Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for R&B and Rock

Theme ~ Good Things:

Rhythm & Blues became the music of my crazy years, my sort of second youth, after I got divorced from my first husband. A Change is Gonna Come, by Sam Cooke, may be my favorite song ever, closely followed by Otis Redding's These Arms of Mine. There was some great rock too, back then. Here are some performers and songs that bring memories, both happy and sad:







Aretha with Ray Charles, singing Spirit in the Dark at Fillmore East or was it West, doesn't matter, it's a classic from the era. As is Janis Joplin's version of Me and Bobby McGee, a song that brings memories of a sweet,romantic love I once had; and there's The Band,just to name a few.......

And then there's that song, the song you couldn't escape in the winter of 1972. Especially if  you were driving across this great country, listening to the radio in a little VW Bug, while California dreamin', like me:


I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

So bye-bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' "This'll be the day that I die,
this'll be the day that I die"


Don McLean's tribute to Buddy Holly will forever remind me of that great road trip across America.

Now they call this music Classic Soul and Classic Rock ~ A very Good Thing......








26 comments:

  1. my favorite music is from the 50s. i was raised in a home with no music at all. my dad did not like music.. in the 50's i got to listen while away from home, so that is what i like best. do wop music.

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  2. They sure don't make music like they used to, don't they?

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  3. Music brings back memories for me more than anything else I think. It's amazing how you can hear a song and suddenly be transported to a totally different place and time.

    Thank you so much for your comments about my article on Martha's Vineyard and my family, Inger. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and I was touched by your comments.

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  4. As a composer, I'm hypersensitive to the music around me. Badly. There are times I make my poor hubby turn off everything so I don't go insane. You know, when the songs clash with what's playing in your head?

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  5. Dear Inger, I went to "Old Age" and left a comment that I hope you will read.

    Now about R&B and Rock. I know little about either, as in the late 1960s and the early '70s I was mostly listening to folk music and to musicians like Joan Baez, Glenn Yarborough, Simon and Garfunkle, Arlo Guthrie, Peter/Paul/& Mary, and others who were protesting Vietnam War. But I do so remember the song whose lyrics you quoted. It was haunting. Thanks for bringing back to me the memories of that time. Peace.

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  6. Our age may change, but our taste in music doesn't... in our minds we stay young. I suppose that is one of the reasons we can remember the words to the old songs so well.

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  7. I have to say in response to Dee's comment that I listened to that music also, but it didn't start with R! And so much more and now I listen to the birds outside, that's about it, except for one singer you will find under W. He may surprise you.

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  8. Oh the memories you have conjured up with the songs and singers. I partiularly loved Janice Joplin...

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  9. All music from my youth...GREAT music!

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  10. What a great look-back in music. Thanks for the memories, Inger.

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  11. You just have to hear a few notes and then you remember and then for a few minutes you are transported to that time. Thank you, Inger!

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  12. Oh, you listed so many great one. I also love Carol King: You've got a friend. Sigh. Good soulful stuff. Gets you through the hills and valleys.
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  13. Jättebra låt, håller än idag tycker jag.
    Kram M/

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  14. I remember all those artists and music with fondness. When Sam Cooke died, he was truly missed.

    Great stuff.

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  15. Oh I cry when I hear American Pie and I know every word. Oh I love all your selections Inger music was always a big thing in our house and I am so grateful for that. Hug B

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  16. some things stick with you forever. :)

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  17. Just great your musics memories, Inger!
    I will try to hear on YouTube some of these musics, principally Sam Cooke.
    I like so much The Beach Boys specially Brian Wilson.

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  18. Only great things become CLASSICS, Inger....I listened to the same tunes in MY VW bug...but never went across the country,...:)JP

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  19. You named all my favorites. I was a huge Joplin fan and I loved the bluesy songs of Sam and Otis. This brought back memories.

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  20. Dear Inger, I hope you had a Blessed Easter.

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  21. As a teenager my friends and I would sing Bye Bye Miss American Pie sining it so loud at at the top of our lungs ~ Oh those were the days my friend ( another good song, lol) !

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  22. Thanks for the memories Inger. Those were the good years.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  23. So many of my favorites are on your list. Nobody, but nobody, though, was better than Sam Cook. He was the Master.

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  24. My favorites, too, Inger! These are classics! :-)

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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