I not only love music — I need music. I’m sure from the time I was conceived, my mom had music playing in the background. The radio was always tuned to the country station — when the first coffee pot of the morning got started, so did the radio.
I loved to play instruments — piano to grade 3 Conservatory level; a mini-tuba in school’s gr. 8 band because ‘a girl didn’t play drums’; & my ultimate favourite, the bagpipes — first, making notes on the [practice] chanter, then with the full blown-up bag & pipes. My Celtic heart yearns for such hauntingly beautiful sounds.
Always, I sing. Always. School pageants & choirs, the children’s choir at church. I loved special occasions when we’d practice with the adult choir & then singing Sunday during the whole service. I confidently sang solos & was thrilled when I could sing one with the adult choir — it was my heaven when I ‘graduated’ to sing full-time with the adults.
So, there is always old & new music that touches me. Most of my record collection is from the 70s — the great age of rock ‘n’ roll. My favourites range over the whole spectrum.
the short list:
Cowgirls Don’t Cry –> Reba [dream come true — live at Merrit Festival 200?]
Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina –> “Evita” –> Madonna + …
Earl –> Dixie Chicks [ooh, if only … hee, hee, hee … ;-)]
I Will Always Love You –> Dolly Parton [Dolly wrote it, Dolly sings it best]
Jesus Christ Superstar + Hosanna + … –> “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Moments –> Emerson Drive [been there-done that — first heard live Merrit Festival]
Torn Between Two Lovers –> Mary Macgregor [from 17 on]
Not Ready to Make Nice –> Dixie Chicks [I am free]
The Edmund Fitzgerald –> Gordon Lightfoot [Canadian classic — November winds blow hard]
Where Evil Grows –> The Poppy Family [I let it in & he wrecked havoc]
Wildflower –> Skylark [me — from the one who knew first]
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers –> Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand [1st time 2 favourites together]