smily face here>

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I saw U-2 play at Redrocks

by Mickster269 In reply to Concerts

When they did their "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" vid.

Or, at least, that's what my friends tell me.

Also saw Tom Petty there.

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