TRYING TO RESTORe THE VALUE OF SOCIETY’S FAVORITE ART FORM
Hubby and I began working our way through the music of our lives, systematically going through songs, year by year, and choosing examples to share.
Our selection criteria:
It should be something we enjoy but don't hear often
It should not be something so closely associated with a time that one might hear it on the soundtrack for a period movie
(For me) The goofier the better!
We each pull up the Billboard Top 100 of the year in question and pick and choose.
Now, the funny thing about this one is that Jason kept saying he couldn't find anything. I thought he was just being picky until Matt Baumer shared this with me: "Week-By-Week Proof That 1974 Was the Worst Year in the History of Modern Music" www.rebeatmag.com/week-by-week-proof-that-1974-was-the-worst-year-in-the-history-of-modern-music/?fbclid=IwAR11xwNGv93iLZmBJ0plN0zmLt__oBRQfx3Clz-9qlrHr8lGtpETKDcn9x0
Nonetheless, we soldiered on!
"Seasons in the Sun" - Terry Jacks So sappy, yet so catchy!
"The Streak" - Ray Stevens I'm astounded that all three years we have covered so far have novelty songs in the Top 100!
"Jungle Boogie" - Kool & the Gang So much fun!
"Annie's Song" - John Denver This song will remind me of Kerri Hilbelink until the end of time!
"Let Me Be There" - Olivia Newton John A karaoke classic!
"Sundown" - Gordon Lightfoot I heard this on a tv show a few weeks ago (I don't remember what it was...) and became re-obsessed
"If You Love Me Let Me Know" - Olivia Newton John More happy karaoke memories!
"Radar Love" - Golden Earring Cuz yeah!
"Please Come to Boston" - Dave Loggins Corny as heck, but I just love it!
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Elton John My all-time favorite of Sir Elton's!
"I'll Have to Say I Love You In a Song" - Jim Croce One of the great voices of the decade!
"Bennie & the Jets" - Elton John another great one!
"The Joker" - Steve Miller Band The pompatus of love
"Rikki Don't Lose that Number" - Steely Dan
"Help Me" - Joni Mitchell I don't know how I missed that one!
"Tell Me Something Good" - Rufus Or that one!
"I Shot the Sheriff" - Eric Clapton British boy reggae at its finest!
Molly M. Breckling holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her areas of research interest are the songs of Gustav Mahler, popular music, and music history pedagogy. Her goal is to help others listen to music more actively and to develop a greater appreciation for the music that surrounds us every day.