TRYING TO RESTORe THE VALUE OF SOCIETY’S FAVORITE ART FORM
Hey all! We are continuing our merry journey of listening to our choices as the best songs from each year of our lives. And, now we get to the year when I turned three and Jason turned two (clearly ages known for their keen musical discernment), 1975!
Ah, 1975! A time known for historically high gas prices, the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the invention of the VCR, and the end of the Vietnam War. Jaws ruled the movie theaters, and Bill Gates registers the trademark for Microsoft. Good times a-plenty!
And while we were all enjoying those wonders, we could jam out to these classics:
Chosen by me:
"Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain & Tennille - He refused to admit it during the listening session, but Jason and I both picked this one!
"Rhinestone Cowboy"- Glen Campbell - Sheer, unadulterated schmaltz, but I have a glorious memory of playing musical chairs to this song at one of the first birthday parties I remember going to, so, it has a warm, fuzzy place in my heart.
"Kung Fu Fighting"- Carl Douglas - I just cannot resist a goofy novelty song! At least I hope this was intended as a novelty song...
"At Seventeen" - Janis Ian - A poor man's Joni Mitchell, but still lovely
"Lady Marmalade" - LaBelle - I think making the cat dance with me during this one was my favorite part of the listening list. And likely the cat's least favorite...
"I'm Not Lisa" - Jessi Colter - So gosh darn sing-along-able that you almost forget what a devastatingly low self-esteem is glamorized by the lyrics
"Please Mr. Please" - Another sing-along favorite, much to my husband's annoyance!
"Killer Queen" - Queen - Also chosen by both of us, because OF COURSE IT WAS!!!
"Black Water" - The Doobie Brothers - A fun song, but I think it might be more of a guy thing (actually, I think thatr's the case with a lot of these)
"Ballroom Blitz" - Sweet - Ok, this is epic...
"Feel Like Makin' Love" - Bad Company - This is definitely my favorite of their songs
"One of these Nights" - The Eagles - I mean, I like the Eagles as much as the next guy, but this does not stand out to me as one of the greats
"Why Can't We Be Friends"- War - I just wish the words to this song could be a little more repetitive (as if that were possible), but it does have an awesome groove!
We are about the venture into the age of disco! I'm so excited!
So, afficianados of 1975, what did we miss?
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.