Whether it’s live or on records, tapes, cd’s or downloaded, most of us like music.
The genre we prefer may differ from individual to individual but we all make a connection to music in some way. Whether it’s classical, instrumental, rock, pop, country, hip-hop, punk, funk, folk, big band, heavy metal, jazz, electronic, dance or the stuff they play in elevators….we all have our favourite style, we all have pieces of music or songs that we connect with in some way.
For many of us and definitely me, music is a direct connection to emotion and a source of nostalgia. I can listen to a song and it will instantly transport me back in time, it can remind me of holidays, old boyfriends, old friends…..it will take me directly to where I was when I first heard it. Music has the power to change a mood, a source of inspiration or commiseration. It can calm us down…or lift us up. It helps us escape in bad times and celebrate in good times.
Sometimes it seems like only the person who wrote they lyrics to a particular song we connect with understands exactly how you are feeling at any given moment. I can listen to a song if I am feeling down and feel like the song was written just for me….I can cry and weep and know that someone gets me.
If I had to choose one era of music to listen to for the rest of my life it would be the 70’s. I have a great love of 70’s music, particularly 70’s classic rock or easy listening type of stuff. When I hear songs from my childhood, I am transported back in time. I am always saying….Oh, this song reminds me of when I was a kid and we used to live here , of that birthday or that Christmas, or walking to school, or that girl I was friends with, that neighbour who was really funny…..or one of a million little things, that for whatever reason, get tucked away deep in our memory bank, only to be revived on hearing a certain song or piece of music.
Yesterday I thought, if I were given some radio play time and could compile my own play list….what songs would make the cut. What songs are my very favourite, that I can listen to over and over again and never tire of, what songs do I connect with the most, what songs comfort me, uplift me, make me happy?
In a 90 min set, on advertisement free radio, I’d get to play around 30 songs. So, here’s my carefully selected play list…my perfect mix-tape from the 70’s.
1. Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line.
2. Cat Stevens – Peace Train.
3. Seals and Crofts – Diamond Girl.
4. Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes.
5. Rufus and Chaka Khan – Tell Me Something Good.
6. Elton John – Benny and The Jets.
7. Looking Glass – Brandy.
8. Fleetwood Mac – Landslide.
9. Hall and Oats – You Make My Dreams Come True.
10. Todd Rundgren – I Saw The Light.
11. Simon and Garfunkel – The Boxer.
12. Richard Clapton – Deep Water.
13. Steely Dan – Do It Again.
14. Manfred Mann – Blinded by The Light.
15. Boz Scaggs – Georgia.
16. Neil Young – Heart of Gold.
17. Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown.
18. Bob Marley – Is This Love?
19. Procol Harum – Whiter Shade of Pale.
20. Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile.
21. Bob Seger – Still The Same.
22. Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him?
23. Paul McCartney and Wings – Band on The Run.
24. Axiom – A Little Ray of Sunshine.
25. The Manhattans – Shining Star.
26. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here.
27. Billy Paul – Me and Mrs Jones.
28. Gladys Knight and The Pips – Midnight Train to Georgia.
29. Country Radio – Gypsy Queen.
30. The Steve Miller Band – Rock Me Gently.
So, there it is, my play list….my mix tape. I hope the youtube links all work so you can listen to my selections with just one click, (probably best to right click and open a new tab)….if not, you can find all the songs on my list be going straight to youtube and doing a search.