I’m getting ready to show my age with this article. Could you hold on a minute please? Get off my lawn you young whippersnappers! Stupid kids. Now what was I saying? Oh yeah. I’m getting old and here’s the proof.
When I’m in my car I always have the radio tuned to the “oldies” stations. In Charlotte it’s 95.7 The Ride. They have few commercial interruptions and play songs that I like. Mostly songs written before 1990. I’m grateful that I grew up in a decade that had the likes of Freddie Mercury and Queen, Steve Perry and Journey, the Electric Light Orchestra, and last but not least, Boston. There were a lot of other bands that were exceptionally good but these were my favorites. Some of you may be thinking, “Oh yeah? What about the Beatles or Buddy Holly?) They were wonderful too but the bands I mentioned are the ones I grew up listening to on the radio. With all due respect to today’s musicians, they can’t come close to the genius of bands in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Of course this is strictly my opinion. As I said earlier your opinions may vary and if you want to express them write your own article.
If you want to hear mind blowing harmonies listen to Queen. Their harmonizing is perfect in “Somebody To Love” or “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Ditto on my personal favorite, “Fat Bottomed Girls”. I’m still mad at Freddie Mercury for leaving us far too soon. The thought that his beautiful voice has been silenced forever just makes me sad. He was the ultimate showman when he strutted across the stage in one of his costumes. If you don’t believe me, or if you’re under the age of 50, check out any one of the Queen videos on youtube.com. My personal favorite is the “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” video.
I loved Queen but I was passionate about Steve Perry and Journey. Jon Bon Jovi, another excellent rocker, once called him “The Voice”. I completely agree. Before I continue I should probably mention that I’ve always, like most women I know, had a massive crush on Steve Perry. That hair, voice, and body! What’s not to love? By the way, I’ve seen recent pictures of him and in my opinion he still looks good. From what I’ve seen in interviews he’s a nice man too. (Steve, if you’re reading this call me.) I can’t think of any Journey songs I didn’t like. I had all of their 8-tracks, look it up you young whippersnappers, and absolutely wore them out listening to them. The other day I heard “Open Arms” on the car radio and it was all I could do to keep myself from grabbing the nearest fellow motorist so we could slow dance together. No jury would have convicted me either so there!
To show you what a true closet rocker I am, the other day I read where Rolling Stone magazine had put a picture of the Boston Marathon bomber on their cover. I have my own opinions on this which I’ll keep to myself right now. (What in the heck were they thinking?) However my first thought was about the song “Cover Of The Rolling Stone” by Dr. Hook. Remember them? You won’t hear lyrics like “I’ve got a freaky old lady name of Cocaine Katie who embroiders on my jeans” today. Some of you may think that’s a good thing but I liked them. Another crazy song I liked was Joe Walsh’s “Life’s Been Good”. The guitar riffs are amazing. I played this song for my daughter and let’s just say her opinion differed greatly from mine. What does she know? She’s a Country Music fan.
Speaking of country music, before you fans get all upset, I’m a fan too. I’m from the South! It’s the law. Also, I’m not dropping names here but, I am related to Earl (Dueling Banjos) Scruggs and Don (I Can’t Stop Loving You) Gibson. For my birthday this year some friends took me out to a small club we sometimes frequent on the weekends. They told me to pick out a song for my birthday dance and I picked, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones. I was in heaven. It didn’t hurt that I was slow dancing with the best looking guy in the place either. My aunt went to see George Jones three times. Notice I said “went to see”. It was always a crap shoot with George. Sometimes he would appear and sometimes he wouldn’t. She actually saw him perform one time and she’s never forgotten it. One of his band mates had to stand next to him because he was a little ‘under the weather’ if you know what I mean. She says he was still wonderful and his performance was one of the highlights of her life. My aunt doesn’t get out a lot but I know what she means. George Jones could sing. Here’s a small, personal, public service announcement. If you’re feeling depressed and you’ve had a few beers, or not, do NOT listen to “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. Trust me. You just think you’re sad now! Don’t listen to Reba McEntire’s song, “The Last One To Know” either. Especially if you currently have a broken heart. I’m sure some of you younger people will be surprised to hear that Reba isn’t just a TV star. She’s also (look the other way Mawmaw I’m getting ready to cuss) a damn good singer.
Of course I listened to all these songs before I wrote about them here. As a result part of me is dancing around the living room while another part of me wants to get roaring drunk. But I think that’s what makes music special to all of us. It touches our hearts and brings back memories of our youth. Some good, others not so good. I like music that tells a story. The singers I’ve mentioned are the ones whose voices have touched me and made me feel a little closer to heaven. I’m sure there are some songs today that do the same for younger people. I just haven’t heard any of them.
Now if you’ll excuse me I just found “Oh Sherry” on youtube.com and I need to write another fan letter to Steve Perry.