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May 30 2012

The Music of our Youth

by Amanda L

I recently was hanging out with some teens who were reminiscing about the TV of their youth (Spongebob Square Pants.) I turned on The Voice later that day and began reminiscing about the music of my youth.

The first album I remember hearing was Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road.  My cousins owned the album and played it the entire time we were at their house up in New York.

The first album I owned was Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors. I remember watching General Hospital and Scotty Baldwin playing the album, which of course made me want to own it! The music from that album is classic and can be played over and over in my opinion.

During my high school years, I think I was more into songs instead of full albums. Every time I hear Billy Joel’s My Life, I become that rebellious teenager that kept playing that song over and over claiming my independence. You can hear that song and many more of Billy Joel’s hits on his album The essential Billy Joel.

What better way to relive the music of your youth than by checking out the Library’s music collection. I know I have been surprised at the number of albums I could find to reminisce about the good old times. What are some of the songs and albums of your youth that take you back into time?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Greg H. May 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Elton John was my first major musical touchstone as well but for me the album was Madman Across the Water. Our next door neighbors had a copy and my cousin and I would play “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer” over and over until they finally hid the record from us. By Goodbye Yellow Brick Road we were already full fledged fans.

And I remember the Beatles performing “Hey Jude” on the Ed Sullivan show. It might have been their last appearance there.

Deborah S May 31, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Thanks for the memories! David has the original album (vinyl) in his collection.

Annissa R May 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

My first album was the Jackson Five’s Christmas album. My fav… I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus… 🙂 wow now that toook wayyy back.

Barbara K. June 5, 2012 at 3:36 PM

When I was 7 years old, Santa brought me two 45s for Christmas. One was Rockin’ Robin, by a ’50’s group, and the other was The Chipmunk Song by Simon, Theodore, and ALVIN. My sister got a record player that Christmas – the kind with the fat spindle that played only 45s – so we could stack our records on the fat spindle and play one after another. I forget what records she got but we thought that record player was the best. Over the years I continued to buy 45s but none ever sounded as good as Rockin’ Robin and the chipmunks singing about Christmas on that old record player.

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