I went down to my “human cave” this afternoon with plans only to listen to music, maybe do a blog, and do a load of laundry. I wasn’t quite sure what to listen to, so I looked up Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 best albums of all time. Focusing today on ones my mom used to love.
I stopped listening to album #1 during the first song, which was “Blue” by Joni Mitchell. I just didn’t like the sound of her voice. I don’t think it was ever anything my mom listened to, anyway …moving on!
So I moved on to an album I knew she had on vinyl – “Tapestry” by Carole King. I loved its overall mellow vibe! Good taste, mom! I chatted with her about it after I listened to it, and she said she remembered the album having a cat on the cover (since she’s such a cat lover that it doesn’t surprise me she would recall this detail)!
Next up was “Born to Run” by The Boss, aka Bruce Springsteen, aka The Wizard of Asbury Park (I just made up that last moniker). My mom played that album a lot in the ’80s, so it wasn’t unfamiliar to me. I found myself cranking up the volume on my wired stereo speakers as he counted down and belted out the line “The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive.” Very moving stuff! As someone who saw him perform live in Detroit on his “Born in the USA” tour, I can attest to his…power – and stage presence.
Lastly, I queued up “Revolver” by The Beatles. It was…OK. I love their albums “The Beatles” (aka The White Album), “Abbey Road” and “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” I thought “Revolver” sounded overly produced (sorry George Martin). I wasn’t really impressed.
These little music listening sessions are good for me! I get a bit of “me time,” and my husband gets some of his own “me time,” too.
If nothing else, it will give something to blog about – and expose me to music I haven’t heard before or haven’t heard in years. And maybe it will make me feel closer to my folks until we all get our vaxxes and can really see each other (I really do miss them and my mom hasn’t gotten any of her shots as of yet).
Onward musical journey, ho!