Spin Cycle: Music
Don’t ya jes’ love it
I shook my nonexistent hips like a seesaw and screamed the words as loud as my seven year old lungs could belt. All for the attention of my teenage brother. He loved this song and cracked up when I performed it.
Before that there was Georgie Girl, the song my other brother loved.
And later there was my sister’s Puppy Love…the musical taste declined, but she made up for it when she introduced me to Bye Bye Miss American Pie. I still love this song.
Then my other sister played Time in a Bottle and everything else by Jim Croce. To my parent’s horror, the stereo needle went round and round almost 24/7 on the Jesus Christ Super Star album. Whatever my sister loved, I loved.
Whatever my siblings liked I declared as my favorite. Yes, I was a copycat. My siblings claimed to hate the crooning country music our parent’s listened to, so I detested it as well. One could say I was easily influenced.
Being a copycat eventually brought me to the music I still love, but it didn’t come from my brothers or sisters. My best friend, Robin, had an aunt who was the coolest teenager we knew. Nay (short for Renee) was three years older. She was pretty, fashionable, and ever so hip. She wore a comb in the back pocket of her Levis, so we wore a comb in the back pocket of our Levis. She wore a leather belt, so we wore a leather belt. She didn’t carry a purse, so we refused as well. She listened to a rock radio station, so we started carrying our transistors around and taping the songs onto cassette tapes. Nay would sit tapping her knees to the beat and swing her head like she was into the song. We’d tap our knees and swing our heads pretending to be into the music like her. But when she played Bob Seeger and the Silver Bullet Band for us, the pretending stopped for me. I really was into the music. For the first time I didn’t just hear the words and music, I felt them. Other songs were fun or pretty, but Turn the Page and Against the Wind really reached out and touched me. And then she shared Creedence Clearwater Revival. I resonated with this music on some deeper level, and it remains my all-time favorite band.
My music interests vary now. I do listen to some country and contemporary Christian music, but I love good old rock and roll. Eagles still rock my world, along with Boston and Kansas. I don’t think any group has ever matched the harmony of the Beatles. The Blues touch my soul on a level like no other. I suppose one could say my musical tastes are as fickle as I am.
Nay always broadened our world and enlightened our style. She had really good musical tastes, and I hear she’s now obsessed with cowboy boots…hmmm, I feel a hankering for a pair of roach stompers…