Ginjajoy, Mom-O-Matic,Nina and Pgoodness all tagged me for the Seven Songs You’re Enjoying Right Now meme.
I’ve been putting it off because I couldn’t even think of one.
I have a hard time listing my favorite anything -- in the moment or not.
Since nothing jumped out at me, I started out thinking about music I liked in general.
I realized that for me, enjoying music has often been about listening to it with other people.
My parents loved music and my earliest musical memories are of bands they liked in the 1970's -- Harry Chapin, The Eagles, The Carpenters, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Seals & Crofts, James Taylor, Paul Simon and The Starland Vocal Band (they were into that “Afternoon Delight” thing back in their day.)
I became obsessive about music in high school.
My best friend Cindy and I listened to the Violent Femmes, The Police, Prince, Tears for Fears, U2, Roxy Music, Yaz, The Specials, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, The Cure, REM, Elvis Costello, Adrian Belew, A Flock of Seagulls, The Fixx, The Eurythmics, The B-52’s, Talking Heads, The Cars, Devo, The English Beat, INXS, The Jam, Kate Bush, Psychadelic Furs, Men At Work, Peter Gabriel, Squeeze, and Bruce Springsteen.
My college boyfriend (and first husband) was a bit like John Cusack’s character in the film “High Fidelity.” When I think about that period of my life I hear The Flaming Lips, The Pixies, Jane’s Addiction, The Minute Men, Thin White Rope, Sonic Youth, Bob Mould, Pink Floyd, Michael Brecker, Michael Hedges, Wynton Marselis, (lots of Reggae, Mon'), Elmore James, Bow Wow Wow, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, 311, The Beastie Boys, The Clash, Billie Holiday, The Breeders, Dire Straights, Cocteau Twins, George Winston, James Brown, Parliament, Led Zeppelin, Liz Phair, The Pretenders, The Replacements, Suzanne Vega, Throwing Muses, Tracy Chapman, The Sugar Cubes, Echo & The Bunnymen, Love & Rockets…
I spent my senior year abroad in England with my friend Deana and in my memories it is all set to a Gipsy Kings soundtrack.
When K entered my life the beat changed. With him I hear Ani DiFranco, Aimee Mann, Allison Krauss, Michele Shocked, k.d. lang, Beth Orton, The Weepies, Nancy Griffith, Buena Vista Social Club, Coldplay, Colin Hay, Daniel Lanois, Sarah Harmer, Django Reinhardt, Emmylou Harris, Freedy Johnston, Mana, Gillian Welch, Holly Cole, Hugh Masakela, KT Tunstall, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Macy Gray, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sade, Pearl Jam, Gomez, Ryan Adams, Sam Cooke, Shawn Colvin…
What am I listening to and enjoying RIGHT NOW?
I guess songs that get The Mayor and The Rooster dancing.
The sight of my toddlers shakin’ their groove things automatically spreads a smile across my face.
K and I play their favorite songs over and over again on the kitchen cd player and have spontaneous family dances.
We dance separately.
The children watch K and I act the fool.
The children invent their own moves.
We each hold one child and dance as couples.
We dance in a big clump of four.
I give you The Mayor and The Roosters seven favorite dancing songs:
Starry Eyed Surprise by Paul Oakenfold
Boom Shackalack by Apache Indian
Catch That Train by Dan Zanes
Little Red Caboose by Lisa Loeb
We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner
Happy Happy Joy Joy by Ren & Stimpy
Two of Us, Aimee Mann & Michael Penn (I am Sam soundtrack)