I was sextuple-tagged by Blog Goddess Sanni, Empress Bee, Jennifer/Big Book of You Blog, Patti The Late Bloomer Boomer, Curryegg and funny guy Anyhow Blogs from Singapore to answer this nostalgic music meme. Anyhow, Anyhow actually tagged me about the same time I stole it from Bud on Sanni's blog who tagged me for the seven things meme followed by Bee who wanted to know my favorite things, along came Miss Patti with five interview questions for Meme Queen, Jennifer tossed a serious meme my way and then I just got dizzy.I'm going to answer Anyhow's first because he tagged me first. I think.
I like this meme for its content but dislike that if you choose to answer truthfully, everyone will know how old you are. I'm in a mid-life crisis here, people! I was also tagged for at least five memes pre-peace-globe era. I haven't forgotten. Some of them are quite lengthy and require more thought than my tired pencil-skirt can muster tonight.I will get back to my regular blog routine in a few days and answer every one of them. Right now, I'm knee deep in preparing for an extended summer trip that begins day after tomorrow. Believe it or not, I'm going to attempt to cross the George Washington Bridge one more time to get to New England; in less than my record time of 17 hours. Don't worry, I'll keep you posted. And to be completely honest - the last two days I've been exhausted from peace globes and needed a mental break from blogging -hence my absence. Anyone else ever feel that way?
So on with my wordiness and back to the serious issues of life... soon. Peace Globes and presidents and pencil skirts, oh my!
Here are the rules to Sanni's Music Meme. See tagees at the end.
1. Go to www.popculturemadness.com
2. Pick the year you turned 18
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the song´s of the year
4. Write something about how the song affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more friends
The year was 1974. I went to the prom. I got engaged. Not necessarily in that order.
Jim Croce sang "Time in a Bottle" and Streisand purred "The Way We Were" - I danced to this at aforementioned prom with my future ex-husband. Wherever we were we were the way we were that night and then became way where we were about twenty years later. Way later. I wish we could have kept that time in a bottle. Now, where was I?
John Denver sang Sunshine on My Shoulders. Now I know that's lame.
Not exactly heavy-duty rock 'n roll lyrics and social changing-kinda feel. But that song is so vividly etched in my memory while I was dating in those days. Denver's "Annie's Song" was such a romantic tune and since I'm in a truth-telling mood I'll just admit that my long-haired hipness dug Denver's mellow tone. But I always wondered why sunshine on his shoulders made him happy and sunshine on his shoulders made him cry. Anytime I owned an album, I usually bought the songbook to go with it so that I could play the tunes myself. I played this piano book until it fell apart. I still have it.
Then he made a movie about talking to God in an elevator and my mother thought he was a communist and that was the end of that.
But please, don't ask me about Manilow.
Hooked On a Feeling by Swede was a catchy tune. Except nobody said "hooked" in those days without somebody raising an eyebrow or two. I kept trying to figure out which feelings were politically correct and allowed to be hooked on.
Call me naive.
Ray Stevens ran around naked singing The Streak. My mother thought he was a communist too.
(You're) Having My Baby - Paul Anka & Odia Coates was a curious song to hear as a teenage dating couple. Thank goodness, not something I ever had to sweet-whisper into his ear.
My Favorite Tune of 1974
Cat's In the Cradle by Harry Chapin (sorry, Bud. I had to pick ONE. Beatles later....)
I don't think this is what he meant.
But then again, he never met the Cat Blogosphere.
And he never met my pencil skirt- which looked like this
in 1974. Peace power flowers on my jeans. Waist-length hair and bell-bottoms.
A very good year. But please don't ask me about Manilow.
More than five but I hereby officially tag Karen, Peter , Bob, Jennifer, Patti and Zero Impact.