I’ve been writing my Music Monday column for about a year and a half, and it’s been a chance for me to share the music of both my favorite artists as well of artists that are new to me.
Since my family reads my blog posts (well at least they tell me they do), I would think they have a pretty good idea of who my favorite musical artists are as well as what a couple of my favorite songs are. Plus, they’ve lived with me for 20-30 years and have heard the same music over and over during that time (I’ll share my favorites at the end for the rest of you who may not know).
But for some reason a thought popped into my mind this week – could I name my parents’ favorite musical artists and songs?
And I realized I only had a vague idea of what kind of music they liked, but I’ll share what I remember from my days growing up.
For my dad, I had the sense that he liked any song sung by Julie Andrews. He was a fan of the movie Sound of Music and loved the play Camelot.
So here’s a song from Camelot, sung by Julie:
I also remember watching, listening, and singing along with Mitch Miller:
But if I had to guess his favorite song, I’d have to go with The Impossible Dream, as sung by Robert Goulet. The song is from the play The Man of La Mancha, which is based on the book Don Quixote, which several years later, became one of my all-time favorite books. My dad liked the song so much that he told the younger of my two sisters, who was about ten years old at the time, that if she learned how to play the song on the accordion we had in the basement, he would buy her a piano. She did, and he did, and my sister went on to become an amazing piano player. (I never really knew why we had an accordion in the basement).
As for my mom’s favorite artists and songs, this is a bit harder. She used to go around the house all day singing Irish songs (she was born in Ireland and moved to the U.S. when she was 21). A couple of songs I remember her singing were My Wild Irish Rose (which I later learned how to play on the piano) and Shoe the Donkey (which my youngest son, when he was about four years old, thought was Shoot the Donkey…).
It’s funny how the words just came right back to me – at least the chorus.
When my mom started singing this song she always tried to get us to dance with her.
One other song that comes to my mind, and I seem to recall my dad singing this song a couple of times to my mom, whose name was Peg, is the following:
Listening to these songs brings back a lot of great memories of my parents and my childhood.
And just to be sure that our kids know a couple of favorites of my wife and me:
favorite artists: Bruce Springsteen, Carole King, Harry Chapin
favorite songs: Let it Be (The Beatles), You’ve Got a Friend (Carole King), Forever Young (Joan Baez)
favorite artists: Bruce Springsteen, Tim Moore, Jimmy Buffett, The Eagles
favorite songs (it’s really hard to just pick a couple): Thunder Road (by Bruce), Peaceful Easy Feeling (The Eagles)
*image from the Impossible Quiz Fandom Wiki