Monday, June 09, 2003

What song reminds you of your father? Of your mother?

My father was possibly the single most unmusical person ever to have lived on Earth, but I always associate my mother with silly songs from the thirties and forties that she sang to embarrass us:

I like the neck of the chicken
How did I ever get you?

What song reminds you of your sibling(s)?

Hmmm....I always associate late-50s folk music with my brother (though he would prefer that I use something from Wagner, I'm sure). When he got out of the Navy and moved back into the house when he went to college, I remember hearing these Kingston Trio and Brothers Four records constantly. I am reminded of my sister Suzanne when I hear certain music from the early 70s, which is when she and Tom had moved back to Pennsylvania from San Francisco and I stayed with them a lot. I'm thinking especially of Cat Stevens. For my other sister, it depends on what I'm feeling about her at the moment. If I am thinking positive thoughts about her, the earliest Beatles songs, which she played over and over, remind me of her.

What song reminds you of elementary school?

Certain church music.

What song reminds you of high school?

Crappy early 70s rock ("All Right Now" by Free, especially), and that monstrous creation, the Tapestry album by Carole King.

What song reminds you of college?

The standard mid-to-late 70s pop catalog: Boz Skaggs, Hall and Oates, Orleans.

What song reminds you of the happiest time of your life?

Believe it or not, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" (shudder), which was played constantly in Italy when I lived there.

What CD are you currently listening to, or did you last listen to? Is it from a genre you listened to as a teenager?

Cinema Choral Classics, and my younger self would have been appalled.

What CD in your collection would your teenage/younger self laugh at?

Most of them.

What CD/artist did you love when you were younger that you now cringe at?

Most of them.

Bonus question: what band most deserves a tribute album? What current artists should cover their songs?

Obscure 70s British pop-rock acts, many so obscure that I don't know if any of these have actually had tribute albums: BeBop Deluxe, T-Rex. I would especially commit mayhem for a Sensational Alex Harvey Band tribute album featuring a U2 version of "The Faith Healer." And Billy Idol's first band, Generation X, which gave us an overfamiliar catchphrase and a ton of great now-forgotten songs. I would also be thrilled by a rock version of Marty Robbins's Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs .

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