Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. --Victor Hugo

I rarely watch American Idol. Usually the auditions are enough for me and I already know who is going to be in the top 3. But I happened to catch it tonight and I'm glad I did because they were covering Motown hits. And it got me in the mood for some oldies. Also, Smokey Robinson was on there too. I love that man.

Those who know me well, know that I can sing old country and old R&B songs like nobody's business. The reason? As a kid, we took a lot of road trips and before the wonder of individual CD players, and waaaaay before mp3 players, we had to listen to the tape (yes, I said tape) player. And who was in control of those dials? You guessed it, Mom and Dad. And what did they like? Country and oldies. And they had tapes like "Greatest Hits of..." and "Best Country Hits". So, after 4 hours minimum of these tapes, I had a strong grasp of every word of every song. And I loved them...but I don't know if I ever really admitted that to them.

3 comments:

Nicole Elkington said...

Yay! I am an avid watcher of American Idol. Maybe it is like my religion ;) but I do have to agree, last night with Motown was amazing! Thanks for the music I love the song "I second that emotion" for some reason..

And My parents also loved the country stuff, and also made us listen to it on tapes.. I guess I just went the opposite way and rebelled against it! haha.

Bryan and Whitney said...

What a fun coincidence, Birdy! How interesting that your favorites were being highlighted on the show that night. I've never seen an episode (I haven't had TV since 2004, LOL). Hope your week is going well! It was good to chat with you yesterday. :)

Heidi said...

My dad listened to a lot of Johnny Cash, so when I hear him now there is such nostalgia. I know almost all the words to a lot of his songs and love his music. I'll beat you on the tapes...we listened to the eight track for a while. Is that what it was called...eight track? It's been so long I seriously can't remember.

The soundtrack to our lives...I loved this post.