my first serious boyfriend was a mix cd fanatic. he probably made me nearly 20 mixes in the two and a half years we knew each other. some of them introduced me to songs that are still enduring favourites; some were prescriptive, filled with advice; and one was filled with songs he loved when he was a little kid.
i still enjoy finding out what songs people in my life enjoyed when they were little. i’ve been thinking hard on it, and came up with a list of my songs to share with you. this is all music i enjoyed before i was 8 years old. i didn’t know the names or artists of a couple of them until today, when i googled all this shit to share. oh, and it’s arranged in a roughly chronological fashion, according to my age when i loved it.
spinning wheel – blood, sweat & tears
–only because of the “ride a painted pony” line ( like most four-year-old girls, i was a pony fanatic)
heart of gold – neil young
— i have always loved mournful, bittersweet music. maybe this song started me on that path!
wild world – maxi priest
if i had $1,000,000 – barenaked ladies
gordon was one of the first albums i ever loved–there are many musical memories of mine hidden in it. my mom and her sister both loved the album. i particularly remember singing along and dancing to this song with my mom.
now, your turn! what did you dance around to when you were a tiny person?