I have always been around music. Growing up in my home meant there was music playing very often. It meant that on deep cleaning days which were normally weekends there would be music playing all day long. Later in the evening more music being played either on the record player/turn table or cassette tape. I loved it.
I was born in the mid seventies and so disco played in my home a lot. We listened to a lot of other stuff but Donna Summer and Diana Ross were queens in my home. The Pointer Sisters were also played at home and any time that song “I’m so excited” came on… we were actually excited. My mom would play them and all 5 of her children would take turns stopping whatever it was we were doing to dance with her for a little while then we would go back to whatever chore we were doing. Hmmm thinking back now, I think it was a very smart method to get us all to clean. Play music= give false idea that cleaning is fun! That’s probably why til this day I can’t clean unless I have the music on full blast. I get it done but I am very much aware it is NOT fun.
Back then I remember focusing on bits and pieces of the songs like Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” I never once thought this had anything to do with sex. I remember singing it thinking about food. Pointer Sister’s were really excited and I remember thinking I wanted to be just as excited. Little did I know, once again… they were talking about sex. Donna Summer was telling a cheater that he had her “Upside down” and that she was aware he was a cheater. In the early 80’s the Weather Girls had it “Raining men” and I would try to picture people falling out of the sky which always seemed hilarious to me. Picturing people (men) falling from the sky on their head or ass made for some entertaining thinking. Gloria Gaynor was part of the queens that played at home and her song “I will survive” made me think any woman could survive anything. I remember feeling so happy she had pulled it together and that she didn’t crumble and die.
Later in the 80’s Madonna came along with Michael Jackson, the Police, Annie Lennox, Sade, Boy George and many others that brought a different sound to my home but that it was still cheery and fun music to clean to or just play record after record all day long.
Now 2012 and with 3 children of my own, I keep up with music, enjoy a lot of what’s on today and I’ve made a few songs my personal favorites throughout the decades but somehow I believe my own children will be listening to a lot of the music I was raised with because I still play it at home and they love it too. There is a lot of music that is nice when it comes out, we listen to it but it is not necessarily music we hold close to our hearts. I seriously doubt my daughter will be jammin’ to Kesha’s “Tic Toc” when she has children of her own. I just really don’t see it happening. There are just some songs that will never die.
What music did you grow up with? Do you still listen to it? Why?