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A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to take the girls to hear THE band that shaped our youth. U2 was playing in Cardiff, so we hopped on a plane and worshipped with Bono, “the boys play rock and roll,” and 70,000 Welshmen. At one point, myÂ budding musician Eden dropped the binoculars, leaned over to meÂ and shouted, “Mommy! The Edge is running and he’s still playing the guitar! He is amazing!” ThenÂ I looked down at Catie in her U2 cap shouting at the top of her lungs, “Hello, Hello! Hola!” and thought, this might be heaven.Â
Singing “Where the Streets Have no Name” with all those lovely Britts, or shouting with Bono “women of the future hold the big revelations”Â — well — I just can’t get enough of it really. I’m a junkie. Being in the presence of all that Big Music was Good Medicine. And it made me think, what are the *8 Songs that Shaped Your Life? I know, it’s a big list. So here are some suggestions for narrowing it down, along with my answers:
1. First Song on the *8Track: “Take me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver. This was one of our driving tunes for the many MANY Summers we spent on the open road.
2. Song that Most Reminds me Of my Childhood Home: “Dock of the Bay” by Ottis Redding. My dad still loves this song. He gave it to me on cassette when I went to college, and I’m learning to play it on the guitar for him now.
3. First Dance: “Shake it Up” by the Cars. I was 13 years old and I dance with Jessie at my cousin’s birthday party in “The Lodge” at their Summer house.
4. Our Song: “Have I Told You” by Van Morrsion. Paul’s not a big dancer. But if they play this at a wedding he’ll waltz me around a little.
5. Define Your Decade: “American Pie” by Don McClean. I was born in ’69, tho I’ve always thought I would have been better served if I’d come of age in that decade. This song is so iconic (it came out in 1971).
6. Class of _____. We didn’t have prom at my religious school so no theme song there. I guess that’s why “Footloose” holds a special place in my heart.
7. First Album You Owned: No rock music was allowed in my house, so I that would makeÂ the “Indigo Girl’s” self-titled freshmen effort my first ever album.Â Listening to itÂ was likeÂ “I just got a letter to myÂ soul.”
8. First Live Performance: When I was about 10, I donned my long Gunnysack dress and my Dad took me to seeÂ “Annie” in San Francisco. I taught Eden to sing “Together at Last” when she was 4!
Other ideas to shape your *8Things list: campfire songs, lullabies, wedding songs, first kareoke tune…. What’s your *8Things: Musical History list? Put the short version in the comments or grab a button and play along. Thanks for being here.
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