I am a child of the 60’s. But it wasn’t until the 70’s that I became really interested in pop music. I have a few memories of sitting in a recliner and seeing “The 5th Dimension” perform on TV when I was about 6 or 7 – (around 1968) and loving their new hits – “Up, Up and Away” and “Age Of Aquarius”. They were sheer heaven to me. But other than that – I have no real memories of music from that era. Somehow though, the two songs I posted below from British pop singer, Petula Clark – strike a chord deep down in my memory bank. I hear them playing today on my iHeart radio, 60’s and 70’s blend, and I remember.
Oddly enough, we do seem to return to music of our childhood. We can be exposed all the rest of our lives, night and day to another era or type of music and yet, at the end of the day we still favor the music from our youth above all other music. I think it’s because youth to us symbolizes a simpler and sweeter time, when we were not responsible. I have a friend about 15 years older than myself who feels this same way about music from the 50’s and 60’s. It reminds her of her youth – and events surrounding or leading up to her first love and marriage.
My parents generation was steeped in music of the church – as other music was considered “worldly” and even “sinful”. To them the old familiar hymns of the church are comforting and a symbol of youth, simplicity and fond memories.
My generation had almost no good Christian music. I later began to appreciate the music of “Second Chapter of Acts” and “Amy Grant” – but it wasn’t really until the 80’s and even the 90’s that things began to really take off for Christian artists. At least that’s how I felt at the time. I can now go back and listen to several old songs and smile. Although pretty dated – they still move me and I can appreciate what they bring to my life today.
My music of choice has always been and will continue to be – the great music ballads of the 70’s and 80’s. I am very open to music of today – but deep within me you’ll find a 70’s girl at heart. And I am increasingly drawn to instrumental music, soundtracks and musical scores from musicals, movies, dramas and series. When I see something most interesting on TV, usually behind the great show, movie or docudrama series – is a very great musical score. I usually look it up right away and add it to my collection.
But for today – a memory of a sweeter time gone by – the 60’s. If you were around there and open enough to admit that you remember these, like me – let me know and list some of your favorites so I can listen to them and conjure up a memory.
- Downtown: Petula Clark (keepthecoffeecoming.wordpress.com)
- Petula Clark: My family values (theguardian.com)
- Music of the 60′s (youprobablydontcarebutincaseyoudo.wordpress.com)