Those of you (like me) who still have school-aged children – we realized the other day that we’re fast closing in on the end of the school year. Literally a month away – well 3-1/2 weeks, anyway. Where on earth did this year go?! I guess I better make sure everything I need to get done before both kids are underfoot on a daily basis is done before then, no? And I better start planning the fun days of summer while I’m at it, too.
Meanwhile it’s Monday, and Monday means music! We’re continuing our celebration of our Honorary Conductor for the month of May – John from The Sound of One Hand Typing is leading the charge on chosen themes for this month, and for this week his cool and unique theme is “songs about remembering or forgetting – “remember” or “forget” doesn’t have to be in the title, but there has to be something about remembering or forgetting in the song (e.g. “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”/”It was the 3rd of Sept./The day I’ll always remember…”)” Sounds like fun! Why don’t you grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along?
Let’s start off with a song that Gen Xers will recognize all the significant cultural highlights of their youth in this fun 2002 country song. The tune rattles off a list of trends and events from both the 1970s and 1980s:
the Farrah Fawcett hairdo
Daisy Duke and her cutoff jeans
the Rubik’s cube
the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster and
big hair and parachute pants
If you lived through these good times, then take a trip down memory lane. If you weren’t born yet, listen to everything you missed out on.
Give a listen to Mark Wills with “19 Somethin'”:
Next up is a 2014 pop ballad was inspired by the singer’s long distance love relationship with another songstress. He helped keep their relationship alive with the help of memories and feelings evoked by photos:
Hmm, we keep this love in this photograph / We made these memories for ourselves / Where our eyes are never closing / Hearts were never broken / And time’s forever frozen still.
I love that the music video is a look into this artist’s childhood with home movies – so fun to watch, and just shows you his mega talent started at an early age.
Here’s the ultra talented Ed Sheeran with “Photograph”:
Technological conveniences help us navigate life on automatic, and it’s easy to forget how we did it when everything was old school. This country song from 2014 reminds us of the simpler days before cellphones and texting, automatic dryers, navigation systems, email, and everything else that’s instant. Back then, we put in the time, learned the manual way of doing things, and waited our turn.
Give a listen to the inimitable Miranda Lambert with “Automatic”:
Last, but certainly not least, you often don’t know you’re living through the good old days until they’ve passed you by. That’s the sentiment expressed in this 2017 pop song which recognizes the value of appreciating the moment.
Don’t fritter away your youth worrying about tomorrow, dreaming relentlessly about finding success. The future will be here soon enough, and all you’ll have is memories. Make sure they are good ones.
I wish somebody would have told me babe / Some day these will be the good old days / All the love you won’t forget / And all these reckless nights you won’t regret / Someday soon your whole life’s gonna change / You’ll miss the magic of these good old days.
Without further ado, here’s Macklemore and Kesha with “Good Old Days”:
That’s a wrap for this week, have a great Monday – see you on the dance floor!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and while our beloved Callie of JAmerican Spice is taking a break, our friend Michelle from Michelle’s Musings and Merriment is helping out with hostess duties! And introducing our newest addition to our Conductor repertoire – we have the honor and privilege of welcoming Alana from Ramblin’ with AM! And, for the month of May, we welcome our Honorary Conductor, John from The Sound of One Hand Typing!
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!