Day: July 1, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Songs

This is the 26th challenge in a weekly series from GeneaBloggers called 52 weeks of personal genealogy and  history, suggested  by Amy Coffin,  that invite genealogists to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.  Week 26 – Songs.

The No.1 song here in the UK when I was born was Frankie Laine singing “I Believe”.  In the USA the No.1 song was “The Doggie in The Window” by Patti Page.

Neither of them are in my record / CD collection.

The first singles I remember buying were The Beatles “I Feel Fine” / “She’s A Woman” and Brian Poole & The Tremeloes “The Three Bells”.

So from the early sixties I started taking an interest in music.  In my teenage years  I didn’t have a particularly favourite band although I bought quite a few records by the Bee Gees so their songs feature among my favourites of the time.

My interest in listening to music has continued to this day and my CD collection is really quite eclectic.  However for the last eighteen years or so our house has been dominated by the music and songs of The Boss – Bruce Springsteen.

That obsession with The Boss has also influenced other music we buy and listen to.  Sometimes it’s because Bruce has mentioned them as someone he likes; sometimes it’s an artist who he has played with Bruce in the early days (and even now);  and if does a guest spot on someone’s album then we would buy that.

I know that some people have songs that evoke particular memories for them – that isn’t the case for me.  For example Jayne and I didn’t have a special song that we danced to when we got married – that’s probably because we didn’t have a dance when we got married – hmm.

I also listen to songs differently to Jayne.  She focuses on the lyrics whereas for me it’s the melody that grabs me.

I really can’t imagine not being able to listen to music.  If I had to choose between getting rid of the TV or CD player then it would definitely be the TV.

The way we buy songs in our house hasn’t changed over the years.  We don’t download very many songs at all.  We like to go to the music store and browse the CD’s.  For us having the physical CD is part of the attraction.  Jayne avidly reads the lyrics and all the other words – the thanks, the production info and who the other musicians were.

So to round off the post here’s a list of my top 20 songs (in no particular order)

Song Artist
Something In The Air Thunderclap Newman
I’ve Gotta Get A Message to You Bee Gees
Days The Kinks
Back In Your Arms Bruce Springsteen
He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother The Hollies
From The Underworld The Herd
Please Stay Warren Zevon
Atlantic City Bruce Springsteen
Farewell Is A Lonely Sound Jimmy Ruffin
All The Way Home Southside Johnny
Lady Of The Night Donna Summer
Desperado The Eagles
The Rising Bruce Springsteen
Saved By The Bell Robin Gibb
When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge
Keep Me In Your Heart Warren Zevon
Drive All Night Bruce Springsteen
Wild Horses Rolling Stones
I’d Rather Go Blind Fleetwood Mac
Crimson and Clover Tommy James and The Shondells

Now if I did this list again next week it may well be different – I can already think of other songs that I would put in – maybe it should be a top 50…100…150.

On this day … 1st July

1779 … Turner Snowden was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire to parents James Snowden and Mary Bracewell.  He is the uncle of the father in law of my 2nd great grand uncle.

1857 … Nancy Ann Stowell was born in Burnley, Lancashire to parents John Stowell and Ann Astin.  She is my grand aunt.

1870 … Thomas Britcliffe died at Wrawby in Lincolnshire.  He is my wife’s 2x great grandfather.